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Homesteading in Appalachia - Rugged, self-sufficient, fiercely loyal – despite stereotypes to the contrary, the Appalachian mountaineers were, and are, an admirable people who developed a rich culture while learning to survive in the isolated coves and valleys of some of the oldest mountains on Earth.
"Grand Mother knew a lot about wild life, nature, etc. You name it. She was a great Herb Doc. She was the main Doc of the county, and saved a lot of lives and brought many lives into the community." --from a family history written in 1985 by Ethel (Barrows) Shilling, of Washington County, OH. Grand Mother was: Mary A. Severs (1821-1909)