Cumberland County Queries
September - October 1999

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PHELPS family Cumberland Co. North Carolina GG Grandmother Caroline A. Phelps born in Fayetteville, N. C. about 1829, Father ? (Jordan?) Phelps, mother Rebecca ?. Caroline and mother were on the 1850 census in Savannah, Ga.. Jordan Phelps died in Savannah in 1839. Thanks for information Pat Vause   Posted October 29th, 1999


Looking for information on Abraham GAINEY, born approx. 1760/70's, perhaps in Cumberland County. Known to be living in Cumberland County late 1700s and early 1800s. He is said to have had 17-18 children; first of his 2 wives was said to be Jean WOOD. Abraham Gainey is my ggggrfather & I'm researching the Gainey family. Specifically looking for confirmation of dates, names of spouses, and children. Thank you for your help. Mollie Gainey-Stanley   Posted October 28th, 1999


I am looking for information on a Jacob BLOCKER of Cumberland Co. NC who had a daughter named Mary Blocker, born about 1801. Please email Joyous Vincent   Posted October 27th, 1999


This is for your history buffs. In May of 1777 was passed by Act of Assembly in New Bern and Act know as the Act for the Security of the State. It required the taking of the Highlanders Oath. This is listed in the Cumberland County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions.

My question is who was required to take this Oath. People of Scottish Descent only or everyone in NC? If possible I need a reference.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY COURT OF PLEAS AND QUARTER SESSIONS *Oath prescribed by Act of Assembly passed at Newbern, May 10th 1777, entitled an Act for the Security of the State.

*The Highlander's Oath: I, do swear and as I shall answer to God at the great day of Judgment, I have not, nor shall have in my possession any gun, pistol or arm whatsoever, and never use tartan plaid of any other part of the Highland garb; and if I do so may I be cursed in my undertakings, family and property; may I never see my wife and children, father, mother, or relation; may I be killed in battle as a coward and lie without Christian burial, in a strange land, far from the graves of my forefathers and kindred. May all this come across me if I break my oath. Thanks, Bill Mele   Posted October 27th, 1999


I'm seeking information on Archibald McLAURIN and / or Archibald HOLMES who was a Cape Fear North Carolina resident and a relative of Daniel/Donald and Christian Munn GRAHAM and Alexander and Mary McCORMICK. According to the story in the Argyll Colony Plus article, Archibald had invited them to America (from Scotland) to stay with him. After the family departed the Dalton (the boat of John Paul Jones) they had a long journey to Cumberland County.

I would appreciate any information. According to the information the family has, Archibald's last name was Holmes, but in someone sent the surname McLaurin. Thanks for you time. JoAnn   Posted October 27th, 1999


Thomas Howard MASSEY (1793-1875) and wife Mary (ELLIOTT) MASSEY (1797-1878) were buried in the "Old Massey Graveyard" on the site of what is now the Massey Hill Baptist Church (built ca 1900), Southern Avenue, in the Massey Hill area of Fayetteville. Several children were also buried there. Older family members remember the cemetery and were taken there as children to visit the graves.

William Henry MASSEY and wife Holland (POWERS) MASSEY's graves are the only ones marked in the churchyard. Susan (MASSEY) MITCHELL, husband Robert and their children are buried in Cross Creek Cemetery #2. I have been unable to determine if or when the graves of other members of this family were moved.

Depending on who's talking, "They were moved," "They're buried under the church" or "They're buried under the church parking lot." No one at the church seems to know and no one in the office seems to have time to search for any records of these graves.

I have physically searched graveyards in the area, as well as the graveyards listed on Cumberland Co's web site, to no avail. This was, at one time, a well-known and well-to-do family, but I can find out very little about them.

Can anyone help me with this dilemma? I'd be so grateful.
Elaine McN Carr   Posted October 26th, 1999


There were obviously Masonic connections to my JORDAN family. Robert Mitchell JORDAN (1875-1944) is buried in Cross Creek Cemetery #3, Fayetteville, along with his wife, Sarah "Sallie" McDONALD. There are Masonic emblems on Robert's tombstone. His sister, Harriet "Hattie" (JORDAN) STOUT died in 1940 at the Masonic Home in Greensboro (Guilford Co NC) and is buried in Rocky Mount (Edgecombe Co NC).

