Thursday, September 25, 2014

Reclaiming cemeteries - historical designations

Two cemeteries that need attention:
The "Dick Pointer Cemetery"/Old Colored Cemetery in Lewisburg, WV behind Carnegie Hall needs attention. There are many headstones under the grass.  I am totally unfamiliar with the process of reviving cemeteries but I think this should be looked into.

The Neff Orchard Road Cemetery/Sinks Grove Cemetery/Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery on Neff Orchard Road in Monroe County, WV is well taken care of by "Elaine" but it needs a sign (the old one is no longer there).  Also we need to look into how to get an historical designation if it does not already have one.  I have documented that there are formerly enslaved persons buried there (including my great grandfather - George Washington Haynes & his brother in law Albert Payne). 

Unidentified photos from Dunsmore box - Brushy Ridge - donated by Elaine.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

William Brandon Lacy Campos Gravesite - Monroe County, WV

William Brandon Lacy Campos

I went to the Neff Orchard Road Cemetery (Sinks Grove Cemetery/Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Cemetery) which is in Monroe County and the first thing that I noticed was a doe foraging in the cemetery.  She quickly jumped the back fence.  The sign, which had said Mt. Zion Missionay Baptist Cemetery was missing.  But looking forward I saw a huge bench. When I walked up to it I noticed the words "William Brandon Lacy".  I was so happy to see this as Brandon and I had become email friends and he had written a poem called "Big Sam" in which he had inserted my name.  He is buried next to his family.  I will post the picture of his gravesite as well as the photos of the other members of his family. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Where my research is housed.

I have pretty much sent all of my research - including books, family histories, photos, correspondence,  (I didn't keep hardly anything at all) to the Greenbrier Historical Society in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  I wanted it to be at a site where people would have access and besides, Lewisburg is such a lovely place to visit.  On my trip there next weekend I will be able to visit Union, Monroe County for the first time.  I hope to stop at the Neff Orchard Road Cemetery / Sinks Grove Cemetery where my grandfather and great-grandfather are buried.  I also plan to visit the Greenbrier Hotel for the first time.  And I will at least sit on the steps of the lawyers office which was once the Lewisburg Hotel (owned/operated by my great-grandfather Harry Suthcliff Cooper).  And I may well try to see if the Caucasian Presbyterian Church has a photo of him. 

The below 36 photos are from the Dunsmore home in Brushy Ridge

Greenbrier County, WV and they were kindly shared with me by Elaine.  Elaine and I are both descended from Martha Payne Haynes.  Martha was "married" to Burton Payne in ? Fayette during her enslavement.  He was sold to Virginia where it appears that he married another Martha.  His first Martha - my great-great-grandmother - married Solomon Haynes on July 4, 1865.  They lived around Second Creek, Monroe County.  Martha had a child - not sure who the father was -child was born during her enslavement - named Socrates & Elaine is descended from him.  Another child was Elizabeth - who was also born during her enslavement.  I am descended from Elizabeth (who is my great-grandmother).  Elizabeth married George Washington Haynes and they moved to Brushy Ridge, Greenbrier County.  

from Elaine's photo box
- Dunsmore household

Exhibit in Lewisburg - 9/20/2014

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a photographic exhibit at the Cooper Gallery in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  This exhibit will be put on by Janice Cooley and will feature approximately 80 photographs reflecting the African American history of the area.  I am fortunate to be able to attend this event.  In preparation for the event, I am scanning a number of photos which I need to return to the proper owner "Elaine".