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Re: Need help with narrative
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Hi Webguru! I have the same problem! I would get information, tid bits here and there regarding my ancestors and family, and add it to my FTM. When I printed it out, it wasn't me talking. So, I read my notes and 'tried' to put it in my own words, the first two paragraphs of my family history reads like this:
The distance between South Carolina and Arkansas is not that very long, but, when walking, it must seem like years.
This is how our family arrived in Arkansas, by 'walking.' Oral history has it that they walked along side a covered wagon, pulled by an ox team. They washed their clothes in the river, worked on farms along the way, ate and slept outside. This trip took place around the year(s) 1857-58. Final destination...Bradley County, Arkansas. There are no records that I have found as of yet, to state the fact if the family came with their Slave owners, or, came to the new land with slave traders, 'To Be Sold.'
This family consisted of Nannie, born c. 1803, daughter, Easter, born c. 1850, son Mike, born c. 1852, Pricilla (AKA Puss,) born c. 1853, and, a cousin by the name of Perry, born c. 1843. According to the Federal Census Records of 1870, all claim to have been born in South Carolina, with the exception of Nannie, who was not enumerated, either due to her death or moving away.
The first mention of our family on paper (as far as I know,) can be found on the Freedman's Bureau Records "Labor Contracts' of 1866, field office Monticello, Drew County., Entry 393 (information found by Michelle Hood, Great Great Granddaughter of Mike Green.)
I proceeded to list the information I found on the contract, the reason I believe the reason the last slave owner to be just that, the occupation of Easter and some of the information regarding her children. My family consists of actually 3 surnames, Green, Davis and Childs, so I included the first Green to marry a Davis and the first Green to marry a Childs. After that, it's the FTM information, without some of the notes, which I used in my intro. Regarding some of the notes on the FTM, I included my own personal memories regarding certain people. I hope my family will enjoy reading what I have put together as much as I had in 'trying' to write it. I'm sure however you choose to do it, it will be 'GREAT!'
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