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About Donna R Causey
Donna R. Causey, a native of Alabama, spent many years in the classroom teaching students with learning difficulties. Once she retired, she finally had time to follow her passion for discovering little-known or forgotten gems of history.
Donna developed the websites (alabamapioneers.com) and (daysgoneby.me) to share and preserve the treasures she found. These websites led to publishing books with her compiled information.
She ventured into the world of historical fiction with her first series, Tapestry of Love. The family's destiny continues in the second series, The Cottinghams, with Discordance.
"While studying the old, fragile paper trails left behind, it dawned on me that I was also creating my own legacy through the minor decisions I made each day and my descendants will have the advantage of technological stored data about me. I hope they will be proud of the legacy I am leaving behind."
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The history of colonial Virginia and Maryland comes alive in this action-packed novel.
Col. John Washington (ancestor of President George Washington), Randall Revell, Tom Cottingham, Edmund Beauchamp ward off Indian attacks and conquer the wilds of Maryland's Eastern shore in 17th century colonial America in this historical novel, inspired by actual events.
Forced to leave colonial Virginia to avoid religious persecution for their Christian beliefs, Ambrose and Mary Dixon embrace the Quaker life in pre-Revolutionary War Somerset County, Maryland with their family. However, their daughter Mary falls in love and threatens to break up the family unit. Will her romantic interest destroy the family?
FreeHearts is the third novel in the Tapestry of Love series.
Surnames found in this book include; ACTON, ALEXANDER, ALLEN, ALLGOOD, ASHMORE, AVERY, AYETTOTT, AYLETT, BAILEY, BAINS, BAKER, BALCH, BANDY, BARHAM, BARNETT, BARRONS, BASS, BEALER, BEARDEN, BELL, BEMAN, BENGE, BENTON, BEVILL, BILLINGSLEA, BISHOP, BLANTON, BLEDSOE, BLEVINS, BLOUNT, BOOTHE, BOYD, BOYLE, BRAGG, BRASHER, BRIELAND, BRINKER, BRATTON, BRITTON, BROWN, BRYAN, BULLOCK, BURNETT, BURROW, BUTLER, BYARS, BYNUM, BYRUM, CAHILL, CALDWELL, CARPENTER, CARTER, CASEY, CLAYTON, CLEVELAND, CLIETT, CLOWAR, CLOWER, COHEN, CORLEY, CRAIG, CRAWFORD, CROCKETT, CROSS, CROWSON, DANIEL, DAVIS, DEAN, DESHAZO, DICKENSON, DILBANE, DOLLAR, DUKE, ELLIOTT, ELLIS, EDGE, ESSMAN, ESTILL, FANNIN, FARLEY, FARR, FAVRE, FERRELL, FINNEY, FLOURNOY, FOUST, FRASER, FREEZE, FROST, FULTON, GAILEY, GARRETT, GIBSON, GLIDEWELL, GODDEN, GODWIN, GOODGAME, GOODSON, GREEN, GRIFFIN, GRIFFITH, GRIGGS, GRIMMETT, GULLAHORE, GULLEHORN, HAFNER, HAGIN, HAIL, HALE, HAMILTON, HANNAH, HANEY, HANSARD, HARDIN, HARKINS, HARLESS, HARRIS, HARRISON, HAYES, HAZARD, HEARNE, HESTER, HICKS, HILL, HODGES, HOLBROOK, HOLLINGSWORTH, HORTON, HOWARD, HUDSON, HUTCHINSON, JOHNSON, JONES, KIDD, KIERDON, KNOWLES, LALADY, LANIER, LAVINSKY, LAWLER, LEATHERWOOD, LEE, LEEPER, LEONARD, LINDSAY, LINDSEY, LOFTIN,LOONEY, LOVELADY, MAHAN, MARDIS, MARLOW, MARONEY, MASKE, MASON, MATHEWS, MATTHEWS, MAXWELL, MCCAIN, MCCLINTON, MCCRAFT, MCGOWAN, MCLANAHAN, MCLEOD, MCLEROY, MCMAHON, MCNAIR, MCNEAR, MCNEELY, MCNEER, MCPHERSON, MEREDITH, MERONEY, MERRELL, MILES, MILLER, MILLS, MILSTEAD, MITCHELL, MOORE, MORGAN, MORRIS, MOSTELLER, MOWDEY, MUNDINE, MURPHY, MURRY, MUSE, MYRICK, NABORS, NAISH, NEAL, NELSON, NEWMAN, NIVENS, NORTH, NUNNALLY, OLDHAM, ORR, OZLEY, PARKER, PARKS, PATTON, PAYNE, PEARSON, PERRY, PERSON, PETERS, PITNER, POINTER, POWERS, PRENTICE, QUINN, RANDALL, RASBERRY, REED, REEVES, REID, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, ROGERS, ROY, SAWYER, SHACKELFORD, SHANK, SHAW, SMITH, STERRETT, STORRS, STREET, STRIPLING, TEAGUE, THOMPSON, TRUELL, TURNER, WALDROP, WALLACE, WARD, WARE, WATKINS, WATROUS, WATSON, WEEKS, WEST, WHARTON, WHITE, WIGGINS, WILLINGHAM, WILLSON, WILSON, WOOLEY, WOOLLEY, WRIGHT
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CORDOVA HAPPENINGS, Walker County, Alabama 1920
April 5, 1878 -- School, Sheriff's sale and tragic accident in the news in Ashville, Alabama
