The client contacted me with a desire to learn more about the origins of his paternal family line. After researching over 300 years of land deeds, published family histories, census documents, birth, marriage, and death records, as well as other sources of information, I was able to determine that the client’s immigrant ancestor arrived in Virginia from England about 1700.
One ancestor, William Deaton, was a Captain in the Loyalist North Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War, and served under the notoriously cruel Lt. Fanning, who infamously terrorized local colonists who sided with the Americans. William Deaton was killed during the Battle of Lindley’s Mill in September 1781, leaving a wife, 10 children, and one on the way.
William’s descendants are spread out across the United States. This client’s particular line of ancestry went from North Carolina, back to Virginia, and finally settled in Perry County, Kentucky, in the late 1790s / early 1800s.
When research commenced, the client was unaware of the family history, and had no idea from where they originated. The family now has a comprehensive, thorough and easy-to-read family history book (as well as all the source documentation) to prove the family line back to England.