HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALICE PARRIS

Alice Parris @ 60 yrs old

Alice Parris @ 60 yrs old

I would like to take this opportunity to say to one and all: Happy Holidays! My daughter took this photo from her cell phone a few minutes ago. When I was born, the physician said that I would not live to see two years old. I have exceeded all expectations, for the which I am grateful. Now, two months shy of sixty, I can say that my length of days has been miraculous. Blessings and peace to all.

Alice Parris

ALICE PARRIS FAMILY TREE: MY FATHER’S HOUSE

My father, Harold B. Kelly M.D.

My father, Dr. Harold B. Kelly

My mother with children before I was born

Before I was born

My father with us as young children

When we were young

My mother with us as growing children

As we grew older

These are the houses that my family lived in. Some commentary from my mother about dates

Houses where we lived


These photos are of my father, my mother with my brother and sister (before I was born), My father, brother sister and I young, my mother, brother, sister and I a little older, and the houses that we grew up in. French was my first language because I grew up in Fontainbleu, France from ages 1 1/22 to 3 1/2. We were raised by French nannies, because my mother and father liked to travel all over Europe. Dr. Harold B. Kelly was a Captain in the army and that is where we were stationed. We traveled across the Atlantic Ocean on the Queen Mary. As I have aged, the more random French will roll off of my tongue in the most inappropriate of places.

I do not remember my very early childhood. I have watched films of myself running around at an Easter egg hunt on the grounds of the villa in France. They had to show me where the eggs were. My sister, Rhonda reports that we were locked in the cellar at the convenience of Antoinette or Louisiette, when their lovers would be over when my parents were out of town. I imagine that we were naughty children; my sister, Rhonda, threw a wooden coat hanger from the winding staircase and cracked one of them in the head. She was replaced.

We also lived in North Carolina (with a beach home in Myrtle Beach, S.C.) New Jersey (while my father did a residency in OB-GYN at Harlem Hospital in New York) as well as Shaker Heights, Ohio, as my father’s medical career dictated. I attended tenth grade in the High School where Paul Newman graduated. Alice Parris

ALICE PARRIS FAMILY TREE: MY BEAUTIFUL MOTHER, NORMA

Norma Louise RichardsonNorma Louise RichardsonMy mother, Norma Richardson at nineteen years old

Norma Louise Richardson

Norma Richardson at twenty

Norma Louise RichardsonNorma Richardson Kelly in her late twenties

Norma Richardson Kelly

Norma Richardson Kelly at approximately forty years old

Norma Richarson Kelly

My mother Norma Richardson Harrison at eighty years old

Norma Richardson Harrison-my mother

My mother has been married to a physician, a Jewish attorney, a jazz trumpeter(in the Savannah Hall Of Fame) and a Professor Emeritus from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is now eighty-five years young. She is very active and possesses more vim and vigor than people a fraction of her age. She has never had to work a day in her life. She has lived in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for twenty-five years. This is my tribute of love for the beautiful Norma, without whose DNA, I would not have been able to pass down beauty to my children & grandchildren. Alice Parris

ALICE PARRIS FAMILY TREE: MY GRANDPARENTS & CHILDREN

My young grandparents before marriage & their young children, Norma and Plummer

Plummer & Alice Richardson with children

A young Plummer Armstead Richardson-my uncle

Young Plummer Armstead Richardson

A young Norma Louise Richardson- my mother

A young Norma Louise Richardson

My grandfather, Plummer Benjamin Richardson

Plummer Benjamin Richardson-my grandfather

My grandmother Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper-my grandmother

My grandmother, Alice Cooper at an older ageAn older Alice Cooper

My grand father and uncle: Plummer Benjamin and Plummer Armstead Richardson

Plummer Benjamin & Plummer Armstead Richardson

Plummer Benjamin is shown at various stages of his life. Alice Cooper is shown at various stages of her life. While Plummer Benjamin was a mortician, Alice Cooper was a teacher with her Master’s Degree. She continued to pursue her academic career but because of the times, getting a P.H.D. that she could never use seemed pointless. Alice Cooper is a direct descentant of Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper II, son of the First Lord Proprietor of North Carolina, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper I, per King Charles II in the 1600’s.

Alice Parris

ALICE PARRIS FAMILY TREE: VERY OLD LEAVES

Lucian Battle of Nashville, North Carolina

Alice Parris's great-great grandfatherLaura Battle Richarson in old age

Alice Parris's great-grandmother; Laura Battle RichardsonPlummer Alston Richardson in old age

Alice Parris's great-grandfatherPlummer Alston Richarson in middle age

Alice Parris's great-grandfatherPlummer Alston Richardson’s voting registrationPlummer Richardson's voting registration

Plummer and Laura Richarson with first born, Ethel
Alice Parris's great- grandparents

Lucien Battle was my great-great grandfather on my mother, Norma Richardson’s father’s side. He lived in Nashville, North Carolina. Lucien’s daughter was Laura Battle Richardson. She married Plummer Alston Richardson. Plummer Alston Richardson is shown in his old age. Laura Battle Richardson is shown in her old age. Plummer Alston Richardson is shown in his middle age. Plummer and Laura are shown in their youth, with Laura holding their first born child, Ethel Richardson. Also shown is Plummer Alston Richardson’s voting registration dated in 1902.

According to some family historians, Plummer Alston Richardson left a North Carolina reservation and became a “colored” barber in Nashville, North Carolina. A marriage was brokered by Lucien Battle (Caucasian) for his daughter, Laura (mulatto) to Plummer. Plummer was a European/Native American mixture. During his life, Plummer Alston had become a millionaire from multiple businesses and real estate. What part Lucien Battle played in Plummer’s ascendancy is speculated upon by rumor. His wife, Laura, survived Plummer and lived to be ninety-six years old. This information was not gotten from an ancestry registry. These are the actual photos and documents preserved by the family. Alice Parris

PRECIOUS GIFTS FROM ANNA DONOVAN-POET

One of the many people I have met online has been Anna Donovan. She is an extremely talented up and coming poet, as well as an amazing artist. She has been kind enough to make gifts for me from some of my photos.  I am going to show you what she gave. I am grateful for her friendship and I would like to share some of her “vision” with you.   Alice Parris

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