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- Pilgrim’s Rest and the Colvins. (revised)
- What’s in a name? Refining the Historical Record of Catlett’s Station
- Southern Loyalties and the Ravages of War: The Petition of William Colvin Before The Southern Claims Commission, 1873.
- Improved Legacy Image Annotations Provide Needed Context.
- Legacy Images and Annotations: How To Ruin a Genealogical Teaching Moment.
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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. Being one of the oldest estates in the … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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