Saturday, November 20, 2010

Family Saturday!

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 Located near the town of Abingdon, Virginia (in the southwestern part of the state), I found this small cemetery behind a country church. I found the graves of my husband's great-grandparents - John Patton Wilson & Sarah Smith Wilson.

John Patton Wilson was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. He lived a long life, 97 years (1844-1942) - he was born before the Civil War and died during World War II. Just imagine all the changes he witnessed during his almost-century here on Earth!

Sarah Smith, came to Virginia, with her family who were from Granville, Massachusetts. What a big difference between the two areas (then & now)! They may have been looking for the Trail of the Lonesome Pine - the route that was blazed by the legendary frontiersman, Daniel Boone, in 1775. The Trail became the route for hundreds of thousands of settlers who conquered the western frontier. Or, maybe not, since many of her family members decided to stay in Washington & Russell Counties, Virginia.