Professing Faith, Confessing Allegiance

I was about twelve years old. Pastor Davis had come from the pulpit to stand front and center of the congregation, calling on all who wished to accept Jesus as their personal savior to come on down. I rose from my seat, and side-stepped over my neighbors, finally reaching the center aisle. I walked down … Continue reading Professing Faith, Confessing Allegiance

Wordless Wednesday: Civil War Map of Southside Virginia and North Carolina

Today I am sharing a discovery: a Civil War map from the collection of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, drawn by A. Lindenkohl. Annotations provide clues about where my Dodson and Strickland families lived during the Civil War.

The “Lot” of Them: Part Two

AS the country's enumerators set out to collect data for the young nation's seventh federal census,  Congress was once again battling to find a compromise that would settle the slavery agitation once and for all--AND preserve the Union.  By the fall of 1850, California had been admitted as a free state, Texas had its boundaries … Continue reading The “Lot” of Them: Part Two

The “Lot” of the Them: Part One

In my post "The Cloak of Defeat" I stated my intention to put out the details of all my family's people, including their slaves, so that somebody somewhere might be able to shout "THEY are mine!" Since slaves were known only by first names in legal documents I am providing dates, locations, and slaveholder surnames … Continue reading The “Lot” of the Them: Part One

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