Robert and Hattie were children of Thomas James JORDAN (1834-1896) and Ann Elliott (MASSEY) JORDAN (1837-1901). Other siblings were Wiley Edwards, Alice, Margaret, Sarah Lafayette (my gm), Thomas James, Charles, Dillon J and Walter Watson. The JORDAN family lived in Haymount, Fayetteville, Cumberland Co.

Can anyone tell me which Masonic Temple in Fayetteville is the correct one and to whom would I direct a letter of inquiry?

I also have some blanks to fill in on the above names and would appreciate hearing from anyone researching this family. I'd be happy to exchange information on them.

Elaine McN Carr   Posted October 26th, 1999


My great grandmother, McDONALD, MARGARET, was born in Cumberland Co., NC in 1831 or 1832 (most probably 1831). Her father: McDONALD, Archibald and his wife SMITH, Jeanette came from Scotland, directly to NC. I am interested in obtaining a birth certificate for MARGARET McDONALD. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Leslie Howland   Posted October 24th, 1999


I am collecting and comparing signatures of Eastern NC Isaac Andersons. In February 1761 an Isaac ANDERSON was on the Cumberland County Grand Jury. In May of 1762 he was appointed Constable from McNeills Creek to Cranes Creek in Cumberland County an was directed to make a list of taxables. Does any one know how I might get a copy of his signature from those possible documents? Paul Anderson   Posted October 24th, 1999


My ancestor, Right H. ADAMS (B. 1808, N.C.) sold 200 acres of land on the east side of the Black River to Amos Johnson in 1834. The land was bordered by William Johnson, ___? Campbell, and the "head of the flat branch Murphy's line". He had already moved to Montogomery Alabama at the time of the sale. The sale was witnessed by John McALISTER and H. GODWIN. He married Anna Jane JONES (B. 1817, N.C.) I am trying to determine which Cumberland Co. Adams family he is descended from. He was a bondsman in a Johnston Co. N.C. marriage in 1832 so he may have been close to the Johnston Co. line. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I would like to exchange information. Margaret. Margaret Meyer   Posted October 24th, 1999


I seeking information on Alexander GRAHAM and his wife Mary McCormick who lived near Beaver Creek in Cumbeland County. They came to America from Knapdale in Scotland in 1775. At the time they had 5 children and the family was involved in the the revolution in Scotland dealing with the Prince. One rumor has it they came over on the Dalton with John Paul Jones. I know they are buried in Longstreet church cemetery at Fot Bragg and that he raised cattle, One of his decendants was Frank Graham who was a University of North Carolina president. I would like to know exactly were they lived, who was Angus Graham and if there are any decendants still in the area. I would like to know of any articles ofor books about them Any tidbits about the family would greatly be appreciated. Thank you for your time. JoAnn Graham Norman   Posted October 20th, 1999


I am trying to figure the schools open in Cumberland County say between 1750 to 1775. I am trying to track a Francis BASSETT of our line who was a learned man, speaking 7 different languages, who came from VA to the Cape Fear area. It struck me that with his education, he may have gone there to teach. Do you know where I could find a listing? How I could get a faculty list back then? Many thanks Ruth McBee Norton   Posted October 18th, 1999


Greetings from Mexico. Please contact me if you have information on the following: 1. Gatlin DAVIS, b. 1802, d. July 21, 1847 in Fayetteville, wife, Susannah Smith DAVIS, b. 1808 in GA, d. March 11, 1872 in Fayetteville. 2. Lewis DAVIS, appears on the 1850 census, Fayetteville district, as 72 years old. Also Mary DAVIS, 72, in the household of George W. DAVIS. Lewis DAVIS died May 30, 1852 in Cumberland Co. Mary DAVIS died January 1,, 1859 in Cumberland Co. 3. George W. DAVIS, 25, clerk, on the 1850 census. Wife Effie, Besides Lewis and Mary DAVIS, Sophia 12, Mary, 22. 4. Arthur DAVIS, 43, Western Division, 1850 census, wife, Margaret (McLEAN), 43, children Duncan, 17, James, 15, Ann, 13, Gatlin, 12, Lauchlin, 10, John, 6, Mary, 4, Lewis, 2.

