Mr. Y. D. Peters (Yancey) is my Great-Grand Uncle. Yancey was born in Henry County, Virginia and at a young age joined the military and relocated in Washington D.C. to have his own family. This posting revealed that Yancey had been connected with the Navy, a fact I had no knowledge of.
The fact that the Peter’s were going to be visiting family in Janesville, NC, has given me more clues to discover family somewhere else. I am unsure if the family that the Peter’s were visiting were Yancey’s family or Alice’s (Ray-her maiden name).
Yancey was a business owner and owned a grocery store which had been documented in the U.S. Census and various community directories.
This part of my Peters family were of the Black Socialite Elite as many of the articles will reveal.
Next postings will be the articles I have found in various newspapers pertaining to the Peters Family.
Addendum: After looking at my family tree, I have answered the question that Alice E (Ray) Peters was from North Carolina…But now my question is was it really Janesville or Jonesville?
Fashion Parade-Knit Wear-Frocks-Hats….
New York Amsterdam News (1943-1961) Nov 25, 1950
ProQuest Historical Newspapers, New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
Fashion Parade-Knit Wear-Frocks-Hats….
Kanters from Fashion Knitting Knook, shown at Golden Gate last Saturday Evening shown by Miss Annice Hairston. Left to Right are: Miss Adele Rogers in knitted suit and crocheted beaded bag; Miss Anna Chase in daytime frock of wool with crocheted pockets, belt and neck trimming; Miss Helen Mitchell, in an evening dress with crocheted cummerbund and beaded bag, and Miss Fannie Ricks who carries a hand crocheted beaded bag with a sports suit.
Miss Billie Taylor wears a two-piece sport dress with detachable cape and brown leather belt, from the collection of holiday clothes to be shown by Agnes Cully Peters, Sunday evening, Dec. 3, in Crystal Room of Brevoort Hotel in the Village.
Other models include mmes. and Misses Delores Duncan Wharton, Betty Peters, Rhoda Wynn, June Thompson, Hazel Sharper, Hermine Pair, Fannie Robinson, Iona Newsome, Janice King, Antoinette Hamilton, Beulah Hagans, Dorothy Graham, Marian Davis, and Bessie Buchanan.
|Brevoort Hotel with Mark Twain House in Background|
Hats by Sarah Foye for holiday parties, are modeled by (l to R) Miss Mary Lauchner in a green velvet bonnet with veil; Mrs. Laura Holt who wears a Persian hat gilded with sequin; and Miss Lillian Credel in a saucy green felt derby.
|Dress made by my Grandmother
Agnes Cully Peters
Model, Miss Billie Taylor
Original Photo from Cully Photo Collection,
shown in News article
According to this article, My mother Betty Peters and her friend Dolores Duncan Wharton were to be in my grandmother’s fashion show.
In 2004, I discovered through the NewsBank/and or the American Antiquarian Society an article in the Worcester Daily Spy dated April 4, 1902 that announced Miss Jane Gilliam’s recital.
Jane Gilliam was my Great Grandmother’s (Nora Ann “Gilliam” Cully) Sister, which would make Jane my Great Grand Aunt. Jane was born in North Carolina Oct of 1877 and moved to Worcester, MA when she was 3 years old.
|Worcester Daily Spy News Paper
April 4, 1902
RECITAL GIVEN BY
MISS JANE GILLIAM
Miss Jane Gilliam gave a recital last night in Elocution Hall, 24 Front Street. She was assisted by the Cecilian Male Quartet and Fred Bates, tenor: George Cooper, baritone; George Stewart, bass: William Johnson, humorist: Miss Sadie Shannon, soprano: Miss Grace Johnson, pianist. Miss Gilliam gave a number of readings which were much applauded. There is but one more recital in the course given by the Worcester School of Elocution and Delsarte. The next one will be by Miss Laura Joudrey.
Seeing this article had me think “That’s Why Zara Cully Brown was an elocutionist in Worcester.” Zara Cully Brown was Jane Gilliam’s niece, and had been an actress on the “Jefferson’s” television sitcom.
This is a continued effort to transcribe my mother’s 1942 Journal when she was 15 years old. To see other postings Click on following links: Day #1, Day #2, Day #3, Day #4, Day #5, Day #6 & #7, Day #8, Day #9, Day #10 Day #11 Day #12, Day #13, Day #14
Jan 2, 1944
So much has happened between last May and today that I can only touch on a very few of the outstanding events.
