Document of The Day: Hannah Nelson-Singleton Gilliam Death Certificate

This is an electronic copy of my 2X Great Grandmother Hannah Nelson-Singleton Gilliam’s Death Certificate, which I found on familysearch.org   Hannah passed away at her sister’s residence at 49 Bowdoin Street, Worcester, MA on February 23, 1914.  I am pretty sure Hannah lived with her sister during this time, as they were very close, and they tended to help one another during the many years they lived in Worcester.

HannahGilliamDeathRecord

Hannah became a widow in March of 1867, when her husband Daniel Gilliam passed away. Daniel was a former slave and only lived a few years as a Freedman. He did not migrate with Hannah and her family to Worcester as they migrated in the late 1870’s.

Hannah was the daughter of Benjamin (Ellis) Nelson and Zara (Jones) Humphrey/Humphries both born in New Bern, North Carolina.

Hannah’s sister Jane B. Collins was the informant.  Hannah’s cause of death was Cancer of the Liver/Gallstones.  When doing research on my Maternal Ancestry, I find that many of them died of some form of Cancer, as did my mother.

One thing I find helpful is to keep track of the causes of death of each of your ancestor’s as you will possibly begin to see a pattern.  This information might help descendants as to what type of prevention methods one might take towards their health.

When I see that Hannah died of Cancer of the Liver, I wonder if maybe she had been a drinker.  It is very possible as I also find that many of my ancestors also died from diseases due to alcoholism or heavy drinking.

Hannah was buried at the Hope Cemetery, Worcester Ma in Lot 5817, Section 76.  Her memorial is on Find-A-Grave at: Hannah Nelson-Singleton Gilliam

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 20 – Elusive or Brick Wall Ancestor

March 20 — Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.

My brick wall is my 3x Great Grandmother Zara Humphrey Jones.  It is possible that Zara was born sometime in 1810 in the state of Virginia.  I am unsure of the date but her children Hannah Singleton-Nelson Gilliam and Jane Ellis-Nelson Collins who were  born approximately 1830-1840.  The dates are never fully accurate because most of the time slaves did not know what year they were born in.  I have found multiple years for Zara’s daughters.  Zara married Benjamin Ellis Nelson and the year they started cohabitation are not clear.

Zara’s slave names are Humphries and Jones.  I need to go to the archives in Virginia and see if I can locate some slave records of some sort.  I hope to have the opportunity in the next few years, to visit Virginia and do an extensive search.

One of the documents that revealed Zara and Benjamin’s names were in a Freedman’s Bank application.   The other document that revealed the other Slave surnames were on my 2x Great Grandmother Hannah’s death record.

Fearless Females Blog Post – March 15: Six-Word Memoir Tribute

I am on my fifteenth day celebrating Women’s History Month and taking advantage of the Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

I have to thank Lisa Alzo of the Accidental Genealogist blog for presenting such an awesome idea.

March 15 — Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.

Here are my  Ancestors I am highlighting this day with the six-word memoir.
Betty Mae Peters Porter (My Mother): Educator. Great Humor. Classy Woman. Beautiful.
Agnes Mae Cully Peters (Maternal Grandmother) New York Fashion Designer, Cancer Survivor
Helen Bunn Thompson (Paternal Grandmother) Spiritual. Quilter. Concerned Citizen. Foster Parent.
Nora Ann Gilliam Cully (Maternal Great-Grandmother) Always Pregnant. Pianist. Church-goer. Died Young.
Hannah Singleton-Nelson Gilliam (Maternal Great Great Grandmother) Former Slave. Laundress. Young Widow. Matriarch.
Jane B. Nelson Collins (Maternal Great Great Aunt) Former Slave. Freedom Fighter. Activist. Strong.

Fearless Females – March 11: Tragic or Unexpected

March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family.

 

I mention my Great Grandmother Nora Ann (Gilliam) Cully often when I discuss an unexpected death that greatly affected the family.

Nora died a month short of 40 years on November 9, 1911 in Worcester, Mass.  She had  ten children living when she passed away.  Nora died a few days after giving birth to her daughter Nora Ann Cully, Jr.  This death affected the family as all the children were young and because of Nora’s early demise, the children were sent to various homes as the father, Ambrose E Cully was not capable of raising all the children by himself.

Fearless Females Blog Post-March 10: Religion

March 10 — What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

Religion has played a big role in the life of my ancestors.  In the African American Experience, “Religion” and “Church was always central to their daily lives.

My ancestors have been members of various types of churches. Some of them have been African Methodist Episcopal (AME), Zionist AME, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, Episcopalian, Church of Scientology, and various others.

My ancestors not only attended church but they participated in activities under the hospices of the church. Below is an article, with mention of a few of my ancestors.   Jane Foreman (Great Grand Aunt), Zara Culley (Grand Aunt), Mrs. Jane Collins (2nd Great Grand Aunt).  I believe this article was published in the Worcester Spy.  I am unsure of the date of the article, but I believe it would have to be between 1902-1904 as  Jane Foreman died in April of 1905.

They were celebrating Emancipation Day at the Zion Church.

Emancipation Day Celebrated in Zion Church