Southern Pioneers

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Welcome to the Southern Pioneers Project

The Southern Pioneers project is about the pioneers who left the original colonial settlements and ventured into the wilderness to expand our early nation. Our mission is to preserve and protect the genealogy of these early pioneer families and to provide accurate connectons between their immigrant ancestors and modern day descendants based on research and documented sources.

Paula J, Leader
Eric Daly and David Douglas, project coordinators


Task List

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help. Paula J

  • Resource pages that assist with finding records
  • Connecting Southern lines to their immigrant ancestors
  • Correct descendant line adding records and sources to profiles in place of GEDCOM and tree sources.
  • Highlight profiles that reflect the spirit of these early back country settlers


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How to Join

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!


  • Mary Richardson Project Coordinator ancestors from Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, to Texas.
  • Allan H Thomas Project Coordinator, Allan is interested in all
  • Paula J Particularly interested in pioneers who populated the back country by migrating down the Old Wagon Trail.
  • Eric Daly Project Coordinator, Connector. Interested in Southern profiles that migrated from the original colonies over land
  • Liz Shifflett, interested particularly in Mississippi River settlements & migration routes south of my Quaker ancestors who arrived in Pennsylvania and my Virginia ancestors who ventured to the west & further south.
  • David Douglas Interested in all pioneer lines covered by this project with special interest in southern and westward migration from Virginia post American Revolution.
  • E. Compton, looking at migration into and through southwest Virginia, families that included my ancestors. I also have family in the Carolinas to trace.
  • Kathy Jo (Blake) Bryant Virginia to Anson County, NC, Lowdnes, GA and Alabama.
  • Barry Sweetman family migration from Virginia, Georgia, to Florida.
  • Jeff White Family migration from Philadelphia migrating southward. Others landed in Charleston, settling in SC. Very interested in NC and Virginia Branches.
  • Mel Jones Jones family migrated from England to Virginia, then sough to North Carolina and South Carolina and Georgia. Very interested in these areas.
  • Kelly Holtz Stamper Ancestor is Daniel Boone
  • Emily Kramer Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee areas. Floyd county Kentucky, and Dunngannon Virginia
  • Eloise Smith ancestor is Daniel Boone
  • Ronald McDonald Chew ancestors in Virginia, "JOHN LARKIN CHEW" 1710-1770..
  • Cathy Harmon Geraci both parents' have Southern families 1700's to North Carolina, Kentucky
  • Shannon Sansom family branches,The Choate's, from Maryland; Hulsey's came from S. Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri and Canadian French connections who settled in Ste. Genevieve Missouri (the first settlement west of the Mississippi)
  • DJ (Moore) McIntosh
  • David Hughey - Mathew Cox - ancestor
  • Eric Cagle Interested!

Message from your Leader

Please be patient in figuring out which records belong to which person.

How common it is for siblings to have the same first name?

The popular commercial is true, former World Heavyweight Boxing champ and Olympic gold medalist, George Foreman, boasts five sons, all named George. It happens! And there may be more to it than vanity. Depending on the culture, it can be very common for siblings to have the same given name. In the Netherlands and elsewhere, the naming of children adhered to rather strict conventions, and when a child died in infancy, another child in the family might be given the same name as the deceased child. It is not unheard of that the second (and possibly third or fourth) child also died, with the next child in line given the same name. In some cultures all male or female children in a family may be given the same first name but a different second name, and may be known by one or the other at different times in their lives. Also common and almost more difficult to unravel is the instance of cousins with the same name, all living in the same time period in the same general area. The convention of naming children after parents, grandparents, and siblings resulted in more Frances Parkers than you could imagine in late 1800s in South Carolina, and with fathers' also given family names, you might have a dozen or more Frances Parkers sons of Richard Parker in the space of a generation.
A study of naming practices within a given culture at a particular time in history can help researchers better understand and sort out the number of children in a family, their names, birth dates, and place in the family. If a family lived in the same area for a long period of time, parish christening records or other church records can be a good source for verifying the birth, death, and naming of children.[1]


  1. How common it is for siblings to have the same first name?

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On 17 Jan 2018 at 20:18 GMT Laura (Herndon) Ling wrote:

Several lines of my family were pioneers and I would love to know more about how to research them, since they reused names, moved around a lot, and had records destroyed (if they'd actually been created). Many of them ended up in Missouri, from Massachusetts and Virginia, but I don't know what path they took or where I should be looking!

On 13 Dec 2017 at 16:02 GMT Eric Cagle wrote:

I am really interested in this project, would like to join.

On 20 Nov 2017 at 17:55 GMT Tammy Caldwell wrote:

Hi i have an inquiry on my line....i was told by a lady on that is cousin who wrote the book on walter walker brown sr of virginia by rebecca ann henderson davis.She says our Isham Johnson (Johnson-53065) father of Fredonia L.Amanda Johnson( Johnson-53075) is NOT son of Drury Johnson (Johnson-53052) because his son Isham died in 1797? ....i am new to all this and if my info is incorrect on my line id like to know.Thank you.-tgc

On 17 Nov 2017 at 03:41 GMT DJ (Moore) McIntosh wrote:

I am really interested in this project, would like to join.

On 13 Nov 2017 at 23:33 GMT Shannon (Hulsey) Sansom wrote:

I am interested in several branches of my family: The Choate's, who originated in Maryland; the Hulsey's who traveled from S. Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri. I also have Canadian French connections; they settled in Ste. Genevieve Missouri (the first settlement west of the Mississippi).

On 12 Nov 2017 at 02:34 GMT Cathy (Harmon) Geraci wrote:

Both of my parents came from southern families, who came here in the 1700's or before. North Carolina, KY and Georgia are the primary locations for my ancestors in this country.

On 10 Nov 2017 at 03:07 GMT Ronald McDonald wrote:

9 Nov 2017- I wish to join the Southern Pioneers Project. I am currently working on the CHEW family from Virginia for the period of 1550s to1700. I have run into a new problem for me ... I think that I have 3 WIKI profiles for the same person. So, I am requesting assistance instead of plugging my way through the changes.

(1) Margaret (Mary) Chew, formerly Beverly: Wiki # Beverley-75, 78, and 111 It is my opinion that "LARKIN" Chew is actually "JOHN LARKIN CHEW" 1710-1770.

I don't see anything describing what states/colonies are included in this project. Thank you in advance for your assistance Ronald McDonald-9929

On 9 Nov 2017 at 20:10 GMT Eloise Smith wrote:

I would like to join. My husband is a descendant of Daniel Boone's younger sister, Hannah. We also have many other ancestors who moved South in the early years.

--Smith 120207

On 8 Nov 2017 at 21:30 GMT Kelly (Holtz) Stamper wrote:

Please add me to this project. My husband is a direct ancestor of Daniel Boone thru his brother Israel. Daniel is his 10th great grand uncle.

Thanks! Holtz-78 and Stamper-326 Kelly

On 2 Nov 2017 at 14:22 GMT Paula J wrote:

Genealogy of the migration down the Great Wagon Trail can be difficult, not only because of lack of records or burned court houses during the Civil War, but also due to the fact that boundaries were frequently changing. Look - this is the naming for the exact same spot over time:
1738 - 1769 Augusta Co., Virginia
1769 - 1772 Botetourt Co., Virginia
1772 - 1777 Fincastle Co., Virginia
1777 - 1779 Washington Co., Virginia
1779 - 1796 Sullivan Co., North Carolina
1796 - Present Sullivan Co., Tennessee

The Squabble State

Changes in boundaries can affect where records are stored.

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