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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Search the Deeds

It is essential for the genealogist to search the deed records in the county where his ancestors resided. The reason is to learn what State and County he came from beforehand and other pertinent details. The following 1769 deed in Nansemond County reveals a great deal about Thomas Gregorie.

11 Dec 1769 Thomas Gregory and his wife sold to Edward Wright 150 acres bounded by Nansemond River on one side, by a creek between him (Gregorie) and David Osheal on the other, thence by natural bounds up a branch dividing it crom the lands of Gresham Coffield, orphan of Daniel Coffield, deceased, according to the meanders of said branch, then by two marked trees to the end which is an oak standing near Joseph Jones' house and upon the main road, thence from the said oak a line of marked trees, various courses between the said land and Capt. Miles King's land to a marsh, thence through that marsh to the said river, being the first station....

The Nansemond County records did not survive, however, there is a good chance to find this location.
However, a visit to the area might disclose where Capt. Miles King and Gresham Coffield resided. Tax digests from say 1769 to 1810 (if available) for King, Coffield, Thomas Gregory and Edward Wright should be carefully examined to locate a land lot number and district, which is essential to zeroing into the exact spot. You have the Nansemond River, so this location must be near the Town of Suffolk. The next thing to do is obtain a county map with a good legend of churches and cemeteries. You will be surprised what you find! Visit the area, speak with neighbors, use the map.

Monday, November 22, 2010


A brief family history of the Green family from Shenandoah County, Virginia to Kentucky is available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tombstone Weather

This is good weather for searching through the woods for old grave sites. The beautiful fallen leaves have opened a spendid view of the countryside, exposing old tombstones. Don't forget to take a county map replete with a good legend.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shenandoah Valley

Many Kentuckians migrated from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Shenandoah pioneers were Scotch-Irish and German mostly, originating in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Find Ancestors with Detective Work

Ancestor detectives search for every minute detail and comparing those details with the records. Start with the 1800 census because it provides age ranges for the children. Write down the age ranges. Next go to the 1810 census, repeating the process through the 1850 census. Now, let us determine who left the family for the various decades. See who is still there in 1810, 1820, 1830 and 1840. Next, go to the county records and examine the female marriages. If a daughter age 10 to 15 in 1800 was gone in 1810, look for a female who married before 1810. Let us say that one, Matilda Martin married John Franklin in Lunenburg Co., VA in 1809. Locate the county in which John Franklin resided in the 1850 Virginia Census Index; then look up the family in that county and follow this family through for subsequent decades to learn if any of her brothers and sisters later resided with her. Compare the names to the earlier established family group sheets from these census records. Next, locate the family on the 1880 census to learn where Matilda's parents were born. Does this match? Next, search the deed records to see if one, John Franklin and his wife, Matilda, were deeded any land from the Martin family. Wives did not inherit directly and gift deeds for land, slaves, etc. were given directly to the husband.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bird from Virginia to Kentucky

A brief family history of the Bird family from Shenandoah County, Virginia to Kentucky is available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Saturday, July 24, 2010


A brief family history of the Funk family from Shenandoah County, Virginia to Clark County, Kentucky is available to members of Kentucky Pioneers


A genealogy of the Calmes family including General Marquis Calmes is available to members of Kentucky Pioneers


A brief family history of the Bowman family from Shenandoah County, Virginia to Kentucky is available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Saturday, July 17, 2010

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Monday, June 21, 2010

For Sale: 1892 Book of Benjamin Harrison, President of USA

Life and Public Services of Hon. Benjamin Harrison, President of the United States by Gen. Lew Wallace and Hon. Murat Halstead, published in 1892 by Edgewood Publishing Co.; richly illustrated with photographs.  Hardbound, 5x7,  422 pp.  This book is quite fragile due to its age; the spine somewhat loose. A very interesting account of the Harrison lineage which includes personal information. - $15.00

If interested, please Email here so I can hold the book for you.

Callaway of Boonesboro

Richard Callaway of Virginia helped Daniel Boone to settle the fort at Boonesboro. Unfortunately while erecting a ferry, he was scalped by Indians; his body was taken to the fort where it was buried.  Left: The Peaks of Otter in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Richard Callaway's home was near the bottom.

