Many of us do not know how our ancestors traveled during the great migration years of the 18th-century. In other words, we don’t know if they walked the entire way, if they traveled by wagon or by cart. The way they traveled would also detail the length of the trip…


The Great Warrior’s Path, otherwise known as the Great Wagon Road, traveled southward from western Maryland to the crossing of the Potomac River.(1) During a 1722 meeting with Colonel Alexander Spotswood of Virginia and the Five Nations of Iroquois, an agreement confirming the traveling limitations strictly to the Warrior’s route…


The great migration in North Carolina’s history occurred throughout the mid 18th century. During the 1740 decade, hundreds of families from middle and northern colonies traveled to the piedmont region of North Carolina and other points south. By 1750, many religious groups were embarking on the same adventure as long-line…


If I were to say to you, I have a good book for you to read, what would be your response? The most likely reaction would be what is in the book, right? Determining a “good” book is not judged by its cover. But by the reception of the content…


“This day we passed through a great many towns and settlements that belong to the Sugeree Indians. About three in the afternoon, we reached Kadapau King’s house where we met with one John Stewart, a Scot, then an inhabitant of James River, Virginia.”

John Lawson 1709

The quote mentioned above…


The Culper Spy Ring is a small group of patriots during the American Revolutionary War. The actions of the Culper Spy Ring allows view to the techniques of early spy intelligence. The various methods and correspondence techniques achieved remarkable plots against the British forces. During the years of 1778 to…


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Words about past and present can and will be distorted daily using all kinds of formats. A general rule of thumb these days is to have the reader distinguish between what is real and what is not. Picture it as a roller coaster that continues to spiral down constantly in…


Common surnames such as Smith are adventuresome when it comes to our personal family history. A key factor that many family historians devour is the concentration on the surname itself. An example of this is Peter Schmidt (Smith) arrived to the colonies circa 1710. Where does Peter Smith live after…


“Our Ancestors Left An Amazing Trail To Follow…Enjoy Your Journey Today” Piedmont Trails


Grave Markers Under an Oak Tree located in Accomack County, Virginia-Pictured in the background is the Ralph T. Whitelaw house. The right wing was built circa 1673 (Courtesy of The Library of Congress)

When one expands a family tree to the 17th century, a new world emerges. A distinctive society develops upon the pages of long ago equipped with unfamiliar customs, culture and standard daily living. Strange writing phrases and patterns are quickly noticeable by examining the time period materials and documents. Researching…

Piedmont Trails

My life journey expands with fascinating expeditions. I hope to inspire you to take up the task & explore the past. Enjoy your journey.

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