CVHR Meeting (May 5): Looking at the Trees, to Understand the Forest

April 28th, 2016

Robin Patton and Elaine Taylor of the Louisa County Historical Society will demonstrate using ArcGIS as a container for both individual and scholarly research about slavery to better understand antebellum communities. The geographic area of research and spatial location of data has concentrated on the Green Springs area of Louisa County.

Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC), 233 Fourth St. NW, Charlottesville, VA.  There is plenty of parking.  The JSAAHC is on the second floor at the south end of the building.

CVHR Meeting (April 7): Updates

March 19th, 2016

This was a quadruple header.  Alice Cannon reported on new discoveries about the Terrell connections of the Woodfolk family that reached as far as the mining communities of Iowa.  Gayle Jessup White told us of making new family connections in the Robinson family through DNA testing, which shed light on her ancestor Eva Robinson Taylor.  Anne Chesnut displayed her design for the web version of the Starr Hill-Union Ridge brochure-map; the completion of the website is now in the hands of UVA’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH).  And Andi Cumbo-Floyd showed her brand-new website Our Folks’ Tales, dedicated to telling the stories of enslaved people, free people of color, and their descendants: www.ourfolkstales.com.

 

 

CVHR Meeting (March 3): The Rushes of Chestnut Grove: One Family’s Journey from Slavery to Freedom

March 19th, 2016

Starting with fragments of information she heard from family members, Regina Rush set off on a quest to trace her ancestors and found a rich source of information at the Small Special Collections Library at UVA, where she is Reference Specialist. She told us about what she has learned about Nicey and Isham Rush, enslaved at the Rives plantation Oak Ridge in Nelson County (including Nicey’s runaway attempt), and the path of their descendants to landownership in southern Albemarle County. Since some mysteries remain, CVHR members were eager to suggest further avenues to follow. For more information, see Regina’s blog post from 2014 (http://smallnotes.library.virginia.edu/2014/03/26/albemarle-county-rushes/). Also, her story was featured in last month’s UVA Today (https://news.virginia.edu/content/librarian-finds-clues-her-familys-past-hidden-special-collections).

CVHR Meeting (Dec. 4): CVHR Celebrates 2014!

December 7th, 2014

Conversation and refreshments instead of speakers and agenda.  We’ll get together and  review the year and look ahead to 2015.

** The African American Heritage Center is located in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville, 233 Fourth St. NW.  There is plenty of parking.  It is on the second floor at the south end of the building. We meet at 4pm.

CVHR Meeting (Nov 6): An Enslaved Woman and her Dressmaker Daughter

December 7th, 2014

Noted author and textile scholar Kathleen Curtis Wilson* will share with us new and important information about cloth and clothing production by an African American woman.  Nineteenth-century textiles with an African American provenance are rare nationwide and unheard of in Appalachia.

Thus the discovery of two quilts and other items made in Bath County, Virginia, by the daughter of an enslaved woman was “extraordinary,” Wilson says.  She will tell the story of Elizabeth Morris Bolden (1872-1948), a highly-skilled seamstress who lived in Warm Springs all her life and was married to Charles Bolden (1856-1919) of Charlottesville.

Lizzie Bolden’s great-granddaughter, Perlista Henry, who preserved the textiles and family stories and photographs, will join us for this exciting presentation.

*Wilson’s books include Irish People, Irish Linen and Uplifting the South, the biography of Mary Mildred Sullivan, who among other things was active in the Southern Industrial Education Association.

 

** The African American Heritage Center is located in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville, 233 Fourth St. NW.  There is plenty of parking.  It is on the second floor at the south end of the building. We meet at 4pm.

CVHR Meeting (Oct 2): Share your Research

December 7th, 2014

Come tell us what you did on your summer vacation, i.e. your latest research discoveries and questions.  Help decide what’s most important to say in the African American Heritage Trail brochure—draft texts are nearly complete and we’ll share some of them with you.

 

** The African American Heritage Center is located in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville, 233 Fourth St. NW.  There is plenty of parking.  It is on the second floor at the south end of the building. We meet at 4pm.

CVHR Meeting (Sept 11): Looking Fowards and Backwards

December 7th, 2014

Philip Cobbs and Sam Towler will take us northeast to Barboursville and west to Afton Mountain.  Philip will give us a look at the Cobbs family of Barboursville, which he calls a journey from Echo Valley to entitlement. Sam will present his research on the now-vanished community called New York at the foot of Afton Mountain in Albemarle County.  Founded by Sam’s ancestor, James Hays, in 1799, it existed as a town until about 1856.  He will also cover neighboring farms around New York and provide information on the African Americans at the Brooksville, Crobarger, and the Cedars farms in Greenwood.

** The African American Heritage Center is located in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville, 233 Fourth St. NW.  There is plenty of parking.  It is on the second floor at the south end of the building. We meet at 4pm.

 

CVHR Monthly Meeting (July): Share Your Thoughts and Discoveries: a Roundtable Discussion

December 7th, 2014

This is an open meeting (July 10, 2014), with no speaker.  If you have a topic you want to put on the agenda for discussion, let me know before the meeting.  Also, this is an opportunity for short reports (5 minutes or so) on discoveries you have made, research avenues you’re pursuing, things you want to share.  This also provides a chance for you to ask questions that regular meetings didn’t allow for.

I’d like us to discuss how CVHR can best participate in the several Albemarle County projects that intersect with our activities, like the African American Heritage Trail, the post-Bypass interpretive plan for Hydraulic-Union Ridge, and current initiatives of the Parks department.  Other topics include: ideas for future speakers; strategies forCVHR’s future, including website and database; and new ways to share what we have learned.

CVHR Monthly Meeting (June 5th)

June 2nd, 2014

Topic: “From These Beginnings”: A Tribute to My Grandmother Sallie Elizabeth Johnson

Gloria Gilmore will show us a rich collection of family photographs as she speaks of her quest to understand her grandmother’s life and family.  Here she sets the stage for us:

A mother’s death just after emancipation separates her children to different regions—Sallie to Virginia and her two siblings to New Jersey.  What happened to Sallie?  What do we know about her education and marriage, and the family’s effort to raise and educate their family, establish a homestead, maintain the oral history, and instill faith and love for family and future generations?

 

** The African American Heritage Center is located in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville, 233 Fourth St. NW.  There is plenty of parking.  It is on the second floor at the south end of the building.

CVHR monthly meeting (May 1): Oral History & Jefferson Descendant

April 28th, 2014

Topic: Finding Eva Robinson Taylor: How African-American Oral Tradition Plus Documents and Modern Science Revealed a Formerly Unknown Kinship to Thomas Jefferson and His Extended Family

For more than 40 years, Gayle Jessup White pursued an oral history, a mere thread of a story claiming that her family is directly descended from Thomas Jefferson. With little evidence supporting the lineage, Gayle assumed she was related to Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. Now, she’s discovered a surprising truth: she is indeed a Jefferson descendant, but not a Hemings. What she has uncovered may change the way historians and history lovers view Jefferson and his extended clan.

** The African American Heritage Center (AAHC) is located in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville, 233 Fourth St. NW.  There is plenty of parking.  The AAHC is on the second floor at the south end of the building.