Friday, December 26, 2014

Kwanzaa 2014



2014

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa:

01- Umoja - Unity
02- Kujichajulia- Self-Determination
03- Ujima- Collective Work and Responsibility
04- Ujamaa-  Cooperative Economics 
05- Nia-  Purpose
06- Kuumba- Creativity
07- Imani- Faith

We had a very nice Kwanzaa lunch with a friend.  This past week I've spend sewing place mats and mat for Kwanzaa..my friend made a candle holder for me, I didn't give him much time to prepare I just asked him if he could make me a candle holder something quick.  He made it and I painted the word Kwanzaa on it.

Also I went to several different stores looking for green and black candles which no one had in stock, so at the last minute yesterday I came up with this idea to see if I could spray paint some white candles I already had. it worked.  it wasn't the exact green that I wanted but at least I had green candles to use.

Below are some photos from our Kwanzaa lunch today.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

+Clark History

This is some history I found about my Clark family. it's from Family Tree Maker, Ancestry.com.  Christopher Clark was my 8th great grandfather and his wife Penelope Bolling is my 8th gr grandmother.















Sources:

Family Tree Maker, Ancestry.com
Notes for Christopher Clark: 
Excerpts from Anthony roots and Branches, compiled by Nancy Vashti Anthony Jacob., Ancestry.com




+Christopher Clark, Millicent Mildred Terrell

I never thought in a million years that I'd find Quakers in my family tree.  Plus I really didn't think I'd be able to go back this far into my tree.  Growing up I knew nothing about this side of my family. These people are on my mom's father's side of the family, and my mom said she didn't know anything about them at all, never even heard of them.

My cousin Walter is the one who told me about this side of the family as he knew his grandfather Matthew Lawrence Davenport, and knew some of the surnames to get me started on my journey.  My deepest gratitude to my 1st cousin 1x removed Walter Banks for helping me with this side of my family, with out your help Walter I'd still not know anything about this side. 
 I was researching the Banks side when it was the Davenport and Boyd side that would have taken me down this road, which is where I am now. 
My Banks side is not going anywhere, Banks is the maiden name of my gr grandmother Harriet Banks, she had children with Matthew Davenport who is Caucasian and Matthew's mother's maiden name is Boyd. Matthew took care of all his 5 children with Harriet and his 6 children with Mary Rush, neither woman was he allowed to marry since they were both Black women, but Matthew did take responsibility of the children and they all got to know him very well.  He never married, he stayed with Harriet then Mary until he died.  

My 6th Great Grandparents are:

Christopher Clark born 1737 Albemarle , VA and died:  Sept 12, 1803 Elbert, Georgia.
Millicent Mildred Terrell born: June 7, 1741 Caroline, VA and died:  1800, Elbert, Georgia.

The Marriage record of Christopher and Millicent:









This is where I found the Quaker information:



Their children:




Christopher was the son of:




Christopher owned property in Kentucky, 1000 acres:



The Census of 1780:







Application for headstone for Christopher Clark.:











I've found different dates for Christopher's birth, but they are pretty close to each other.  So I just left the day and month blank on my information for now.




More Quaker documents:


How the Clark family might have arrived in U.S.A.


Some more information for me to research below:  





There are so many Christopher Clark people in the family it's almost hard to keep them straight.  I'm mainly posting this here for my future research also. 

These pages will be updated as I find our more information. 
This side of my family has a lot of history yet for me to write about. 









Sources:

US International Marriage Records 1560- 1900, Ancestry.com
U.S Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol 1-V1 , 1607-1943, Ancestry.com
Family Data Collections Birth, Ancestry.com
Kentucky Land Grants 1782-1924, Ancestry.com
U.S Census Reconstructed Records 1660-1820 Ancestry.com
Application for Headstone Marker, Ancestry.com
U.S Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 Ancestry.com
U.S Find A Grave Index, 1600's to Current, Ancestry.com
Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers, Ancestry.com



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Boyd, Key, Grizzle, Clark

Since I seem to be at a standstill with a lot of my family research by not finding anything new, I decided to start some research on a different part of my family, this is the family I knew nothing about until around 2002.  These are my Caucasian side of the family.  

  I spend a lot of time researching the male side of the family mainly because they are easier to track with them keeping their surname and all, but this was a pleasant surprise. I found a lot of the women's maiden names
I'm going to start with my 3rd great grandparents:

Matthew Harper Boyd born 1809 in Newberry, South Carolina 
                                 died: Jan 15, 1877, Sumter Co. Alabama
He married:
Elizabeth Amanda Key, born : Oct 28, 1812 Georgia and died: 1857
Matthew and Elizabeth were married April 21 1832 in Greene Co. Alabama.
Matthew was also married to a Susan Maria Farrar and they had two children:
Absolom Farrar Boyd, and Chellie Rosanna Boyd.








