Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cats in Istanbul

Photo by Patrick Jones. Cats in Besiktas, Istanbul. 16 Feb 2017.
I am in Istanbul for an event, beginning the flights back this afternoon. On Thursday I went walking from the hotel to dinner and spotted a pair of street cats. Seeing the cats reminded me there is a movie coming soon called Kedi, about the lives of street cats in Istanbul (see also the official website here). Cats are very common here, I spotted another one perched on the wall of an Armenian Church in Kadiköy last night (see below).
Photo by Patrick Jones. Kadiköy, Istanbul. 17 Feb 2017.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Alien Registration

The latest news on Immigration & Customs Enforcement raids, the deportation of a Phoenix mother who has been in the US since she was 14 and overall negative developments over the past three weeks have me thinking once again about my own immigrant family and the challenges they faced living in the US as resident aliens. I have written before about my great-grandparents, Plutarco Campuzano and Manuela Portillo. They came to the US at a young age, Plutarco at 14, Manuela at 18. Back in May 2013, I wrote about the contents of Manuela's alien case file. I do not think I have shared images from this file since that post.
US National Archives. Alien Registration, 25 Oct 1940.
I am still struck by the fact that Manuela arrived on foot with her mother Teresa and just $20 in 1922, that they made their way to Tucson, with the help of family and community and settled into a long and productive life in Arizona. Like other resident aliens, Manuela had to check in periodically with the Immigration and Naturalization Service after the passage of the Alien Registration Act of 1940. The form below shows the verification of her arrival in 1922. I am leaving out other images that include her thumb print and a signature page.
US National Archives. 15 Sept 1952.
The Alien Registration file included a photo, probably taken in 1952 with the verification. My Granny looked a lot like Manuela in her later years.
US National Archives. Manuela Portillo.
Manuela had nine children, all born in the US as first generation Americans. It is heartbreaking to think about what might have happened if Manuela had been deported on one of those check-ins with INS.

The deportation of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos from Phoenix this week also makes me think of another woman connected to the Campuzano family who was deported, Jesus Anaya. Jesus was able to eventually visit family in the US, but she remained in Mexico. It is still early in Lupita Garcia's case, and maybe her situation will be resolved soon. In the meantime there are ways to provide some support through the Puente Movement in Arizona.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In the Upside Down

Photo by Patrick Jones. Glenn Ligon's Double America 2. 3 Jan 2016.

As currents events continue to be incredibly frustrating, I thought it was worth sharing a photo of art, taken while visiting The Broad museum in Los Angeles last year. Glenn Ligon's Double America is representative of this current feeling, showing the word America on top and inverted below, with alternating lights. It certainly feels like we're living in an alternate reality.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Friends of Emancipation

In looking back at Newspapers.com for references to the Holsclaw family, I stumbled on this gem from 19 April 1849. Enoch Holsclaw and his father Benjamin appear on a list of delegates to a constitutional convention in support of removing slavery from the Kentucky Constitution. The article is titled Emancipation Meeting at Taylorsville, and appeared in the Louisville Courier.
Louisville Courier, 19 Apr 1849

Sunday, February 5, 2017

An early Kentucky pioneer

Charles-François Daubigny, Harvest. 1851.
Working backward from Benjamin Holsclaw, his father was Jacob Holsclaw (also spelled Holtsclaw or Holtzclaw), my 6th-great-grandfather. Jacob was born in Virginia on 17 February 1738, and was the son of Hans Jacob Holtzclaw, the founder of the Holtzclaw family in America. The story of the family is well detailed in the book The Genealogy of the Holtzclaw Family, 1540-1935, by B.C. Holtzclaw, and this book can be viewed online via the Hathi Trust.

Jacob married Susanna Thomas in Culpeper County, Virginia about 1758. They had a very large family, and the family is documented in the Holtzclaw book. Jacob and Susanna lived together in Culpeper County up to about 1774 or 1775, when they sold their land and moved west to Kentucky. According to the book, Jacob served in the Revolutionary War in the Lincoln County Militia commanded by Captain Samuel Kirkham in 1782 as part of an expedition by General George Rogers Clark.

Jacob claimed preemption on a tract of land raising a crop of corn in 1776 on the north side of Dicks River adjoining land of James and Edmund Archer.

In February 1780, Jacob entered land for 400 acres on Dicks River in Lincoln County. In September 1780 he entered another 1000 acres with Jacob Fishback. In the following years, more settlers arrived in the area.
Source: Ancestry and Kentucky Secretary of State.
Jacob appears on the Mercer County, Kentucky tax list in 1789.

According to the Holtzclaw book, Jacob died on 21 October 1812 in Mercer County, Kentucky. Susanna died on 10 October 1821 in Mercer County.

They had at least the following children:
- Leeanah Holsclaw (1759-
- Elijah Holsclaw (1764-
- Jacob Holsclaw (1767-
- Elizabeth Holsclaw (1769-
- Nellee Holsclaw (1772-
- Susanna Holsclaw (1775-1827)
- Benjamin Holsclaw (1777-1859)
- Ruth Holsclaw (1779-
- Jesse Holsclaw (1782-
- Mary Ann Holsclaw (1785-
- Sarah Holsclaw (1791-
- James Holsclaw (1797-

Jacob's signature appears on a letter he signed on 19 November 1792 giving his daughter Leeanah consent to marry John Collier.
Source: Ancestry. Kentucky Marriages.