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

Childress-Barnett-Strickland-Coile · genealogy · Hardman/Hardeman family · Simmons ancestors

William Claiborne Surveyor of Jamestown

Description: William Claiborne; Source: Appleton’s 1880 Cyclopedia of American Biography. Perhaps you’ve seen before this portrait of William Claiborne of Kent, England and Jamestown, Virginia. William is the progenitor of a branch of the Claiborne (Cleborn; Clayborn, etc) family in America and was an early settler, government official and surveyor of Virginia, arriving as a… Continue reading William Claiborne Surveyor of Jamestown

American Revolution · Crossing the Delaware · genealogy · Power Family · Simmons ancestors

Francis P Power Revolutionary soldier

It must be because January 3rd is my birthday that I returned today (January 2nd!) to my notes on a maternal ancestor Francis P. Power who enlisted in the 14th Continental Army under Col. John Glover on January 3, 1776, Marblehead Regiment. His enlistment was part of the push of January 1, 1776 to gain new recruits for… Continue reading Francis P Power Revolutionary soldier

Archaeology · Ayrshire · Coel-Coilus-Coil-Coyle-Cowell-Kyle · genealogy · Scotland's Castles

The Grave of Old King Coilus

My research into my dad’s direct family line back to the British Isles has had few if any results so sometimes for fun I go online to see if any new information is available concerning Coil/Coel/Coile/Cowell/Kyle/Cole origins. Below is a link to a photo and brief historical and archaeological notes on the grave of King… Continue reading The Grave of Old King Coilus

genealogy · Plymouth Colony · The Mayflower

What do Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, and the Pilgrims Have in Common?

Today I’m searching for more information on one of my family lines, that of William White. His descendants include Henry White who married Celia Page, daughter of Thomas Nelson Page, but so far, their histories are rather gobbledy which I suppose is appropriate for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day feast. So as I’m sitting here confused and… Continue reading What do Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, and the Pilgrims Have in Common?