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I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU WHAT I HAVE UNCOVERED SO FAR…
“It is a revered thing to see an ancient castle not in decay; how much more to behold an ancient family which has stood against the waves and weathers of time!” – Francis Bacon
Each day I wake with renewed energy to bring to life the accomplishments and lives of our people who walked before us.
My goal is to have an interactive website that blogs about my historical and genealogical research. Mainly, I want to draw attention to the rich legacy that our ancestors worked so hard to leave for us and future generations.
Dr. Khadijah Matin, my younger sister, has been the family historian for years. The research focus for her doctoral thesis centered on our grandfather the Hon. John G. Pegg. I took from that it was time for me to begin my quest to find out about the rest of the family. There are some gaps in our historical timeline due to the lack of record-keeping, lost bibles, lost photographs, and limited oral folklore. I don’t think many of our ancestors realized they were making history. I believe that many were just too busy trying to make a living, keeping their families together and out of harm’s way.
The theme of my research is:
You cannot know where you are going until you know who you are, you cannot know who you are until you know who came before…It is only then you will find your true direction and reason for being…
J. Gray ©
The Buxton, Ontario, Canada pictures were taken by my husband, Kenneth Gray Sr.
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Medical Doctor, Author, and Political and Civil Rights Activist.
Second son of Issac and Catherine Riley (the first settlers of the Elgin Settlement in Buxton, Ontario, Canada).
His father and mother were runaway slaves that made their way from Perry County, Missouri, stopping in Michigan; then crossing over to Windsor and on to St Catherine’s. In 1849, the Riley’s read in a bulletin of the colored settlement to be built at Buxton, Township of Raleigh, Kent County, Canada by Rev. William King. At four years old Riley along with his family were the first settlers in Buxton. Years after their arrival, his mother is quoted as saying “There we were in darkness here we are in the light” (Drew, 1855).
Ten Years later, to his parents’ delight; Jerome was among the first four graduates of the Buxton Mission School, gaining a classical education including latin and mathematics in an integrated setting in 1856. He attended Knox College, University of Toronto and in 1861, Riley received his licence to practise medicine in Canada West.
While serving with the Union Army as an assistant surgeon.during the War between the States, Dr. Riley along with Dr. Anderson Abbott and Dr. T. Rapier founded the Freedman’s Hospital in Washington D.C.
After the war, Riley furthered his medical education and graduated from the Trinity with honours in Chicago, and Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., (G) (1873). He graduated with a degree in Allopath – (A practitioner of traditional/mainstream or “Western” medicine; the term Allopathic is largely of historical interest and was used in the 19th century to differentiate the practitioner from a homeopath).
Jerome became an active ‘Redeemer’ Democrat and participated in the 1874 Constitutional Convention in Arkansas. The Democrats made a point of retaining the controversial civil rights provisions of their predecessors. New York Herald reporter Charles Nordhoff visited Arkansas in 1875, Dr. Jerome R. Riley, County Physician and Coroner, boasted that “more colored men were elected and commissioned to offices of trust and pay” than under the Republicans. A black reporter from the Indianapolis Freedman was so impressed with the situation he found in Arkansas that he dubbed the state the “Negro Paradise.” That didn’t settle well with many and Dr. Riley soon lost favor within the white community. He was encouraged to move back to Washington D.C.
(Note *Jim Crow laws were put in place in Arkansas by 1890. No black man served in public office again until the 1960’s Civil Rights legislation.)
In Aug of 1877, Jerome Riley married the beautiful former Agnes M. Nalle of Virginia Until he could get his medical practice up and running Riley took the position as Capital Hill Watchman for $900 per annum.
Dr. Riley authored “The Philosophy of Negro Suffrage” a written work on the race problem in 1895.. Later by 1896, Dr. Riley was the 2nd term President of “The William J. Bryan Club,” which just changed its name from the “John M. Palmer Colored Democratic Club.” He remained politically involved and continued to write. In 1901 he wrote; “Evolution or Racial Development” (published by J.S. Ogilvie, New York, 1901). In 1903 The Byrd Printing Co. (Atlanta) published his third book “Reach the Reached Negro”.
Dr. Riley was also a member of the “National Negro Anti-Expansion, Anti-Imperialist, Anti-Trust, and Anti-Lynching League” or the “National Negro League.”
Read what Jerome Riley wrote about living in Buxton on pages 77, 78, and 79.
The Buxton Museum webpage http://www.buxtonmuseum.com/
African Canadians in Union Blue: Volunteering for the Cause in America’s Civil War (Studies in Canadian Military History). (n.d.). Retrieved February 3, 2015, from http://www.powells.com/biblio/9780774827454
“It is a revered thing to see an ancient castle, not in decay; how much more to behold an ancient family which has stood against the waves and weathers of time!” – Francis Bacon
Son of Franklin And Rebecca McCord Hatter
A graduate of Storer College in 1878, then Nichols Latin School at Lewistown, Maine.
