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This very unusual surname is of medieval English origin, and has two distinct possible origins. Firstly, it may be an occupational name for a bow-stringer or maker of bow-strings, derived from the Middle English "string", string, with "felaw", fellow, the latter element deriving ultimately from the Olde English pre 7th Century "feolaga", partner, shareholder. In Middle English the term was used in the general sense of companion or comrade, and the surname thus probably denoted a (fellow) member of a trade guild, in this case, bow-stringers.


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Rosalie Sorrels née Stringfellow- The Travelin’ Lady an Idaho artist whom began her career as a singer/ songwriter, and folklorist in the 1950's. A folk legend in her own right, Rosalie carved her mark into American culture with her D-28 and her unforgettable voice.

Among her many albums were Be Careful, There's a Baby in the House (1990) and Report from Grimes Creek (1991) for the Green Linnet label. Known for her storytelling as well as her songs, Sorrels played virtually every major folk festival in the U.S. during her career. Continuing to tour and record into the 2000s, she died in 2017 at the age of 83.


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    My grandmother, Rosalie Sorrels née Stringfellow- The Travelin’ Lady, was an Idaho artist whom began her career as a singer/ songwriter, and folklorist in the 1950's. A folk legend in her own right, Rosalie carved her mark into American culture with her D-28 and her unforgettable voice. Considered a matriarch in the American folk music scene, she was well-known for her dedication to social activism, storytelling, teaching, learning, songwriting, collecting folk songs, performing, recording, and making life long friends. Through the years my grandmother performed at numerous clubs and venues and at many major music festivals; the Newport Folk Festival in 1966, and Woodstock in 1969 (where she jammed with Jerry Garcia), and received a standing ovation following her performance at the 1972 Isle of Wight Festival. Rosalie recorded 25 albums; her most recent recorded compilation of songs, Strangers In Another Country, by Utah Bruce Phillips and was nominated for The Grammy Award in 2008. This was the second nomination for The Grammy Award in Rosalie's career. The first being, My Last Go Round in 2005. She performed and recorded with other notable folk musicians, including Malvina Reynolds, Utah Phillips, Mitch Greenhill, Dave Van Ronk, Peggy Seeger and Pete Seeger. Rosalie had not only a love for "Song catching", She carried a deep respect for the written and spoken word. She wrote two books; including Way Out in Idaho, a monumental collection of songs, stories, pictures, and recipes gathered in the course of three years spent traveling around her home state, published in honor of the Idaho centenary. Rosalie was born on June 24, 1933, in Boise, Idaho, to Walter Pendleton Stringfellow and Nancy Ann Kelly. She married James Sorrels on July 18, 1952, in Idaho. They had five children during their marriage. Her homes in Boise and then in Salt Lake City were the stopping places for just about any creative person who came through town, including not only musicians, but some of the pivotal figures of the Beat Generation. Many of them remained her friends and sometime collaborators. Oscar Zeta Acosta, Hunter Thompson and Studs Terkel wrote introductory liner notes for her albums. Studs Terkel included interviews with her in two of his books, American Dreams Lost and Found and the most recent, May the Circle Be Unbroken. Robert Creeley wrote a poem about her. The noted composer and filmmaker David Amram played French horn and flute on one of her early albums. She also was a featured artist in the Smithsonian Institution’s Founding Members of Folk exhibit and accompanying recordings. The Traveling Lady made her final journey on June 11, 2017. Rosalie leaves behind two daughters, one son, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. Her eldest son, David, committed suicide July 13, 1976, and she paid tribute to him in her song, “Hitchhiker in the Rain.” My mother, her eldest daughter, Leslie, died August 31, 2016. https://folkworks.org/features/passings/46517-remembering-rosalie-sorrels
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    (Part 1 of 3) The Stringfellow name is a rather unique and rare surname, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the north-west region of the Emerald Island. The Stringfellow story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup D2] can trace their beginnings to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Stringfellow surname origin is from the Cenél Conaill [R1b-L513, Subgroup D] who found the Dál Fiatach.
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    (Part 2 of 3) A group will also found the Kingdom of Ercing in Wales as trade with Romans will become essential around 300 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Stringfellow story begins in pre-history Ireland but this line and many of his kin will move to Wales, then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.
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    (Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207
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