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Sep 09, 2019
I am always looking for my
family, but I often see other people’s ancestors that amaze me as much as mine.
They used to live in the same communities at one time. They are buried in the
same places my ancestors are and sometimes life takes them to faraway places.
When I used to live in
Greenwood, SC, I researched The Dial. The men who ran that newspaper
were preachers, teachers, and masons. It got my attention because people who
should have known about The Dial told me it did not exist. I knew we needed to
highlight it because the newspaper staff was forgotten.
To have an African American
newspaper during the period of Jim Crow would have been important to the
community. I spotlighted the editor, Conley Lincoln Henderson, here and two
weeks ago we had the grandson, Ramon Tang to write to us.
He told me that he and his
niece were glad to learn their ancestor was the editor for The Dial. They
will provide a family tree and photos to Toni Carrier. Greenwood, SC is just
one place that I came to love someone else’s ancestors beside my own. Conley Lincoln
Henderson is just one of those ancestors, but I feel he has descendants who
have the missing part of the story.
I am sharing with you a
portion of an interview with Ramon Tang:
Robin: How did you learn about the blog post?
Ramon: My niece,
Annette Britton, who lives in Chicago, Illinois, told me about the article you
wrote. She called me up and told me
about it. She said grandpop was the editor of The Dial. It was news to her, and it was news to me. So
then, I went online, and with her instructions I found your article there. That
just started it, and I found about the museum. That was all the result of your
Robin: From my
understanding, you have taken on doing more research from there. Do you want to
tell us a little more about what you have been working on?
archives.com in order to find out a little more about my grandfather’s grave
site, I did not know where he was buried because I was not alive when he passed.
He passed in 1923. It seems to me The Dial had trouble trying to find anything
about him after South Carolina. I found
more information by doing some research on the grave site, also some of the
information that I got from The Dial, your research about the census and family
that was still alive.
Robin: Can you tell
us where he is buried and that whole experience?
Cemetery & Mausoleum is where Grandpa Henderson was buried according to
FindAGrave.com. He was 56 years old. The headstone inscription reads Father
Conley L. Henderson (1867-1923) and Mother Mary J. Henderson (1873- 1968). He was born 10 Oct 1867, and he died 28 September
1923. He was a young man. He did not live as long as my grandma.
I was just look at some censuses earlier today: 1900, 1910, and
Robin: Have you found
anything on The Dial?
Robin: We will keep
looking. People living in Greenwood, SC said they had issues, but no one has
come forward yet. You found he was a mason?
Ramon: Yes. It was in the Centennial Encyclopaedia of the African Methodist
Episcopal Church (page 112). I had so much
Robin: You know that
he was an AME minister?
Robin: I sent you two
Ramon: That is the
same article I received way back years ago, but you found it yourself.
Robin: Yes. I have
had them. I reread both, and Conley is in here with Lafayette.
Ramon: Right. Thank
you. This is good when we share back and forth.
Here are the two articles that I shared from Newpapers.com.
Conley Lincoln Henderson and Lafayette Franklin Vance, who were both presiding
elders of the AME Church where stationed at Mt Sinai AME Church, situated in
Bradley, SC as ministers for a time.
Later after this interview, I found another article about
the MT. Sinai AME Church dedication, and it mentions Conley Lincoln Henderson
and Lafayette Franklin Vance as well.
has the Index-Journal. The newspaper changed names so just look up Greenwood
County, SC, and you’ll find it.
Ramon: Tell me this,
there was a name change for Greenwood County, (SC)?
Robin: Yes. From 1897
forward it was Greenwood County, SC. Before 1897 it was called Abbeville
County, SC. Our people were in the same place but different county name.
Ramon: Same place
What a refreshing interview! The fact that we can still find resources to document our ancestors especially now with both our families doing the research and reporting back makes me want to try even harder to find more. Have you ever met a descendant of a contemporary of your ancestor? Have they worked with you like this to make finding easier? Let us know out on the Facebook Group.
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