Faces known to Daddy. - Family - Friends- Acquaintances - Neighbors and Babies




My True Roots
Me & Daddy, 1977. 






Thanks for coming by....I finally had some free time to go through Daddy's Army WW2 Footlocker and go through a few things today. 

Below are Photos from one of 5 wallets that Daddy saved over the years. In this one particular wallet he had these photos and they are unknown to me. I didn't see them while he was alive to ask. 

Daddy kept this trunk in the attic of our home that I was born and raised in, locked.

These are just thoughts and theories on what I think about them.

Daddy was from Midway, Bullock County, Alabama. I think these are during the WW2 years.  Most of the great photos that I care for from Daddy are like this in this era and are identified.  

Most of the places Daddy took pictures for himself and family were in Eufaula, or Union Springs, Alabama. 

I don't know if any of them are Cousins or Family of his. Friends or Neighbors? I assume some of the babies are family, but you can never be sure. The two bottom ones look like the same babe.  

I will pass this onto my family. Hopefully they will recognize some faces as well. I sure would love to know their Stories and how Daddy came upon these. 

He was very particular and disciplined on how he kept his wallet. I found a lot of meaning on what was there and what was not. Daddy's wallets and the way he kept them reflect his personality. 

People that intimately know Daddy know that about him. I'm sure this sentiment is about a lot of Southern Gentlemen from that time period. It was truly an intimate and private sacred space for him. 

The day he passed. I held onto his Final Wallet and keys.  Daddy had a special place for them every night on top of his metal file cabinet.  

After we calmed down later the next day. Me and Bettye assigned a specific time with all of our Siblings, his children.  We all sat at the kitchen table together and went through it piece by piece. 

Daddy left a lot of unsaid and direct messages.  He had 371.00 hidden in a part of his wallet he carved out to hide money instead of the usual billfold pocket. Photos. Memories. All of our phone numbers on a card. One day I'll share all of the contents. 



I am hoping you all can pass this blog piece around to your friends and see if anyone can recognize them or has the same photos.

You all can leave me a Comment or Note to let me know what you think or how you feel. I wanted this to be Open for the Public to be passed around for Societies or any Genealogy Circle you think is appropriate. 

Midway, Alabama was very close nit and there were many families there that married into other families. Midway is a mecca for Cluster/FAN Research works. 


Mom use to say to me every Summer. "Don't talk to any boys". They are ALL your Cousins. So they were, by blood or by marriage.  

So hopefully I'll find out one day. How these Women and babies are kin to me. 


It's worth a try





Notes to Myself
Beautiful Faces 














Sewing Kit made in Germany







Notes To Myself
Sew Kit 









Notes To Myself
Sewing Kit 


Another Awesome Find from Daddy's WW2 Trunk 

Daddy has been gone since 2009 and even till this Day he keeps sending me little hints and today was another day after all these years  I had to OPEN the Trunk.

First it was some Photos and then I saw this.  

A Sewing Kit with a Threader. 

I took the photo as best as I could. There isn't a Story here. Just a simple item from a different time to Share as a Keepsake Moment. 

Why did Daddy keep this?  Was this from when he was in Germany during the War? What this Army Issued? Was it something from his home from his Mother? How ever Daddy acquired this it was for good reasoning. 

 His trunk was mostly for his Private use. There weren't too many of my Mom's personal items in there. The things that belonged to her we knew right away, he was very specific about how he had it arranged and what keepsakes meant the most to him. 

He didn't have to many random unexplainable items in there. I think Daddy thought like me, there was something intimate with a connection to the things he kept. Daddy definitely had good reason for many things that I may have thought were out of place, but I could see why.


Just this one unusual sensible item in Daddy's footlocker trunk gave my heart a smile TODAY. 






Thanks for coming by! 



Leave me a Note if you have any more information or clues. 



Clara Ann Sweigard Green • Died over a Tripped Garden Hoe.







Clara Ann Sweigard Green


Clara Ann Sweigard Green is my Great Aunt.  



Born: 4 September 1856

Died:  17 November 1938

Her Parents: 
Andrew Jackson Sweigard & Anna Cassel 
My 2nd Great Grandparents

Husband: Abraham Green 

She was the Oldest of 7 children

Aunt Clara had 4 Children that I know of. 
Bessie - Oliver - Joseph C - Andrew J. 

