Yesterday I read an article in LA Times (link here) about the descendants of the owners of Bruce Beach hoping to get their property back then I went to newspapers.com to see what information I could find out about Bruce Beach and I came across a few articles one in particular I found interesting was from 1924 published in The California Eagle-an African American newspaper from 1879-1964. That speaks about the property attempting to be taken from the Bruce family.
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My 2x Great Uncle Bryant Burke was born May 15th about 1883 according to census and draft records to Ellis and Dinah Burke in Camden Wilcox County, Alabama. Uncle Bryant lived in different areas throughout Alabama before making the move to San Francisco, California. He was married a couple times, first to Aline Davis in 1906, next to Riller Spruel in 1918. One interesting fact about Uncle Bryant was his thumb and middle finger amputated on his right hand. There are no known children from Uncle Bryant. While I was in San Francisco a few years ago, I visited home and neighborhood Uncle Bryant once lived in during the 1940, along with his niece Georgia, her husband Nelson and their family. Uncle Bryant died on February 28, 1952 in San Francisco, his body was transported to Baldwin County, Alabama where he was buried.
What interesting fact have you found out about one of your ancestors/relatives?
The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System; Record Group Number: 147
“Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRV4-C9H : 15 November 2020), Bryant Burke and Aline Davis, 05 Dec 1906; citing Mobile, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,550,509.
“Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRVH-93K : 15 November 2020), Bryant Burke and Riller Spruel, 19 Nov 1918; citing Mobile, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,550,516.
Year: 1900; Census Place: Cahaba, Dallas, Alabama; Page: 15; Enumeration District: 0026; FHL microfilm: 1240013
I had to work in Santa Clara,California for a couple weeks and while I was out west I had the chance to meet some DNA cousin.
Meet my cousin Amber, we’ve been corresponding for about a year and a half via ancestry.com and yesterday (Feb 6th) we finally met. I was super excited to meet her as well as her grandmother. According to AncestryDNA we are 3rd cousins and I figured out we’re related on my father’s maternal side.
This is my cousin Terri, we first started communicating via 23andme.com over a year ago. We tried to meet the last time I was in San Francisco but had no luck. I was really happy we were able to get together on my last night in California. We spent a couple hours trying to figure out our connection, we know the connection come from her mother’s maternal side and my father’s paternal side. We also have similar counties/areas in common such as Minter, Dallas County and Lowndes County, Alabama. As well as a common surname, Moorer, is that our connection? We just might have to take a trip to Alabama to see what we can find.
Did you know? Allen Allensworth was an American military chaplain, political delegate and educational leader who, in 1908, founded a California all-black township named in his honor. To learn more about Lt. Allen Allensworth click here
While in San Francisco I had to visit the home and neighborhood my relatives once lived in. I was amazed to see this almost 110 year old two family San Francisco house still standing. Built in 1906, 110 Langton was the residence of my two times great grandmother’s younger brother Bryant Burke, his niece Georgia and husband Nelson. Uncle Bryant lived here during the 1940s. Georgia and Nelson lived in 110 Langston throughout the 1950s.