Hello Splawn Researchers,
Please allow me to introduce myself, Sammie J. Duncan, not only as the owner of this database, but as a SPLAWN researcher of 28 years and as your distant cousin and most important, your friend. You have to be a person interested in your family heritage or else you wouldn't have logged on to WWW.SPLAWN.COM and be reading this introduction. Since, the SPLAWN genealogical info is on one or more of these three databases, you most likely can find the information that you seek, if that data has been discovered by other researchers.
Now, for a little bit of info about myself. I retired 3 years ago and am enjoying every minute of it. My wife and I have been married for 41 years, have two wonderful children, a grown daughter and a grown son and 6 grandchildren. Both my wife and I enjoy family genealogy and as usual there is never enough time to do all we would like to accomplish. I also have another hobby. I have been a musician and vocalist for about 48 years. Country music is my favorite but I like other kinds too. I play fiddle mostly but started out playing guitar and also can play most any stringed instrument. I have been a band leader since 1977 and still an active musician. So, between genealogy, music, and keeping up with the grandchildren's ball games, I am never bored.
I appreciate the work that Mike Splawn has done in establishing a SPLAWN website. It will help all of us researchers to compare notes and to establish family connections concerning our ancestors. While any genealogical project is never complete, my database is not without errors because in so many instances I could only input the facts that were given to me by other most generous family members who were willing to contribute. If you find errors or can add to your family line, please don't hesitate to send the information to me and I will make the changes and see that Mike gets the updated version. Any new SPLAWN info is welcome.
Prior to 1977, I had never in my life met another person by the surname of SPLAWN, other than my grandmother Ara Vitella SPLAWN DUNCAN. Since then I have been fortunate to meet several SPLAWN cousins and all of them have been most helpful in my research.
Woody Splawn and I have exchanged information and corresponded numerous times during the past 25 years. He was the first to put his SPLAWN data on the computer. My database is an extension of his original database plus what I have added and collected the past ten years.
In the 1950's, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Ance SPLAWN came from California to visit my parents in Texas. They were inquiring about facts pertaining to his Splawn family. I did not meet Hubert and wife Marjorie at that time. Some 20 years later, after their deaths, I contacted their daughter in California and asked what happened to the data of all their years of SPLAWN research. The daughter answered back saying that she was not interested in genealogy and that she would mail to me the works collected by her mother. This included old letters written to various courthouses across the nation and letters to Splawn family members. Please remember, this was during the time period of no computers or word processors when all letters were hand written or typed. I still have, today, all those old letters and much of my SPLAWN data is based on the works of Mrs. Marjorie Splawn who spent many hours of driving and lots of stamps to try and find out about the roots of our SPLAWN ancestors. We owe a debt of gratitude to Marjorie and the work she did over 45 years ago. She had no idea that the results of her labor would someday be spread across America and the world by way of the electronic marvel called the Internet and a SPLAWN website.
Through the years I have contacted many, many researchers who have helped me in my research. It would be impossible to thank each one by name without unintentionally leaving someone out. People like Woody Splawn, Linda Lund Buck, Brenda Givins, and others who have helped me back in my early days of research. I can never say "Thank You" enough.
All of us are working on the early SPLAWN families of the Carolina's, back around 1750. There are still a lot of missing links between North and South Carolina and Georgia and then on westward as our ancestors came through Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. Mr. Bill Splawn, who has one or the other databases, has some early, early facts about our Splawn families and their early arrivals to America. Please check that source also.
Land records have always been one of my primary research tools. Stop and think about it, most all of your ancestors, your own family, and even you, have owned land at one time or another. Those land records were recorded in the local county courthouse and should still exist if they have not been destroyed for whatever reason. It's sad that lots of our courthouse records, especially in the South, were destroyed by fire during the Civil War. Probate records are another great source of information. Always ask for a Probate Packet, as a Will is only one part of a probate.
Remember you are who you are and where you are, today, because of the people who brought you here, your ancestors. It's fun to try and find out why some of our ancestors did what they did, or moved to some of the places they lived, or believed in the faith they chose.
Happy Hunting and Good Luck.
Sammie J. Duncan