The year that shall not be named, was really one for the books! LOL!
In all seriousness the past year was one I will not soon forget. There were some highs and lows. I learned a lot of things that I will use moving forward.
I did take time to do some micro-journaling and make note of significant events.
I haven’t made any intentions for 2021 but I will. My prayer for the coming year is Joy, Peace, Abundance & Health, for myself and the rest of the World.
One of my dear cousins made her final transition on December 30, 2020. She is now an ancestor. It’s been a hard one to process. We were close in age. She had a vibrant spirit and zest for life. She will be dearly missed. I’m not mentioning her by name at this time because our family is still processing her loss.
I will say that I am always #Family1st. That motto has tested me this year more than any other. In the immortal words of famous philosopher Frankie Beverly, “Joy & Pain like sunshine and rain” . . .
To all my family lines, in the words of Bob Marley “One Love, One Heart”. Hayes Williams Curtis Cleveland Rhodes Branham Bell Davis
Today I wanted to take a few moments to talk about the hardest part of being a Family Griot. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a GRIOT (gree-o) is:
: any of a class of musician-entertainers of western Africa whose performances include tribal histories and genealogies.
I consider myself a griot because I strive to document and share my family’s history. Yesterday my family and I laid to rest the mortal remains of my Uncle Clarence. He was a Master Gardener and excellent cook and most of all a beloved father and grandfather. I helped my cousin with the funeral program and updated my electronic files to show his death date. I looked for pictures of my Uncle Clarence. Which was hard because he was a quiet and solitary man. He did allow me to snap a few pictures of him down through the years. (Once, again, I need to do a better job of organizing my pictures.) I did find a good one of him with two other family members.
Although I am sad that he is no longer with us in the physical realm. I do believe that, “He does now see God.” The pastor’s eulogy were truly a balm to my spirit. Even as I grieve, I’m bolstered by the fact that no one is ever truly gone, when they continue to live on in the hearts of friends and family.
Take this time to document your family history and even more important, hug your family members, spend time with them, listen to them and tell them you love them.
God Bless ~
Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby
After finding the enlistment records of one of my other ancestors, it encouraged me to look at records I found many years ago. April 21, 1999 I sent a request to the National Archives and Records Administration, for the military records of W.E. Cox. I used Standard Form 180, “Request Pertaining to Military Records”. I provided his full name, social security number, DOB (Date of Birth), Branch of Service, Dates of Service and Service Number. (I belive that I found this information from his DD-214 (Discharge Papers). He had served in the U.S Army and U.S. Navy.
I received his Naval Honorable Discharge certificate, which showed his Rate and Rank, date and place of discharge. From the Army I received his 2 page DD-214 which showed how much time he served, service medals awarded. His decorations were
Korean Service Ribbon
Bronze Service Star
Combat Infantry Badge
United Nations Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
His most significant duty assignment was – KC 7th Inf Regt. (I would like to find out more about this regiment.)
I need to place this information within the timeline I have for him and also try to locate the addresses for his residence at the time of his enlistment and discharge. This will help me put some things in context and also show me where he was living.