Monday, July 16, 2018

Hoskins Creek in Tappahannock #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy #vaancestors #vawills #vamarriages




Hoskins Creek in Tappahannock

Hoskins CreekTappahannock, the county seat, is the oldest town in Essex County, Virginia and is situated on the Rappahannock River. An interestint aspect of tracing ancestors is to locate and visit the actual site of old homes and beginnings. As we study the deed records, we can just about pinpoint the old home sites. This is important because it provides a grasp of the history of the area and the people who settled there. Reading the old wills and inventories of the county discloses facits of a shared farm economy which helped to feed the earliest settlers, as well as details of everyday living and possessions. We have Old Essex Co. Wills and Estates !


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Those who gave so Much for Freedom #vagenealogy #vaancestors #vawills #vaestates #vamarriages #virginiapioneersnet




Those Who Gave So Much for Freedom

The Virginia ConventionThe name of Reverend William Johnson of Albemarle County was listed among the signers of a petition to the Virginia Convention asking for Independence from England. The first Virginia Conventions were a series of five self-governing political meetings administering the legislative, executive and judicial functions of government. The House of Burgesses had been dissolved in 1774 by Royal Governor Lord Dunmore, and so the conventions served as a revolutionary provisional government until the Fifth Virginia Convention established a republic for the Commonwealth of Virginia in its Constitution of May 1776. Later, in Bedford County he appeared in Court on April 22, 1782 and proved that he had furnished the Convention with 396 pds. of beef for which he was allowed 10 pds. 5 shillings. After the war, he went to Tennessee where he died.  more - Albemarle Co. VA Ancestors



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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Newgate Prisoners to Virginia #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy #vawills #vaestates #vamarriages




Newgate Prisoners Indentured Themselves as Servants to Settle in Virginia

Newgate PrisonEnglish residents who were unable to pay their debts usually ended up in prison, with no hope of release. It was the ultimate condemnation for poor people and generally accepted by society. James Edward Oglethorpe (before he colonized Georgia) was an avid supporter of prison reform, especially after an artist friend died in Newgate. The friend was a popular artist who lived large. Oglethorpe struggled to get him released, but the artist was put into a cell with a person having a contageous disease and the artist soon died. However, Oglethorpe made his views known by pushing pamphlets and articles in various London newspapers. Ultimately, prisoners were given the choice of indenturing themselves to American colonists. Peter Coffey was born in Ireland and was apparently one of the prisoners of debt in Newgate Prison given the choice of the prison cell or the opportunity to indenture himself in the colonies. He put himself in bondage to come to America in the ship Forward Galley. The voyage was made in October of 1730 and 18 years later after being released from service, he was granted 220 acres of land on Vaughans Creek.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Hardships of our Fathers




The Hardships of our Fathers

Cold HarbourWhile researching my ancestors sometimes I am amazed at the hardships they bore or what happened to their good lives. Presently, there is a series of historical accounts of the monarchs of England on the television. It begins with Alfred the Great and goes through the current monarchy. Although it said nothing of my Holland ancestors, while watching, I realized that had John Holland, the Duke of Exeter, next-in-line for the throne after Richard I was defeated, then the Tudors would not have taken power and Henry VIII would not have ascended the throne and rid the country of the immensely political Catholic Church. The duke was the grandson of Joan Plantagenet who first married Sir Thomas de Holland, and later, the Black Prince. The Black Prince died early in life, and it was his son, Richard, who came to the throne. His two step-brothers, Thomas and John, were in the political arena. It was John Holland who supported the duke of Lancaster in his wars against the duke of York. He amassed great estates, Dartlington Manor in Essex, and was ultimately the Earl of Huntingdon and possessed the great Admiral Seal of England. When Richard met Edward IV on the battle field, John and Thomas Holland conspired to secure Richard's position. When more


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

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Imagine yourself instructing your computer to assemble a pedigree chart based on the information you provide. As AI draws upon information across thousands of genealogy platforms and assembles the data, would you trust the results?  If IT had access to all of the world's genealogy records, it would probably deliver a fairly accurate genealogy.  The brick walls and suppositions in our work would be analyzed from a mathematical standpoint. Let us face the fact that math is a true science.  I can imagine that when AT hit the brick walls, that he would provide us with a logical choice of the data. Our decision, then, would culminate from the mathematical prowness of a computer. But what about the tidbits of data stored inside our own brain, a sort of family knowledge?  Aunt May always said that our family came to America from Germany, for one example.  There are countless others couched inside of our own brain, not that of IT.

The fastest computer in the world uses about 40,000 processors with 260 cores each. That is more than 10 million processing cores running in parallel. Although each of these cores has less power than the intel processor on your desktop, the entire machine delivers about the same power as the human brain. Interesting. Nevertheless, that does not mean that AI is ready for big things such as robot control. Far from it.  This massively parallel architecture still presents enormous programming challenges in all of the processes powered together. The growth of the IT industry demands the use of custom microchips, more parallelism, more sophistocated software, and even the possibility of entirely new ways of doing computing.  for more articles, Join the Genealogy History Blog





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Thursday, February 22, 2018

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