Contributed by Gail Swan, Los Angeles, CA
Catherine Thompson Clark was born into slavery in Rappahannock, Virginia, about 1837. She was the daughter of Burwell and Catherine Thompson. Catherine married Thomas Clark, son of Benjamin Clark and Elizabeth â€œBetsyâ€ Crenshaw. Their slave marriage took place in 1856 and was registered with the Rappahannock County Clerk of Court in 1866. As far as census records and the Rappahannock Historical Society can determine, Catherine and Thomas were blessed with ten children, James Edward, Mary Jane, Betty, St. Cyr, Benjamin, Josephine, Thomas, Matilda, Martha and Louella. (The second picture is Catherine’s great-grandson, James Edward Swan, MD.)
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Contributed by Carl Roache
Photo taken of my grandmother, Beatrice Mitchell Stiltz and her brother, J. Everett Mitchell of Ewansville, Eastampton Township, New Jersey (ca. 1908). My grandmother instilled a love of family that served as a real inspiration for my becoming interested in genealogy. One of my favorite memories as a child in the 1950s was listening to Nanny tell family stories as we went through her family pictures.