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April 29, 2017

Historical Markers Commemorating Our Family Members


As I wrote about in the last post, I have three family members that fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution. They were: Samuel Evans, John McAdoo, and Southy Nelson. Samuel Evans was a private in the Virginia Cont’l Line. John McAdoo was from North Carolina, I am still researching the McAdoo line.
Location: US 29 at NC 216 northeast of Grover Cleveland County, North Carolina


Hans Jacob Holtzclaw was the original immigrant from the Siegerland area in Germany brought to Virginia to work for Spotswood in 1714 At the time, the Germanna area was the westernmost outpost of colonial Virginia.

Location: 38° 42.212' N, 77° 52.396' W. Marker is near Warrenton, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of Lee Highway (U.S. 211) and Holtzclaw Road (Route 681), on the right when traveling east on Lee Highway. Marker is in this post office area: Warrenton VA 20186, United States of America.


My husband's g-grandfather, Abraham Littau, was the first to be interned in the Kiowa Cemetery in Lipscomb County, Texas outside of Booker. Abraham was killed by lightning while fixing a fence. All of the families buried in this cemetery are related to each other. All were German-Russians who immigrated from Russia, Abraham in 1907.

Location: N 36° 24.444 W 100° 30.070

Of course, there has to be one relative that becomes so famous he has multiple historical markers -- mine is Black Jack Ketchum. This marker is located on NM Highway 209 south of Tucumcari, New Mexico or N 34° 59.409 W 103° 44.816.
          The second historical marker is for Black Jack Ketchum's Hideout. Located at N 36° 30.625 W 104° 55.05213S E 507384 N 4040566 or at Highway NM21 and US Highway 64 in Cimarron, New Mexicio.
          A third plaque commemorating Black Jack Ketchum's death hangs on the Union County Sheriff's Office indicates that, on this site, outlaw Black Jack Ketchum was hanged in 1901. The office is behind the Union County Courthouse, 200 Court St., Clayton NM.

Well, that's about all for now. I will keep looking for those roadside markers commemorating the members of our family. If you know of one I don't have, please email it to me at

North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program

Texas Historical Commission     A Groundspeak Website

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