Not So Amanuensis & Mappy Monday: Hope Cemetery Map And My Ancestors Buried There: Part #2

On January 10, 2012, I received an e-mail message from My Cousin’s husband on my genealogy website contact form.  He stated to me, “I have recently started to trace our family tree and believe there may be a connection to my wife’s grandfather ‘Leander Singleton Gilliam’ through your great-grandmother ‘Hannah Gilliam’ (as described in your genealogy blog).  If interested in more info, please contact me.”

I responded to him via e-mail and then on the phone.  We quickly discussed the fact that my Hannah [Singleton-Nelson] Gilliam was my Great Great Grandmother and that Leander Singleton Gilliam would have to be her son.  Hannah carried her slave name Singleton, and Gilliam was her married name.

My cousin’s husband informed me that his wife was white and they were surprised to see mulatto on one of the US Census records for Leander when he lived in North Carolina.  The Census records in Worcester, MA for the years 1900-1930, Leander and his family are listed as White.  I informed Hank that my 2x Grandmother Hannah was very fair and so was her sister Jane B. Collins, as they could pass as White.  Some family members chose to pass and others did not.

Even though I was having this conversation with a Gilliam descendant, I still was not positive that this Leander was Hannah’s son.

A few day’s ago, I was sent me a map of Hope Cemetery that had writing on the back of it in Leander’s (assumed) handwriting. This map clearly proved that my Cully, Gilliam, Collins family were related.  I was also sent  photo’s of Leander and his three sons, as I will present on a later post.

Hope Cemetery, Worcester Mass Section Map
Markings of where family is buried
Plot 76 is where my 2X Grandmother Hannah Gilliam & My Cully, Collins family is buried.
Writing on the Back of the Hope Cemetery Section Map

[Transcribed]

Perpetual Care See Mr. Burbank, Superintendent

Hannah Gilliam  1839-1914
Lot 5817
Sec 76

Joseph A Collins
1831-1911
Jane B. Collins
1840-1925
Lot 6772
Sec 76

Nora J Cully
1870-1911
6772
Sec 76

6567

There were one discrepancy as Nora J A Cully was the daughter of Nora A Cully and she was the one buried in Plot 6772, Section 76.  She was born 1911 and died in 1936.  The mother was buried in Plot 6767, Section 76, (RF2) with her son William E.

See my prior post Hope Cemetery-Part #1 at this link.

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First Fruits of Freedom: Index #2 (Jane B. Collins)

     This is a continuum of an index series of First Fruits of Freedom, by Janette Thomas Greenwood to see prior posts go here.

     Looking through the index of First Fruits of FreedomI came across the name Collins, Jane, 152 on page 228.  Could this be my Great Great Grand Aunt?  I immediately went to page 152 and here is an excerpt of that page:

“As the Worcester Telegram so delicately put it, such institutions “In the city have always drawn the line on the race questions with distinctness,”  In response, twelve women from the AME Zion Church organized “the Woman’s Progressive Club, of Worcester, Mass.,”  In October 1898 and incorporated the organization two years later.  Like the city’s many fraternal organizations, the Progressive Club incorporated both southern-and northern-born members.  Of the twelve founders, three were from the South: Jane Collins hailed from North Carolina…”

     Jane Collins most definitely had to be my Great Great Grand Aunt.  Through prior research of my Great Grandfather Ambrose Cully’s in-laws, this is what I found in the records.  Jane Collins was known as Jane B. “Ellis” Nelson and was born in January of 1840.  Jane was born to Zara Humphrey Jones & Benjamin “Ellis” Nelson in North Carolina. Jane’s sister was my Great Great Grandmother Hannah “Singleton” Nelson Gilliam.  A later post will be dedicated to the “extra” surnames as the Nelson family were born into slavery, and the adoption of the various names has its own history.

     According to the Craven County marriage registrar, Jane married Joseph A. Collins prior to August 1866, as they were cohabitating before emancipation.

     Prior research and my research trip to Worcester this past April 2011 revealed to me that the Collins, Gilliam and the Cully family were active members of the Zion AME Church in Worcester, Massachusetts.

     So to keep this post to the point, my question was, “Is this my Aunt Jane Collins?”  A few years ago, I came across this newspaper article from The Worcester Spy, Jan 2, 1902.  Even though this article was written a few years after the forming of the Woman’s Progressive Club, it is very relevant to answering the question.

Worcester Spy
Jan 2, 1902

DINNER AND CONCERT FOR HOME OF THE AGED
     The Woman’s Progressive Club gave a turkey dinner yesterday afternoon from 12 to 6 o’clock which was well patronized.  The proceeds will go to the Home for Aged Colored People on Liberty Street.  The committee in charge of the dinner was Mrs. Minnie Lee (chairman), Mrs. Ida Wilson, Mrs. Amos Walker, Mrs. Sylvester Kennard, Mrs. John Kennard and Mrs. Jennie Everett.  The dinner was served by the younger members of the club.
     In the evening there was a concert under the auspices of the club, in charge of Mrs. Jane B. Collins.  There were songs by the chorus of the club readings by Miss Ada Bell, Miss Jessie Brogden, Miss Annie May Bell, Miss Jane Gilliam and Miss Virone Dudley; Solos by Joseph Gilliam; prayer by Rev. Hiram Conway; address by Rev. W. H. Coffey; reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by George Dominus; duets by Misses Harriet and Georgiana Shannon, Miss Marie Kennard and Miss Inez Dudley and Misses Hannah and Zara Cully.


You could imagine my excitement when I linked this article with the information in First Fruits of Freedom.  In this article my Great Grandmother’s siblings were listed Jane Gilliam and Joseph Gilliam.  Also My Grand Aunts, Hannah and Zara Cully were in the article and this confirmed to me that I had made the family connection.  Aunt Zara had played on the Jefferson’s TV Sitcom.  Last in my list but first in the article was my Great Great Grand Aunt Jane B. Collins.  The Women’s Progressive Club was an auxiliary of the AME Zion church, so I knew the information from First Fruits of Freedom was on the exact trail I needed to be on.


     Jane B. Collins was the Aunt to my Great Grandmother Nora Ann “Gilliam” Cully


     I will reveal more family connections from the index of First Fruits of Freedom in Index #3.

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