|About Barber Bullington Kellow Family History
When I was a small child, I had such a curiosity about my relatives and ancestors. I would drive my grandfather crazy with all of my questions. I was very fortunate that all four of my grandparents lived until after I was 30 years of age, so they were very helpful in my efforts to find out my ancestry. My paternal grandfather was my encouragement asking me to research our family in 1969. So I started at that time with my family research and have continually worked on a most interesting hobby which has become my passion for the past 48 years.
I want to hopefully clear up a most important matter regarding the Alday family. I have Alday blood running through my veins from both sides of my family. My mother's maiden name was Alday and my father's grandmother was an Alday. Native American ancestry does not show up in my DNA which dispels the "Indian Princess" and the Irishman story. This story is a fictional story created by a researcher who was not only a relative (my grandmother's double first cousin), but someone I knew very well. He did a great job with his research with the exception of that tale about the Irishman and the Indian, which was eventually given to the local library along with his other research and everyone has used it as gospel. There is absolutely no proof for this story. Before he died, he and I corresponded often and exchanged information for years about our family history. I do have the copy, in his own hand, of that story. At the end of the story, he asked me what I thought of his version of how the Aldays came to be. On my next visit to my grandparent's home, I stopped to see him and confronted him with my findings of Josiah Alday, the first Alday in Georgia before the Revolutionary War, not Red O'Day in 1850. He laughed. Every family today has an Indian princess story in their family without any proof, luckily I don't. Recently, I had a neighbor tell me that she had Indian blood because she had high cheekbones. Our Aldays are very British, not Native American, and can be traced back to colonial Virginia as being some of the original settlers of this great country of ours. So if you have Indian DNA, be rest assured it did not come from the Aldays.
I have always tried not to romanticize my research, just stick to the facts. I don't create birth and death dates and I don't make up names to give individuals either.
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