Biography of Frank Alexander Montgomery

Planter, Legislator, Judge Frank Alexander Montgomery was born in Adams County, Mississippi on January 7, 1830. His paternal grandfather, Alexander Montgomery, was one of the first pioneers to settle in Jefferson County, Mississippi, and his maternal grandfather, Colonel Cato West, served as governor of the state. When Montgomery was orphaned at a young age, he inherited slaves and a cotton plantation in Jefferson County. He attended Oakland College (later Alcorn State University) for five years before moving north to study at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania for an additional year. He returned to Mississippi and married Charlotte Clark. With the onset […]

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Biography of Claiborne Bullen

Born a slave on Rocheland Plantation, was owned by David Harrison. His father, Washington Bullen, was a Harrison slave, but Claiborne continued in that estate only a few years, for he was born in 1860. He went to school in a barn and was taught by a Miss Day, a white woman, during Reconstruction Days. He finally attended Rust College at Holly Springs; his father paid his expenses the first two years, but he worked his way through the last two. On his way back to school the third term he didn’t have money enough to pay his fare all

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Biography of Dr. John Shaw

In 1805 John Shaw wrote a letter to President Jefferson in which he expressed his admiration for the President’s politics and introduced himself as “a native of North Carolina, descended from European parents.” He had been in the Natchez District and active in politics as early as 1797 when he served on a Citizen’s Committee whose duty it was to keep order until the Spanish struck their colors and pulled out of Natchez. Andrew Ellicott, surveyor general and government representative who was present for the occasion , noted Shaw as “an itinerant attorney of some education and abilities.” Shaw was

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Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography

In 1915, Lyon Gardiner Tyler wrote three volumes and edited two additional volumes dedicated to Virginia Biography. His intention was to cover biographies of important Virginians from the founding of the colony until the present time of publication (1915). The entire work includes more then 2000 pages of biographies of Virginians who were influential in the early history of Virginia. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography Copyright 2006 by Genealogy Research. All Rights Reserved.

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Revolutionary Pensioners – 1.6+ million Documents

This collection of records includes images of entire pension files for soldiers and sailors who served during the Revolutionary War. These records reveal more details about the veteran’s history and service unlike selected service records chosen for genealogical content. They also contain more specific information about a soldier’s family, state of health, and life after the war. The index provided is done in partnership with Footnote.com. Revolutionary Pensioners Copyright 2006 by Genealogy Research. All Rights Reserved.

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Vital records of Medfield, MA

Medfield, Massachusetts holds a special interest to me, as my ancestors were some of the original settlers in the town, and many generations of their descendants resided there. This manuscript provides over 12,000 records of births, marriages and deaths in the town up to the year 1850. Vital records of Medfield, MA Copyright 2006 by Genealogy Research. All Rights Reserved.

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Instructions on the Use of the Starr Genealogy

The Starr Genealogy is a wonderful tool for genealogists to discover their Cherokee genealogy. Unfortunately, Starr uses a very unique and often confusing method of showing the relationships between people. This article hopes to shed some light on how to use the Starr Genealogy to find your own Cherokee Roots. Interpreting the Starr Genealogies The Starr Genealogies Copyright 2006 by Genealogy Research. All Rights Reserved.

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Missouri Marriages

I posted today on AccessGenealogy, over 25,000 marriage records dating from 1807-1880 for the state of Missouri. Most of these transcribed records were published in a series of manuscripts that came directly from the Office of Recorder for each county. We presently have records for the following counties in Missouri: Audrain, Benton, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, Franklin, Greene, Linn, Marion, McDonald, Monroe, Osage, Perry, Polk, St. Francois, St. Genevieve, and Warren County. Missouri Marriage Records Copyright 2006 by Genealogy Research. All Rights Reserved.

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1840 Pensioner Index

Today, I began posting to AccessGenealogy a database of the 1840 Pensioner Index. The information included within this database includes the applicants name, age, town, county, and state, as well as the head of household with which the individual was enumerated in. The data itself comes from the 1840 census, which asked for the names and ages of “Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services, Included in the Foregoing” Household. Pensioners included both veterans and widows. This clue should lead the researcher to Revolutionary War military service and pension records. The pension files, which are especially useful, have been reproduced online.

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Plantation Life in Mississippi

A pleasing picture of plantation life in Mississippi before the Civil War, and an attempt to preserve something of the manners, customs and deeds of that time. As in many Southern writings soon after the Civil War, the history of the “Old South” which included slavery is often painted as an idyllic setting rather then a realistic portrait of that time. That is true in this portrayal we bring to you at Mississippi Genealogy. Please realize that the latitude with which a writer has is expansive, and this author took such liberties to heart, as he readily admits within the

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