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Chapter 17: Nanney Research

The first Nanney reunion was in 1908 at the North Carolina home place on Nanneytown Road in Rutherford County. There was much conjecture about the Nanneys who came to Virginia from Nannau, their ancestral home in Wales. Speculation continued to … Continue reading

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Chapter 16: Bay Watch Beginning

A total of seventeen wooden ships arrived at Boston in 1630. This was the Great Migration of the middle class seeking a better future in a new country with freedom “to worship and raise their families without government harassment.” That sounds … Continue reading

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Chapter 14: New Archives

At the Nanney North Carolina reunion in August of this year, I was honored to make the acquaintance of one of my neighbor Wade Nanney’s many cousins who allowed me to peruse her vast collection of family memorabilia. It has … Continue reading

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Chapter 11: Historic Hillsdale Baptist Church

In addition to the Nanneys and the Blankenships, another segment of Wade’s family came to Nanneytown in 1790’s. Leaving Germany, Nicholas Kuhn (KHN is Hebrew name for priest) landed at the port in Charleston and made his way up to … Continue reading

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Chapter 10: Nanneytown

Wade Nanney has decided one of his “most treasured possessions is a muzzle-loading 58 caliber military rifle that was made at the Windsor, Vermont, arsenal in 1849. It has a powder horn and a large leather pouch with it. The … Continue reading

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Chapter 9: Colonel Amous Nanney

Wade Nanney wrote about “the most noteworthy of my recent ancestors. He exemplified an ancient tradition of duty, leadership, and service. Amous Nanney, born August 8, 1827, was a grandson of Shadrack Nanney. And also the grandson of Perminter Morgan the … Continue reading

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Chapter 8: Garden Spot of the World

From last post, I continue Wade Nanney’s story about Ole Man Adair coming home from California in the 1850’s. He travelled from San Francisco around the tip of South America to make port in Charleston. And he wore an overcoat the … Continue reading

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Chapter 7: From Buckett Hill to Round Hill

Before the well-documented gold strike in California in 1849, North Carolina was the gold mining capital of the country. Along with nearby Vein Mountain and Dysartsville, the area around Brackett Town was the center. (See Brackett Town Saga Part #3) My … Continue reading

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Chapter 5: Overmountain Men

On the first Monday of October, the people in our valley meet at a tiny community building in the woods to host a dinner for the fifteen or twenty folks who re-enact the journey taken by the Overmountain Men of 1780. These Appalachian pioneers had … Continue reading

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Part 24: Memorial Service

Before I left Brice’s home on my last visit, a young man knocked on the door. He and Brice went through the how-is-so-and-so conversation, indicating they had a long history. The young man wanted to borrow a tractor. It hadn’t … Continue reading

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