About a week ago, I was poking around in Currituck County land records. I don't even remember why. While skimming through the index, I stumbled over something, or someone, unexpected. John Vindrick! That's right! A Vendrick in Currituck. I was every bit as astonished as you are now. You better believe I immediately navigated to the book and page indicated. Currituck County … [Read more...] about John Vendrick, his wife, and his mother
The Reverend Joshua Kocherthal baptized John Vendrick in New York on 25 Aug 1710 (The Book of Names: Especially Relating to the Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the Mohawk Valley by Lou D. MacWethy, p. 23). He may have been born there or on the voyage. His parents were Benedictus and Christina. Sometime after Sep 1712, the family moved from New York to … [Read more...] about The Muddle that is John Vendrick, Sr.
If you're like me, you spent more time watching YouTube in 2020 than you had previously. Some of those months when so many things had seemed to grind to a halt, there was a limited selection of things to do. And regular TV is just boring to me. Most of the time, if I'm not learning something, I feel like I'm wasting my time. Anyway, I did discover some helpful … [Read more...] about Genealogy on YouTube
The East Carolina Roots Family Trees section of the site uses genealogy database software and it is sorely in need of some updates. To be honest, I'm not sure at this point (at least not for the foreseeable future) that I'm going to bother with it. While there are a few dozen users who registered for the Trees database over the 14 years this site has existed, there have only … [Read more...] about East Carolina Roots Family Trees Update
Too many researchers conclude Cason and Averilla Scott were husband and wife. I have lost count of the number of trees, forum posts and other media to make this claim. In fact, they were brother and sister. This misapprehension may have begun with a hurricane. The Second Great Hurricane of 1752 On 30 Sep 1752, a major hurricane hit Charlestown, South Carolina. It, … [Read more...] about Family Tree Fact Check: Cason and Averilla Scott
Do you happen to have a carpenter in your family tree? How about a blacksmith? A bricklayer? Or any of 127 different crafts practiced in the American South (coopers NOT included, more's the pity). This is your lucky day! I have just stumbled over this bit of magic! The The MESDA Craftsman Database is an awesome resource. Search to Discover As a I often do, I was running … [Read more...] about Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) Craftsman Database Search
If your family is from the Vanceboro area, you will certainly remember the paper that was produced by the Cannon family, West Craven Highlights. I'm not sure when this was done, but the whole project has now been digitized. You can browse all of the issues or search for specific names or topics. To browse the whole collection, go here: … [Read more...] about West Craven Highlights now digitized and searchable online
Earlier, I asked the question: Would you be willing to pay $5/year for access to East Carolina Roots content if all advertising and tracking codes from Google and Facebook were removed from the site? There were a few dozen respondents today and the percentages stayed roughly like they are in the image below. About 58% of East Carolina Roots poll respondents said they would … [Read more...] about The Poll Results Are In: Here’s what I’m going to do.
Would you be willing to pay $5/year for access to East Carolina Roots content if all advertising and tracking codes from Google and Facebook were removed from the site? THE POLL HAS ENDEDClick here for results. What's this all about? I’m hearing a lot of concern from folks about Google, Facebook, and other big tech companies and how they collect and use data from … [Read more...] about Important Visitor Poll
Here are some bits and pieces I've collected concerning the Everton surname in Craven County. I am fairly confident that John Everton (d. 1754) was the father of Ezekiel. However, proving it is a different matter. Whether or not this family connects to those of Pasquotank and/or Tyrrell Counties, I don't know. It is also unclear on just how, or if, the James Everton (1754 … [Read more...] about Everton Miscellany
Samuel Lawson received a deed of gift from his stepfather, John James, 25 May 1770. In the deed, Mr. James uses a phrase that, both baffles and intrigues me. From Craven County Deed Book 18, p. 1 and 2 (emphasis mine). What did he mean by “as I stile him”? At the time, son-in-law was the correct term for stepson, so I doubt that that is to what he referred. Samuel was … [Read more...] about An Odd Turn of Phrase
It's time for some myth-busting. There are a couple of persistent ones that surround this family. "Thomas Laughinghouse came to America about 1750..." The first comes down to us via Henry T. King's Sketches of Pitt County: There are several problems with this statement: "…Thomas Laughinghouse came to America about 1750 he left his brothers engaged in the wholesale … [Read more...] about Laughinghouse Mythology