Mary Chilton was a brave woman. She was the first woman to step foot on American soil. Her father died on the Mayflower. Half of those that made it across the Atlantic died that first winter of an epidemic including Mary's mother. 13 year old Mary became an orphan. She is also our 8th Great Grandmother and made history with her leaps of faith - in the new world, a new great city (Boston) and a future family that were first settlers across this entire nation.
Sunday April 7th we visited the oldest church in Tennessee. It is one our ancestors established in 1797 after years of brutal turmoil and dangers that faced them in the wilds of the Virginia Territory in the mid 1700s. This was our experience yesterday as we stepped foot back in time.
Lucinda Cunningham's Grandfather and his brothers were all murdered in massacres in 1758 & 1763. What was the life like of this woman (our maternal great grandmother (2x)?
The Davis lineage experienced significant loss of life in the 1700 and 1800s from Indian massacres and fighting. Here is the history of the two Kerr's Creek Indian Massacres and the Muddy Creek Massacre that took the lives of many of our ancestors.
What are the top ten questions we have asked in our deep dive into learning Scots-Irish history and the lineage of our ancestors? These are our big learnings thus far.
Our Davis family is celebrating two great anniversaries this year. First, it is the 300th year anniversary of our ancestors stepping foot on American soil. Second, it is the 250th anniversary of our kin Daniel Boone finding the Cumberland Gap which opened the portal that enabled the great migration West.
George Davis came to early Colonial America with his son Robert. The rest is written in American history books. We are so blessed to be able to call these amazing pioneers our kin.