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Friday, January 19, 2018

The Orange and Alexandria Railroad #virginiapioneersnet #vaancestors


Daniel Hooe is Enriched by his Timely Investment in the Orange and Alexandria Roadroad 

Map of Orange and Alexandria RailroadOn May 28, 1848, the O & A Railroad was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly to connect from Alexandria to Gordonsville and finally to the Virginia Central Railroad in Orange County. As soon as the stock was issued to charter the company, prominent politicians in the Arlington area invested their money. One, David F. Hooe, purchased Virginia State Stock, $29,,887.29 ($50 per share); 88 shares of the Orange & Alexandria Railroad ($15 per share), and a huge investment in the Stock Corporation of Alexandria, $20,000. The transactions were headed " District of Columbia, Washington County." The inventory of the Hooe estate was filed 1872 in Arlington, Virginia and may be viewed on this website. In 1854, it moved further southward from Charlesville to Lynchburg, with connections to the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad and the South Side Railroad. Finally, it connected with the Manassas Gap Railroad to the Shenandoah Valley, which made this railroad just about perfect to help move troops and supplies during the War Between the States. However, in the beginning it was resigned to cheaply ship produce and goods while transporting passengers from Washington to Lynchburg. During 1861, barricades were erected on Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia, to protect this railroad from the Confederate cavalry. In 1861 when the Union Army attempted to gain control of Manassas Junction from Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, this maneuver led to the first Battle of Bull Run. 

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The Old Wagon Road from PA into the Carolinas #southcarolinapioneersnet

The Old Wagon Road from Pennsylvania

old wagon road from PennsylvaniaMany of Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in Pickens County came from York County, Pennsylvania and were caught up in the Revolutionary War. Job Smith volunteered as a private in the regiment of Captain Benjamin Few and Colonel Leonard Marbury. He was at the siege of Savannah before going to Powell's Fort to serve under Captain Nathan Smith for the purpose of guarding frontiers against Indians. Then, was at the fall of Charleston under Captain John Johnston; at the siege of August and Ninety Six. In all, he served five years. 

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Transcripts of Pickens County Wills (1828-1863)

