February 28, 2015

Thomas Johnson and Ann Allen Marriage Bond, 1822

Thomas Johnson and Ann Allen were married October 11, 1822 in Johnston County, NC. 

Bondsman was Benjamin Bell.

February 10, 2015

Wake County Genealogical Society February Meeting: Genealogical Resources at the Olivia Raney Local History Library

"Genealogical Resources at the Olivia Raney Local History Library"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7 p.m. at the Olivia Raney Public Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC  27610

Saundra R. Cropps, Library Manager at the Olivia Raney Local History Library, will give a presentation on the wealth of resources the library has to offer to those doing genealogical research.  The collection includes items relating to Wake County, to North Carolina, and much much more.  Come learn what you might have been missing, or where you can get started.

All Wake County Genealogical Society meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during  social time after the presentation.

February 1, 2015

Granville County Beaver Dam School Census (NC)

The Granville County Beaver Dam School Census is undated but probably from about 1840. Several of my direct ancestors appear on the census.

Beaver Dam was a rural farming district in very southern Granville County very near the Wake County line. It first came into use about 1778.

I've seen the document when researching at the NC Archives. Sure wish I'd made a copy of it! It's a real treasure to me because it lists three different families in my direct line:

  • Israel Dillard (my 3rd great grandfather) had three children enrolled:  Eliza (Elijah?), Narcissa, and Cornelia (my 2nd great grandmother).  
  • John Davis (my 3rd great grandfather) had three children enrolled: Sugar, Mary, Johnathan (my 2nd great grand father who married Cornelia, above), Sary, and Precilla
  • Nancy Allen (my 4th great grandmother) had two children enrolled: Joseph (my 3rd great grandfather) and Mary
  • Sherod Wilson (my 4th great grandfather) had 7 children enrolled: Nancy, Malissa, Sarah, William, John, Betsy, and Amanda. 
I'm pretty sure I can also draw a dotted line to many of the other families on the census.  But it's very cool to see FOUR of my direct lines on this one document.

Just SO cool!

January 29, 2015

Ancestry Family Trees

I read a lot of chatter on the various forums about family trees on Ancestry. Some folks love 'em, others hate 'em. 

I like having my tree available for a bunch of reasons, although I've noticed lots of folks using my photos and material without asking. 

On one hand, I don't really mind as I made my tree public so it - and my wealth of information - could be shared. I want to share. But on the other hand, I must say I hesitate when I see where someone has clearly cut and paste something I wrote without any acknowledgment. I even recently saw a family photo I own attached to someone not even in the family line. Sigh. 

We can't help what people do with our information. We can only hope they'll use it responsibly, do their own verification of the accuracy, and maybe somewhere down the road they will delight or inform a family member even if they don't correctly acknowledge how they obtained the information.

I love it when people email comments on my tree. Generally, it's to tell me I'm wrong about something, but even that has great value to me and I'm grateful for the time they took to make me rethink my facts. 

So...check out my tree and let me know what you think!  I sync it daily with Family Tree Maker so it's always up to date!


January 28, 2015

Joseph Stancil, 1840 - 1889, Johnston County, NC

Joseph STANCIL, my illustrious 3rd great uncle, was born in 1840 in Johnston County, NC as the fourth child of William Young STANCIL and Elizabeth Sallie MORGAN. 

He had eight siblings: Young Allen, Elizabeth, Seviah, Prudia, Moses, Edney, Aaron, and William. 

When he was 27, he married Sarah E GODWIN,daughter of Stevenson GODWIN and Elizabeth FLOWERS, on 15 Mar 1867 in Johnston County, NC.

Joseph STANCIL was counted in the census in...

  • 1850 in District 15, Johnston, North Carolina. 
  • 1860 in Neuse River, Johnston, North Carolina
  • 1870 in Elevation, Johnston, North Carolina
  • 1880 in Johnston County, North Carolina

Joseph served in the US Civil War in the NC 24th, Co. I. 

Once the war was over, Joseph and Sarah started a family:

  • L. Florence STANCIL, born on 12 Feb 1866 in Johnston County, NC (Elevation Township). She died on 22 Oct 1917 in Harnett County, NC.
  • Mary C. STANCIL, born in 1870 in Johnston County, NC (Elevation Township).
  • Orther M STANCIL, born in 1871 in Johnston County, NC (Elevation Township).
  • Arthur M. STANCIL, born about 1871. He married Lalan JOHNSON on 03 Feb 1892 in Johnston County, NC


Joseph died about Jul 1889 in Johnston County, NC. 




January 26, 2015

Alfred Turner Dent, 1828 - 1891

Alfred Turner Dent
Alfred Turner DENT, my 1st cousin 6 times removed, was born 10 May 1828 in Franklin County, North Carolina, as the first child of parents James Hutchison DENT and Lucy HORNSBY.  

Alfred first married Susan COOK. They moved to Tennessee about 1850 with his mother Lucy and various other family members. 

Alfred and Susan had no children. She apparently died as a young woman, possibly in Tennessee.

Alfred was back in Franklin County NC by 1862 when he enlisted in Co. I, 55th NC Reg, CSA. He was wounded July 1, 1863 at Gettsyburg, PA. He was a POW at David's Island NY.  Both his arm and leg were amputated. He was a farmer prior to the war, but became a teacher after the war.

When he was 40, Alfred married Ann Rebecca DUKE, daughter of Richard DUKE and Parthena DICKERSON, on 13 Jan 1869 in Granville County, North Carolina.

Alfred Turner DENT and Ann Rebecca DUKE had the following children:

  • Issac DENT was born in 1870.
  • James Rufus DENT was born 15 May 1873 and 19 Sep 1954 in Franklin County, NC.
  • Eugene W. DENT was born in 1876.
  • Charles T. DENT was born in 1881.

He died on 06 Jul 1891 and was buried in Vance County, North Carolina, in the Liles-Edward Cemetery, Henderson, NC.

January 25, 2015

Lois Jean Allen, 1911 - 1918


Lois Jean Allen Gravestone
Lois Jean ALLEN, my great aunt, was born on 27 Jan 1911 in the Brassfield area of Granville County, North Carolina. She was the third child of Eugene Narron ALLEN and Elizabeth RAY. 

Lois had seven siblings: Vada Atlas (my maternal grandmother), Mamie, Henrietta, Lacie, Elsie, John Benjamin, and Marvin Eugene. 

Lois was only 6 years old when she died of "exhaustion" brought on by Typhoid Fever on 05 Jan 1918 in Brassville Township.  She is buried at New Light Baptist Church the New Light area of extreme northern Wake County, NC. 





Lois Jean Allen Death Certificate