Wordless Wednesday: The Gypsy Girl

Here is a photo out of my Great Grand Uncle’s [Osborne Ambrose Cully] scrapbook from 1917-1919.  She reminds me of a gypsy girl.  Not sure of her name as there were no identifying writings on the back.  It is possible that she was a family member or close friend of Osborne’s.  It would have been nice to do some research on her.

 I love her gypsy styled outfit.  This photo was probably taken in the Worcester or Springfield, Massachusetts area.

 

Gypsy Girl: A Photo in Osborne Ambrose Cully's Scrapbook

Gypsy Girl: A Photo in Osborne Ambrose Cully’s Scrapbook

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

Wordless Wednesday: A Visit at Hope Cemetery, Worcester MA

A visit to Hope Cemetery, Worcester MA on April 2, 2011. Visiting my Great Grandmother Nora Ann Cully and her son Willie E Cully. One headstone for two Ancestors; engraved on both sides.

Nora Ann Cully
1870-1911
Nora Ann Cully
1870-1911
At Rest
William “Willie” E. Cully
1893-1912
Died Young
Willie Cully
1893-1912

Wordless Wednesday: Worcester, Mass The Old Ladies’ Home

I purchased a couple of old postcards of the Old Ladies’ Home located in Worcester, Mass on e-bay.  The 1st one was postmarked in January of 1914 and I included the back of the card.  The 2nd one had not been mailed but had been personalized on the front.

Looking at both postcards, you will notice that the Old Ladies’ Home on the outside was decorated differently, from color, to window awnings to the fact one has an electric pole outside and the other one doesn’t.  What else do you see that is different?

Old Ladies Home
Later Picture of the Old Ladies Home

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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