This document comes from my paternal grandmotherâ€™s side of the family, the Stricklands, who can trace their lineage all the way back to England and France. This family tree was written in 1962 by Glenda Faye Strickland, one of my grandmotherâ€™s distant cousins, and mainly focuses on my grandmotherâ€™s great grandparents who originated in Virginia and their fourteen children who married into other families such as the Chamblees, Taylors, Vances, and Griffins (which is my grandmotherâ€™s maiden name). Although this family tree does not extend to my grandmother and her siblings and their children, this document still serves as a very valuable piece of my familyâ€™s history. This primary source speaks to me because researching my own family tree is what first sparked my interest in history. I live on my dadâ€™s familyâ€™s old farm land where we have a family cemetery in our backyard. This piece of land has been in the family five generations, and the road which it is on is actually named after my family because there were so many of us living on the land at one time. When I was a kid, whenever my cousins and I would be playing on our familyâ€™s land, the cemetery would always terrify and ignite our curiosity as to who was buried there and what they did when they were alive. Ever since then, I was interested in knowing more about where I came from and what role the people buried in the cemetery played in my familyâ€™s history. Every chance I got I always asked my grandparents details about their families and where they originated from.
Glenda Faye Strickland
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Glenda Faye Strickland, Brandon Denton, Civil War Era NC, accessed August 21, 2019, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/915.