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James Hewlett was Elizabeth Marshall's brother and hence my great-great-great-granduncle. His life is shrouded in mystery. But what we do know about him is that he became a play actor and performed the roles of Richard III and Othello among others… Read More

This single page from the Harry Albro Williamson papers at the Schomburg Research Center gave me quite a bit of information about my family's genealogy. My great-great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Hewlett, married a man named Joseph Marshall who… Read More

When Philip White died in February 1891 tributes poured in from all corners of the black community (as well as the white). St. Philip's vestry, of which Philip had been senior warden for many years, paused in its business deliberations to… Read More

This obituary of Philip White is in the Rhoda Freeman Collection at the Schomburg Center and the page it's pasted on is from the same the unidentified scrapbook as that of Peter Guignon. It appeared in the February 19, 1891 issue of the New York Age.… Read More

I found this obituary of Peter Guignon in the Rhoda Freeman Collection at the Schomburg Center. It was pasted on a page taken from a scrapbook whose owner remains unidentified. The clipping is undated but the obituary appeared in the January 31, 1885… Read More

When Peter Guignon married Cornelia Ray after Rebecca''s death, Peter Williams Ray became his brother-in-law. Born in 1825, Ray attended Castleton Medical College in Vermont, graduating around 1850. He then settled in Brooklyn where he opened a… Read More

Born in 1848, Maritcha was the daughter of Albro and Mary Joseph Lyons. She attended the city's Colored Schools where Charles Reason was one of her teachers. After graduation, she herself became a teacher and had a long career in elementary school… Read More

Mary Joseph was the sister of my great-great-grandmother Rebecca Marshall. She married Albro Lyons in 1840, the same year that Rebecca and Peter Guignon got married. Albro ran a Colored Sailors' Home with William Powell on Pearl Street. He later… Read More