Grandma and Grandpa Randolph
Blogging, Personal

Love Lessons – Paul and Alice Randolph

The descendants of Paul Chester Randolph and Alice Omega (Wolfe) Randolph learned many lessons about love by listening to their story and watching them. Grandma Randolph made it point to share secrets of long-lasting marriage with her family. When my husband and I got married she gave us a list of things, printed out, in a simple …

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 …