These are all Matthew and Elizabeth's children that I know of so far.

My 4th great grandparents:

James Key and Rebecca Grizzle
James was born July 14, 1788, Georgia and died 1848, Alabama
Rebecca was born 1790 and died 1858.
Elizabeth Amanda Key was their daughter.




Apparently they were ignorant as I see they had 5 slaves.  





My 5th great grandparents:

William Bibb Key born Oct 2, 1759, Albemarle Co.Virginia, died: Dec 7, 1836 Elberton, Elbert Co. Georgia.
Mourning Clark born: Aug 12, 1764 Albemarle Co. Va and died: Jan 22, 1840 Elberton, Elbert Co. Ga.









Children:  Mildred Key and James Key


The headstone of Mourning Clark-Key.

I am going to continue this in my next post.  






Sources:
1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com
Alabama Marriage Collections 1800- 1968, Ancestry.com
1820 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com
Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944, Ancestry.com
Virginia Marriages 1660-1800, Ancestry.com
Family Data Collections-Births, Ancestry.com
U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications 1889-1970, Ancestry.com
Find A Grave, Ancestry.com

Saturday, August 30, 2014

+William Edingburg " Update "

A while back I wrote a little about William Edingburg my 2nd great grandfather, saying who his slave owner was and where.  My cousin Mark went to Virginia to check records and found out that William was born a free man.  
William's wife was a slave and was owned by James Dunn in Albermarle Co. Virginia.


William did own some form of property like a farming implement and he did cosign  some papers  for someone as shown here in these two  documents.

Virginia Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records 1865-1872


Virginia Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records 1865-1872
It also appears that William can't write as it shows an X where he marked his signature.

Rachel also is in the Virginia Slave Births Index 1853-1865 Volume 2 D-G Alexandria Library Local History/Special Collections. it shows:
Dunn,James; Barbara Ann; Rachel; Mar 1858; Albemarle.  So apparently Rachel had a daughter named Barbara Ann a new person to research now.
 James Dunn was Rachel's slave owner.  

The research continues trying to find out more about William and Rachel.  












Sources:
Family research.org, Virginia Freedmen's Bureau Office Records 1865 1872


















Sunday, August 17, 2014

It's All About Me

Yesterday I was getting all my information together for my next two upcoming posts when a thought flashed in my head, it said, Xzanthia why not post your hobbies, what you do on a daily basis, what you enjoy even don't enjoy, and put photos, so that future generations will see what I loved, and didn't love doing.  So here it goes.

I've had a total fascination for beading, either earrings, moccasin's, wand staffs, if it can be beaded I'll do it.  Here are some of my pieces that I've beaded in the past. 





I did a lot of beading for pow wows for a while, people would commission me to make them either breastplates or dance fans, and sometimes jewelry.











When I was a little girl my mom bought a new Singer sewing machine, and when it arrived there was a surprise in it for me, it came with a mini sewing machine that I could sew by turning the handle on the right side.  I still have that little sewing machine. I actually made a few things on it. My mom use to make our clothes sometimes, and also winter coats. so I learned to sew as a child and still love sewing.  My grandmother and mother both could crochet and knit, and my grandmother use to do tatting.  I didn't learn how to do tatting but I did learn how to crochet and knit of the two I like crocheting the best.

One time I decided to crochet a sweater, my first project that big, I got the sweater pretty far along when I realized that I had messed up one sleeve, it was way longer than the other side.  I had to take out all those stitches and go from there.  It turned out fair and I never made another sweater again.

My other hobby is oil painting.  As you all know I have artists in my family my dad, my uncle, cousins and brother, I only had a few painting lessons and realized that the teachers weren't teaching me what I wanted to know, so I have just been dabbling in it on my own, using DVD's and online sources on YouTube .
Here are a few of my paintings.



I still have a huge amount to learn with oil painting but it's fun, relaxing.  As you notice I was using my married name in the African man painting but I'm removing that and going back to my maiden name for my art work.















Cooking is another hobby, growing up in my house my mom, dad , grandmother and brother could cook. each person had their own special way and flavors that they liked doing.  My mom loved to cook curry dishes, my dad liked to cook soups, my brother cooked wonderful rice dishes and my grandmother was the baker and biscuits maker, they all loved to cook and had many talents in different ethnic foods.  So needless to say I love to cook,  My favorites are Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian, African, Mexican.
Here are some of the foods I've been cooking.

