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This blog Mysteries Of My Ancestors is Dedicated to My Grandparents Mr. Roy Lee Oliver Sr and Mrs. Hazel Williams Oliver and their family.

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My name is Lanita Oliver, I have always been interested in learning about my family history. I started my journey sometime in the year 2000 to learn about my family, and to do all that I can do to preserve our history for future generations as well as inspire generations before and after me to invest in the stories of their ancestors!

During my journey, I came across some missing bits and pieces which had me at a standstill so I decided to take a break in 2008. During this time my, Ancestors were calling me to continue the work that was put in front of me. Despite some of the challenges I have faced researching my Ancestors in the past, I decided in Aug of 2012 to regroup and continue my journey to find the “Mysteries Of My Ancestors”. I’m certain there will be many road blocks in the future, but there will also be much progress in obtaining information. I am hopeful to learn more about the “Mysteries Of My Ancestors” and open the book to “The Adventures Of My Ancestors”.

Hazel’s family history begins with her paternal grandparents Rev. Miles and Beatrice Bryant Williams to this union three children were born. They were Robertia, Frank and Mary Joyce Williams. The maternal grandparents were Wesley Williams and Florence Monroe and to this union one child was born named Minnie Irver Williams. Florence Monroe then married James (Jim) Moore who then adopted her daughter Minnie Irver Williams, also to this union three children were born. They were Minnie Estelle, Curley Pearl and Frances Byrd Moore.

With the joining of Frank Williams and Minnie Moore Williams, they were blessed with eight children that they loved dearly. Frank and Minnie taught them the ways of a spiritual, mental, physical and educational life. The children are as follow Velmos, Florence, Hazel (my grandmother), Frank Jr., Napoleon, Irva, Georgia B and James. In addition to their own children, this couple reared two grandchildren as their own. Which were Wesley Williams and Leneverett Tabb.

Frank and Minnie were both a member of St. Mary #1 MB Church until death. Frank was a well respected and reputable farmer. Also, he was a member of the trustee board where he served for a number of years. Minnie was a homemaker and was very active in the community and church affairs. She served as president of the usher board for 44 years.

In essence, Frank and Minnie Williams left a beautiful number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, sons-in-laws and daughter-in-laws to be honorned as being a part of the Williams and Moore families. God Bless You All.

Maternal: Cameron, Monroe, Moore, Williams

Paternal: Boston, Bryant, Masby, Owens, Perry, Roberson, Williams, Wilson

 

LIFE STORIES

Florence Monroe

Florence Monroe Moore

Florence Monroe was born February 21, 1890 in Mississippi to Marshall Monroe and Lillie Cameron. On the April 15, 1910 US Federal Census Florence Monroe was 20 years of age in the household with her grandmother Martha Cameron in Franklin Co, Mississippi. On June 30, 1910 Florence had a daughter with Wesley Williams (b) abt 1883 in MS named Minnie Irva Williams my Great Grandmother in Meadville, Franklin Co, Mississippi. Sometime after Minnie was born she and her parents moved to McGehee, Desha Co, Arkansas. Not sure as to when Florence and Wesley went there separate ways, Florence later married James (Jim) Moore and they had three children together named Curley Pearl, Minnie Estell, and Frances Byrd along with adopting a daughter by the name of Gracie Mae between the years of 1913 and 1926. In 1920 at the age of 30 Florence Moore lived in Hardy, Lee Co, Arkansas with her husband James, 2 step-sons, and 4 daughters. Then in 1930 Florence was 39 years old and lived in Lake View, Phillips Co, Arkansas with her husband, Jim, and 4 daughters. On April 1, 1940 Florence Moore was 50 years old and lived in St Francis, Arkansas with her husband, Jim, and 2 daughters. She died on February 02, 1965 at her home on Franklin Street in Helena, Phillips, Arkansas, at the age of 74.

