My Heritage History

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My heritage is one of mixed roots as many American families now are. The family gene pool is pulled from a variety of different ethnicities including Choctaw Indian, Irish and German. When America was formed the Irish were viewed as lower class and poor and this limited the work they were permitted to perform. My great, great, grandfather, who was Irish and German, married a Choctaw Indian lady when he was only 22 years old and has been in the country for only a short amount of time. The marriage permitted him to build his home on the Indian reservation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His family was provided free cheese, milk, and schooling that ended up consisting of 13 children. The family made ends meets from farming the lands and bartering with their …show more content…
My great grandfather, Aubrey Collum Jr. left the reservation and joined the military during World War II and set the precedence for many future solders in our family to include myself. After the war Aubrey settled down with my grandmother who was from West Virginia and they begin to plant roots in the east coast. The family continued to survive by raising crops and animals and was still considered a low class family. For years to come our family tribes would move between Oklahoma and West Virginia. For the first 7 years of my life I was raised in Oklahoma and remember always being surrounded by a big family. Being from a big family meant the children were disciplined by many but also brought on the feelings of security and …show more content…
My step-father was a principle at a middle school and was a solid role model that contradicted much of what I believed a man should be. He was sensitive, educated, and treated women with high amounts of respect and care. They also opened up a day care center and a foster home. My mother was quick to grow attachments for the children in our home through foster care agencies and soon adopted three African American children that are still in my family today. During this time I had seen my grandfather expand his mind and his heart for other races and cultures and begin to love this children ( ages 2, 4, and 7) as his own

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