The Tracy Family History
Here are some surnames I have found in my research that make me curious if we are connected to other famous people.
Governor George Wallace
It has always been wondered if the famed Governor George Wallace of Alabama is one of ours. No one has ever done the research.
Admiral William Adger Moffett
He created the Navy's air wing from scratch, including aircraft carriers and dirigibles. He died in the famous crash of the mighty dirigible Akron in 1933. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1869. Some Moffett’s intermarried with our McDowells. Sam Houston married Margaret Moffett. His sister, Martha, married Colonel George Moffett of Augusta “...a gallant solder of the Revolution, whose descendants are numerous in this county and elsewhere.” George Moffett fought at Kings Mountain, Cowpens, and Guilford Court House.
Because the name Anderson figures so prominently in our family history (The Reverend James Anderson), I always wondered if there is a connection when I come across the name Anderson in the old South: There was the infamous Andersonville Civil War prison in Georgia. It was named after the nearby town of Andersonville. After whom was the town named?
Major Robert Anderson was the Union commander of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. The bombardment of this fort by the Confederates started the Civil War.
“Flying Tigers?” Information can be found on page 129 of George Seldon Wallace's book, and on page 209 of William Harris Miller's book.
They were a Virginia family. In the late 1800s, one brother went into the tobacco business in Bristole, Tennessee. The other brother went into metals, and later aluminum.
McAfee Virus Scan
The massive works by the Reverend Neander Woods published in 1905, The Woods-McAfee Memorial, has always made me curious if there is a connection. John McAfee is rich and famous for his popular computer virus scan. Because he is an intensely private man I have not been able to find out if he has Southern roots.
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