Clayton Library Friends February General Meeting
This general meeting will be a hybrid meeting – held both online via Zoom and in-person at Clayton’s Garwood Meeting Room – and requires registration. Registration is required for in-person attendance due to limited seating capacity. Registration for online attendance is also required to obtain Zoom login instructions. See below for registration options.
The meeting will consist of a brief business meeting followed by our guest speaker.
Program Title: All God’s Children: The Enslaved and Their Owners, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (1801-1829), Jessamine County, Kentucky
Janet Miller always believed that her ancestors came from small, rural Protestant congregations that did not keep records. Recently, though, while searching for information on Lafon family members, she decided to look at the transcribed minutes of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church online at FamilySearch. It was nice to find one lone Lafon mentioned—Anna, her fourth great grandmother—who had joined the congregation in the summer of 1811. Oh yes, how nice. But then, on the same page were other familiar names: Singleton, Waller, Haydon, Barkley. And then there were slaves mentioned on the page, first names only—Harry, Cato, Charity, Dolley—who were either joining the Church or being baptized. What started on a whim with the expectation of finding nothing of consequence, soon became a full-fledged hunt for family ties to the history of Mt. Pleasant Church and to the Church’s ties to early American history, i.e. the “Traveling Church” and the “Siege of Bryan’s Station.”
Janet’s personal journey into genealogical research began in the fall of 1992 when history professor Dr. Riley Froh challenged her much younger classmates and her to record their family stories. Writing a class paper, “Why Me Lord, Why Texas?” resulted in Janet’s first introduction to the magic of the Clayton Library in Houston and to the classical research tools of the day: the Soundex system, manual microfilm machines, books, books and more books, many arranged by state, county, author. Starting at the Clayton with “Why Me Lord...” and returning here some thirty years later with “All God’s Children...” is like a pair of bookends between which she has learned so much. And yet, when she continues to be so surprised and delighted to find her ancestors in unexpected places, Janet Miller realizes that there is so much more to learn.
Registration is required for either Zoom or in-person attendance. You do not need to be a member to attend the meeting.
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For in-person attendance click on In-Person Attendance Registration link on the bottom left. In person registration begins February 1, 2024.
Please note in-person attendance is required for each individual if multiple household members are attending or bringing guests. You may be asked to present proof of registration.
Handout: Janet Miller Handout.pdf