Harrison Dwight Cavanagh publishes his family’s history in new book

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Two-part series traces descendants of Thomas Gantt

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On April 29, 1966, Harrison Dwight Cavanagh gave his father-in-law a small record of their family tree for his 72nd birthday. With continued research over the next 47 years, the small pedigree has grown to encompass the history of nearly the complete descendants of Thomas Gantt (ca. 1634-1693) and his wife, Anna Fielder. That project makes up the two volumes of “Colonial Chesapeake Families British Origins and Descendants” (published by Xlibris).

The first volume of this two-part series traces the history of the descendants of Thomas Gantt, who arrived in southern Maryland from England in the mid-17th century. Using British and American source records spanning four centuries, the author documents the lives of this American Colonial family whose descendants include the author’s father-in-law, Colonel Henry Perkins Gantt (1894-1983).

Based on medieval sources, volume 2, “Colonial Chesapeake Families British Origins and Descendants” explores the pedigrees of Gantt-related colonial families, including Brooke, Cabell-Horsley, Cavanagh, Greenfield, Lee-Faern, Parker, Stoddert, Weems and Williams along with 57 other antecedent British lineages.

“Colonial Chesapeake Families British Origins and Descendants” is more than a family heirloom; it serves as an informative example for those who are interested in researching and recording their own genealogies. The books will also appeal to genealogists, archivists and family historians interested in the settlement of southern Maryland and Virginia by British immigrants in the 17th century.

“COLONIAL CHESAPEAKE FAMILIES British Origins and Descendants”
By Harrison Dwight Cavanagh
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 816 pages | ISBN 9781493188116
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 816 pages | ISBN 9781493188123
E-Book | 816 pages | ISBN 9781493188086
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Author Harrison Dwight Cavanagh attended MIT and went on to complete his A.B. and M.D. degrees at Johns Hopkins and Ph.D. at Harvard. During a 40-year career as an eye surgeon, visual scientist, and educator, he has served on the medical faculties of Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Emory, Georgetown, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He currently lives with his wife Lynn Gantt Cavanagh in Dallas, Texas and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He has a lifelong interest in colonial history, genealogy, poetry, philosophy, Japanese culture, and Zen.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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