Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Just catching up on my blog after a hectic week of working, Spring Break and birthday celebrations, I am honored to know that I've received an Ancestor Approved Award from my genealogy and facebook friend George Geder at http://gedergenealogy.com. Thank you very much Mr. Geder!
The recipient of the Ancestor Approved Award must list ten things learned about their ancestors that have surprised, humbled, or enlightened. The recipient then passes the award to ten other bloggers that are doing their Ancestors proud.
1. My great-great-great grandmother Milly McFarland was born in Mexico after the abolition of slavery in that country.
2. My great-great-great-great-great grandmother Charity Smith b.1788 was emancipated in 1825 along with all of her children in the state of Alabama by her enslaver Baxter Smith.
3. Discovered that my great-great grandfather Scott Washington had been murdered, not his son Scott Jr. and that it was well documented.
1. Discovering that three of my ancestors fought in the Civil War: Benjamin Thompson, Thomas Hinyard and Edward (Ned) Hinyard. All more the special because "Glory" is one of my favorite films!
2. Finding out that my great grandparents, Will and Alice Washington worked and were able to reacquire all the land of Will's murdered father, Scott Washington.
3. Discovering my that my grandmother Lucy Callins-Lanier was a respected midwife and medicine woman in Alabama.
1. My ancestors came from a diverse group of people, places, and experiences.
2. Not all African-Americans in the Southern U.S. were slaves (according to the laws of those times)
3. Because of my research, I've changed my perception of history, my family and myself.
Here are my selections for the Ancestor Approved Award: