County N. C. Queries
July - August 2001
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Myrtle Bridges Cumberland County NCGenWeb Coordinator
I've hit a dead end with my great-great-grandfather. His
name is Murdoc(h) McLean and he was born around 1793 in Cumberland County,
North Carolina. He married Catherine McNeill McLean, 10 January 1825, and had
the following children with her: Mary McLean born ca. 1825; Christian McLean
born ca. 1828; John McLean born ca. 1830; Flora McLean born ca. 1834; Malcom
A. McLean born 13 October 1839. He then married Margaret Darroch McLean, 28
November 1842, and had the following children with her: Catharine McLean born
ca. 1844; Margaret McLean born ca. 1845; Neill McLean born ca. 1849; Ann
McLean born ca. 1851. Both marriages and all of the births were in Cumberland
County in an area that is now Harnett County. Malcom A. McLean is my
I'm trying hard to find out about any of Murdoch's siblings and parents in an
effort to get the link back to Scotland. Once I have the link and the area
they came from, I want to visit Scotland and see where they lived. The only
other clue I have is a bit of family lore about two McLean brothers arriving
together from Scotland and settling on opposite banks of the Cape Fear. Thanks.
Mickey McLean Greensboro, N.C.
Posted August 24, 2001
I am searching for a Hugh MCPHERSON, I believe he lived in Cumberland County according to the 1870 census.
I also found a Hugh MCPHERSON in the 1840 Moore County census. I don't know if these two are related.
The Hugh MCPHERSON I am looking for had a daughter born in North Carolina, November 9, 1852 and her name
was Mary Ann MCPHERSON. The information I have came from her death certificate. On April 11, 1869
she married Henry Madison Smith and moved to Florida. Thanks for your help.
Posted August 19, 2001
I am searching for Edward Campbell born 1746 - Was listed on the 1790 and the 1800 census for Cumberland Co,
Fayette District, NC. I think I have him on a tax list, but don't have that
info on hand at the moment. There is an Edward Campbell listed in the 1820
census in Capt. Gillis' Dist. but this may not be my Edward, unless he sold
whatever land he owned and moved to another area. I thought he had left
Cumberland Co. soon after 1800, maybe by 1810. He moved family to
Williamson Co. Tenn. where he died in 1825 and is buried on the Hillsdale
farm he bought there. He died intestate. His heirs included either his
children or grandchildren (not sure which) John K. Campbell b 1786, executor
of estate: Edward Campbell b 1790/1791: Alexander Campbell b 1795: Mary
Campbell b 1800: Neil Campbell b 180_? All these children were supposedly
born in NC, and probably in Cumberland Co.
All these children left
Williamson Co. soon after Old Edward's death and were in Henry Co. TN census
for 1840. From there they went to AR, Pope Co, and were there on the 1850
census.I read somewhere recently that a lot of Campbells lived on "Buie
Creek". I'm not sure where Buie Creek is. Did it go up into area that is
now Harnett Co.? If they lived in that area, would that have still been
Fayette Dist. in 1790 & 1800? Would it be possible that any records would
be in that county, since it was not formed until 1855? I have found an
Edward Campbell in Dillon/Marion Cos. SC. How much of today's SC was in the
Bladen Co. area of NC? I think this Edward went into Florida and if that is
true, he is definitely not mine. A lot of people better at this than I am
have searched for my Old Edward over the years and found little more than I
have. But for some reason, I can't seem to get him out of my head.
Wanda in Lubbock TX
Posted August 19, 2001
I am stuck on my MARTIN family. I can only get back to John T. MARTIN who was in the civil war. He married in
Cumberland Co. in 1849. He married Mary Jane Bradshaw of Sampson Co. In early deeds he is listed as Jr.
I can't seem to get past him. I see a John Martin appears to have returned to Scotland in 1777??? Can you
recommend someone I can pay to do research for me?
Posted August 17, 2001
RICHARDSON / JONES
According to the Latter Day Saints web site there was a marriage of a Mary Jane RICHARDSON b. April
25, 1852 married William JONES b. Feb. 1, 1851 in Cumberland County, North Carolina July 12, 1866.
