The Colonial Ties website is a genealogy and history work in progress. There will be mistakes that I hope others will help to correct. Keep in mind that not all of this research has been verified by first source records. Thank you to all the friends, family and researchers that have assisted in this project.
The main descending lines of this project are from Robert Robison of Lancaster, PA and from John Elder of Iredell County, NC. The others famililes mentioned are families connected to these two primary lines. The earliest American immigrants in this family project will, most likely, be Dr. John Woodson arriving at Jamestown. Some of the earliest Native Americans that will be included in this blog will be Nikkiti Powhatan of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virginia. She was the daughter of Cleopatra Powhatan, who is the daughter of Wahunsonacock Powhatan and the sister to Pocahantas Powhatan.
Others that may be featured in this blog include numerous English settlers along the James River of Virginia, Scotch-Irish that migrated from Maryland to the Carolinas, French immigrants connected to the Tidewaters of Virginia, German and Swiss immigrants traveling across Pennsylvania, Ohio and into Wisconsin. Family members have served in the military of the United States of America, a few losing their lives. An interesting highlight repeated throughout the research of these families is that they carried with them strong Christian beliefs and bible based knowledge. The churches they attended varied, yet their written wills, bible notations and church records often expressed their faith. These were strong, hardworking people dealing with incredible hardships. They believed this biblical verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (New International Version)
Revolutionary War soldiers mentioned in these pages will include John Robison/Robinson and his brother Robert Robinson, Johnathan Montgomery and his brother William Montgomery, John Downing, Jacob Bledsoe, Richard Straughan (Stron on pension application), Elijah Fooshee R3635, Charles Ellis Perkins, Joseph Morton Charlotte VA, Josiah Morton VA, Joseph Morton Jr. VA, Thomas Morton VA, James Sneed of Williamson Co. TN, Benjamin Towler of Rutherford/Gibson CountyTN, John Crisp of Rutherford TN, James Stephenson (Iredell, NC) and James Henthorn.
Let this story begin with the Robert Robison family of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and secondly, the John Elder family of Iredell County, NC and their connected families.
Families descended from ROBERT ROBISON/Robeson/ROBINSON of Lancaster, PA & Mecklenburg, NC:
Families descended from JOHN ELDER OF IREDELL COUNTY, NC:
C-47 transport plane pilot. He was killed 9 December, 1942 at the age of 24. Howard was from Pooleville, TX and was engaged at the time of his death. He buzzed the little schoolhouse with his plane before leaving for the war. Howard is buried in the American Military Cemetery in Carthage, just outside Tunis, Tunisia.
William D. Foushee
William D. Foushe b.27 MAR 1807 and d.19 DEC 1836 He was said to have died in the Mexican War. The date suggests that he died during the Texas Revolution or the Texas War of Independence.
Our family thanks Harlan Branby (Air Force), Robert E. Crawford (Navy), Don DeVries, Bryan Branby, Dennis DeVries, Frank H. Elder, Steven L. Crawford, and Alex Crawford for their military service.
*Information about Micajah Lane of Rutherford Co., TN. Is he related to Micajah Lane in the 1810 census of Brunswick County, VA? The answer to this question is “yes”.
*Information about Isaac Dawson and his wife Bettie McCord. They were in the Union/York Co., SC area and Carroll County, TN and then died in Carroll or Dyer County, TN. What were the names of their children?
*Information about the death of William D. Foushee. b.Chatham Co., NC 27 MAR 1807 and d.19 DEC 1836
*Obituary for Rev. War soldier William Montgomery around 1830′s he was in Carroll County, TN…did he die in Tippah County, MS, was there a will?
*Location of the gravesite or cemetery for Greenberry Straughan, believed to be in Chatham County, NC d. after 1828
*Parents of Sam Smith of Milam Co., TX buried in String Prairie Cemetery
*Information about Andrew and Hannah Smith of Cass/Bartow Counties, Georgia. Census records state they were born in Scotland around 1817, may have lived in SC before moving to GA. He worked as a moulder in mining and manufacturing. Did they have a son named Samuel?
*Wanted: Location and/or GPS co-ordinates for the William H. Nance/Bush Cemetery located West of Antioch, TN