November 9, 2014

Wake County Genealogical Society December Meeting

Please join the Wake County Genealogical Society for our holiday presentation, “Family Holiday Traditions and Recipes, and the Stories and Photos that Go with Them” on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7pm at the Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC  27610. WCGS volunteer Jennie Gunther will coordinate the discussion.

Everyone is encouraged to bring food, recipes, photos, and stories of traditions to share, and to learn engaging ways of preserving and passing on these traditions to family members.

Meetings are free and open to the public, and are for all levels of family historians and genealogists, whether or not you are researching in Wake County. Come share some holiday cheer genealogy style!  It's a wonderful opportunity to step away from the computer to socialize with others who enjoy the same hobby—you might even meet a new cousin.

November 5, 2014

Dillard-Davis Family Cemetary

The Dillard-Davis Family Cemetery in Granville County is rich in family history for me. My great grandparents, Jonathan Davis and Cornelia Dillard Davis are buried there, along with many of their ancestors and descendants. 

The cemetery is located on Woodland Church Road in Granville County very near the Wake County line. I've been there several times. It's in a wooded area near a home with a viscous looking pooch chained up in the front yard. It's very overgrown with brush. There are only a handful of engraved stones, and some graves are marked with just a rock. I imagine there are plenty of unmarked graves, likely those of distant family members or possibly slaves.




Gladfry Bailey 
Born 1790 
Died 1867



William Bailey 
Born Dec 10, 1791
Died Dec 18, 1861
My notes: WPA records show death date as 15 Dec 1861. I haven't really figured out all these William Baileys, but I think this fellow was my 1st cousin 5 times removed.





Cornelia Davis
Wife of Jonathan F. Davis
Born March 7, 1838
My notes: My great grandmother who, along with her husband, owned the property across the road and likely the property hosting the cemetery, at one time.

Jonathan Davis
Born Dec 18, 1829 
Died July 22, 1900
My notes: Cornelia's husband. Jonathan owned a great deal of land as well as slaves. There is a Freemason symbol at the top of his gravestone.


Davis, L.  (b. 8 Nov ? - d. 25 Nov 1863). This may be Luvinia Davis. I believe she died a few weeks after birth. She is the daughter of Jonathan and Cornelia. She appears on the census of Cemetery Census, but not on the census of Find-A-Grave.

Davis, L. B. (b. 11 Aug 1834 - d.). I'm not sure who this is. He appears on the census of Cemetery Census, but not on the census of Find-A-Grave.



Davis, Mary A.  
Born Jan 13, 1827 
Died Sept 30, 1910
My notes: I think this is Mary Ann Davis, daughter of Jonathan Davis and Tildanthe Bailey. Jonathan's (the son of a Jonathan and husband of Cornelia) sister. She shows up on the school census for Granville County Beaver Dam School. The census is undated, but probably is from sometime in the 1840s.

Seraphno Davis (b. 17 Jan 1874 - d. 9 Dec 1903). Daughter of J.F. and C. Davis. I'm not sure why they put her maiden name on her gravestone, but Seraphno was married to Jim Inscore. I'm not sure if Jim died shortly after his wife or if he ran off, but his in-laws, Jonathan and Cornelia, raised his two children Lucy and Hubert.

Susan A. G. Davis
Sacred to the memory of 
Susan A. G. wife of Wm D. Davis
Born 1832 
Died Sept 10, 1861

W. D. Davis 
Died August 18, 1891
My notes: Probably the husband of Susan, above. He died just before his 43rd birthday, possible in the Civil War. There is a Freemason symbol at the top of his gravestone.

Whitman Davis
In memory of
 (b. 28 Apr 1862 - d. 19 Dec 1882). WPA records death date as 19 Dec 1888.

Dilliard, E. H. (b. 17 Feb 1831 - d. 2 Nov 1851). I think this is Elijah H. Dillard, son of Israel Dillard and Mahalia Bailey. Brother of Cornelia.

Dilliard, H. C.(b. 31 Dec 1843 - d. 13 Apr 1882)  WPA records birth date as 31 Dec 1818 and death date as 13 Apr 1887. This might be Henry Dillard, son of Israel Dillard and Mahalia Bailey. Brother of Cornelia.

Dilliard, I. F. (b. 11 Sep 1811 - d. 7 May 1888). WPA records death date as 7 May 1886. This is Israel Dillard, Cornelia's father and my 3rd great grandfather.

Dilliard, M. C. W. (b. 3 Nov 1839 - d. 12 Nov 1869). WPA records birth date as 3 Nov 1832 and death date as 12 Nov 1860.

Dilliard, W. I. (b. 15 Mar 1842 - d. 23 Oct 1862). This is probably the son of Israel and Mahalia. He died at age 20, I'm guessing an early casualty of the Civil War.

Loyd, Nasada B. (b. 29 Jul 1896 - d. 27 Jan 1906)

Moore, W. H. H. (b. 16 Jan 1841 - d. 8 Feb 1895)

Ray, Lucy (b. 1 Apr 1859 - d. 12 Dec 1920). Daughter of Seraphno and Jim Inscore, married to Mark Ray.

Here's a link to a census of the cemetery. It even provides directions. Here's Find-A-Grave's site - it differs a bit from the above link so be sure to look at both.

October 22, 2014

Agnes Belle Stancil Sauls, 1900 - 1969


John Exum Sauls and
Agnes Belle Stancil Sauls
Agnes Belle STANCIL, my great aunt on my father's side, was born on 15 Jul 1901 in Johnston County, North Carolina as the youngest child of Joseph Henry STANCIL and Fannie A. JOHNSON. 

She had two siblings; my grandfather Jesse Bernard, and Mary Pearl. 

