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Women Hulling Rice ~ SAPELO ISLANDSupport SAPELO ISLAND preservation —

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  • Credit: Georgia Department of Archives and History.
  • Media type: photograph
  • Annotation: Women on Sapelo Island, Georgia, hull rice with a mortar and pestle much in the same manner as their slave ancestors. Language, agricultural, and cultural traditions from West Africa were preserved in the Geechee culture that developed in the Sea Islands of Georgia. The name Gullah has come to be the accepted name of the islanders in South Carolina, while Geechee refers to the islanders of Georgia. Both of these cultures are linked to West Africans who were enslaved on island plantations to grow rice, indigo, and cotton as early as 1750.
  • Year: 1900

WORDY WEDNESDAY: I Had A Right To Liberty Or Death

Harriet Tubman ~ Many Rivers to CrossHarriet Tubman

Born a slave in Maryland’s Dorchester County around 1820, Harriet Tubman escaped to the North in 1849 out of fear that she was to be sold to another plantation. Shortly after her escape, she became one of the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductors. For the next decade, she returned to the South approximately 13 times and helped an estimated 70 slaves, including multiple family members, reach freedom. Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison called her “Moses” after the Biblical prophet who led the Jews out of bondage from Egypt and Frederick Douglass said that “Excepting John Brown—of sacred memory—I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than .” Though a cash reward was offered for Tubman’s capture, she was never caught. She served as a nurse, scout and spy for the Union during the Civil War. After the war, Tubman moved to Auburn, New York, where she lived until her death in 1913.

Many Rivers To Cross: The Historical Elephant in the Room?

The Second Middle Passage_ ManyRiversAs I sit quietly processing episode 2 of the 6 part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, I’m still deeply moved by how tonight’s episode The Age of Slavery, spoke so clearly to historical events impacting my Ancestors of the past and my research today.

I’m anxious to enjoy a second viewing! Not tweeting or chatting… just taking it all in through the lens of a student. Tonight’s lesson, delivered MANY insights I’ll use as catalyst to chart NEW research next steps.

I know my Uncle Jake the Rev. Ronald JACKSON, Sr. is sporting his wide jolly grin at me being schooled on the legacy of Richard ALLEN and his 1816 founding of the African Methodist Episcopal Church! A feat Uncle Jake spent MANY vacation bible school summers trying to accomplish!:)

There were nuggets in the King Cotton and Underground Railroad commentaries that will fuel my ability to tell Grandpa Philip CARTER’s story in the near future and possibly aid me in answering how/why my Ancestors eventually found a home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Did they travel the Ohio River Freedom Walk too?

Equally moving — albeit it for different reasons — is the online response of black and white genealogy bloggers/tweeters to the Many Rivers to Cross narrative.

For the most part, on one side […]

7 July 1840: 1 Negro Woman Named Woman Susan…

Her Name Is Susan

I do not know Susan — meaning to my knowledge she is not connected to my family line. I can’t really tell you how I happened upon the aged bill of sale transferring ownership of Susan from the estate of Cecilia COMPTON to William WOOTEN or why Susan’s plight tugged my heart tonight.

It’s late and out of frustration I’ve closed my new reference book — Warren County Georgia 1793-1900 Genealogy II (Crumpton) — for the night.

Frustrated because I’m honestly questioning if in a book of some 822 pages, there will be any thing found to help me better understand the lives of my CODY Ancestors. Will the book reveal how Rachael, my 5th Grandmother born about 1780, came to be owned by Edmund CODY? Did she arrive from an unknown region in Africa, by way of an unknown boat to an unknown port to be sold? Or did Edmund acquire her through one of the MANY legal dealings I barely understand but have evidence of in Crumpton’s book?

Is 1780 early enough to connect my line to Africa OR will I need to identify a 6th Great Grandparent, and if so — just how the hell will I do that?

I’ve wanted this book for MANY years and expected to really enjoy it. But I’m not. Glossing over the NAMED Slaves in search of my CODY relatives leaves me feeling a tinge of guilt. As if I too […]

Always Reach Out…

James Edward DICKEYI’m in the process of restoring all the archived Our Georgia Roots blog posts, online BEFORE I allowed the domain and hosting to lapse in 2011.

Clearly I’m shortsighted. I never really intended to research again when I walked away in August 2011, and felt , I could live with my research surviving in archives (online) and in binders (with me).

I was wrong on all counts. When Mom passed on 8/5 the Ancestors called me back to the research. And I cannot willfully remove a decade long narrative of the WINGFIELD, CARTER, DORSEY, DICKEY and JACKSON Ancestors from the online genealogy landscape.

Cut and paste is my future until the work is complete!:)

But there’s hope in my effort too. Hope old historical gaps will be filled. Hope the few remaining research hurdles will move aside. Hope in the more to come.