A genealogy is available to members of Kentucky Pioneers and includes photographs and a movie of the old reconstructed Boonesboro Fort.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Used History Books for Sale

Economic History of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century by Philip Alexander Bruce Volume II (1935), hardbound, 647 pp., good condition - $30.00

199 Years of Augusta's Library (Georgia), A Chronology by Berry Fleming (1949, University of Georgia Press, hardbound, 85 pp. - $9.00

The Army of the Potomac: A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton, Doubleday and Company (1953), hardbound, jacket, 438 pp. - $20.00

Antebellum Athens and Clarke County Georgia by Ernest Hynds, hardbound, jacket, 196 pp., University of Georgia Press (1974) - 18.00

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Used Genealogy Books for Sale

The following genealogy and history books (used) are for sale: (Price includes S/H in USA)
If interested, please email me so that I may hold it for you. Here

The Diary of Emma LeConte, hardbound, 5x7, 124 pp., kept during the last months of the Confederacy.  Exciting - $10.00

War So Terrible. Sherman and Atlanta by James Lee McDonough and James Pickett Jones, hardbound, jacket, like new. (1987), 385 pp. - $22.00

Post of Honor. The Pryor Letters, 1861-63 by Charles R. Adams (signed by the author). A story of the Pryor family and Capt. S. G. Pryor, commander of the 1st Battn. of Sharpshooters (1863, near Fredericksburg), hardbound, 456 pp.  - $15.00

Cherokee Removal, 7x9, paperbound, by William L. Anderson, 157 pp., like new. - $15.00

1833 Land Lottery of Georgia and Other Missing Names of Winners, paperbound, 5x7, 67 pp., indexed. - $8.00

Historical Account of Meriwether County (Georgia) 1827-1924 by Regina Pinkston, hardbound, indexed, 448 pages - $30.00

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Used Genealogy Book Sale

The following genealogy books are from my personal collection. They are out of print and difficult to locate.  If you are interested, email me Here They will go fast, so email me  first, so that I may hold your selection.  These will go fast. There are two ways to pay for this:

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Land Lottery List, 1804 Oglethorpe Co., GA; 1806 Hancock Co., GA, paperbound, 44 pp.
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Planters of the Commonweath, hardbound, 231 pp. New England passenger lists from 1620 to 1640. - $18.00

From Stage Coaches to Train Whistles. History of Gum Pond, Mt. Enon, Baconton, in Mitchell County, GA 1856 to 1976 by Mildred Jackson Colle, hardbound, 346 pp. - $22.00

Atlanta 1847-1890, City Building in the Old South and the New by James Michael Russell, hardbound, jacket, 314 pp., like new. - $25.00

General James Longstreet by Jeffry D. Wert. The Confederacy's Most Controversial Soldier. A biography. 427 pp., hardbound, jacket. Like new. - $25.00

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Additions to Kentucky Pioneers During 2007

Akers of Louisville
Barrick of Versailles & Perryville
Bell of Shelby Co.
Breckinridge of Lexington
Bullitt of Louisville
Callaway, Job
Clark/La Nauze of Louisville
Courtney of Louisville
Crenshaw, Cornelius
Hedges of Bourbon Co.
Hoge of Oldham Co.
Holstein of Fayette Co.
Huie of Jefferson Co.
Hundley of Louisville
Jacob of Louisville
Jones of Clark Co.
Lawson of Greenup
Ligon, William
Love, William
Lyle of Allen Co.
Milton of Lexington & Fayetteville
Moore, Robert
Morgan of Fayette Co.
Nightingdale of Louisville
Pottenger of Nelson Co.
Quisenberry of Georgetown & Winchester
Robinson of Jefferson Co.
Robinson of Louisville
Scott of Louisville & Owensville
Shelby of Lexington
Short of Lee Co.
Stice from Germany
Taylor, James
Watson of Louisville
Wilson of Louisville

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Kentucky Books

The following books are available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

First Whiteman of the West or the Life and Exploits of Colonel Daniel Boone
The First Settlers of Kentucky by Timothy Flint
Genealogies of Kentucky Families from the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, 1804-186
Pioneer Settlers to Kentucky: Daniel Boone by John S. C. Abbott

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Misc. Kentucky Information

This collection comes from various sources, such as the Georgia State Archives, Regional Libraries, information sent to professional genealogist and author, Jeannette Holland Austin as well as her own personal folders, now all merged into one source and available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

