I was born in Humboldt Tennessee and grew up on a farm in Crockett County. My aunt, Annie Laurie Porter James, got me interested in genealogy. I am tracing my father's line from Pitt County NC. My mother's line includes the Bean's, one of Tennessee's first families. Our family tree on ancestry.com has 13,000+ names. Aunt Nan, my wife Teri-Ann and daughter Jennifer have contributed much time and effort to this tree.