To Josephine Long and Jennifer Chappell about the Faithful Family Genealogy: Hello, my name is Robert William Faithful IV. Actually the name is inverted several times in both North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland records. I am located in the Washington DC area and have researched records at the Archives, Library of Congress and in Salt Lake City at the Mormon Library. I just discovered this site today and your correspondence over the years. I have visited North Carolina several times to enhance research I have commenced in Ohio and other locations. As you know Faithful is an old English name meaning "of the Church". There was a William Robert Faithful who fought in the Continental Army from Virginia. Note the border from N. Carolina shifted. In the early 1800's a branch of the Faithful's moved to Maryland but Census records show them moving between N. Carolina and Maryland frequently. Faithful's served throughout history in the military in the war of 1812, the Mexican War, the Indian War, both sides of the Civil War. My ancestors served in World War I, II and my brothers and I are Vietnam era veterans of the Air Force. An additional split occurred because some Faithfuls were of part African American heritage. This is my side of the family which was part of a migration of Quakers from North Carolina to Ohio (Mt. Pleasant) as free men several years before the Civil War. It was my Great Grand Father who was Robert William Faithful the son of Richard Faithful and Lizzy Bell. Some of your notes speak of the Faithful family being Mormon, but all my research leans to a background in the Quaker community. Both Richard and Robert served in the US Colored Troops of the Union Army for Ohio and saw action in Tennessee (Richard) and Georgia and Florida (Robert). Because both soldiers were wounded there are extensive records at the National Archives for Widows seeking Pensions.
My research has crossed over with contacts the past several decades with Faithful's from the white side of the family in both North Carolina and elsewhere.
I look forward to sharing the information from my research.
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