Thanks for considering this. Hope it rings a bell with someone. I've been searching for quite some time. Gatlin DAVIS is my g-g-g-grandfather. Patty Register Coleman Thank you   Posted October 17th, 1999


I'm looking for any information on Alexander McLENNAN (b. ca 1794 in NC) and his wife Ann (b. ca 1800 in NC). My earliest sighting of Alexander McLennan is in the 1841 Cumberland County tax records where he is taxed on 4000 acres of land in the Carvers Creek district. He and his family later moved to Alabama (Barbour County). He had the following children:

John D. b. 1829
Phillip b. 1830
Alex b. 1832
Mary A. n. 1836
James Alan b. 1839 (my great-great-grandfather)
Annabella b. 1841

Any information about the McLENNAN family would be greatly appreciated. Jeanne Holland Thank you   Posted October 17th, 1999


Searching for my family. Looking for anything on my ggrandfather, gggrandfather and my paternal ggrandmother. ggrandmother Katie(Kate) Lee TEW b 24 August 1884, Cumberland Co. d 17 November 1924, Wake Co. ggrandfather Neal Elic WOOD b 27 June 1865, Cumberland Co. d 9 December 1946 Wake Co. gggrandfather Goodman WOOD b ? Cumberland Co. d? enlisted at Cumberland Co. as a private in the 56th infantry (?51st infantry) mustered into "B" Co. Any one doing research for the surname WOOD or TEW ? How common are these names in your search? I'm new at this and feel compelled to find the answers. This is searching is very interesting. Thanks to anybody that can help. Mary WOOD Sabate Thank you   Posted October 8th, 1999


I am looking for Murdock McLeod b. 1785 NC. Most research points to Cumberland Co., NC but nothing is confirmed. He went to GA. Married Sarah ..?... b. 1810 GA. Murdock McLeod is listed as being in the War of 1812 but do not know if this is my Murdock McLeod. Murdock was living in Baker Co. GA in 1850 and his wife was living with children in 1860 in Mitchell Co. GA. Mitchell Co. split from Baker Co., GA in 1856-7. I cannot find the burial place of Murdock McLeod in Mitchell or Baker Co., GA. This man has virtually left no paper trail that I can find. The same with his son, Andrew Jackson McLeod b. 1837 d. 1876. Children of Murdock and Sarah are: Mitilda, Sarah Ann, George W. , Andrew J. , Baneta, William. If you know of any researcher of the McLeods of NC please contact me or relay this letter on to them. I am at a point that the brick wall is so huge! I do not know Murdock's parents name, where he was actually from in NC, or any of his siblings names if any. I do not know when he came to GA, his wife's last name before marriage and the courthouses have no records. Leaning on the brick wall in SC, Nora B. Acton Thank you   Posted October 8th, 1999


DERINGER, Lorin died in April 1982 in Cumberland County, NC. I am interested n finding his connection to the Lincoln Family of Kelley's Island, Erie, Ohio. I have Lorin Deringer who recieved an inheritance from his Great Aunt Sarah Lincoln. Sarah is also my G-Great Aunt. Marcia Lincoln Staunton Portland, Oregon. Thank you   Posted October 7th, 1999


Seeking information on MARY POLLY STONE m. ROBERT HARVILL in Cumberland Co., N.C. February, 1819. Also information on ANN (NANCY) HARVILL m. William Baker 1844 at Rockfish Factory in Cumberland Co. Please respond to Constance C. Wehland Thank you   Posted October 7th, 1999


I wish to correspond with anyone researching the following:
Thomas Sherman CASHWELL, b:1864, Cumberland County, Hope Mills, d.1935, Cumberland County (Hope Mills); m. Sarah Florence STUBBS, b. 1872, Cumberland County, d. 1944, Cumberland County,(Hope Mills), NC
   Children: Daisy Cashwell, Neil Henry Cashwell, Oscar Cashwell, Bessie Blanche Cashwell, b.5/23/1907, Hope Mills, d. 4/8/1976, Hope Mills, NC; buried Harmoney Presby. Church Cemetery, Kerr Station, NC m. 5/3/1924, Dillion, SC, John Northrop Harrell, b. 1/7/1904, Lumberton, NC, d:8/31/1967, Kerr Station, NC, buried: Harmony Presby. Church Cemetery, Kerr Station, NC., Tommy Lee Cashwell, Albert Joseph Cashwell
   Does anyone know if this family is related to Daniel James Cashwell, b. 1862, Cumberland, NC, d. Robeson County, NC, buried Great Marsh Bapt. Church, St. Pauls,; m. Dovie Baxley? Please respond to Edna Ruth Harrell Thank you   Posted October 5th, 1999


