Thursday, March 1, 2012

African American Peelers United

It's been a long time since my last post and eager search for my family tree, but that fervor has been rekindled.

A relative has published a group page on Fb and now, many of us are showing up to share what we know. It is a blast and I feel like my life's work to reveal as much as possible about the journeys our joined ancestors took to give us birth and a life better than perhaps what many of them were afforded.
God bless us all.

Monday, October 12, 2009

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Slavery in Pennsylvania

Following the closing of the History Center's exhibit, Free At Last, and with the current Lincoln exhibit, Pittsburgh for one is beginning to articulate its participation in American Slavery. This site aims to give further exposure to this blemish and assist folks in navigating their Pennsylvania based ancestry line through slavery.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mounting a Curricular Revolution: An Interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

After being arrested for breaking into his own home, Henry Louis "Skip" Gates is now known for more than his fascinating documentaries researching the lives of several African Americans in his PBS programs African American Lives 1 & 2. Skip Gates and an army of assistants are working to develop curriculum to take into High Schools, encouraging the youth on their awareness of self, and educational endeavors.

Read more....

Sunday, December 7, 2008

African American Story Telling

Listen and learn as Susie PEELER (1861-1934) takes you back to a time when things of greatest importance were told through the art of storytelling. Pulling from her sack of stories, Ms. Susie (well, you can call her Aunt) will share a fist full ranging from Bible Stories, to Aesops Fables to southern folk tales with you and yours.
The presentation is designed for groups of all sizes.

Currently booking in the Pittsburgh area and Western PA.

Contact Autumn Redcross at 412-401-1574 for details.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Images of Bethlehem Steel

Photograph(s) copyright Shaun O'Boyle

Shaun O'Boyle poetically captures images of Bethlehem Steel, the site of death for my great-grandfather Walter PEELER (1879-1921.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rosa PEELER (a.1885-1962)

However Rosa PEELER (c.1885-1962) of Washington County, GA continues to elude me.

Rosa was married to Walter PEELER in 1902 by Reverend James Veal, where she gives her maiden name to be DIXON. She then has four children: Izora, Isadore, Douglas (Bick/Walter) and Amos James (.A.J.) before her husband dies tragically in a Steele Mill accident in Dauphin County, PA 1921. Rosa moves to Atlanta with her youngest son A.J. before eventually moving with them north to Philadelphia and New Jersey. All of her sons went north, however her daughter Izora remained in Washington County and married Miles ASBERRY.

Rosa died in 1962, and was returned home to Sandersville. She was memorialized at Marshall Grove Baptist Church, C.J. Jordan officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. The Sandersville Progress obituary reads that at that in addition to her children and their spouses, she left a brother and two sisters.

Additionally, my cousin Mae Bell Azberry had been told me that her Grandmother Rosa had a younger brother named Ralph, and possibly a sibling in Florida who sent oranges. Mae Bell passed away this September.

She was also said to be kin to the WALKERS and the ARMSTRONGS. One census record claims that she is cousin to Susan VEAL. And I have been told that she worked a boarding home while in Atlanta with a woman named Sue. Her children' Social Security applications however give her maiden name as HALL and BUCK.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

African American Genealogist for Hire

Working remotely from my home in Western PA, I offer genealogical services including court house look-ups, census, wills and deeds, veterans records review, etc.... I am able to get clients started on their hunt for their roots through their family trees. I am also available for cemetery services such as collecting rubbings and light grave up-keep.
Please comment if interested.

Autumn Redcross
professional genealogy services

Monday, November 10, 2008

Digital Library on American Slavery

Search the Petitions

The Digital Library on American Slavery, a cooperative effort of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color. Designed as a tool for genealogists and historians, the site provides access to data collected from legal petitions filed from 1777 to 1867 in all fifteen slaveholding states in the U.S. This information documents where, when, and by whom slaves were owned, and provides insight into where, when, and how free people of color lived.

Click Here for the Digital Library on American Slavery