Gram's Gift

by Joyce Mosley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/9/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 34
ISBN : 9781728362809
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 34
ISBN : 9781728362823
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 34
ISBN : 9781728362816

About the Book

Gram’s Gift tells the story of an African-American family with African, European, and Native American roots. Gram decided it was time for her grandchildren to know the contributions made by their ancestors. So, she gathers her grandchildren together for a family history lesson. Her lesson begins with Cyrus Bustill, born enslaved, purchased his freedom, operated a successful bakery business and provided bread to George Washington’s troops camped at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. He was a businessman, an educator, and a leader in the Black community. His children and grandchildren continued Cyrus’ legacy of leadership as they were agents in the Underground Railroad, soldiers in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War, and advocates fighting for the right to vote for all.

Gram’s Gift to her grandchildren is their family history.

About the Author

Joyce Mosley assumed the role of family historian over thirty years ago. She has documented her African-American family history to European settlers and Cyrus Bustill, born enslaved, purchased his freedom, operated a bakery in New Jersey, and provided bread for George Washington's troops in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Joyce has presented her family research at genealogy conferences, and regional meetings including the African-America Historical and Genealogical Society and the African- American Genealogy Group,

Joyce is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century, the Society of Founding Families of New Jersey, The Society of Founding Families of Pennsylvania, African-American Genealogy Group, and the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage.

In 2019, Joyce’s family research was featured in a PBS episode of “Movers and Makers”