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From: "Karen" <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] Volunteers to read a chapter in a book?
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:26:29 -0500
I would be delilghtedly happy to read a chapter or so and to provide
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Subject: [S-I] Volunteers to read a chapter in a book?
> Hi folks,
> Is anyone willing to read about 40 pages, a chapter in a book, and give
> some frank feedback on the logic? It involves colonial Virginian families.
> The situation is familiar: there were 3 brothers who manifested in VA
> about 1770 and later moved to TN. No one has ever found any proof of their
> origins though various theories have been put forth. My task was to sort
> through it all, figure out what was probable and what wasn't, and to
> figure out where they came from. To accomplish this I vacuumed up a lot of
> data and then analyzed it (the hard part).
> The theories were that they 1. came down from PA where there were several
> colonial families with the same surname (disproved), 2. descended from a
> Maryland family originating with a Scotsman who came about 1600 -- DNA
> disproved it though I also have a huge amount of circumstantial evidence
> also disproving it. The Marylander is the likely origin of a prominent
> (west) Virginian family. 3. came from North Carolina -- mainly because the
> first land grants were issued by NC because TN was part of NC. Disproven
> because they were in VA (as we can prove) and the grant wasn't for
> military service and no men with their name served in NC during the
> Revolution. I mention this because this is referred to in the chapter at
> hand. Once I had disproven the family as the origin of the 3 bros the
> family is abandoned since we couldn't afford to do trace everyone in
> Virgina (it felt that way) -- but there's still a lot of info on some
> The part that needs another set of eyes is a chapter on "Other Virginia
> Families". It contains info showing that the 3 bros do not descend from
> them. It has two things in it: short histories of Virginia lineages and
> proof that they are not the origin of the 3 bros. These include the Cyrus
> McCormick family in Rockford Co VA (fathered by Cumberland Co, PA
> McCormick family), Micaiah McCormack, his father Wm, uncles and brothers,
> in Bedford Co, VA and other VA counties (intermarried with the Wrights and
> later moved west to I think Indiana....) , Joseph McCarmack of the
> Northern Neck (probably moved to KY after Rev), and Dr. John McCormick of
> the Berkeley Co area who left Ulster about 1600 and had a huge number of
> sons and gsons who settled all over. Also a McCamie family that was in
> (old) Bedford Co and also later moved to eastern TN. Then a collection of
> records that cannot be assigned to anyone without more data, largely
> military (both VA and federal), which an explanation of !
> why I can't assign them to one of the known groupings.
> So this chapter is very dense and likely to produce extreme sleepiness
> unless you are actually interested in these folk or have had experience
> editing boring material. It's very analytical. We'd like someone else to
> try to find holes in the logic rather than just edit the sentences or
> complain about the grammar or spelling. Both of which need work but are
> easy to fix compared with staying alert long enough to find logic errors
> on page 35!!
> Eventually the raw data will be available on a website but if a family
> interests you perhaps I can share some now. I just can't stop working on
> the book to organize my sources right now or the book'll never get done.
> You can also follow up on the footnotes. All info should be footnoted - -
> but I got a data file too. If I make an allegation with no footnote or
> proof then that's a red flag. The first 3 pages are probably good but
> fatigue sets in rapidly.....
> Time period is colonial Virginia so people familiar with colonial research
> (who can spot mistakes) preferred.
> Anyone out there crazy enough to volunteer?
> Thanks in advance,
> Linda Merle
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