Monthly Archives: June 2018

Chowan Men Make Their Appearance

IN 1790, THE CHOWANOKE in Gates County authorized the sale of their remaining reservation land. This date was also significant because prior to 1790, the following men do not appear in the recorded tax lists, which begin in 1784. After, … Continue reading

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William Weaver’s Word List

IN 1901, James Mooney, an anthropologist, collected half a dozen words from William W. Weaver, a Nansemond Indian living in Norfolk County. William Wesley Weaver, born in 1818, is described as an Indian in the 1860 US Federal Census, and … Continue reading

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Norfolk 1732 – Updated

FOR A VERY LONG TIME, I was unable to trace my Collins line prior to their appearance on a 1783 militia list in Nansemond County, when the names William Collins and Thomas Collins first appear in the area. Moreover, additional research … Continue reading

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Two Jameses

ANOTHER GENEALOGICAL LESSON LEARNED. I am a descendant of Anna Russell, who was born in about 1770 and married Thomas Collins in Gates County, North Carolina, in 1801. Their son Graham Collins (1802-1880) is my ancestor, through his son Hugh … Continue reading

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James Arline’s Bastardy Bonds

JAMES ARLINE (1739-1791), my ancestor, was named on two bastardy bonds in Gates County in the 1780s.  James was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, and descended from a family that had lived in what became Gates County since the … Continue reading

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