Testators: Abbott, John; Ables, John W.;Addis, Samuel;Alexander, Daniel D.;Alexander, Elisha;Alexander, Thomas; Alexander, William;Allgood, Barnett;Anderson, Susan; Anderson, Susannah; Armstrong, Benjamin; Arnold, William Sr.; Baker, Lemuel M.; Baker, Richard; Ballinger, John L.; Barker, James; Barnett, Elijah; Barrett, William; Barton, Caleb; Barton, David; Boatright, William; Boggs, G. W. B.; Bowen, John; Bowen, William; Brewer, James; Brown, Lewis; Burdine, Tally; Cane, William; Capehart, Leonard; Carne, Thomas William; Carne, William; Cassell, John; Clayton, John; Cleveland, Benjamin; Cleveland, Eli; Cobb, John; Cooper, Sion; Craig, John; Davis, Eli; Davis, Joseph; Davis, Sarah; Day, William; Dendy, James H.; Dickson, William; Dodd, William Sr.; Drummons, James; Duff, Mary; Durham, Charles; Earle, Samuel; Ellis, Gideon Sr.; Evatt, Hundley; Ferguson, Andrew; Ferguson, Elisha; Ferguson, Nancy; Field, John Sr.; Fitzgerald, Ambrose; Fleming, John L.; Foster, Robert S. C.; Freeman, Benton; Freeman, David; Gaines, Henry; Gaines, James; Gaines, Richard; Garner, Nancy; Gassaway, Thomas; Gibson, Zachariah; Gilliland, John; Gordon, Nathaniel; Grant, James; Grant, William; Grisham, Elizabeth; Grisham, John; Guyton, Jacob; Hall, Hugh; Hall, Jesse; Hallum, Richard; Hallum, Thomas; Hamilton, David; Hamilton, Jane; Hanes, John; Hambree, Edward; Hanes, John; Harbin, Thomas W.; Hardin, Robert Carrol; Hays, Solomon;Hendricks, Larkin Sr.; Hendricks, Moses; Hester, Alfred; Hill, George; Holland, D. T.; Hughes, Henry R.; Humphreys, Catherine; Humphreys, David; Humphrey, David; Hunt, H. C.; Isbell, Pendleton; Isbell, Sidney; Ivester, Hugh; Jenkins, Andrew; Jolly, William; Jones, Jabez; Jones, J. F.; Keith, John; Keith, Waren Davis; Keith, William L.; Kilpatrick, John C.; Kilpatrick, John C. Jr.; Kirksey, Silas; Land, Isaac; Lanier, Bird; Lawrence, Joseph N.; Lawrence, Rachel; Lay, Charles; Lay, John; Lewis, Jacob; Lewis, Jesse P.; Lewis, Lindamira; Lidai, John; Liddell, George Washington; Lively, Thomas Sr.; Lodon, J. P.;Malear, Robert; Mansell, Joshua; Maret, John; Maret, Stephen; Mauldin, Jane;Maxwell, Robert; Mayfield, Tempy; McAdams, James Sr.; McDonald, Henry; McWhorter, Jeremiah; McWhorter, John; McWhorter, O.; Messer, Samuel; Miller, Elisha; Miller, Isaac; Miller, John C.; Miller, Robert L.; Moody, Daniel; Moody, Martin; Moore, Burt; Morgan, Morgan; Morris, Robert; Moss, Frederick; Mullinnex, William G.; Murphree, Levi; Murphree, Moses; Murphree, William;Neal, John; Neel, John; Nevill, Jesse; Nicholson, Hannah; Niebuhr, J. P.; Niebuhr, Rebecca; Norton, Jeptha H.; Osbendorff, John;Parsons, James; Pee, Richard;Perritt, Burrell;Perry, Benjamin;Perry, E. M.;Petty, Ambrose;Phillips, Levi;Pickens, Eliza;Porter, Mary; Pugh, David;Reeder, A. P.;Reeder, Elizabeth; Reeder, Thomas Milton; Reid, Joseph; Rice, Isaac; Richardson, Noel; Robinson, Allen; Robinson, Jeremiah; Robinson, Samuel; Robinson, William; Robinson, William W.; Rogers, Felix; Rogers, James; Roper, Gideon; Roper, Joshua; Russell, David; Russell, Edy; Sanders, James; Sanders, William; Shell, Henry; Simpson, William; Smith, Benjamin; Smith, Job;Smith, Jobe; Southerland, James; Steele, Esther; Stephens, Daniel; Stribling, Jesse; Suggs, Jesse Sr.; Swafford, John; Terrell, Aaron; Thomas, Bryant; Trammel, Thomas;Trotter, Henry; Trotter, James; Verner, John; Visage, Thomas; White, Alexander; Whitmire, Henry; Williams, Joseph; Williams, William; Winchester, Willoughby; Wood, Joseph; Young, Stephen; Yow, Demcy   Pickens Co. SC Genealogy Records



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Solving Genealogies by Reading the Old Wills #vagenealogy #vaancestors #findyourvaancestors #virginiapioneersnet

Solving Genealogies by Reading the Old Wills 

QuillRemember the days when we climbed on ladders to shuffle down dusty books all because it might help with finding ancestors? Or, the census microfilm which contained no indexes? And how tedious the search through dozens of census records to try and locate the family or just to find a clue? In those days, we examined the records of the county "thought" to be the residence, then circled the wagon in surrounding counties. For some reason, family history books rarely contained an index. Finally, county records began to be extracted and published. But the problem here is that one really needs to read the original document (rather than an abstract) because it contains so many little details helpful in discovering more clues. Yet few originals recorded by the clerks survived. Genealogical Societies have made good effort to restore the torn and smudged documents, however, because of this and colonial-style writing, they are not much help. However, one should not overlook this aspect of research. Instead, learning Latin phrases and colonial hand-writing will serve well to produce results. Like going to school all over again, we can learn the beautiful colonial script! Virginia Pioneers has done its best to acquire actual images of most of the old Virginia Wills, Estates, Inventories, Annual Returns, etc., which may be printed out or downloaded for later study. 

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  • Louisa County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to members of Virginia Pioneers

