Melvin J. Collier author of 150 Years Later: Broken Ties Mended offers his thesis in the title. Melvin shares his family with the reader and relates how he accomplishes his goal to bring the family together. On page 27 the author writes, “With anxious ears and a happy soul, I continued listening as if my life depended on his words.” Cousin Ike shared the many details that are the foundation for Melvin’s years of searching.
My article is written from a research point of view, but my interest in reading the book is to know his family. The author shares his research and his family in every chapter. A few basic research points gleaned from the chapters include:
- Importance of documentation in chapter 3
- Variations for spelling of names in chapter 4 is it Reid or Reed?
- Identify families from slave inventory and census records chapters 5, 6 and 6
- Importance of church records chapter 8
- Value of family letters chapter 9
- Joys of connecting with family and exploring myths chapter 10
- Back to our beginning and “coming together” chapters 11 and 12
Read the book to meet Granddaddy Simpson and his father William Reed, the rest of the Reed and Puryear clan, and the Barr and Beckley families. Thank you Melvin J. Collier for sharing your family with your readers, some of us may show up at your reunions.
Share your book with me, Selma Blackmon.