Ruthven Castle Now HuntingtowerCastle.
Blogging, Descent, Surnames

Trotter Family – The Rise of Ruthven

Many genealogists researching their Sevier County, Tennesse ancestors know the name, John Sevier Trotter. My husband’s great-grandmother Hattie Mae (Webb) King is a (Ruthven) Trotter descendant. I’m amazed when talking to Trotter descendants and family historians that they don’t know the origin of the surname. The juicy bits begin with Alexander, ancestor of John Sevier Trotter. Alexander, …

Baker's Station Historic Landmark
Blogging, Descent

John Baker – X Marks the Spot

So much has been written about Captain John Baker and Elizabeth Ann Sullivan. Descendants of Margaret Baker and Catherine Baker tend to hold a special interest in the history of the Baker Family. Margaret and Catherine are twins. They were born in 1761 in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to John Baker. Margaret went on to marry Peter Yoho …

Ollie Sapp. Posing for his wife. World War II.
Blogging, Personal

Ollie and Maxine Sapp – Turbulent Times

Part Two of the Romance of Ollie and Maxine Sapp. Click here for Part One and here for Part Three. On March 31st, 1942 Grandpa entered into active military service. Grandpa sent Grandma love postcards and pictures from the war. Some postcards were jokes to make her smile, others he just poured his heart out. None of the pictures …

Ollie Sapp Wedding Day Courtship
Blogging, Personal

Ollie and Maxine Sapp – Young Love

Part One of the Romance of Ollie and Maxine Sapp. Click here for Part Two and here for Part Three. Frank Topliff Sapp and Carl Bryan Shuman were Wetzel County politicians, both having been Democratic County Chair, were best friends, and cousins. They had decided early on to consolidate their political power and wealth by entering their children into courtship and marry. Not …