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

Will of Elizabeth Deming Foote Welles, Wethersfield, Connecticut, 28 March 1678

True story: I just don't find my colonial New England lines to be all that interesting. Most of them are well-documented already, and tracing those lines back becomes more an exercise in careful mouse-clicking than actual research. They were mostly somewhat boring respectable people with no scoundrels or scandals to research. And, since I don't … Continue reading Will of Elizabeth Deming Foote Welles, Wethersfield, Connecticut, 28 March 1678

Will of John Johnston, 23 April 1849, Davidson County, Tennessee

John Johnston was my 5th great grandfather. I have only recently begun to research him as part of my pandemic project of breaking down brick walls. I know that he was born in Pennsylvania, and that his father was most likely also named John Johnston. This first John Johnston was in the Nashville area by … Continue reading Will of John Johnston, 23 April 1849, Davidson County, Tennessee