Do you have Revolutionary War Ancestors who fought or may have fought at the Battle of the Cowpens?


There is a newly published book that looks at the battle from all sides – American, British, officer, enlisted, battle tactics, weather, terrain, etc.

A Devil of a Whipping – The Battle of Cowpens by Lawrence E. Babits is a military history book on the battle, but it is also a wonderful genealogical resource. His research included American and British official records, officers reports, pension records, personal histories, and maps drawn by participants. Some of these maps are reproduced in the book.

A Devil of a Whipping

What I found most valuable were the numerous names found within the volume. Mr. Babits refers by name to the commanders, from major units down to small groups of soldiers, and then references the various enlisted men who provided eyewitness accounts in their pension applications.

If you had ancestors that served in Virginia (Continental Army or state militia units), Maryland, North or South Carolina or Georgia militias or in Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton’s British unit during the American Revolution you may find this volume provides you valuable information either on your ancestor, his unit, or his commanders.

Take the time to review this volume and see if it can provide you with additional information on your ancestor. At the very least, you will come away with a greater appreciation of the type of service our ancestors experienced while serving in the Revolutionary War.

(A Devil of a Whipping – The Battle of Cowpens by Lawrence E. Babits is available for checkout from any of the 5 Plano libraries.)

Too often when I am searching for information I overlook a very valuable source. Have you ever subscribed to a genealogy magazine or quarterly historical journal?

Here at the Genealogy Center we have bound volumes of various genealogy magazines and journals. National, state, county, and area quarterly magazines are bound by year.

I found a family story from the early 1800s in the Holston Pathfinder. (The Holston River is in the east Tennessee, south Virginia area.) The story lead me to the court records in three counties where my ancestors had lived.

I found several references to family members.

When you are searching for information or relatives, check to see if the local county or county historical society publishes a journal or magazine. While you are browsing the collection here at the Genealogy Center, don’t overlook the various genealogy magazines/journals in our collection. (They have the spine label GEN PER.) These volumes are located at the end of the state or county reference sections. The newly received volumes can be found on our NEW BOOK shelves.

Good Hunting!


John Adams, future 2nd President of the United States of America,

John Adams

writing to his wife after the signing of the Declaration of Independence wrote – “…..It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States….”

Valley Forge

Take time this holiday weekend to REMEMBER the sacrifice of all those who both took part in the gaining of Independence and those who have followed after, maintaining it.


Celebrate but please be SAFE in all of your activities.


Make the FOURTH of JULY a truly positive and memorable celebration.

I”m really excited that the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are coming to the Haggard Library on Saturday, June 28 from 10:30-noon.  They’ll be bringing flags, weapons, and other items of the American Revolution time period.  I have heard rumor that Betsy Ross will be attending.  The men and women will be in their uniforms or dress for photographs.  They will also have a cannon on the front lawn of the library.

Be sure to bring your camera for pictures.  We will see you there.

Summer Classes!

The Genealogy Center has several classes planned for the summer. Most of the classes will be held downstairs in the Genealogy Center at the Haggard Library. Here’s the schedule (times are different for each class):

June 17, 1:00-2:30          Genealogy 101 – How to get Started in Genealogy

June 28, 10:30-Noon       SAR: Sons of the American Revolution – The SAR will show off their uniforms, weapons, flags and more. Bring your camera! (Held in the Program on the first floor and outside)

July 12, 1:00-5:00            Bring Your Brick Wall – Staff and Volunteers will be available to assist you in locating your hard to find ancestors

July 16, 9:30-11:00          Filling in the Holes – Locating the vital records to find your ancestors

August 14, 9:30-11:00     Founding Families of Plano – Discover the history of Plano through the founding families

June 24, July 29, August 26         Legacy Research, 1:30-5pm, – Legacy Users Group meets for information sharing, research tips, webinars, and one-on-one


Coming October 17th, the Annual Genealogy Lock-In from Noon to 11pm. Webinars, classes, research time and assistance will be available throughout the day.

