- Record Date: 01/13/1842
- Record Type: Deed
- Record Call No. Mss2 H7839 b 16
- Record Title: Deed of sale, 1842, of William SMITH for two African-American slaves, Mana and Judith
- Document Notes: Judith and Mana were sold by William Smith to Hudson M. WINGFIELD for the combined price of $300 to pay a debt to Polly V. CROSS
By Luckie|November 28th, 2013
Admittedly, I’m not the traditional Thanksgiving Day observer. As I sit here tonight, relaxing after enjoying movies and junk food with the kids, my mind landed on the WINGFIELD WHITLOCK Slave Ancestors of Virginia. Connected to my family line, I have no idea how much of their bloodline departed Hanover VA with Thomas WINGFIELD in 1783 in-route to Washington-Wilkes GA. 23 Slave Ancestors counted as WINGFIELD’s property are evidence my lineage didn’t begin in 1783 Wilkes County GA, so I can certainly count among these souls DNA Ancestors.
DNA connections don’t really matter much tonight. On a day when we traditionally draw family close, my Ancestors deserve a home here, among kin who shared common experiences and a descendant doing all she can to restore and preserve their legacy.
Slave names and data transcribed here are in alphabetical order accompanied by the names of slaves from the wills of Thomas WINGFIELD (1837) and Martha WHITLOCK (1825).
Peace and ease WINGFIELD WHITLOCK Ancestors. Thankful to have you home.
By Luckie|November 28th, 2013
After the passing of my Mom, Geraldine BARWICK on August 5th to Alzheimer’s Disease, I returned online to the genealogy research so dear to my heart.
I also created the African American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research Community via Facebook, a collaborative work-group where we work 1:1 with up to 200 researchers of slave ancestry descent. AAGSAR’s primary goals: 1.) acclimate African American researchers to the smart technology tools capable of advancing their research, 2.) share core best practices and techniques to hone research skills and 3.) support researchers in migrating their family history online.
It’s been a FUN albeit AMAZINGLY CHALLENGING 3.5 months! Here’s just a “taste” of what’s brewing in our virtual kitchen!:)
- 5 January 2014: AAGSAR BLOGFEST! Since kicking-off in August AAGSAR’s supported 58 African American genealogy bloggers — 35 of those being NEW KIDS ON THE BLOG launching online! To kick-off the New Year, on January 5th we’ll host our first AAGSAR BLOGFEST! Starting at 9AM ET, EXPERIENCED bloggers will partner with NEW bloggers to meet 1 single goal — bringing ALL AAGSAR Tribe Members online with a blog or family site! That’s right, we could see the likes of 75-100 NEW genealogy blogs online before 11:59PM of that evening! Just to “toot our own horn”, take a peek at our active blogroll of […]
By Luckie|November 27th, 2013
“We don’t see the same history….Our history is not dead facts in a book. Our history is alive and still going on. It’s in our songs and stories and the roots of every tree.” ~ Grampa Sky
Last night my sister Gina sent me a welcomed surprise, little Gerrie BARWICK (Mama – front row; 3rd from left).
Mama’s expression reminded me of the days before Jaiya became “Ms. Glam” and had yet to realize you smile on pics! That’s the EXACT same expression I have on dozens of her pictures!:)
My first Thanksgiving on this planet without my Mom, I’d be lying to say my heart isn’t a little heavy.
But I’m oh so thankful to have such an amazing Mother, who made me the uncompromising, warrior spirit I am. Thankful for the Mother she taught me to be. Thankful for the blessings her MULTITUDE of prayers have afforded me.
Thankful this Thanksgiving, my Mama’s at peace and surrounded by love.
Peace and ease Mama… don’t worry about me.
All is well with my soul!:)
By Luckie|November 26th, 2013
There’s an image from 12 Years A Slave I’ve been searching for and I’m disappointed I didn’t find it!
The image is of a defiant and bound Solomon NORTHUP dangling from a hangman’s noose, just barely escaping death by balancing on his toes. A BEYOND painful scene in the movie that’s as slow-moving and sticky as molasses. The scene — and you — hang there right along with Solomon.
Having lost my 4th Grandfather James WINGFIELD in WILKES County GA and my 4th Aunt Amanda CODY in neighboring WARREN County to lynchings, Solomon’s agony made me physically nauseous.
And then the backdrop stole the show — at least for me. What plays out in the backdrop called for more pity — and summoned more anger — than Solomon being hung did!
As a matter of fact, Solomon NORTHUP was not to be pitied at all! To paraphrase Master William FORD, Solomon was pretty damn REMARKABLE!:)
But the time-lapsed backdrop is another matter altogether!