I am unable to find either one of them on census but I only have limited access to census for now.
Nor can I find proof of the marriage. If anyone has any information on this couple and family I
would appreciate it. They are my great grandparents. The migrated to Jackson County Tennessee
shortly thereafter but not sure when but do show up in the 1880 Jackson County, Tennessee census.
Brenda Sue Roy
Posted August 15, 2001
MCKEITHAN / PARDUE
I am trying to find information on my great grandparents: William Archie
MCKEITHAN and Rebecca PARDUE McKeithan. Dates of birth/death are not known,
but is reported that he died abt.1892 and buried at Cypress Presbyterian
Church. He was a farmer and turpentine merchant until the 1880's when fire
destroyed their home/farm/livestock. The farm was reported to have been
located in the part of Cumberland County (now known as Moore co.) N.C.
Children were: Frances Ann (married James Oscar Collins), Neil Archie, Daniel
Patrick, George Duncan, and James Parker McKeithan. I have lots of
information on the children, but seem to have reached a road block with their
parents. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Shirley McKeithan Roman
Posted August 15, 2001
Seeking information on OVERBY. William and Isabella Duncan Overby were in the 1850 census.
Posted August 15, 2001
RAY / WILSON
I am trying to find the parents and siblings of Mary RAY born 19 Jun 1801 in
NC. She died 01 May 1880 in (Pike) AL. She married Reubin WILSON 21 May 1826
probably in NC. Reubin was born 23 Mar 1793 in (Cumberland) NC and died 06
Jan 1876 in (Pike) AL. They came from Cumberland Co. NC to Pike Co. AL with
Reubin's parents, James WILSON b. 01 Jan 1769 (Cumberland) NC and Lydia ?.
I have a lot of info on the WILSONS before and after James, but don't know
Lydia's maiden name, Reubin's siblings, or any of Mary's family.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
David Ray Wilson
Posted August 12, 2001
GREER / ROWAN
I am looking for information on members of the GREER family (especially
Thomas GREER) who arrived in Wilmington, NC from Ireland circa 1740. They
settled in Cumberland County and purchased land circa 1755 and 1769. Thomas
GREER died circa 1783 in Cumberland County. Thomas Greer's will was written
in 1782 (cannot find actual copy). His children were Joseph, Thomas,
Robert, and Susanna GREER ROWAN. Please forward any information to
Posted August 12, 2001
JACKSON / BULLARD
I am looking for any information on Eliud LeGrande JACKSON and Mary Victoria
(Tori) BULLARD JACKSON. They were probably married around 1910. They had
seven children. One of the sons was named Ottis A. Jackson and the twin boys
died at birth. Their daughter, Jennie Catherine Jackson, was my grandmother
and she was born on May 22, 1916, in Stedman, Cumberland County, NC. Tori
Jackson died between 1921 and 1922. Eliud then married a woman named Anner.
I am fairly certain that Eliud's mother's name was Mahalia. I have no other
information on either family and would appreciate any assistance.
Vanissa K. Townsend
Posted August 9, 2001
I am searching for a marriage of Bryant NEWELL and Edith ?? who appeared in the Cumberland County census of
1850 as married. They were very young, Bryant apparently was born ca 1825 and Edith ca 1824. Their son,
Edward, I believe, is my gggrandfather.
Margaret Sessions . Thanks.
Posted August 3, 2001
GRAHAM / ROBINSON
I am specifically looking in Cumberland County for any information on Lily GRAHAM who, we
believe, married Daniel ROBINSON abt 1845. My husband, Carl Faison Shaw, is
a descendent of these families. I will be
glad to share any information I have. Please respond to:
Gayle Shaw . Thanks.
Posted July 18, 2001
SPELL / NUNNERY / FAIRCLOTH
I am looking for one specific cemetery that is located just inside the county line, coming from
Autryville, going towards Stedman. It is the SPELL Family Cemetery. I have an Uncle Edgar Spell,
his children, Barbara Ann Spell, and Sanford Spell buried there. I am not sure about the dates of
death, but I think Sanford died in the late 60's early 70's. I am also looking for the Nunnery Cemetery.
