Category Archives: America

The Wilderness Road, Setting for “The Road to Understanding”

According to Ancestry.com, the Wilderness Road “was only a crude trail; only pack teams could cross the mountains. Pioneers coming from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas before 1796 found it necessary to unload their Conestoga Wagons at Sapling Grove … Continue reading

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Chief John Norton, Real-Life Model for a Character in “The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin,” a 2016 Finalist for the Chanticleer International Book Awards

One of the characters in my latest Austenesque novel, The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin, is modeled upon that of John Norton (Teyoninhokarawen), who was a Mohawk Indian chief of Scottish birth. Norton attended school in Scotland and was a … Continue reading

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R. J. Reynolds’s Tobacco Connection to King Edward VII

I live in North Carolina where for many years tobacco was “King.” Tobacco Road was an historic tobacco-producing area of central North Carolina. Among the many who rode the “tobacco wagon” to riches (until the 1980s when the U. S. enacted anti-smoking … Continue reading

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Pre-Order “Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep,” a New Regency Suspense from Regina Jeffers

Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep is now available for preorder. It is a romantic suspense from Black Opal Books, which is set in the Regency Period, and it is loaded with the twists and turns you expect from Regina … Continue reading

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John Penn: A Man Who Aided in Cornwallis’s Defeat and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Patriot, Continental Congress member, and North Carolina signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Penn was a native of Caroline County, Virginia.  Like many others who risked their lives to bring freedom to the American states, Penn’s contributions are often … Continue reading

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Roger Sherman, Signer of the Articles of Association, Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U. S. Constitution

In 1723, when Sherman was 2 years of age, his family relocated from his Newton, MA, birthplace to Dorchester (present Stoughton). As a boy, Roger read widely in his spare time to supplement his minimal education at a common school. Sherman … Continue reading

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Samuel Chase, Only U. S. Supreme Court Judge to Face Impeachment Charges and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Samuel Chase was born in Somerset County, Maryland, 11 April 1741. His father Thomas Chase graduated from both Eton and Cambridge. At Eton, he earned honors in both Latin and Hebrew; later, at Cambridge, he studied medicine and earned a … Continue reading

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Thomas McKean, The “Last” Signer of the Declaration of Independence

The Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence tells us something of Thomas McKean’s lineage, “The McKean family ancestry shows an interesting progression, from Scotland to Ireland to America. Thomas McKean’s great-great-great grandfather, William McKean, … Continue reading

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Francis Lewis, a founder of the Sons of Liberty and a Signer of the Declaration of Independence

 (Francis Lewis, 1713-1803, Print by Granger, fineartamerica.com) Born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales on 21 March 1713, Francis Lewis was the only child of the Reverend Morgan Lewis, an Episcopalian minister, and Am Pettingal, the daughter of a clergyman. Unfortunately, he … Continue reading

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William Williams: “I have signed the Declaration of Independence. I shall be hung.”

William Williams was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, on April 18, 1731, the son of Pastor Solomon Williams, D.D., and Mary Porter Williams. William enrolled at Harvard College at age 16, graduated at 20 with honorable distinction, and commenced theological studies … Continue reading

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