Project: US Southern Colonies

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US Southern Colonies Project

The mission of the project is to add and improve profiles of early and significant US Southern Colonists - Colonial Americans who lived in what is now the southern part of the United States of America. Project members take primary responsibility for relevant profiles or family groups and work on merging duplicates, cleaning up profiles, adding sources, and removing incorrect information.


Contents

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  • Ask Paula J. to award you the US Southern Colonies Badge.
  • Add Southern_Colonies to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed and any changes to related pages.
HOW TO ADD THE PROJECT TAG: To do this, go to your profile page, select the link at the top right Add and in the drop down menu, select Followed Surnames Scroll down to bottom and just copy and paste Southern_Colonies into the box and save.
See your CURRENT followed surnames and tags, click this link: G2G Following Feed.
NOTE: This is where you can add names and other topic tags that you may want to follow. The result is anytime someone makes a change, adds a profile, etc to that surname and topic tag, you will receive an update via your WikiTree Genealogy Feed.
Review questions in G2G: If you would like to see what questions have been posted regarding the Southern_Colonies project, click this link.
  • Add [[Your WikiTree ID|And Name]] , and a short explanation of what your focus is right now below under Participants. Just click on the green edit link to the right of the PARTICIPANTS section and copy and paste the above format. Then replace Your Wiki ID with your actual ID and then replace Add Name with your display name.
  • Add [[Category: US Southern Colonies Project]] to your profile page. Just copy and paste in the bio section on the EDIT page of your profile. This links you to the member list on the category page. And if you are new, guess what?! You just added your first category to a WikiTree profile!

Communicating with the project

  • WikiTree US Southern Colonies Google Group
  • Contact group leaders directly or on any related resource page, contact the individuals listed as managing that page.
  • Post a comment on any resource page, and those listed as managers/trusted will receive the message.
  • Southern_Colonies Tag, when added to your followed surname list will direct questions on G2G regarding this topic to your inbox via your WikiTree feed.
  • US Southern Colonies Google+ Community

Introduction

This project is an endeavor to identify individuals who lived in colonial America in what is now the southern part of the United States of America. Participation does NOT require an ancestor that belongs to this group, but an interest in Colonial America, its history, and the persons and events that shaped the Southern Colonies.

Southern Colonies encompasses all colonies, whether British, French, or Spanish, that were part of what is now the USA. We are working towards creating resources for each colony with links to assist in research as well as identifying those individuals and events that were a part of the southern colonial history. This is achieved by identifying and linking individual profiles to the project and appropriate categories. Our goal is also to ensure correct genealogy by research and documenting individuals and their relationships to parents, siblings, spouses, and children to ensure that WikiTree is an accurate resource to genealogists worldwide.

Individual colonial resource pages are linked under the individual sub-projects of British, French and Spanish. Sub-projects are mostly led by interested members, and being a Leader is not a requirement for heading up a sub-project, so if you have a specific area of interest and are willing to assist other members in that area, please let us know so we can add you as a manager of that sub-project page.

Sub-Projects

Each Sub Project

Southern Pioneers

British

British Colonies Main Resource Page which encompasses the British Colonies along the Atlantic coast.

Carolina 1526 to 1729
North Carolina 1729 to November 21, 1789
South Carolina 1729 to May 23, 1788
Georgia to 1732 to January 2, 1788
Maryland to 1632 April 28, 1788
Virginia to 1607 to June 25, 1788
Jamestown, Virginia Colony Project Page

