Kinsearching June 17, 2007




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

     On July 13-15, 2007, the twenty-fifth annual reunion of the Peacock Family Association of the South will take place at the Microtel Inn and Suites in Marianna, FL. All PEACOCK descendants and kin are cordially invited to attend. This association is especially interested in locating descendants of the following Peacock individuals: Samuel I, II, and III; John and Nancy, John, Thomas, William, Robert, Henry, Levi, Alfred, Jesse, David, Asa, Abraham, Moulton, Washington Hamilton, Archibald, Uriah, Louis C., Michael, Silas, Arnold, Samuel and Leah (JONES) PEACOCK, all of NC, GA, SC, FL, and VA; Adonijah and Alexander of NJ, NH, and CT; and Benjamin of MD. For more details get in touch with Don Peacock, membership chairman, 1113 Lake Ridge Dr., Azle, TX 76020 (phone 817-270-1414; e-mail or Mary Lou Taylor, P. O. Box 202, Blountstown, FL 32424 (phone 858-674-8276).

     Angelina College will hold its eleventh annual genealogy conference on July 19-21, 2007, on its campus in Lufkin, Texas. Using "In Search of Unknown Generations" as its theme, the conference will offer presentations on a variety of subjects. Examples of topics on the program are cemetery research and related records, genealogy in the digital age, DNA, Confederate military records, racial mixtures in the South, Republic of Texas ancestry, how to trace German and Indian forebears, and research in land, court, and fraternal organization records. Featured speakers will include Desmond Walls Allen, Trevia Wooster Beverly, Carolyn Earle Billingsley, Emily Croom, Charlie Gardes, Pat Gordon, Don Raney, and John Sellers. To obtain more details about the program or to register, go to the Angelina College web page at

     As the first permanent English settlement in North America, Jamestown went through many changes in a short period of time. So did the area where it was located--Virginia. These transformations naturally affected, for better or for worse, the lives of the people--both Europeans and Indians--who lived in the region. Knowledge of the era's history helps genealogists to understand better the actions of their ancestors and to locate records that may be useful in their research. An interesting book that gives insight into an important part of the seventeenth century is VIRGINIA UNDER CHARLES I AND CROMWELL, 1625 - 1660 by Wilcomb E. Washburn.

     Washburn's publication follows the story of Virginia from the ascent of the Stuart king Charles I to the English throne in 1625 to the restoration of the monarchy with Charles II in 1660. Because of the overthrow of Charles I, his execution, and the establishment of the Commonwealth headed by " Lord Protector" Oliver Cromwell, this era of civil war was one of the most turbulent in English history. In due course, changes in the governing of the "Mother Country" affected to some degree England's American colonies. In 1625, for example, Virginia came under the direct control of the king and tobacco was the "fruit of the land." (p. 3) By 1660, the colonists had gained more authority and crops were more diversified. Population, settlement in the frontier, and trade continued to expand.

     A central figure during this period of turmoil was Sir William Berkeley, who served as Virginia's royal governor off and on between 1642 and 1676. When Cromwell gained control of the English government in 1652, Berkeley was forced to resign. After the monarchy was restored, Berkeley was recalled in 1659 by the Virginia Assembly--an unprecedented act in American colonial history and an indication of the shift in power.

     Originally published in 1957 as Number 7 in the Jamestown 350th Anniversary Historical Booklet series, the work is appropriately reprinted as the 400th birthday of Jamestown occurs in 2007. Although the book covers a thirty-five year span, much material is packed into the slim volume. The fascinating compact data will hold the attention of many people, including individuals whose interest in history is limited. Anyone wanting to read a concise but informative history of Virginia's settlement will enjoy VIRGINIA UNDER CHARLES I AND CROMWELL, 1625 -1660.

     The 64-page paperback has maps, portraits of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell, and an annotated bibliography. To the book's price of $12.50, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one book and $2.00 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #9494) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free
1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

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