Map, in color.

Last time I was at the North Carolina State Archives, I went looking for the original of this Confederate field map. I didn’t find it, but Trisha Blount Hewitt did.

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Dr. David G.W. Ward’s plantation is just below Stantonsburg at the top, and Silas Bryant and John Lane’s farms — where the Artises were apprenticed — are bottom left. X marks the approximate spot of the Artis Town cemetery.

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Yet another hat.

Grocer, farmer, investor, columnist, race man. Cain D. Sauls wore many hats. As this brief newspaper article reveals, justice of the peace was yet another. Great Sunny South, 25 March 1898.

Yet another hat.

Grocer, farmer, investor, columnist, race man. Cain D. Sauls wore many hats. As this brief newspaper article reveals, justice of the peace was yet another. Great Sunny South, 25 March 1898.


Collateral kin: the Halls.

Collateral kin: the Halls.

I was a child plagued by respiratory illness and nearly every winter endured a tough bout with bronchitis. When the worst was over, and I was in a recuperating stage, my mother returned to her teaching job, and I sometimes spent a few days at my Aunt Mildred’s house one street over.

Mildred Henderson Hall was not really my aunt. She was my grandmother’s first cousin, daughter of her uncle Jesse…

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He would be murdered if he did not cease.

Raleigh Weekly Standard, 6 May 1868. Jacob Ing’s radical ideas surfaced well before Reconstruction. As made clear in his…

He would be murdered if he did not cease.

Raleigh Weekly Standard, 6 May 1868. Jacob Ing’s radical ideas surfaced well before Reconstruction. As made clear in his…


Jasper Holmes.

All this (much-deserved) shine on Joseph R. Holmes, but he is not my direct ancestor.  What do I know about Jasper Holmes?

  • Jasper Holmes was born about 1841 in Charlotte County, Virginia. (His place of birth is listed ______________.) He was probably the son of Payton and Nancy Holmes, who are listed on his brother Joseph’s death certificate. His step-father may have been Walter “Wat” Clark.
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Misinformation Monday, no. 8.

Misinformation Monday, no. 8.

The eighth in a series of posts revealing the fallability of records (or, in this case, secondary sources.)

My great-aunt Julia Allen Maclin told me that her grandfather Jasper Holmes‘ brother, Joseph R. Holmes, a politician, was shot and killed at Charlotte Court House, Virginia. Before I found contemporaneous newspaper articles detailing the murder, I had only a couple of brief mentions in…

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Uncle Lucian’s house.

Uncle Lucian’s house.

My grandmother has been gone more than 13 years, and there are still days that I think, “Gahh! Mother Dear would be so tickled to hear this!” Yesterday was one of them.

After my Carter collateral kin post last week, my cousin C.J. posted the photos of the Carter brothers on her Facebook page. (Her great-grandfather was Milford Carter Sr.) In response, her grandfather’s first cousin D.C.…

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Where we lived: Taylor’s Crossroads.

Where we lived: Taylor’s Crossroads.

A plat included among Kinchen Taylor’s estate papers revealed the core of the man’s property.  With little difficulty, I matched waterways shown on one parcel with creeks running in modern Nash County. Fishing Creek forms its northern border with Halifax County, and Beaverdam Swamp flows into it a few miles northwest of the town of Whitakers. The hundreds of acres in the fork of these creeks…

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Passed over. (Or laying low.)

Passed over. (Or laying low.)

A running list of people missing from census enumerations (and the places I expected them to be):

Margaret Balkcum Henderson — 1850 Sampson County NC.

Nancy Balkcum — 1850 Sampson County NC.

Lucinda Nicholson — 1870 Iredell County NC.

Harriet Nicholson — 1870 Iredell County NC.

Walker Colvert — 1870 Iredell County NC.

John W. Colvert – 1870 Iredell County NC.

Daniel Artis — 1870 Greene County NC.

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We, the colored people, are going to run a school.

The Great Sunny South (Snow Hill), 1898.  Cain D. Sauls revealed his civic commitment in this edition of his newspaper column.

We, the colored people, are going to run a school.

The Great Sunny South (Snow Hill), 1898.  Cain D. Sauls revealed his civic commitment in this edition of his newspaper column.