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A Letter to Mr. Jefferson

In 1807, my great great grandfather John Norvell, then a 17 year-old boy, wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson, then president of the United States, asking him about his opinion of journalism as a future career. Danville, K[y]. May 9, … Continue reading

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Suicide at Niagara Falls II — Did she do it?

In the wake of initial reports of Isabella Norvell Miller’s death, the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser reported “A lady, answering to the description of Mrs. Miller, left this city for the east in the express train yesterday morning, and that there … Continue reading

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Suicide at Niagara Falls ….

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Back from Bataan….

Of the men who survived the Bataan Death March, Colonel William N. Amis is not the most well known. Yet Colonel Amis also had a story to tell. The grandson of Joseph T. Amis and Susan Norvell Amis, William was … Continue reading

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Another Fine Mess…

Oliver Norvell Hardy or as he was first known: Norvell Hardy was born in Harlem, Georgia in 1892 the youngest of six children. His father, Oliver Hardy Senior was a line foreman for the Georgia Southern Railroad before marrying Mary … 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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Skiffes Creek, Virginia

The Tidewater Area There are many clues as to where the Norvells owned land in Virginia. Some are mentioned outright in land grants, others give hints. An article, in the William and Mary Quarterly in 1937 shows a home named … Continue reading

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Truth Telling and other pitfalls

In 1991, while living in Washington D.C., I wrote a short piece of social history at Thanksgiving for the Washington Post entitled: “A Pilgrim Primer.” Its intent was to clarify many of the myths and misconceptions about the Pilgrims in … Continue reading

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