For years, I've known very little about Matilda. That changed over the weekend. I'd been giving the search for Dewitt, who remains elusive, another go by looking at some Lenoir County deeds on their USGenWeb site. The moment came when I got to Deed Book 5. To save time, I was using Control + F to find "Sum". Imagine my delighted surprise when it found a deed from Joseph … [Read more...] about Brick Wall Update: Matilda, wife of Dewitt Sumrell
Dewitt Sumrell was born circa 1825 in Lenoir County. This date is a guessimate based upon the birth dates of his two known sons in the mid to late 1840s. The place, though, comes from the death certificate of his son, James Henry Sumrell. According to James's son, the informant, both James and Dewitt were born in "Lanor" County. Henry Atlas Sumrell did not, apparently, … [Read more...] about Brick Walls: Dewitt Sumberlin/Sumrell
A growing list of Eastern North Carolina counties now have their deeds and other records online. From now on links to all of the following Register of Deeds databases can be found via the Research Databases link in the top menu of this site. Interestingly, some counties also have Slave and Co-Habitation Records, as well as detailed land grant plats. Happy searching! … [Read more...] about Did you know online deed searches are available in several eastern North Carolina counties?
I would like to correspond with anyone who might have information about the Watsons of Craven, Lenoir and Jones Counties of North Carolina. I'm a descendant of Eli J. COX of Craven/Lenoir County border area, and he had three, possibly four wives over the course of his life. I descend from his last wife, Nancy Catherine WATSON. Her children with Eli were: Thomas … [Read more...] about Mystery: Eli J. Cox & Nancy C. Watson – Calling all Cox and Watson researchers from Craven, Lenoir and Jones County branches
North Carolina Digital Collections has PDFs available of Cemetery Survey Records for counties across North Carolina. These surveys were compiled by Works Progress Administration, which was established in 1935 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. According to this brief history by the individual who posted the records to the State Archives site, "[I]t's purpose was to operate … [Read more...] about Cemetery Survey Records