Category: Family Stories

Where did Lee County get its name?

When one hears the name “Lee”, typically Robert E. Lee comes to mind.  However, it is named after Robert E. Lee’s father, “Light Horse Harry” Lee. Light Horse Harry’s real name was Henry Lee III.  Here is a synopsis of his military career from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Lee_III: Lee graduated from the...
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Why is Blackwater called “Blackwater”?

Although I could not find a historical reference for this, it’s most likely that Blackwater takes its name from the Blackwater Creek that runs through it and then Southwest into Hancock County, Tennessee.  You can see a map of it here:  http://www.placekeeper.com/Virginia/Map/Blackwater_Creek-1463534.html.  This very creek runs through my parents’...
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The Blackwater Saltworks

One of the reasons that my ancestors settled in Blackwater, Virginia, was due to the salt lick located near where the Blackwater Post Office is/was located today.  This attracted abundant game and provided a source for salt to preserve their meat. I was searching for other references to it...
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Blackwater German Baptist Church of the Brethren

I remember Dad telling me that my great-grandpa, Elbert Roberts, attended a German Baptist Church in Blackwater.  The German Baptist were also known as “Dunkers” since they believed in completely immersing a person three times during baptism.  They are commonly known as the Church of the Brethren today. I...
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The 2nd & 3rd ships to land at Plymouth Colony-The Anne & Little James

(Original URL:  http://www.immigrantships.net/v2/1600v2/anne_james16230710.html#Wallen)   Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild Anne & Little James     Arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts July 10, 1623 The ship Anne arrived the latter part of June, and the Little James a week or ten days later. A number of the passengers were the wives and...
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Thomas Wallen/Walling

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought that I would share this interesting post about one of my first ancestors in the United States. (Original URL:  http://batteygen.net/getperson.php?personID=I460&tree=1) Name Thomas Walling[1,2,3,4] Born 1625-1630  [5] Died 19 Jul 1674 Providence Plantations, Rhode Island, America   [6] Father Ralph Wallen, b. Abt 1590,...
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