Journey of a Genealogist #20: Thirty days in the land of my fathers – part 7, Search for the Mullins/Ewell Home in Goochland

 

 

By Barry J. Ewell

Episode 20, entitled Thirty days in the land of my fathers – part 7, Search for the Mullins/Ewell Home in Goochland, Barry J. Ewell shares a few of his personal experiences as a genealogist.

The next morning after I had picked up my wife and others from the Dulles Airport, we rose  to begin our search the original lands owned by ancestors in the 1700’s in Goochland County.  From my research in Salt Lake City and Goochland County, I knew where the families of Maxey Ewell and John Mullins had lived and the name of the town. The town did not exist on any map and we were not having any luck finding our direction.  We had stopped a couple times to get directions but to no avail.  As I was going down the road, I was preparing to drop into the next service station when I felt the need to stop at the Napa Auto Parts immediately on my right.  Inside I asked out loud the 4 to 5 men inside if anyone of them were aware of the specific place we were looking for.

The men talked for several minutes each having a different direction for us to follow.  We had a direction but it was not real great.  One man followed me outside and proceeds to give me exact directions to where I wanted to go and told me about mill that was located there and up for sale.    When we arrived, we realized that this very out of the way place could have only been know about by a few people.

Lessons learned#1:

  •  Listen and follow thoughts and promptings that come into your mind as your conduct genealogy research.