Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What About Uncles And Aunts By Marriage? Part 2 William Farmer Jr

William (Willie) Farmer Jr (1906 - 1989)
Willie was married Leola Farmer.
Leola was the daughter of Leo and Mary (Allen) Lankford
Photo of William Farmer Jr.

William Farmer Jr, was the son of William Farmer from Texas and Mamie ? Flemming from Ohio.
Mamie's mother was Jane Flemming.
Jane was  VA born about 1854.
William's Siblings:
Edgar T. Farmer Neb born about 1903
Herbert Farmer Neb born about 1904
Arthur Farmer Neb born about 1906
Lola Farmer Neb born about 1909
Frank Farmer Neb born about 1910
Bertie May Farmer OK born about 1916

I posted information on Uncle Willie.
If you want to read.
Click Here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Unusual Thing

This is a re post from my Xanga site from Sunday, 20 January 2008

One day I was listening to a daily radio talk show that was in Kansas City, MO. The topic for the day was on Is it Black American? or African American? It was a debate on which is appropriate.

I listened on as the two men were debating. They were disagreeing about some things. One made the point and said that some Blacks in American don't know where their ancestors came from. And for those are of Africa descend have lost connections with the "Mother Country."

At that time I could not see the big deal about what they were debating about. I am proud to be an American. Most of my ancestors came from Africa. I consider myself an American.

I have connection with Africa through my bloodline. But I have lost the traditions of the African culture. If I say that I am an African American, I am saying that I have Africa connections only.

I can say only some of my ancestors where from Africa. When my ancestors came to America, a new identity took place. African and their descendants had to adapt to new things in a new country.

Back to the radio debate.

Then as I was thinking as I was standing on this issue at hand, I had a thought come to me about my Great Grandpa Isaac's death record. He was listed as an African. I thought to my self, How could this be? He was born in Fayette or Roanoke, MO in June of 1847.

I had wondered about this for many years when I came across that information about my Great Grandpa. I continued to listen to the radio program. The two men where addressing why each preferred what they believe.

Then an Unusual Thing happened to me. As I was listening on to the radio program, out of nowhere, I heard a voice come to me, as I was thinking: how could my Great Grandpa have been an African born in MO? This "VOICE" said that "his parents were Africans."

I stopped what I was doing. I thought to myself "that makes sense." It made me feel good after I heard that voice. I did wondered about that "VOICE" later on.

What I had assumed by what the "VOICE" said that my Great Grandpa's parents where Africans or their parents were born in Africa. I have never thought that until that "VOICE" came to me.

Special Footnote:

At one time or another in our lives we have questionnaires or survey that when might have to answered. What is your race or nationality? Some of my American ancestors listed themselves as Blacks, Mulattoes, Negro or Colored. My parents listed themselves as Blacks; at times I seen the word colored.

I list myself under the category of Black American. There are other races that are connected with my bloodline. American Indian from all my Grandparents' sides.

My parents' parents were either listed as Blacks or Mulattoes. It was by word of mouth about the Indian blood. For some reason they acknowledge themselves as Blacks more so.

I am not ashamed of my family lineage. I can say that some of my ancestors could have been White. It was possible. I don't rule that out.

I am proud of who I am. I am a human being. I am one of God's creation. I am beautifully and wonderful made by Him.

Jeremiah 1:5 NLT "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world."

Special Note: If you want to read more on my Great Grandpa Isaac:

On my journey of transformation.
When the unexpected comes, I have to stop and think and listen to the VOICE within. I need to see the good of what is there. I need not to get upset by what has happened. Everything is going to be all right. So wait on the LORD.

Father God, I am thankful for Your VOICE. I am thankful for unsolved FAMILY MYSTERY. I am thankful for the DOOR of HOPE that is always open.

I am thankful for the force of FAITH. I am thankful that I have Civil Rights. I am so thankful that I am a HUMAN BEING.

