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Shifting proper alongside… | The Authorized Genealogist

Going dwelling…

The Authorized Genealogist has been, at greatest, sporadic for some weeks now.

There’s a purpose for that, and it begins — traditionally — someday earlier than 1680.

That’s the 12 months once I can doc the primary of my Virginia ancestors: Nicholas Gentry, discovered within the information of York County, in what seems just about like a wage garnishment.

There are entire bunches of different traces in my maternal ancestry that hint again to early Virginia. On my grandfather’s facet, the Cottrell, Baker, Johnson, Wiseman, Davenport, Buchanan, Jones, Sanford and Pettypool traces can all be present in Virginia in some unspecified time in the future, and the Fore line is a possibly. On my grandmother’s facet, along with the Gentrys, we are able to add Brooks, Shew, Battles and Hopper, with others being candidates.

Two of my recognized ancestors who served within the Revolutionary Conflict did so with Virginia models: David Baker of Culpeper County; and William Noel Battles of Albemarle County.

From Virginia, my mom’s ancestors unfold all through the south. I can doc direct line ancestors who lived in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas — and there have been collaterals in Louisiana.

Among the household got here dwelling within the twentieth century. My mom’s oldest brother, Billy Rex Cottrell, purchased a farm in Fluvanna County, Virginia, whereas stationed at Norfolk simply after World Conflict II. By Easter 1950, he’d moved his dad and mom — my grandparents — and a bunch of youthful siblings from Texas to Virginia to reside on that farm.

And their presence on that farm introduced so many others in my household again to Virginia, like moths to the flame. It was there that so a lot of my closest family members gathered over time. It’s the place, at present, so a lot of them are buried: my nice grandmother, my maternal grandparents, my mom and 6 of her siblings. It’s the place, at present, the 2 residing members of my mom’s era reside. 4 of my very own siblings reside in Virginia. Dozens of my cousins are in Virginia.

And, 4 weeks from at present, I’ll lastly be a part of them there.


With actually nothing however inertia holding me to New Jersey any extra, I shall be closing on a house within the Outdated Dominion by the tip of September.

After which promptly touring for talking engagements and extra till effectively into November.

Which suggests issues are going to remain sporadic round right here for some weeks to come back.

Whereas The Authorized Genealogist works out this entire enterprise of shifting proper alongside…

And going dwelling…

To Virginia.

Cite/hyperlink to this put up: Judy G. Russell, “Shifting proper alongside…,” The Authorized Genealogist (https://www.legalgenealogist.com/weblog : posted 29 Aug 2022).


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