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Princess Anne Families

Princess Anne Families is an online lineage-linked database of Princess Anne County, Virginia, families for the period 1691–1910. Its objective is to document and re-construct as many historical families as possible. The database is free to the public, but requires an account for access, which can be requested on the home page. The database includes information from the following sources:

  • Ancestry.com.
  • Carolyn L Barkley, Princess Anne County, Virginia Marriage Bonds, 1822–1850 (Lovettsville, Va: Willow Bend Books, 1997).
  • Melinda Jones Lukei, Princess Anne County, Virginia Marriages Volume 1, 1853–1910 ([Virginia Beach, Va.,]Melinda Jones Lukei, 2002).
  • Charles Fleming McIntosh, Brief Abstracts of Lower Norfolk County and Norfolk County Wills 1637–1710 (reprint: 1914, Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, n.d).
  • “Princess Ann County Register of Marriages 1853–1939,” microfilm #53, Central Library, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Elizabeth B. Wingo, Marriages of Princess Anne County, Virginia, 1749–1821 ([Norfolk? Va], Elizabeth B. Wingo, 1978).

Information is being added currently from the following source:

  • Anne Maling, Princess Anne County, Virginia Wills, 1783–1871 (Bowie, Md: Heritage Books, 1994).

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Finding Your Roots

WHRO (southeastern Virginia PBS) recently interviewed me for a short segment to open the first episode of this season’s “Finding Your Roots.” I spent the good part of a very hot day with the video crew and interviewer, filming in my home and backyard, at the Moore family cemetery, and in the record room of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Most of that video did not make it to the final, edited product. But the important parts did. Here is the result:

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Pro Patres

Our fathers lie beneath the land
That bore them into birth,
That buried with a heedless hand
Their bodies in the earth;

Who living labored long ago
As fortune did allow,
For children they would never know
Who do not know them now.

But still the land is burdened with
The memory of men,
Entangled by an ancient myth
That speaks to us again

Of distant generations who
Are dead and now forgot,
But waiting to reveal anew
The living they begot.

So now we sing our fathers’ song,
A poem of the past,
Because they could not sing it long
Or finish it at last.

Copyright © 2014. Donald W. Moore. All rights reserved.
May not be used or reproduced without permission.

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The Wreck of the Elizabeth

On January 8, 1887the German clipper Elizabeth wrecked at Sandbridge beach between the Dam Neck Mills and Little Island Life Saving Stations. Crews from the two stations responded. However, the Elizabeth’s sailors all drowned when their lifeboat swamped, and five of the life saving crew drowned when their surf boat swamped. These men were Abel Belanga, his brother James, his brother-in-law Joseph Spratley, George Stone, and John Land. On January 8, 2014, a memorial service was held at Tabernacle United Methodist Church to honor them.

The program for the service can be viewed at Surfmen Memorial. The genealogy of the mens’ families—a work still in progress—can be viewed here.

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Seventeenth Century Virginia Ancestors: A Research Case Study

Please join me at the National Genealogical Society 2014 Family History Conference, “Virginia: The First Frontier,” to be held in Richmond, Virginia, from May 7–10. I will be presenting “Seventeenth Century Virginia Ancestors: A Research Case Study” on Saturday, May 10, at 2:30 pm. Please check the conference brochure for room assignment. Information about the conference—including brochure, registration, and hotel accommodations—can be found at http://conference/ngsgenealogy.org. Hope to see you there.

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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My Lineage Society Memberships

Magna Charta Dames and Barons

Magna Charta Dames and Barons

Jamestowne Society

Jamestowne Society

Military Order of the Stars and Bars

Military Order of the Stars and Bars

National Huguenot Society

National Huguenot Society

Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers

Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers

Order of the Founders and Patriots of America

Order of the Founders and Patriots of America

Plantagnet Society

Plantagnet Society

Sons of the American Revolution

Sons of the American Revolution

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Sons of Confederate Veterans

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Norfolk and Princess Anne County (1691–1963)

“Beginning at the new inlet of Little Creeke, and so up the said Creeke to the dams between Jacob Johnson and Richard Drout, and so out of the said dams up a branch, the head of which branch lyeth between the dwelling house of William Moseley, senr. and the new dwelling house of Edward Webb, and so to run from the head of the said branch on a direct line to the dams at the head of the Eastern branch of Elizabeth river, the which dams lie between James Kemp and Thomas Ivy, and so down the said branch to the mouth of a small branch or gutt that divides the land which Mr. John Porter now lives on, from the land he formerly lived on, and so up the said small branch according to the bounds of the said plantation where the said Porter now liveth, and from thence to the great swamp, that lyeth on the East side of John Showlands, and so along the said great swamp to the North river of Corotucke, and down the said North river to the mouth of Simpsons creeke, and so up the said creeke to the head thereof, and from thence by a south line to the bounds of Carolina, and that this devision shall be, and remaine the bounds between the said two counties, which shall hereafter be, and be held, deemed and taken as and for two intire and distinct counties, each of which shall have, use and enjoy all the liberties, priviledges and advantages of any other county of this colony to all intents and purposes whatsoever, and that the uppermost of the said two counties, in which Elizabeth river and the branches thereof are included, doe retain and be ever hereafter called and known by the name of Norfolk countie, and that the other of the said two counties be called and known by the name of Princess Ann County.” April 1691 session.

William Waller Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature in the Year 1619 ([Charlottesville: Published for the Jamestown Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia by the University Press of Virginia, 1969), 3:95.

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New Norfolk County (1636–1637)

“There is no recorded evidence of the creation of New Norfolk County. It was formed from that portion of Elizabeth City County south of the James River.”

Charles Francis Cocke, Parish Lines, Diocese of Southern Virginia (Richmond, Va: Library of Virginia, 1979), p. 106.

 

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Princess Anne County Family Bibles

Below are transcriptions of births, marriages, and deaths from family bibles in which some of my ancestors are listed. Click on the link to see a PDF in a separate window or tab.

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