Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the earth is the only commandment that includes a promise and a wonderful one at that. And so it is a religious and a filial duty to rescue, restore, and record memories of our ancestors from oblivion before the record of their very… Continue reading Why Study Your Family Genealogy?
Just over four hundred years ago, on April 5, 1614, the Pocahontas-Rolfe Wedding took place at Jamestown Colony, Virginia. Let’s snoop a little and have a peek at the astrological factors influencing their union with the Sun as male principle (husband) and the Moon as feminine principle (wife). Since the hour of their nuptial ceremony is… Continue reading Pocahontas weds John Rolfe
In Martha W. McCarthy’s compilation volume Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary, there is a listing in the Taylor section that for me stands out from the rest (and there are several Taylors in the book). Of course, I pay attention to Taylor (Tailor) references in Genealogy sources primarily because there’s apparently such a… Continue reading So Many Taylors!
December 17, 2016: In the Jamestown Fort area, archaeological excavations continue and as you’ll see in this 3m49s video, so far there have been no cobblestones or brickwork from the original 1615 church found in this particular corner of the reconstructed building but who knows what may turn up!
Remnants of ‘Old Church’ at Jamestown Colony, Virginia; photo 1890s. CREDIT: Jackson, William Henry, photographer. “Old Church, Jamestown, Virginia,” 1902. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-D4-14191. You know the tale: settlers from England landed on Jamestown Island (as it began to be called) on May 14, 1607 to establish the first… Continue reading Jamestown Colony: Along with the Leaf Came Slavery
Recently my forays into family ties through Jamestown lineages and history has revealed Sarah, the ‘Jamestown Orphan’ whose parents were killed in the March 22, 1622 Powhatan Uprising, aka, the Jamestown Massacre of 1622. Reverend Maycock and wife Mary Pierce Maycock are considered by some to have been Sarah’s parents though other researchers disagree (see… Continue reading Who was Sarah the Jamestown Orphan?
Just a quick note to add a link to a site with more details than I’ve previously found concerning the 20 to 30 women captives taken by the Powhatans during the famous Jamestown Massacre of March 22, 1622, aka, the Powhatan Uprising. For years neither the colonists nor Virginia Company officials in London made efforts… Continue reading Jamestown Colony’s Captive Women