German

German New River Settlement

French

Spanish

  • US Southern Colonies Spanish Nueva España (New Spain) has colonies as listed below. This area as related to the USA included most of the continent west of the Mississippi River. Sub Project Coordinator Mary Richardson and Team: Allan Thomas, Michael Stills, Judy Wardlow, Gail Mayme Byler, and Jason Crews; a group of excellent people.
Texas Sub Project Coordinator Mary Richardson and Team: Allan Thomas, Michael Stills, Judy Wardlow, Gail Mayme (Priddy) Byler
Defenders in the Battle of the Alamo Sub Project page Mary Richardson, Eric Daly, Allan Thomas
Arizona Sub Project Coordinator Mary Richardson and Team: Allan Thomas, Michael Stills, Judy Wardlow, Gail Mayme (Priddy) Byler, and Jason Crews; .
California Sub-Project Coordinator Mary Richardson and Team: Allan Thomas, Michael Stills, Judy Wardlow, Gail Mayme (Priddy) Byler, and Jason Crews, .
Colorado - Sub Project Coordinator [[Richardson-7161 |Mary Richardson and a Team: Allan Thomas, Michael Stills, Judy Wardlow, Gail Mayme (Priddy) Byler, and Jason Crews; . Colorado Territory, then State was created from 2/3 of Utah, a small amount of New Mexico and 1/4 from the French Colonies.
Nevada Sub- Project Coordinator Mary Richardson and Team: Allan Thomas, Michael Stills, Judy Wardlow, Gail Mayme (Priddy) Byler,
New Mexico Sub-Project Coordinator Mary Richardson and Team: Allan Thomas, Michael Stills, Judy Wardlow, Gail Mayme (Priddy) Byler, and Jason Crews; .
Utah Sub Project Coordinator Mary Richardson and Team: Allan Thomas, Michael Stills, Judy Wardlow, and Gail Mayme (Priddy) Byler, and Jason Crews.
  • Mexico and Provinces: Sub Project Coordinator Mary Richardson and Allan Thomas following the independence of Mexico from Spain. The following provinces of Mexico are some of the provinces. Main creator Allan Thomas aided by the Team: Michael Stills, Judy Wardlow.
Baja California
Provincia of Coahuila
Provincia of Durango
Provincia of Nueva León
Provincia of Nueva Santander
Provincia of Nueva Vizcaya
Provincia of Sonora
What links here?

Slavery

Native Americans

Family Brick Walls

Main Resource Pages

Main Resource Page with Links to Sub-Projects

Main Images Page for Southern Colonies in General

  • US Southern Colonies Photo Page. Photos or images that encompass all the southern colonies (British, Spanish and French) will go on this page. If you have a photo or image that is specific to one colony, please upload it on the specific page for that colony.

Project Goals

The ongoing goals of this project are to:

1. Identify Colonists' Profiles and their descendants in any of the Southern Colonies in America, what is now known at the United States of America and then add:
a. Project Template : Add '''{{US Southern Colonist}}''' to profiles or follow this link to copy and paste the template to your profiles: US Southern Colonies TEMPLATE.
b. Project Protect or PPP : Request from any Leader that project protection be added to the lowest numbered profile in the case of duplicates. For more explanation see: About Project Protection
c. Merge Duplicates : In the case of duplicate profiles, merge duplicate profiles directly into the PPPd profile. For more explanation of merges see: Merging PPPd Profiles OR Merging Procedure and Why on G2G.
2. Contribute to Project Resource Pages: If you come across a related resource for a colony or related sub project, please add this to the appropriate Resource Page.
3. Profile Improvement: Add biographical information with documented sources in accordance with the Styles and Standards Policy of WikiTree.
4. Categories: Add appropriate categories to profiles to link the individual. If a person lived in a particular area, on a plantation, fought in a battle, was part of a military group, is buried in a cemetery, etc. For more information or help see the sub topic below, contact a member in the Categorization Project, or check out Categorization questions in G2G.

How to Join

If this is something you are interested in, and would like to join, please do the following:

Steps to Join

  • Add Southern_Colonies to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed and any changes to related pages.
HOW TO ADD THE PROJECT TAG: To do this, go to your profile page, select the link at the top right Add and in the drop down menu, select Followed Surnames Scroll down to bottom and just copy and paste Southern_Colonies into the box and save.
See your CURRENT followed surnames and tags, click this link: G2G Following Feed.
NOTE: This is where you can add names and other topic tags that you may want to follow. The result is anytime someone makes a change, adds a profile, etc to that surname and topic tag, you will receive an update via your WikiTree Genealogy Feed.
Review questions in G2G: If you would like to see what questions have been posted regarding the Southern_Colonies project, click this link.


  • Add [[Your WikiTree ID|And Name]] , and a short explanation of what your focus is right now below under Participants. Just click on the green edit link to the right of the PARTICIPANTS section and copy and paste the above format. Then replace Your Wiki ID with your actual ID and then replace Add Name with your display name.
  • Add [[Category: US Southern Colonies Project]] to your profile page. Just copy and paste in the bio section on the EDIT page of your profile. This links you to the member list on the category page. And if you are new, guess what?! You just added your first category to a WikiTree profile!
  • Ask Mags, PJ, or Nae X to award you the US Southern Colonies Badge. If you don't have an immediate response, please contact another Project Leader.


Communicating with the project

  • WikiTree US Southern Colonies Google Group
  • Contact group leaders directly or on any related resource page, contact the individuals listed as managing that page.
  • Post a comment on any resource page, and those listed as managers/trusted will receive the message.
  • Southern_Colonies Tag, when added to your followed surname list will direct questions on G2G regarding this topic to your inbox via your WikiTree feed.
  • US Southern Colonies Google+ Community

Templates

Once you identify a profile of a person as belonging in the project add this template, which will add it to the appropriate category. Put {{US Southern Colonist}} on the biography, and it will put this on the profile:

US Southern Colonies.
... ... ... settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.
Join: US Southern Colonies Project
Discuss: southern_colonies

Resources

Need Help?

