Delaporte’s Folly: Virginia’s French Corps of 1777-1778

One of the most enjoyable aspects of when I worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation was the opportunity to research and publish about lesser known Williamsburg stories and personalities. The story of the short-life of the Virginia French Corps was one example. This article was originally published in the Colonial Williamsburg Interpreter, Volume 24, NumberContinue reading “Delaporte’s Folly: Virginia’s French Corps of 1777-1778”

“Grandpa Murphy” Started it All

My interest in my family’s history began almost twenty-five years ago when my mother, Bonnie Ashworth, passed along to me an old, worn ledger book. The book contained poetry written over one hundred years ago by her great-great-grandfather and passed down to her by her Grandmother, Caroline Billingham Bentz (Grandpa Murphy’s granddaughter.) The family possessedContinue reading ““Grandpa Murphy” Started it All”