Category Archives: NC

Finding LauryAnn Elizabeth Williams Sellers, or the benefits of sharing your research.

Often people tell me that they are researching their family history so that they can pass it on to their children and share it with family members.  Fantastic! Admirable! But I always encourage them to go one step further. Share … Continue reading

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YouTube Presentation in Asheboro, NC

This video is from my presentation in Asheboro on 18 February 2017

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Uwharrie Friends Meeting

On Saturday, 18 February 2017, Daniel Thornburg, of Asheboro, Randolph County, NC, brought the photo of the Uwharrie Friends Meeting that was once located along what is now Lassiter Mill Road, just south of the present-day Science Hill Friends Meeting. … Continue reading

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Emancipation of Jesse Henley’s Slaves, 1800

In May 1800, Jesse Henley, a Quaker, son of John Henley and Isabelle Newby, living in Randolph County, petitioned the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions for permission to free his slaves. Three men are named, Cane (64), Cupid … Continue reading

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Lacy Hill’s perfect school attendance

Lacy Hill (1912-1971) was the daughter of John Hill/Kearns and Fannie Brown.  As noted below, she attended the “Asheboro Colored School.” In 1926, she received a certificate of award for her attendance.  She had not missed a single day or been … Continue reading

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From the Randolph County Bastardy Bonds, 1786-1918

From the Bastardy Bonds, Randolph County, NC: Vidales, C. L, Cates, L. & Winslow Donahue, P. (2012). Bastardy Bond Abstracts and Related Records, 1786-1918. Asheboro, NC: Randolph County Genealogical Society. Bastardy Bonds were the state’s way of insuring that babies born out of wedlock … Continue reading

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Some often overlooked records in FPOC research

When researching Free People of Color (FPOC) prior to the end of the Civil War, one can often find them in the same records as one finds European/white persons. The most frequent places we look for them are in census records, marriage … Continue reading

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World War I Draftees from Strieby and Lassiter Mill.

In this month of November, when we remember our Veterans, living and dead, I am posting the names of those from the Strieby and Lassiter Mill area who registered for the draft. Many of these individuals would have attended Strieby … Continue reading

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Historical Book Award from North Carolina Society of Historians

On Saturday, 5 November 2016, in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, I was awarded an Historical Book Award by the North Carolina Society of Historians, at their Diamond Jubilee Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. The event took place at the Stone Center. Along … Continue reading

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Greenlee award announced in Courier Tribune

The Asheboro Courier Tribune ran an article at the end of September about the Marsha M Greenlee History Award by the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society being given for From Hill Town to Strieby. The article was written by Chip … Continue reading

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