Minnie Moore

Minnie Moore Williams

Minnie I. Moore was born on June 30, 1910, in Meadville, Mississippi, the only child of Wesley Williams and Florence Monroe. Minnie married Frank D. Williams on December 25, 1927, in Phillips County Arkansas. They had nine children Velmos, Florence, Hazel, Frank Jr, Napoleon, Irva, Beatrice, Georgia B and James in 20 years. In 1920, Minnie I. Williams was 10 years old and lived in Hardy, Arkansas with her step-father, mother, 2 step-brothers, and 3 sisters. In 1930, Minnie Williams was 20 years old and lived in Lake View, Arkansas with her husband, Frank Williams Sr, and son Velmos. On April 1, 1940, Minnie Williams was 29 years old and lived in Lake City, Arkansas with her husband, Frank, 3 sons Velmos, Frank Jr, and Napoleon, and 2 daughters Florence and Hazel. She died on February 2, 1982, at home in Helena, Arkansas at the age of 71.

Hazel Williams

Mom

Hazel Williams was born on April 20, 1934, in Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas, to Frank and Minnie Williams.  Her father Frank, was 28 and her mother Minnie was 23. Hazel was the 3rd child of nine children.  On the 1940 Census, Hazel Williams was 6 years old and lived in Lake City, Phillips Co., Arkansas with her father, mother, 3 brothers Velmos, Frank Jr, and Napolean, and one sister Florence. On January 14, 1952 at the age of 17 Hazel had a son named Kenneth Williams with Solomon Anderson in Helena, AR.  At the age of 20 she then had a daughter Annie Mae Green with Eddie Lee Green Sr., on August 10, 1954 in Helena, Arkansas.  In 1956 Hazel moved and married Roy Lee Oliver Sr. on August 5, 1956, in Nedrow, Onondaga, New York. Hazel and Roy had their first child together, a daughter named Vivian J. Oliver born March 11, 1957 in Syracuse, NY. The next child was Roy Lee Oliver Jr born August 11, 1962, followed a year later Eric N. Oliver July 30, 1963 and then Quentin H. Oliver Sr. August 23, 1964 all in Syracuse, NY.  The last child Alphonso A. Oliver was born March 27, 1968 also in Syracuse, NY.  She died on July 8, 2009, in Syracuse, New York, at the age of 75, and was buried there.

  1. BILLS (SC)
  2. BOSTON (GA, MS)
  3. BRYANT (MS)
  4. CAMERON (MS)
  5. FREEMAN (AR)
  6. HANNAH (LA)
  7. JONES (NC, MS, AR)
  8. MAGSBY (MS)
  9. MONROE (MS)
  10. MOORE (LA, MS, AR)
  11. OLIVER (NC, MS, AR)
  12. OWENS (MS)
  13. PERRY (MS)
  14. POWELL (TN, MS, AR)
  15. ROBERSON (AL, MS)
  16. WILLIAMS (LA, MS, AR)
  17. WILSON (MS, AR)
  18. WRIGHT (MS)

 

AncestryDNA Results

West Africa                86%

Scandinavian             7%

Uncertain                   7%

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REGION APPROXIMATE AMOUNT

Africa 92%

Ivory Coast/Ghana 28%

Cameroon/Congo 20%

Benin/Togo 14%

Nigeria 11%

Mali 9%

Africa Southeastern Bantu 7%

•           Trace Regions 3%

Senegal 2%

Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers 1%

•           Other Regions Tested

Africa North 0%

America 0%

•           Other Regions Tested

Native American 0%

Asia 0%

•           Other Regions Tested

Asia East 0%

Asia Central 0%

Asia South 0%

Europe 7%

•           Trace Regions 7%

Finnish/Northern Russia 3%

Ireland 2%

Scandinavia < 1%

Europe West < 1%

•           Other Regions Tested

Great Britain 0%

European Jewish 0%

Europe East 0%

Italy/Greece 0%

Iberian Peninsula 0%

Pacific Islander < 1%

•           Trace Regions < 1%

Polynesia < 1%

•           Other Regions Tested

Melanesia 0%

West Asia 0%

•           Other Regions Tested

Caucasus 0%

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Continent (Subcontinent) Population Percentage Margin of Error
Europe Finnish, Orcadian, Russian 11.05% ±0.08%
Africa (West African) Yoruba 88.95% ±0.08%

