Tag: Thankful Thursday

Black History celebrates the narrative of Harold G. Bough, Merchant Marine.

We are one week in the celebration of Black History Month, a month of recognizing the achievements and contributions of African-American people in the diaspora. For those of us who value our ancestry and history, join me in focusing on your family’s contributions that made a meaningful impact to your community and the larger society.

As we do our research, we will discover the many small and large influences that our family members have made to enhance the quality of life of others, and which still remains an impact today.

So get to work, dig into the wealth of information out there, then document and share your proud heritage weekly.   Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments of this post.

I have already started and so far, I have uncovered that My great, great, great-uncle Harold Bough had served 24 years in the US Navy when the Spanish-American War was being fought.

A 1932 St. Croix Tribute Newspaper Article also indicated that he was in Chinese waters for the Boxer Rebellion with the Party of American Surveyors in 1894, he crossed the proposed route from the Atlantic to Pacific of the Nicaraguan canal, a project that was considered before the present Panama Canal Route had been decided upon, and from 1879-83 he was stationed in the Pacific during the Peruvian and Chilean War.

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Printout about Harold Bough from G. James Fleming Article “Journal and Guide of VA

Harold Bough was the son of Ida Rosalie Keutsch and George Bough both of St. Croix US Virgin Islands formerly the Danish West Indies.   He met and married Maggie J. Keeling of Norfolk Virginia and settled in Portsmouth Virginia together they had eight (8) daughters known as the “Bough Girls”

Harold Bough who left the shores of St. Croix to St. Thomas and sailed around the World twice as a Merchant Marine was honored to serve.  Harold Bough died in Portsmouth, VA at the age of 84 years old.

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Rosalyn Bough applies for Military Headstone for her father Harold Bough.

 

As Bell Hooks explains, “reclaim their history, call their names, state their particulars,  gather and remember, to share our inheritance”

The theme:   Weekly Black History Narrative  (from your family tree.)

I look forward to reading your story.  Don’t forget to leave a comment with a link to your weekly Black History Narrative.  Or contact me by email at its.sheldew@gmail.com

 

Thankful Thursday

For the past couple of weeks, I have been visiting with my aged parents in Georgia.   From this visit, I was reminded of the goodness of God and how thankful I am that I did not have to visit a nursing home, or see them on a hospital bed.  My parents were always young at heart.  Dad, showing off his new car, and being in my mother’s presence after two years was precious.

During my trip I stayed with my mother.  You see my parents have been divorced for many years.    However, in the past 3 years, both of my parents live in the same state of Georgia.  I wanted to find something of value to do with my Dad that would be a lasting experience.   Looking back, I realize that time spent with my father as an adult is slim to none.

Remembering, how he looked forward to watching the weekly TV Series,   “Who Do You Think You Are” An idea came across my mind.  I called my father and asked:  How would you like to have your very own “who do you think you are” moment?  He was excited, and I was interested in searching out information on my paternal side from Savannah, Georgia. (Most of my research has been on my maternal side: US Virgin Islands)

We made plans to visit The National Archives at Atlanta.  As we entered the building, we were both quite impressed with the mural displays of historical pictures.  After viewing the wall display of World War I Draft Registration Cards of famous persons, we decided to begin our search with World War I draft registration card.

First, we were directed to fill out a research identification card application, once completed we were given a box of draft cards.    We looked up my grandfather Charlie Matthews.  Lo and behold we found his draft registration card as well as his brother’s.   As my Dad closely examined the draft card, his face had the look (as only folks who perform this “act of love” can relate when it’s your first find) of Fascination!  From draft registration cards, to census records, and a glimpse of the Freedmen’s Bureau.   It was a day well spent.

Yes!  The “Who Do You Think You Are” moment did occur when looking at the 1920 census.   Still, overall my Dad continues to make use of his research card, with his new interest, new set of friends, and as for me a new conversation with my father.  For that I am thankful!

 

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