|Ambrose E Cully|
|(L to r) Rochelle Bunn and Helen Bunn Porter-Thompson|
About Photo: Rochelle Bunn is my Grandmother’s niece; the daughter of her brother Robert Wesley Bunn, Jr. This photo was taken at my Grandmother’s back house. She had property in the front. This is the famous Ivy plant that ran from the back yard all the way to the front yard to the street.
I spent every Summer in South Central, Los Angeles at my grandmother’s until I was 18 years old. I have many memories of my grandmother Helen. She was a church going woman and was a member of Ward AME Church in Los Angeles, where she took an active role until her illness.
Last year, I drove up to Los Angeles to take pictures of Helen Bunn’s headstone and leave flowers. The pictures did not come out as the headstone was of a mixed colored granite material and the print did not show up in the picture. I possibly will go back and try to capture it again, even though I have thought about replacing the headstone (which is a possibility).
My father Walter James Porter was my grandmother’s only child. She took pride in him and in everything he did. She migrated from the South and eventually to Los Angeles for greater opportunities for my father. My grandmother had been married at least 5x. I used to try to pry the information from her about her marriage to my dad’s father, but she didn’t say much except that she ran away from Louisiana to Arkansas to get away so that my dad would have a good education. The migration of my grandmother was in various areas and she paved the way for many of the Bunn & Porter Clan to various cities and states. (another post to come)
According to my grandmother’s death certificate:
Her name was Helen Thompson and she died November 6, 1989 at 2:10am. “I remember when the phone rang at our house, at 2:20am in the morning…and I knew she died before my dad came in the room to tell me. I had dreamed about my grandmother before the call…I believe she came to me to tell me that she loved me and that she was going to be with Jesus as the song “Go Tell It On The Mountain” began to play in my head…one of the songs my grandmother sang as she sewed or just sang anytime during the day.
Many primary documents are not accurate. Helen’s Death certificate did not have complete information recorded. Her father Robert W. Bunn was born in North Carolina and not South Carolina. The name of her mother was unknown by the informant, but had they asked me, I could have told them.
When I look at the cause of death, it is a reminder to me that one needs to exercise and eat healthy. Yes, my grandmother lived to 86, but I would love to live to this age and beyond. I also believe that black women from the south were stronger (at least what I saw of Helen) than women that never had to work the fields.
Helen chewed tobacco and she would talk about her days in the cotton and tobacco fields as a child and young adult. ( One day I asked, what is that you are eating, and she said try it, I put a piece of what she was chewing in my mouth expecting something sweet. My face contorted and I spit that tobacco out! Ewww! I was like “What Is That!?!” It was a real piece of tobacco that had not been refined.
My grandmother Helen told me stories that I never had a day to experience and I love her for sharing. (of course she kept some of her secrets to herself).
One fine day I will see my Grandmother again, and maybe on the mountain.
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN!
|Alvania Canady Cully Taylor
Alvania “Canady” Cully Taylor was born on March 1, 1873 to Allen Canady and Silvia Orum. Alvania married George William Cully (1869-1919) and through their union a son was born, William Allen Cully (1895).
At the time of Alvania’s death she was married to Charles Taylor. She died of Valvular Heart Disease on February 27, 1925. Alvania was buried at the Little Witness Cemetery, Havelock NC.
Alvania’s first husband George W. Cully was my Great Grand Uncle. His parents were William Henry Cully and Nancy Harkley, My Great Great Grandparents.
Alvania’s son William A. and daughter in-law Catharine named their daughter (Alvania Cully b. 1927)
*Alvania’s name was misspelled in death certificate document
|Jane Gilliam Foreman
Commonwealth of Massachusetts DC
“Document Day” is a daily post for any day of the week. I have a large saved collection of Shoebox Documents from Ancestry.com to be evaluated over time as I am building my family tree. I felt it necessary to share and post what I have so that it might be helpful to myself and to those who might be searching the same surnames in the same locale.
|Sylvester W. Carter-WWI Draft Registration Card
Sylvester W. Carter was the husband of my 1st Cousin 2x removed, Izora C. Whittington (1884-1974).
Sylvester was born May 15, 1880, and was a resident of New Bern, Craven Co., North Carolina on September 12, 1918 when he completed his WWI Registration Card .
At the time of his registration, Sylvester was married to Olivia W. Martin. According to their marriage certificate on FamilySearch.org, they were married on May 15, 1907.
Sylvester was listed as Negro, Native Born. He also was listed as being of a medium height, medium build, and having Brown eyes and black hair
Sylvester was a Carpenter for a company in New Bern, Craven, NC. (Had difficulty making out the name of the company he worked for.)
|World War I Registration Card
Elvin was born on July 29 1884 in Duval County, Jacksonville Florida. This WWI Registration Card was completed on September 12, 1918 in Worcester, MA, and Elvin was 34 at the time. Hannah and Elvin were married and lived at 4 Pelham Street, which was one of the well talked about addresses that the Cully family resided of which I visited in April 2011.
Elvin was employed as a Barber at 4 Pleasant Street, Worcester MA at this time, and his employer was Parteur J. N. Harmon.
Elvin had a medium built, and was of medium height. He also had Brown hair and black eyes.
|Pelham Street where the Cully’s resided
Worcester, MA Family Research Trip
Photo from my Cell Phone Camera
Elvin Wesley Brown was living in New York when he completed the World War II Registration Card in April of 1942. He was living at 460 W. 147th Street, NY, NY, where my Mother and Grandmother resided. (When I went to NY, I had the opportunity to tour the building and also went inside the actual apt my mother lived in. I did not take pictures of the inside apt. as for the tenants privacy)
Elvin was documented as being 5’6″ and 163 lbs. He was Negro, with Brown eyes, black hair and a light brown complexion. He was also 57 years at the time.
|WW-II Registration Card (Side #1)
|World World II-Registration Card (Side #2)
|Me outside of the Apt Building @ 460 W. 147th Street
Waiting to be buzzed in.
Harlem, NY Family Research Trip
Photo by Vanessa Moore
|Unnamed Male Cully Death Certificate