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Why Oral History Does Matter

Routinely contributors on this forum are warned to not follow any leads on their ancestry which were handed down orally. I continue to disagree...

As I have posted on numerous occasions, several of lines from Northampton County, NC and Greensville County, VA are not the same FPC (colonial African male/colonial Irish female) which is promoted on this forum. Our oral history states there was a sizable population of Dominicans and some Puerto Ricans in the community, largely which I descend.

Here's one link which I provided to Paul a few months ago (in this case, my near 90 yr old father provided the location of residence):

(This is one of my cousin's, maternal grandmother's, grandfather).

The oral history for many of my lines is the same, my grandparents, grandparents were from the West Indies (many of which were Spanish speakers). This would put the arrivals somewhere between 1800 to 1820 or so.

Lastly here is an interesting petition filed in Northampton County, NC in 1802 (timeline aligns with arrivals from Hispaniola into the VA ports):

If anyone on the forum has ties to the border area of VA/NC, please open up your searches to port cities in VA, NC and SC, which I have found definitive ties.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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