I was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1954. I spent my early childhood in the same area that many of my ancestors settled in the early 1800's. My parents worked so I spent a lot of time staying with my great grandparents. After I started researching my family tree I realized that so many of the names of neighbors were in fact my distant cousins, great great uncles and aunts. My grandparents were born in the 1880's and I still remember the life style they lived. This was a working farm with chickens, pigs and cows. They had the old wash house with the black pot still set in brick with an opening underneath for the fire. I still have my great grandmother's handmade sun bonnets. Of course they were made from the feed sacks. The kitchen had the old wood stove and the hooster. The Singer sewing machine with the petal on the bottom was used for sewing. I heard the stories of walking to the old home place to get water from the spring. My great grandmother still wore her dresses almost to her ankles and always an apron over it. Her hair was long which she kept braided and in a bun.
My father was in the Field Force at Western Electric. Our family started traveling with him in the early 1960's. By the time I graduated from high school I had attended schools in Guam, Bermuda, California, Nova Scotia and always between traveling jobs back to the Winston-Salem area. In the mid 1960's we moved to the Clemmons area of North Carolina. Between my father's traveling jobs this was our home. This was also the area that my father was born. Again I was among neighbors that was also my distant kin. Little did I know then that I was related to about half of the families in Clemmons.
I married after graduating from high school. I am the mother to two sons and have one granddaughter. I had always worked but now I am retired and I enjoy every second of it.
My family tree is not completed yet. When I started working on it about 10 years ago I was just wondering about some of the great great grandparents. I never knew it could be such an enjoyable hobby.
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