Alvaretta came back to New York last fall. She has been to see us several times. Her lovely sister is living in the city with her four children. Alvaretta is now living in Brooklyn with a married couple.
He’s a negro artist and she’s white. Alvaretta claims to be living in a very cultured atmosphere and is very happy (now).
Marian Anderson and Razz Fisher are married. They tied the knot last summer. It was in all the papers. We sent them a card of congratulation and called them up. They sent us a Christmas card.
June and Palmer have been married for seven months. The wedding was lovely. Everything went off as planned, only better. Moving pictures were taken which I haven’t seen as yet. Aunt Vi Thompson sent us a photo-…
…graph though. June went to Florida (where Palmer was shipped) and stayed for a month until he was shipped to North Carolina. She’s home now. She and Sis LaVant are both working at Sack’s 34th St. now. June and I went out to lunch together and she ran out and left me to pay the bill. How’d you like that?!!
Richard Timpson and I had a fleeting romance that lasted from June 1943 to about the middle of September. He ditched me because I was too virginal. After fooling around with Barbara Franklin (who is one of them things) he was shipped away to Texas because of bad behavior at the New York Army Hall. He became sick and had….
...to spend some time in the hospital out there but he’s out now. He used to go around with Arlene Alvaranga and then Agnes Wethers.
The summer was very warm and pleasant. I acquired a sunburn whist I still haven’t entirely lost. Late in August I spent a few days with Hilda (Bonnie) Proctor! She knocks me out with her “dear lamb” Sonny banks from Boston and Lester.
She visited me for the Christmas holidays. Let me say right now that they are the most glorious holidays I have ever spent. I can really see myself growing up now. I’m doing so many…
…things now that I couldn’t ever do before. (I was 17 years old on the 17th of November 1943).
We had a big tree for $4.08. Blonnie came X’mas Eve.
Here are my activities. (Christmas was on Saturday)
Friday Night: Cocktails at Aunt Burnette’s house. (Blonnie and I had Pepsi Cola). Bed about 4:00.
Saturday: 1. Loads of X’mas presents.
2. Dinner with the Family, Aunt Burnette and Uncle Albert, Blonnie, Joyce, Lester. Ernest Craig, “septical” a hippy jerk from way back came back.
Sat nite: Lester & Hilda smooch while Joyce and I play records.
|St. Martin Episcopal Church
230 Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X Blvd)
Sunday: St. martin’s Church. Rain! Rain! Rain! We meet Rev. Johnnie Johnson’s…
…son, David and plan party for Tuesday night. Later we go to movies (Hamilton). Picture: “Sweet Rosie O’Grady” Betty Grable, Robt. Young
Monday: We went Ice skating at Iceland (50th St. I fell down twice. Mon. Nite: Movies: “The Cross of Lorraine” with Pierre Aumont, Gene Kelly, Richard Whorf *** (in my estimation).
Tuesday: We fool around all day. Go to David Johnsons party that night with Max and Charlie Yergan. Nice party, just nice. Jackie Canton is there.
Wednesday Night: THE COMUS CLUB
My first formal dance. At the SAVOY. Maxi Yergan escorted me. (Is he handsome). I hope he comes to see me. I had a ball. Other’s there were Blonnie, Lester, Barbara, Bobby, Frankie, Dixon (he’s a doll, I just love him), Pat Rainey, Betty Pogue, the fellow with the white streakin his hair, Pat Cuffee and scads of othhers. What fun!
A formal dance. Ha! I’m growing up. Thursday Blonnie went home. My house was packed from morn till night with kids. Friday was New Years. We kids about 100 of us went first to Barbara’s then Bobby’s. We carried on! Had a ball! Bobby was on furlough from the Navy, Frankie, from…
…the army. God Bless them and all the others. I didn’t go to Earl, Stanley, Wallace, Sonny’s party Monday because they didn’t want Blonnie and she was my guest Saturday Night. Aunt Burnette and Uncle Albert drove Mom, Unk, me up to the Bronx to the Paschall’s new home. Very nice time had. When we came home, we went to Grace Thompson’s and ate candy, fruitcake, spareribs, blackeyed peas, drank rockin rye and milk. OW! This is Sunday and I’m doing trig homework.