Am trying to find my lost family. William RILEY married Mary JOLLEY and lived in Cumberland County. They had a son named Henry Bevil Riley (Birth date 3/8/1907). Henry married Bessie Jane FISHER (Birth date 8/14/1915). Bessie's parents were Nathan Fisher and Novella HALL. They all lived around Fayetteville. Bessie and Henry are my grandparents. Bessie has a sister named Clydie who may still live in area. I don't know her married name. If anyone has any info on these people, I would appreciate any help you care to give. Please respond to Cheryl Noel Thank you   Posted October 4th, 1999


Searching for the family of Rodia HANDON born 12/7/1883 Cumberland County died 1/7/1929 Pitt County daughter of Rev. J.W. HANDON and Isabella BARNEY, married Hood BLUE dates and locations unknown (Rodia was a widow when she died). Rodia and Hood BLUE had a daughter Caroline BLUE born 9/28/1900 in Hoke County, died 7/21/1985 in Pitt County. Caroline BLUE had a daughter Elizabeth BLUE born about 1916 in Lee County died 1994 in Pitt County. Elizabeth Blue had two aunts named Sarah PRATT & Letcy McCOY, who lived in the Fayetteville area. (Caroline Blue is the only name I have been able to find, but she used to say she was named for her aunts and her whole name was Caroline Isabella Ruth Matilda Love Devine Seymore Bell Carolina Blue.) [Revised from query posted 3/99. This is an African-American family] Jeffrey Meeks   Posted October 4th, 1999


James Washburn is found in the Cumberland Co., N.C. on 1790 census .My ggfather was born in Marshall Co. KY about 1850 and he married Mary E Potts. I'm trying to find a link that will help. Will you please help me. Thank You! Hoppy   Posted September 25, 1999


I am looking for information on Mary BLOCKER daughter of Jacob BLOCKER, of Cumberland Co. NC. If you are researching on the name Blocker, please email me. Thank you. Joyous Vincent  Posted September 23, 1999


I am looking for information on Jacob TAYLOR. I see in the 1790 Fayetteville Town census his is listed. I believe Fayetteville is part of Cumberland Co. Is there census for 1800? Jacob had a daughter Jeanette TAYLOR, could someone help me get more information on this family. Thank you. Please contact: Joyous Vincent  Posted September 21, 1999


Looking for information on Joel INGRAM (b. 1862), married to Louisa WHITEHEAD (b.1861) on 29 Mar 1862 in Carver's Creek, Cumberland Co.
Parents of Joel Ingram: Isaac and Mary E. Ingram.
Parents of Louisa Whitehead: Ephraim and Jane Ann Whitehead. Children of Joel and Louisa Ingram:
William (sp. Ruth)
Ollie Mae
George Louis (sp. Hester Birthena Vaughn)
Reportedly, Joel, Louisa and children traveled to Arkansas in 1889. Any information on either lines (Ingram or Whitehead) would be greatly appreciated. Tim Jones  Posted September 19, 1999


Looking for information on James WILKERSON who was living in Cumberland Co in 1820. Who was his wife, his children? Did he relocate to another county or state? Any help would be greatly appreciated Melody   Posted September 17, 1999


I am researching my CULBRETH / BUIE lines. Specifically Solomon Culbreth who was married to Effie Jane Buie. I belive his line to Solomon, David Jr., David Sr., and Nevin but can not prove at this point. I have collected lots of general research on the Scottish communities in Cumberland county and some general info about Buies and Culbreths and would be willing to share what I do have. Thanks Tiffany   Posted September 14, 1999


I am looking in Cumberland County for COTTON(s) 1900-1960, BAYNE(s)1900-1960, and ARCHIE GRANT 1920-1979. Thank you so much. Barry Cotton  Posted September 11, 1999