This brings me to the DICKEYS — 1999, 2002, 2009 (twice) and today. Encouraged by my AAGSAR Community and Linda of Between the Gate Posts, I’m reaching out yet again.

My request over the years remains unchanged. I want to know what Rev. James Madison DICKEY wrote in his personal journal and bible regarding his time with my 4th Grandmother Catie. So adding nothing, I repost — Acceptance: No Word From Dickey’s Descendants…

21 August 2009

Well it’s been 3 weeks since I emailed the living descendants of Rev. James Madison DICKEY in a final attempt to encourage them to […]

Cousin Musings: The Savannah Gang 2010 ~ Sandra, Felicia, Mavis & Luckie!:)

Sweet memories! I miss you San!:)



Watch-NightService ~ CoAAG 5TH ED: REBIRTH

I have such vivid memories of being a young girl in Cincinnati, preparing with my family to attend Watch Night Service on News Years Eve! Our churches at the time — Zion Temple First Pentecostal in Avondale (Elder Jasper PHILLIPS) and in later years, Tryed Stone Missionary Baptist Church in Bond Hill (Rev. Anderson CULBRETH).

I remember Watch Service as being celebratory, lively and SAFE! Where celebration and praise, were often followed by good food and fellowship! It was the selective choice of those opting for church family over strangers to welcome in a New Year!

Til this day, there’s only been 1 time in my adult life I’ve brought a New Year in at a party vs. being surrounded by family at home — and even then I still remember feeling out of sorts!:)

Until today, I had NO idea that the origin of Watch Service started with the Slaves, but it doesn’t surprise me! So much of what we define as cultural practice are artifacts of our Ancestors! Here’s what I learned via a Christian Leaders News post — New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service: Slaves Started it.

The History:

At the stroke of midnight on December 31, 1862,  the new year was ushered in … and at 12:01 AM, on January 1, 1863,


Many of you who live or grew up in Black […]

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Home & Homegoing: Reflections on the Black Church

Home & Homegoing: Reflections on the Black Church
I got shoes, you got shoes,
All God’s children got shoes.
When I get to Heav’n gonna put on my shoes,
Gonna walk all over God’s Heav’n…
Everybody talkin’ bout Heav’n ain’t going there

Ebony Magazine — Home and Homegoing: Reflections on the Black Church


Call For Submissions: Carnival of African American Genealogy ~ 5th Edition REBIRTH: It’s Time For Revival!

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What Story Does It Tell? Homecoming First Baptist Church 1935 ~ Cuminsville, Cincinnati OH

First Baptist Church ~ Cinti, OH

I discovered this 1935 Home Coming image of the First Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio among family images I inherited from my Maternal Grandmother, Fannie Louella BARWICK.  I believe this image belonged to my Great Uncle Jake, the Rev. Ronald JACKSON Sr., my Grandmother’s baby brother who died in 1981. There’s a small amount of writing on the front and nothing on the back.

How I’d love to know the story behind the beautiful picture of such a proud congregation! Who among the crowd looking out is connected to me?

Home Coming
First Baptist Church Cuminsville, Cincinnati, OH
Oct 13, 1935
Rev. D.G. SHELTON Pastor

What story does the 1935 Homecoming of the First Baptist Church of Cuminsville tell?

Join us friends for REBIRTH the 5th Edition of the Carnival of African American Genealogy!

It’s time for us to tell our own stories, so no one will EVER have need to ask that question!

It’s time for REVIVAL!:)


Call For Submissions: Carnival of African American Genealogy ~ 5th Edition REBIRTH: It’s Time For Revival!

Photograph of baptismal service, Wilkes County, Georgia, 1913

re·birth rēˈbərTH,ˈrēˌbərTH/ noun noun: rebirth; noun: re-birth
1. the process of being reincarnated or born again. “the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth”

No matter where our spiritual journey carries us through life, there are few who don’t remember with deep reverence the fundamental role The Church held in our community and family when growing up.

There was time when The Church was THE cornerstone of our community. The Church was our anchor.

Our Ancestors found sanctuary and solace behind its doors. They found community beside them on pews and redemption in the pulpit. They communed with family and sought Divine Intervention for the strength to see another day.

As we revive the Carnival of African American Genealogy for a 5th Edition and welcome into the fold a host of new African American genealogy bloggers, in our own way we’re experiencing a Rebirth of the spirit that prompted CoAAG’s creation in March 2010.

We encourage you to join the celebration, sharing your family and Ancestor(s) stories of spiritual rebirth, redemption and reawakening with the online African American genealogy community.

For many of our Ancestors their 1865 emancipation was their rebirth. For others it was Baptism and the acceptance of a Christ-filled life. And still for others it was a special hymn or select scripture that awakened their soul.

I think of the sweet, carefree days when my Uncle Jake (Ronald JACKSON Sr.) preached his sermons from the pulpit of