The first report given here will be the currently known history of my maternal lines (Bennett-Robinson). These people were primarily of English stock and ventured to America in the beginnings of colonization and settlement. Many were religious dissenters, adventurers, and indentured servants to the New England colonies. They slowly migrated down the east coast of the American colonies as the King's realm broadened, the majority taking crown grants, or otherwise settling for the long term in the lower Cape Fear region of North Carolina, and the bounding area of South Carolina.
In the more than 300 years since first arriving in the coastal plain of Carolina the core of this lineage remained in the same general area, making research easier, in most respects. As with any American genealogy however, it is still difficult to complete and authenticate to satisfaction. It is also, of course an ever on-going venture, so participation by any and all, is certainly welcome.
A second report here will be the gathering of a history concerning my paternal lines, Mizzles(Mizell)-Coffman. As with my maternal lines, these immigrants to the New World were primarily British. Secondary origins are mostly German and French.
These paternal lines were mostly very early settlers to Virginia. Before the end of the seventeenth century they were taking advantage of the opening of the Carolinas and were moving south. By the end of the Revolution most were migrating to the lower states or into Tennessee. As Indian lands were seized and other new cessions to the US were made in the central south, these families followed opportunities in that direction. By the end of the nineteenth century they were settled in the Trans-Mississippi and Texas.
I would be most obliged to any helpful cousin who can lend additions or corrections. Unlike many researchers I do give full appropriate reference to my sources where known, and request that all who borrow from my work do the same. After more than fourty years of hard work I often find my research copied elsewhere with the dissappointing appearance of originality to another author. It makes new study that much harder when one has to continually sift through their own material. Please be professional and polite.
A few of the primary lines in this study are: BENNETT, ROBINSON, HICKMAN, LEONARD, MARLOW, LAY, STANALAND, HOLDEN, DAVIS, MINTZ, SELLERS, WILLETTS, SIMMONS, GORE, FAULK, MIZZLES-MIZELL, STANLEY, COFFMAN, HILL, AUTRY, GRIFFIN, FOWLER, JORDAN, SMITHWICK, EAVES, BELL, LINEBERRY, PERKINS.
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