About jamesmarlandson

James Arlandson, Ph.D., is a "working class" academic. He has published a book: Women, Class, and Society in Early Christianity: Models from Luke-Acts (now out of print). He is a novelist and essayist first and college teacher second. Contact: [james][m][arlandson][at][hotmail][dot][com]

Farrars of Early Virginia and Beyond

William Farrar (and his brother John) is a gateway ancestor; he and his descendants left behind excellent records to sort out family relationships. Counties: Henrico (original one), Goochland, and Chesterfield. These records go from 1610 to 1815 and include marriages.

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The Biblical Way to Care for the Poor

The religious left tells us that budgets are moral documents.   One report says the federal government runs 126 different anti-poverty programs. Has anyone noticed we still have poor people? Maybe we need another way. What does the Bible say about helping the poor?

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The State of the Virginia Colony in 1623

The colonists wanted the king’s financial support, and here is their report on the state of the colony. The Indians (supposedly) told the colonists there were gold and silver mines in the area. One suggestion is to bring over malt to make beer for water to drink. This post is a primary source with thirty-one names of original colonists.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ancestry and Royal Lineage

Thomas’s mother Jane Randolph descends from one of the most prominent families in Virginia. Records show her family line is part of the royal gateway ancestors (royal descendants who moved to America). His paternal ancestry goes way back in Virginia history.

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