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Marvin T Jones

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I am the Executive Director of the Chowan Discovery Group (CDG),, whose purpose is to research, document, preserve and present the history of the Winton Triangle (Winton-Cofield-Ahoskie), a 260-year old landowning community of color.  Many of us are Chowanoke descendants. For Chowan Discovery, I deliver 6 different lectures to civic groups,  museums, libraries, universities and conferences.

I am a commerical photographer and documentary film producer, living in Washington, DC.  On my monthly trips to Hertford County I get to visit family, friends and to carry out the work of the CDG.

I have written an article about the 400+ year history of the Robbins family.  Also, my history essay about the Winton Triangle was recently published in the book, CAROLINA GENESIS.  This essay is based on a stage production I produced, with the help of my sister Laverne, in 2009 at Ahoskie's Gallery Theatre.  Many Chowanoke relatives attended.

In 2011, based on my nomination, a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker was erected near the town of Choanoac. Here is a recent article about Chowan Discovery's work with historical markers:

I invite all of you to support the Chowan Discovery Group, a tax-exempt charitable organization at

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Reply chowanoke
7:21 AM on August 17, 2010 
Marvin, thanks for the comment and update about the burial mound. I did find it interesting, though that it was the name Taylor. this is often considered to be a Tuscarora surname as you may or may not know. And being a bit of a distance from the Chowan, perhaps this was Tuscarora?
Reply Arianna
4:03 PM on August 14, 2010 
oh- also: easier to contact me via:
[email protected]
Reply Arianna
4:02 PM on August 14, 2010 
Marvin, could you please tell me the location of the possible burial mound you mentioned here that is along Bennett's Creek? How accessible is it, and would I need to set up an appointment first?
I am planning to visit the entire Chowan River area with my mother next month.
Also, are there any other locations you can specifically recommend for us? We also plan to go into the Dismal Swamp, Cashie River, and the Meherrin as well.
I enjoy the writing/photos in the article on your website, too!
Thank you!
Reply chowanoke
9:30 PM on July 6, 2010