Laura Wright

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Some Generall Historie

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History books have been written of Virginia since Captain John Smith's Generall Historie of Virginia, produced by the London Company of England. He authored

The Southwestern State Lunatic Asylum and the Forget-Me-Nots

The landscape in Southwestern Virginia flourished in the 1880s. The thriving mining industry meant towns and cities developed faster across the state's mountainous region

Ku Klux Karma

American history is filled with atrocities committed by the Ku Klux Klan. It brings a welcome sense of divine justice to discover situations where

The Suicide that was Murder

Dr. Isaac "Cam" Anderson, brother of Bristol's Mayor Anderson, wedded a Gate City beauty named Mary Nelms in October of 1901.

The Importance of Good Catering

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A lavish wedding occurred at Virginia's Emory and Henry College, in May of 1855. Noted bachelor Henry Solon Kane, Esq.

The Murder of the Ladies’ Man

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Thomas Haydin was a man who loved the ladies. In April of 1897, that affection caught up with him.

Melungeon Bibliography and Research

"A New Race." Daily Public Ledger [Maysville, KY] 23 Jan.

Other Pertinent Melungeon Notes

There are a number of other topics and tidbits to consider. Here are several:

Melungeons and the Portuguese Theories

As stressed earlier in this article series, there are no definite or concrete records for Melungeon researchers. Even if we allow them the Portuguese

Melungeons were Portuguese?

It's easy to see how uneducated mountaineers might have classified people who were Italian, Greek, Latino or Portuguese, as coming from African roots due