I am on my fifteenth day celebrating Women’s History Month and taking advantage of the Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.
I have to thank Lisa Alzo of the Accidental Genealogist blog for presenting such an awesome idea.
March 15 — Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.
Here are my Ancestors I am highlighting this day with the six-word memoir.
Betty Mae Peters Porter (My Mother): Educator. Great Humor. Classy Woman. Beautiful.
Agnes Mae Cully Peters (Maternal Grandmother) New York Fashion Designer, Cancer Survivor
Helen Bunn Thompson (Paternal Grandmother) Spiritual. Quilter. Concerned Citizen. Foster Parent.
Nora Ann Gilliam Cully (Maternal Great-Grandmother) Always Pregnant. Pianist. Church-goer. Died Young.
Hannah Singleton-Nelson Gilliam (Maternal Great Great Grandmother) Former Slave. Laundress. Young Widow. Matriarch.
Jane B. Nelson Collins (Maternal Great Great Aunt) Former Slave. Freedom Fighter. Activist. Strong.
March 14 — Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?
I have had many female relatives in various social columns throughout the United States on my maternal side.
When I was going through my Paternal mom’s scrapbook, I came across this clipped out picture of my grandmother’s sister Hattie Bunn Criner who was born in 1914. I am unsure as to what magazine this photo was published in, but she seemed to be very happy. I did not have the opportunity to get to know Hattie, and our encounters were very few.
Apparently she was a housekeeper in her middle ages.
March 12 — Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.
I had two grandmother’s that had their own businesses in their home. Both of my grandmother’s sewed for a living. My maternal grandmother Agnes Cully Peters was a fashion designer, and sewed for the Who’s Who in New York and then in later years Los Angeles when her sister Zara relocated to pursue her acting career.
My paternal grandmother Helen Bunn Thompson had a sewing room in her home and she would sew for church members, and many of the neighborhood families where she resided in Los Angeles. This is one of the many ways she would make a living. Helen was also was a foster parent and a launderer.
Helen Bunn Thompson
I later learned from an older relative that Helen owned a cafe in Little Rock, Arkansas and in St. Louis, Missouri.
Today was a slow day for me. I scanned the ten death certificates I received a few days ago. I cropped them and saved them to my hard drive.
As I was organizing my room I found the photo of my Paternal Grand Aunt, Hattie Bunn Criner, my grandmother’s younger sister. I met Hattie for the first time in 1989 at my grandmother’s funeral. I was really in awe because she looked so much like my grandmother Helen.
I thought I would get some reading in today, but I got a call to go to a Christmas Party, and had only ten minutes to get dressed…so….no reading for me tonight.
Right before I went out the door, One of my dearest friends sent me a Youtube Video she created of the Walter J. Porter Portrait Unveiling. It was spectacular so I thought I would share. Thank You Tracy for your friendship and putting Love into it!!
I was not sure of the identity of all the people in the picture, as everyone has aged since this time. This picture was taken at my paternal grandmother’s home (153 E. 121st Street, Los Angeles CA). I believe the photo was taken in the 1970’s.
In 2008, I was re-acquainted with some of my Bunn family at my Grand Uncle Robert Bunn’s 90th birthday party. I posted this photo on my cousin Wesley’s facebook page to see if he could help me identify some of the family members as he was in this photo.
|(L to R) Front Row: Kevin Bunn, Beatrice Bunn Watkins & Wesley Bunn
Back Row: Willie F Thompson, William Bunn, Robert W. Bunn, Jr., Rochelle Bunn & Helen Bunn Thompson
My grandmother was Helen Bunn Thompson and her two brothers were William & Robert Bunn
Removing items from boxes, organizing, filing and making folders for documents the last few days has allowed me to unearth some items I had forgotten about. I came across this old photo of my Paternal Great Grandfather Robert Wesley Bunn, Sr. taken at his home in Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, Louisiana.
Robert Wesley Bunn, Sr. was born November 26, 1878 in North Carolina. He died in 1960.
I had seen this photo before but had not looked at the detail because I said to myself, “I can’t see his face.” I had no value of the photo at the time, but upon further investigation, I noticed that he was looking out unto his field (farm) and/or observing the bus load of people. It looks to me as there are a few individuals that have burlap bags, and were possibly preparing to go out in the field for the day to pick some cotton, or whatever needed to be harvested.
My grandmother Helen Bunn told me when I was a child that her father had crops of cotton, and tabacco. I believe he was a sharecropper. When I have the opportunity, I hope to do a little more investigation and find out more about his farming.
|Robert Wesley Bunn, Sr.
Helen Bunn Photo Collection