Sympathy Saturday: In Loving Memory of Zara Frances (Cully) Brown

Zara Frances Cully
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I was asked recently if I had a younger picture of Zara Cully Brown.  So I have decided to post a few of her pictures.  I am pretty sure Zara’s Great Grandson has some pictures of her, and will make a request and post at a later date.

Zara F. Cully was my Grandmother’s, Agnes Cully Peters oldest sister.  Aunt Zara was born February 26, 1892 in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Her parents were Nora Ann Gilliam and Ambrose E. Cully, who were born and raised in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, and in 1890 relocated to Worcester, MA.  Zara’s mother gave birth to numerous children.  The number has been told through the years to be about 21 children, but as of date, I am only able to document twelve, as some of her children died in childbirth, through miscarriage or at a very young age.  Aunt Zara died February 28, 1978.

Aunt Zara and my Aunt Hannah both married a set of  Brown brothers.  Zara married James M. Brown, Sr (Daddy J) and with their union they had four children, and one died in childbirth.  Their children were: James M., Jr., Mary Gale (Polly), and Emerson, whom are all deceased.

Here are the other two Photo’s in my Collection:

Aunt Zara’s Press Photo
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Aunt Zara with my Dad’s mother Helen (Bunn) Porter Thompson in my parent’s living room.
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I remember Aunt Zara very well, even though I was ten years old when she died.  I remember how my mom would get excited when she would call us on the phone. My mother would put me on the phone to talk to her, and Aunt Zara would always ask me how I was doing in school, and if I was enjoying my extra-curricular activities.  She would let me go after she told me she loved me.

I attended Aunt Zara’s funeral, (I was 10yrs old) and I was amazed by the many people that came to her funeral.  The cast from the “Jefferson’s” were in attendance, and I had the opportunity to meet them during the Repast.  My favorite cast member at that time was Harry Bentley (Paul Benedict).  He kept me and all my little cousins running around laughing.

I will always remember my Aunt Zara as a wonderful woman.  She was very kind to me and our family.  Let me tell you one thing that might be a little trivia…My Aunt Zara on the “Jefferson’s” loved Bloody-Mary’s….Well in real life she really did!  That was her drink of choice!  So, I know that Zara has her Bloody-Mary in heaven while my mother is drinking her Martini’s.


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Sympathy Saturday: In Loving Memory of Zara Frances (Cully) Brown — 11 Comments

  1. Good for you. Best wishes!
    Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

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  2. Thank you so much, Yvette, for sharing! I just love this story & the photos. Now I feel a bit more connected. Have you heard any migration stories, about why Zara's parents chose Worcester, MA? I know there was quite a bit of industrialization in MA in those days… Do you know what type of work he did? That's the big gap in our family… of about 20 years.

    Keep up the good work! 🙂

  3. @ Dr. Bill, Thank you for the compliment. @ Debra, I will do a post on the Migration of Ambrose Cully and the reason's that were told to me via verbal and written. I went to Worcester to research all of my Aunt's & Uncle's and Great Grandparents and I have a wealth of information to share. Thank you for your interest!

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  5. Im so glad you posted this, Im 26 and have loved The Jeffersons for years and Mother Jefferson is my favorite. Its so interesting reading about favorite actresses and actors who have been gone for so long and this was so great to read. Zara seemed like a beautiful person and she warms my heart every time i watch her on the jeffersons.

  6. i love the jeffersons so much i watch it ever day and still do my husband and i enjoy it love mother jefferson.love the joke mess you all.

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