Over the course of a few EXCRUCIATING minutes, Director Steve McQUEEN impeccably delivered a non-verbal, CRYSTAL-CLEAR verdict on the psychological devastation our Ancestors endured daily — and it felt like a sucker-punch to the heart.
Not shocking Solomon being ignored by the Overseer and Mistress — he was their property after all; he’d broken the rules and was subject to punishment. Despicable yes, but shocking? No. But his peers, fellow slaves ignored him too — out of beaten into your bones fear; out of hopelessness that seeped through their skin and […]
By Luckie|November 26th, 2013
Very cool the folks from 23andMe not only took time to read my DNA Results Provide ANSWERS & Leave Even More QUESTIONS post but also to provide additional information for clarification! As promised, I’ll continue to pass the learning through, so we all can become the DNA Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) we really want — and need — to be!:)
The proposal to approve testing for the Gullah-Geechee Elders of SAPELO ISLAND remains in progress, but I’m hopeful we’ll see DNA results from SIG come into fruition! Stay tuned!:)
If you have additional commentary and/or questions, please post them below to COMMENTS.
Bet you didn’t know: 1.3% of my DNA (48th percentile) is from Neanderthals & falls within the average for African Americans!:)
“Thank you for sharing your post with me. It sounds like you have really been using your 23andMe results to the fullest extent! I have a couple of tips/clarifications that might help you in your search for more information about your ancestry:
- We recently updated our Ancestry Composition tool and added more reference populations. Sub-Saharan Africa is now split into East Africa, West Africa, and Central-South Africa, which should help narrow down what region of Africa your ancestors are from. To see your updated ancestry composition: https://www.23andme.com/you/ancestry/composition/. Click on “Sub-Saharan Africa” to see a breakdown.
- Ancestry Composition encounters DNA that is very widespread, like a piece of DNA that’s found […]
By Luckie|November 25th, 2013
November 22, 2013: Investigating Where We Live alumnus Jasmine MARR and Museum Teen Programs Manager Andrew COSTANZO accept the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award from First Lady Michelle OBAMA.
Jasmine’s my sister Gina’s youngest Daughter. A graduating Senior at Kingsbury Day School in Washington, D.C., she’s recently been elected Student Class President — the first female class president in 10 years!
Jasmine’s a gifted photographer and will be pursuing a career as a Museum Curator.
Official Image Credit: Ralph Alswang
By Luckie|November 25th, 2013
6TH EDITION Carnival of African American Genealogy
All Races & Ages ― One Common Purpose
By Luckie|November 24th, 2013
Source: “Eye to Eye,” Sister Outsider (1984)
Self described as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde was a prolific writer, best known for poetry in works like Coal and The Black Unicorn, her “biomythography” Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, and her nonfiction work, The Cancer Journals, which documented her battle with breast cancer. Lorde was a civil rights activist and feminist and often used her writing as a space to explore and confront racism, sexism, and homophobia. Lorde was highly critical of 1960s feminists who overwhelmingly focused on the experiences of white, heterosexual, middle-class women to shape their political agendas. Lorde argued that women were far too complex and their experiences far too disparate for a single feminist agenda. She also criticized black men for often perpetuating gender inequality. In the early 1980s, Lorde helped found Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Lorde died in 1992 after a 14-year struggle with cancer.
By Luckie|November 22nd, 2013
So after 7.5 weeks of patiently waiting my 23andme DNA sample results are FINALLY in! Woooo-hooooo!:)
From my mtDNA (Maternal Line) results it appears I’m 87.5% Sub-Saharan African, 11% European, 1.4% East Asian & Native American and .1% unassigned — which I assume to mean alien, or we don’t know exactly what that is!:)
My Haplogroup is L2a1 (see 23andme details below)
Maternal haplogroups are families of mitochondrial DNA types that all trace back to a single mutation at a specific place and time. By looking at the geographic distribution of mtDNA types, we learn how our ancient female ancestors migrated throughout the world.
- Haplogroup: L2a, a subgroup of L2
- Age: 55,000 years
- Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
- Example Populations: Bantu-speakers, African Americans
- Highlight: L2 is very common among African Americans
- In respect to my European makeup — NOPE! On my Maternal side (WILKES County GA) I had several CARTER Ancestors who passed for white following Emancipation and have been told my 4th Grandfather Philip CARTER had white skin and blue eyes. Additionally, judging by the relatives — and offspring — of my other WILKES 4th Grandfather James WINGFIELD, I think it’s safe to assume he was of fair complexion as well. From my Alabama Roots, 4th Grandparents Cary and Ann BARWICK are both identified as mulatto on the 1870 HENRY County Census. So no shocker as […]