genealogy · Jamestown Colony · US History · Virginia Genealogy

Why Study Your Family Genealogy?

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?

genealogy · Jamestown Colony · Pocahontas

Pocahontas weds John Rolfe

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

Botanical Drawing · genealogy · Jamestown Colony · Taylor Family

So Many Taylors!

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!

Colonial Virginia · family ties · genealogy · Jamestown Colony · Slavery

Jamestown Colony: Along with the Leaf Came Slavery

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

Eclipses · genealogy · Jamestown Colony · Maycock Family · Pace Family

Who was Sarah the Jamestown Orphan?

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?