Will of Thomas Taylor, 7 August 1815, Davidson County, Tennessee

Earlier this year, while researching William Shaw, I discovered that Thomas Taylor was my 5th great grandfather. That whole line was kind of giving me a headache after having to lop off an entire line of the wrong Shaws, so I set it aside for a while. Recently I've been researching Thomas's family, and found … Continue reading Will of Thomas Taylor, 7 August 1815, Davidson County, Tennessee

Buena Vista Tennessee Community Club minute book, 1938-1945

I recently visited my family in Nashville. While we were there, my kids uncovered the minutes of the Buena Vista Tennessee community club at my grandmother's house. My mother had it scanned, and the links to download it are at the bottom of this post. Buena Vista (pronounced "Bewna Vista," or just "Bewny") is a … Continue reading Buena Vista Tennessee Community Club minute book, 1938-1945

The Two Wills of William Jones, 1722, Chowan County, North Carolina

William Jones was my 9th great-grandfather. His daughter, Jane (or Joane) Jones married Henry Liles, who is also named in these wills. They were Kinchen Liles' grandparents. William was illiterate, as evidenced by his signing with his initials. He dictated two wills, one in January of 1722, and another in May of that year. He … Continue reading The Two Wills of William Jones, 1722, Chowan County, North Carolina

Another Brick Wall Falls: John Glosson of Chatham County, North Carolina

John Glosson (1802 - aft. 1880) was my 4th great-grandfather and had been a brick wall forever. I knew that he was born in North Carolina, and had tentatively placed him as a John "Glisson" in Duplin county just because the household matched. But I was never convinced, and a couple of weeks ago I … Continue reading Another Brick Wall Falls: John Glosson of Chatham County, North Carolina

Anthony Collings, 1678-1754, Cornwall to Maryland

Anthony Collings was either my 7th or 8th great-grandfather, depending on whether William Collings was Lydia Colling's father or grandfather. But he was definitely my ancestor. Anthony Collings was born in 1678 in Antony Parish, Cornwall, England. Map showing Antony parish from UK Web Archive. Anthony emigrated to Westmoreland County, Virginia before 1706. By 1716, … Continue reading Anthony Collings, 1678-1754, Cornwall to Maryland

Do Unto Others: the Op den Graeff Connection

After researching Lydia Collings Uptigrove to the extent that was possible, I turned to Elijah Uptigrove, her husband. In the process of researching him, I unearthed some interesting history! First, the working theory As I outlined earlier, it seems clear that the Collings and Uptigroves were acquainted with each other in Albemarle County, Virginia, prior … Continue reading Do Unto Others: the Op den Graeff Connection