Graduated Second Honor in Psychology, from Bates College in 1888
Professor at Storer College teaching Latin, Greek, and Mathematics
Started the Industrial Department of Storer College and erection of the main building
In 1893, Hatter received the patent for an intricate machine that improves the harvesting of Indian corn.
President of Bluefield College (1896-1906) The originally named the Bluefield Colored Institute
Bluefield College renamed their President house to Hatter house in 1999 in honor of Hamilton Hatter, which is now on the Historical Register.
Deeded land to Storer College
During the Spanish-American war, he was active as a Four Minute Man authorized by President Woodrow Wilson. (During the 4-minute intermission at theaters these men would stand before the audience and speak in support of the president’s policies.)
Graduate of Freeman’s Academy at Dunlap, Kansas
Porter on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad passenger dining cars.
While working out of Chicago, John was an active and aggressive political figure, debating and sharing ideas with the likes of Edward Morris, (a prominent Black Chicago Attorney and politician) and the infamous Clarence Darrow (abolitionist and lifelong champion for the rights of Blacks in and out of the courts). John learned the finer points of political arguments and became prepared for the political life that awaited him in Omaha.
32nd degree Mason and a Shriner
Pegg was the Leading Colored Republican of the Western States Meet in Conference.
In 1906, he was appointment as the City Weights and Measures Inspector by J.C. Dalhman, Mayor of Omaha 1910.
Encouraged and Sponsored many of the black settlers who went by wagon out to Cherry County, Nebraska to homestead benefiting from The Kincaid Homestead Act of 1904
James Augustus Page (1867-1917) – No photo available –
Graduate of Howard University Medical School 1906
Graduate of Kansas Normal School (1899) which later became Emporia State University
Field of study was the historiography and historical method
Teacher at Buchanan High School (1901-)
Professor of the Quindaro School System
President of City Athletic Tournament, Topeka, KS
Helped to maintain his father’s Shoe & Bootmaking business in Kansas City, MO
Sailor on Great Lake Steamers – helped runaway slaves reach Canada
Postmaster of Buxton-Kent, Ontario, Canada and Farmer
Walker was Superintendent of the Sunday School and leader in the prayer meeting services. An important thing about this church was the fact that there were many denominations represented, but all joined in the services and supported the one church.
Homesteader, in Nebraska in the 1860’s – Purchased 160 acres under the Scrip Warrant Act of 1855 (BOLM # 29117) Purchased 1,920 more acres in 1913 & 14. He became the Community Veterinarian with a special touch for the horses.
U.S. Army chaplain
Retired United Methodist Bishop Forrest Stith discusses his role in producing “Songs of Zion,” an African-American hymnal of the United Methodist Church. He spoke weeks before a Dec. 2011 dinner in Washington, D.C., honoring his 53 years of ministry and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the African-American Methodist Heritage Center. Author of “Sunrises and Sunsets toward Freedom” and “Orange Morgan’s 38,325 Mornings
Watch and listen to him on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IsTzn-duGM
Kearney State Normal in Kearney County, Nebraska and Black Hills Teachers College (Spearfish Normal) at Spearfish, S.D.
Wife of William Roy Hayes, Veteran of WWII
Audacious, Cherry County, Nebraska Teaching school in District 164 – her brother George A. Riley was the Director
Valentine, Cherry, Nebraska, Elected as the Cherry Co. Rural Teachers Delegate to the General Assembly.
Norris, Nebraska, Principal of School – (4 room building! A kitchen, her office, two classrooms.)
Army Ordinance Training Officer,
Served on the Cleveland · Cuyahoga County Port Authority in 1971, a member of Tau Boule ( a professional Minority Business Men’s Association)
Original Director of the First National Bank Association
Co-Author of Lina Derritt, Petitioner, v. State Board of Real Estate Examiners. U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record with Supporting Pleadings
Bluefield, WV Bushy Creek, SC Port Royal, TE
Charles Town, WV Dawson County, NE Loganville, Ky
Rippon, WV Omaha, NE Lexington, KY
Loudoun County VA Russia, Lorain, OH Chillicothe, OH
Richmond, VA Buxton, Ontario, Canada Toledo, OH
Chatham, Canada Niagra Falls, Canada Topeka, KS
Chariton County, MO Kansas, MO Brunswick, MO
Kansas city, KS Eskridge, KS Chickasha, Grady, Ok
Kalamazoo, MI Grand Rapids, MI Itawamba, MS
Brookhaven, MS Nettleton, MS Tupelo, MS