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Wordless Wednesday

I love this picture. It shows my grandparents on the left (Luther and Mattie Holt) going to a Halloween party in January 1958 with the neighbors. Great costumes, right?

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Today, I celebrate and recognize my ancestors who have served in the U.S. military. I am so proud of them all. Thank you so much for your sacrifice. And thank you so much for leaving me a paper trail;)

My granddad, Luther Holt, World War II:

Luther Holt

Luther Holt

My maternal great -uncles, James and George Springer, World War II:


James Springer


George Springer

My paternal great-uncles, Waldon and Wellington Waters, World War II:

Waldon Waters

Waldon Waters


Wellington Waters

And Donald Waters, the Korean War:


Donald Waters

My maternal great-grandfather, Lawson Holt, World War I:


Lawson Holt

And, of course I do not have a picture, but my ancestor Henry Holt who served and died during the U.S. Civil War, 55th Infantry.

I salute you all and honor you on this day and everyday!

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Luther and Nola

My granddad Luther Holt and his aunt Magnolia (Nola) Bradley, ca. 1928, Chester County, TN.

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My great-grandmother had several fascinating pictures of black World War I soldiers. Most were unnamed, but a few had partial names written on them. This one said “MMomon” on the back. After searching LOST for many years, I finally figured out that my great-grandmother’s biological mother had the last name “Merriman”. Because of the resemblance and the surname, I suspect this is possibly a half-brother of my great-grandmother.


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I thought I’d post pictures from a wonderful black history tour I took in Boston a few years ago–if you’re there, check it out. I had no idea of the depth of black history that is in Boston–lots of famed black abolitionists and stops on the Underground Railroad, especially up on Beacon Hill. We toured the Granary Burial Ground, one of the oldest in the nation. The remains of the victims of the Boston massacre are there, including the black (and possibly native american) man, Crispus Attucks. Paul Revere is here, along with 3 signers of the Declaration and a huge mountain of a tombstone for Benjamin Franklin’s parents. Before this tour, I’d never seen headstones from the 1600/1700s before.






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Wordless Wednesday

Red Bird, OK

Red Bird, OK

In addition to my love of old photographs of people, I have found I really like photos that show some social history. This was in my great-grandmother’s possession, and she had an aunt who married a Sol Bradley. So, I am not sure, but perhaps she is the “Mrs. S.B. Bradley” who owned the store shown in this postcard also? She traveled away from Tennessee a lot and I was amazed to find that Red Bird was one of those all-black towns in Oklahoma. I love this photo…this is probably what an early 20th century, black-owned country store looked like. Pretty neat, huh?

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TheoThis is my cousin, Theodore Prather (gloriously aged 94) standing in front of his mother’s headstone (Sarah Copelin) in Montgomery County, MD. Sarah is actually shown 7th from the left in the picture that heads my blog above. Those are members of the Prather family. My grandmother is on the far right end. We are having almost a 200-person reunion in 2 weeks that the family has been planning for about 5 months. I am sooo excited!

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