Food for thought
Consider: When you put the words "THE" and "IRS" together, it spells
Thanks to the Cloud Family Journal.
Virginia Confederate Pensions
The State Library of Virginia's website includes scanned images of
the actual applications for Confederate pensions from that state.
First, go to The Library of Virginia's site at
http://www.lva.lib.va.us/. Then click on "Search Catalogs," then
"Military Records & Resources," then "Confederate Pension Rolls,
Veterans and Widows Database."
Files with the scanned images are available for the following
Columbus H. Cloud; Mrs. Elizabeth B. Cloud (wid. of Isaac Newton
Cloud); Mrs. Ellen Cloud (wid. of Uriah Cloud); W.H. Cloud.
Thank you to the Cloud Family Journal.
Pickens County Genealogical Society publishes Gordo History Book
The Pickens County Genealogical Society of Gordo, Alabama has
published ECHOLA ECHOS, Echola, Alabama (Tuscaloosa County). The 440
page hardback book is 8 1/2" by 11" and contains hundreds of photos
of Echola's historical buildings and families. The text covers the
area's history and families from the 1800s to present.
Prepublication price is $50 (plus $5, if mailed). Prices increase to
$60 ($65 if mailed) after October 1. Make check payable to Echola
History Book and mail to P.O. Box 250, Gordo, Alabama 35466. Books
may be picked up in Echola or at the society office in the
historical City hall/jail building in Gordo in mid August. There are
still limited copies of the Gordo Area History and Chronicles book
for sale for only $50 ($55 if mailed). Make checks payable to Gordo
History Book. For information call (205) 364-0399. Thank you.
Karen O. Manning
Joseph H. Vann presents The
Life and Times of the Vann Family
Joseph H. Vann, great, great grandson of Chief Rich Joe Vann, gives
us an insight into one of Georgia's colorful Cherokee families --
the Vanns. Vann gives freshness to a part of history that is
sometimes passed over or glibly mentioned in history books. The Life
and Times of the Vann Family is a story of a clash between two
cultures -- Cherokee and the white settlers. There was a clash of
ideologies and the need for land. One of the most definitive causes
of conflict was the discovery of gold in North Georgia. Word
eventually leaked out and the rush was on and the river of golden
tears flowed freely.
The gold rush was one of the
contributing factors to the wealth of the Vanns. Chief James Vann
built the Vann House mansion and owned Diamond Hill Plantation. Rich
James Vann inherited the plantation and mansion. He purchased a
steamboat The Lucy Bell. The Lucy Bell, while in a race, exploded
and Joe Vann was killed.
No novel, fact or fiction, is
written without romance. The Vann men were cavalier and lovers.
James Vann was married four times but still had a wandering eye.
Rich Joe Vann numerous romantic encounters but it was Jennie
Springston who caught his eye. He married Jennie in 1820. He
affectionately referred to Jennie as "my Cherokee Rose." The
Cherokee Rose was a small flowering, roselike plant. It was sacred
to the Cherokee.
Joseph H. Vann writes as though he
was keeping a journal with short and long entries. As a reader, I
found his style easy to read. I enjoyed the book. While reading, I
felt as though Mr. Vann was sitting in an easy chair telling his
story about the Vanns and their adventures. He gave a personal
snapshot of his family and how they related to the changing times of
Georgia and to the United States. The Vanns were representatives for
the Cherokee Nation to George Washington and Andrew Jackson. They
were in contact with John Sevier, Jean Lafitte and the Georgia
I recommend this book to students
of history and to those readers who like to read nonfiction novels,
adventure, romance and family history. Very few books about the
First Americans exist that tells the story from the First American
point of view and are written by a First American.
-- Will W. Rogers