    Marriages
    • Marriages 1757 to 1856
    Digital Images of Wills 1745 to 1766
    • Belscher, Patrick
    • Buckner, Philip
    • Clark, Christopher
    • Cosby, John
    • Fleming, Robert
    • Harris, Benjamin
    • Johnson, John
    • Kimbro, William
    • Lea, Francis
    • Mackalester, William
    • Meriwether, Francis
    • Moorman, Elizabeth
    • Sumter, William
    • Terrill, Richard
    • Waddy, Samuel
    • Woodall, James
    • Yancy, Archelaus
    Digital Images of Wills 1767 to 1783
    • Anderson, David
    • Anderson, Pouncey
    • Arnett, James
    • Barrett, Charles
    • Belscher, Judy
    • Bibb, Benjamin Sr.
    • Bourn, William
    • Bunch, Samuel
    • Byars, John
    • Carr, John
    • Carr, John (2)
    • Carr, Samuel
    • Christmass, John
    • Chiles, John
    • Clark, Francis
    • Clark, Joseph
    • Cory, Edward
    • Cosby, David
    • Davis, John
    • Dickenson, Charles
    • East, Joseph
    • Fernham, Robert
    • Garland, Nathaniel
    • Garrett, William
    • Gooch, William
    • Glynn, Jeremiah
    • Hall, John
    • Hall, John
    • Henderson, Joseph
    • Henson, Richard
    • Hester, Robert
    • Hunter, Andrew
    • Jackson, William
    • Jones, Richard
    • Jones, Richard (2)
    • Jordan, Francis
    • Kingfield, Robert
    • Laurance, Elizabeth
    • Laurance, Henry
    • Lea, Ann
    • Lipscomb, Thomas
    • Lowry, William
    • McCullock, Elizabeth
    • Moore, John
    • Parish, Jolley
    • Paulet, Thomas
    • Pettus, John
    • Poindexter, Christian
    • Smith, Charles
    • Smith, James Jr.
    • Statham, Love
    • Tait, John
    • Tate, James
    • Terrill, Richmond
    • Terry, James
    • Thomason, George
    • Thomson, Thomas
    • Thomson, Wilson
    • Trumyear, William
    • Venable, Abraham
    • Waddy, Mary
    • Wadkins, John
    • Whitlock, Thomas
    • Woodleif, Catherine
    • Wright, Richard
    • Yancey, Robert
    Miscellaneous
    • Sims, William-Last Will and Testament


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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Classic Autos #georgiapioneers


Remember counting cars?  This handsome
roadster is the reason we did it!  Back in
the day autos were easily recognizable by
their unique styles.

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Everyday Life in Colonial Days #virginiapioneersnet #virginiaancestors


Everyday Life in Colonial Days

colonial familyBefore the Revolutionary War, people were not allowed to be outside after dark. It was the night watchman's job to make sure that no one broke this rule. The colonists were required to attend church service or be punished. If a man stayed away from church for a month without a good excuse, he might be put in the stocks or into a wooden cage. No word could be spoken with im[Pg 128]punity against the church or the rulers. He who used his tongue too freely was placed in the pillory or stocks, or was fined, and in some extreme cases he lost his ears. Additionally, tithing was mandatory, and Virginians furnished his local glebe with pds. of tobacco (used as currency). The local parish houses were primitive, first constructed with logs and oiled paper used for windows. Since there was no stove inside, women often carried foot-stoves, which, by definition were small sheet-iron boxes containing a few hot coals. The sermons lasted two hours or more and upon the pulpit stood an hour-glass, which a deacon would reverse when the sands of the hour had fallen through. Pews were hard, and sleeping was considered a serious offense. The minister, or a watchful tithing man, held a long stick prod which reached into the pews to awake people. 
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Unexcavated Indian Mounds in Franklin NC #northcarolinapioneers

Unexcavated Indian Mounds in Franklin, North Carolina

Nikwasi Indian MoundFranklin is a pretty hamlet located on the Little Tennessee River in the Nantahala National Forest. There is a beautiful trout-stream called Kul-la-sa-jah. The chasm of the Sugar Water Falls is about half a mile long and below the impressive perpendicular precipices. Nearby in the valleys are numerous Indian mounds which are believed to have built by a race of people now extinct, which the Cherokees formerly used as centers for their dances and games. A prevailing superstition is that in the ancient days every Indian brought to a certain place a small bark full of the soil which he cultivated. It was a tribute to the Great Spirit, who, in turn, sent them a plenteous harvest. Some people think that the mounds are burial places of great warriors and hunters, while others claim that the mounds served as fortresses and a place to hold religious rites. The Nikwasi Indian Mound pictured here was later taken over by the Cherokees, upon which they built a town house. It has never been excavated.

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Back in the Day!

With the snow in Atlanta preventing the usual routine, and stuck inside, I found some lovely
classic autos in the Atlanta Journal.
The fun of tracing ancestors includes
searching through old newspapers. I
found these 1918 models in the Atlanta
Journal. America was fighting in WW I!
How long did these models last, I wonder?
1918 Columbia Six
1918 Columbia Six
1918 Anderson Six
1918 Anderson Six




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