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  • GEDmatch: Uploaded Results from Ancestry

Africa9 Admixture Proportions

Africa9 Admixture Proportions

Population
Europe 7.40%
NW_Africa 4.63%
SW_Asia 0.37%
E_Africa 3.76%
S_Africa 11.69%
Mbuti 2.19%
W_Africa 57.35%
Biaka 9.60%
San 3.01%

Africa9 Oracle

Admix Results (sorted):

# Population Percent
1 W_Africa 57.35
2 S_Africa 11.69
3 Biaka 9.6
4 Europe 7.4
5 NW_Africa 4.63
6 E_Africa 3.76
7 San 3.01
8 Mbuti 2.19
9 SW_Asia 0.37

Single Population Sharing: Calculation 1

# Population (source) Distance
1 Fang 12
2 Kongo 12.84
3 Bamoun 13.26
4 Kaba 18.36
5 Hausa 19.19
6 Igbo 20.08
7 Yoruba 21.47
8 Luhya 22.47
9 Brong 23.83
10 Bantu_N.E. 25.17
11 Mada 25.66
12 Mandenka 29.46
13 Fulani 31.35
14 Bulala 40.78
15 Morocco_S 59.45
16 Maasai 61.53
17 Algeria 66.52
18 Xhosa 67.86
19 Libya 68.32
20 Moroccans 68.61

Mixed Mode Population Sharing:

# Primary Population (source) Secondary Population (source) Distance
1 88.8% Bamoun + 11.2% North_Italian @ 6.31
2 85.5% Bamoun + 14.5% North_African (Dodecad) @ 6.35
3 88.8% Bamoun + 11.2% Tuscan @ 6.63
4 87.6% Bamoun + 12.4% Morocco_Jews @ 6.74
5 90.8% Bamoun + 9.2% French_Basque @ 6.77
6 86.6% Bamoun + 13.4% Morocco_N @ 6.83
7 89.6% Kongo + 10.4% North_Italian @ 7.02
8 85.5% Bamoun + 14.5% Algeria @ 7.08
9 91.3% Kongo + 8.7% French_Basque @ 7.1
10 89.6% Kongo + 10.4% Tuscan @ 7.33
11 88.1% Bamoun + 11.9% North_African_Jews (Dodecad) @ 7.46
12 86.8% Kongo + 13.2% North_African (Dodecad) @ 7.55
13 88.6% Kongo + 11.4% Morocco_Jews @ 7.63
14 92.4% Fang + 7.6% French_Basque @ 7.67
15 91.1% Fang + 8.9% North_Italian @ 7.86
16 87.9% Kongo + 12.1% Morocco_N @ 7.91
17 86.8% Kongo + 13.2% Algeria @ 8.03
18 91.1% Fang + 8.9% Tuscan @ 8.11
19 86.7% Bamoun + 13.3% Moroccans @ 8.15
20 89.2% Kongo + 10.8% North_African_Jews (Dodecad) @ 8.26

Single Population Sharing: Calculation 2

# Population (source) Distance
1 Fang 12
2 Kongo 12.84
3 Bamoun 13.26
4 Kaba 18.36
5 Hausa 19.19
6 Igbo 20.08
7 Yoruba 21.47
8 Luhya 22.47
9 Brong 23.83
10 Bantu_N.E. 25.17
11 Mada 25.66
12 Mandenka 29.46
13 Fulani 31.35
14 Bulala 40.78
15 Morocco_S 59.45
16 Maasai 61.53
17 Algeria 66.52
18 Xhosa 67.86
19 Libya 68.32
20 Moroccans 68.61

Mixed Mode Population Sharing:

