Pockets of Chaos–The Book

My book, called (strangely enough!), Pockets of Chaos, is available for immediate download from amazon.com. You can purchase it on amazon.com for $3.99. Don’t worry if you don’t own a Kindle device, for you can download a free app for any device at amazon.com and read all the ebooks you want. For any electronic device you own, such as android phones, iphones, smart phones (no dumb ones), laptops, whatever (well, not your toaster!), amazon has a free app for you. Click below to go to my ebook page and purchase if you wish. Some material in the book originally appeared on this website, but I have included other stuff as well, including a preview of my new comic murder mystery, Direct Object: Murder (soon to be released). I hope you enjoy the book, and if you do, please rate it. Thanks.

Pockets of Chaos

Pockets of Chaos




While you’re there, you might also enjoy my newest short story, a psychological thriller based on real-life events, The Door:

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20 thoughts on “Pockets of Chaos–The Book

  1. Hi Dr. Linda,

    Thank you for the wonderful website/blog. I am supposedly a descendant from the John Jacob Anne Cheney line, down through Zachariah. I found your lineage because you’re listing, along with almost every tree on Ancestry, Jacob Jacobs who married Hannah Johnson, as Zachariah’s son. I’m having a dickens of a time verifying that connection! I have two books on Anne Arundel and neither of them lists Jacob as Zachariah’s offspring. The trees all show Jacob was born in 1730 (should be 1735 according to his marriage record), in Virginia, but Zachariah and Susannah were married in Anne Arundel County, MD, and all the remaining children, beginning in 1740 are listed in the All Hallow’s Parish Church Records from Anne Arundel County. I was just wondering if you could help shed any light on why the lack of record for Jacob?

    Thank you SO MUCH!!
    Rita Filler


  2. I came across your website will research Zachary Jacobs. He is mentioned in the court proceedings here, that I have dubbed the “The sometimes drunk crime sprees of Jerome Williams in summer of 1751”. You will find Zachary mentioned at the bottom of page 568. Thought you would get a kick out it.


    I descent from William Iiams – Elizabeth Cheyney (Richard’s daughter). I’m also pretty sure I come from the John Ijams mention prominently in the article, but still working on verifying that.

    Thanks for your site, its very well done.


    • Hi Michael,
      I am supposedly descended from the Zachariah Jacob line of the John Jacob and Anne Cheney family. Thank you for sharing this story and link about Jerome Williams! Good reading!


    • Michael:
      It seems that in 1674/5 Richard Cheney Sr. put “house and estate in order” by marrying two daughters Elizabeth (23) and Anne (14) to William Ijams (?) and John Jacob (44), respectively. In doing so he ensured that he gained business partners as much as sons-in-law as he divided much of his homestead/plantation lands on Flat Creek as dowry and homestead for his daughters. So our ancestors settled with their father-in-law. John and the much younger Richard Cheney Jr. were both carpenters and assuredly worked together building houses and tobacco barns in South River Hundred as well as Londontowne for Col. Burgess. I don’t know what William did but I assume he took the lead in working the plantation alongside Richard, Sr. This arrangement continued through 1700, the year that Richard Sr, divided his homestead tract between William and John keeping the middle third of the tract presumably as the inheritance for Richard, Jr. Cheney really kept his family close. That being said I recommend that you undertake a FTDNA Y-DNA test. I understand two others have tested but I don’t know the results. See the Jacob Surname project (We can connect there too): https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/jacobs
      Best regards,
      Christopher Jacobs


  3. Hello Dr. Labin. My name is Samantha Mullenax and I am from Ohio. I have always been interested in my ancestry and I am trying to make a more complete record for future children. I came across this site when I was searching. When I seen your maternal lineage was Mullenax(spelled the same way!!!) I was so excited. I was hoping that maybe one day we can talk so I can find out more about my family and maybe get to know a distant family member. I am sorry if I am coming off weird, I am just so excited!

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    • Hey, Sam. Happy to talk anytime about our ancestry. You might find some clues on my ancestry page. You can visit and view my family tree and even build your own for free. Paid membership allows you to research and it is amazing what you’ll discover. Go to ancestry.com and look for Labin-Mullenax Family Tree (http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/5518628/person/-1442787982/family?cfpid=-1442787982 is the full tree). An easier version is on my Just Genealogy pages (access tab at top of this page). Good luck with your searching. Start with what you know and work backwards. Love to chat with you.


    • Dr. Labin and Samantha, I too am a Mullennax, living in Northwest Ohio. Hardin Co. and Hancock Co. My Great Grandfather was Jacob’s brother Jeremiah Calvin Elvander Mullennax. Son of Washington Mullenax and Sarah Kerns. I am so excited to find this site! My Grandfather (Charles V. Mullennax Sr.) and his sister (Clara Dale) told me stories of family in WV. and that the Mullennax name at one time was pronounced ending with an O. and believed to be French. Some of the relatives in WV continued to keep that name Mullenaux and Mullenax. I always wondered why members of the same family as Jacob and Jeremiah would spell their last name different. I too would love to keep in touch with you both. I just lost my Dad, 93 years young and our Mullennax side will not continue because of the death of two cousins, both names Charles.

      Cindy Mullennax-Logsdon


      • Hello kinfolk! From my research on Ancestry.com (my account is dormant as I can’t justify the $20 a month at the moment) it appears that Dr. Labin and I meet up at John Mullinax who was born in Virginia in 1730. By coincidence I work about five miles from where he was born and his father is buried (though the area is long grown-over) having arrived circuitously growing up in Baltimore where my dad moved in 1960 but was born in Crabbottom in 1928 (50 yards from the state line with West Virginia) and growing up in Durbin and Green Bank. My paternal grandmother is Leola Mullinax. I did the DNA test and was shocked to find the Iberian (though I am 12% and a whopping 61% English) and have been trying to figure it out since. I only got back to Robert Molyneux in Dublin before getting stymied and my Googling on a Friday afternoon at work trying to find out more on that end got me here. I briefly looked at the “The Plantagenet-De La Pole-Mullenax Royal Connection” entry and will go back and look at it in more detail as time permits as it looks fascinating if a bit off-putting by the Welsh names. One thing I did find was that, via Frances Lathom, we are direct descendants of Sir Thomas Giffard, the 13th Lord Chillington (tell me that doesn’t sound like a name straight out of a Goth novel?) and that takes us all the way back to the 2nd Lord of Chillington to inherited the title upon his brother’s death though both were in the Battle of Hastings. I hope to learn more from everyone here and hopefully share some nuggets of life in Highland and Pocahontas counties in the 20th century.


        Gregg Barkley


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  6. Thank you so much for your comments. My Mom built airplanes in WWII at the Fairchild Plant in Hagerstown, MD. I grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio–I’m sure your Mom remembers the town. Amazing longevity! Creativity must run in your family. DOD? My cousin was a general’s secretary at the Pentagon for years. We’re practically related!


  7. LOVE YOUR SITE! Kent State, my mother went there in the 1940’s. We’re from Cleveland. She’s 90-years-young and was a member of the original Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during WWII as a Journalist. She’s an incredible artist–oils. Not funny, I guess, that her daughter became a writer/editor/designer/publisher working for DOD. I, too, am very whimsical, and I believe walruses “wallow”.

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