Pioneers, Patriots, and Planters

Non-Fiction - Genealogy
638 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2013
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

When Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk overheard her husband say that he was a descendant of THE George Washington, she was inspired to research his family. What started as a simple quest soon became almost an obsession. While the focus of this book is the Woolfolk family it is much more than a book of genealogy; this is a work of art based on the history of the settling of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. This book is divided into two parts. The first part has seven chapters and covers The Woolfolk Family Ancestors 1650 to 1800. The second part contains ten chapters that cover The Life and Family of John Woolfolk of Augusta and Columbus, Georgia from 1781 to 1880.

I love the first line in the Author’s Notes, “This book has reached its end – but it is not finished.” What a poignant statement for the story will continue on with the generations. The author obviously spent years in research; she has included documents, maps, and photographs in this book. To have the patience and tenacity to complete a book covering over 600 pages had to be a labor of love. I was especially eager to read and review this book because of the history of the settling of Kentucky.

If I were to suggest any changes to the author it would be to add more warmth through personal stories rather than only facts. However, I understand and realize that this style suited the author’s purpose. This book will appeal to history buffs and the Woolfolk family; it will be cherished by future generations of the family.