When Tidewater Virginia Families was published by Genealogical Publishing Company in 1990 it was considered a landmark publication, so powerful a contribution to Virginia genealogy that it was numbered among a handful of genealogical compendia that would command the respect and admiration of all serious genealogists. In the intervening eight years enough new material has turned up to warrant publication of this supplement, Generations Beyond.
But this is no mere addendum. In fact, to the forty Tidewater Virginia families treated in the original publication, no fewer than eleven new families have been added. In addition, the supplement includes vignettes and anecdotes of family life, descriptions and locations of family homes and burial sites, extensions of sibling lines, identification of neighbors, county maps, a place name index, and, where necessary, corrections and updates to the original volume.
As in the original publication, all families tie in with the earliest Hutcheson, Peatross, Butler, and Lee settlers in the colony of Virginia, and in each instance the family history, its vital statistics, and the events of the time are reported, as are brief accounts of collateral issue in each generation. With the benefit of myriad sources both in print and manuscript, Mrs. Davis has once again managed to create a microcosmic genealogy of Tidewater Virginia, which includes the counties of Amherst, Caroline, Charles City, Dinwiddie, Elizabeth City, Essex, Fairfax, Fauquier, Gloucester, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Isle of Wight, James City, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Northumberland, Prince William, Prince George, Spotsylvania, Surry, Sussex, and York.