I have a cousin there by the name of Sheila Renee NUNNERY. Her date of death would be in the 60's. I am
also interested in any cemetery in Sampson, Cumberland, Harnett, or Bladen county that consists of FAIRCLOTHS.
Posted July 15, 2001
Seeking information on the COLVILLES who lived in the Averasboro area,
particularly the earliest one known to me -- William COLVILLE. The only
records I have of him are that he appeared in the 1755 and 1767 state
censuses, living in Cumberland Co., along with his 1797 will and an 1801
estate record. None of these shed very much light. Interested in any
information anyone might have on William or any of his descendants. Thank you,
Posted July 13, 2001
My name is Doris Roberts and I am trying to find information on my
Grandfather Samuel NEWBERRY b: 15 Aug 1822 in North Carolina, father may be
James or John, mother maybe Sarah ? Samuel married Nancy W. Trantham Sept
1844 in Weakley County, Tennessee. Can anyone help me with more information on Samuel Newberry and his parents
or siblings. Thank you for your help Doris Roberts, San Diego, CA
Posted July 8, 2001
FT. BOOTH (FT. FOLLY) at the MOUTH of ROCKFISH
Looking for information on Ft Booth (Ft. Folly) at the mouth of Rockfish
Creek and Cape Fear River. I assume it was named for MAJ John C. BOOTH of
the Armory Guard (2nd Battalion NC Local Defense Troops) who died in
Fayetteville on Sep 6-7, 1862. This was, I understand a defensive position
manned by the Armory Guard and consisted of both infantry and artillery
positions. Any information of the duties of the Armory Guard and this fort would be
Norman G. Dean III 910 484-5133
Posted July 6, 2001
HALE / HAYLE / HAILE
I'm researching my family name HALE. It was shown spelled several different ways.
On the 1790 Cumberland County Census it is shown as HAYLE. Joel Hayle (HAILE) Sr. was the
father of Joel Hayle (Haile) Jr., Daniel Hayle (Hayle) born abt 1765 Cumberland N.C. died abt 1830 Christian Ky.
Hosea born abt 1768 in Nc. Joel Jr. born abt 1770.
Daniel is my line, any information on this family will need very appreciated.
Thank you, Martha Ann Hale
Posted July 5, 2001
McDUFFIE / IVEY
I understand that my great great grandparents are buried
on Cross Creek Cemetery, Fayetteville, NC. I think Block
# 42. Names: David McDUFFIE & Annie Eliza [IVEY] McDUFFIE.
I have been trying to find out who were their parents, but
have been unsuccessful so far. Does anyone know if there are
McDUFFIE's in that cemetery? I live in the mountains
of NC, so can not go to check for my self. Thanks.
Elaine M. Hooten
Posted July 5, 2001
FAYETTEVILLE ARSENAL & ARMORY
I am interested in finding a history or any information on the local defense
troop (Co C, 2d Bn Local Defense Troops) that was trusted with the
Fayetteville Arsenal and Armory. I understand that they also had defense
positions that they manned as required at the fortifications on the Cape
Fear at the mouth of Rockfish Creek.Any information would be very helpful.
I work with the National Guard at the armory in Fayetteville and can be
reached there by phone at 910 484-5133. I am and remain,
Norman G. Dean III 1SG, HHC(-) 1st Bn 252d Armor
Posted July 3, 2001
SIKES / CAMPBELL
I am searching for the ancestors of Edward SIKES and Delphia CAMPBELL.
Edward SIKES was born in Scotland, moved to Cumberland County and Married
Delphia CAMPBELL. He died 24 Nov 1894. Delphia CAMPBELL was born in 1832
and died on 9 Feb. 1916. Both died in Cumberland County and are buried in
Cross Creek Cemetery. Thank you.
Donald M. Whitley, II
Posted July 2, 2001
CROSS CREEK FAYETTEVILLE
Does anyone have, or can you suggest, a reliable source of information on Cross Creek, the Scottish
settlement that later became Fayetteville, NC? I can find general references to the town and NC State
Archives has a map of the original town, but that's about all the details I've been able to unearth.
I need to know the names of businesses there, etc.
Posted June 27, 2001
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