Hi, my name is Frilla Severance. I was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. My Mom born and raised in Atmore, Alabama and my Dad born and raised in Manning South Carolina. I don’ t know too much history on my maternal side, but as I got older, I found out my Granny was my Great Aunt, my mother and her siblings ( a sister and a brother) were raised by their Aunt and her husband their 9 children and 3 other cousin. It was told to me that my maternal grandmother Annie Bell Brown died when my mother was just 2 years old, 1951. They buried her body out in the country, but only one person my Uncle Will knows where the grave is, because he went hunting and stumble upon it. I would love to know about other family members on my Maternal tree because we have a reunion every other year, but it’s a children reunion which includes the children who were raised by my Aunt and Uncle.
My Paternal family tree is more detailed and yet the same applies here, I never remember meeting my Paternal Grandmother she died when I was 4 (1987). My Paternal died in 2006, we had a relationship with him. What is an interesting fact is that my last name is spelled wrong, which is a common occurence in those times when blacks weren’t born in the hospital and midwives perform births and submitted paperwork. I spell my last name Severance, but after a family reunion in 2008 we were told by elders of the family that our last name is acutally spell Servance, with this new found revelation I looked up some family on Facebook and there beholds family in Virginia and South Carolina, where my paternal grandfather was born and his some of his siblings settled. I have way more cousins than I realized and I’m really interested in finded out much more about my family trees.
I often here from people of Haitian Descent that our name is French. I do know that Servance is a town in Haiti, now how we came about with that name is yet to be discovered.