# Primary Population (source) Secondary Population (source) Distance
1 88.8% Bamoun + 11.2% North_Italian @ 6.31
2 85.5% Bamoun + 14.5% North_African (Dodecad) @ 6.35
3 88.8% Bamoun + 11.2% Tuscan @ 6.63
4 87.6% Bamoun + 12.4% Morocco_Jews @ 6.74
5 90.8% Bamoun + 9.2% French_Basque @ 6.77
6 86.6% Bamoun + 13.4% Morocco_N @ 6.83
7 89.6% Kongo + 10.4% North_Italian @ 7.02
8 85.5% Bamoun + 14.5% Algeria @ 7.08
9 91.3% Kongo + 8.7% French_Basque @ 7.1
10 89.6% Kongo + 10.4% Tuscan @ 7.33
11 88.1% Bamoun + 11.9% North_African_Jews (Dodecad) @ 7.46
12 86.8% Kongo + 13.2% North_African (Dodecad) @ 7.55
13 88.6% Kongo + 11.4% Morocco_Jews @ 7.63
14 92.4% Fang + 7.6% French_Basque @ 7.67
15 91.1% Fang + 8.9% North_Italian @ 7.86
16 87.9% Kongo + 12.1% Morocco_N @ 7.91
17 86.8% Kongo + 13.2% Algeria @ 8.03
18 91.1% Fang + 8.9% Tuscan @ 8.11
19 86.7% Bamoun + 13.3% Moroccans @ 8.15
20 89.2% Kongo + 10.8% North_African_Jews (Dodecad) @ 8.26

2014 Spring Ancestor Challege

Spring Ancestor 2014 Badge

I am a member of the African-American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research (AAGSAR).  The members of this group will be working on solving at least one ancestor challenge by Spring 2014.  So the next few months of writing will be about my journey of finding the parents of my 2nd Great Grandmother Florence Monroe.

To find the parents of Florence Monroe my maternal 2nd Great Grandmother.

Challenge:  Finding  the Parents of Florence Monroe my maternal 2nd Great Grandmother.

Goal: Discover the names and locations of where her parents were born.

Ancestor:   Florence Monroe

Other(s): Wesley Williams and James (Jim) Moore

Tribe(s): 

  1. Mississippi: Franklin County
  2. Arkansas: Desha, Monroe and Phillips County

Years: 1890-1964/1965

Summary: According to information I received from my grandmother Hazel Williams Oliver before she passed that her grandmother Florence Monroe was Cherokee Indian. This information was also told by other elder family members. Florence (b) abt 1890 had a daughter with Wesley Williams (b) abt 1883 in MS named Minnie Irva Williams my Great Grandmother (b) June 30, 1910 in Meadville, Franklin Co, MS. Sometime after Minnie was born Wesley was accused of killing a man and left Meadville and moved to McGehee, Desha Co, AR. Not soon after Wesley leaving he sent for Florence and Minnie. Not sure as to when Florence and Wesley went separete ways. Wesley married Mamie who is full blooded Cherokee Indian and had children then moved to Kansas City, MO. Florence later married James (Jim) Moore (b) abt 1878 and moved to Helena, Phillips Co, AR. Florence and James (Jim) had children Minnie Estell, Frances Byrd, and Curley Pearl.

Questions:

  1. Who are Florence parents? Marshall Monroe and Lillie Cameron
  2. When and Where was Florence born? February 21, 1890 in Mississippi
  3. When and Where did her parents die? Franklin County, Mississippi
  4. Did Florence marry Wesley Williams and if so when and where. Never Married
  5. When and Where did Florence marry James (Jim) Moore?
  6. When and Where did Florence die? March 24, 1965 in Helena, Phillips, AR
  7. When and Where did James(Jim) Moore die. Helena, Phillips, AR
  8. When did Wesley move to Kansas City, MO? 1924
  9. When did Wesley marry Mamie?
  10. When did Wesley die?

Resources:

1910 US Federal Census

1910UnitedStatesFederalCensusForFlorenceMonroe

1920 US Federal Census

1920UnitedStatesFederalCensusForFlorenceMoore

1930 US Federal Census

1930UnitedStatesFederalCensusFor FlorenceMoore

1940 US Federal Census

1940UnitedStatesFederalCensusForFlorenceMoore

 

Death Record

Florence Monroe Moore Death Record

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