Archive | December, 2015

History Invented: A Con Man Reports on the Colonists

“John Ferdinand Dalziel Smyth” was an Englishman who traveled through North Carolina and other places before and during the Revolution.  He later published his observations on the unruly colonists in a lively and well-written book called A Tour in the United States of America, which is often quoted or excerpted in the accounts of other […]

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History Remembered: the Jewish Pirates

Here is the story, as told to me by a very distant cousin, a Creek-Jewish family genealogist: “Four hundred years ago we had to leave Portugal. It was dangerous —the soldiers were right behind us, hunting us down. Our family owned ships, and we were all at the docks waiting to go on board, but […]

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History Unearthed: the Genealogy Army

Adele Cobb Kerrigan was in her eighties in 1953, when she completed her 100-page typed manuscript on the genealogy of the Bettis family.  It is an extraordinary document, an indispensable source for Bettis  history, the record of a lifetime’s dedication to the memory of her and my ancestors. It is also crammed with errors, some […]

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