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“ My family's roots are about as old as any in western Virginia. The Patricks entered the Shenandoah Valley in the early 1700's and settled in the Augusta area. Both the Patrick and Christian —the 'C.' in my middle name— families settled the wilderness, fought the French and Indian Wars, defended the frontier, and volunteered in the American Revolution.

“ Like many other active Confederate participants, my ancestors were disenfranchised and lost their property during Reconstruction, then moved west to start anew. Through no fault of my own, I was born about 20 miles outside NYC. But my father never forgot the family's roots, and after years of trying, my family was able to return in the 1960's.

“ My wife and I met in Harrisonburg where we both worked. Charlotte's roots —and roots is the right word— haven't budged from the Jerome area of Shenandoah County in the last 260 years. The Barb and Miller families are eternally connected to the history of Shenandoah County.

“ Our children are the 11th generation of Shenandoah County natives. Their ancestors were born, lived, and died on this soil. No matter what they choose later in life, we want our children to know that this area is their home; and we want them to have the option of living a decent life in this County called Shenandoah.