I was browsing the stats for this site recently and I noticed a link coming from Wikipedia. To my surprise, an early American pioneer, William Blevins, was mentioned on the Long hunter entry. And in an even greater surprise, my comments on this William Blevins are listed as further reading on the topic. And on … Continue reading You’ve made it when Wikipedia links to you
All my life I've been told I have Cherokee ancestry through my Knighten forebears. There are even a few interesting legends about how John L. Knighten escaped the Removal (a decade before he was born) and of family members visiting from the Cherokee "reservation". I've even comments on them some (here). I've even commented on … Continue reading The Dangers of DNA Testing
I've posted some links to good research on my 3rd Great-Grandfather, Elisha James Blevins, over at my Blevins History blog.
Growing up as an Nth generation American, none of my ancestral heritage was passed down to me. My dad's family sort of knew they came from Wales and had some Cherokee blood in there somewhere. My mom's family thought the might be Scottish. Getting past the Blevins and Blackwood names, I know even less of … Continue reading St. Andrew’s Day
Some time back I became interested in my Scottish roots and discovered that my maternal ancestors, the Blackwoods, were historically associated with Clan Douglas. I understand that normally, Scottish clan association is paternal, but given that my paternal ancestry is Welsh, I was curious if I could actually claim clanship through my mother's line, so … Continue reading My connection to Clan Douglas
I've started a new blog to capture all of my Blevins history: http://www.blevins.tk:Blevins History: Henry Blethyn: apprentice on the Submission: Henry Blethyn is a bit of an enigma to many Blevins researchers. Little is known of his life, but his emigration to the American colonies is...
I'll not get into an academic discussion of the issue of whether or not various Native American tribes truly own the land their ancestors once occupied. The article below more than sufficiently deals with that, but I'd like to approach it from a layman's perspective.‘Do Indians Rightfully Own America?’:By Walter OlsonBryan Caplan at Econlog revisits … Continue reading The moral right to lands lost in conquest