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“Smoking Gun”: Williamson Burnett Sues Julius Saunders For “Ravishing” Priscilla Carter Burnett for Over Five Years

For anyone interested in discussing the evidence presented in this trial (and the subtext of that “evidence”, contact me at ffvsearch@yahoo.com. The following court documents present strong evidence that supplements corroborating y-dna studies conducted by descendants of William, Joseph and … Continue reading

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Sorting the Saunders by First Name: Lemuel

I have recently come upon information that I am a close relative of the late Otis E. Saunders of Louisiana, whose descendancy from a Lemuel Saunders of Pittsylvania County, Virginia is genealogically proven. The next step is genealogically to establish … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Ellyson (1701/6-?) New Kent, Hanover Counties, VA

1701 ELIZABETH ELLYSON born in Saint Peter’s parish, New Kent County, Virginia, daughter of GERARD ROBERT ELLYSON and ANNE MYHILL 1702 Gerrard Robert Ellyson II [collateral], Quaker, born c 1672, died 16 December 1749. Married Sarah by 28 February 1700, when … Continue reading

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My German-Swiss Ancestors who settled Orangeburg, South Carolina

The following is an excerpt from The South Carolina Gazette, dated July 19, 1735, entitled: “Containing the freshest Advices foreign and Domestic. From saturday, July 12, to Saturday, July 19, 1735.” Charles-Town, July 19. On Sunday last arrived here Capt. Hugh … Continue reading

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St Ann’s Parish, Albermarle County, Virginia: Notes from the 1810 Census,

Various families from which I am directly descended or who are related married or are in-laws of direct ancestors show in the 1810 Census of St Ann’s Parish in Albemarle County, VA Thomas E. Randolph John Randolph Rubaro Pleasants Richard … Continue reading

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Colonel David Saunders, Halifax County, Bedford County (1761-1845)

In a previous post about Julius Saunders of Bedford County, and the fact that he apprenticed three boys born to Priscilla Carter Burnett, the wife of Williamson Burnett. All three of the boys were disinherited and repudiated by Williamson Burnett … Continue reading

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Notes on Selected Families from the Register of Saint Peter’s Parish in New Kent County, Virginia

I believe that the practice of accepting “family trees” that assert parent-child relationships in one’s ancestral lines often fail to place the relationships in context, and sometimes result in false information that results in spurious “family tree” lines of descedancy. … Continue reading

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Selected 17th Century Land Transactions South of York and Mattapony and North of Chicahominy Rivers of Virginia

WHB: Justin Sanders selected these land transactions as relevant to a Saunders family history. This post supplements Selected 17th Century Land Transactions between York and Rappahonnock (North of Mattapony) Rivers of Virginia. 1639 18 April 1639 – Richard Sanders, servant of … Continue reading

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A Burnett-Crowder-Crump-Saunders Project for Closely-Related Males

I have received the Big-Y test results from ftdna.com and they have designated my haplogroup as Z59, based on my being positive for that SNP (and the SNPs that preceded it in time designated as I1 M253, DF29 and Z58, but negative for … Continue reading

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“Deep History” Genealogical Research with 37-Marker and 111-Marker STR Testing: Studying “Crowder” and “Martinez” Relationships

Two months ago I posted an essay on use of y-dna genetic testing to further “deep history” genealogical research [Using y-dna testing in “deep family history” research]. As a follow-up to that discussion, I will provide two examples of very different … Continue reading

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