Author Archives: robertajestes

About robertajestes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.

Indian History of Present Day Berkeley County, West Virginia

According to missionary reports, several thousand Hurons occupied present-day West Virginia, including the Eastern Panhandle region where Berkeley County is located, during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. During the 17th century, the Iroquois Confederacy (then consisting of the … Continue reading

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Indians Along the Susquehanna in the 1670s

Excerpts from the book, “A History Between the Rivers; The Susquehanna, the Juniata and the Potomac 1609-1958 by C. Arnold McClure. Page 47 – 1675/76 “…the destruction of the Susquehannocks, a once-powerful group of Indians who had stablished themselves on … Continue reading

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Library of Virginia Native American Resources

The Library of Virginia maintains many collections, and found within them are several Native American resources dating from colonial days.  This document describes those resources and tells you how and where to locate and access them.

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Native American Haplogroup C Update – Progress!!!

Haplogroup C-P39 is the Native American branch of Y DNA paternal haplogroup C.  It’s rare as chicken’s teeth.  Most Native American males fall into haplogroup Q, making our haplogroup C-P39 project participants quite unusual and unique.  So are the tools needed to identify branches … Continue reading

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Amelia County, VA Tithables 1737-1739 Indians

This 1738 transcription by Robert Young Clay contains, as did the 1737 list previously published, three lists which appear to cover the entire territory. In 1738 we find two Indians listed: Indian Will under William Walthal in the area between … Continue reading

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Fincastle Co., VA 1773 Delinquent Tax List

Published in the Va Gen Soc volume 35 from 1997, pages 8-12 Fincastle County, Virginia1773 Delinquent Tax Lists, transcribed by Julia M. Case When Fincastle County was created from Botetourt County in 1772, it included the present state of Kentucky, … Continue reading

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Meherrin Settlement History

The 1733 Edward Moseley map of North Carolina, above, shows the Meherrin Indian Village to the left. Colonial Records of North Carolina – October the 28th 1726 This day was Read at the Board the Petition of the Maherrin Indians … Continue reading

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