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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Tracing Footsteps: The Frasers of Scotland to Frazers of Virginia and West Virginia by Lillian M. Frazer is a detailed non-fiction documentation of William Frazer’s descendants. Frazer was a Scottish immigrant to America who descended from the Scottish Highland Clan Fraser of Lovat. Records show that by 1724, he was living in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. He worked as a tailor and trainee. In 1727, he moved to Fredericksburg and married Frances and in 1929 they had a son, James Frazer, who became a farmer and tobacco planter. In the eight generations covered, the Frazers took part in different events and played different roles depending on the era they lived in. Anthony Frazer (1754-1804) was an officer in the Continental Army while Charles Frazer (1853-1922) was a prominent coal developer and contributed to the development of coal mining in West Virginia.
I loved that Tracing Footsteps not only covers the Frazers but also mentions key historical figures and their connection to the Frazer family. The book also contains significant historical information about specific places. It records that prior to America gaining independence, the town of Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County only served as a trading post. It received an official charter and was established in 1728. It also records different events in American history and how they impacted the lives of the people at the time. The work contains in-depth information on the family members of each descendant and is a useful resource for anyone from the same lineage who wants to trace their historical roots. Tracing Footsteps by Lillian M. Frazer is a thorough genealogical account of the Frazers that begins from their arrival in America.