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Messenger: Ras KebreAB Sent: 10/2/2008 8:53:01 PM

Blessed Love Empress

I am sure this will come as a surprise to you, but i was wondering if there was anything more you could tell i about Rachel Dinwittle?
Ini know the general trod of ini people,but still, to me, it is those little personal stories that bring the trod to life.
I googled it and i found one mention in World bride index, although i am not sure if its the same person,and the dates dont seem to really add up.I could be wrong
Anwway,anything you can tell i would be appreciated. And it doesnt have to be just of Rachel Dinwittle. I understand that was the furthest back you went, so if you have stories of others who came through the same trod, i would love to hear them.
Perhaps,others can follow you and bring forth some interesting stories of their own too

Blessed Love

Messenger: Ras Sistren Khamyl Sent: 10/3/2008 12:20:40 PM

Lineage is very important, if it were not so, the chronicles of generations would not be specified in the bible, nor would we be aware of the lineage from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba........

Having said this, here is a lineage of education.........

My maternal side......Merceedis Florine Brooks (m Crawford)
her maternal side.....Bettye Viola Gordon (m Brooks)
Rachel Dinwittle was the slave
who married Dr. Gordon
It was rumored that my mother (MFB) had a white grandfather, this would satisfy that probability.

her paternal side.....James Travis Brooks (father)
Peter Brooks

There was an unspoken rule that no women were to take servitude domestic jobs. Therefore the men worked and the women went to Presbyterian Colleges. Bettye V Gordon was a school teacher. She died in her fifties around 1955. Her husband, was a school principal. He died in 1971, when he was in his 90's and I was only 6 years old.

My mother never attended college and I think there was discontent in the family because of it. She was born in 1923. This is significant because it means that her parents were college students at a time when many were learning to read on barges that floated on the Mississippi River, due to Jim Crow laws. She did however give birth to 5 children, 4 girls and 1 boy. I am the youngest. I am a curriculum specialist. I have a sister who is a principal. My eldest sister was in corporate America and became a substitute teacher after she retired. She died of brain cancer 4 years ago. My brother is a team leader in a plant and teaches entry level employees how to wire circuits. I have one sister who was murdered at age 34; she had mental problems that affected her.

My mother only had one brother who was 93 when he died in 2007. He was retired from the IRS; my mother worked for them as well and often bragged that she didn't have a degree. His degree was in education.

James Brooks had one sister, Vera

She was a teacher who married Lavar, a college professor.

They gave birth to three sons, Lavar Jr., Leonard, and ( ). One was killed in a government plane crash and was buried with military honors. One was a high school principal and is currently a college professor, and one is a physician who teaches interns.

I guess lineage is kinda important huh?

Oh, and me?

I have 4 offspring, son (carpenter), daughter (entre preneur, going from business admin to early childhood development), daughter (middle school teacher and athletic coach), daughter (criminal justice student, seeking law degree, currently............substitute teaching)

Oh, and me? that's right..................po righteous teacher since age 12 to 14 or as Bob say...........from ever since!


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