The Yeldell Family (Through My Eyes)

{June 30, 2010}   The Yeldell Name in Lights!!!

Robert L. Yeldell
b: September 26, 1928
d: January 6, 2007

I have always been told stories about different family members but I was fortunate enough to have my own stories to tell about my Uncle Rob.  You see, I lived away from my family most of my life but he made it a point to keep track of me.  He knew about my gymnastics and dance while in Va. Beach.  He knew when I graduated from high school and told me how proud he was.  He would even check on me when I was pregnant with my children.  He probably was the closest I would ever come to having a grandfather.

When I was pregnant with my son Marcus he was the first person that I called after he was born.  He said to me “that is great baby what is your room number.”  For those that don’t know he needed that to play the number.  He won off of my brand new baby boy too.  Anyway he made us all feel special in his own way.

When he died he was honored by the building he lived in by changing the name of the building.  What used to be called Park Southern Apartments is now called Robert L. Yeldell Tower A Park Southern Community.  We as a family thought this was amazing since we had called it that anyway because of so many Yeldells living in the building.  When changing the name of the building you also need to change other things like phone book entries, local maps and even if transportation stops in front of the building what the bus sign reads.  Well that was my way of honoring my uncle.  I worked for three years pestering metro to change what is reflected on the bus and finally on June 29, 2010 I saw it.  I was playing a game on my ipod while listening to it and something just said in my head “Donya look up” and there it was bold and bright YELDELL TOWER.  The people on the bus thought I was crazy I was talking to myself out loud trying to pause my game and get to my camera.  I missed taking the picture but I called my momma, my sister Robin (his daughter) and my sister Tammy in that order.  It was wonderful.  Thank you Uncle Rob for being the type of man you were.  For being supportive of me and always following me.  For loving my children the way that you did.  You will forever be remembered and having your name up in lights will further the memory of you for generations to come.

On July 7, 2007 the name was changed and we were all there to see them unveil that new Awning doing the Yeldell name proud.  For those that want to ride the bus to see both the building and the name on the bus, go to Southern Avenue Station and ride either one of the following buses:

D12, D13, D14, W15, W19, A6 and A46

peace & blessings

Enoch Peterson Sr. is the father to Lula Peterson Annie Mae Senior mother.  Lula’s oldest brother was named Enoch Jr.  While on I cam across a public tree with alot of our family history.  So naturally I emailed her.  Well she has responded.

Ms. Brandi Jackson is the Great Great Granddaughter of Enoch Jr.  This would make her my great grandmother’s niece but most importantly a cousin from my grandmother’s side of family.  I hope to talk with her and possibly her mom.  I am so excited and will continue to keep you all posted.

Peace & Blessing


Hello Yeldell’s,

So I am continuing my search and happened to type in Annie Mae’s parents name.  When I did that so much happened.  I now know Annie’s grandparents on her father and mother side.  Her father’s name is Johnie Senior and his parents were named John Senior and Jane Williams.  Annie’s mom name was Lula Peterson and her parents were named Enoch Peterson and Ann Shefford.

Now when typing in Johnie Senior’s name I never found Annie.  I found her brothers Charlie, Johnie and ML.  I also found some sisters Mollie, Jennie, Essie & Margaret.  I have spoken with our cousin Freddy B on grandma side and he says that Mollie and Margaret are one in the same.  What I didn’t fine was Annie Mae.

Now when you do the ancestry search you have to give or take about two years because on the census dates may change.  Remember the census is as accurate as the person that enters it. So if a date is entered wrong or you can’t read the writing things change.  So Anyway there are three Lula Peterson’s (other than her mom) listed as daughters of Lula and Johnie.  I am under the impression that Annie Mae may not have been named Annie Mae.  She might have been named Lula and some how took on the name Annie and no one ever said anything.  Still looking into that.

Now Annie’s mom Lula had a huge farm.  While going through the archive papers Lula’s dad was very much into Agriculture.  He owned a lot of land, horses, cows, chicken and so on.  He sold meat, eggs and other products to take care of the family.  According to my mom Momma Lula had a very large farm and I am assuming it came from Enoch.  I found this to be exciting and am now looking into seeing what happened to all of the land.

I hope you guys are enjoying what I write as much as I am enjoying researching and sharing with you.  I am attaching the pictures of Grandma’s Mother and two of Sisters (I added grandma again just because).  We are beautiful women and they show why.

Peace & Blessings

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