* Allison, William Henry of Mercer County
* Bacon, John Mosby
* Barnes, Joseph of Knox County
* Beattie, Lily Rogers S. of Louisville
* Benet, James Walker
* Berry of Woodford County, Pedigree Chart
* Boone, Daniel of Mason County
* Brashear, Richard L. of Bowling Green
* Bratcher, Oliver
* Brown of Woodford County, Pedigree Chart
* Brown, James F. or Warren County
* Brown, Preston of Lexington
* Bruce, Helm of Louisville
* BUllitt, Henry Massie
* Clay, William Rogers of Fayette County
* Cook, Minnie G. of Louisville
* Crace, Shadwick Wilson of Maguffin County
* Dixon Families
* Dorr, Kate Sturm McCall of Mt. Vernon
* DuPont, Thomas Coleman of Louisville
* Garrard, Joseph of Clay County
* Helm, Thomas Kennedy of Louisville
* Holding, James of Scott County
* Hoskins
* Hurst of Morgan County
* Kenton, Simon
* Kenton, Simon's Indian Lineage
* Kidwell, Leonard of Madison County
* Lawson of Wolfe County
* Lockhart, John C. of Logan County
* Martin, Eliza C. of Oldham County
* Massie, Nathaniel of Mason County
* McLean, James B. of Elkton
* McDowell, Hervery of Cynthiania
* McDowell, William Adair of Louisville
* Mcdowell, William C. of Lexington
* Morgan of Owsley County
* Newcomb, Matilda Florence C.
* Rotan, Kate Sturm McCall of Mt. Vernon
* Sherrill, descendant of Adam
* Slusher, Jacob of Harlan County
* Snawder, Thomas
* Wade, William of Madison County
* Wicker of Montgomery County
* Wilkins of VA, KY, IL, MO

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gedcom Files of Kentucky Families

This Gedcom collection is the private traced genealogy collection of Jeannette Holland Austin. The files are currently being gathered to add to this website. Subscribers of Kentucky Pioneers may view and/or download the files.

* Adair of GA, SC, VA
* Camp of America; the emigrant into USA, hundreds of families. Begins 1559 in England; goes to early 1900's. (356,752 bytes)
* Evans, descendants of Arden Evans of MD
* Lane of GA,NC,AL
* Mckinney
* Roquemore
* Stegall
* Williams of VA, GA

Monday, May 17, 2010

Adair Family

The Adair family descends from Robert Adair who was born ca 1360 in Galloway, Scotland. He was Sheriff there in 1426 and was married to a daughter of the most noble house in Scotland, the house of Argyle. According to tradition, Robert Adair fought a duel with the White Knight at the town of Adair,which was located on the Desmond Estate in Limerick Co., Ireland. From there, the family descends to Niegello Adair of Portre, Inverness, Scotland and down through the ages into Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia. The entire genealogy is available to members of Georgia Pioneers   and includes photos, movies and the gedcom file which may be downloaded.

Tomb of Governor John Adair in Frankfort, Kentucky

Sunday, May 16, 2010

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Gheen Mausoleum

Charles W. Gheens (1837-1927) build this mausoleum when he was 37
years old. Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kentucky Genealogies

The following genealogies are available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Akers - Louisville
Barrick - Versailles & Perryville
Bell - Shelby Co.
Breckinridge - Lexington
Bullitt - Louisville
Callaway, Job
Clark/La Nauze - Louisville
Collings of Spencer Co.
Cottrell of Daviess Co.
Courtney - Louisville
Crenshaw, Cornelius
Davis - Jessamine Co.
Fowler of Louisville
Graham of Washington Co.
Harrison of Daviess Co.
Hawkins of Woodford Co.
Hedges - Bourbon Co.
Hoge - Oldham Co.
Holstein - Fayette Co.
Huie - Jefferson Co.
Hundley - Louisville
Jacob - Louisville
Jesse of Woodford Co.
Jones - Clark Co.
Kimbley of Daviess Co.
Lawson - Greenup
Lee of Bracken Co.
ligon.html">Ligon of Henderson Co.
Ligon, William
Love, William
Love of Crittenden Co.
Lyle - Allen Co.
Milton - Lexington & Fayetteville
Moore, Robert
Moore of Christian Co.
Morgan - Fayette Co.
Nightingdale - Louisville
Pottenger, Akers - Nelson Co.
Quisenberry - Georgetown & Winchester
Robinson - Jefferson Co.
Robinson - Louisville
Scott - Louisville & Owensville
Self of Daviess Co.
Shelby - Lexington
Short - Lee Co.
Steenhuis, Jacob
Stice, Germany to America
Taylor, James Watson - Louisville
Wilson - Louisville

