Dorber Origins

This most unusual name is of early medieval English, but with French origins.  It is job descriptive for a builder or plasterer - one who specialised in using wattle and daub.  The surname derives from the Middle English verb "dauben," meaning to coat with a layer of plaster, itself from the Old French "dauber." It …

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John Woolard – War of Independence

Early Woolard family John Woolard was born in Virginia in about 1752, and died in late 1809 in Hardy County, West Virginia.  He was married to Margaret Wilkins.  John is my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather. Their son was Henry Woolard, born on 30th July 1788 in Rockingham County, Virginia, and died on 23rd December 1878 in Richland, Fairfield County, …

Lewis Milton; including German West Africa (1907-15), Western Front (1916-17)

Lewis Milton This post is about the life of my Great-Grandfather, Lewis Milton. Lewis was always an intriguing, larger-than-life figure to me as I grew up.  I have an always had an interest in the history and geography of the British Empire and had always been fascinated by explorers and deepest darkest Africa.  And to …