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On my supposed isolationist “hillbilly” roots: the Nicholson family in Madison County, Va., part 1

November 5, 2011 by

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Last weekend,  I brought out one of the family bibles in my collection, so that my two youngest could see some of the “artifacts” that have been maintained, safely inside, for more than a century. In particular, I wanted to show them these items… … a death poem, a “cypher”/multiplication table, and a lock of […]

Caroline & the Jack O’ Lantern

October 16, 2010 by

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This ghostly tale is a bit differentv from that of Doc Amiss. What I find particularly interesting is that it comes from the time before the Civil War, and involves one of the Brumback family slaves. I found this tale in a column (a long-running column, I might add) called “Do You Remember”, which appeared […]