By clicking the above link, you can access a good source of information about the life experiences of indentured servants on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Virginia. William and Elizabeth Nock arrived in America as indentured servants, and experienced some of the brutality chronicled in this database after arriving on the Eastern Shore of Virginia(accomack county).
I recently had a DNA test done through Ancestry.com. I wanted to possibly find new relatives, and hopefully find out my exact ethnic heritage. A while back, I was told by some historians that because the Shore was so isolated, that there was not as much race mixing way back when, as there tended to be in other parts of the country. On average, African Americans tend to be between 20%-30% Caucasian, for example. When I saw my DNA results, I learned that I am 91% African, and 4% Irish. This pretty much confirmed what the historians had told me.
Beyond my racial breakdown, Ancestry also gives you a listing of genetic cousins who you may, or may not, know. For me, there was a list of 265 people who were between first and fourth cousins. I’ve been contacted by some of those people and in some cases, have figured out how we are related. What was also interesting is that once I got past my fourth cousins, I saw photos of genetic cousins who were Caucasians in my family tree, as well.
I feel strongly that DNA testing is very important, and helps us all in our efforts to locate as many family members as we can. Whether you go through Ancestry.com, or any of the other services, I think that its time and money, well spent.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Facebook family and friends. This is my favorite holiday because it’s the one holiday that everyone can slow down for a minute and celebrate the many blessings that we all have in our lives. Make it a great day!
Hello Nocks, we just had a wonderful Family Reunion in Chincoteague, Virginia. Since my family is from Accomack County, we wanted to have our Reunion somewhere in our ancestral home. We had a great time and it was a reminder of how important our family is. It was also a reminder of how much we all love being Nocks! We have such a wonderful history, whether you’re American, British, German, French, Swiss, Canadian, South American, or anywhere else in the world, it’s an absolute pleasure to a part of the Nock family! If any of you are thinking about having a Reunion of your own, I highly recommend it.
We’ve previously discussed the Nock family of New England. This booklet gives quite a bit of detail of the Nocks, and some of their exploits over a number of generations. Click on the link below and I think you’ll find it quite interesting.
At the dawn of the 19th century, there was much unrest in England. Whether from volatility in the banking industry, or the threat of invasion from France, there was a need for volunteers to serve in the armed forces, and for state of the art weapons. For the latter, the authorities would turn to Henry Nock. Click on this article, and I think you’ll see that it does a great job of painting a picture of those turbulent times, and the impact of weapons developed by Nock.
Courtesy of Michael Danks