Sunday, April 3, 2011

Reunion

 by Roberta Estes

One of the great things about working with a group of people is meeting folks you’ve known online in person, and to see old friends again.  Events like this serve not only their stated purpose, but also as a conduit to build lasting relationships.
In the five years since the founding of the Lost Colony Research Group, we’ve been very fortunate to acquire some absolutely top notch researchers.  Many within our group are here.  I met Nancy Frey and Dawn Taylor for the first time in person yesterday, but the internet allows us to collaborate electronically, something researchers 20 or 30 years ago could not do.  Andy Powell, who lives in Bideford returns this year for his third major dig and seeing Andy again is like old home week.
Some of the students were here last year as well, and many of them returned.  It’s wonderful to see these lovely young people.  Dinner time takes on the flavor of a family reunion.
We’ve been particularly blessed to be joined by a descendant of Jonas Squires.  The Squires name is familiar to anyone who does Native research in Hyde County.  The Squires family was one of the primary native families who were part of the Mattamuskeet tribe who was granted the reservation at Lake Mattamuskeet and a few decades later, sold it in the 1730s and 1740s.  Our friendly Squires descendant brought along a great deal of research for which we are very grateful.  While early records were sparse they had been able to find quite a few.  Join us tomorrow for more details of the Squires family of Hyde County and what the few records they have found tell us about Jonas.


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