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Kentucky Revolutionary War Pensions

The following pension transcripts and digital images are available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Aarons, Abraham, S31813, KY of Adair County
Brank, Robert, S30893, KY of Garrard County
Daniel, William, 83263, KY of Campbell County
Campbell, John, VA of Muskingum County, Ohio
Childress, Thomas, 2 GA Battalion, GA, res. Lincoln County, TN
Childress, Davis, #S39298, TN
Deadrick, David, VA, TN. #W3521
DeRussy, Thomas, VA, #W20975
Dixon, Tilman, #BLW611-300, NC
Dixon, William, Sarah, #W3522, NC
Dixon, Wynne, #S46000, NC
Franklin, John, #R3756, SC, NC
Heth (or Heath), Henry, Capt., VA Artillery County
Howe, David, Sr., S13422, KY of Fleming County
Jordan, George, 831176, KY of Anderson County
Jordan, Peter, W9091, KY of Fayette County
Jordan, Marshall, W9090, KY of Clarke County
Lamkin, John, #W8018, VA
McKenzie, John, Martha, W1049, TN
Shields, Rachel, wid. of James, #W7414, VA Line
Smith, Henry, W9300, KY of Harlan County
Stokes, John, Sarah, W8754, of North Carolina
Stokes, Richard, #S42026, of North Carolina
Stokes, Sylvanus, #S38397, of Virginia
Wade, John, #S14801, VA
Wade, Joseph, #57826, NC
Wade, Robert, #S6323, VA
Wade, Robert, #R10979, VA
Wade, Thomas, Mary, #R1084 of Virginia
Wade, Thomas, #R10904, VA

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bruce, Collings, Cooper, Graham Bibles

The following bible records are available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

* Bruce
* Collings
* Cooper
* Graham
* Hayden of Franklin County
* Park-Richardson
* Pedego of Glasgow
* Redford of Glasgow
* Richardson
* Ropke
* Steele
* Wallace of Louisville

About Gedcom Files

It is easy to maintain records of ancestors in a software program such
as Family Origins or Personal Ancestral File. Once the names, dates
and marriages are entered the software can create family group sheets,
pedigree charts and even gedcom files. You can send your friend gedcom
files (to add to their genealogy software) or upload it to the web.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Stand up for America Tomorrow: Tax Revolt Day

Tomorrow, on Tax Revolt Day, I will be standing on the site of my 2nd great-grandfather's Atlanta farm. In 1824, Archibald Holland owned all of downtown Atlanta. He drew 202-1/2 acres in the land lottery. Imagine that! His home was located on Capitol Avenue where his first son was born. His struggles were like so many persons who took up the challenge to build a life in America and opened the door to the prosperity of future generations. Sure, the dirt road has been paved over and State buildings occupy the landscape, but the fact remains that my ancestor helped to build a community out of the wilderness. Just like your ancestors fought to uphold freedom, religious tolerance and the Constitution of the United States of America. They gave their sons to the Revolutionary War to fight against an oppressive tax by the British and obtained freedom. Again, they rallied during the War of 1812. Likewise, their sons fought in the War Between the States which was started against the North because of oppressive taxes and tariffs to Southern planters and ended in freeing slaves. Lest we forget World War I and II? Now, our boys fight a vicious terrorist regime whose motto is to "kill the infidel".

Since the election of Obama, our country has been under assault from within. Our representatives are not truthful or honest. For those of you on medicare insurance, your premium will soon be tripled to $283.00 per month. Not a decrease, as promised, but more and more and more. Today, our Congress and Senate "mandates" and "dictates". They operate behind closed doors and pass laws which pad their own pockets. They are in the process of passing an array of taxes on everything that we do. Unfortunately, the government has access to all of our personal information, from 1099s, W-2, 401K's, bank accounts, everything that we do. In the past, this was okay because we had reasonable representation. But today, we have a bunch of dishonorable and dishonest rats in Washington who pass laws behind closed doors. And so on and so on.

I hope that everyone will remember how hard our ancestors fought for our freedom and attend the Annual Tax Day Revolt rally in your own city. And please, remember the mid-term elections. What we do today will determine what happens to our children tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rare Books for Sale

We have a number of genealogy and historical-type books for sale, first-come, first-serve.

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