Re: [genpcncfir] Re: Another WELCOME to GenPCNCFIR
Interesting reading about your ancestors from Pitt County. I have no known connections but just thought I'd mention one thing to you. While I am not sure, I would think that Sam Truss Sr. may have actually come to Pitt from the Norfolk County, VA area. There were apparently some Trusses in Norfolk during the 1700's. Many other Pitt County families also came from there. It might be worth looking into.
Someone has claimed in an on line posting that Samuel Sr of Pitt County was the son of a Samuel Truss and wife Sarah Cavanaugh from VA. You might want to write to her to see if there is any validity to that claim. Do an Ancestry or Rootsweb search for Truss and/or Samuel Truss and you should be able to find the person I'm talking about. Sorry, can't remember the persons name right now.
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Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2003 3:03 PM
Subject: [genpcncfir] Re: Another WELCOME to GenPCNCFIR
Hello everyone, I wrote a little introduction of the new guy a while back,
but when writing to Jewelle, I came up with something a little more
descriptive that I thought I'd share with everyone.
I'm originally from North Alabama where my family has deep roots, settling
there in the early 1800s. My mother is a Gamble of which much
documentation has been produced carrying the Gamble family back to Patrick
Kinchen Gamble who settled there in the early 1800s after being discharged
from the War of 1812. You might be wondering what all this has to do with
Pitt County. Well Patrick Kinchen Gamble's wife was Francis Truss aka
Fanny Truss. Francis Truss was the daughter of Samuel Truss, Jr. (Let's
call him Sam Jr.) and Silvia Cobb. Sam Jr was born in Pitt County, NC it
seems. He is the son of Samuel Truss, Sr. (let's call him Sam Sr.) who it
seems died in Pitt County, NC and may have immigrated from there England.
Sam Sr. appears to have served in the Rev War and married Mary Forbes.
Those three families I think may have been active in early Pitt County
history. That's what I'm searching for.
I would like to document some history of the Truss, Cobb, and Forbes family
to provide to my family in Alabama. It's been twenty years since the
information on Patty Kay and Fannie was told to everyone and since then
interest in family history and attendance at family reunions has started to
shrink. A couple of years ago the reunion was even skipped by a lack of
attendance the previous year. Hopefully some new information, maybe a
simple book could spur another 10 years of interest.
I think I would also like to obtain membership in the Sons of the American
Revolution which requires documentation of an Ancestor's service during the
Revolutionary War, so I'm looking for that on Sam Sr. Other individuals in
the family might be interested if all they had to do was tie into me.
Perhaps a SAR or DAR event at a family reunion might draw a large crowd.
In general I just want to extend my family tree as much as I can for the
generations to come. So much is so quickly lost. I'm hoping that
somewhere someone has photographs of these folks. It may seem like a long
shot, but just recently on another line I found a women who had
photographs from the late 1800s/early 1900s of another one of my lines.
Interestingly, Patrick Kinchen Gamble was born in NC circa 1794 but that's
all we know. One day I'd like to work on that, but I expect it's a long
and frustrating task so I'll put if off and concentrate on his wife's
Maybe one day I can publish a book on my family complete with stories,
photographs, document images, and the like. I've read several family tree
books which read more like reference than what I'd like to do. I think it
would be good if a book could be both. But that seems like a rather
daunting task, that will take time.
My experience in genealogy is limited. I have a great deal of information
other people have gathered before me, but my personal investigation skills
are amateurish. I have spent sometime in libraries looking at census
records before, but that's about it. I think you'll find I'm also pretty
young, 32 years old, to be interested in genealogy - but none the less I
am. I would welcome and appreciate any advice on how to do research.
Personally, I have two small children, full time job, and a couple of
obligations that don't leave as much time for family research as I would
like. I wonder if I could make a living in genealogy somehow. I wonder if
I could teach genealogy at a small university - but then I'm not really
qualified yet. So there's my story.
Possibly your cousin,
(TRUSS, COBB, FORBES, GAMBLE)
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