Category Archives: Virginia History

Jamestown

For many years we wanted to go to Jamestown Island. 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 area, the essential wildness of … Continue reading

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A Norvell Family Christmas Vacation – or the holidays from h…

Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together.” In 1989 my mother came to visit with us for 6 weeks (that’s 42 … Continue reading

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Citizen Soldiers

  In teaching a course on Gettysburg this fall, I have come to think a lot about the citizen soldier. Several generations of the Norvells in my family served our nation, many finding themselves in the front lines: — Lipscomb … 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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Christmas – the American Way

My great grandmother Mary Dean Redfield Norvell’s family came from New England whereas her husband Colonel Freeman Norvell’s family were from Virginia.  As such, when you have ancestors from both the north and south,  you are often curious how they celebrated major holidays … Continue reading

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Lipscomb Norvell – Rev War Soldier

LIPSCOMB NORVELL (born, Hanover County, Virginia, September 1756 -died in Nashville, Tennessee March 2, 1843) entered the Continental Army on August 7, 1777. He fought in the Battles of Brandywine, Trenton, and Monmouth. He was taken prisoner by the British … 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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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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