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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pearls of Wisdom

No matter how much we wish to draw certain conclusions from our scattered research into the past, we must not allow ourselves to do so. Yet, it is the very absence of discovery which drives us to find answers elsewhere. Here is a problem. In the early 17th century an Irishman settled in Norfolk County, Virginia. His name was Lewis Conner. The name brought forth a decendant of the same name, a captain who served the colonial war of 1752 but who died shortly afterwards. And then, in 1785 a certain Virginian is named by his mother, "Lewis Conner Holland". The mother has another son which she named "Lawson S. Holland". This scenario becomes delicious when it is known that during the early part of the 17th century, the Lawson family intermarried with the first Lewis Conner. It would appear that the mother was carrying forth a family pride in the naming of her children and it seems logical (the generation fits) that she was a daughter of Capt. Conner.  Also, all three families had a history of residency in the same counties.  Yet there is a bitter taste -the county records did not survive.  All that remains is speculation. One must dig deeply into the plot. Since none of the records from surrounding counties or family ties revealed clues, it now becomes the larger chore to read all of the old wills, inventories of estates and deeds of 17th and 18th century Virginia having the Conner surname. Somewhere there is a connection...names of heirs mentioned in estates, receipts, vouchers or deeds of gift, or an old will.  There is always a means of gleaning information. These thoughts are already imprinted in the brain of the genealogist. On with the quest! There is lots of help these days as Georgia Pioneers has published most of the old wills for easy viewing. This link takes you to the counties index. Simply click on the links of the left-hand side of the page.

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  7. (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
  8. (Digitized Wills in counties of: Carter 1794-1830; Jefferson 1802-1810;Johnson 1839-1900;Unicoi 1878-1887; Washington 1779-1800)

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