Daniel Massengill came from Whitby, England, Yorkshire. Daniel Massengill was born 1624. Settled in Charles City County, Va., in 1653. His children moved to South Hampton County, Va...This record written by Henry Massengill, Jr., this 10th day of July, 1785. The Massengills, Massengales and Variants 1472-1931 by Samuel Evans Massengill, M.D., p. 272 Thus reads an historical … [Read more...] about The Great Massengill Mystery
Boaz Squires is a rather enigmatic figure. Appropriate, wouldn't you say, for a man legend says was a wizard? Local stories claim he was a rather lazy fellow who made demons build boats while he lounged beneath the pines smoking his pipe. He even fought the Devil, on occasion, when Satan objected to Boaz's use of his minions. His end came when his wife opened an old chest … [Read more...] about The Family of Boaz Squires
There were, demonstrably, two William Brights living within, what was then, Craven County during the mid 1700s. Look at the Petition to Change the Seat of Government of 1733. Among the signatories of this document were William Brite and William Bright. So, how do we differentiate between them? When examining records, read them carefully. Pay attention to details like dates, … [Read more...] about William Bright of Craven: There Were Two
While Ancestry is notorious for spreading false information, you should also be wary of Find-a-Grave (link to her page). Remember, both sites depend on users, who are human, to create family trees/bios. Always, always, always check the facts against contemporary documents. Take, for example, my 4th great-grandmother, Miranda Ross Gaskins. Her Personal Profile Let's begin … [Read more...] about Family Tree Fact Check: Miranda Ross Gaskins
A couple of years ago, I posted this on the forum under with Williams surname: I'm not at all sure about this one, but it's a possibility. I am descended from Andrew Grinder and his wife, Elizabeth, through their daughter Ann Sevilla who married Esau Tingle. In the Court Records of Craven County, I found that Andrew was the administrator of the Estate of an Edward Williams … [Read more...] about The Williams/Grinder Connection
Researcher Sherry Mirkovic had done extensive research on Rowland Ledbetter and his parentage several years ago. My cousin Mike Morris and I both wound up with a document she had prepared with all of her Rowland data and it strongly suggested that John Ledbetter was Rowland's father rather than Drury Ledbetter or Henry Ledbetter, both of whom had been previously floated by … [Read more...] about Rowland Ledbetter’s father was most likely John Ledbetter
I've had to take a break from research for the past few months because I've been so busy with work, but knowing we'll all be hunkering down for much of the coming weeks, I thought last night was a perfect time to get back to research. I was thrilled to see the North Carolina Digital Collections now has General Assembly Session Records online. I'm not sure if … [Read more...] about General Assembly Session Records available online
(This article was originally published July 25, 2018. It was most recently updated June 6, 2019.) It's now worth investigating the possibility that Harriet Morris is a daughter of Thomas Morris of Beaufort County and granddaughter of Elisha Morris. While Laban descendants undoubtedly share some kind of DNA with Harriet Morris descendants, I'm doubtful it's enough to suggest … [Read more...] about Is Harriet Morris a relative of Laban Morris?
(This article was originally published January 22, 2014. It was most recently updated June 6, 2019.) Nancy MORRIS shows up in the household of Laban MORRIS in 1850 and 1860, and best I can tell from ages on census records, she was living with the family as early as 1830. Many years ago, before I realized how census records worked, I had assumed that Nancy was another of Laban … [Read more...] about Who was Nancy MORRIS?
The following post is an attempt to reconcile information that I've gathered so far, as well as an invitation for anyone who has more details to add in their comments. I have had a special interest in Elisha Morris for several years now. My cousin Mike Morris and I had both noticed that on the 1860 census, our shared ancestor Laban Morris had moved from Craven County over … [Read more...] about The Family of Elisha Morris of Beaufort County, NC
The family of John Holmes, Sr. went in different directions after the death of their family's patriarch. Thanks to deeds, census records, and DNA, we may finally be able to track their migration paths. These deeds involving children of John Holmes, Sr. mention him as their father: John Holmes, Sr. married Esther (LNU). Researchers so far have been unable to determine … [Read more...] about Holmes Family Migrations from NC to Smyth County, Virginia & Lee County, Alabama
My 5th great-grandfather, Jesse P. Vendrick, was probably born in Craven County circa 1760. The identities of his parents and the mother of his children are mysteries. Why? Because there were two Jesse Vendricks in this generation. I think. Thought? I don't know! And there are two, possibly three, more Jesse Vendricks in the next generation. So, what do I know? The … [Read more...] about Brick Walls: Jesse P. Vendrick, Sr.