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  • Dictionary of American-Indian Place and Proper Names in New England
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  • NASE rodina “Our Family”
  • Flemish American Heritage, vol. 27-29; 2009-2011
  • A Practical Guide to Jewish Cemeteries
  • A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia
  • A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire, Vol. 1
  • A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland
  • Sephardic Genealogy – Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World
  • A Guide to Chicago and Midwestern Polish-American Genealogy
  • A Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names – Their origins, Structure, Pronunciation, and Migrations
  • A Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Jewry 1909-1914 from the Canadian Jewish Times
  • Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names
  • History of Brunswick (GER)
  • Irish Vital Records from The Scots Magazine, 1739 – 1826
  • Marin, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Extractos Bautismales de la Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, vol. 1-4; 1802-1834
  • Duke of York Record (DE) 1646 – 1679
  • Georgia Pioneers, vol. 23; 1986
  • Chicago Cemetery Records (IL) 1847-1863 Sexton’s Reports and Certificates, Treasurer Receipts, Deeds, and Undertakers’ Reports
  • Green County, KY Abstracts of Circuit Court Cases, Vol. 24-26
  • “Given to Drinking and Whoring” White Maryland Runaways, 1720 – 1762
  • 1804 Tax Assessment Baltimore County, MD
  • Index of Obituaries and Marriages in The [Baltimore] Sun, 1886-1890
  • Settlers of Colonial Calvert County, MD
  • Abstracts of Marriages and Deaths in Harford County, MD Newspapers, 1837 – 1871
  • Somerset County, MD Marriage Records, 1796 – 1871
  • Saint Mary’s Cemetery Newton, MA Epitahs
  • History of Stone County, Missouri
  • New Jersey Bible Records, vol. 1 & 2
  • Early Families of Herkimer County, NY Descendants of the Burnetsfield Palatines
  • The Old Burying Ground at Sag Harbor, Long Island, NY
  • Staten Island (NY) Church Records
  • Lancaster County (PA) Heritage, 1984-1987, vol. 1-3
  • Early Quaker Records of Philadelphia, PA, vol. 1, 1682 – 1750
  • Land Records of York County, PA, 1771 – 1775
  • A Collection of Upper South Carolina Genealogical and Family Records, vol. 1
  • Tennessee Genealogical Magazine “Ansearchin’ News”, vol. 60; 2013
  • Maps of Texas and the Southwest, 1513-1900
  • Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray (TX), 1861-1865
  • First Settlers of Austin County, TX
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  • Belvedere Memorial Park Cemetery, San Angelo, Tom Green Co., TX
  • Wilkie-Clay-Fish Funeral Home Austin, TX Funeral Records, 1935-1989
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  • Lancaster County, VA Land Records, 1770 – 1782
  • Westmoreland County, VA Orders, 1721 – 1726 & 1758 – 1761
  • York County, VA Deeds, Orders, Wills, etc., 1698-1702; 1708-1725
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I had the priviledge of being rocked to sleep as a child to my grandmother telling me stories of my relatives and ancestors. By the time I was in school I knew that Memorial Day and Decoration Day were two names for the same day in our home town.

I had heard how one of my ancestors had been on a cattle drive across the west. How my great-grandparents had immediately left Pennsylvania after their wedding and sailed down the Ohio river then up the Mississippi river to St. Louis. They traveled by ox and wagon to their new home in the wilderness of northern Missouri.

I heard stories of my ancestors from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

Grandmother told the story of how my Uncle Bill tried in vain to save his little sister (My Aunt Nina Dot Coleman)

Nina Dot Coleman

from being hit (and ultimately killed) by a car in the early 1930s.

Grandmother told me how this same Uncle Bill served in the U. S. Army in World War II.

Coleman, Billy S. - PFC - WWII

I saw and read the presentation my mother made to the community as a young elementary school student praising the sacrifice of her brother and his fellow soldiers during the war.

My family came from Pennsylvania and Virginia to northern Missouri. Your family may have been raised here in Texas or arrived from other states or lands.

You have family stories just as I do. Your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles served in various conflicts or supported those who did. They traveled or made it possible for you to travel here. Each event is a story in its own right.

Here at the Genealogy Center we have research materials from all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, the Carribean Islands, and countries outside of the Americas, as well as military and immigration resources. Allow us to assist you in your search. Perhaps you will locate a long lost ancestor or find one of those treasured stories that will be passed on for generations.

Take the time around this Memorial Day holiday or during your family vacation to share those stories with your loved ones. Allow them to grow in appreciation of the service and sacrifice that their ancestors made on their behalf.

Good Hunting!


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