AUBERRY NOTES from PERRY COUNTY, ALABAMA
Transcribed from Huntsville Republican, August 5, 1817
Blount County News-Dispatch, Blountsville, Alabama, March 19, 1879
BRANDED SLAVE IN SUMTER COUNTY, ALABAMA, 1836
CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS BURIED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY, ALABAMA
As I conducted research for interesting stories to publish and/or post on my www.alabamapioneers.com website, I continually found buried genealogy information, such as marriages, deaths, etc. that I knew would be of great benefit to family researchers, but it was hidden so well that most search engines would not find it. I decided to collect this information rather than disregard it until I could decide how to best share it with researchers.
After much contemplation, I decided that Kindle-books were the best option since the book could easily be searched through the search engines on Kindle, computers or electronic devices. This would eliminate the need for indexing a tremendous number of names.
This volume includes the names of Confederate soldiers buried in Randolph County, Alabama.
Save time and avoid pitfalls in your research. Where Do I Start? is filled with simple, no-nonsense instructions to set you on the path of your families' ancestry with the following information:
- WHERE TO FIND - on-line resources, experienced genealogists will not be aware of many of these. 1
- COURT RESEARCH - how to do court house research, where to find birth, death, social security records free on-line.2
- EIGHTY - ONE QUESTIONS – you should ask your elderly loved-ones before it's too late. 3
- TIPS ON BREAKING DOWN THE WALL – Everyone faces some difficulties in research, often called a 'brick wall' but WHERE DO I START? provides suggestions for overcoming them. 4
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Donna shares how she "got bitten" by the genealogy bug. She imparts her amazement at how much can be learned about the history of this country as well as one's own family by researching one's family tree. And what's more amazing is that she was able to go back with her family to the 1600s in England, over 400 years.
The author has a website where she is asked many "how to" questions by the participants. She advises one to use a computer for their research and seems to describe the use of genealogy software as an easy task and quite intuitive. She identifies many excellent genealogy websites for the new user, some of which I hadn't known about despite my history of 20 years of searching for my family tree, much of it on the internet. The author provides sample interview questions for eliciting past stories from family elders. She gives quite a few tips on how to organize your materials to make the best use of your time. She includes everything a "newby" to the genealogy research field will need to get started and more. And for those with more experience, she includes tips on how to break down the "brick walls" that researchers inevitably encounter and she advises readers to challenge the assumptions in family lore and stories when the brick wall is hit. She also identifies many of the pitfalls inherent in requested records. And if you've ever gone to a courthouse to search without preparing yourself for the kinds of questions you'll need to ask, you will appreciate the author's advice about getting ready first. You'll save yourself time in the long run.
About The Author
Donna R. Causey, native of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. After she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing with her website www.alabamapioneers.com. She has also authored numerous genealogy books. Ribbon of love is the first in her historical fiction series, Tapestry of Love, set in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage is the second in the series.
Did you know that religious persecution took place in colonial America?
Inspired by real people and actual events, the family saga of the Dixon family continues in colonial America with "Faith and Courage" and reveals the religious persecution of Quakers in Pre-Revolutionary War days of America intertwined with a love story.
