Monthly Archives: April 2015

Neighbors – Dilday

Dilday is another one of these mysterious names that seem to exist solely in Nansemond, Gates, and Hertford Counties. Its provenance is unknown, though some suggest a link to the Scottish Delday. Dilday first emerges in the Nansemond and Gates … Continue reading

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Neighbors – Purvis

Purvis is truly one of the more unique surnames I have come across doing this, and it becomes doubly unique when you realize it was some man’s given name about 200 years ago. Purvis Dilday married in Gates County, North … Continue reading

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Charles Russell, 1800

Charles Russell is listed in the 1800 US Federal Census with one free white male age 16 to 25, one free white female under age 10, one free white female age 26 to 44, and one other free person, no … Continue reading

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Lillie Bray, Yeopim

It came to my attention via a page called Native American Indian – Old Photos on Facebook. I was searching through images of the various tribes, looking for ones that resembled my great grandfather, and then came across one of … Continue reading

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Thomas Collins, 1840

I have not yet been able to comprehensively work out the relationships of the early Collinses in Nansemond and Gates Counties. There were three, originally, who appeared on the Nansemond militia list in 1783 — Thomas, William, and Lamuel. These … Continue reading

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Lucinda Russell, 1860

Sometimes it really helps to find something like this to know that I am not seeing things. This is the household of Lucinda Russell, located right near Graham Collins, my ancestor, his brother Thomas Collins, their first cousin Elvy Collins, … Continue reading

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