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Re: A chapter of family history
In Response To: A chapter of family history ()
Where do I begin? The story of Betty, the La Force family, the Shawnee would make any filmmaker, let alone a writer, itch to chronicle your family history. You're giving us an incredible piece of history that goes way beyond the usual "land of cotton" experience.
At first read, it was very obvious that you'd gone way beyond dates and lineage. You know the history of the era, have access to records of the petitions by the La Force family, and know what happened to Betty's children including your ancestor Candace.
You should include all of it in your history.
I would write a short history of that era, the wars that you mention and how it and other circumstances influenced your family's capture by the Shawnee and how they were "dispersed." In other words you should write it in the context of history. It doesn't need to be long, but just to create a backdrop for your research.
I am embarrassed to admit that I am not familiar with the history of the North in that era.
I do remember reading J. Leitch Wright's book, "Creeks and Seminoles" in which he describes the Shawnee, "Few Tribes had moved about more than the Shawnees since European contact, and in the 17th and 18th centuries one could find them in New England, Texas, New Orleans Detroit, and Saint Augustine." So it's not surprising that your ancestors were captured and taken from Virginia to Michigan etc.
I hope that my thoughts will help you. I will be back again...after I've done my history.
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