We are the storytellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: "Tell our story." So... we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.

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Isaac N. Dunlap

In June, 1861, he volunteered and fought his only battle at Fort Donelson where he lost his leg by a six pound shell ...

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Francis Cox and Peninah Walden

5th Great-Grandparents Francis Cox was born about 1780 in Virginia, the youngest child of James and Elizabeth Cox.  He would marry Peninah Walden, born about 1790, daughter of William Walden and Catherine Foley, neighbors along the Smith River in northern Patrick County, Virginia.  Following, in chronological order, are some of the facts known about their lives and... Continue Reading →

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Johann Wilhelm Gerken (John William Gerken) of Baltimore

NOTE:  I'm looking for help with this individual and his descendants.  If you find this person in your family tree, please consider contacting me and sharing your information.  Birth in Höltinghausen, Grand Duchy of Oldenburg Johann Wilhelm Gerken was born to Catherina Maria Gerken and Johann Friedrich Joseph Lampe on April 27th, 1826, in Höltinghausen, Duchy... Continue Reading →

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Gibson Lanty Mahaffey

Of Irish ancestry, Gibson would settle with his wife, Eliza Jane Nuzum, on Plum Run in Taylor County, West Virginia, where they would have twelve children ...

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James Francis Gerken, patrolman

As more and more newspaper archives become available online in digital format, more "mysteries" in our family histories will be solved.  My recent experience occurred while "surfing" the growing collection of newspapers at  An "unknown" photo now has a name and story too. After the death of my great-great grandmother at the age of 30... Continue Reading →

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