Collateral kin: the Hamptons.

Collateral kin: the Hamptons.

On 30 Jan 1905, in Statesville, North Carolina, my great-great-grandfather John W. Colvert married Adeline Hampton.  The marriage was performed by J.H. Pressley, the same Presbyterian minister who would marry John’s son Lon and Caroline McNeely a year later.  John and Adeline had had four daughters together. Selma Eugenia, Ida Mae, Lillie Mae and Henriettawere born between 1889 and 1893, and I…

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The notebook in the shed.

The notebook in the shed yielded a number of treasures, some bittersweet.

I found a copy of a letter from my great-aunt Julia Allen Maclin, postmarked 11 May 1982, and another from my aunt, Marion Allen Christian, dated 14 August 1982, that push the date of my earliest genealogical inquiries back three years earlier than I remember. I knew I’d written to Aunt Julia early, but thought for some…

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Name of your spouse, if any.

Name of your spouse, if any.

The new tenant wants access to the shed, so I trudged over to clean it out this morning. On the floor, behind a bicycle and some galvanized pails, I found two dusty three-ring binders. The papers in them were beginning to yellow and were foxing on the outer leaves, but basically in good shape. One contained notes and articles related to my graduate thesis — fodder for http://www.ncfpc.net— and…

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In memoriam: Alice H. Dixon.

The first of my first cousins has gone on to her reward. Rest in peace, Alice Cheryl Henderson Dixon, 7 May 1948-17 October 2014.

In memoriam: Alice H. Dixon.

The first of my first cousins has gone on to her reward. Rest in peace, Alice Cheryl Henderson Dixon, 7 May 1948-17 October 2014.


Bright lady teacher.

For the better part of a year, the doings of Jonah Williams‘ daughter Clarissa regularly made the society columns of the African-American Raleigh Gazette:

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Raleigh Gazette, 30 January 1897.

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Raleigh Gazette, 19 June 1897.

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Raleigh Gazette, 26 June 1897.

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Raleigh Gazette, 18 September 1897.

And then the paper folded.

More than 20 years passed before Clarissa next appeared in print. The “bright…

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Soprano.

Soprano. http://wp.me/s3c4UM-soprano

Speaking of Ardeanur … Here’s what I know about her.

Ardeanur R. Smith was born 8 February 1903 in Statesville, North Carolina, to Daniel and Addie Lucinda McNeely Smith. Her brother James Garfield Smith was born four years later. I have not found the family in the 1910 federal population schedule, and the family had fallen apart before the census taker next came round. As revealed in the estate…

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Lewis Henderson’s Simmons branch.

Lewis Henderson’s Simmons branch.

Of all Lewis and Mag Henderson‘s children, descendants of only Ann Elizabeth and Loudie walk this earth.  Loudie had just two children in her brief life, Jack and Bessie, but their collective offspring number in the hundreds. Ann Elizabeth did not live long either, but her children Daniel and Dollie ensured her legacy.

I have talked about Loudie’s children hereand introduced a purported…

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Enlighten me; or how to obtain just dues.

Enlighten me; or how to obtain just dues.

In 1899, North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment that created new literacy and property restrictions on voting, but exempted those whose ancestors had the right to vote before the Civil War. The intent and impact of the amendment was to prevent generally poor and often illiterate African-Americans from voting, without disfranchising poor and illiterate whites:

Public Laws of North…

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Merchant brothers.

From the Wayne County section of the North Carolina Year Book and Business Directory, published by the…

Merchant brothers.

From the Wayne County section of the North Carolina Year Book and Business Directory, published by the…


One lovely blog? Why, thank you!

One lovely blog.

In recent days, I’ve been twice nominated for a One Lovely Blog Award. Many thanks to Maryann Barnes and Tiffiny for their thoughtfulness and kind words. It’s always nice to know that one is not only heard, but appreciated.

The “rules” for the award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog.
  • Share seven things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can…

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