Ancestry information on Surnames - Waters, White, Vaughan, Willis.
As a child, I would gaze at the beautiful woman in the photo. Grandmother had her photo on a shelf where anyone could see it. "granma, who is the woman in the picture?" Granma seemed to
answer proudly and say, "That's my mother."
The woman in the photo was native american, My great grandmother. I was fascinated with the photo. My grandmother had a beautiful indian blanket across her shoulder and chest. Her hair was black. It seemed as black as a crow's wing. It was long. Her eyes were dark. They were kind eyes and semed to penetrate into my very being. Her nose was lean and petite. Her lips were thin. Her faint smile seemed to be saying: "Talk to me." I would stand in front of her photo and say, "Hello granma"
I respect and am proud of native americans. Their character seems to be noble and proud. Proud Americans who can with truth say: White Man do not show your arrogant posture toward us. Remember, "We were there to meet your sailing vessels."
My great grandmother was given the christian name of "Annie" and the surname, WHITE. I am still seeking information on Annie.
Her husband, My great grandfather is named John (middle name not legible) b Dec 7, 1857 Nov 24, 1939) birth place, Cleveland County, N.C. Burial Sharon, S.C. 11-26-1939. His residence at death was Gaffney, S.C. His informant on death certificate is his son, Jarvis White. Great Grandfather's occupation was farmer/fisherman/fish basket weaver.
He was nicknamed Fisher White. His reputation reached long and wide with his artistic ability to make durable and productive fish baskets.
I was told that he knew every rock, current flow, and eddy in the Frence Broad River in SC. He would catch fish by the hundreds. Sold them to help support his family and equipment for his farm. My mother heard from others that they believed "Fisher White" could think like a fish. And smell them while they were under water.
I hope this info about my great grandparent's can help someone in their search for their ancestors.
My mother's maiden name is Lela Mae White Waters,b May 29, 1915, d Mar 27, 2007.
Her children: Edwin Claude Waters,b. Jan 31, 1937 d ---------
Walter Dean Waters, b. Sep, 1938 d-------------
Robert Lee Waters b. Apr, 1944 d---------------
My grandfather: Alex White (Gaffney SC)
Spouse: Gertrude White b 1887 d 1974
Lela White Waters b may 29, 1915 d Mar 2007
Your reply humbled me. Especially from an educator as yourself. Thank you Edmond. Regards to you. Bob
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