I am interested in connecting with cousins and with people from SW Virginia, Richmond VA, and from the NC/SC border. I welcome WikiTree collaboration - Be Bold and edit profiles I manage! I'm a Thursday Ranger; I may not see your comments and edits until I log in on Thursday.
Please don't send me private messages to discuss genealogy or WikiTree. Commenting on my profile here is a much better way to contact me. Scroll allllll the way down to the bottom and click Post New Comment. Thanks!
I welcome collaboration with WikiTree-ers: Sourcerers, Connectors, Data Doctors, Profile Builders, Categorizers, and all. Communication before editing is NOT necessary on profiles that I manage. Please be bold and edit profiles I manage.
If you prefer to collaborate off-WikiTree, please note: I have no offline records to share. I have adopted profile management of 100s of profiles I am not related to, probably including the one you are thinking about PMing me about.
I am happy to share or hand off management of profiles to other researchers; Make a trusted list request and/or drop a comment on the profile. I am willing to do light source-checking to fix profiles you're interested in. I am unlikely to make requested edits to profiles unless I see sources.
Please note that I am not an Ancestry.com subscriber and can't see sources behind the Ancestry.com subscription paywall.
I remember connecting with my relatives when I was twelve years old compiling genealogy information together.
Favorite Ancestors and Connections
Miss Telie (Knight) Davis from Kershaw, South Carolina, was a lay midwife and made a family project of sending all of her children to college.
Susanna Young from Kershaw, S.C., according to family tradition, was already the mother of my direct ancestor, by another man, when she married Dr. Archibald Young. She went on to raise her firstborn and her children with Dr. Young all together. But the question of who her paramour was has baffled four generations of her Davis offspring.
E. Compton reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the December 2021 Sourcerers' Challenge
E. Compton participated with Team 811 during the 2017 Clean-a-Thon.
E. Compton participated with Team Virginia during the 2017 Source-a-Thon, adding 74 sources to profiles.
E. Compton participated with Southern Sourcerers during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 25 sources to profiles.
E. Compton participated with Team Tennessee Volunteers during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding 98 sources to profiles.
E. Compton participated with Toddlin' Tortoises during the 2022 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 83 connections.
I prefer to work with publicly available records pre-dating the Depression (c. 1928 and earlier). I have no desire to post family information about living people online under any level of privacy protection without their explicit and on-going permission.
I do populate the date and location fields of thinly-sourced profiles with educated guesses, to aid in identifying and eliminating possible matches in database searches.
I usually only write brief profile biographies, or sometimes just outlines. I welcome collaboration on these bare bones bios, if you want to fill them out with more complete details.
I do appreciate the care with which WikiTree users craft detailed biographies for our ancestors. But in general I think that WikiTree's best role in shared open-sourced genealogy will be to offer profiles that provide road-maps for more in-depth research by family historians. By laying the groundwork for a reasonably accurate, comprehensive, and de-duped database of relatives, WikiTree will make it possible for future historians, with the basic sources -- vital records, censuses, etc -- near to hand, to concentrate on placing these bare facts in their social context through more extensive research in the more idiosyncratic local records of our ancestors' communities. In short, if I have given your ancestor less of a memorial than they deserve, please accept my apologies, and consider yourself invited to hop in and make the WikiTree you want to see.
In spite of the location name suggested by the drop-down menu, I prefer to designate the United States of America as "USA" in location fields in my profiles, and not "United States", which is ambiguous. There is more than one nation calling itself the United States. Until WikiTree decides to require one form or the other, please refrain from making this edit to profiles I manage if you can, thanks!
In addition to working on my family tree, I enjoy developing the profiles of people in the communities of my ancestors. To that end I have adopted and contributed to 100s of profiles I'm not related to.
I am also interested in developing profiles of notables including Black american cultural and political leaders, actors from the mid-20th Century, and ministers ordained and memorialized by evangelical American churches.
Rivers, Flournoy. "The Flournoy Family". The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Jul., 1894), pp. 81-90 (10 pages); available online at JSTOR; cont'd at Vol. 2, No. 2 (Oct., 1894), pp. 190-213 (24 pages); available online at JSTOR; cont'd at Vol. 2, No. 3 (Jan., 1895), pp. 318-327 (10 pages); available online at JSTOR; cont'd at Vol. 2, No. 4 (Apr., 1895), pp. 437-447 (11 pages); available online at JSTOR.
Wiencek, Henry. The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. NOT relations. This book is a readable account of the black and white genealogy of a wealthy tobacco plantation family from Danville, VA. The Cheatwoods and related families may have been pursuing a similar economic model.
Hamner: Hamner, Ruth, Hamner: Information Compiled by Miss Ruth Hamner of Talladega, Alabama, unpublished manuscript, written in 1939, Revised in 1968; Held by Alabama State Department of Archives and History; available at ancestry.com.
(Wishlist!) Raley, William Lindsay. The Fabric of a Family: Some Ancestors and Descendants of William Charlie Raley, Julius Goodrich Hollister, John Lindsay Lowry and Michael Miller. Winter Haven, Fla.: W.L. Raley, 1995.
Case, Lafayette Wallace. The Goodrich Family in America. A Genealogy of the Descendants of John and William Goodrich of Wethersfield, Conn., Richard Goodrich of Guilford, Conn., and William Goodridge of Watertown, Mass. Fergus Printing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1889, Second Date, 1984.
Reynolds, William W. contr. "Death Notices and Obituaries from the Valley Star, Lexington Virginia", The Virginia Genealogist Washington, DC: J. F. Dorman, 1957 - 2006; starting Vol 40 (1996) p. 249, available at www.americanancestors.org (paid membership required)
Major, N.L. contr. "Rockbridge County Virginia Marriage Bonds and Ministers' Returns 1778-1805", from The Virginia Genealogist vols 21-24 (1977-1980), available with shared access at gdrive folder link.
For my pre-1500 cert application: Was George Marchbanks who wrote a will in 1740 from which many descendants trace their ancestry, the same George Marjoribanks who was transported as a Jacobite Rebel in 1716? direct link to this edit
The profile of Clarke Worsham is primary sources about her family supported by her appearance on the census with her relations and in-laws.
The profile of Rev. John Blair Ward (1857-1928) shows how newspaper accounts can supplement the official records for a more complete picture of the ancestor's life.
Cleaned up merges (DBE 811) on Benjamin Lampree and made linkified inline citations to support the data already present. No additional research, just wikifying the info that was there. direct link to this edit.
Digital Afterlife Instructions : This is my permission that upon my demise, or my constructive abandonment of WikiTree, whichever comes first, for my family firstly, then secondly, the Wikitree staff, to manage the profiles where I act as PM, in any way they see fit, as long as this is in line with the Honour Code and preserves the privacy of living people. (Compton-2184 12:25, 17 March 2017 (EDT))
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with E. by comparing test results with other carriers of their ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with E.: