I AM NOT MISSING; I HERE IN PLAIN SIGHT ; Part 1
It has been my mission and my cousin’s mission for the last 20 years to find our Blount kinfolk. My cousin Alonzo, family guru, told me he his father, Hadie Blount, had a second cousin Bernice and she came to every family reunion and was a bellydancer. Alonzo was unclear if the connection was on his mother Harper line or his father Blount line. So unfortunately, I sat on the information and didn’t find any documents to support the relationship. After the passing of 15 years and the advancements is genealogy such as electronic records and autosomal DNA, I was reunited with Bernice’s granddaughter, Jackie. We discussed our oral history and how we are possible connected. I also received some obituaries from this side of the family as well.
After our brief informal reunion, we all decided to do our DNA with Ancestry. Everyone would represent Spias different familial branch, my dad Sam Blount — Spias’ son Sam Blount, Alonzo Blount — Spias’ son Hadie Blount, Michele Fenton– Spias’ son Jacob. Jackie, her mother, uncle, brother, and Sister–Fannie’s Blount’s line. We were looking to see first if we were actually related and second how are we related. Let the fun begin!!!
Paper Trail & DNA
I looked at the obituary given on Walter Bethel that was given to me by Jackie and Willie Mae. Due to the limited knowledge about Spias’s life prior to 1873, I compiled a list of marriages that he was a witness to or applied for and a list of people his son Joseph Blount funeralized with his undertaking business to help grow Spias’ connection to his community and possible family ties.
From these records, I came across 2 distinct records. The first was a marriage cerrtificate for Lillian Bethel (Fannie’s granddaughter). This was particularly unique because Spias was the guardian, gave consent, and hosted the wedding at his house, but it listed Fannie & John Bethel as the parents from Guilford County, NC. The other record was the marriage of Bessie Bethel, which was hosted at the Blount residence and her parents were also John and Fannie Bethel of Guilford County, NC. Original church records also show Bessie and Joseph were active members of St James AME Zion Church in Snow Hill, NC.
After looking at the record, I was beginning to wonder what the connection between Fannie Bethel and Spias Blount and Fannie’s connection to Greene County, NC. I started to search for records to connect her to Spias as well as Greene County, NC. I wasn’t able to find her marriage certificate as of yet, but did look at her children’s marriage and death certificates. Low and Behold, Fannie or Francis maiden name is Blount and she was born 1850 in Greene County, NC. Now I am very intrigued and now I have more questions than answers.
My mind is working in over time.
How are Spias and Fannie related ? Are they siblings? Does Spias and Fannie have any other sibling? How did Fannie get to Guilford County, NC & Why?
Do tell !!!
Stay Tune To Part 2 of “I Am Not Missing; I Am Here In Plain Sight” I was to use DNA to start to reconstruct Spias’ family.