When she was 19, Aunt Belle married John Exum SAULS, son of Leonard Jefferson SAULS and Dizzie JOHNSON, on 14 Dec 1919 in Johnston County, North Carolina.

The 1930 census found Aunt Belle and her family in Durham County, North Carolina. She was 29 years old. She also appears on the 1940 census.

Aunt Belle and husband John Exum SAULS had 5 children:

1. Agnes Louise SAULS, born on 26 Feb 1921 in Granville County, North Carolina. She died in Jan 1969 and married Unknown FALCON on 25 Jun 1943.

2. John Exum SAULS was born on 25 Aug 1922 in Granville County, North Carolina, USA.

3. Joseph Willard SAULS was born on 14 Jun 1925 in Orange County, North Carolina. He died on 27 Jun 1940 in Hoke County, North Carolina.

4. Herbert Hoover SAULS was born on 17 Jan 1928 in Archer Lodge, Johnston County, North Carolina. He died in Nov 1928.

5. Garland Linwood SAULS was born on 03 Mar 1932 in Durham County, North Carolina.

I have been told Aunt Belle had Type II Diabetes and was blind. She died on 27 Jan 1969 in Johnston County, North Carolina at age 68.




Mrs. Agnes Sauls
Rites are Slated

Mrs. Agnes Sauls, 68, of Route 2, Clayton, died Monday in Johnston Memorial Hospital following a long illness.

She was a native of Johnston County. Her parents were the late Joseph H. and Fannie Johnson Stancil.

A graveside service will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Durham, The Rev. Ronald Creech will officiate.

She is survived by her husband, John E. Sauls; one daughter Mrs. Agnes Sauls Falcon of New Orleans, LA, two sons, John E. Sauls of Littleton, CO., and Garland L. Sauls of Durham; 10 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

October 21, 2014

Jesse Pleasants and Maude Haswell: Married Dec. 30, 1919



Wake County Register of Deeds, Raleigh, NC
Certifcate of Marriage: 1919, Page 94
Groom:  Jesse Pleasants, age 26, resident of Wake Forest, R-3, NC
Parents:  J.D. Pleasants and Almetta Pleasants, both parents living and residents of Youngsville R-3, NC
Bride:  Maude Haswell, age 25, resident of Wake Forsest, R-5, NC
Parents:  Wm. A. Haswell and Gussie Haswell, father deceased mother living and resident of Wake Forest, R-5, NC
Date of Marriage:  Dec. 30, 1919
Place of Marriage:  New Light Township, Wake County, NC
Officiating Officer:  W.J. Simpson, Justice of the Peace
Witnesses:  G.M. Little of Youngsville, R-3, NC, W.J. Simpson, Jr. of Wake Forest, R-1, NC, W.L. Simpson of Wake Forest, R-1, NC

October 19, 2014

Ester Allen, born 1762 in Bladen County, NC

My 4th great grandma, Esther ALLEN was born about 1762 in Bladen County, North Carolina.  She was the first child of James ALLEN and wife Elizabeth Nancy UNKNOWN. 

Ester had eleven siblings!  They were: Nathan T., Nancy Ann, Mary Polly, Josiah, Rebecca, Gideon, Sarah, William, Thomas, Edith, and Anna. 

When she was 33, Ester married Jesse MORGAN on 02 Jan 1795 in Johnston County, North Carolina, per their marriage bond.

Ester and Jesse had one daughter I know of, Elizabeth Sallie, who was born in 1808 in Johnston County, North Carolina. 

Elizabeth died in 1880 in Johnston County, North Carolina. She married William Young STANCIL before 1835 in Johnston County, North Carolina.

October 12, 2014

Wake County Genealogical Society Meeting Oct 14 - Don't Miss It!

October 14: Wake County Genealogical Society presents “Calling in the Big Guns--When to Hire a Professional Genealogist, How They Can Help and What to Expect"!

“Calling in the Big Guns--When to Hire a Professional Genealogist, How They Can Help and What to Expect" will be presented by a panel of professional genealogists, headed by Diane Richard, on Tuesday, October 14 at 7 pm, at the Page Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513.

This talk is part of a special joint meeting of the Wake County Genealogical Society and the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society, and will be followed by a social hour with refreshments.

Meetings are free and open to the public, and are for all levels of family historians and genealogists. Come learn what professional help is available to break through your family history "brick wall" and bring a friend!  It's a wonderful opportunity to step away from the computer to socialize with others who enjoy the same hobby—you might even meet a new cousin.

Be sure to put the December meeting of the Wake County Genealogical Society on your calendar now too! Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7pm at the Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC  27610. Our speaker Jennie Gunther will coordinate a presentation on “Family Holiday Traditions and Recipes, and the Stories and Photos that Go with Them”. Everyone is urged to bring food, recipes, photos, and stories of traditions to share. Come join us for some holiday cheer genealogy style!

[Note: Our "4th Tuesday" meeting for Nov. is pushed into early Dec. to avoid the Thanksgiving holiday, and we skip the 4th Tuesday of Dec.  Regular "4th Tuesday" meetings begin again in January and continue through May.]

October 3, 2014

Happy 1st Blog Anniversary to me!

It was a year ago that I started this blog.

I was searching for a way to share my information with anyone who might be interested. I was sitting on such a rich treasure and felt it was my responsibility to my ancestors to make their stories known.

My "bloganniversary" coincides with the 2013 Davis family reunion. No coincidence there. I started the blog then because sharing is always at top of my mind when I am in a room full of family. 

So HAPPPY BLOG ANNIVERSARY TO ME!

And THANK YOU to everyone who reads, comments, and supports my little blog. I sure am grateful!