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Amanuensis Monday: I Knew I Had Seen This Description Before

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You have to love those light bulb moments that happen while your researching. You'll come across something that seems familiar. At first, you can't place where you've seen something before. Then...Bing! A bulb goes off in your head and you say to yourself, "I got it!"

Well, that's what happened recently when I was reviewing through the deeds of some of my 3rd great grandfather's neighbors. I wrote about one of these neighbors in particular, Vine Allen Tolson, in a few different posts. Here are the links if you missed those posts:

Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part One

Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part Two 

Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part Three 


My 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell purchased land from the Vine Allen Tolson's half sister, Elizabeth Hardison Williams, in 1878. In that deed, a description of the land was provided.


Deed information courtesy of Craven County Register o…

Who Was The First Sword Fighter In My Family?

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I know there's one. I just know it. Somewhere among my ancestors and stories there is a sword fighter. Well..one besides mother and myself. There's one who originated this call to arms. I have yet to find him or dare shall I say her? One day I would like to have a name, a story, or a hint of just who this person was. I don't know if I will ever be so lucky to learn their identity. That sword fighter passed down their gene to me and I have to thank them. Sword fighting is great way to stay in shape. Plus swords are cool!

If you are new to my blog, you may not be aware that I fence. Summer of 2015, I returned to the sport after a 20 year hiatus. You can read about my fencing pastime in these posts:

Something About Me Saturday: I Went To A Fencing Class This Week

Yes, That's Me Fencing! 

A Great Life Lesson

October 21, 2017 was real good day for me in regards to fencing. I came in third place in Open Foil in a tournament at Binghamton University. Me and my 45 year old self man…