My paternal grandfather, Willie Taylor, wasn’t the only popular Maxwell House Man in my family tree. My great uncle Jesse Earl Green from Chappel Hill, Texas, with only a third grade education, went on to become the “first” African American Assistant Department Head of the Roast and Blend Division at Maxwell House! Uncle Jesse, … [Read more…]
This Memorial Day I honor my maternal and paternal ancestors (veterans and non-veterans) virtually with the launch of the – Claiming Kin Virtual Cemetery– at FindAGrave.com!  I actually established this “on-going” virtual cemetery New Year’s Day of this year, but did not want to release it online until – 1) I had 20 or … [Read more…]
According to theGriot.com today, September 25, 2012, over 1100 organizations across this country will come together nationally to inform people about voting opportunities and get them registered to vote in time for the 2012 General Election! This day reminds me of my 83 year old paternal great-grandmother, Birdie Elizabeth (Green) Aldridge, who I blogged about last … [Read more…]
The 2nd Generation of Routt ancestors in my Texas Family Tree are the children of Osborn and Sallie Routt: Buchanon Routt, born 1860 in Chappell Hill, Washington, Texas, USA; he died ???? Jefferson “Jeff” Routt, born 1863 in Chappell Hill, Washington, Texas USA; he died 27 April 1935, Chappell Hill, Washington, Texas, USA. He married Daisy … [Read more…]
I was just 5 years old when I met my great-great grandmother Lula for the very first time, and it wasn’t long after that meeting that she passed away. So, I’m sorry to say that I simply have no memory of her. But what I do remember is hearing family members speak fondly of her … [Read more…]
It’s Wedding Wednesday and thanks to Chappel Hill, Texas Historian, Nath Winfield, I now have the marriage license of my paternal Great-Great-Grandparents, Jim Green & Lou “Lula” Routt! Jim Green and Lou “Lula” Routt were joined in marriage as husband and wife on the 27th day of September in 1888 by Richard Dickerson, Pastor of … [Read more…]
Well, almost wordless . . . . Five generations starting with the oldest to youngest . . . Great-Great Grandmother Lula Routt Green – 1867-1964 Aunt Sallie Green Lewis – 1907-2001 Grandpa Willie Taylor – 1909-1985 Daddy John Willie Taylor – 1927-2010 Brother Elgin Taylor Brother Jon Taylor then . . . . Me!