Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brick Wall Help Needed

Discovering additional information about my paternal great grandmother Pebaleader is close. I have found information on her granddaughter who was her name sake. I am hoping that providing information on the granddaughter that someone who has information will reach out to me.

The granddaughter's information is as follows:

Pebaleader A. Goosby, also known as Pebaleda White, Pebalender White, and Pebaleader A. White.
Lived in Portsmouth, Virginia
Born in 1942 not sure where
Passed away January 13, 2014
Possible Relatives: Adell S. Stitt White, George E. Goosby Sr., George Kenneth Goosby Jr., Rose Goosby, Samuel White, and Tevaleadear Stitt White

Sunday, August 3, 2014

One Step Closer To Finding Pebaleader

I have been searching for more information on my great grandmother Pebaleader from North Carolina only to be faced with a road block. Frustration continues to build because I can feel that I am close, but may be over looking something that I have not been able to put my finger on. After speaking to my "genealogy guides", I went online to Google and typed in her first name only. To my surprise I get a few hits that I know have to be her or her granddaughter. I felt a little excited with hopes of being able to move my research forward only to discover that my great grandmother's granddaughter had passed away this past January. I am grateful to have obtained this information, but saddened that she is no longer living and I have yet another conundrum to solve. I am one step closer to breaking down the wall to finding my great grandmother Pebaleader Kellum Stitt Martin.

RIP Pebaleader A White....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Brick Walls

Initially I was under the impression that having such a unique name as Pebaleader, that I would be able to find information on my great grandmother relatively easy. That is not the case. I am sure the issue lies in the spelling of her name. No one has been able to shed any light on my dilemma or offer any guidance on how to obtain any information on her. Due to life responsibilities I have had to put my research on the back burner. This was not a bad thing because of the building frustration of coming up against obstacle after obstacle.

During this break my genealogy research has not been far from thought. I have been going through my records trying to organize everything so I can do a little research as time permits. Through the mounds of paper and many notes I came across the death notice of Pebaleader's daughter, Charlene Stitt Richardson Brown. The light bulb came on. I may be able to order the death certificate of my great grandmother's daughter in an effort to get Pebaleader. Now I have to research the guidelines for ordering death certificates from New Jersey. I hope that there isn't a snag in obtaining the death certificate. I ask that the ancestors guide my steps. Pebaleader, I believe I am one more step in finding you.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Where is Pebaleader?

Since the beginning on my journey to piece together my family history, my paternal grandfather's mother has always intrigued me. A woman with such a unique name as Pebaleader has to have a great story waiting to be revealed and embraced! Knowing the basic facts, I am still having difficulties locating her beyond the 1940 census. Where can she be? I know she is right around the corner because slowly additional information is unveiling itself. Grandma I am eagerly waiting to meet you.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

When my Aunt Anna introduced me to my cousin Cheryl and her mother Florie, I had no idea that my journey would take flight! We instantly connected and began to build our relationship based on the love we shared for genealogy. Months later we planned to get together over the week of Thanksgiving 2013 to go to Richmond to do research. With plan in hand and hopeful to find anything, we allowed the ancestors to guide us. The ancestors guided us to find the missing information of my great grandfather Alpha Omega Riddick Sr. Cheryl and I went to the location of where my great grandfather's home once was. We stood there in silence celebrating his life and a new found bound to piece our family's history together.  It was a surreal moment that is unexplainable.The ancestors were guiding our entire day.

From left to right, Linda, myself, and my cousin Cheryl

Thank You

There are many individuals who have assisted in me reconnecting the pieces to my family history. Not only do I thank you, but my ancestors thank you as well. We are so grateful because without the help of the village, my family research would not have advanced as far as it has in this short amount of time. I hope that I too can be a blessing to others who are trying to put the pieces of their history together as you have been a blessing to our family.