Willie G’s First Slaves

My ancestors emigrated from Britain early in this nation's history.  These families settled frontiers and tended farms, communities and schools.  When needed they sent fathers and sons off to war, fighting to secure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But geographic location at the turn of the 19th century determined how families prospered throughout … Continue reading Willie G’s First Slaves

Serena’s Lament

Great-great-grandparents Serena and Ira Sayles were married in April of 1845, in Alfred, New York, but spent much of their lives from 1862 until 1894 separated by the demands of a post-war nation. Throughout their marriage Ira was an amateur geologist, and his last decade was spent traveling up and down the east coast for … Continue reading Serena’s Lament

Court of Quarterly Sessions, on behalf of Rebecca Rowlett, 1840

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions continued and held for Mecklenburg County at the Courthouse thereof on the 18th day of August 1840 On motion, satisfactory evidence was addressed in court to prove that William Rowlett late of this county departed this life on the 2nd day of June 1839 in the said county that … Continue reading Court of Quarterly Sessions, on behalf of Rebecca Rowlett, 1840

Edward Dodson Vouches for Rebecca Rowlett, 1840

Virginia: Mecklenburg County to wit: I Edward Dodson a Justice of the peace in the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that I was well acquainted with said William Rowlett and Rebecca his wife, both of whom sometime in the year 1833, removed from Chesterfield to Mecklenburg County. That said william Rowlet in his life time, … Continue reading Edward Dodson Vouches for Rebecca Rowlett, 1840

1840: The Declaration of Rebecca Rowlet, Revolutionary War Pension Documents

State of Virginia: Mecklenburg County  to wit: On this 18th day of August, 1840, before the subscriber, a Justice of the peace in and for the County aforesaid, personally appeared Rebecca Rowlet a resident of said county and state, who being first duly sworn according to law, makes the following Declaration: That she is the … Continue reading 1840: The Declaration of Rebecca Rowlet, Revolutionary War Pension Documents