Over two years ago, my husband and I relocated to Keystone Heights, Florida, returning to live on family property that was purchased some hundred years earlier by his family. Not long after arriving, and with much persistence on my part, we take a short trip to an old cemetery to locate one of Florida’s First Pioneers. Jonathan […]
About Kinfolk Detective
K I Knight
As a professional Genealogist and researcher the author believes, "If you CAN prove it, it's Genealogy, if you CAN'T, it's Mythology!" A statement that is frequently made among those who search the records of history looking for that all important clue. But, when a story appeared through the ashes of history that she couldn't shake she made the choice to write a Novel, the story, was too important.
Holding true to her background as a genealogist she based all the characters, scenes and locations on the historically documented evidence she discovered on her seven year journey.
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James Alexander Reaves was born on May 4, 1861, just before his father Daniel Asbury Reaves joined the 3rd Florida Infantry. As a young boy, James arrived in Winter Garden with his parents, younger sister and brother along with his baby brother that was not yet a year old. James himself was only eight. On […]
Company H of the Third Florida Infantry consisted of one hundred and thirty two (132) volunteers from Jefferson County, Florida. The “H” company was called “The Jefferson Rifles” and would include three (3) Reaves brothers under the command of Captain William Girardeau. Samuel J. Reaves, the third son of Rev. and Mrs. Rawlins Reaves would be the […]
Like many other pioneering families in Florida, the Reaves family migrated south from the Carolinas. Prior to the Revolutionary War the Reaves clan owned and operated Reaves Ferry in Horry County, South Carolina. Mark Reaves and Spicy Ann Smith Reaves are both buried in the Reaves Family Cemetery in Horry County, South Carolina. They had eleven […]
Christmas Customs An article from The Colonial Williamsburg Interpreter, vol. 16, no. 4, winter of 1995-96 written by Emma L. Powers, a historian in the department of Historical Research at Colonial Williamsburg. Christmas in colonial Virginia was very different from our twentieth-century celebration. Eighteenth-century customs don’t take long to recount: church, dinner, dancing, some evergreens, […]
Could you pass the 6th Grade Final Exam given in 1890? It was a handwritten essay test using no notes or reference material. Everything must come out of your head in one sit down session in front of the teacher. There is a time limit of four hours. Many parents took education very seriously as […]
As a student in America’s public school system you are taught “Thanksgiving” began on the shores of Plymouth, in present-day Massachusetts, in the year of 1621. However, historical documents describe an earlier record of a “Day of Thanksgiving” celebrated on the shores of the James River, in 1619 when a group of 38 English settlers […]
The realization of my husband’s unknown ancestry becomes my quest, ‘To find the stories of his Ancestors past’. He has very little information about who they were or where they came from, so I dig in hard to see what I can find. It becomes like a hidden treasure map to me, soon finding one then the next […]
DNA results can even surprise a family historian and professional Genealogist. DNA is a must if you want to discover your TRUE identity. When the Kinfolk Detective receives unexpected DNA results a new search took flight. Surnames which were believed to be English, Irish, and Scottish, are ultimately only Partially European with the balance being Jewish, African, […]
When you hit a brick wall, chances are you are not the first one to hit the same bricks. Check out the message boards at http://ancestry.com they can be quite useful. Many family historians and genealogist use these message boards as a means of HELP, and we can all use a little help now and then. Read, Read, Read! Each […]