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  1. New Discoveries

    So happy this week to found Chief Bennett of Chowan/Meherrin tribe in my family research and his wife Mary Rogers (Think she was Cheroenhaka or Nottaway or perhaps Cherokee. Anyone have this answer about Rogers.
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  2. Family surnames

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Childs View Post
    Mother's lines:

    from Pa/Md, to Ohio to Ind:
    WOODEN, POWER.

    from Va to Ky to Ind:
    MORGAN, LAW, BAIN, McKAY, McCARTNEY.

    from Pa to Ky to Ind:
    MARSHALL

    from NC to Ky to Ind:
    HENDRICKS

    from Va:
    FOSTER, GATEWOOD, SPARKS, LEWIS, COLLINS, WILLIS, THORNTON, CHRISTIAN, MITCHELL, COCKERHAM, LAWSON.

    from NC (lines orig from southern Va:
    BLANKENSHIP, CHAMBERS, WHITESIDE.
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  3. DNA Testing

    Quote Originally Posted by Dreaminghawk View Post
    Silentwind, welcome home. Gray is a surname which carries native american traits and family stories of being indian around southside Va and northern piedmont NC. Have you explored your Gray genealogy?

    I do know for fact that Barbara Gray born 1726 in Bertie SC. married Col. Jacob Blunt of the Tom "King Tom" Blunt family with wife Unknown Tuscarora women
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  4. Johns

    Quote Originally Posted by techteach View Post
    Very interesting genealogy fact that I found tonight. It turns out that the William Johns who sold Bear Mountain to the Monacan Nation was my family. His father was my 7th great grandfather.
    When I joined this forum many years ago, I did not know I had lines that are in relevant parts of Virginia. My branch of the family descends from Nancy Johns and were in Bedford County. Surnames include Wright, Talbot, Johns, Davis.

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    Welcome, I have roots in John ...
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  5. census takers and natives

    Quote Originally Posted by ginger guy View Post
    I am amazed at how many people do not know , census takers were not permitted to distinguish between natives and free blacks. Census takers were required to list natives as "free men of color" or mulatto. Isn't that correct?
    Biggest problem I had with ancestry was the way census takers would enter popular name as opposed to full birth name. For example I had a John Walker I searched for nearly 1 year. He used his middle name in the census He was listed as Franklin and frank ...
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