|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.