Author Archives: Alex Colvin

About Alex Colvin

Senior, History, minoring in Anthropology, University of Houston. Charter President, Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, (Webb UH Main 2014-2015) University of Houston. Additional credentials can be found in the CV / Services tab.

Pilgrim’s Rest and the Colvins. (revised)


In 1938, Susan Morton, a worker with the Virginia Historical Inventory, a preservation-minded program under  F.D. R.’s  Works Progress Administration,  visited Pilgrim’s Rest, because her agency was tasked with inventorying old properties throughout Virginia.[1] Being one of the oldest estates in the … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? Refining the Historical Record of Catlett’s Station


Today,  the Village of Catlett is located on Route 28, roughly three miles from the Prince William County line, and some two and a half miles east of the Village of Calverton. In fact, it has so long been historically … Continue reading

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Southern Loyalties and the Ravages of War: The Petition of William Colvin Before The Southern Claims Commission, 1873.


Introduction:   The Southern Claims Commission (SCC) was established in Washington, D.C. during the Reconstruction era by an act of Congress on  March 3, 1871. The purpose of the 3-member panel was to review the claims submitted by Southern loyalists  (southerners … Continue reading

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Improved Legacy Image Annotations Provide Needed Context.


As promised in my previous post, I have annotated the legacy image of the Colvin-Douglas family gathering ca. 1891 with more specific and better organized annotations which will help researchers identify the subjects. One thing this image makes clear: the … Continue reading

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Legacy Images and Annotations: How To Ruin a Genealogical Teaching Moment.


The image below is one I came across in my research and several things immediately popped out — aside from the fact that some of the Colvins in it are part of the family line I am studying. First: who’s … Continue reading

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Albert Colvin vs. Elbert Colvin: Establishing the Two Sons of John R. Colvin (1820-1876).


In working on the family group of John R. Colvin, I came across two names of two of his heirs seemingly being the same person. But a little further digging revealed they were two very separate people, with different wives, … Continue reading

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Not Their Father: A Response to the Errant Descendants Ascribed to Mason Colvin b. ca. 1684.


In 1923, John Fewell Reynolds, using a local printer in his hometown of Wentworth, North Carolina, published a slim volume of data about, presumably, his ancestors. He had very little luck in finding most of them and he thought he … Continue reading

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