Cornelius Vandenbergh Souls of the Soil opens in the year 1679 on a lush island located in what is today Rensselaer County New York. The fertile land is covered by crystals that the Natives believe sacred. Cornelius Vandenbergh the immigrant, a tenant farmer on Van Rensselaer land struggles .
Peter Waldron Albany settler, Peter, a Manhattan trained mason who turns to trading with the Natives for fur, is driven by his ambitions.
Cate Vandenbergh Waldron (Peter’s wife) petite, direct, a devout Christian, but also superstitious, Cate's fears will bleed into her 20th Century. descendants
Cornelius Waldron Half Moon New York (today Waterford, New York area) in 1756. His murder drives this part of my story. Jannette Van Ness Robust, out-spoken, most consider her a great beauty, married to Cornelius Waldron. For purpose of this novel and ease of reading- she is called Janet.
John Collins Good friend to Peter Waldron, Albany attorney
Tom Carey Marine Corp Vet, Lawyer, Tom is Steve and Helen (Brown) Carey’s son. He opens the modern side of the story in 2014.
Steve Carey An Adirondack Carey, college educated. Steve loves the smell of wood, Steve is the ‘searcher’ who sees what others don’t.
Helen Carey Steve’s wife. Helen really never got over her first love who went into the priesthood. Now she struggles with loving her husband unconditionally. And maybe rightly so.