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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Where our Virginia ancestors came from!

We have several lines of family that settled in Virginia in the 1600s. They came from England and Ulster (now Northern Ireland). The following pictures were taken from the Frontier Museum in Staunton, Virginia. They have brought farms from the countries the original people of Virginia came from and reconstructed those farms at the museum along with the history of why they left their homes to settle in this unknown land.

SCOTCH IRISH ANCESTORS

The Gays, Dunlaps, Lockridge, Warwick's and Kincaid's all came from Ulster (modern Northern Ireland). The English home of the Gay's was Warwickshire, but because of religion persecution, moved to Ulster and then Londonderry.

Because of religious persecution, famine, etc. a number of these families left Ireland around 1730 and came to America. They landed in Philadelphia and worked their way down the frontier road to the Shenandoah Valley and settled in present day August and Rockbridge Counties in Virginia.

They lived in farms with thatched roofs which was approximately 12" of hay. These roofs were durable and could last for 25 years.

This is a picture from inside looking up to the roof.

They had to gather and burn peat for fire and heat as trees were scarce.

They ate a lot of oats and here is a grinder!

ENGLISH ANCESTORS

Our earliest English ancestors were the Woodsons, Flemings, Feris and Tarletons. The Woodson's came and settled outside of Jameston, Virginia in April, 1619. He was a physician for the army sent to protect the early settlers from the Indians.

They came from the South of England.
The Flemings, Ferris (Ferrar/Farrar) and Tarletons history in England is intertwined with royalty. In fact, the Ferris came from the knights of Gascory centeries earlier and became the early defenders of Virginia.

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