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Family Heritage Essay

1273 words - 6 pages

I interviewed my mother, Nancy Gibbs Jefferson and my uncle, Billy Ray Jefferson. I chose them because I believed them to have the most relevant information on our family’s history and heritage. I received a lot of information about my ancestors and where they originated from in the process. Before interviewing them, I knew very little about the history of my heritage and where my ancestors were born and when they moved to the United States from their home country. I learned than my ethno-cultural background is vast and varied.

My mother’s family originated from Ireland. My mother’s father was Jamison Gibbs and her mother was Nancyee Sanderson. They were both born in the United States. My mother’s grandparents, Leon Gibbs and Rucillia Gibbs, where born in Ireland and moved to the United States in the late 19th century. I do not have any information on my mother’s fraternal grandparents.

My uncle’s family originated from Britain, Normandy, and Ireland. His father William E. Jefferson and mother Pasty Ormond Jefferson were both born in the United States. His father’s father, William James Jefferson was born in Britain and married Lovie Boyle originated from Ireland. They both moved to the United States in the early 20th century. His mother’s father, Fred H. Ormond originated from Ireland, and his wife Lillian Yelverton, originated from Normandy. They both moved to the United States in the late 19th century.

Familial Beliefs Regarding HEALTH/Health and ILLNESS/Illness

The current living generations of my family define HEALTH/Health as the ability to perform daily tasks with ease. Emotional health, spiritual health, and physical health play a very large role in my family as I both sides were born believing that their needed to be harmony with all three aspects in order to have proper body function and healthfulness.

We define ILLNESS/Illness as the inability to perform daily tasks. Believing that one aspect of our HEALTH/Health is out of sync.

There is not much known information on the definition that my ancestors would have applied to HEALTH/Health or ILLNESS/Illness.

{What do your family members believe regarding health maintenance, restoration, and preservation; provide specific examples of practices}

Current generations of my family believe that health maintenance involves exercising regularly, eating nutritional and taking any required medications that help to maintain certain aspects of health. Regarding the restoration process we believe that when we do become ill, we seek a doctor for help. We restore our health my following any doctor’s order, resting, taking in plenty of fluids and getting the proper amount of rest. Preserving our health, in our definition is the same as health maintenance. The better that we treat our bodies, the better our bodies will perform.

My paternal side of the family believed in a lot of prayer and spiritual healing. They maintained their health by going to church and praying. My...

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