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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Kretzer, king, combs,pennington, curtis
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germany, united states
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Finding The Truth- Pennington?Curtis Name Change

For years and years our extended family line of Curtis has tried to get at the reason for a name change to Curtis from Pennington. Here is what we know. Hiram Pennington was born abt. 1825 and raised in the household of Joshua and Nancy Sparks Pennington. They were found early on in Lee County, Va before they moved to the part of Floyd County, Ky that would in 1844  become Johnson County. The first instance found of Hiram changing his name to Curtis was when his daughter Cynthia was born in…


Posted on October 7, 2015 at 9:13am

A Famous Ride

"  Listen, my children, and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year"

Those lines are from the first stanza of a very famous poem by Longfellow…


Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:25pm

Serious Distant Kin Outlaws

 I was doing research for a family history newsletter I send out to my kin on Mom's side of our family when I discovered we have some rough characters on our kin list.

I was checking the Blanton line back and remember Martha Shepherd marrying one of my Blanton g-grandfathers (George)back in the late 1700's or early 1800. It seems Martha had a brother, James Pendleton Shepherd or Shepard as it was sometimes spelled, who moved to Kansas and he had two or three grandsons who grew up to…


Posted on October 31, 2013 at 3:05pm

Some More History Ties on Osbornes

I mentioned in a previous blog about   Andrew Osborne of Johnson County, Ky. and his death in the Civil War. Andrew's father was Jesse Osborne who had come to Johnson County from Harlan County, Ky which had been a part of Knox County, Ky. Jesse's father (Andrew's grandfather) was Ephriam Osborne Jr. who had been an Indian fighter and a member of his brother's militia (Enoch Osborne) in what was then Montgomery County (now Grayson County), Va. during the Rev.War. Ephriam Jr. had been born in…


Posted on June 14, 2012 at 8:27am

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