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Archive for August, 2014

Oakwell Hall, ancestral home of the Batey/Batte/Batt family in Birstall, West Yorkshire, England

Oakwell Hall, ancestral home of the Batey/Batte/Batt family in Birstall, West Yorkshire, England

Genealogy is a kind of a personal treasure hunt – and in my ancestor, Captain William Batey, I struck gold. Below is a record of thirty generations of his ancestry (I have much more in my files). I owe the discovery of this treasure to William Addams Reitwiesner, the famed genealogist and one of the foremost authorities on medieval ancestry – who coincidentally happens to be a descendant of Captain Henry Batte, an early Jamestowne “Adventurer,” and therefore my distant cousin. Get ready to walk back in time to the meet the Kings of England, William the Conqueror, Charlemagne, and beyond. (more…)

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The following family history was originally written by my mother, Annette Batey Pittard on November 1, 1999, and updated by myself in 2014. Captain William Batey is the progenitor of the Batey family of Rutherford County, Tennessee with countless descendants living here today. He is my GGGG grandfather. I am descended from his oldest son, Christopher T. Batey, who was born to Captain William’s first wife Mary Betty. Most of Captain William’s descendants were born to his second wife, Ann Bass. (more…)

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Middle Tennessee Ancestor Map

Several years ago I started marking the precise locations of my ancestral homes and cemeteries on Google Maps. I maintain maps of several areas where my ancestors were concentrated. By far, the one with the most locations is my Middle Tennessee map. It’s pretty amazing to see most of my ancestry since 1800 so closely associated with one small area. This map includes both sides of my family. On this map, the latest of my ancestors arrived just after the War Between the States, and all else were here by the early 1800s.

Click here to see the map.

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