Category Archives: Colonial History

John and Priscilla and Myles and Rose

John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden are my 8th great grandparents.  Lets get this out of the way right at the start.    Does this make any of me better than anybody else? Nope. So that said, I will share … Continue reading

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Lipscomb Norvell and the Seige of Charleston

The Siege of Charleston  in 1780, during the American Revolution,  marked a British shift of focus towards southern colonies. After failing to achieve any advantage in the north, in 1779 the British government sent a combined military and naval expedition … Continue reading

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In Philadelphia

  John Norvell had written to Thomas Jefferson in 1807 asking his opinion of a career in the press, which Jefferson felt was a dishonorable profession filled liars and with those he viewed, at times, as enemies.  Norvell, unlike Jefferson, … Continue reading

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Riverview

For many years the question of an early Norvell plantation was raised. In a 1937 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly, a picture of a house called Riverview appeared that was attributed to having been the Norvell home.   … Continue reading

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Virginia’s Money

William Norvell (born ca. 1725 -died November 22, 1802) was a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776. He was a prominent man and a signer of three issues of Virginia money. He was honored by his appointment as a … Continue reading

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Who are you related to?

Author Dan Brown got it all wrong in The Da Vinci Code. Mary Magdalene was not related to the most famous man who ever lived. She was related to all the most famous men and women who ever lived – … Continue reading

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Williamsburg

The first Norvell experience in Williamsburg occurred about 60 years after the family arrived in America: By 1700, the Norvells were a prominent Virginia family. When the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act in 1699 establishing the City of … Continue reading

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In The Beginning

Jamestown Island And this is where it all began at Jamestown Island, Virginia about 1650. Jamestown Island today is a relatively well-manicured park where tourists can visit the remains of the original settlement. Yet, if one looks behind the reconstructed … Continue reading

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