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January 22, 2021 at 4:27 am #66248
As I mentioned on other thread, I would like to see Saponitown come back to life. There is something about an old-fashioned forum that to me is better than Facebook groups or blogs. (And I am a member of about a dozen Facebook genealogy groups) We had an excellent group of researchers here. I would like to know how/what they all are doing now. I spend a lot of time on Ancestry and Findagrave. I have 19,000 entries in my Ancestry tree and manage about 14,000 memorials on Findagrave. From Fallen Gravers I have collected memorials with surnames that are common here on Saponitown.
Anyhow, any members who come by to read, please log in and say hi. Lets get this gang back together. If you have forgotten your password, it is simple to reset a new password.January 26, 2021 at 4:24 pm #66250seekerParticipant
Hi, good to see you back.January 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm #66251
Heya Seeker, good to see you again. What discoveries have you made since we were last active? Have you done DNA testing?January 28, 2021 at 2:18 pm #66252seekerParticipant
Well I finally did as you suggested years ago and filled in siblings, aunt’s uncle’s and such. Many interesting things discovered there. One line my 4g uncle buried in the village of Catawba OH. Another line my 2g uncle marries into a Jeffries family that lived and migrated to the same counties of Richland Ohio to Kosciusko Indiana. Another great uncle marries a Green who’s family came up from NC to TN to Randolph co IN to StJoseph co IN over a few generations. A couple of my cousins on that line told me their Greens identified as Native American when my own curiosity led me to ask. Names all over to make me wonder, but never doubt..leaves me with more questions than answers as usual. I did get my dna done. Thanks to Marc for finding our connection there, and to other cousins. It’s all quite overwhelming really.February 3, 2021 at 1:47 am #66253
The former Vbulletin and current WordPress format for the SaponiTown forum are better for archived information than Facebook. It is easier to search for the information you want and there is not the same background noise of comments and unrelated opinions. FB deliberately engineered their platform to promote engagement both good and bad, so runs as much on outrage as interests for some. There is plenty of good information and groups there if you are good at ignoring background noise. Many tribal elders I’ve seen do not directly interact with FB, but instead have someone manage a public profile. Personally I find FB more trouble than it’s worth. I spend more time on Ancestry.com, FTDNA.com, 23andMe.com, newspapers.com, findagrave.com, and historical society pages and have more than enough to keep me busy.February 11, 2021 at 9:18 pm #66279
Marc, the genealogy and local history Facebook groups that I am in are very strict about rudeness and off-topic discussion. Any politics, religion, personal attacks, and memes are taken down within minutes and the member warned. That cuts WAY DOWN on the clutter without restricting the purpose of the group.
Seeker, your families’ migration pattern is very typical of these mixed groups leaving VA.October 11, 2021 at 2:47 am #66341Teresa CarpenterParticipant
Happy to be back!October 20, 2021 at 9:19 pm #66565TomehawkParticipant
About stinkin time! I got tired of talking to myself.October 22, 2021 at 6:28 pm #66578Jean BrownParticipant
Hello Everyone. I am new to the site. My interest is in the Shepherd and Stewart lines. My 3rd great grandfather was Byrd Shepherd (1797), married to Mavel Stewart (1795). My 2nd great grandfather was their son, Aaron (1819), married to Martha Liggins (1821). Martha was also Person County, NC, Saponi.
Aaron and Martha and family left for Ohio around 1865. They eventually settled in Xenia, OH. My grandfather verified these things along with stories he passed on. Interestingly, the Saponi Nation of Ohio is headquartered in Xenia. Website lists core and extended family names. Martha’s mother, Catherine, and brother, John, also went to OH with the Shepherds.
I have read some older posts on this site regarding Byrd Shepherd, but was hoping to find more recent information regarding the Shepherd line. It was mentioned that Byrd may have been the brother of John Washington Shepherd. I would love to hear from anyone connected to this line.November 12, 2021 at 8:19 am #66581FeliciaKeymaster
Glad to be in contact.
Life is amazing and busy.
My sister and I have done our parents DNA. I need to finish mom’s but, it has definitely filled in the gaps. Also, confirmed our NA oral history.
Now, just need to put it all onto a tree so future generations can have the knowledge of us.November 18, 2021 at 6:18 am #66583
What company did you do your parents DNA through?
November 18, 2021 at 4:58 pm #66586Sharon BlackwellParticipant
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Hi. I am new to this site. I want to add my connection so that maybe someone can help me. My name is Sharon Lynn Amos. My Dad was Samuel Henry Amos. His mother was Cecile Walton Sanderson (1925-2005) Cumberland Co. Va. Her father was Jesse Walton Sanderson (1897-1978) Prince Edward Co., Va. His mother was Frances Archer Allen (1865-1934) Cumberland Co, Va. Her father was Benjamin James Allen (1827-1877) Cumberland Co, Va. His father was Captain Benjamin Allen (1760-1859) born in Va. and died in Ohio. His mother was Elizabeth Austin (1754-1808) born in Hanover, Va and died in Cumberland Co, Va. Her mother was Mary Crenshaw McBee (1726-1815) born in Halifax Va and died in Sumner, Tn. She was Susquehanock Indian. I have nothing else about her or he family. I need help. Elizabeth’s father was John Champness Austin Jr. (1726-1815) born in Brunswick Va and died in Western North Carolina. His mother was Hannah Honor Love born (1702) in Pittsylvania, Va and died (1778) in Pittsylvania Va. She is Saponi Indian. Her mother was Elisha Basye born (1681) in Northumberland Va. She is supposed to be Saponi as well. Her husband, Hannah’s father was John Alexander Love (1690) Northumberland Va and (1773) in NC. Can anyone help me with these families? It seems the families they are attached to are European in descent which does not match their records. Can anyone help me? I am new to researching this line.November 20, 2021 at 5:04 am #66587
Mecou (Welcome) Sharon,
Have you read these forum topics?
November 28, 2021 at 5:35 am #66612FeliciaKeymaster
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I used FAMILYTREEDNA.COMDecember 30, 2021 at 11:42 am #66620Shawntina WallaceParticipant
Hello everyone, I’m new to Saponitown and I’m eager to explore my heritage and ancestry. I’m from Southeastern Virginia with roots in Virginia and North Carolina I was told by my mother and Grandfather that I have Saponi ancestry on his side. His last names on both sides of his family are as follows: Wallace and Coles, which originated from Powhatan, Virginia and Brunswick, Virginia and Weldon, Halifax County, North Carolina. His mother side of the family have the Hunter and Purnell surnames and they are from Halifax County as well. I believe that my Grandfather’s family are from the Ocaneechi and Haliwa Saponi tribes. I’m so interested in genealogy and history. I’m looking forward to talking to the members here and thank you for accepting me.
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