Bush Cemetery

Bush Cemetery

Some of my Horn and Roberson ancestors were buried in Bush Cemetery in Rock Port, Missouri. There’s nothing remarkable about that. It’s no different from the hundreds of little cemeteries across America where my ancestors are buried. Some of them maintained, some not. What makes this one special is that there’s a guy who is … Read more

Pay to Play Indian

Did you know there was a time when you could pay to be Indian? I’m not sure about the reliability of this information but it has become a common meme about pretend Indians (“pretendians”).  “It may be fashionable to play Indian now, but it was also trendy 125 years ago when people paid $5 apiece … Read more


The Melungeons are a tri-racial group, descended from Europeans, Africans and Indians. Although the term Melungeon refers to a specific group, it has become a generic label for many similar groups: the Carmel Indians of southern Ohio, the Brown People of Kentucky, the Guineas of West Virginia, the We-Sorts of Maryland, the Nanticoke-Moors of Delaware, … Read more


“Virtutis Gloria Merces” William Robertson of Kindace, Gentleman (c1620-1709) came from Scotland to Williamsburg, Virginia before 1705, when he was named as one of the directors of the settlement. He was descended from the Robertsons of Struan, chiefs of the Robertsons (called Clan Donnachaidh, or “Children of Duncan”). One branch of William Roberston’s descendants migrated west … Read more