About Me

Thanks for visiting my website!

I was born and raised in Canada and moved to the United States in 2001. What started as an 18 month plan turned into a lifelong love affair with living in the South.

I’m currently working on a degree in history at North Carolina State University, which I plan to finish in 2016. I have two areas of study: race relations in reconstruction North Carolina, and the rise of the American firearms industry in the late 1850’s and 1860’s.

My research on the rise of the Klan in North Carolina was one of the first studies of this difficult subject. Focused on its rise in Alamance County, I examined the lives of several key people including its progenitor Jacob Alson Long. This research topic (culminating, of course, in the Kirk-Holden War) is ripe for further scholarship, and I’d love to correspond with other interested scholars.

My firearms research focuses on the Rollin White patents of 1855 and the subsequent rise of Smith & Wesson. Areas of interest include the evolution of mass production and metalworking technologies, intellectual property rights, new means of advertising and distribution, and a marked shift in how guns were marketed to the American public. More information about my firearms research (and my forthcoming thesis on the subject) can be found at my spurtrigger.com website.

I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and plan to graduate in 2016.

I work full-time as an Information Technology Architect and specialize in business intelligence and data warehousing.

About This Website

I bought this domain name in 1998 and hosted various personal websites since that time. By far the most successful was my absent.canadian blog, which I operated from 2004 through 2010.

I shut down my blog for various reasons, most of which had to do with my changing self-identity. That was a time of huge change in my life, though, and I cherish those writings as an artifact of my past.

I’ve chosen to repost many of those entries here. Other than a few spelling corrections, I’ve posted them verbatim.

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  1. Regarding picture of Robert lee Williams gravestone can u tell me anything abt the family or who requested th pics…I think this is my mothers father that I been looking for an I’m trying to prove that he’s her father…thanks for any help vicky

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