Posts tagged ‘Western North Carolina’

January 23, 2011

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

A headstone leads a deputy to an old grave in this article from the Athens Banner-Herald.

Historic events shifted families into, out of Western North Carolina. This column in the Asheville Citizen-Times was written by Franklin, NC, local Dee Gibson-Roles.

The Genetic Genealogist blogs about an additional Native American haplogroup discovered by genetic genealogists.

Here’s a wonderful story about a slave ancestor found in Southern Claims Commission records at Reclaiming Kin.

September 20, 2009

OBCGS Annual Workshop A Rousing Success

Yesterday, I was priviliged to be able to attend the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society‘s annual Fall workshop. This year’s speakers were archivists and librarians from Western North Carolina colleges and universities, with one speaker who holds an archivist position at both a college and a private high school. Each shared information on his or her institute’s genealogical and historical holdings, particularly within the Special Collections. The speakers and their respective school were as follows:

1. Dr. Karen Paar, Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, Madison Co., NC
2. Dr. Helen Wykle, University of North Carolina, Asheville, Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC
3. Kathy Staley, Appalachian State University, Boone, Watauga Co., NC
4. Diana R. Sanderson, Warren Wilson College and Asheville School, Asheville
5. George Frizzell, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, Jackson Co., NC

The collections described were remarkable; I will be making future posts on each institute.

The workshop itself was well-organized, and well-attended by a good group of researchers. It was held in the current OBCGS library, located on 128 Bingham Road in Asheville. Topics for next year’s workshop are now being considered, and I look forward to attending it next September.

April 10, 2009

Southwestern North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly

Local historical and genealogical society newsletters are often an excellent source of information about an area’s records. One such example is that of the Southwestern North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly, which covered the counties of Cherokee, Graham, and Clay in Western North Carolina.

The SWNCGSQ was published from Winter 1984 (Volume I, Number I) to Fall 1994 (Volume XI, Number IV). Articles were primarily record extractions and queries; a large amount of coverage was given to marriage records, cemetery surveys, census indexes, and lists of delayed birth certificates for all three counties, with member-contributed pedigree charts and family group sheets thrown in for good measure.

At some point after the SWNCGSQ ceased publication, a surname index was compiled covering all issues. The index can be found at the public libraries located within Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties. Issues of the quarterly are available at the same locations and in the Family History Library.

March 27, 2009

Abraham Lowe and Margaret [–?–]

This week’s blogging prompt from Genea-Bloggers on Facebook is to write about a brick wall in the hopes that someone else can help break it down.

One of my brick walls is Abraham Lowe, born between 1795 and 1801 in Burke County, North Carolina, and his wife, Margaret [–?–], who was born about 1800 in Virginia. They married about 1822, probably in Haywood Co., NC, and had six children that I know of: Jesse (born about 1823, Haywood Co., NC, married 1853 in Macon Co., NC to Mary A. Butler), Bashuba (born about 1826, Haywood Co., NC), Rachel (born about 1829, Macon Co., NC), Gideon (born about 1831, Macon Co., NC, married 1855 in Jackson Co., NC to Naomi Miller), Nancy Ellen (born about 1835, Macon Co., NC, married about 1854 to Henry Woodfin Miller), and Mary Ann (born about 1844, Macon Co., NC).

Abraham and Margaret were enumerated in the 1830 and 1850 US censuses in Macon Co., NC, in the 1860 US census in Jackson Co., NC, and in the 1880 US census in Transylvania Co., NC. Chances are, they never moved and it was the county boundaries that changed around them.

A Nancy Lowe, aged 75 and born in NC, was enumerated with Abraham and Margaret in the 1850 US census, and again in the 1860 US census, where her age was given as 83. This may have been the Nancy Creaseman, daughter of Abraham Creaseman, who married a Jesse Lowe in 1803 in Lincoln Co., NC. This Jesse was subsequently enumerated in 1810, 1820, and 1830 on the US censuses for Lincoln, Haywood, and Macon Counties, respectively. It’s possible that Nancy was Abraham’s mother or step-mother, but I have yet to prove that. I have not been able, for instance, to locate any probate records for this Jesse Lowe. In fact, I haven’t found a lot on this family, period, outside of census records. It could be that I’m looking in the wrong place, and with pretty much all the “old” counties in Western NC to sort through, it could take me a while to find the right place or places to search.

Even if I can connect Abraham to Jesse Lowe and Nancy Creaseman, I still have to find Margaret’s family. If children Jesse and Nancy were named after Abraham’s parents (assuming that I can somehow reconcile Jesse and Nancy’s marriage date and place with Abraham’s birth date and place), then there’s a good chance either Bashuba, Rachel, or Gideon, or possibly all three, were named after Margaret’s family. It’s a shaky lead, and one that would have to be corroborated fully with other documents, but it’s about the only lead I have at the moment.