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Joseph Green Semmes, redux

Based on new information, I am revising my original biography of Joseph Green Semmes to include details about his death. Though the story of Semmes shooting Professor John A. G. Davis is recounted almost daily at the University of Virginia, … Continue reading

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Francis Henry Smith (14 Oct. 1829-5 Jul. 1928)

Francis H. Smith was born in Leesburg, Virginia. His father was Daniel Grove Smith, a merchant who later moved to Albemarle County, Virginia. His mother was Eleanor (Buckey) Smith, originally of Frederick, Maryland. Francis was educated at the Leesburg Academy, … Continue reading

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U.Va. Magazine Article About Slavery

This is a very interesting article from University of Virginia Magazine about slavery at the University of Virginia.

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Powhatan Bolling Starke (18 Jul. 1822-10 Sep. 1870)

Powhatan B. Starke was the son of Dr. Robert Bolling Starke (1781-1839) of Norfolk, VA, and his first wife, Martha Fox Lindsay (1791-1826). This family was also descended from Thomas Rolfe through Jane (Rolfe) Bolling. Starke attended the University of … Continue reading

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Semmes Family (Maryland, Georgia, and Virginia)

The Semmes family was founded in America by Marmaduke Semme, who settled in southern Maryland before 1662. He was a carpenter by trade and had paid for his own passage to the New World. (Humphreys) The Semmeses who attended the … Continue reading

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