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Footprints on the Frontier

Gilbert X. Drendel, Jr. (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-4543-3 ©2008
Price: $19.95
Book Size: 8.5" x 11" , 269 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical

Footprints on the Frontier is about a pioneer family who survived and flourished on the North Carolina frontier, but then migrated by wagon train to southern Indiana where they transformed another frontier into a civilized community.

America expanded and became a great nation because sturdy, courageous pioneers opened and settled new frontiers. The Ebenezer Jones family traveled from Delaware to late frontier Rowan County, North Carolina where they built farms from virgin woods, began a new church, and flourished. Nevertheless, they left a new home and migrated by wagon train in mid-age to Indiana Territory where they faced hostile Indians, earthquakes, and a sunless summer. They never looked back, and they never doubted they would succeed. This book describes their lives, their fifteen children, and Ebenezer’s role in forming one of the first county governments in southern Indiana.

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Customer Reviews

  Ebenezer Jones , 09/07/2008
Reviewer: Clayton Heathcock
This is a marvelous piece of genalogical scholarship. Ebenzer Jones was a very interesting character, born in Delaware, lived in North Carolina, led a wagon train to the Indiana Territory. Ebenezer lived 100 years and fathered a large family of 15 sons and daughters, most of whom lived to adulthood and contributed their own large families. He is therefore the progenitor of hundreds if not thousands of living Americans. Gilbert X. Drendel is a careful researcher who has sorted through and straightened out many myths, based on family traditions that have become distorted and exaggerated in the century and a half since Ebenezer died. Morevoer, through careful research, Drendel has finally discovered the parents of Ebenezer Jones and his wife Mary Wroten. However, this book is more than a good family history. Drendel has taken care to place the life of Ebenezer and his large family in the larger context of American history. This is a good read even if you are not one of the many, many Americans who descend from Ebenezer Jones.

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