Category or Cemetery Set Up

We have some experts who have volunteered to assist you in setting up categories and also cemetery categories. What is great about using these tools? I'd have to say, what isn't?! Categories and especially cemetery categories can identify other individuals who were perhaps family members or neighbors (which in this project, are probably related somehow :) due to the circumstances. Categories can point you to a possible connection or even resources that you can use to knock down brick walls and fill out your tree, so please make use of them. We all benefit!

  • Dan Thompson is a WikiTree Leader, co-leader of the US Cemetery project, and a long time member of the Categorization project. Excellent source.
  • Phil Smith is a WikiTree Leader Emeritus (means he's in semi retirement), former leader of the Categorization project, and overall genius regarding the structure of categories. You'll see his name on G2G frequently answering questions.
  • Michael Stills has been a member since January of 2012 and with his record of answers on G2G being chosen as Best Answer, he is definitely a great person to go to for assistance!
  • Jason Crews is an active member of multiple genealogical organizations, with membership in Grand Prairie Genealogical Society, Dallas Genealogical Society, Lamar County Genealogical Society, Texas State Genealogical Society, The NextGen Genealogy Network and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Jason is also a member of the GeneaBloggers community at GenealogySphere.com. Obviously this is one well connected person to assist you!
  • Nae X is a WikiTree Leader, Co Leader multiple projects, individual name studies, and also a member of the Categorization project.

Our thanks to these volunteers for the assistance that they will provide to this project!

Scottish and Irish

  • Billy Wallace has kindly offered to assist those researching their Scottish ancestors. If you hit a brick wall after making use of the resources listed on this project or on the Scottish Clan Project resource page and the Irish Roots Project, reach out to Billy who actually lives there and perhaps he'll be able to find something for you. Be patient if he doesn't respond immediately, as he is very busy in regards to research.


Current Project Leaders southern_colonies.gif

The current Leaders of the US Southern Colonies project are Mags, Paula J, and Nae X.


