The Ancestors: Genealogy

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. – Thich Nhat Hanh

My curiosity about family began while I was in college. To know where I was going I needed to know where I’d been! Knowing so much about my ancestors now gives me a real sense of belonging. And my research nurtured a genuine love of history, and place. The link to my own research is HERE(Click):

The Hutson line, from Dr. Henry Woodward, the explorer, is also now documented at First Families of South Carolina 1670-1700, in Charleston, South Carolina. I am indebted to cousin Michael Jenkins Hutson, of El Paso, Texas, Hutson historian extraordinaire, who helped with the necessary supporting documents. If you are interested in membership at First Families, contact them via snail mail (no website!) at PO Box 21328, Charleston, South Carolina 29413-2564. For a more comprehensive list of resources of Lowcountry ancestors, click HERE. For excellent African American Lowcountry Genealogy click HERE.

19th c. artwork Haverstraw New York to Charleston, SC

Artwork by my namesake, Charlotte Ann Hay (1807-1856)

2 comments on “The Ancestors: Genealogy
  1. cindythames6678 says:

    This blog is a treasure!
    In researching colonial S.C. women I’m reading the Letterbook of Eliza Lucas, who was friends with Mary Woodward [then Chardon]. In June 1742 she wrote that she was deeply concerned about Mrs Chardon “whom I found quite out of her Sences,” apparently suicidal. History tells us she apparently recovered, and perhaps enjoyed a good life with Rev. Hutson. I’m so glad to find a (many great) granddaughter here!

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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