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Pandemic Leaves Stovall Infant Fatherless

Readers of our novel, Bartholomew Stovall – The English Immigrant, know that George Stovall, father to Bartholomew, was a victim of the 1665 pandemic that ravaged London. It is certain that all in America who carry the Stovall DNA were … Continue reading

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Who Is Your Lineage?

“Which of Bartholomew’s children is your lineage?” It’s a frequently asked question at National Stovall Family reunions. I’ve seen instances where attendees wore a name tag listing George, Bartholomew, Hannah, Thomas, John or William to identify their parentage. Why is … Continue reading

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Departure: Exactly 335 Years Later

Bartholomew Stovall was the only child of George and Joan Stovall, from Albury Surrey Parrish, England. He was fatherless as an infant and orphaned at ten years. It is documented that, at the age of eighteen, he was baptized into … Continue reading

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Stovall, Georgia 2019

Early spring in rural Georgia is usually a peaceful presence, unless you are climbing embankments searching for old, unkept graveyards. On April 6, 2019 my sister and I engaged in this exploration searching for the stone with the markings of … Continue reading

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Belmead in Peril

Other than Bartholomew Stovall’s vast lineage, he also left a fair-sized tobacco farm outside of Richmond, Virginia.  He lived there no more than twenty years before passing, but ironically, the original 320-acre parcel can be identified today at a point … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Bartholomew Stovall

August 24, 1665, Bartholomew Stovall, my grandfather from nine generations past was born in Albury Surry, England.  When Bartholomew  reached the age of eighteen years, he boarded a the sea going ship, Booth and sailed to the new world of … Continue reading

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Ann Boleyn and the American Culture

         She captured the heart of Henry VIII and hastened Reformation  By the time young America created the Declaration of Independence, the mindset of their population had already formed core beliefs about how a government and the … Continue reading

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How America Was Made

If you trace history back three hundred and thirty-two years from today, then imagine Bartholomew Stovall, an indentured servant in the early American colony of Virginia.  He had reduced his obligations from four years, to only months, and would soon … Continue reading

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Bartholomew Reaches America – November 11, 1684

On his day in history, exactly three hundred and thirty two years ago, The Booth sat moored off the coast of Jamestown, Virginia Colonies.  It had been a four month voyage, but Captain Peter Pagan finally tracked down the terminus of … Continue reading

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Midpoint of the Passage

On this day in history, exactly three hundred and thirty-three years ago, September 12, 1684, Bartholomew Stovall cast his view to the open seas, North West.  Bartholomew knew full well that he was crossing midpoint of the passage across the … Continue reading

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