Author Crampton Harris Helms Reveals His Family’s Rich History

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New book follows the generations of Helms and traces their origin back from the distant past to the present.

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Author Crampton Harris Helms, MD releases his new publication, Echoes from the Valley. What began as a list of names, a box of documents, a number of family Bibles and idle curiosity gradually evolved into a book. It is about the settlement of Virginia and the western conquest of the great Valley of the Shenandoah, the birth of the New River settlements and the emergence of the Watauga and Holston pioneers on the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains.

The story concerns the early foundation of this nation, so the author did not elaborate beyond the immigration from Europe. In a few cases, however, where the material was available and explanatory, it was incorporated into these pages. Although it uses the structure to build the generations, it is not a genealogy, nor is it simply a history. It is a perspective of history, demonstrated through the genealogy and migrations of one family.

The relations are carefully delineated. Children are named where it is possible. To this extent, it is hoped by the author that other lineages may find the book useful. The appendix contains copies from books and papers that might be difficult or impossible to obtain. Throughout the chapters, the readers will realize that the number of people become fewer as they go back in time. This would mean that the chances of interrelations increase as the two hundredth year marker of the past is approached. It might even be possible that all share a kinship in the origin and the destiny of the United States of America.

Echoes from the Valley explores the rich history of one family’s past and serves as the legacy for the next generation who will want to know their roots.

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About the Author
Crampton Harris Helms, MD is an eighty-one-year-old semiretired surgeon who still has an active office practice. Married to Ruth Seaman, the couple has three sons with several grandchildren. His interests include astronomy and music. He has written several articles that have been published in the surgical literature. He has built his own observatory and telescope. He has also written music and lyrics for relaxation. He is listed in the National Registry of Who’s Who.

Echoes from the Valley * by Crampton Harris Helms, MD
Publication Date: August 26, 2013
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 495 pages; 978-1-4836-7017-1
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 495 pages; 978-1-4836-7018-8
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-7019-5

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