In this action-packed novel, George Willson witnesses the execution of King Charles II and is forced to leave the woman he loves to witch hunters in 17th century England as he flees to his sister, Mary, and her husband Ambrose Dixon's home in Colonial American. Ridden with guilt over difficult decisions he made to survive, George Willson and the Dixon's embrace the Quaker faith which creates more problems for their survival in the New World.
Do you want to know Thomas Jefferson's recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup?
Have you ever had 'blueberry pickles', 'batallia pie' or 'snow birds'? You will learn all this and more in "Vinegar of the Four Thieves."
Our ancestors had to be resilient when they faced obstacles in daily life, from dealing with pests, medical emergencies, caring for clothing and cleaning shortcuts. Almost everything they used in daily life was homemade. Some ideas were great but some were very strange.
This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800's and 1900's. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today's 'green' environment while others such as 'how to cure a dog of eating eggs' will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured.
With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love
Inspired by actual people and historical events! Based on the Cottingham ancestors of Bibb County, Alabama.
Coming from diverse cultural backgrounds and separated from the mainland by the Chesapeake Bay, the real world of the settlers of "The Kingdom of Accawmacke" is revealed and secrets about America's history are discovered in this well-researched novel. Actual court records dating back to the early 1630's create historical accuracy as the reader is taken back to the primitive days of colonial America where the Pattendens encounter life-changing difficulties with Indians, ducking stools, illness, massacres, death, loneliness, love, and greed.
"We're all going to die!" echoed from below deck amid the frenzied screams and cries from terrified women and children between decks. Sounds of chaos below deck filled the air as the hands scrambled to free the foremast before it broke through the ship. "Quickly, men" We need to free that fore-mast now!" bellowed Captain Potts. "But, by God be careful, we don't want to lose another man!"
The Pattenden's inspiring story begins in 17th century England during the reign of Charles I and continues with their journey to the eastern shore of Virginia where they experience joy, tragedy and loss. Based on actual court records and historical events, RIBBON OF LOVE is a work of fiction that provides the reader with a glimpse of life in 17th century England and Virginia.
REVIEWS FROM READERS:
Ribbon of Love was a wonderful love story of Henry and Mary living and struggling to succeed as one of the first families in the colony of Virginia in the 1600s. In addition to the love story, the descriptions of the clothing, home furnishings, personalities, family life, church and community are most intriguing. The exhilarating action and subplots keep the reader in constant anticipation. It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion. - Dr. Don P. Brandon, Retired Professor, Anderson University
Inspired by true events and the Cottingham family that resided in 17th century Somerset, Maryland and Delaware, colonial America comes alive with pirate attacks, religious discord, and governmental disagreements in the pre-Revolutionary War days of America.
Orphaned at an early age, the Cottngham siblings face pirate attacks, illness, injuries, and the disappearance of a loved as they try to establish their lives in the wilds of early America. Will they prevail or be torn apart over the issue of slavery?
As in the Tapestry of Love series, the author takes the reader back in time to the beginning days of America. DISCORDANCE: The Cottinghams will appeal to a wide-range audience.
Stories include; The Yazoo land fraud; daily life as an Alabama pioneer; the capture and arrest of Vice-president Aaron Burr; the early life of William Barrett Travis, the hero of the Alamo; Description of Native Americans of early Alabama including the visit by Tecumseh; Treaties and building the first roads in Alabama.
Alabama Footprints Confrontation is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.
Some stores include:
Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
Red Eagle After The War
Just in time for Christmas
The first four Alabama Footprints books - Volumes 1-IV have been combined into one book
ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Exploration
ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Settlement
ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Pioneers
ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Confrontation
From the time of the discovery of America restless, resolute, brave, and adventurous men and women crossed oceans and the wilderness in pursuit of their destiny. Many traveled to what would become the State of Alabama. They followed the Native American trails and their entrance into this area eventually pushed out the Native Americans. Over the years, many of their stories have been lost and/or forgotten. This book (four-books-in-one) reveals the stories published in volumes I-IV of the Alabama Footprints series.
Alabama Footprints - Exploration - is a collection of lost and forgotten stories about the people who discovered and initially settled in Alabama.
First Mardi Gras in America
The Mississippi Bubble Burst
Royalists settle in Alabama
Sophia McGillivray- A Remarkable Woman
The Federal Road – Alabama's First Interstate