Current Participants

To see the current list of members, see the badge report southern_colonies.gif


  • Mags Project Leader, Carolina Colony and anything else I can get into trouble with.
  • Morris Simon Colonial Louisiana, Mississippi Territory (Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia), Spanish Florida, Carolinas & Tennessee [1520 to 1820]; Colonial Indian affairs; Early Creole settlers on Gulf Coast; Colonial Mobile and New Orleans; River routes from Canada to the Gulf; Louisiana German-Acadian Coast; Colonial posts, forts, censuses and other records; French & Indian War campaigns and veterans.
  • Gerald Jones I have ancestors that fit into this category and I am interested in the topic.
  • Shira interested in Jewish, African, Cherokee/Tuscarora/Creek and Huguenot people in MD, VA and NC in particular, but focusing on Manzila family at the moment. Willing to be Slavery sub-leader volunteer. I am fluent in Spanish and French and also read Hebrew and a bit of Ladino if I can be of service.
  • Thom I have at least two ancestors that migrated from England to Caroline County c. 1659 and possibly others.
  • Robin Kabrich Will work on Virginia . . . I don't recognize WV! :-)
  • Mary Richardson Nueva ESpana Colony which is HUGE, Texas, and seems also include Mexico, central America, New Mexico, Arizona, California. Jason Crews-343 working with me.
  • Jane Lindsey Isle of Wight & Surry Co. Virginia, North Carolina
  • Michael Stills working on Nueva Espana Colony with Mary, Jason Crews, and Allan Thomas
  • Allan Thomas working with Mary Richardson on Nueva Espana (later to be Texas)
  • Nae X Project leader, Will work on Virginia/WV and Maryland Resources among others. Anything ANYONE can add to any of the resource pages will be welcome!  :)
  • Bob Keniston: Virginia and the Carolinas mainly Harrington and Bird/Byrd......I don't recognize W by God V either.
  • Allan Thomas working with Mary Richardson on Nueva Espana (later to be Texas)
  • Jason Crews working with Mary Richardson on Nueva Espana with Allan Thomas, Michael Stills.
  • Judy Goodman Wardlow working with Mary Richardson, Allan Thomas, Michael Stills and Jason Crews on a part time basis on Nueva Espana Colony.
  • Terri Rick - Decker Creek Colony - This is the first attempted settlement of Monongalia County by the Ohio Company in 1758.
  • Cynthia Billups mostly Virginia, also Carolina Colony, work mainly on first-generation immigrants - creating skeleton bios to prevent duplicates and trying to create/identify all burgesses for Virginia Colony.
  • John Schmeeckle The families connected to the 1714 "Germanna" mining colony brought to Virginia by Governor Spotswood, and also Davis and related families in 18th-century Culpeper and Pittsylvania Counties, Virginia.
  • Shirley Dalton Working on Virginia and North Carolina/Tennessee; especially right now trying to untangle, merge, source, early Bass family.
  • Sharon Troy Centanne Project Coordinator, Researching Italian and Acadian immigration to New Orleans and southern Louisiana, and the role of the sugar plantations in immigration. Also have done general research on the history of Florida and available resources here in Florida, particularrly the Gamble Mansion, the Seminole Indian Wars of the 1800s, the Civil War in Florida, and the pioneers of PInellas County, Florida.
  • Michelle Ladner Project Coordinator, Working on the Gulf South States of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. A descendant of original 1699 settler's to French Louisiana. Have done extensive research on the settlers of the Mississippi Coast such as Jean Baptiste Saucier.
  • George Blanchard Creator and project coordinator of Chronicles of New France, George oversees collaborative contributions that encompass the colonial regions of Acadia, the Saint Lawrence River Valley, the Great Lakes, and the expansive territory that became part of the State of Maine (basically all the portion of present day Maine that is east and north of Arnold's Expedition.)
  • Adrienne Tomkins Working on Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina. Extensive experience with Virginia.
  • Jack Day. Since I have so many ancestors there, I maintain a special focus on Maryland in the 1600s, and a general interest in Maryland since then. I also have undertaken Maryland responsibility for the U. S. History project. I try to maintain a full library of related real (non-digital) books on Maryland genealogy and history!
  • Adiene Crawford Working on Texas, ALAMO, Remember the Alamo, First Families of Texas.
  • Aubrey Teeter A direct descendant of one of the regulators in N.C., Christopher Nation and original settlers in Virginia, William Claiborne, and Tennessee. So is my wife with descendants of early Virginia including Digges, Herndon, Herring and Floyd.
  • Brittany Higdon New here, hope I'm doing everything right! My ancestors associated with this project are on my paternal side and it looks like they were mostly Catholics fleeing religious persecution in England by settling in Maryland. Then they eventually moved to Kentucky where my grandfather was born and raised. My maternal grandfather also was from the South (Tennessee), but information for his side is scarce.
  • Norm Lindquist My wife's family goes back to Jamestown and my brother's wife's family settled in Western Virginia, now West Virginia.
  • Amy Bumgardner-McAndrews My family goes back to Jamestown. My 6th Great Grandfather and his brother, John and James Patton, made over 35 trans Atlantic voyages, bringing new settlers here from Great Britain. My entire family settled in the Virginias, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
  • Dodie Bartlett I have many family members that have come from Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee. Most of these are Cooke/Cook, Rucker, Beach, and several others.
  • Sandra Jean Shannon I'm not entirely sure that any of my actual relatives will track back that far here in the States to be honest...most were late comers to the party immigrating around 1800 or so but I have extensive family in Virginia and North Carolina. What brought me to the project however, was a profile I was working on for a friend's line that tracks probably back to 1652 in Henrico, Virginia if I can ever get all the connections sorted out. I'm happy to help where I can and always happy to hear about Fox, Harris, Williams, Cochran and Shoemaker lines in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Tim BrooksMuch of my family points toward Tennessee and North Carolina. I have family rumors that point to the "Lost Colony", and that is what I am interested in the most. My line of the Brooks clan moved to Southern Illinois around 1850 from East Tennessee. I would be ecstatic to trace back to John Brooke on Roanoke Island.
