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Are You My Cousin?: Planting Pegs

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Planting Pegs


Now here's a family heirloom many might not have seen previously. It's a planting peg, or perhaps better known as a "plantin' peg". (Add a southern Virginia accent and you have it.) Planting pegs are fairly self explanatory. They were used to make the hole in the ground to plant tobacco plants or other crop. These were used by my great grandfather, Bossy Talbott and my great-great grandfather Joseph M Talbott on their tobacco farm in Halifax County, VA.

These pegs were carved from tree roots and through the years of use have become incredibly smooth. Some even still had the dirt attached! Hmmm......ancestral dirt from the tobacco fields. Now that's an heirloom!

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