Hail to the Chiefs

Malinda Jane Belcher was born 06 February 1858 in Mercer County, Virginia (now WV). She was my great-great grandmother, and died in 1933. She probably married her first husband sometime before 1878 (no marriage records found at this time). This first husband, who was the father of five of her six children, came from a family who clearly admired several leaders of the country. Continue reading “Hail to the Chiefs”

Cousin Barack

I was watching Barack Obama deliver his speech for re-election at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and found myself randomly looking at various information about his family and genealogy. I noticed an article in a 2008 Duvall family newsletter that described President Obama’s ancestor Mareen Duvall; this caught my eye as I remember Mareen Duvall in my own family tree, fairly directly through the Farley line.

I then confirmed that we indeed share the same ancestor – Mareen Duvall (the Emigrant) is our 9th-great-grandfather, which makes us 10th cousins.

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Nancy Crawley – Slave of Hopkins Family

This post is part of the Slave Name Roll Project. The individual(s) identified as slaves below were the property of my ancestors. Documenting my findings is one small contribution towards helping others in their own research. Hat tip to Cathy Meder-Dempsey and her post on Frank (the individual I was also researching) and great description and commitment to this project.

Lora Morris - Grandmother CrawleyIn the course of a fairly general search of the Hopkins family in archived newspapers, I ran across a 1967 article in the Charleston (WV) Gazette about Lora Viola Morris. The article focuses on Lora’s longevity and a bit of her life story as she approached her 100th birthday. The paragraph that caught my eye was this:

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