My great-great-grandparents were Neal McMillon and Lucinda Jane Strickland. Neal was born May 28, 1822, in NC. Neal's known siblings were: Archibald, b. 1810; Flora, b. 1821; James, b. 1826; and Nancy, b. 1829. They were in Haywood Co. (now Crockett Co.) TN by 1840, at which time the Scottish born mother, Mary, was a widow. By 1860, Neal and Lucinda Jane had settled in Greene Co., AR (northeast corner of state), and on the 1870 census, it was reported that both of Neal's parents were foreign born.
     I know that Cumberland Co. NC had a large number of Scottish immigrants and, in fact, there were several McMillans there in the early 1800s.
     Is anyone on the list researching McMillans in NC? I would appreciate any help I can get. Thanks. Debra Winn Walker   Posted September 10, 1999


... I was wondering if anyone ever heard of a Barbara CAMERON who married Samuel GORDON. I know so very little about Barbara other than she was my g-g-g-g grandmother. Samuel was probably born around 1730 but definitely in Scotland. He died before 1808 and is buried in Giles Co., Tennessee. He and Barbara had 6 known children, the last being born October 10, 1769 (my g-g-g grandfather also named Samuel). Barbara was said to have died at Bean Station, [Cumberland Co?] North Carolina waiting for Samuel to come back from finding them land in Kentucky. Other than that, the only other thing I know is that the CAMERON surname is also Scottish and on at least one ship there were Gordons and Camerons aboard. Sorry but I don't know the name of the ship right now. It seems it was a slave ship sent from Scotland. Any help you might be able to render will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance Fred Gordon   in Texas  Posted September 10, 1999


I am researching the Crane and Heard families that are in the early records of Cumberland County during the mid 1700. There was a Crane creek mentioned in those early records. The Cranes mentioned were: William; Lewis; and Spencer Crane. Heards mentioned were: John, and Charles. There may have been others. In the Cumberland Court Minutes, 19 May 1762: Isaac Anderson was appointed Constable from McNeills Creek to Cranes Creek; and Joshua Collins was appointed Constable from Cranes Creek to McClendons Creek. This might indicate the general area they were living. William Craine is still living in Cumberland as late as 1790. I would appreciate any information that anyone might have on these two lines. Margaret Nichol   Posted September 8, 1999


I am searching for information about Jeannette Margaret SHAW who was born on 6-23-1880 married Neill McKay MURCHISON and died on 5-12-1960. I believe that her parents were John Shaw Shaw and Mary BROOKS but at this time I have no other information. Any clues are appreciated. Thanks Trisha   Posted September 7, 1999


My ancestor, Rev. George McNeil, moved from Virginia to Wilkes County, N.C., prior to the Revolutionary War. Family tradition has it that he and two brothers, John and Thomas McNeil, moved to NC, with one of the brothers settling in Cumberland County and the other going to Tennessee. Rev. George McNeil was a Revolutionary chaplin, serving at the Battle of Kings Mountain. I want to find his ancestry, and hope that his brother settling in Cumberland County will link us to his family. Do any of the Cumberland County McNeil's have any information on Rev. George McNeil, or a brother names John or Thomas who settled in Cumberland County. Many thanks for your help. Jim Darden   Posted September 7, 1999


Looking for school records of old Linden school in early 1900. This School was located in Linden, Cumberland Co., NC. Contact Burline Parker Thompson   Posted September 7, 1999


My McNEILL connection is rather vague, and I haven't tried to work on it. Hoping something will fall from the sky, I guess. My ancestor, John WALKER of Wilmington, NC, married an Isabel McBRIDE, a widow. Some think she may have been a McNeill and may have been the Isabel McNeill mentioned in the will of Neil McNeill who led the 500 Scots to Cumberland Co. NC after the battle of Culloden. His will, probated 1766 at Fayetteville, NC, mentions a niece, Isabel McNeill. However, Isabel Walker died around 1760, supposedly,and she would have had names McBride and Walker by then. So, I'm not sure there's really a connection. John and Isabel Walker had one daughter, Mary, who was orphaned at a very early age, 4 or 5 years old, and eventually ended up in Fayetteville and married quite young to James GEE who became a captain in the Revolutionary War. My information came from various books and magazine articles that mention them. If anyone knows anything definite on Isabel McNeill, please write. Cynthia   Posted September 7, 1999


