Transcription to pages 10-11 of letter from Anna Eliza Colvin to Lucille Dale ca. 1926
The following was received in 1926 by Lucille Dale (nee Drake), from the letter-writer, Anna Eliza Colvin. The letter was photocopied by Lucille’s son, John T. Dale, and sent it to Deborah Dale who posted it to her personal web blog at: www.broncriders.blogspot.com who provided the digitized copies to this researcher. Although this letter serves to confirm many findings in The Colvin Study, this example also serves to demonstrate how, even with the best intentions, family histories often relay the wrong information and how that information gets passed along the family circuit in un-corrected form. At the time of the letter, Anna Eliza was ninety-one years old. Because of its poor genealogical constructs, corrective annotations have been supplied in the footnotes. See inset for digitized original letter.
Now I am going to send you a few names of the Colvin family that your aunt Fannie &nd I have thought up guess I will make a labor out of it trying to explain it to you on paper but will do the best I sure we can’t remember very far back as we were both small when we left Va.
first my Grandfather Richard Colvin, who was your Great Great Grand “father.” his Brothers were William Colvin, Lawson Colvin, George Colvin, Edwin Colvin, Sisters, Mary Colvin Holmes, and Polly Colvin Peters who was my fathers mother. 
Now Grand [?]other Colvin. His wife was Fannie Howison Colvin and her brothers were Sanford Howison, Colvin Howison, and Sallie Howison Thomas.
Now Grandfather and Grandmothers Children was my mother
Annie Colvin Peters 
India Colvin Laws 
Mary Frances Colvin Gustus
George Colvin 
I believe this is all that I can think of now If I could see you I might tell
[end of letter]
 Anna’s paternal grandparents were Richard Colvin, [Sr.] (1762-1825) and Lydia George.(1775-1855) Both are interred in the Colvin Cemetery in Catlett, Fauquier County, Virginia. Of the “Brothers” she names, two were omitted. The brothers of her father, Richard Colvin, Jr. (1818-1869) were (in birth order): George Colvin (1802-1873); Hayward Colvin (1806-1872); Lawson Colvin (1806-1860); William Colvin (1812-1888), and James W. Colvin (1815-1892). Richard’s Colvin, Jr.’s sisters were (in birth order): Mary Elizabeth “Polly” Colvin (1790-1852); Francis Colvin (1795-1858), and Margaret Peggy Colvin (1798- ?) Each of Richard Colvin Sr.’s children, including Richard Colvin, Jr. (1810-1869) received generous land parcels when his estate was probated in 1828 in Fauquier. See: Richard Colvin, plat and survey of estate division , September 4, 1828 (microfilm), Surveyor, Zachery Cox, Fauquier County Will Book 12, 1831-1832, pp 407, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
 This lists refers to Anna’s mother, Francis “Fannie” Howison (1811-1901) and her siblings. Among period records there is evidence of a Will for Stephen Howison, III (1776-1862) who was Frances’ father. An examination of document in Prince William Will Book R, pg 2, will be necessary to help determine the names of Frances’ siblings. Nos. 3-10 represent the children of Francis “Fannie” Howison, beginning with Anna Eliza, the letter writer and proceeding through her siblings.
 Anna Eliza Colvin (1835-1926) m James Mauzy Peters (1825-1891) May 11 , 1853, Fauquier County. They are interred in the Granbury Cemetery, Granbury, Hood County, Texas.
 India Colvin (1845 – 1908) m. Joseph Author Laws (1848-1910) January 21, 1869 in Fauquier County. They are interred at the Catlett Methodist Cemetery, Catlett, Fauquier County, Virginia.
 Mary Frances Colvin (1850 – ?) m. William. S. Eustace (1845-1891) January 28, 1868. Their internment place is under query.
 Clinton Columbus Colvin (1837 – 1898) m. Sarah “Sallie” E. Cash (1844- ?) February 23, 1865, Fauquier County, Virginia. Some records referred to Clinton’s burial place vaguely as “Catlett.” He and Sarah’s internment location is under query.
 Richard Howison Colvin (1840-1933) m. Clara C. Coldwell (1848-1939) May 5, 1874, Kerr County, Texas. Richard is interred at the High Street Cemetery, Benson, Cochise County, Arizona. Clara’s burial location is under query.
 George Washington Colvin (1842-1905) m. Mollie B. Melson (1852-1930) September 17, 1884, Gillespie County, Texas. They are interred at the Nichols Cemetery, Ingram, Kerr County, Texas.
 William Henry Colvin (1848-1925) m. Virginia Catherine Colvin, a 1st cousin (1848-1912) January 21, 1869, Fauquier County, Virginia. They are interred in the Colvin Cemetery, Catlett, Fauquier County, Virginia.
 Stephen Charles Colvin (1853-1917) m. Lydia N. Maxwell (1858-1927) December 14, 1876, Hood County, Texas. They are interred in the Granbury Cemetery, Granbury, Hood County, Texas.