Aunt Clara was my Grandpa Harry's Aunt. 

Aunt Clara's Death Certificate was very detailed indeed. 

My Mom remembers the 4013 Jonestown Road property where she tripped over that garden hoe and fractured her left hip and had even more complications. Myocardial Degeneration for 7 days. 

We also call Jonestown Road - Progress Avenue or out "On 22". We have several Names for this road growing up. This is a snapshot of this same road. 




 Abraham her husband's Death Certificate says that is where he died at in 1932.  

I'm assuming for now that their daughter Bessie since she was the Informant for her Father's Death Certificate, Bessie had her Mother, Aunt Clara move with her up on North Sixth Street in Harrisburg. 

 Death Certificate also says, she stopped working on November 3rd, 1933. 





Her TIMELINE

1860 -  1870 - 1880

1900 - 1910 and 1920 Census says Aunt Clara & Uncle Abraham were Living in the 4th Ward of Steelton. 

They were Steelworkers and Bessie her Daughter was living with them well into her late 20's and working there as well as Typist or Bookkeeper. 

1920-1930 They moved back out to where my Aunt Clara's people were in Dauphin County, Linglestown, Pa, my - Sweigard's. Eventually living with her Son. 


Her Life ended in 1938. 


She is buried in our family plot. Shoop's Cemetery. Harrisburg Pa Dauphin County. 

I've been there many times.


Plot: Section 2-D 2-AA






Genealogical Sketch of my Relationship with my Great Auntie Clara










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Marriage License for Homer Sellers Sr. & Blanche Smith - Grandson of a Slave.











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A Presidential Greeting for an Enslaved Man's Family - Mr. Ike Ivery



Note to Myself 









I just wanted to recognize a few things about the Letter we got from President Obama in Celebration of our 43rd Ike Ivery Family Reunion. 

We celebrated in Orlando, Florida with over 400 Descendants of Granddaddy Ike, his 3 Wives and 23 Children. On July 14th - 16th at Westgate Spa and Villas. 

The Orlando Reunion Committee gave my Family a Wonderful Hosted week of Enjoyment. 

This Letter will always be Special to us. Family Heirloom. 


There are 3 things of Note to pay close attention to in the Letter we received from the White House from President Obama.

The day it arrived, my Post lady was so nervous. She hand delivered the Envelope to my door and was very careful. She said you got a Letter from the White House and I wanted to make sure it got t0 you okay.  I would of been shaking like a leaf myself. 

1. The Embossed Presidential Seal

2. Dated Envelope from the White House. 

3. December 1st, 2015 - 50 Years after Rosa Parks sat  down on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. 
How was the timing on that?  Very Significant. 

4. I knew we would need this in 2017.  So I tried to time when my Letter would arrive and the time it takes for them to return back.  I made sure 
I added 2 years on to the 2015.  In 2017 it would be 43 Years of Celebrating. 43 was the magic number. If you know Ivery Family History 8 of the remaining 23 Children for Granddaddy Ike started the Reunion in 1974. For our 2017 Reunion we got our 43rd Year of Celebrating our Family History dated in 2015. 


When I was able to read the letter aloud during our Banquet, I said I have a Letter from your President!!  

The room went still....The air was let out of the room like a deflating balloon, until I said; from your 44th President Barack H. Obama!!! 

The Family roared and clapped. The Committee was able to put the Letter in our Reunion Program Book so everyone would have a keepsake. 






This will be a Historical Note of Interest for our family one day.  I'll have this Blog Post to explain. Why and How did we get our 43rd Years of Celebration dated in 2015 for 2017. How did this all happen? With a Blessing of December 1st, 2015 - 50 years to the date of the arrest for Rosa Parks who Sat so we could have the right to ride the bus with full dignity in 1955. 









A video I put together for our Memorial Vigil. We Light 23 Candles every reunion. 

My Great Grandmother is the 
Daughter of Ike Ivery 
Eddie Lee Rosanna Susannah Louisiana Ivery Lewis 

Her son was James E. Lewis Sr. 
His son was my Father. 
Me, True - 


On behalf of the Ike Ivery Family, Thank You!
President Barack Obama



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