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.
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
(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
|Alvania Canady Cully Taylor
Alvania “Canady” Cully Taylor was born on March 1, 1873 to Allen Canady and Silvia Orum. Alvania married George William Cully (1869-1919) and through their union a son was born, William Allen Cully (1895).
At the time of Alvania’s death she was married to Charles Taylor. She died of Valvular Heart Disease on February 27, 1925. Alvania was buried at the Little Witness Cemetery, Havelock NC.
Alvania’s first husband George W. Cully was my Great Grand Uncle. His parents were William Henry Cully and Nancy Harkley, My Great Great Grandparents.
Alvania’s son William A. and daughter in-law Catharine named their daughter (Alvania Cully b. 1927)
*Alvania’s name was misspelled in death certificate document
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