I am thankful for PROVISION for my life. I am thankful for those who have their HEALING from restored emotions. I am thankful for the DELIVERANCE of those once held captives by addictions.

I am thankful for those who were once blind but now see the SALVATION in Jesus Christ. I am thankful for SIGNS and WONDERS that are there for Your glory. I am thankful that I have a Book of Thanks and Blessings in Jesus' name Amen.

Staying On The Family History Journey,

Sunday, January 8, 2012

What About My Uncles And Aunts By Marriage Part 1 ~ Grace Smith Lankford

Grace Lee (Smith) Lankford 
1918 - 1941

Grace Lee Smith was born on Dec 20, 1918
to Virgil Smith and Willa Mae (Scott) Smith.
Grace was the first wife of Robert Lewis Lankfard Sr
Robert who the son of Leo and Mary (Allen) Lankford
Robert and Grace were married on December 22, 1940.
The Marriage Record
Robert's and Grace's Certificate of Marriage.
306 S 22nd St. St Joseph, Missouri.
Witness: Mr Elijah Smith, Mrs Corrine Smith,
Mrs. Cora Blakley, Paul Blakley and Rev. O.P. Blakley
 To This Union:
Robert and Grace had a daughter, named Roberta.

Grace was a housewife.
She was 22 years old at the time of her passing on June 20, 1941.
On Grace's death certificate her surname was spelled Langford.
Robt Lewis Langford was the informant on the death record.
Lewis Langford was listed as her husband.
They lived at 306 S. 22nd Street in St. Joseph, MO.
(Note the death certificate was typed.)

Information on Robert Lewis Lankford Sr's Lineage:
Click on The Lankford Connections

Additional Information on Grace Lee Smith Lankford's ancestors.
Grace's mother, Willa Mae Scott was the daughter of
Charles Scott and Winnie Basset Scott.

Charles Scott was the son of William Scott.
Charles Holman Scott was born on Nov 15, 1859 in Columbia, MO.
Charles passed away on Dec 19, 1917 in Plattsburg, MO.

Winnie Basset Scott was the daughter of Andrew Basset from Colorado.
Winnie was born Feb 10, 1887 in Plattsburg Missouri.
She passed away on Feb 12, 1951 in St. Joseph, MO.

Charles Scott married Miss Winnie (Bagett) Basset
on April 22, 1877 in Clinton County Missouri

Charles and Winnie Basset Scott had three other daughters.
Gussie Scott, Sadie Scott and  Lucile Scott.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy Twenty Twelve!

It's a NEW Year to explore and discover things in life. I'm glad that I've discovered some things in Twenty Eleven. I plan to share some of the family history findings in the months to come. I'm thankful for those who have helped me a long the journey.

I hope to find more as this year comes. I'm still wondering about some things. The mystery of Anna Laura WASHINGTON ALLEN WALTERS. I can't locate her family in the 1900 census. I can assume that Anna and her children were not counted.

Also I can't locate Charlotte DADE who married Lewis Lankford  a.k.a. Robert L. Lankford / Lankfard.. I can't located Charlotta on the 1870 Census. She may have not been counted either.

I did come across some relatives through this blog site, and on facebook. I'm thankful for the additional information I have on the HENDRED and LYLE lineage. I found more on Ellen and George Hendred's children. Also information on Faris C. Lyle's wife Catherine STRANGE and children.

I set up some memorial sites for relatives and people I've come across in the areas where my relatives lived. I call it "Find A Grave: My Project" I'm adding as many as I can find. I even came across of grave sites of relatives.

Also I've been going back over what I've have. I see that I have over looked some things. I've added more.

My search continues.
I hope others can add some things as well.

The Journey Continues
May you have a Wonderful Twenty Twelve!
I hope to find more this year.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 20 Twelve!

Happy New Year!
Now, The 2012 Journey  Has Begun!
Hope You Have A Great Year!
God Bless!