RELEASE DATE: APRIL 7, 2019



KINSEARCHING

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Marleta Childs
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LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825
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     The 17th annual National Orphan Train Riders (NOTC) Celebration will take place on 30 May – 1 June 2019, at the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia, Kansas. In addition to the celebration programs, special events will include the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting of the new Train Station and tours of the Orphan Train Museum and the Train Station. For more details, go to the website at www.orphantraindepot.org; e-mail curator@orphantraindepot.org; phone 785-243-4471; or write to NOTC, P. O. Box 322, Concordia, Kansas 66901-0322.


     Since the founding of Jamestown in 1607, all colonists faced the challenges of frontier life. Rich or poor, nobody was exempt from the trials and tribulations that arose from carving out new homes in the New World prior to American independence from Great Britain. What were the obstacles the settlers faced? How did their actions affect indigenous tribes? Insight into some of their difficulties can be found in PIONEERS OF COLONIAL VIRGINIA: BEING A COLLECTION OF NARRATIVES OF INFLUENTIAL AND LESS WELL-KNOWN PIONEERS IN COLONIAL VIRGINIA AND THEIR IMPACT ON SOCIETY by David C. Joyce.

     The narratives presented in Joyce’s book briefly tell the life stories of various residents in eighteenth-century Virginia. A few of the individuals, like the landed gentry, were influential in society. Most of the people, such as poor immigrants and religious dissenters, were not well-known and were sometimes controversial. However, they all played a crucial role in the development of the colony.

     Biographical sketches in the small volume pertain to seven men: entrepreneur Charles CHISWELL; militiaman Michael KELLY; member of the House of Burgesses Nicholas MERIWETHER II; Scots-Irish immigrant Thomas JOYCE; Quaker Thomas STANLEY; middle-class planter William WITCHER; and first Royal Governor, Sir Francis WYATT. However, the most unique account concerns a woman, COCKACOESKE, who was known as the Queen of the Pamunkey. She eventually signed a peace treaty with the English in 1677.

     For better or for worse, these individuals inspired hope or sowed fear. Sometimes they did both. One way or another, the history of Virginia was shaped in part by these settlers and their decisions. PIONEERS OF COLONIAL VIRGINIA: BEING A COLLECTION OF NARRATIVES OF INFLUENTIAL AND LESS WELL-KNOWN PIONEERS IN COLONIAL VIRGINIA AND THEIR IMPACT ON SOCIETY may bring attention to facets of their ancestors’ lives that genealogists have previously overlooked.

     The soft-bound work has 89 pages, an attractive front cover, a preface and acknowledgements, an introduction, and a full-name index. To the book’s price of $22.00, buyers should add shipping charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $7.00 for one book and $2.50 for each additional book. The slim volume may be purchased by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express from Heritage Books, Inc., 5810 Ruatan Street, Berwyn Heights, Maryland 20740. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-876-6103; fax 410-558-6574; e-mail Orders@HeritageBooks.com; website www.HeritageBooks.com).


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