Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Roots

"Only Faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that, at present, remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended."
Hebrews 11:1 The Jerusalem Bible, Reader's Edition

Wow. I have known that I had some pretty interesting family roots. But guess what? Most of what I've learned in the last four years can be attributed to Mr. Noah Lewis who portrays and is now in the process of writing an autobiography on Ned Hector, who is one of my ancestors! He was interested enough in my family's history to bring it to life. For that I thank him! Here is just some of what I've learned from him

Ned Hector Free Black Colonial Soldier, Wagoneer, Respected Patriot, Hero. Hectors Street in Conshohocken is named after him.

Leah (Fisher) Hector - Widow of Albanus Fisher Sr. Remarried son of Ned Hector. Became a widow for a second time. Owned a store and several properties in the Norristown and Conshohocken areas.. She grew her own herbs and specialized in herbal remedies. She lived to be 113 years old.

Albanus C. Fisher
Son of Leah Fisher. Served in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, This is the Black Volunteer Regiment depicted in the Movie GLORY. There are copies of handwritten letters that he wrote in the Gettysburg College Museum.

Ambrose C. Fisher
My great-grandfather. He was politically active and a registered republican. He worked as a janitor for the Norristown High School for many years before his retirement.
I remember he walked with a limp. My grandmother said he only had half a foot, but I don't remember what happened.

Catherine Fisher-Massey
My grandmother. The oldest of 5 sisters and 3 brothers born to Ambrose C. and Leah Fisher (Mom-mom and Pop-pop) In 1978, she and her siblings started the "Fisher Sunshine Club" in memory of their parents. The groups mission was to organize family events and trips. I remember all family members wearing red t-shirts that read "Body by Fisher". I didn't know what that meant, but I remember that we weren't allowed to use that slogan. So from then on we just wore red t-shirts. They also started a scholarship fund for students at the Norristown High School in memory of their father, Ambrose C. Fisher.

I'm am excited because I talked to Noah today and he has even MORE DETAILED INFORMATION to share with me!!!!!!

Stay tuned....

Peace and Love.

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