Here I am (a few days old) with my dog, Troy, watching over me. He was always very protective. I miss him. When you are documenting your family history, don’t forget the 4 legged and furry members.
Roland (at the end on the far left)
Roland Hayes was born in Smith Grove, KY on April 1, 1915. He was a gospel singer in Kentucky and later in Indianapolis, IN. He was the father of Ronzo and Albert. He also worked as a night watchman at Cornell-Dubilier company from 1951 – 1954. His employers noted he was a, “Good worker and a trusted employee”. According to the Indianapolis Recorder, March 27, 1954 he lived in Indianapolis from 1951 – 1954. Roland was a member of Greater Zion Baptist Church and the Greater Indianapolis Temple of the Elks 899.
Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby
This month I will be posting stories about some of the important people in my family. Black History Month is always a great time to reflect on significant people in our history. No people are more important than the ones closest to us. If you have a person you would like to share, email it to me and I will also post your story.
My Maternal Grandmother, Granny, took care of me during the day, before I entered Kindergarten, while my parents were at work. Her first and middle names was Anna Mae. And that’s the way you said it, all together Anna Mae. Since I spent so much time with her a lot of her friends and other people in the community identified me with her very closely. I also favor her a great deal. You can see a picture of the two of us on my homepage.
When I was older and able to move about the city by myself, I would often hear the question, “Aren’t you Anna Mae’s Grandbaby?” I would answer in the affirmative and hope that I was honoring her legacy. I often wondered, “How in the world did all these random people know who I was?” This was many years before social media. Later on I found out that she would show my picture (and my sisters and cousin, and much later our children) to any and everyone that she could. She bragged on us constantly. I have another story about that, but I’ll save it for another day and another post.
Granny has passed on now, however she is never far from my thoughts. She loved me unconditionally and fiercely until her last breath. I miss her so much. As I write this I can’t stop the tears from falling. However, I am so blessed to have had her in my life. Her legacy lives on in me and the rest of my family.
Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby”
For several years friends and family members have encouraged me to write about my family and my genealogical searches. Well here I am! I am excited about this new page in the story that is my life.
I first began researching when I was given an assignment in middle school, St. Andrews’ the Apostle Elementary School (K – 8), to research my family tree. The assignment is one that many school kids are given. For me it started me on my journey of researching my family tree or genealogy. I immediately dove head first into the assignment. I quickly wrote down my parents’ names and my maternal parents’ names. I could even go back about 3 generations on my Mom’s paternal side.
This was the first time that I understood the term “family” had 2 sides, Maternal and Paternal. Prior that my relatives were all lumped together. I had a large extended family that was primarily of my Mother’s family.
This assignment started my love affair with genealogy. This blog will discuss family history, ancestors, and descendants and how we stay connected across the generations. Family stems from blood, marriage, adoption and often times the bonding of friends. The Ties That Bind Us are of Love. I hope you enjoy my blog. I hope that this will encourage you to connect with you family both past and present.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
“Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby“