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Posted by: Sam Lemon Date: April 19, 2001 at 11:15:31
In Reply to: Re: MICKENS in VA by G. Valentine of 81

Dear G.
Thank you for your response to my query on Genforum. I got your name from the genealogy website, in response to your message to me regarding the Mickens family.

I'm intriqued by your response -- especially with the mention of Beaverdam. That is one of the places in Hanover County where my ancestors lived.

As you know from my message, my name is Sam Lemon, and I am researching my family roots in Virginia. My paternal grandmother was Annie Byrd Mickens Lemon (born in 1891). She was baptized in the North Anna River when she was 16. Her motherís name was Ella Bowles Mickens (who was born about 1855). All from Hanover County. My paternal grandfather was from Gloucester County, VA.

On the U.S. Census for Hanover County, in the year 1900, Ella (my great-grandmother) was living and working in the household of the Edmond Winston family. I believe Mr. Winston was a prominent lawyer in Hanover County. With her were her children:
James (age 20), Emily (19), Chastine (10), Annie B. (9), Elizabeth (8), Samuel (6),
Sallie (4), and Suzzie (2).

I have been researching the Bowles/Mickens branch of my family for some time, but have had little success. I obtained a photocopy of a page from the Herald-Progress newspaper in Ashland (August 26, 1943), which includes a news brief from Taylorsville.

It says: "Mrs. James F. Lemmon of West Philadelphia, Pa., and her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. And Mrs. James C. Thomas, of Manhattan, N.Y., were guests last weekend of Mrs. Lemmonís brother, sister-in-law and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Chastine B. Mickens and Mrs. Martha E. Fountaine, at Taylorsville. Mrs. Lemmon was called to the bedside of her ill mother, Mrs. Ella Mickens."

The only other thing I know about Ella, is that my paternal aunt (Ella's granddaughter) said she was full-blood Indian, possibly, Cherokee. Although there apparently were a few Cherokees in Eastern Virginia, I think it's more likely she was from some other, more local tribe. Like, the Chickahominy or Youghtanund. Or perhaps from some other tribe in the Powhatan Confederacy. Powhatan himself was born in Hanover County.

Do any of these names sound familiar to you? Is there anything else you can tell me about your grandfather and his family? I would very much appreciate anything you can share with me.

Thank you very much for taking the time to write. I appreciate your time and attention.

Best wishes,
Sam Lemon


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