Tommie Owens came over for a piece of cake, (his first time in my house) but it was all gone. He a darling. I…
…understand him now. I love him too. His friend, “Al”, the other fireman is going away to the Army on January 4 (Tuesday).
Boo! Hoo! Ruthie and Liela are getting chummy again.
Oh Gee! I love everybody. Frankie Touie, Maxie. What a mixup. Dear Me!
|A Baby photo found in my mother’s collection|
This is the photo that baptized me into the full immersion of genealogy. This is a photo of my mothers first cousin, Richard Clayton Cully. I did not know Richard, and had seen this photo in the past when I had the opportunity to go through my mom’s photo collection. I also did not know who were Richard’s parents. My guess was that it must have been my Great Aunt Nora Cully’s child. (She was the youngest).
Spending hours and hours over a few years, I had spent lots of time on Ancestry.com searching all U.S. Census reports of the Cully’s in the Worcester, MA area. I had decided I would copy all of the Census reports in that area with that surname (Cully) and review each one. When I came across the one posted below, I said to myself, “Now I know who Richard belongs to!”
Cousin Richard was the child of Osborn Cully and Gertrude Hayes. Growing up, my mother talked about Uncle “Ozzie” all the time. Osborn was one of the older siblings of the union between my Great Grandparents, Ambrose & Nora [Gilliam] Cully.
|Gertrude Hayes & Osborn Cully
Osborn’s scrapbook in my mom’s possession
I knew that my Great Uncle Osborn and his wife died young in 1935, so my question was, “Where is Cousin Richard Cully now?”
I immediately checked the Social Security Death Index to rule out that he had died. To my disappointment Richard had died 30 December 2003, which was six days before my mother passed in January 2004.
As I continued to do more searching, I came across Richard’s military record.
So, I knew Richard had been in the military, and I knew that he had already died, and I knew who his parents were. There were some things that I could still do to find Richard’s family and to know more about him.
The situation was, I did not have any connections with any of the Cully family members except for Zara Cully Brown’s [Mother Jefferson who played George’s mother on the TV Sitcom “The Jefftersons”] decedents, as our family remained and remain very close to this day.
I had to be creative. I Googled Richard’s name just so that I could exhaust that avenue….”I Got A Hit!” The Cambridge Fire Department had written up an article in their newsletter, and this gave me clues as to what to do next.
The newsletter confirmed some things I knew from prior research on Richard’s father Osborn, and the location of where the family resided throughout the years.
|Cambridge Fire Dept. Newsletter
(Insert from newsletter)
I learned that Cousin Richard had been one of the first African American Deputy Fire Cheifs in Cambridge and had been a fireman since 1951. I also learned the names of his son Rick (Richard Cully, Jr.) and his grandson Justin Cully as they were three generations of firemen.
Having this information was very valuable to me. I was on a clear mission to find this branch of the tree and reunite with them because it had been at least 60 to 70 years since the Cully’s from all branches have been together.
I had to be creative, and in doing so it payed off. At first, I purchased a month membership with PeopleSearch.com and was able to get a listing of names of family members that had resided in the Cully family household. Then I went on Facebook and entered the names and connected with the grandchildren of Richard Cully. Then I wrote a letter to Richard C. Cully Jr. at the Cambridge Fire department inquiring about his father, and informing him of our family connection. It took about a month before I received a response from him, but along with it, I was given contact information of Richard Jr’s. sister Karen Cully, who resides in Florida. We hit it off immediately.
I had the opportunity to reunite with Karen when she came to San Diego, CA and then I went to Orlando, Florida two times in 2010. I went once to celebrate their mother Raymonde Cully’s [Richard Sr.’s wife] 90th birthday and then in November 2010 to celebrate Thanksgiving with their family from Haiti’s. During these visits, I met Richard and Karen’s sister Gretchen Gertrude & brother Richy, and many others from this Cully Branch.
Finding family can be a difficult task, but when you put your heart, your mind, your spirit, and allow your ancestors to guide you, the possibilities are open to you. I say happy researching and hunting as this could begin a whole new chapter in a happy reunion.
To keep this post relatively simple, I will post our reunion pictures and other details at a later date.