May 16, 2015

Lorilee Little Harrison, 1788 - 1850, Wake County, NC

My 5th great grandma, Lorilee LITTLE, was born about 1788 somewhere in North Carolina, probably Wake County where she died about 1850.

She must have been very (VERY) young when she married Lovell HARRISON, son of John Footman HARRISON and Mary RAY, on 07 Feb 1796 in Wake County, North Carolina.

They had the following children:

  1. Delia HARRISON was born in 1815 in Johnston County and died about 1865 in Wake County, North Carolina. She married William PERRY on 08 Sep 1830 in Wake County.
  2. Berry HARRISON.
  3. Willie HARRISON.

Marriage Bond Lovell Harrison and Lorilee Little


Feb 9, 1796

State of North Carolina Wake County. Know all men by these presents that we Lovell Harrison and Benja. Porter both of the State and County aforesaid are held & firmly bound unto Samuel Ashe Esq. Governor & his successors in office in the fun of five hundred pounds.

Executed in the presence of W. Rucker (?)

Lovell Harrison (his mark)
Benja. Porter (his mark)

9th of Feb 1796 Liley Little

Source: NC Archives

April 26, 2015

WCGS presents "Sign of the Times: Timelines in Genealogy", April 28, 2015

Event: Sign of the Times: Timelines in Genealogy
When: Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: Olivia Raney Public Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610

Come join us to hear professional genealogist Diane L. Richard, giving her presentation "Sign of the Times: Timelines in Genealogy." Hit a brick wall? Wondering why your ancestors did what they did? Learn about timelines and they might just help you solve your puzzles! Visual representations of data can make gaps, conflicts and paths to future discoveries easy to spot. And these are NOT the timelines you learned to make in school! We will learn how various types of timelines can aid in genealogy research...and breakthroughs. Diane can be found online at All WCGS meetings are free and open to the public. Bring a friend! Refreshments will be served during social time after the presentation.

Hosted by Wake County Genealogical Society

April 20, 2015

No Place for Hate

We all have family members we wish belonged to someone else's family. In this particular case, I have to admit I wish this person didn't belong to any family. What he did was so terribly awful, no branch of the family would want to claim him.

Every family has a black sheep. Mine has a bunch. From moonshiners to gamblers to alcoholics. All sorts. 

You've probably read the news accounts of the shooting at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC last week. Kenneth Morgan Stancil is accused of shooting a college employee. His motive? Hate.

According to news reports, Kenneth Stancil claims to have killed because a man was gay and "deserved to die". How appalling. He also claims to have killed others. 

Oddly, family members have been scurrying around trying to figure out which line Kenneth Stancil hails from. Turns out to be my line. William Stancil and his wife Africa. His middle name, Morgan, is an old family name from my 3rd great grandmother Elizabeth Morgan who married William Young Stancil around 1835. I'm not sure if this is really the origin of his middle name, but it sure is a coincidence.

This is one black sheep I sure wish didn't belong to my family. Or anyone's family. 

There's just no place in the world for hate.

March 13, 2015

Searching for Ancestors in Ireland: Wake County Genealogical Society Meeting March 27

"Searching for Ancestors in Ireland"

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7 p 
Join us Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7 p.m. at the Olivia Raney Local History Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC  27610

Come join us to hear from three Wake County Genealogical Society members (Judy Rysdon and Ann & John Myhre) who researched their ancestry in Ireland and Northern Ireland in the past year. Discussion will include the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin and several places in Northern Ireland: PRONI (Public Records Office of Northern Ireland), the Linen Reading Room in Belfast, St. Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry, and the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, as well as online resources for Ulster. One speaker will also tell about meeting his cousin and visiting the house where their mutual ancestors had lived.

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

Stancil gives program on finding family histories, March 19, 2015

From the Kenly News, March 11, 2015:

Those who missed the Historical Society program given by Vann Stancil last Thursday night can still learn about how to find family histories on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the second session.
Stancil will go over ways to find family information and the resources available, such as websites and cemeteries. There will also be a question and answer time.
For more information about the program to be held at the museum in downtown Kenly, call Betty Pope at the Kenly Library at 919-284-4217.

(Kenly is in Johnston County, NC.)

March 7, 2015

Macon McNair Stancil, 1924 - 1954

Montlawn Cemetery, Raleigh, NC
My paternal uncle, Macon McNair STANCIL, was born 16 Oct 1924 in Johnston County, NC as the second child of Jesse Bernard STANCIL and Ada Lou JOHNSON. 

His nickname was "Little Joe".

He had five siblings:  Jesse Roland, Eric Ray, Cecil Braxton, Edith Cavelle, and Carl Donald. 

Macon was employed as a N.C. State Prison Guard and he also worked at famed Cooper's BBQ in Raleigh, NC.

He was counted in the census in 1930 in Wake County, NC at age 5. He was also counted in the census in 1940 in Wake County, NC at age 15. 

When he was 18, Macon registered for the draft as required by law. However, he did not serve likely due to his health issues.

He died on 19 Dec 1954 in Wake County, NC from diabetes. He was buried on 21 Dec 1954 in Wake County, NC at Montlawn Cemetery in Raleigh.

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.