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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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No Cherokee Princess

THE GREATEST JOKE in “Indian country,” as it is called on occasion, is that every white family has a legendary Cherokee Princess in its family tree. There have been many excellent articles about it, that abound with the usual stories … Continue reading

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A Damaging Situation

AFTER I WENT THROUGH another group of close DNA matches, I found they were also Hall and Weaver descendants from Winton in Hertford County, North Carolina. This for me was the final evidence that my Collins ancestors were related to … Continue reading

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Hugo Prosper Leaming

THERE ARE A LOT of books available today that discuss the mixed-race communities that lived along the Virginia-North Carolina border in the colonial period. One for instance, called Dixie Be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South makes the … Continue reading

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Common Roots

IF YOU HAVE tested at a major consumer genomics company, and have uploaded your raw data to a site called GEDmatch, you can take advantage of a feature called, “People who match one or both of 2 kits.” This will … Continue reading

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