Sunday, October 16, 2011

Connection from New England Jazz History Database

Central Worcester Jazz Musician Tree
Wendell Culley at base of tree
by Richard Falco of WPI
     Sometimes our plans of what we are going to research and post next on our blogs does not always play out that way.  We, as family researchers and historians must always be ready for changes.  

     I am currently reading "Richard Higgins," a book on the descendants of the Higgins.  It has been a slow read, and I am not so sure I need to read cover to cover.  There is an index with names and I could possibly look at the descendants and the possible collateral descendants of Richard in the Worcester, MA area so I can quicken my step.

     I usually give myself one to two hours of reading and research time a day during the week. Sometimes it is just re-affirming what I already know, or I discover something new (which happens every so often).

     I was reading yesterday when I received a call from a Jacki Boyette stating that her Aunt Effie Watkins was married to Sydney Grant, a saxophonist from Worcester, and had been friends of my Grand Uncle Raymond Mansfield Cully, Sr.   (It is very possible that Sydney also played with Raymond's older brother Wendell as he played the trumpet and were close in age.)

     The call was in reference to a posting that I  attached below.  Jacki and I spoke for a good hour as she shared the life and history of her Uncle Sydney and in the meantime letting me know that she has a couple of school pictures of Raymond Cully and would be sending it to me (which I will forward the original to his adult children).  We also agreed that I would meet with her in Harlem to go through hundreds of photo's of parties, gigs, etc., that possibly include family members.

The Chet Williams Blog has some information about Wendell P. Cully and as I stated on a previous post, I will be interviewed in November 2011 regarding the Cully family and Wendell Cully by Professor Falco who developed the New England Jazz Database.

6 Responses to “J14: Worcester’s Lil’ Darlin’ Wendell Culley”
  1. Yvette Porter Moore on January 2nd, 2008 1:44 pm
    I am a family member of Wendell Culley. He was my great Uncle. I am currently doing a family tree and trying to pull some information together and go through the family photos
  2. Gail Middleton on October 19th, 2008 8:44 pm
    Raymond Cully was my dad. Wendell Culley was my uncle.I’d love to see the high school photos you mention on this site -
    Please let me know if there is any way for me to see them.
    Thank you.
  3. Karen Cully on December 30th, 2009 11:42 pm
    Hi Yvette,
    this is most interesting.
    Wendell Culley was my father, Richard Cully’s uncle as you know. My Father’s Name was Osborne Cully. My grandfather was one of the first Black Americans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Engineering. However, he was not hired in his field of expertise because he was Black. I am told that MIT or Wentworth College hired him as a Professor. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this effort. Will look up more on the Hayes/Haynes Greene Side. REmember Aunt Edith. She waa a major Matriarch of our family. He maiden name was Hayes.
    Talk to you soon.
  4. Jacki Boyette on January 21st, 2010 1:31 pm
    My uncle, Sydney Grant,was a musician (saxaphonist) and had a dear friend named Raymond Culley who was also a musician. Ray Culley and his wife were often in our home with their son, Raymond M. Culley, Jr. I recently found a 5th grade photo of Ray Jr in my deceased uncle’s memorabilia. He would be 55 - 60 years old now. Please let me know if this is the right family.
  5. Yvette on March 28th, 2010 11:29 pm
    Ray Culley was also my great Uncle. His brother was Raymond. They actually had numerous brothers and sisters as their mother had between 15 to 20 children but many died young. I would love to see this picture of Ray Cully from the 5th grade. He was a musician and played the drums. He had three children. He is deceased and I have one picture of Raymond. You can contact me at xxx-xxx-xxxx.
  6. Gail Middleton on June 19th, 2010 11:22 pm
    Dear Jacki Boyette,
    Yes, this is the right family! Raymond M. Culley Jr. is my brother (we spell our last name Cully, with no “e”). Did you meet my parents at your home?Jazz History Data Base