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Here’s Your Sign #18 ~ Jamestown, Colonial Virginia

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

The sign states the following: “Nearby to the east is Jamestown, the original site of the first English colony in North America. On 14 May 1607, a group of just over 100 and boys recruited by the Virginia Company of London came ashore and established a settlement at Jamestown Island. They constructed a palisaded fort there within the territory of the Paspahegh Indians, who with other Virginia Indians had frequent contact with the English. In 1619 the first English representative legislative body in North America met there and the first documented Africans arrived. Jamestown served as the capital of the Virginia colony from 1607 to 1699. Historic Jamestown preserves this original site and the archaeological remains.”

I have many ancestors who were early settlers of Jamestown. My earliest one, John Dods, came over on one of the first 3 supply ships, The Susan Constant. In 1608 he accompanied Captain John Smith on a voyage into the Pamunkey River, and on December 29, 1608, he was among the men who accompanied Smith to Werowocomoco, Powhatan’s village on the York River. On February 16, 1624, John and his wife, Jane were, living at Bermuda Hundred. They were still there on January 24, 1625, at which time he was described as a 36-year-old household head who was very well supplied with stored food and defensive weaponry. In May 1625, when a list of patented land was sent back to England, he was credited with 50 acres in Charles City and 150 acres in Tappahannah land to which he was entitled as an ancient planter.

John was born in 1571, in Great Neck, Yorkshire, England and his wife Jane is said to have been born in 1584, but little more is known about her. They had two sons Jesse and Benjamin, and I descend from both of them. John died in 1652, in Jamestown at the age of 81.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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“The Old Country” ~52 Ancestors 52 Weeks ~ Week 30

old photoI had always been told that my heritage was that of the English, Irish, and Native Americans. Growing up I was told to never mention the latter because it was a shameful thing to be. Our family was void of traditions or customs, so I really had no sense of being anything other than me.

Researching my family history has really surprised me and has given me a new outlook into who I am. I can now count England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Germany, France, and Switzerland among my “Old Country” homelands. I have yet to discover any proof that I am Native American, but I am still searching!

Because most of my ancestors arrived in this country in the early to mid-1600s, I feel a tad disconnected from their place of origin. I have however found a few that arrived in the mid to late 1700s and I find myself gravitating to them.

 
The earliest arrival of those who did not come over in the 1600s was8900-dublin-locator-map my maternal 4th great-grandfather, Thomas Divine Sr. who immigrated to Delaware from Dublin, Ireland in 1765. He participated in the Revolutionary War and was injured in one of the many skirmishes with the British. He married Jemima Dill on April 12, 1782. They moved to South Carolina then to Tennessee. They had 6 children. He died in McMinn County, Tennessee on June 20, 1840.

22-9-map-of-scotland-showing-fifeThe next to arrive was my paternal 4th great-grandfather, John T. McClain who came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Criech, Fife County, Scotland in 1777. He moved to Montgomery County, Kentucky in 1785 and married Rachel Jones in 1787. They had 9 children. He fought in the War of 1812 and his wife Rachel received the pension from his service after his death in 1829.

The last arrival was my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Peter Walt, New Brunswick mapwho arrived in St. Claire Co, Illinois from New Germany, New Brunswick, Canada in 1857. He made his way to Grape Grove, Ray Co, Missouri in 1860 and married Elizabeth Marsh on June 2, 1861. They had 10 children. He participated in the Civil War. His occupation was a wheel-wright.

I sometimes wonder if it is too late to adopt some of the customs or traditions of the various countries that my ancestors came from.

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter

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