Archive | November 2011

Cully Family Update

     On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, I will be interviewed by Richard Falco, director of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Jazz Department.  The interview will be about the life and family history roots of Wendell Phillip Culley, who was an American Trumpet Jazz musician and played on over 200 recordings.

     I will be taking a break until Wednesday as my computer crashed and I will be spending some time to prepare for the interview that will take place online.  When I decided to do family history and genealogy, I had no idea as to all the other avenues that the stories of my family would come to life, and that I would have the opportunity to share them with the public.

     Once the interview is completed, edited and posted online, I will give a link so you will have the opportunity to see it.

As Always!  Happy Researching!!!

Today’s Happenings: Saturday, November 26, 2011

     I wanted to do a post on my Thanksgiving Road Trip to Maricopa, AZ this past holiday, but my computer crashed and I am using my daughter’s mini laptop.  I will be somewhat out of commission for a few days.  I will not be able to do any substantial postings until my computer is recovered as I use it with my scanner.  If I can figure out the mobile blogging then I could possibly post the pictures I took with my Blackberry.

     I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family.  My trip up to Arizona was amazing as it was going back to San Diego.  It is really difficult for me not to stop at least a handful of times to take pictures and explore some of the historical sites when I go on a road trip.  It makes it more meaningful.

    I hope all my Blogger Friends and readers had a wonderful holiday.  I hope that I will have the opportunity to post soon. Until then, God Bless.

Tombstone Tuesday: Sarah F Cully Whittington

 Sarah F. Cully Whittington was born to William Henry Cully and Nancy Harkley in Craven County, North Carolina on November 6, 1860.  Sarah died on February 10, 1922.  Sarah was the wife of Allen E. Whittington


     Sarah was the sister of my Great Grandfather Ambrose E. Cully. Sarah had other siblings (George W., Melvina and Isabella).  Sarah was also the mother to: William Washington, Izora C., Clara E., Caswell J., Cappie, Rebecca, Rosella, Nora M., and Mary.

Sarah F. Cully Whittington
Courtesy of Findagrave.com

Sarah was buried in the Little Witness Church Cemetery now MCAS Cherry Point [Inscription] Sarah F. wife of Allen Whittington Nov. 6, 1860-Feb 10, 1922.  Best mother, rest in sweet sleep, while friend in sorrow o’er Thee weep.

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Tombstone Tuesday: George W. Cully

George W. Cully
Son of W.H & N.E. Cully
Peaceful Be Thy Slumber
Courtesy of Edward Ellis-Havelock Historian

     George W. Cully was born to William Henry Cully and Nancy E. Harkley on December 27, 1869 in Craven County, North Carolina and lived until November 6, 1919.  He was the brother of my Great Grandfather Ambrose E. Cully. George had other siblings (Sarah F., Melvina and Isabella).

     George was married to Alvania Canady (Canaday/Canada) other variances of surname.  They had one child William Allen Cully.

     George W. Cully was buried at Little Witness Church Cemetery that is now known as MCAS Cherry Point Cemetery.  George was a member of the Black Masonic Lodge and he has the Mason symbol on his headstone.  It is very possible that George was a member of King Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, The first Black Masonic Lodge established after emancipation.  This Lodge served as the mother Lodge of all the other’s throughout the State. (Knowing that the Masonic Lodge usually keeps good records, I will be contacting to get more information on George’s membership and status with the Masons.

George was a farmer and his wife Alvania was a storekeeper (selling groceries).

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Lionel Hampton with Joe Wilder: Wendell Phillip Culley

       Instead of saying “Where is Waldo?” I have been saying, “Where is Wendell?”  As I completed a post today on Wendell Culley and the Count Basie Orchestra, I again was given permission to post the following photo on my blog from Monk Rowe through Joe Wilder-Trumpet Player, who will be 90 in February 2012.
Lionel Hampton Orchestra, 1946
Joe Morris, Trumpet Player, Johnny Griffin-Sax Player
Wendell Culley sitting to Left of Joe Morris in back
Courtesy of Joe Wilder
Chicago Famous Band Box, 1946
Courtesy of Joe Wilder
(Arrow) Wendell Phillip Culley

Monk Rowe is a professor at Hamilton College and director of the Jazz Archives who has interviewed and researched many jazz artists extensively.  To listen to an interview of Joe Wilder go here.

Monk Rowe also has a wonderful Blog at Jazz BackStory, that may be of interest.

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The material, both written and photographic on these pages is the copyright of Yvette Porter Moore unless stated. Material on this site may be used for personal reference only. If you wish to use any of the material on this site for other means, please seek the written permission of Yvette Porter Moore
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Wendell Phillip Culley in Count Basie Orchestra

    The journey to find pictures of my Grand Uncle Wendell Culley has truly become fruitful.  I have searched the World Wide Web, searched e-bay, looked at online photo’s of band’s Wendell played in, traveled to Worcester, MA and Washington D.C to search libraries and archives, and even made requests from family members to search their personal photo collections.  I was met with some success and some disappointments.  My greatest success came when I connected with Armin Büttner, the writer and researcher for CROWNPROPELLER’S Blog. (Click Link to see blog)

     I came across a post featuring Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra.  In the photo that was posted, Wendell Culley was situated in the back with the Trumpet section.  When I inquired about the photo, I was granted permission to share on my blog for my family history.  I was so thrilled with this, and with much surprise was sent another photo of a close-up with Wendell.  Check out this post Wendell Culley: Treasure Chest Thursday.

    When I thought Christmas was over, I received another email with a photo attachment of Wendell Culley from the “Otto Flueckiger Collection.”
Wendell P. Culley
photo by Ernest Zwonicek via the Flueckiger Collection
Photo possibly taken in Geneva, Switzerland, 1956

     Wendell Culley played trumpet with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1951-1959.

     Other photo’s and story of Wendell and the Count Basie Orchestra on the Crownpropeller Blog (Link)


     Here are a couple more photo’s of Wendell Culley by Ernest Zwonicek via the Flueckiger Collection”

Benny Powell (???), Wendell Culley, Marshall Royal

Count Basie, Wendell Culley, and others.
Joe Williams
At the train station
Others may or may not be band members.
(If you can identify anyone please contact Crownpropeller’s Blog)

     In regular and on-going research, I came across one of the passenger lists of 1956 of Count Basie’s Orchestra. I was hoping that it was the travel record of the Basie Orchestra to Geneva Switzerland in 1956, but the one below is to Prestwick, Scotland.  I hope that eventually the passenger lists will be posted on ancestry.com.

Travel Record of Count Basie Orchestra
Prestwick, Scotland
Ancestry.com
Driggs Collection

     I have another blog: The Cully Family-An African American Legacy that will include a detailed history of Wendell Culley and all of his siblings.  This blog is currently being worked on, so check back often.

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The material, both written and photographic on these pages is the copyright of Yvette Porter Moore unless stated. Material on this site may be used for personal reference only. If you wish to use any of the material on this site for other means, please seek the written permission of Yvette Porter Moore
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