Re-Union

My maternal grandparents married each other twice. Rayford Haney Wilson, or Ray, was born to Lafayette Russell Wilson and Ida Lou Verna Wakefield on 15 October 1915 in Nauvoo, Walker County, Alabama. Ray was the fourth of six children and the second boy. Lafayette worked at different times as a reverend,  farmer, teacher, and government … Continue reading Re-Union

Chasing a Pig

The prompt for 52 Ancestors this week is┬áRandom Fact.My mom tells me that her mom had a huge scar on her left knee below her kneecap. The scar was about an inch and half wide and an inch high. It was pink and wrinkly with scar tissue.How she got the scar is an amusing story. … Continue reading Chasing a Pig

Like a Chicken

Many of my ancestors were farmers. Some farmed crops for food and kept livestock, some grew cotton, others grew flax in order to make linen. One ancestor was the first horticulture professor at Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina (Clemson University today) and grew the food that the students ate, among other things. Another ancestor … Continue reading Like a Chicken

Nickajack

The prompt for week 26 of 52 ancestors is Black Sheep. By the early 1800, most of my ancestors had settled in South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. My maternal ancestors were farmers living in the hills of Northern Alabama. When the American Civil War started, there was a meeting in Winston County, Alabama, to determine … Continue reading Nickajack

Lost Babies

The prompt for 52 ancestors this week is Storm. I had the good fortune to know both my grandmothers. My maternal grandmother, Lorene, passed away when I was 15 and my paternal grandmother, Bettye, passed away when I was 25. They came from very different places and had different lives, but both lost babies. These … Continue reading Lost Babies