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Hi Poythress list,
About 3 months ago I was telling you I saw a map shown at LVA at a Colonial
VA records conference. That I was stunned to see it, thinking this would
mean I need to change my thoughts on early Poythress deeds. I understand
county formations, and that sometimes family moved inland as the frontier
moved. But I didn't realize I hadn't seen any maps of this area while it
was still British, pre-USA days. So our early, early guys... it really
depends on the time of course....But Charles City County, Dinwiddie, Isle
of Wight, Surrey, Brunswick, Lunenburg & Mecklenburg....one property in the
same family for 100 years could be in all of those counties, they might not
have moved! After the revolution there's more circular or square shaped
counties that just got smaller as time went by. But these trapezoid like
shapes were the shires, & the landowners with thousands of acres went
annually to Jamestown to report every person by name that lived on their
land. And some of these records still exist! I was shown examples in this
presentation. My friend helped me find a map to show you what I saw,
although the map in the lecture was 10 years earlier with only 5 shires.
The map is interactive, you can click on the year. So if say you have a
deed from 1720, you can see where the county lines were then. If they were
born in one county & land in another, it could still be the same place.
Here's the link:https://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/map/map.html#VA
Thank you for your kind words Al. I wanted to say here that I find your
work so amazing regarding both the website and your personal research. I
love your organization, your creativity & ideas for sharing and user
friendly formatting. I am very grateful for all your efforts with the
Poythress site, which I consider a valuable and very interesting research
tool; which I bookmarked and reference often.
I'm thankful you & Barbara started this list so we can all learn from
eachother & share sources to try to help document our Poythress ancestors.
Can't really use words enough to express my gratitude enough.
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> Poythress List,
> I’m pleased to share that we’ve added and are on the cusp of adding
> important resources to the Poythress website.
> Those of you who’ve been following closely know that Lyn Baird has
> contributed previously unavailable records of the Methodist congregations
> in and near Mecklenburg County, VA. These records are treasures for
> everyone interested in the families and communities in 19th century
> Southside Virginia. We’re fortunate to be the repository.
> We’ve yet to connect these congregations to the pioneering missionary work
> of Rev. Francis Poythress but in time I think we may.
> And we’re equally fortunate that Julie Cabitto shares so generously her
> discoveries and her ongoing work mapping the land holdings of Poythress and
> allied families, as well as the small family cemeteries in Mecklenburg
> County, VA.
> Her most recent contribution is a transcription of an 1818 Will of Thomas
> Cleaton that place his lands adjacent to Poythress, Giles and other allied
> families. And it informs us so much more about the lives of these
> Lyn and Julie have been contributors to the quest for more than two
> decades and deserve more thanks than we can ever offer; but their legacies
> will be of seminal importance in the decades to come as our descendants
> explore their roots in America.
> Not burying the lead here, I’m pleased to share that Barbara Poythress
> Neal, who along with Maynard Poythress, first prompted me to establish the
> Poythress mailing list nearly a quarter of century ago — before Rootsweb
> took over and back when these sorts of mailing lists were still being
> hosted at Indiana University. Unfortunately, some of the earliest posts
> have been lost to the transition. Needless to say for those of you who’ve
> hung in there with us over the years, is that Barbara is serious about
> doing genealogy as rigorously as possible so that what we share is not
> speculation but documented evidence. Her influence and contributions are
> She recently shared with me a trove of documents, a number of which were
> posted to the list over the years but never placed in context or moved to
> the website where they could be organized for research. In the coming
> weeks and months I’m going to be adding these documents to the website and
> every time I add a new document I plan to post to this list what has been
> added and invite corrections, commentary and discussion. My hope is that
> more of us will look for opportunities to make incremental contributions —
> family photos, gravesites, bibles, family oral histories, transcriptions,
> Below is the first of the documents contributed by BPN. This document is
> as rich as they come in terms of what it tells us about life in Georgia and
> Florida in the mid-19th century and about this branch of the Poythress
> Equity suit of John C. Poythress vs Cheesborough, Mary E et. al., Burke
> Co, Georgia, 1848
> Transcribed by Barbara Poythress Neal from photocopies from Family History
> Library microfilm # 222,856 - Burke County, Georgia Equity Records
> pages 77-87 covering equity suit of John C. Poythress vs Cheesborough,
> Mary E et al
> In addition, Mike Tutor has been helping me on several fronts and is
> revisiting some of his earlier contributions — I hope to be sharing his new
> work soon.
> In closing, I want to mention that the Poythress.org <
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Bruce Poythress.....I am hoping you can identify this photo. I am thinking it’s your father in law. It was found in a stash of Jarrell photos and was taken in the same spot, same day as another photo of Dora Jarrell Poythress and Alger Peters(on), her second husband. Can you show your husband or Julia for verification? The first is with Dora, the second is him.
Thank you ☺️
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