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Jan 03, 2020
In the blog post Finding Documentation for Your Ancestor’s Timeline we began gathering documents that will help us construct a timeline of his life. Today, we search for resources for documenting William H. Heard between 1881 and 1904.
We found some very good resources that serve to document William H. Heard (1850-1937) between 1881 and 1904. Finding documentation between years 1881-1904 is not easy because of so few records, but given his timeline, it was easy to find resources in each place he was located. If you have an ancestor who was in the same place at the same time as William H. Heard, see if the resources we brought forth also tell you anything about that ancestor.
to find documentation of William H. Heard in Atlanta, Georgia, look among
resources for Fulton County, Georgia.
To find William
H. Heard when he started working full-time as a pastor, search Aiken County, South Carolina.
1885 to 1888, William H. Heard was stationed in Charleston, SC at Mt. Zion Church.
Look for him among Charleston County, South Carolina resources.
William H. Heard complained that he was not allowed to ride in first class accommodations
while aboard the Georgia Railroad Company. He had to ride on the Jim Crow car
on the Georgia Railroad. The Inter-State Commerce Commission heard the case:
I need to
determine the county and state where William H. Heard worked at Allen Chapel
and Bethel Church. Then I can search for documentation on him in that place.
William H. Heard served in Wilmington, Delaware
during this period. That means I should be able to find documentation for him
if I search through New
Castle County, Delaware resources on the Research Wiki.
18, 2013, 200 Free Blacks Leave State of Georgia for Liberia
on This Day in 1895 mentioned William H. Heard as one of the 200 blacks leaving for
Liberia. In The Golden Age of Black Nationalism, 1850-1925, we learn that William H.
Heard had even considered becoming a citizen of Liberia.
found the book, The Bright Side of African Life, written by Hon. William
H. Heard in 1898. Heard said, “My only reason for attempting to write this book
is to clear a sky that has always been cloudy, to bring to light many things
that are hidden, to tell the truth where many have purposely dodged it, to make
known the present and future of a great country, as I see it.”
a great account of his time serving in Liberia. He also gave accounts of people
who lived in the United States and where they settled in Liberia.
Dr. William H. Heard had this photograph published in 1902. Today, you can order a copy for $4.99. I was interested in the places where he served in the A.M.E. Church in Pennsylvania, New York, and Georgia. I wondered how in the world I would find the counties where he was in each state.
I tried to research him and did not find it
until I read the description of the photograph just below the photograph on Artisan-Lane
Stock Images. I can now look for documentation on him in those states
because of a sentence which said: “He pastored churches in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia; Aiken and
Charleston, South Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware;
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and was appointed Minister Resident and Consul
General to Liberia by President Grover Cleveland February, 1895.”
He served in Philadelphia and
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. That means I should look for documents on him in Philadelphia
County, Pennsylania and Dauphin
County, Pennsylvania. I am still looking for the county in New York where
Have you an ancestor that could be found among
any of the above resources? Tell us who you were able to find in our Facebook Group.
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