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Friday, June 24, 2016

Battle of Manassas #genealogy #virginiapioneers #history

Second Battle of Manassas, Virginia: August 29-30, 1862


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The Henry House Graveyard, near the home of Henry Hill. When General George McClellan failed to reach the Confederate capitol in Richmond from the Virginia Peninsula, Lincoln created the Army of Virginia. It was commanded by Major General John Pope who was ordered to join the McClellan Army of the Potomac. The combined armies numbered more than 175,000 troops, twice the size of the Confederate Army. General Robert E. Lee, who had prevented McClellan from taking Richmond during a series of skirmishes, called the Seven Days. When Lee heard that McClellan had withdrawn from the Peninsula by water and was returning to a place near Washington, he took 30,000 troops belonging to the General Longstreet army, to join General Jackson. The objective was to defeat the army of General Pope before it could join with McClellan. The resulting battle of Cedar Mountain occurred on August 9th. In a series of skirmishes between the two armies, Confederates under Jeb Stuart, captured the personal baggage of General Pope and his papers. It was from these papers that General Lee learned that the first troops of the Army of the Potomac, known as the V Corps, commanded by Fitz-John Porter, were nearby. General Jackson marcbed fifty four miles to capture union supply wagons. When Pope reached Manassas on August 28th, he found the depot in ruins. On the morning of August 30th, Pope ordered another attack. He was not aware that the armies of General Longstreet and General Lee were close by. Heavy fighting occurred on Chinn Ridge; Pope established a defensive position. The Second Battle of Manassas enabled the South to regain almost all of Virginia. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The game of "Catch and Keep" #history #virginiapioneersnet


John Yeargain
By Jeannette Holland Austin
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John Yeargain, a resident of Charlottesville since about 1790, was born in a small village four miles from Hampton. From the time of his youth, he enjoyed the game of catch and keep. The object was that if anything valuable was within his grasp, he possessed it. He continued playing the game when he became an adult. As a result, he became wealthy and "sometimes boasting exhibits the first four-pence half penny that was ever in his possession." Ultimately, he shunned his neighbors and and began buying and selling whiskey, which became his primary employment. After residing in different parts of the village, he purchased a home near the court house square where he conspicuously refused to treat any one and never receives paper money. He supplied himself with water from the pump at the court house. The eccentric behavior of John Yeargain left its imprint on Charlottesville when an article appeared in the Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, dated April 4, 1829.  For more information concerning Charlotte County Virginia people click here

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Harpers Ferry, Virginia #genealogy #history #virginiapioneersnet

Harpers Ferry, Virginia: September 13-15, 1862


Harpers FerryDuring the War Between the States, Harpers Ferry was located in Virginia, situated at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. It was at that point that the Baltimore and Ohio and the Winchester and Potomac Railroads met. Later on, those counties which favored the Union, seceded from the Confederacy and were accepted into the Union in 1863 as an independent statee, then called Kaanawha, later renamed West Virginia. In October of 1859 a radical abolitionist, John Brown, captured the Federal arsenal in the town. His purpose was to arm slaves and incite a revolt. Colonel Robert E. Lee, commandant of the U. S. Marines, was sent to recapture the arsenal. Brown was tried and hanged for treason. The town served as a base for the Confederates during July of 1861, under Generals Joseph E. Johnston and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. When the Confederates moved soth, the Union troops occupied the town. 

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  • Lewis Conner of Norfolk Virginia and Oak Island
    West BeachThe Conner family was in Virginia during mid 1600s and they made quite a dent.  The patriot of the family was Lewis Conner, born ca 1690 who is visible in the Norfolk County records as well as Princess Anne.  He was the first owner of Oak Island in old Craven County, North Carolina, also owning lands in Jasper County and on Cape Hatteras.  This property was passed down through the family for generations before ot was finally sold. There is no evidence that Lewis Conner Sr. ever resided on Oak Island.  There is some difficulty tracing this family due to…
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

U. S. Constitution was Adopted by "Our" Ancestors #history #virginiapioneersnet

U. S. Constitution was Adopted by "Our" Ancestors
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Freedom is a precious heritage won by our Ancestors! But do we really know ourselves? The clues lie within our own DNA. Because, you see, we are a composite of them. The way that we think, our appearance, spiritual beliefs and inclinations, all of this is a DNA assemblage of the puzzle of us. To learn some answers about ourselves we must look into the past. Yes, into the lives of those who brought us to this time and place. Discovering our roots is not only fun, but surprisingly delightful. The lineage doubles every generation (into the past), which makes for an unlimited resource of ancestors who were part of the histories which we study today. For example, it is easy to trace the lineage back to a Revolutionary War Soldier. Gosh! The pension itself is loaded with information about the battles they fought and famous officers they served with. You just don't know how this goes, until you read the pension. Then, there are the Civil War Pensions. Of course, the old wills, estates, deeds, tax digests really open the puzzle to a wonderfully new perspective. The old script used is beautifully executed with a quill and india ink. Some of these documents are simply worth framing!

The census records are not enough. To find ancestors, one must also research county records where your ancestors resided or where you thought they were. This is a must! For one thing, the records, such as wills, estates, marriages, inventories, sales, guardianships will provide names of heirs. Additionally, the tiny details which lead to the next source. For example, in the estate of Henry Holland of Jasper County, an Annual Return made by the administrator revealed a letter sent to Holland, Virginia. From there, it was easy to find this place as the family seat. Another resource are receipts from heirs sometimes found in the estates, including husbands of the daughters. Of course, if you look in the marriage records, that is where the marriage was recorded with the name and full date of the record. The 8 genealogy websites contain county records easy to view online! First, become a member, then view/print/download your ancestor's old will or estate. It is really cool!
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Battle of Bull Run #genealogy #history #virginiapioneersnet

Bull Run: First Battle of Manassas

First Battle of Manassas
Battle of Bull Run, Manassas, Virginia occurred on 21 July 1861. Union General Irvin McDowell attacked Confederates led by Brigadier General P. G. T. Beauregard. On July 21, the main column of McDowell marched northwest and crossed Bull Run at Sudley Ford to attack the Confederate flank and rear. McDowell also planned a series of diversionary attacks against Beauregard at the Warrenton turnpike and at two other fords, Blackburn and Mitchell. The Confederates at the Stone Bridge, commanded by General Nathan G. Evans, learned of McDowell's flank and turned to face the Federals.This small force, reinforced by troops under Generals Bernard Bee and Francis Barlow made a gallant stand, but were overwhelmed and pushed back by the Union troops commanded by Ambrose Burnside. 

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