John Nation’s Journey to America

John Nation’s Journey to America

"Indentured Servants in Colonial America" // FamilyTree According to family legend, the first Nation ancestor to settle in America--John Nation of Rowan County, North Carolina, my 8th great-grandfather--was kidnapped as a young boy in England and brought to New Jersey as an indentured servant. It is much more likely, though, that John Nation entered into [...]

My Common Ancestor with the Wright Brothers

My Common Ancestor with the Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers Milton Wright and Susan Catharine Koerner met at Hartsville College in Hartsville, Indiana in 1853, one of the first coeducational institutions in the United States. They shared a love of learning for the sake of learning, but when Milton asked Susan to accompany him on an assignment by the Church of the [...]

Gimghoul Lore

Gimghoul Lore

The legend of Peter Dromgoole and Gimghoul Castle is an irresistible story of a lover’s spat, a moonlight duel and a secret burial beneath a bloodstained boulder. It's the perfect story to share on All Hallow's Eve--a story that has been passed down from generation-to-generation and to each new Tar Heel who steps onto Chapel [...]