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Thanks for making this possible! Have lots of relatives in Tennessee. Right now I am researching Morrison, Sharp(e), and Alexander in Wilson County, David Morrison in particular, late 1700s-early 1800s. He seems to come out of nowhere, and I've got lots of theories to choose from.
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In naming this blog site, I was inspired by what is known as the white road, the sacbe, plural sacbeob, found in Mayan lands in Central America. Originally paved in limestone stucco, these paths are estimated to have been cre...
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Every family has a history, not one person's history, but a history of everyone we are descended from and ancestors to, all our relations. It can go years or decades or centuries, stretching backward and forward in time, with...
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Searching for Identity and Heritage
I grew up thinking I was Southern. My mother described her family generally as Scots-Irish. She said that the family was both "poor" and "genteel." I labored under these ideas for most of my lifetime. I thought I must have descended from dirt-poor farmers a...
I grew up thinking I was Southern. My mother described her family generally as Scots-Irish. She said that the family was both "poor" and "genteel." I labored under these ideas for most of my lifetime. I thought I must have de...
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During this span of time, roads had been better developed for travel. Carriages, coaches, and carts became available in Virginia. Horses were being bred, like the Narragansett Pacer, to make riding long distances over unsure ...
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Thanks +Luan Marks so much how very kind and helpful. I will enjoy a read later, needs my full attention.

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I spent a lot of the last year researching the John Read[e] family of Culpeper County, Virginia. It will be a book soon but I haven't finished it yet. Sometimes there's no bottom to it! He was my 6th great grandfather. He was...
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I've created this blog to share my family's stories, at least some of them. There are a lot of stories to share. Doing this builds family. Maybe my family will read them and pass them along. It may hold us together better. An...
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Nehemiah Evitt (20 December 1836-18 January 1891), also known as Miah, and Rosana Emiline Andrews (1 May 1836-18 June 1924) were my maternal grandmother's maternal grandparents. Emiline carried the mtDNA that was eventually p...
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Avid researcher and writer, occasional philosopher.
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     In naming this blog, I was inspired by what is known as the white road, the sacbe, found in Mayan lands in Central America. Originally paved in limestone stucco, Mayan white roads were peace roads that pilgrims walked to visit sacred sites, walking sanctuaries. The Mayans were not the only builders of white roads; there are actually many white roads across North America, pilgrimage routes across Turtle Island. They were also used for trade and other peaceful interchanges between communities. Paths into the familiar, but into mystery as well. 
     Family history is a path that's both truly familiar and yet mysterious, exploring who we were, who we are. It is good to know what road we're on.
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A PhD in the Humanities in Philosophy and Religion.
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