"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
30 September 2004

Book Review

Pioneers, Patriots and Planters by Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk, Ph.D., Houston, TX: Wynnton Publishing, 2004 [ISBN0-9716358-0-3], 6524 San Felipe, #94, Houston, Texas 77057, hardcover $47.50, paperback $39.50, supplement $10 + shipping & handling. http://www.woolfolkbook.com/

Many times I have followed the concept: You never know what youll find or where youll find it! In reading, Pioneers, Patriots and Planters, I found an amazing story and compelling reading of the history of the Woolfolk family and of our country.

Dr. Woolfolk has conducted genealogical and historical research for the years and has written a remarkable history of the Woolfolk family from the early 1600s through the Civil War covering Colonial Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

I found myself walking in the footsteps of my own early ancestors as my family lived in the same communities and counties. Dr. Woolfolk has written a detailed history of her husbands family and, more importantly, telling a story of who they were and how they lived their lives.

She states in her Authors Notes that she is neither a genealogist nor a historian. Boy, is that an understatement as Dr. Woolfolk has written a book that should be a standard or guide for anyone who does family history research in Colonial Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Georgia.

The best compliment to this remarkable family history is that it is well cited and documented with extensive endnotes for every chapter. (As a personal preference, I prefer footnotes to endnotes, so I dont get lost flipping back and forth checking the notes. Yes, Im one of those who reads the footnotes as Im reading the text.)

There is also an amazing index that not only includes full names but also subject matters. In addition, there is an excellent Bibliography that is well worth reading alone. Why? To give you ideas of where to look, what to look for, I have looked at this resource? Kind of like a voyeurs glace over the shoulder of a researcher as to where they have been and what are their original source materials were and a clue where you can look for your own research.

Pioneers, Patriots and Planters chronicles the political, economic, social and religious forces, which affected the lives of this and many pioneer American families. Many families that arrived in Colonial America in the 1600s would have faced many of the same experiences, which should be of interest to anyone who is conducting research for their Southern families.

The book tells a unique story about the history of the settlement of the South, which describes the immigration of a group of English pioneers including the Woolfolk family and provides a unique approach to Southern history by combining a carefully-documented presentation of events taken from actual records of the history, revealing insight into the personality and values of their ancestors, through the social-historical context within which the events occurred. The account yields a new understanding of the events leading to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the interaction of the cotton, tobacco, and slavery, and the plantation life of the early pioneers and patriots.

This book is a keeper as a primary source guide on my personal bookshelf and should be mandatory reading for all genealogists who are researching early Colonial Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. You will obtain a lasting impression of the flavor of how our ancestors lived.

One of Dr. Woolfolks goals was to document a family story that the family was related to Pres. George Washington and she accomplished that goal. Well, I guess that makes Dr. Woolfolk and her family kin as ye ole George is my 2nd cousin, 9 generations removed.

I fully recommend this book and hope you will buy a copy for yourself as well as youre the genealogy collection at your local library.


In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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