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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Gumption and Bravery #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Gumption and Bravery

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland Austin

While it is true that many poor Germans, Scotch, Irish and Swiss settlers crossed the seas to settle a wilderness plain, it took a lot of gumption, and then bravery to fight the battle of freedom. All Indian tribes were not friendly, and made it a practice to steal, massacre and take young girls as slaves. As one settler in the Allegheny Mountains said (in his last will and testament) "My two daughters were stolen by the Indians. If they should ever return, I want them provided for."



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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Which was Better - Beef or Bacon? #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Which was Better: Beef or Bacon?

The beef consumed in the Virginia colony was more lean than English meat. A cow or an ox designed for the butcher was allowed to run wild in the woods and was fed a little straw during the winter months. When spring finally arrived and the animal could graze on grass, it was quite lean. Nevertheless, pork was a different situation. Many hogs were raised on the farms and plantations and enjoyed by the colonists. In fact, before the close of the 17th century bacon was considered to be equal to that of Westphalia, the most celebrated town in the world for tasty bacon. Source: Clayton's Virginia, page 36. 



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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Oldest Pensioner of War of 1812 #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Oldest Pensioner of the War of 1812 in the U. S.

"George S. Rogers is one of the oldest pensioned in the U. S. and is also one of the oldest Methodist ministers. He was born in Fauquier County, Virginia in 1793 and while very young went with his relatives to Kentucky where he lived when the War of 1812 broke out. He at once volunteered and went into the ranks of Captain V. S. Grayson's Company in a Kentucky regiment. He served through the war without being wounded and then returned to Kentucky where he has since lived." Source:The Jones Highlight, Gray's Station, Georgia. February 4, 1888. Skirmish between Virginia Militia and British in 1812 Why the War of 1812 is Rarely Discussed 



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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Reason for Sudden Marriages #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

17th Century Ceremonies: The Reason for Sudden Remarriages

17th century marriagesThe loss of a spouse prompted a re-marriage. Instances of persons having been married three times was not unusual. Because there were few women in the colony, as soon as the funeral celebration commenced, prospective suitors needing wives plotted their courtship. Gifts were made to the daughters in the form of land. It was customary for him to insert in the deed conveying the gift, a clause providing for what should be done with the gift in the event she should become a wife before she reached her sixteenth year. Women who had not yet passed their twelfth year were considered immature. Most women were married at such an immature age that they became broken in health, and 
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Freeholders who Took Indian Canoes were Subject to a Whipping #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Freeholders who Took Indian Canoes were Subject to a Whipping

colonial whippingSome colonists did not hesitate to take the canoes from the Indians, which they may or may not have returned. On one occasion the King of the Rappahanna demanded the return of a canoe, which was restored. For this reason, laws were enacted by the General Assembly in August of 1619 protecting the property o the Indians. "He that shall take away by violence or stealth any canoe or other things from the Indians, shall make valuable restitution to the said Indians, and shall forfeit, if he be a freeholder, five pounds; if a servant, forty shillings or endure a whipping



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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Reasons to Personally Examine Old Documents #genealogy

Good Reasons to Personally Examine Old Documents

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland AustinPeople write some interesting stuff in their wills! Before we had the Internet, a convenient method of discovering the heirs was to read "abstracts" of wills, estates, deeds and marriages which were published in book. This tremendous undertaking by the authors of genealogy was insurmountable in brilliance. It saved the researcher a great deal of time. But now that we have access Internet to full documents on Georgia Pioneers. Reading the entire document is a boon to genealogists for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the heirs are mentioned with the details of their specific inheritance, and relationship to the deceased. Second, some of our previous assumptions taken from the abstracts can be clarified. Third, we can discover new information. And fourth, all the details are included, some of which the abstracter did not include because it was not clearly discernible on the old microfilm equipment. _____________________________________________________________________________ Images of Old Wills and Estates are available on (8 Genealogy Websites - includes records in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia).



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