I posted some of this to Maynard and I thought some of you might like
to hear about my trip.
I have been lurking, but have spent more time researching my father's
line recently. My father is 81 yo and his mother died when he was 7
yo, leaving little family history for the
Hays/Carter/Griffing/Yelton/Franklin lines. My mother and grandmother
have done alot of research on the Randolph/Slaughter line and belonged
to DAR and Colonial Dames.
I just got back from a wonderful trip. We took our children to New
Orleans and followed the MS river up to Natchez. We visited Nottaway
Plantation, where my ancestors danced in the White ballroom visiting
their cousins. (My ancestor Peter Randolph was John H. Randolph's
half brother.) I talked with the historian there and have sent her
some of the info on Peter's line. We stopped at Grace Episcopal
where my Micajah and Adine Woods Courtney and other relatives are
in St. Francisville, LA. Micajah owned 3 plantations-one with his
son-in-law, Dr. Peter Randolph. We stopped inWoodville, MS, to look
for Holly Grove,
Peter's home, but it is privately owned. We didn't have time to
numerous graveyards on plantations in the area. The relatives are
quite scattered. We continued to Natchez where the annual pilgrimage
was in progress and followed the Natchez Trace up to Jackson, MS. I
felt like I was completely at home under the ancient moss laden oaks
that covered the graveyard and grounds surrounding Grace Episcopal.
Talk about roots!
If anyone connects with any of these, I'll be glad to share my info.
Elise Courtney H Markham