It’s Complicated

I shouldn't have been astonished. The Mecklenburg County, Virginia U.S. Federal Census of 1860 enumerated two Dodson households--my white 2nd great-grandparents, James and Sarah, and his brother and sister-in-law, Benjamin and Delia. In the U.S. Federal Census of 1870 James and Sarah were enumerated with 9 children; Delia, widowed by a Union sniper bullet in 1864, … Continue reading It’s Complicated

Digging For The Roots Beneath An Heirloom Cabinet Card

Mary Jane Minor left no diary, no ledger, no written clues about her daily life, but she did include a photograph of her preacher, Charles W. Tilton, in the Minor Family Album.  If this cabinet card, this tangible thing, is an entry point into my great-great-grandmother's life, where can I go?  What intersections existed between the lives of … Continue reading Digging For The Roots Beneath An Heirloom Cabinet Card