Bermuda Biographies

The following excerpt is from an article posted August 4, 2016 at the website. It details information about Samuel Toddings, who was a prominent Bermuda journalist with slave ancestry. The website where the information is now posted also has numerous other Bermuda biographies.


Fresh historical research has revealed that one of Bermuda’s prominent journalists was also a direct descendant of ex-slaves.

Samuel Seward “S.S.” Toddings, publisher and editor of the Colonist newspaper from 1869 to 1911, and founder of the Mid-Ocean News in 1911, had both a mother and grandmother who were once enslaved.

The details was uncovered by Meredith Ebbin, the founder of the site, with research by LeYoni Junos. Ms Ebbin has posted the full story online.

Read the full article.

This website has many excellent biographies posted for Bermuda people. Try searching for your Bermuda by clicking here and checking out the index – or by using the search box.

Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans — 50% OFF


A Family Roots Publishing Holiday Special: 50% OFF Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans


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In his History of New Hampshire, historian Everett Schermerhorn Stackpole attempts to answer the question, “What makes a man prominent?” In his words:

“Whoever has helped notably in the great march of human progress deserves credit therefor in the popular estimation. Abilities, character and achievement make men prominent. Learning and money may be helpful, but they are not enough; without character they may the sooner sink one into oblivion.”

This seems to me as good as any definition. By whatever scale of prominence men have chosen to use, historians has provided us with tales, biographies, and accounts of men deemed important in their own right. Histories are written of events from those that changed the world to the deeds of men known only in their own communities. Either way, research can help uncover these men and their deeds. Family historians should take note that many of these histories contain vital genealogical data about not only individuals of prominence, but also their families, their acquaintances, and those with whom they interact, fixing these individual in time and place.

Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, by William S. Speer, is a prime example of a selective history of men considered prominent with in their state. By whatever right the Honorable William Speer thought these men important, he has immortalized their names through the written word. First published in 1888, Speer selected 259 men from 19th century Tennessee for his historical record.

“I had a native ambition to rise from obscurity and make myself useful in the world, to shine and be distinguished.” ~ The  Hon. Neil S. Brown, one of the 259 prominent 19th-century Tennesseans profiled in this extraordinary book.

It is this kind of unique first-hand biographical information that makes Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans unequaled in the canon of Tennessee genealogical literature. Not only did compiler William S. Speer have the unparalleled opportunity to interview a number of the featured Tennesseans himself, he also was able to garner–and include in this book–thousands and thousands of names of their family members, friends, and colleagues.

Republished in 2008, this type of book is a treasure to both those interested in Tennessean history as well as to genealogists. As would be hoped, these sketches include many details about the lives of these men and their families. Speer offers, often extraordinary, insight into the personal, professional, and sometimes even physical characteristics that made each of these men a success. A complete list of names, or even surnames, would be too lengthy to list here. However, below is a list of surnames of those men highlighted in this book.


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Surnames featured in the book:

  • Anderson
  • Arrington
  • Atkins
  • Atlee

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Biographies for Families in 11 More IA, TN, MO, KY, & AR Counties added at


Biographies for families in 11 more counties have recently been added to the My Genealogy Hound website. This brings the current total available to more than 20,000 biographies in 136 counties in 10 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

The most recent additions include:
Page County, Iowa – 558 biographies
Tipton County, Tennessee – 91 biographies
Knox County, Missouri – 204 biographies
Hickman County, Kentucky – 142 biographies
Lauderdale County, Tennessee – 116 biographies
Franklin County, Arkansas – 163 biographies
Marshall County, Kentucky – 32 biographies
Pope County, Arkansas – 96 biographies
McCracken County, Kentucky – 165 biographies
Haywood County, Tennessee – 82 Biographies
Crittenden County, Arkansas – 82 biographies

Biographies are also currently being added for:
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Union County, Iowa
Crockett County, Tennessee
McLean County, Illinois
Lewis County, Missouri
Posey County, Indiana
Cross County, Arkansas

Additional counties are added each week.

All of the biographies were extracted from numerous vintage and rare county history or biographical volumes and can be easily browsed by family surname or by county and state.

Vintage county maps are also included for a number of states.

All 30,000+ pages of the website are freely available without cost of any kind.

