Genealogy Tips and Tricks

   To trace a family, start with what is known and work backwards — parents to grandparents and so on and along the way, it's important to note every source of information. Genealogy is all about what can be documented and it's helpful to keep in mind that all published records are compiled by people … Continue reading Genealogy Tips and Tricks

Like a Rolling Stone: Pharris Matthew Stribling, 1901-1950

  My grandfather, Pharris Matthew Stribling, could have been the inspiration behind the song, Papa was a Rolling Stone. I'm not certain of his exact birthdate, but I believe he was born sometime around February or March of 1901, in Lincolnton, Lincoln County, Georgia, the second child and oldest son of Charles and Emily (Flanigan) … Continue reading Like a Rolling Stone: Pharris Matthew Stribling, 1901-1950

Coat of Arms, Ambrose Lupo and Sons

This is a graphic representation of the coat of arms issued to Ambrose Lupo (posthumously) and his sons, Peter and Joseph. Numerous copies are floating around the Internet, mistakenly identified as the Lupo family coat of arms, many with no attribution and some with erroneous information about how it originated. Here's the actual story. The … Continue reading Coat of Arms, Ambrose Lupo and Sons

The First Lupos in America 1610-1670

The story of the Lupo family in North America began with the earliest settlers in Virginia and was led by two sons of royal musician Peter Lupo. His marriage to Katherine Wicker is recorded in the parish of St. Botolph's without Aldgate 27 October 1575. It was preceded within a month by the christening of … Continue reading The First Lupos in America 1610-1670

Reconstructing a Family: Laban Lupo of Robeson County, NC

In putting together a genealogy, knowing who isn't part of a given family is almost as important as knowing who is. In the case of the Lupos in Virginia and the Carolinas, the exasperating naming conventions make it very difficult to identify who belongs where. Between 1780 and 1820 there were at least four men … Continue reading Reconstructing a Family: Laban Lupo of Robeson County, NC

Talmadge Eugene Lupo, 1933-1995

Remembering my father, Talmadge Eugene Lupo (13 April 1933 - 5 April 1995) on what would have been his 82nd birthday. He was born thirty years and one week before I was. He graduated high school in Homerville, GA in 1951. He served two terms in the U.S. Air Force throughout the 1950s, stationed in … Continue reading Talmadge Eugene Lupo, 1933-1995

Genealogy and Writing

Genealogy is a process akin to assembling a massive jigsaw puzzle that has pieces scattered across multiple locations and times, some of which cannot be found, and with no indication of the picture that's to be assembled. The more pertinent facts one has the better, because that can help establish who an ancestor was, and … Continue reading Genealogy and Writing

James Lupo, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Died 1790

Adapted, with new information, from files at Almost everyone named Lupo, and many with the common variant Luper, who lived in the Southern United States at the time of the Civil War, descended from one of the three sons of James Lupo, whose will was recorded in Isle of Wight County, Virginia in September … Continue reading James Lupo, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Died 1790

The Lupos and Shakespeare

Note: This article has been updated and expanded in my essay collection The Cheese Toast Project, available in print from online bookstores, and in print and Kindle at Amazon. My earliest known ancestor, Ambrose Lupo, was brought to England as part of an ensemble of string players around May of 1540 by Henry VIII. Some … Continue reading The Lupos and Shakespeare