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A Family is like a twist of tobacco, layered, folded and twisted until each leaf becomes inseparble. Every individual carries within them a bit of family members who have gone before. 
Scoundrel and Scallywags! Saints and Sinners! Discover who was real and who was fictional in the A Twist of Tobacco Trilogy.

Explore the history and heritage of six American Colonial families. Tennessee to Texas contains 300 images and encompasses more than 350 years.

Genealogy research and family stories for the Ownby, Cheek, Winstead, Blankenship, Taylor, Penn and Canaday families.

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Heaven's Promise-The Final Twist

Book Launch for Heaven's Promise-The Final Twist. January 28, 2017. Readings from all three books in the A Twist of Tobacco Trilogy with Rita Ownby Holcomb, Ellen Gardner author, Brenda Sampson and Cheryl Williams


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Heaven's Promise.....Winners

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Congratulations to the winners and Thank You all for your love and support this past year. 
I hope you enjoy the conclusion to the trilogy and I pray from the bottom of my heart that all of my friends have a happy and prosperous 2017.

Heaven's Promise---The Final Twist

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It's here.....the conclusion of the popular family saga of the Ownby family and their struggle for survival during the Civil War.

"Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." 2 Peter 3:13 A family is like A Twist of Tobacco, layered, folded and twisted until each leaf becomes inseparable. Years of planning and treacherous journeys by wagon and exhausting railroad car, finally aid Watt and Lizzie in fulfilling their fathers' dream of settling the family in North Texas. But, does Texas hold the promise of security and prosperity for the ever increasing Ownby clan? Based on family stories and traditions and backed by years of research.
Heaven's Promise (The Final Twist)


IndieVengence Day 2016

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I was honored to be invited to participate in IndieVengence Day 2016, celebrating the Independent Author Movement.
This event presents the Indie Author to readers so they can personally meet the author and the author can sign their books and announce works in progress.
Half-Price Books in Frisco, Texas was this years host and our gracious hostess, Mgr. Rekha Burns was most helpful and ...well...gracious.
Coordinator Amber Jerome-Norrgard (a published and accomplished poet as well as CEO of 629 Publishing) tackled the enormous task of herding seven (7) creative (and crazy) souls into one space for two days. I'm told it's a lot like herding chickens, and I must say she did excellent job.
The other spotlighted authors (everyone of them independently published) were:
Yours truly, Rita Ownby Holcomb James William Peercy Jacqueline Smith Ben Ditmars John M. Moody Susie Clevenger Melissa Zaroski Paula Walker Baker (Paula was ill and couldn't make it but she was missed terribly)
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Research is fascinating and you meet the nicest people

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Photo taken on my first ever Genealogy Research Excursion in July of 2000. Darrell and I went to Knoxville for a Brabson family reunion (my mother's side of the family), but stopped in Nashville to meet these two wonderful gentlemen.
Knox Ownby on the left is William Peyton Winstead is on the right. The irony and fun fact is these two attended the same church and had known each other for years. Although not kin to each other they were both kin to me. Darrell and I walked into the JoJo's where we had arranged to meet and the place was empty. We spotted two men sitting in a sunny corner booth and Darrell and I just looked at each other and headed that direction. The resembled two of my uncles and as the afternoon progressed the familiarity increased. Their personalities were the same also. It was Love at first sight.
Bill left us in 2011 and Knox's health is failing but I am forever thankful that I knew both of these fine gentlemen.