Indigenous Life on the Nansemond River

Throughout my research journey, maps have always been my favorite information source. I have collected more maps than I can count to develop this website, and I have created simple maps as visual references for some of my stories. Over the past year, I have finally shifted from that approach to using ArcGIS StoryMaps, and the possibilities now seem endless. I invite you to read my first StoryMap focused on indigenous life on the Nansemond River and to reach out with other StoryMaps you may like to see on this site.

5 Comments on “Indigenous Life on the Nansemond River

  1. Your story map is beautiful, informative and inspiring. Thanks for creating it and for sharing it.


  2. I’ve recently learned that Arthur Bass (1733-?) is probably my 6th great-grandfather. His wife, Agnes Morris (1720-1759) would be my 6th great-grandmother. My own grandmother, Selma Agnes Watson, was born Baltimore in 1920, and we have strong family history on the Chesapeake. I’m very interested to confirm/refute my information, and to learn more.

    Clifton Hicks
    Copperhill, TN


  3. My grandmother Jean Gresko told me that I was a descendant of a native tribe. My grandmother had native art throughout her home. When I was working on my M Ed in bilingual and multicultural education my grandmother’s words flooded back into my mind as I was researching native tribal histories. I began searching for my tribe. My great-great-grandfather is William Riley Bass. I am so grateful for my ancestors and the oral history passed down to me. Thank you for sharing the history of the Nansemond River. My mom is 80 years old and it is a treasure sharing this part of our history with her. It is vital we all become aware of the needed river restoration.


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