|Evelyn Norwood nee Brown|
This must have been about ten years ago and over the years we would talk, always over the phone and to this day I have yet to meet her face to face (it's on my bucket list.)
What I have found in Evelyn is in my opinion a one of a kind TREASURE!
During the years I've moved and lost her number, so we had not been in contact for at least three or four years. During that time I would hear about her through other people but for some reason we had not talked.
|Eliza Stevenson (Evelyn's mother)|
I should point out one of the reasons we have connected is Evelyn and I share some family members. My great great grandfather John Taylor is Evelyn's great grandfather. This connection brings with it so many other ancestral lines that boggle the mind. It also has brought a great deal more information my way by having conversations with Evelyn.
She is funny, has a grasp for the history that defies her eighty plus years on this earth. Evelyn is giving to all who will take the time to listen to her and she loves to share oral history as well as the images of our ancestors. One of those images included my grandmother and grandfather who I never met.
I'm glad to say that earlier this year Evelyn got word to me she wanted to talk and ask that I give her a call; we have been talking like we never lost a step and she has continued to provide so much information about our families and the history of Ardmore, Newport, Milo and Berwyn Oklahoma. Her information has helped me to dig deeper in the research of the blacks and African-Native people of Indian Territory.
|Evelyn's father Lester ; his brothers A.B.& Henry Brown|
I would like to encourage those who subscribe and read this journal, seek out the elders; the "treasures" in your life; record their oral history and more importantly utilize today's technologies so their story is preserved for future generations.
If we don't tell our story, who will? If we don't preserve our history, who will? If we don't document our story, who will?
Evelyn doesn't use a computer. She can't use the technology available but she is willing to talk and share her story with all who listen, I'm sure the elders in your family are similar in many ways. Give them a call, better yet; if possible visit them and record those stories in a video or an audio recorder.
|Chickasaw by blood Dawes Card for Evelyn's Grandmother Hattie Brown|
If you are a descendant of Indian Territory Freedmen, contact me and let's see what we can do to preserve our history.