Do you know us?
Barbara: Born Vilma Barbara Hay on January 21, 1932 in Comfort Castle, Jamaica. The third of 12 siblings. Went to nursing school at St. Mary’s hospital in London, England in the 50s. Gave birth to Ian Robin Hay on May 30, 1957. Married Scotty Stone in Washington, D.C. in the 1960s. Lived in Minneapolis, MN, where she lived for 14 years; gave birth to Jocelyn Nadine Stone on October 30, 1967. Was one class away from receiving her bachelor’s degree in childhood education at the University of Minnesota in the mid-1970s. Registered nurse at Hennepin County labor and delivery ward. Lived in Tucson, AZ, from 1978 to 1998; registered nurse in the OB/GYN department at the University of Arizona hospital. Lived in Minneapolis from 1998 to 2007, when she moved to Atlanta, GA. Died at the age of 75 in Atlanta on December 15, 2007.
Scotty: Born Lucien Scotty Stone in New Orleans, LA, on October 10, 1940. Was stationed in London in the Air Force in the 1960s. Married Barabaray Hay and moved to Minneapolis in the 1960s. Had first daughter, Jocelyn, in 1967. Struggled with drug and alcohol dependency, which eventually ended his marriage. Charismatic and persuasive, rarely had a regular job. Was deeply involved in the civil right movement in Minneapolis in the late 1960s and early 1790s. Had second daughter, Tanya Henneman, with Sandra Henneman on February 5, 1974 in Minneapolis. Moved to Berkeley, CA, in 1974. Had second daughter, Tasha, on July, 19, 1976, and third daughter, Tiffany, on April 7, 1978. Became sober in 1981. Died a month before his 50th birthday in September 1990.
Robert: Born Ian Robin Hay on May 30, 1957. Lived in London with foster parents because Barbara was in school. Moved to Minneapolis to live with Barbara and Scotty in the 1960s. Was an exceptional artist, even in early childhood. Went to Marcy Elementary school and then Marshall University High School. Struggled with drug and alcohol addiction in his teens and early adulthood. A shy, quiet and sensitive boy and man. Died at the age of 20 after being hit by a train in February 1978.
Jocelyn: I could tell you my story, but I’m sure it’s going to unfold over the year. Besides, I already know my story; now I’m looking for my family’s.
To sum it up: I’m 44 and have lived most of my life in Minneapolis, except for a dismal 10 years in Tucson (1978-1988). I’m intelligent but have been an underachiever most of my life. Apparently, I’m also pretty self-involved, which is why it’s taken me so long to wonder about the people who made me who I am today. I have worked in retail and office settings, but my two most notable jobs have been as a hair colorist for 18 years, and most recently, an editor at a magazine.
My plea: If I or any of my family sound familiar to you and you think you have a story to add to my collection, please let me know. You can go to http://stone365.tumblr.com/submit or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!