Monday, May 26, 2014



 In 1587 news reached London that a new English settlement had disappeared, leaving barely a trace of its existence. 115 men, women and children vanished from the Roanoke Island off the coast of North Carolina. Over four hundred years have passed and what became of them is still unanswered, along with several other questions. Why were they on the island in the first place, as it was not their original destination? Where did they go? What happened to them? Did they relocate or were they all killed? There's been lots of speculation, but no one knows what happened to the first English settlers in America?
One of the reasons this mystery is so intriguing to me, is because one of those early Roanoke settlers was my relative. He and his younger brother came to America to start a new life. The younger brother (my direct ancestor) settled in what later became known as Jamestown. The older brother disappeared and was never heard from again. Perhaps one day, I'll write a fictional account of what I think might have happened to my great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-uncle.
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