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Rotherwood Begins with Ross

February 27, 2017
The history of Rotherwood goes back to the 1810s. For a long time, the area was called "Old Kingsport.

Oliver Vermillion’s Silent Bones

February 27, 2017
Oliver Vermillion was a wealthy man in the 1820s. He lived in the Thompson's Ford area of Nicklesville, Virginia.

The Ordeal of Blood

February 27, 2017
This historic practice goes by many names: Bier's Test, Bier-Right, Trial by Touch, Ordeal of Blood, Blood-test, Covenanting by Blood, and many others that

Abijah Alley

February 27, 2017
Abijah Alley, of Eighteenth Century Scott County, is one of the most difficult individuals to locate information on. Alley left a fantastic legacy that

A Suspected Tribute of… Respect?

February 27, 2017
Obituaries in the Nineteenth Century are known for being incredibly long and affectionate. There is one obituary that is unbelievably so, so much so

Ghosts in Dromgoole’s Closet

February 27, 2017
Aside from the ridiculous racism and bigotry exhibited in her non-fiction works, there are many issues with Dromgoole's material on both Melungeons and the

Will Allen Dromgoole and the Writing Life

February 26, 2017
Dromgoole didn't start writing until after her mother died in 1884. Her first book was The Sunny Side of the Cumberland, which was published

Will Allen Dromgoole (1860-1934)

February 26, 2017
No series on Melungeons is complete without discussion on the individuals who kept history aware of them. This article covers a woman who is

Strange Cases of Kleptomania

February 26, 2017
These Virginia thieves put the "mania" in kleptomania. The authorities were as amused by them as residents were annoyed with them.

George W. Robinette: The Bone Collector

February 26, 2017
George W. Robinette was a fascinating figure in Scott County history.