Saturday, February 27, 2010

Research "State of the Union"

It's been a busy week of research and today (Saturday) will be a busy day. At 10:00 a.m. today Ginna and I will be meeting a distant cousin of hers, David Teague, and Love's United Methodist Church in Walkertown (NC). The cemetery there is where four generations (at least) of Ginna's maternal ancestors are buried. The Holtons, Carmichaels, Joneses, Dilworths... and who knows how many others. Ginna knows of her grand parents and great grand parents, but David will show us the graves of the two older generations which Ginna was previously unaware of.

At 2:30 this afternoon I will be meeting Bev Hamel for a planning session concerning some of our joint research on the families of the Yadkin River (western Forsyth and eastern Yadkin counties). Bev is the author the book Bethania.

A lot has been uncovered this week regarding the descendants of Samuel and Mary Harrison of Linville Creek, Augusta Co, Va. It appears this clan moved in the early to mid 1760s to NE South Carolina along the Lynches River. I've also discovered the fact that at least three of Samuel's sons were officers in the SC Rangers, a Loyalist regiment. Of the five sons of Samuel, at least two were killed during the Rev War, and two or three of the remaining sons moved to East Florida, a refuge of many of the Ga and SC Loyalists after the war. Soon thereafter, two of these Harrison brothers moved from FL (and possibly to AL for a time) to the Natchez (Miss) area along the Mississippi River and settled a town called Harrisonburg, which is now in Louisiana. I am in the process of trying to make contact with descendants of these families to further clarify and document these facts. And, of course, any connection of these Harrisons to the Harrisons and Pattersons of York Co SC would be a bonus.

I also sent off to the NC Archives a request for 13 land grants of the Yadkin River families, but I'm still waiting to hear back from them as to whether or not they received my online form requests. We'll see.

Wes