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CVHR Meeting (April 4): Bleak House Biographies

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Alice Cannon will talk about what she learned as she followed the paths after Emancipation of all the people who were enslaved at Bleak House, the James B. Rogers plantation near Earlysville: where they went, how they supported each other, what they and their children went on to do. She will particularly focus on the story of the Woodfolk and Whipps families and the Evans family: who stayed, who left, and how did they remained connected?

Kenwood Library, Monticello

4pm, the first Thursday of most months.

CVHR meeting (Nov 7): The Scott-Cox-Jackson Family of Charlottesville

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Brenda Desobry will tell us what she has heard about her great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Scott and her great-grandmother Nannie Cox Jackson, a noted educator in Charlottesville. The stories passed down through this family are remarkably detailed and consistent. They are also, as research discoveries of Gayle Schulman, Sam Towler and others have shown, remarkably accurate. Cinder Stanton will summarize some of these connections between oral history and the documentary record.

Mysteries still remain, however, so come help solve them. What is the nature of the Monticello connection? Why did Robert Scott (who married Elizabeth Scott’s mother, Nancy) apparently free only one of his children? And Brenda is particularly eager to know more about the Indian connection and her ancestor Nancy Redcross.

CVHR Meeting May (3): Family History (Edwina St. Rose) and Morven Archaeology (Steve Thompson)

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Edwina will tell “Emma’s Story,” about discovering her mother’s Charlottesville roots (aka “How W L met Harriet”). She says she has become hopelessly addicted to researching her mother’s paternal and maternal ancestry, adding to the family tree, and learning about the social interactions of Charlottesville’s African-American families in the late 19th Century.

Steve will give an overview of archaeological research at Morven since 2009: its goals, results, and potential next steps. This will include reference to salient aspects of the history of this estate near Ash Lawn-Highland that once belonged to Jefferson’s friend William Short, local merchant David Higginbotham, and others.

CVHR April Meeting (5th): Gayle Schulman and Bob Vernon (and Tinsley family members)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Next meeting of Central Virginia History Researchers: Thursday, April 5, 4 PM, at the Jefferson Library

Gayle will tell us about seven persons of color born in Charlottesville/Albemarle between 1862 and 1882 who went on to become physicians. She is exploring their local roots as well as their professional careers. One of the doctors married a woman from Newaygo, Michigan (she says, Check it out on a map!). Gayle is also interested in knowing if and how their stories should be made available to others.

Bob will talk about his work on the Tinsley family of Louisa County. He will use Wilson and Marcia Tinsley, owned by two different Green Springs residents, as an example of an ‘abroad’ marriage and a springboard to using historical sources to understand the nature and extent of such marriages in central Virginia. He has asked members of the Tinsley family to come to the meeting to share their photographs and stories.

CVHR February Meeting (2nd): Visualizing Emancipation (Dr. Scott Nesbit, University of Richmond)

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Scott Nesbit will talk about two attempts to use online visualization to gain a better understanding of the history of emancipation.  ”Marriage & Migration,” is a map of the cohabitation records in Virginia and was published to accompany an essay in the journal Southern Spaces. Visualizing Emancipation, to be released in February 2012, is an attempt to harvest and organize a large amount of information from the Official Records and other sources on where and when black southerners became free during the U.S. Civil War.  He especially looks forward to thinking about the ways in which such projects could foster conversation and collaboration with local historians.

CVHR meets at 4pm on Thursday, February 2nd in the Kenwood Library at Monticello.

CVHR January Meeting (5th): 2012 Goals for our website/database

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

A get-to-grips with 2012 meeting. Updates on the NEH database project, fixing on ways to populate our website with non-database-related information we’ve gathered, and anything else you want to bring up. Come help chart a course for the year ahead.

Time: 4pm, Thursday

Location: The Jefferson Library is located on Route 53, almost half a mile past the Monticello entrance, if you’re coming from Charlottesville. Turn right at the white gateposts (an oval sign mentions Kenwood and the Jefferson Library). Park in the first lots you come to and walk uphill to the Library, the large building at the top of the circle.

March 3rd Meeting: Trouble the Water: Antislavery Activism in the Middle Potomac Region

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Deborah A. Lee, independent scholar and co-creator of the Virginia Emigrants to Liberia website, was a resident fellow last semester at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She will share with us what she is learning from her current project.

Between 1810 and 1865, on the eastern borderland of slavery and freedom, including parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, diverse activists worked together and separately to resist and gradually end slavery. These white and black men and women used sophisticated peaceful means—persuasion, law, philanthropy, colonization, and the underground railroad—to help thousands of individual bondspeople obtain freedom, fray the institution of slavery locally, and advance the movement nationally. This grassroots perspective sheds new light on the growing tensions over slavery in the East, the increasing difficulty of opposing the institution in the South, and the importance of African Americans from this region in the movement to end slavery in the United States.

February 17th meeting: Developing and publicizing our NEH-funded African-American Families Database

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Help shape both our website and how we present it at a history conference in March. Lynn Rainville will report on progress with design of the interactive database for the website. We’ll focus discussion of the database around what is needed for our upcoming panel presentation at the Virginia Forum in Lexington.

Here’s the panel: Jean Cooper and Alice Cannon on our methods of making connections between enslaved and freed people, using families of Hydraulic Mills and Bleak House as examples; Bob Vernon on mapping post-bellum communities to reveal patterns of community formation; Lynn Rainville on the ups and downs of creating the database; and Cinder Stanton is the moderator.

When: 4pm

Where: Kenwood Library at Monticello

February Event (in lieu of the regular February Meeting)

Monday, December 20th, 2010

February 3rd: 4pm:

Christy S. Coleman, President of the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar (Richmond)

Title of her talk:  “Interpreting African American History at Historic Sites” (in the Jefferson Library).

Note: We (CVHR) will decide later whether and when to reschedule our regular meeting this month.

February 4th meeting of CVHR: Tunnels & Updates

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

When: Thursday, Feb. 4, 4 PM
Where: Jefferson Library (at Monticello). Meeting is canceled if Monticello is closed because of inclement weather. For information, go to
Topic: A learning and sharing meeting. A chance to share information and research methodology. Our northern Virginia members Marie and Jane are coming (weather permitting!), as are three new members who have undertaken a project to study the laborers (mostly Irish as well as enslaved African Americans) on the Blue Ridge railroad tunnels (1849-1859).