Fearless Females Blog Post: March 21 – Precious Moments

March 21 — Describe a tender moment one of your female ancestors shared with you or another family member.

My cousin Zara Gale Taylor, who I always referred to as cousin “Z” and Aunt “Z” when I was growing up is my most favorite cousin.  She was always beautiful to me inside and out and she had a voice that you knew God was shining on her life.

Some of my most precious memories of Cousin Z was when I would spend time in her home to visit for a few days.  She always made me feel at home, and would say, “help yourself to anything you may want, this is your home.”

I used to love to watch Z go through her beauty routine.  She had the longest hair and she would take her time washing her hair, giving it an oil treatment and then blow dry her hair and then set it in these big rollers.  She was just absolutely beautiful!  Then she had this routine with her skin, and her make-up.  I think she would go through a three hour treatment of taking care of her hair and skin.  She then would do her nails.

Another thing I enjoyed about going to cousin Z’s house was the cookies she would bake.  She always made raisin oatmeal cookies, butterscotch cookies, chocolate chip and White Chocolate Chip cookies.  Z was amazing.  She not only could bake cookies, sing and be beautiful, but she was the nicest person in the world.

She always encouraged me to go back to school, telling me it is never to late and that I could be anything I wanted to be.

One of the saddest days of my life was when I had to say good-bye.  She passed away November 19, 2005.  I put together a memorial on findagrave.com.  (Click this link to read about her).

Zara Gale Buggs Taylor in January 18, 1997 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educator's Breakfast in San Diego. She was a guest speaker and singer.

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 18 – Shining Star

March 18 — Shining star: Did you have a female ancestor who had a special talent? Artist, singer, actress, athlete, seamstress, or other? Describe.

So many of my ancestors on my maternal side were talented.  I can’t just pick one.

Hannah Cully Brown: (Jazz Pianist, Poet)- My Great Aunt

Nora Ann Cully: (Jazz Singer, Pianist) My Great Aunt

Nora Ann Gilliam-Cully: (Singer and Pianist) My Great Grandmother

Zara Cully Brown: (Actress, pianist and Elocutionist) My Great Aunt

Zara Gale Buggs-Taylor: Singer (Operatic genre)  Could sing in all genre’s.  She sang for Marian Anderson as a youth. My 1st cousin 1x removed

Agnes Mae Cully-Peters: (Fashion Designer, Pianist) My Grandmother

Mary Gale Brown-Buggs (Dancer) My first cousin

Betty Mae Peters Porter (Singer, Dancer, Acting, and model) My mother

They all performed in church and at community events.  Most family members knew how to play the piano as it was a requirement.


Fearless Females Blog Post: March 16: Let’s Do Lunch

March 16 — If you could have lunch (or another meal) with any female family member (living or dead) or any famous female who would it be and why? Where would you go? What would you eat?

There would be so many female ancestors that I would want to spend the day with and have lunch.  I think I would plan a large banquet and invite all my female ancestor’s and have each of them talk about their lives and what their world was like during their time-period.  I would have a private affair in a large room.  Not sure what type of food, but I think I would have various ethnic foods.

Since I can not make up my mind, I decided to choose someone that is not a family ancestor.  This person is living.  Her name is Barbara Rush.  My grandmother Agnes was also one of her designers.  I chose Barbara because I have been curious about her since I was a little girl and always wondered why my mother was not still in contact with her.  I recently tried to contact Barbara Rush via facebook, and I had no response.  Oh Well..

If I had the chance to go out to lunch with her, we would go to a quaint restaurant in Beverly Hills and enjoy any specialty on the menu.  I would ask her questions of her relationship with my grandmother Agnes, and Barbara’s life as an actress.

Barbara Rush

Barbara Rush

Transcribing Help: Who is this Person?

I want to research on this lodger that resided in my Great Grandmother’s home in West Virginia. This person was a High School Teacher in 1930. The transcribed page on Ancestry has the Lodger listed as:

Gamal V. Reynolds

I see something totally different.  What do you see?

not so Wordless Wednesday: Zara Gale Buggs Taylor

     This is a photo taken by my mother, Betty M Peters of our cousin Zara Gale Buggs when she was 9 months old in December of 1946.  I am unsure where it was taken but it is possible it was in New York or Florida as my mother did not move to Los Angeles until the 50’s.  My mother was 20 at the time she took this photo.  Betty put the apple in Zara’s hand as a to be a scale to the size of her hand.
     Zara Gale was born to Mary Gale Brown & John Allen Buggs on March 28, 1946.
     Zara Gale was the third generation of females in direct-line to be named Zara (documented).  Her  3G  Grandmother Zara Jones and her Grandmother Zara F Cully Brown  both carried the same given name as it skipped one generation at a time.  Zara Gale’s Grand-daughter was also named Zara.  Zara Gale Buggs Taylor passed away before the creation of Zara Taylor.
It is possible that there were other Zara’s between those generations…but as of yet I have to discover.  There are Sarah’s in-between those generations and it is very possible that they were called Zara as on Zara F Cully Brown’s Birth certificate had Sarah.
My Sweetheart Zara Gale
9 Months Old
December 1946

(Naming of ZARA Maternal Line)

Zara Jones Humphrey & Benjamin Ellis-Nelson

Hannah Nelson & Daniel Gilliam

Nora Ann Gilliam & Ambrose E. Cully

Zara Frances Cully & James M Brown

Mary Gale Brown & John Allen Buggs

Zara Gale Buggs & William Roscoe Taylor II

William Roscoe Taylor III & Cherissa Acosta

Zara Taylor