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A Little Bit Closer

IN MY LAST POST, I showed how some associations between people living in Gates County, North Carolina, at the end of the 18th century and New Kent County, Virginia, at the end of the 17th century had led me to … Continue reading

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Detribalized

I’VE SPECULATED a lot about the origins of my ancestors on this blog, but some of the information contained in my last post led me to some astonishing revelations. To recap, I had been tracing a group of people called … Continue reading

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It’s All in a Name

SOMETIMES A GIVEN NAME offers a valuable clue, but not always. I descend from a man named Graham Collins (1802-1880), who was born in Gates County, North Carolina, and died in Nansemond County, Virginia. In looking around for this relatively … Continue reading

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Pamunkey Langs

THE WAY THAT GATES COUNTY is situated, it is correct to assume a natural migration from Suffolk, formerly Nansemond County, Virginia. The reasons for this are geographic — Gates County is bordered on the east by the Great Dismal Swamp, … Continue reading

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Sherrod and Grant

LOOKING AT TWO DIFFERENT marriage records for a William Collins in Gates County, I unintentionally stumbled across two other characters that could be characterized as belonging to the shadowy “Scratch Hall Folk,” the community of swampers living in the woods of … Continue reading

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Lines of Descent

AT THE MOMENT, this is how I have drawn up lines of descent in my Collins and Russell families, Native American heritage that would explain both DNA admixture results, and the fact that some descendants are described as being of … Continue reading

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‘No Racial Intermingling’

“THERE WAS NO RACIAL INTERMINGLING. There were no half-breed Indians.” This is a quote from a July 29, 1915 edition of The Windsor Ledger in Bertie County, North Carolina. It’s certainly no easy task to “confirm” Native American ancestry in this … Continue reading

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