It’s a pleasure to have my Mom living with us! I hear so many stories about our ancestors that really help to fill the gap that “Between The Dashes” addresses. If you are following my blog, you know my Mom celebrated her 80th birthday this year! My Mom and her sister are the oldest living relatives in our family. Today, let me share with you my 2nd great grandparents, Laura and Melzar Williams.
Laura Washington was born 17 May 1869 in Mobile, AL to Annie (age of 25) and George Washington (age 28 ). She was about 5’2″, light-skinned with long hair that she parted down the middle, braided in two braids, and pinned each braid in the back. She had three sisters (Etta, Mary, and Addie) and two brothers (Dave and Emanuel). Continue reading →
When my mother Alice was growing up, wakes were actually held in the homes. When a family member died, the funeral home prepared the body, placed it in the casket, and delivered it to the home. During the wake, friends and family would come to pay their respects. The wake was a celebration of life with food and drink.
My mother remembers her great-grandmother (Laura Washington) and grandfather (Joseph Brown) having a wake held in their home. Based on the time of the funeral, the body would be delivered to the home the day before, and be available until an hour or two prior to the funeral which was held in the church.
Alice Ruth Coleman (left) and Her Sister Elouise Parker (right)
Alice Ruth Coleman, mother of Melzar Williams, was born 20 Feb 1893 in Mobile, AL. She married Ervin Williams, from Mobile, AL, in 1909 at the age of 17 yrs old, and Melzar was born in 1912 (at age of 19 yrs old). They had another child, but he died from pneumonia after only living two months. According to the 1910 census, Alice Ruth and her husband lived with her parents, and by the 1920 census, they lived with Ervin’s parents. She was a laundress, and Ervin was a truck driver for the Grain Mill. Alice Ruth had four sisters and two brothers. Continue reading →
When you start your family tree, start with yourself and gradually move through your tree by adding parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Capture what you know, then search the data bases on Ancestry (ancestry.com) or other genealogy sites for more information. If you have the ability to visit your home town, you should visit the local library, churches attended by your family, and seek out living members to fill in the blanks.
Between the Dashes was created because I desired more than just the birth and death dates. When you search the genealogical databases you find lots of information. One of the challenges is filling in the stories between the dashes. Who were they? What were their hobbies? What did they love to do? What were some of their challenges? Between the Dashes will focus on answering some of those questions about my family. Let’s start with my grandparents.