Posts Tagged ‘West Armuchee’

Rest In Peace, Cousin Martha

Rest In Peace, Cousin Martha

Back in 2012 when I did the Jordan’s Journey lectures in Walker and Chattooga Counties (Georgia), Martha Neal Dennis was one of the many people who came out to see me. Mrs. Dennis is a blood cousin of mine–we both grew up in Armuchee Valley and descend from the same Keown family–though I never knew […]


McWilliams Cemetery [video]

McWilliams Cemetery [video]

Although you wouldn’t know it from updates here at Jordan’s Journey, 2013 has been one of the busiest years of my life! Don’t worry though–it’s all in a good way. And luckily for all you Jordan’s Journey fans, recently I uncovered an almost-finished Jordan’s Journey video that I shot back in May 2012. Due to […]


Georgia Backroads: “We Are One People” [Out Now!]

Georgia Backroads: "We Are One People" [Out Now!]

I am very pleased to announce the publication of my latest article in the current (Autumn 2013) issue of Georgia Backroads. “We Are One People” is an exploration of my ancestral ties to slavery, focusing specifically on the Armuchee Valley and Dirt Town Valley regions. My original photography, as well as antique images I curated, […]


Finns Point National Cemetery

Finns Point National Cemetery

Though the vast majority of my family–even going generations back–are rooted in Georgia and other parts of the south, there are some interesting burial locations in other parts of the country. I’ve yet to discover any direct family connections to New York, where I call home. But there are a couple of interesting family burials […]


Suttle’s Mill [video]

Suttle's Mill [video]

This week I am proud to bring you the first video for Jordan’s Journey since the original book trailer. This video is about Suttle’s Mill in the area known as Green Bush in the West Armuchee valley of Walker County Georgia. This is a very short film, a quickly digestable experiment to get things started, […]


Forever Young: Mapping Connections Between Armuchee Valley Families

Forever Young: Mapping Connections Between Armuchee Valley Families

This past week I visited Young Cemetery in West Armuchee in Walker County, Georgia. I always enjoy old cemeteries, particularly those in the Armuchee and Dirt Town Valleys. Young Cemetery is overgrown. It’s difficult to navigate through the graves and I got stuck by more than my fair share of briar branches… but hiking through […]


Maids-A-Milking: Suttle Women in West Armuchee

Maids-A-Milking: Suttle Women in West Armuchee

Digging up stories throughout the process of writing¬†Jordan’s Journey is one of the most interesting aspects of the project. I discovered many little details about my ancestors that helped me gain insight into their lives and personalities. I particularly enjoyed learning about the women. Women often don’t get their due in genealogy because we live […]


Ridges and Valleys and Streams… Oh My!

Ridges and Valleys and Streams... Oh My!

The area of northwest Georgia where I grew up is part of the Valley and Ridge region. This region is made up of “long northeast-southwest-trending valleys and ridges that give the region its name” (Geology). The region is not unique to Georgia and “extends continuously from New York to the edge of the Coastal Plain […]