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REFLECTIONS: The HALEY Farm & My Road Home… Still Following The Signs!

Alex Haley Farm - Clinton, TNLooking forward to rising early tomorrow to spend the day watching Alex Haley’s ROOTS with the kids. I haven’t seen ROOTS in many years, and this will be the kids first time! Many of the things I appreciate most about life today, I discovered on the HALEY Farm. 

Hoping we’ll have time to visit once again on our trip to the Tennessee State Museum in February to view the Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation Exhibit, and to visit with Aunts Hannah and Lena in Cincinnati too.

Yes, it’s time to journey home!:)

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Original Post 18 July 2011: Sentimental Sunday: The Road Home… Still Following The Signs!

It’s been almost 6 years since I traveled I-75 North heading to Cincinnati, Ohio. Although my Georgia and Alabama family roots reach deep, I was raised in Cincinnati, so the trip home is always warm and familiar.

I hadn’t planned this journey but I see now that doesn’t make it any less predestined. I was supposed to make this trip… at this time.

For the first time, I was blessed to experience the 157 acre Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee all by myself — well sorta — […]

THANKFUL: Little Gerrie BARWICK 1941-2013

“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

Little Gerrie BARWICK

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!:)

Luckie

{Quote Source: thanks to AAGSAR Member LaKesha of Honoring Our History}

By |November 27th, 2013|Barwick, Jackson, Journal|9 Comments

Ancestor Homage: Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK

Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICKVery reflective today thinking of the swiftness of time and what I’d do if blessed with the gift of rolling it back.

For sure, I’d spend less time talking and more time listening to my Grandmother Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK – 12.07.20 to 03.05.1992.

In my mere 47 years on this planet, her dignity, integrity and honesty remain unmatched. She was THE gem of all gems. And today I’d happily sit at her feet to take in all the wisdom she could offer me.

“Everybody’s trying to make a statement. I just wish I knew what the hell they were trying to say!” ~ Anbownes

My girl….:)

Luckie

{image: Fannie Louella Jackson 1938 at age 18. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED}

Oral History: BARWICK Sisters Reminisce About Their Rosie Lee!:)

Hannah & Lena BARWICKThis morning I woke with the goal of doing one thing — calling my Great Aunts Hannah BARWICK SLAUGHTER and Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL in Cincinnati! My Great Aunts are 92.5 and 91.5 years old respectively. They are the younger sisters, of Mom’s Father, William C. BARWICK.

I needed to alert my Aunts to the parcel that will show up at their doors soon. They needed the “story” of how I came into possession of a Rensler’s image, that I believe is their baby sister, Rosie Lee BARWICK.

I reached Aunt Lena first and what she shared allowed me to clearly see the real reason why Rosia Lee’s image flowed into my hands via an unwitting PhotoSmith from Cincinnati.

From Aunt Lena I learned their sister Rosie Lee (b. Jan 5 1929) was named after Aunt “Rosie” BARWICK (b. 1895) and Uncle Leroy “Lee” BARWICK (my Great Grandfather Raymond BARWICK’s siblings). That she was very sickly and died 1 day after her 11th birthday on January 6 1940 (confirmed by Ohio Death Certifcate). Although Rosie Lee’s cause of death was unknown, Aunt Lena told me the family always believed it was Tuberculosis. Aunt Lena said Rosie Lee’s personality was very much like their Aunt Rosie’s and that she was 18 years old, graduating from Woodward High School, when Rosie Lee passed.

Aunt Lena also shared that she thinks of Rosie Lee often and because there are no pictures of her, she can’t see Rosie […]

Rensler’s Photography Studio: Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL

Very encouraged after a polite email, folks at Black History Album contacted me, agreeing to take Aunt Lena’s Rensler image down from the Black History Album Tumblr! They asked if I’d ever consider featuring my family images for visibility to a broader audience and I explained, it’s not about visibility – it’s about restoring & preserving family.

I did suggest that Black History Album consider joining our Facebook African-American genealogy & Slave Ancestry research group and allow some of our researchers to assist in giving the MANY Ancestors that populate the BHA site their names and stories back!

Our Ancestors were more than eye-candy. They deserve more from us than a PIN, TWEET or POST.

LenaHallBarwickRev. Lena BARWICK HALL

{91.5 years young and going STRONG!}

By |August 23rd, 2013|Barwick, Journal|2 Comments

Rensler’s Revisited: Well… I Did Say Stranger Things Have Happened?!

RosaLee-RENSLER--2Early this morning I posted a few “non-related” Rensler Photography Studio images in the hope these Ancestors would eventually be noticed and reunited with a living descendant researching online. By this evening, to my surprise I had this comment to the blog:

“Wow! This is an unexpected surprise Rosia Lee Barwick! This is the aunt that I heard about but never saw her image until now. She was sickly and passed away in her youth is all I know of her. She was definitely a Barwick and very very lovely! This is indeed touching. Regards, Greg”

Greg is the youngest son of my Great-Aunt Hannah BARWICK SLAUGHTER. Aunt Hannah and William Charles BARWICK (my Grandfather) were siblings. The Rosia Lee BARWICK Greg is referencing is their younger sister who died as a young girl!