The My Genealogy Hound website is located at:

My Genealogy Hound Adds Biographies from 7 More Counties

Word has been received that My Genealogy Hound has added Family Biographies from 7 More Counties


The most recent additions include:

  • Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – 1000+ biographies
  • Graves County, Kentucky – 91 biographies
  • Spencer County, Indiana – 344 biographies
  • Crawford County, Arkansas – 222 biographies
  • Fulton County, Kentucky – 114 biographies
  • Clark County, Missouri – 232 biographies
  • Calloway County, Kentucky – 31 biographies

Biographies are also currently being added for Miami County, Ohio; Page County, Iowa; McLean County, Illinois; Knox County, Missouri; and Franklin County, Arkansas. Additional counties are added each week.

This brings the total number of family biographies available to over 17,000 biographies in 122 counties in 10 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. Vintage county maps are also included for a number of states.

All of the biographies can be be easily browsed by family surname or by county and state.

All 27,000+ pages of the website are freely available without cost of any kind.

The My Genealogy Hound website is located at:

Jamestown People To 1800, Landowners, Public Officials, Minorities, And Native Leaders

gpc3506The year in which this year’s newborns become teenagers, this country will celebrate its Sestercentennial birthday. To a child that may seem a lifetime, to us adults, such years come with increasing speed. Yet, even with our nation’s 250th year in sight, the first, permanent English settlement established on this continent is already over 400 years old. Approaching its 400th year in 2007, the National Parks Service commissioned a “collaborative study know as the Jamestown Archealogical Assessment.” This wide-spread, multidisciplinary study involved scientists, historians, librarians, and technologists form a wide field of studies. This study provided the first comprehensive ‘reconstruction of property ownership and land use from the first decade of establishment’ through modern times. Martha W. McCartney was an active participant in this study. Using information gathered from the study, she has put together Jamestown People to 1800: Landowners, Public Officials, Minorities, and Native Leaders.

This books contains a comprehensive  collection of short biographies on the people living in and doing business with Jamestown, from its establishment through 1800. The biographies fall into two main categories, landowners and residents (slave or free) of Jamestown, and public officials. Officials include “governors, members of the Council of State, and burgesses, and Native American leaders who visited Jamestown through 1699.”  These collective biographies contain more than 100 Native American leaders, plus another 100 plus Africans and African Americas. Many were slaves.

Here is a sample of a short entry:

Thomas Crust: Thomas Crust came to Virginia in 1620 and on January 24, 1625, was an indentured servant living in household of John Southern in urban Jamestown (VI&A 237)

A longer sample:

John Curtis (Curtys): In August 165 John Curtis, a surveyor and resident of Lancaster County, took the required oath. Throughout the 1660s he performed surveys for county residents and began speculating in real estate, sometime generating income by leasing his land to tenants. By 1656 Curtis had commenced serving as a justice in Lancaster County’s monthly court, an office he held for many years. He made numerous court appearances as the late Abraham Moone’s administrator, and in 1657 he became a Lancaster Parish vestryman. In May 1659 Curtis was elected to the assembly and represented Lancaster County in both sessions that were held in 1660. In September 1660 he and his wife, Anne, disposed of a piece of land, and the following year he sold a large parcel in Westmoreland Count. In 1669 John Curtis obtained from the Lancaster County court a license that allowed him to keep a tavern. When applying, he noted that he lived on a major road. Curtis died intestate sometime prior to September 13, 1671, at which time Richard Robinson began serving as administrator of his estate (LEO 36; Lancaster County Deeds &c 1652-1657:253, 284; 1654-1661:141, 147; 1661-1702:382-383, 390; 1656-1661: 81, 129; Order Book 1656-1666:1; 1666-1680:1, 104, 200, 206; Northumberland County Order Book 1652-1665:315; Westmoreland County Deeds and Wills No. 1[1653-1671]:199-200).

These short biographies go on and on, for 465 pages, plus an index.

McCartney’s gained access in her research to obscure records few know about or have access to. Her research covers both public and government records, as well as private archives. Together, these records were used to create a rich and detailed description of the population in early Jamestown.

About the Author

“The author of the acclaimed Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary, Martha W. McCartney is the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s National History Award. Her prize-winning history, Jamestown: An American Legacy was published by the National Park Service in 2001. In 2010 her book Hanover County, Virginia: Nature’s Bounty and Nation’s Glory was nominated for the Library of Virginia’s Virginia Literary Award for best nonfiction work.”




Sources and Abbreviations


Jamestown’s History

Biographical Dictionary



This fascinating volume, Jamestown People to 1800: Landowners, Public Officials, Minorities, and Native Leaders, is available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $39.15