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BOSSIER PARISH, LOUISIANA 1843-1871

I have been researching my Louisiana line for sometime now, although my ancestors were born in GA, they migrated to LA for some reason. My next thought was to study the area. My ancestors by 1880 was living in Webster Parish, but in 1871 there were a split from Bossier Parish, but my ancestors when on arrival to LA were at some point living in Bossier Parish. Here is what I found out about the Parish: Bossier Parish was formed […]

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: NaNa ODESSA AND FRIEND

This is a picture of my grandmother Odessa Amos and her friend Rue or Ruthie(this is what name mom remembers). Not sure of what year this picture was taken,  but they do look like they are having a good time. Actually they look like they are up to something. See if NaNa Odessa would have stayed around a little longer I am so sure that my noisey self would have asked all those questions that I am asking now. I am so sure that she […]

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: JAMES AND RUBY AMOS

James was the oldest son of my great grandmother Amanda. Born abt 1901 in Cotton Valley, LA. I never met my great uncle, but if you let my mom tell it, I did. I found this photo going through old photos and it turned out to be one of my favorites. It shows what a loving African American couple looks like. When Amanda fell ill, rumor has it that James took her from state to state trying to get her help. On […]

MADNESS MONDAY: AMANDA ROBERTSON 1881-1926

Amanda is my great grandmother on my maternal side of the family. I have been trying to find out whatever information on her and her famiy that I can. I have made serveral descendant contacts of one of the ROBERTSON sisters, but they do not have much information, because Amanda died before they were born and even Amanda’s sister had passed away also. Cousin E had gotten a hold of an aunt that knew all the ROBERTSON girls. I have tried to call […]

COULD EDMUND WILLIAM HODGES HAVE BEEN MY ANCESTORS SLAVEOWNER?

As everyone know I have been on the track of finding out who owned my ancestors Ben and Mandy ROBERTSON. I believe I have found him:  E W HODGES may have been the owner. E W HODGES was born abt 1809 in Randolf, GA Twiggs County and died around 1867 in Webster Parish, LA. According to slave schedule of 1850 and 1860 LA the HODGES dominated the area of Bossier Parish, LA as slave owners. In 1860 E W owned 4 male slaves […]

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: EARL CARRIE BANKS

Earl Carrie Banks was NaNa Odessa’s oldest child born in 1926. Son of her first husband Augustus Banks. Earl and my mom were at least 21yrs apart, but he was crazy about his sister Beverly. NaNa Odessa was real big on education and she stressed to all her children to go to college. Not really sure what school Earl went to, but do know he earned a college degree. He also played football and went on to become the Head Football Coach of Morgan […]

MY PROGRESS!

As we all know some progress can turn out to be no progress. I was excited to see a link that could answer some question as to how my family got to LA from GA. It turned out that I had really more questions than answers and really may have jumped the gun a little as to this link having information on my ancestors. I sat scratching my head to the responses to my blog, I understood what my Genealogy […]

COULD THIS BE MY ANCESTORS?

AS I sit here today I just knew I was at a dead end with my research of my LA line, but as we all know there are no dead ends, because when a door closes GOD always opens a window. Maybe about a month ago I was trying to locate Ben and Mandy in the 1870 Census in Webster Parish. No luck, but then I remembered that I read somewhere that Bossier, Bienville, and Clairbourne Parishes merged around 1876 and thus formed […]

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: ROBERT LEE SMITH JR 02/21/1948-01/21/1997

Although my mom had three brothers, Uncle Bobby was my favorite. I learned so much from him. He had such a good spirit. He was smart, funny, and humble. He was well educated(masters degree in math) and such a good athlete. He almost went pro, but like so many he had those demons that he could not shake. Athough Uncle Bobby had so much going for him, in college he developed a liking for alchohol and became addicted. He was able to […]

MADNESS MONDAY: CAROL JEAN COLLINS 11/1944-05/2006

Now I know madness mondays are for those ancestors that drive you mad. Although Aunt Carol did not drive me mad, but she did a number on my mom and the family. Although my NaNa Odessa only had one girl(which is my mom), her and NaNa Dora were real good friends so mom and Aunt Carol grew up together. Once my NaNa Odessa passed away NaNa Dora stepped in a mother figure for my mom and our families grew from […]

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