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
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
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The following is the first in a series of guest blogs by Puneeta Sharma, our Paper Conservation Intern working on the Ferrar Papers in the Old Library: THE FERRAR PRINT COLLECTION CONSERVATION PROJECT On Monday 28th July, I started my one-month internship at the Old Library, Magdalene College, working…
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
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
Today I ran across an article from 1993 on the pronunciation of Old Virginia surnames and colonial place names that I thought you might like. Dropping Ws was a typical practice (as in England) and a good example is the family name ‘Burwell’ which is pronounced ‘Burl’. Check it out if you have a chance… Continue reading Pronouncing Old Virginia Names
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?