  • Michael Thomas My wife's line has a large group of Murrays who migrated from Pennsylvania to South Carolina, then back to Pennsylvania, back down to North Carolina, and who eventually drifted westward to Kentucky and Missouri, with the bulk ending up in Northern Alabama.
  • Tracie Combs-Cantu The Combs and Baker sides of my family all resided in colonial Virginia and North Carolina and then migrated to Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia post-Revolutionary war due to land grants or following family.
  • John Bentley I believe I'm connected to Jamestown and surrounding area by both my dad (Bentley) and my mom (Hatcher). I'm working now to find more documentation. I find the history of this time fascinating. I look forward to learning more.
  • Barb Beasley I have ancestors who settled early in E. TN and the Cumberland Plateau.
  • Sondra Bateman I have deep and old connections to the south, which include the names of Lovelace, Gorsuch, Baylor, Walker, Wythe, Todd, Courtenay, and the list goes on....
  • Carrie Quackenbush I have deep Virginian roots and am currently working on a Campbell County, Virginia One Place Study.
  • Gayel Knott I am interested in the Meador family coming from Essex County, Virginia. At least one of the related pages is Project Protected, and I want to be sure that editing I do is done correctly.
  • Daniel Ange I'm apparently descended from a number of families that settled in Colonial Virginia and North Carolina, and am mostly focused on trying to clean up and expand the Lanier and Peele families of that area.
  • Kat Prawl The first serious genealogy research I started in roughly 1975 was on a colonial Virginia family. Since then I've found ancestors in every British American colony. My Southern families include: Meade, Walker, Keith, Everard, Tucker, Courtenay, Donelson, Caffery, Rutherford, Ralston, Wallace, Hackworth, England, Choate, Pennington, Osborne, Riggs, Phillips, Key, Alexander, Cashion, Renegar, Rooks, York, Shockley, Mangum/Mangrum, King, McClung, Shores, Rogers & Rousseau.
  • Nan Lambert I have Burns & Enloe lines in South Carolina, and I'm working on finding the earliest Lamberts in the southern colonies, in the hopes of breaking down my Lambert brick wall.
  • Liz Shifflett — I descend from early Virginia settlers & Mississippi pioneers (through Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and also Louisiana). I'm interested in the new subproject, Southern Pioneers. In addition to my own ancestors who fit in the project, the Louisiana Families Project has several categories that fit under Southern Pioneers also. And I just took the helm of the new US History Virginia subproject, which picks up with "post-USA" Virginia (after Virginia ratified the Constitution on June 25, 1788) from Southern Colonies' British Virginia.
  • Ron Levi Descendant of Brantleys, Lowthers, Wrights and Hagans (O Hagans) from Laurens, Bulloch, and Warren Counties in GA as well as Charles County, MD. I have DNA-confirmed relationships of slaves to their owners, my paternal 2nd great grandparents all.
  • Karen Kay First get a good list of direct ancestors, then fan out from there. SC, LA, MS and TX focus, some GA. Always heard rumors we had American Indian blood but have not found proof. Quite the opposite in fact. Hmmm.
  • Debi Moseley Moseley, Brantley, Cowart/Coward, Sikes, Collins, Harris, Phillips, are my primary interests, but if someone connects with my family, I want to know! Almost all of my ancestral lines were colonists starting in Virginia, migrating southward to settle mainly in Georgia, namely Washington, Emanuel, Montgomery, Tattnall and Bulloch Counties.
  • Bill Vincent Most of my ancestors came to Kentucky from Virginia and North Carolina. Others came from Maryland, Delaware, and South Carolina. Many were pioneers who came to KY before statehood. Over 20 ancestors were Patriots. I've been researching my family since 1984, when I resumed my late mother's efforts. I am particularly knowledgeable in the families with ties to Edmonson and Grayson Counties in KY, with a database of over 100k persons. Thanks for creating this project.
  • Rosemary Jones I'm involved with a YDNA study of the Jones men and my husband has deep links into Colonial Virginia moving down into Alabama. Counties in Virginia are usually Surry, Brunswick, and Nottoway with another branch of the family in Washington County. In Alabama the family is found in Montgomery.
  • Rich McAdoo I am studying the geography and mapping the paths of trade and migration along the trails, rivers, and wagon roads used for travel during the westward expansion of the frontier.
  • Bill Lacey Several of my ancestral lines passed through the southern colonies, especially Virginia, during the 1700s. They spread throughout the south with a good many getting to Texas/Arizona/New Mexico. My current focus is on the Lacy/Lacey, Morrell, and Matlock families.
  • Doug Beezley Most Beasley's (any spelling) immigrating to the US began in colonial times 17th/18th century Virginia and Maryland. Many of them migrated early to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia. Very few were found in Mid or Northern colonies. My Beasley/Beezley Haplotype immigrated as early as the mid 17th Century and soon migrated to Virginia and North Carolina. Another major Haplotype immigrated mid 17th century to Virginia.
  • Sheryl Moore Many of my lines also came over prior to 1700 to VA and rather notable. I have started my tree from me and going back, but the Catlett line has intersected smack dab in the middle of VA in 1649 and in the project and so can add children to a Catlett listed and join the tree! There are others in my line that also follow this trend.
  • Dave Lawrence I am a descendant of numerous Southern lines from the James River and Tidewater portions of Virginia and Maryland south through the Carolinas and west into the Appalachians.

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  • DNA Project assists in coordinating and educating members in regards to DNA tests and their place in genealogical research.
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