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Family Traits [NOOK Book]

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George Skipper, 17th century Englishman, was an unlikely chief of the Nottoway Indians. Nevertheless, it was true. This mysterious character from the historical record and his descendents resided with the Indians during a time when they were hounded to the brink of extinction by the Colonial Government. They fought the French with a young colonel named George Washington. They amassed large tracts of land which they speculated for profit. They were embroiled in legal disputes and committed more than one act of ...

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Family Traits

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Overview

George Skipper, 17th century Englishman, was an unlikely chief of the Nottoway Indians. Nevertheless, it was true. This mysterious character from the historical record and his descendents resided with the Indians during a time when they were hounded to the brink of extinction by the Colonial Government. They fought the French with a young colonel named George Washington. They amassed large tracts of land which they speculated for profit. They were embroiled in legal disputes and committed more than one act of dubious morality while living for several generations in a murky zone between red and white society.

Although this is a work of fiction, the major characters and events are factual. The day to day embellishments are there to put flesh on the dry bones of history and a fair amount of flesh herein you will find.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011348457
  • Publisher: Scott Skipper
  • Publication date: 6/9/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 444 KB

Meet the Author

The author is a cranky old man with a twisted sense of humor.

He is retired from the metal fabrication industry and lives in the foothills of southern California with a wonderful wife and three foolish dogs. When not reading or writing he practices genealogy and collects photographs of some rather amazing wildlife. You can see the wildlife photos at the author's website. Look for the bear's eye on the bio page.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    Decades of Distilling and Deceit reviewed by JT Kalnay author of Mina's Eyes

    Family Traits is historical fiction written by a descendant of the Skipper family who landed in Virgina/Carolina in the late 1600s. The book begins with Native Americans watching a meteor streaking across the sky. A shaman and a warrior seek the meteor that arrived from the east, from across the water. As we learn, the meteor was a harbinger of trouble to come to their people from that direction. Following the foreshadowing of the meteor, we meet three brothers who have just witnessed the beheading of King Charles. These Skipper brothers decide to head to America before they experience the same fate as their father who had supported the King. After adventures at sea and in the Caribbean, where they learn to distill rum, they finally arrive in America. Fortunately they are met by friendly Indians who share food, water, women, women, and more women. With all these women, and with the influence of their distillery, the Skipper brothers quickly run afoul of the "White Devil" English and find themselves becoming more Indian than English. Over the generations covered by the story, civilization and society spread farther and farther into the Indian country, eventually leading to inevitable conflicts, culminating in the Battle of Alamance. The book never takes itself too seriously and pokes fun at many societal norms that made no sense for the time and place. At times I was reminded of Edward Rutherford's London and at other times I was reminded of the early portions of Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. I think many readers will thoroughly enjoy this slightly irreverent trip through the legends of Mr. Skipper's immigrant ancestors.

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