Appalachian Thursday–Take Me Home, Country Roads

I’m in West Virginia visiting family today. Thanks to spring break we’re all in the same place at the same time for once. A gift too precious to set aside for blogging. I’ll check in at the weekend! Below are some images from home that inspired settings in Appalachian Serenade and Miracle in a DryContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Take Me Home, Country Roads”

Appalachian Thursday–Elijah Phillips

Today I thought I’d share another installment from the 1976 edition of The Pioneer–a booklet put out periodically by the Descendants of the French Creek Pioneers. This one is about Elijah Phillips who was brother to my great, great, great, great-grandfather David Phillips. Elijah Phillips married Cynthia Goodwin of Ashfield, Mass. They had seventeen (!!)Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Elijah Phillips”

Appalachian Thursday–Letters from Home

One of my greatest treasures is a collection of letters from my grandmother. She was from a generation that hadn’t quite given up paper and pen for the telephone and certainly not for e-mail. I doubt she ever sat down in front of a computer, although she marveled over the laptop I carried to herContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Letters from Home”

Appalachian Thursday–A Good Dog

Last week I wrote about being descended from David Phillips whose father-in-law fought in the Revolutionary War. The same booklet that reassures me I am, indeed, a Daughter of the American Revolution, also offers up some interesting tidbits about other ancestors living in French Creek, WV. Here’s one about David’s brother, Elijah Phillips, and hisContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–A Good Dog”

Appalachian Thursday–Descendants of the French Creek Pioneers

I’m the seventh generation to grow up on our family farm back in West Virginia. There was David Phillips, Horace Phillips, David Phillips, Jane Phillips Loudin, Rex Loudin, Larry Loudin, and then me. My nieces and nephews aren’t currently living on the farm, but they visit often and know it well. Generation number eight. DuringContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Descendants of the French Creek Pioneers”