A few words of thanks are in order before I continue. I have to say thank you to my late cousin Steve Patterson for taking over the family project when I was in one of my just do not feel like working on it moods. It just seemed to last a few years. Steve put a lot of work into this and I just had to give him a big THANKS.
The next thanks goes to Rebecca Sowers down in the great state of Virginia. She has furnished me with a ton of info and answers to many of my dead ends.
She has also written a book about the area and can be found at this address:
Please feel free to visit her site and read her book.
And now for a little history.
Back in 1980 or 1981 my dad would keep showing me all these neat little notes he had scribbled on pieces of paper. They would come from family bibles copied from notes other people had and a bunch of drug store photo copies. Honestly at the time it looked like a confusing mess to me at the time and I figured if he was having fun more power to him.
Now were up to about 1985. I did a lot of traveling for my job and spent a whole lot of time in hotels with not a whole lot to do. This was back in the early days of what they called portable computers and not a whole lot of software to choose from. I decided to take dads notes on the road with me and a free Genealogy program I downloaded from some file BBS as they were called then. Hey Windows did not even exist yet.
I started sorting through all these notes and entering them into this little program. Now it all started to make sense to me now. Then I started asking myself who these people are. When I started they were just a bunch of names now they are real people.
So what can I say. I was hooked.