I am searching for info on ggfather Louis Lennon WORRELL and ggmother Drusilla/Cilla WEST who were married in Cumberland County on Aug. 7, l856. They had 8 children there and later moved to Mississippi after June l883. I do not have any information on either one as to where born, parents or brothers/sisters. Contact Ray Nell McCommon   Posted September 6, 1999


Looking for information about my g.g.g.grandfather Nimrod YARBROUGH, born about 1775 in Cumberland County, North Carolina. He married Jane (last name unkown). They helped organize the Macedonia Baptist Church in 1835, Chambers County, Alabama. Nimrod and Jane had eight children. William, Nimrod Billington, Ursula, Elam, Martha, Mary, Littleton Jordan and John Henry. Carl Yarbrough   Posted September 6, 1999


Looking for information on Cullen GAINEY, b. 1800 in Fayettville, Cumberland County. He married Susanah MAXWELL. Trying to determine who Cullen's parents were and names of his siblings. Many thanks. Mollie Gainey-Stanley   Posted September 5, 1999


I need to locate a genealogy book of McFadyen! One was published in the mid 80's.
Gary J.
  Posted Sept. 5, 1999


I am looking for the family and ancestors of MURDOCK MCLEOD b. 1785 NC married to: Sarah b. 1810 GA. Children: Mitilda, Sarah Ann, George, Andrew Jackson, Baneta, William. All b. GA Moved to GA before 1830. First child b. in 1830. Possibly was in the War of 1812. Murdock McLeod was listed but do not know if he is my Murdock. Information from the 1850 Baker Co., GA census Thanks for any help you can give me. Nora Acton   Posted Sept. 2, 1999


Looking for any connections to the family of the loyalist, ALEXANDER MCALISTER, whose Cumberland Co. N.C. Will of 1796, (probated in 1797 by his co-executor and nephew and my ancestor, the patriot, Sergeant John McAlister, of Richmond Co. N. C. and patriot Colonel THOMAS ARMSTRONG of Cumberland Co. NC) mentions Alexander's surviving wife FLORAH, daughters; FLORAH MCNAIR and ISABELL MCALISTER and sons; ROBERT, JAMES AND HECTOR. Isabell stood to get the 150 acre home plantation after her mother's life estate and Hector inherited the 100 acre plantation which had been his father's former residence. According to the McAllister Family Letters at the NC State Archives, Alexander and my ancestor, Angus, a younger brother who settled in old Richmond, now Scotland, Co., N.C., came from Kilcalmonel Parish in northern Kintyre, Argyll, Scotland in 1770. Alexander was in London after 1781 but returned to Cumberland Co., via the Bahamas after peace was declared. Does anyone know anything about this Alexander and his family? Would appreciate any help. Bill Vincent   Posted Sept. 2, 1999


My name is David SMITH and I'm doing some research on my family tree. I've obtained most information through oral tradition and visiting the archives in Salt Lake City. My SMITH family line comes from Cumberland County in NC.

In brief, the line is David Allen SMITH (me)
Vernon Cevie SMITH (1928-1983) b. Wake County
Oliver James SMITH (1904-1990) b. Cumberland County
James Martin SMITH (1881??-1958??)
Jesse James SMITH (1847??-1923??)
Joseph SMITH (b.1818??)

Other Data:
Joseph married Mary DEAL July 13, 1843 and Helen LEWIS August 27, 1854. Joseph and Mary had 3 children according to the 1850 census Francis (F), Jesse J, and Susan

Joseph and Helen had 6 others living in their home during the 1860 census Francis, Jesse, Susan, Arch (b. 1848?), Mary J. (b. 1856?) and Wm J.

Joseph and Helen had 6 other living in their home during the 1870 census Jesse, Susan, Arch (b. 1848?), Mary J. (b. 1856?) Melinda and Harriet.

Any information is appreciated. I have a few legends that I can share (i.e. Moonshine stills, murders, etc.). I can be reached at David Smith   Posted Sept. 1, 1999

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