Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The Arkansas Genealogical Society will hold its fall seminar on 14 and 15 October 2016 at the Benton Event Center in North Benton, Arkansas. Featured speakers will be Jeff Meek, who will discuss interviewing veterans, and J. Mark Lowe, who will lecture on estates, taxes, migration, and authentic sources. For details about fees and accommodations, go to the website

     On 28-30 October 2016, the Texas State Genealogical Society will hold its Family History Conference in Dallas, Texas. Offering more than seventy sessions presented by thirty-five speakers, different individuals will lecture on different topics every ninety minutes. Featured speakers for general sessions will be Cyndi Ingle, who manages, and Judy Russell, who specializes in legal research.

     Before the conference starts, the Dallas Public Library and the Dallas Genealogical Society are hosting a free research day on 27 October. For more details about the sessions, fees, and accommodations, go to the website .

     Martha P. Hines, 182 Woodridge Drive, Taylorsville, North Carolina 28681 (e-mail: would appreciate information on the parents of Thomas PRICHARD (or PRITCHARD), born before 1775 in Virginia, and his wife, Mary, born in North Carolina. Family lore says his ancestors moved from Pennsylvania to Virginia and then to North Carolina.

     Thomas and Mary married about 1795 in North Carolina. Thomas and son, David, appear on the 1820 Iredell County, North Carolina, census. Thomas purchased land in Fentress County, Tennessee, in 1825, but did not receive the deed until 1829.

     When the rest of the family moved west, David Prichard remained in Iredell County (which became Alexander County in 1847). David, born in 1798 in North Carolina, married Rachel CORRELL about 1817 in Iredell County. After her death in 1868, he married Tirzah STEWART on 11 December 1868. David died on 19 June 1884, burial place unknown.

     One of David Prichard’s descendants has taken the Family Tree Y-DNA 111 test. His DNA matches Pritchard families in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas. Those families descend from Thomas and Mary through their children, William, born in 1799 in North Carolina; Levi, born in 1806 in North Carolina, and Thomas A. Prichard, Jr., born in 1816 in North Carolina. Other individuals believed to be (but still unproven) children of Thomas and Mary are John, Nancy, Elizabeth, Henry, Catherine, Eliza, and Harrid (Harold) Prichard. Some of the descendants spell their surname with a “t” in it.

     When researching your family tree, you may have discovered words that are not familiar. For example, have you come across the term “dower right?” The term refers to the widow’s portion of her deceased husband’s estate, which was provided to her by law. She had use of it for her support during her lifetime.

     Sometimes words have diverse meanings in different countries or in different centuries. In England, for instance, the term “Lady” meant the woman was a member of the nobility. But in early America, it usually meant the female belonged to a family with social standing or wealth. Or perhaps “Lady” referred to her demeanor or accomplishments, such as being well-educated or perhaps skillful in arts like music.

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