Pumpkin & Basil Cannelloni 


Chocolate Cupcakes
German Pancakes


Puerto Rican rice and beans, plantains, guacamole

Homemade Spinach Noodles






Butterscotch Sweet Bread
Apple Sage Creamy Lasagna, Marc Siever's recipe
Black and White Cookies


My cousin Marc Sievers wrote a cookbook and the Pumpkin & Basil Cannelloni and the Apple Sage Creamy Lasagna recipe are from his cookbook. Information about his cookbook will be in my sources below.  So many great cooks in our family.  

My whole wheat bread


I really enjoy cooking and baking much better than actually eating, I like to taste and eat a little amount but I love to just cook.  I could cook all day and have people over to just eat it, then I'll cook more.  

Making Soy Milk

I am a vegetarian, former vegan but now getting back to mostly vegan again. So when I find a recipe that I like I adapt it to meatless, most of the time the recipe turns out good, some things just can't be changed to meatless though and that's okay.

Then there is the gardening and canning:


Our Greenhouse
This is where I start all my vegetables and trees , herbs and flowers.  It was a huge success this year.
Produce from my garden


Collard Greens from my garden
Also some of my canning items.:


Homemade cucumber pickles
Canning Apple Sauce
Apple Sauce the finished product
I usually can everything from vegetables to fruits, from A to Z.  Plus I like all vegetables and fruits.

My parents gave me piano lessons from age 6 until I was way into my teenage years then more as an adult. I'm teaching myself to play the guitar and I  also play the hammered dulcimer.  I've taken Ballroom dancing, and I love to dance Latin dances and African tribal dances.  Dancing is just in my blood I hear music I want to dance...LOL
I'm interested in UFO's the paranormal, metaphysical stuff, remote viewing, Ghost Hunting. and I like the Goth fashion of clothing.  Halloween is my favorite holiday, I usually decorate the entire house and put up a grave yard outside with tombstones and coffin, I'm still adding to that graveyard and improving it every year.
Halloween is the only holiday I celebrate, the other holidays  don't interest me at all.


Some of my headstones in the yard for Halloween

Horror movies, western movies and mysteries are some of my favorite things to watch.  As far as music goes, I like Motown, Jazz, R&B, Latin, African, Native American Flute,classical, Opera is okay if a man is singing it but I don't like to hear women sing  opera.  I don't like country in any way, shape, or form. 

I've started Finger Weaving a new strip for a new hat for winter.  
Finger Weaving for my new hat


Cleaning the house is something I love to do, I like to go food and furniture shopping but shopping for clothes or shoes I don't like at all.  I'd rather just buy clothes where they can ship them to me but unfortunately I have to try on everything, so I usually wait until my clothes are pretty much shot before I'll go get new stuff.  When my mom was alive she would mail me clothes because she knew that I'd probably never go get anything new.  I've always been that way too, I'm probably worse now.  It probably stems from my mom always dressing me up as a child and us having to go clothes shopping, as soon as i got old enough to make that decision I gave it up and didn't shop anymore.

Now I can go to a kitchen gadget store, or shop for cooking items then I love that. Or shopping for jewelry findings and beads, sewing materials also that's all okay for me to go shopping.. just don't ask me to go buy clothes.



Cathedral Quilt, I just started this all handsewn


I don't like any kind of animal in the house, my dad always said that animals belong outside living in the wild not in the house with people and I feel the same way.  It's even hard for me to go to someone else's house with animals inside, they make me nervous, plus I don't want to eat anything with an animal in the house. 

Another thing I don't like doing but I do it anyway is driving a car, I'd be totally happy to use a horse and buggy.  Also I don't have any form of religion, I've never read the bible, don't have any interest in anything like that.  One of my favorite hobbies is genealogy, and I love to read.  I believe in Euthanasia and belong to some group promoting that.  I feel that it's my life and I'll do what I want with it, it's no body's business but mine,  I don't believe in letting someone suffer when they are sick just to keep them around if they want to go. they should be able to die with dignity, and apparently it's okay to put an animal to sleep to put it out of it's misery but humans are suppose to stay here and suffer,  well not in  my book that's totally selfish and crazy in my opinion. 
I have a very unique way of thinking compared to most people I've noticed, but I don't feel uncomfortable  expressing myself about how I feel or what I think. Not too many people think like me or I haven't found a lot of them but it doesn't change me any, I stay true to myself.  I couldn't change just to be like everyone else.
I'm probably a carbon copy of my dad, I took so much after him in his ways, his way of thinking.

So I'll probably have to do a part two on It's All About Me another time. 

Update:

I've made another quilt top, I will post the photo below, it's a stained glass quilt top. Now I just have to quilt it and it will be ready to give away.



The next is a quilt square, it's going to be a Tribute to Prince, it will be a quilted Throw, shown below, it will have six blocks representing things from Prince. This is a 12" square when it's finished













Sources: 

Entertaining With Love by Marc J Sievers ( Author) and Ryan L Sievers ( Designer)