Category Archives: Randolph County

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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Cedar Grove Township and Red House School

Since completing From Hill Town to Strieby (Williams, 2016), I began to wonder about educational efforts elsewhere in southwestern Randolph County. I started by looking at Cedar Grove Township, just to the north and northeast of Union and New Hope … Continue reading

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From Hill Town to Strieby receives Finalist Medal from 2017 Indie Book Awards

From Hill Town to Strieby has been named a Finalist in the African American category for the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA). Notification was made today. I was very honored to find myself named along with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson! … Continue reading

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Private Percy Walter Phillips, World War I Veteran

Currently, the North Carolina Museum of History is featuring an exhibit, “North Carolina and World War I (http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/exhibits/NC-World-War-One),” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of what was called, “the War to end all wars.” My grand uncle, Percy … Continue reading

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How DNA helped reunite family members

Almost a year ago I was contacted by a woman, Jennifer Jackson,  who noted in AncestryDNA that she was a match for someone whose account I was administering, Aveus Lassiter Edmondson, my second cousin 3x removed. In looking at all … 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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A Civil Rights Story: Vella Lassiter (Excerpted from: From Hill Town to Strieby)

  In Honor of International Women’s Day, I am posting this chapter on Vella Lassiter as published in From Hill Town to Strieby (Backintyme Publishing, 2016, available in paperback and kindle from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hill-Town-Strieby-Missionary-Association/dp/0939479095). Vella Lassiter was one example of both … Continue reading

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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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Book Daily featured book of the day

From Hill Town to Strieby was a featured book of the day in the Emerging Authors category. The page includes a selection from the book.  Follow the link to see the whole posting. http://www.bookdaily.com/book/5562405

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