Now, neither I nor Greg have ever seen a picture of Rosia/Rosie Lee. Sure her features look McKENZIE/BARWICK and several of the Rensler images of the BARWICK siblings feature the same pedastal, but to be 100% sure we need validation. And the only folks alive to confirm this is our Rosia Lee are in Cincinnati — my 92.5 and 91.5 year old Great Aunts Hannah and Lena BARWICK, Rosia’s older sisters!

So what’s a genea-sleuth to do?! The scan of Rosia Lee will be in the mail first thing tomorrow morning for confirmation!:)

The coolest thing about this whole thing, should my Aunts confirm this is our Rosia Lee, is that I’d never seen the 3 images posted this morning or even knew they were coming before Brad sent them […]

Marvelous! A Loving Tribute To My Gerrie!:)

It’s been 1 week since my family and I laid Mom to rest. In planning for her Homegoing Celebration, it was important to me Mama be remembered in the spirit she’d lived, and not the shell Alzheimer’s Disease left behind.

Animated. Brilliant. Loyal. So funny… Mama was my everything! She deserved much more than Alzheimer’s time-stamp.

So please enjoy a loving video tribute to our Mother, Geraldine BARWICK, set to her favorite Walter Hawkins song, Marvelous! She was everything our memories reflect and then some!

She was MARVELOUS!:)

Peace and ease Mama…

Luckie

FLASHBACK: 2nd Edition ~ Carnival of African-American Genealogy: Grandma’s Hand ~ A Bridge Over Troubled Water, Memories of Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK {4.13.10}

Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICKInteresting that as I began to pen my memories of Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK {1920 – 1992}, my beloved Maternal Grandmother, Stevie Wonder’s rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water began to play.

My Lord, without a doubt there is no single person who had a greater impact on my life than Anbownes. There is no person’s absence, that I miss more.

She was a firm, honest, no-nonsense straight-shooter. She was everything you dislike as a child and everything you come to respect and admire as an adult.

She was the personification of honor. People spoke of her with reverence.

My Grandmother was regal in appearance, always impeccably dressed, with the most beautiful, pecan hued hands and fingernails I’ve ever seen. There are moments when I seem to catch a hint of her gardenia scent. There are MANY days when I miss the sound of her deep, husky voice singed from many years of smoking.

Her love and loyalty were the rock we all –especially my Mom– held on to and truth be told, Mom started leaving us the day Anbownes transitioned.

I know now, what I didn’t quite understand then… watching a good Mother leave you is the hardest life challenge any child will face. It is impossible to sustain this kind of separation (not loss) and not be permanently changed.

By example, Anbownes and Mom taught a scared (and clueless) child how to Mother her Son. And though hurt by my circumstance, she never faltered in support. Because she stood by me, I am the woman I am today.

Once during her daily bath, she told me […]

FLASHBACK: 2nd Edition ~ Carnival of African-American Genealogy: Grandma’s Hand ~ Memories of Lena Mae McKENZIE BARWICK {4.4.10}

Lena McKENZIE BARIWCKTo this day, My Great Grandmother, Lena Mae McKENZIE BARWICK is the gentlest, sweetest woman I’ve ever known.

Born 9 March 1902 in Lewisville, Alabama to Ella Mae MARTIN and Joseph James McKENZIE, I remember most her deep faith in God and her ability to quote biblical scripture at will.

I still chuckle at the thought of returning to Cincinnati in 1995 with a severe Caesar cut (yes — I’d shaved all the curls down to a barely visible shadow), and being informed by my Grandma that there was no shame in a wig — God would respect my crown anyway he could get it!:-)

I still marvel at the strength both of my Great Grandmothers possessed. Both survived poverty and less than easy Husbands, yet remained steadfast in God and Family. Never appearing to waiver.

Like most of the Barwick/McKenzie women, Grandma was blessed with long-life, transitioning on 11 March 2002, at the age of 100 years old.

The poem below, was written by my older Brother, William, for her 100th Birthday and was read at her Home Going Service.

How timely that it would be presented here today on this Sentimental Easter Sunday 2010, as my Barwick timestamp for Grandma’s Hand…

I think about my Grandma
and I think of loving hands,
Two hands that do their best
to carry out the Lord’s commands…
Two hands that clap in joy fullness
while she joins in a song,
Two hands that hug and comfort,
as she passes love along…
Two hands that are my Grandma’s
that have always done their part
To spread the love of Jesus,
so abiding in her heart.
I think about you. Grandma,
and I see a gentle model of the kind
of […]

Amazing & Sad – Delaware Legal Slave Papers

355555barwick, solomon 1786-355555barwick, solomon 1786-1While searching for slave data online pertaining to my Grandfather’s line BARWICK, I happened upon this link – SLAVE PAPERS, which in essence is a compilation of legal documents relating to slaves in the state of Delaware.

While it may not have any connection to my personal BARWICK research {my Ancestors were from Alabama}, I just could not bypass these Ancestors & the documentation of their existence, and in some cases – their liberation.

If you are and/or know of any researcher with Delaware roots, please pass this link on – SLAVE PAPERS.

Just think… what if EVERY state had a compiled list like this?!

Luckie