Rives Family Roots

My mother was a Rives. When Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, it was if a match had been thrown into dry tinder. The revolt quickly swept beyond the borders of Germany, following the lines of least political resistance and finding fresh fuel in those centers where humanist learning […]

Jordan Family Roots

The Jordan family of Halifax County, Virginia, descended from one of the Jordans who arrived in Virginia from southwest England in the early 1600s.  The genetic evidence certainly supports this conclusion, but a clear line of descent has not been traced.  This is because of the paucity of family records as well as the destruction […]

Posts on Family

Over the next few weeks there will be a number of very personal posts that give intimate details on my life and my family.  I hope that this is not off-putting.  I think we can all learn a great deal from each other.  All of us have some very interesting histories and experiences, good and […]

Expediency and Honor

The term “expedient” is sometimes translated as an action considered to be  convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or immoral.  We have seen many instances of  expediency in American foreign policy.  Most recently, we may to be seeing it in Syria.  President Trump has said that he is pulling American military personnel out of […]