Monthly Archives: December 2016

Chowan Indian Town, 1830

  Some potential Chowanoke characters from the 1830 US Federal Census of Gates County, North Carolina, with explanations. All of the following individuals are listed as heads of free colored households, with the exception of the Goodmans, who have mixed … Continue reading

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Elvy Russell (1793-1857)

ELVY RUSSELL is not my ancestor. However, he was a relative, and through his genealogy, we can get a better understanding of the Russell family of Gates County, North Carolina, and Nansemond County, Virginia. I decided to discuss Elvy Russell … Continue reading

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Elvy Russell Collins, 1805/06-1870

THE SECOND CHARACTER I am going to dig into here is Elvy Russell Collins. He was the ‘double first cousin’ of my ancestor Graham Russell Collins, meaning that his father and Graham’s father were brothers, and his mother and Graham’s mother … Continue reading

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Thomas Collins, 1768/69-1849

I HAVE DECIDED to scale this back a bit and focus on creating biographies for some of the people involved in this search. Much of my own investigation concerns the Collins and Russell families of Gates County, North Carolina, and … Continue reading

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A Nansemond Component at Chowan Indian Town

Above is a census of Nansemond Indians from 1907. It includes the surnames Bass, Bateman, Bissell, Bond, Bright, Brady, Caple, Collins, Craigins, Gaylord, Green, Harmon, Holloway, Howard, Jones, Okay, Osborn, Porter, Price, Rowland, Sawyer, Scott, Sebastian, Simcoe, Weaver, White, Wilkins, … Continue reading

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Timelines and Paper Trails

TRYING TO ASCERTAIN the tribal origins of various families seems to be the main objective of a lot of researchers. When it comes to researching the Collins family, this can be frustrating, as this name can be found around the … Continue reading

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