I really am enjoying the new and improved Ancestor Hints on AncestryDNA — especially now that they have the ability to color code matches into surname and other custom groups. One issue that keeps coming up, though, is suggested matches who may not have their data exactly right. One such case is Rachel Ann Spear of Craven County. I don't think the information people have … [Read more...] about Is Rachel Ann Spear really the daughter of James Spear?
Nearly five years ago I published a post for a will I had stumbled upon for a William S. MORRIS of New Bern in which he declares his wishes that his "negro woman Patty" and her "mulatto" children be freed and well-maintained after his death. The will was dated 1831 and as far as I knew, that was the end of the story. At the time, I searched for further information but found … [Read more...] about Update on the William S. Morris family of New Bern
FamilySearch has been steadily putting a ton of North Carolina records on their site that aren't yet easy to access through the normal browsing methods. (Another thanks to Becky for tipping me off about some of the great new things that have gone up over the last few months!) Anyhow, I decided to compile a list of direct links to all eastern North Carolina counties in their … [Read more...] about Did you know all of these new records were at FamilySearch? I’ve got all of the links right here!
Yes, there were, indeed, two Rocksolanah CARRUTHERS. I used to think there were two Rocksolanahs, but then because of some dates that were discussed in the old W'ton List (probably close to 15 years ago!), I began to think that there was only one. It was generally accepted that it was the same woman who was married to John MARTIN (one of Blackbeard's men), and John … [Read more...] about There were TWO Rocksolanah Carruthers. Here are the records to prove it. (For both of them!)
I have the complete set of Craven County Court Minutes books by the late Weynette Parks Haun, and while I LOVE them— and I recognize them as an amazing resource — there are some index items that I wish she would have included, for instance, Craven County Bastardy Bonds. There are plenty of them in the court minutes, but unfortunately, you won't find anything of the kind in the … [Read more...] about Craven County Bastardy Bonds & related items in County Court Minutes (1764-1791)
This article relates to Stephen AVERY (Stephen AVERITT) of Craven and Beaufort Counties, husband of Nancy GARDNER and later Nancy Ada FOY, and father of Nancy, Enoch, Allen, Lewis, Noah, William, Patsy, Julia Ann, Susan, Pollie Ann, and Nancy Augusta AVERY, all of Beaufort County. … [Read more...] about The parents of Stephen AVERY of Beaufort and Craven Counties are…
This article was originally published August 28, 2016, but I've updated it today (May 23, 2017) because I've just found new information. I found the following while researching one of my ancestors, Celia AVERY, the wife of John HOLMES. I was looking for all variations of the name since I have seen both spelled many different ways. I came upon some bastardy records for a … [Read more...] about Bastardy Bonds for Selah Averitt of Craven County
Below I have transcribed a deed from my 4th great-grandfather John HOLMES to Church CHAPMAN of Craven County. In the deed, John HOLMES is selling his wife's (and by extension, his) interest in four slaves who were originally the property of David AVERITT, but who were lent to David's wife Sally during her widowhood in David's will. Sally's maiden name was Sarah BUTLER. She … [Read more...] about John Holmes sells wife’s interest in slaves to Church Chapman (1833)
I found the following while browsing through the Craven County Estates, wills, 1786, 1794, 1858, 1869-1921 (p. 352-353) at FamilySearch. It interested me because my 5th great-grandfather is James McIntosh of Craven County (abt. 1765-1837) and I've wondered if William McIntosh could be his father, though I have to admit this document makes me wonder if that's … [Read more...] about Petition for relief from taxes for William McIntosh and wife (1786) – Craven County
Next to genealogy and history research, my second favorite obsession is watching MeTV. I love those old shows, from Andy Griffith to Macgyver, and I especially love courtroom and mystery shows, like Perry Mason and Matlock, Diagnosis Murder and Columbo. Perhaps that's why I like poring over old court records — whether it's apprentice bonds, or depositions given during murder … [Read more...] about Colonial Coroners’ Inquests for Beaufort, Craven, and Pitt Counties
The following is from Beaufort Orphans — 1808-1828. Willoughby Moore and this particular Moore family were listed as "Other Free" in the Beaufort County census. In 1810 Willoughby's household also lists one slave. North Carolina ) Beaufort County) In the name of God Amen. I Willoughby MOORE of the County and State aforesaid being some what weak and low in body but of … [Read more...] about Will of Willoughby MOORE – Beaufort County (Feb 1824)
When researching one’s genealogy, an often neglected resource is a county’s apprenticeship bonds. At times, children apprenticed out were poor orphans. Many other times, the children being bound out simply had the misfortune of being born to non-white parents, or of having a father who died without specifying in a will that the children’s mother should be their … [Read more...] about Researching Apprentice Records