Record additions – slave names

A partial list of slaves found in the estate files of their owners has been added under Records>Miscellaneous Slave names derived from estate files.  Any additions to this list would be greatly appreciated.

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Joseph Payne 1758 – 1826 VA

Here is a cool photo  of a gravestone I found in the backwoods of  Bath County VA.

Does anyone know if there is a link between this man and the Henderson/ Buncombe County


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Obituary Rev Samuel Edney

Having struggled for sometime trying to get this into a readable format, I have placed clips from the newspaper on one page. To make them readable I had to clip portions from the newspaper and try to reconstruct. Hopefully I have them in the correct order

Obituary of Rev. Samuel Edney (1844) ‎

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Cordell, Ruth (d 14 Nov 18 1843)

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Highland Messenger 24 Nov 1843  Asheville NC

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Clayton, Sarah (d 20 March 1843 )

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Highland Messenger   7 April 1843         Asheville, NC

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NC Civil War Roster Index and NC Confederate Veterans

 North Carolina Civil War roster index

NC Confederate Veterans 

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Crawford, James (d. 19 April 1846 )

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Highland Messenger  24 April 1846



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Family Reunions

If you would like your family reunion posted to the site, or if you know of other reunions, please submit dates, time and location and we will post to this site.  Use the contact form.

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Link to Henderson County NC cemetery info

Here is a very useful link to the Henderson County Cemetery Book published by the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society.  They have given Henderson County permission to post on their site:

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Henderson County Heritage Website

Noted Henderson Co NC historian Jennie Jones Giles has developed an informative and enjoyable website which is a must for anyone interested in the history of Henderson County.  Jennie was a reporter for the Hendersonville Times News and wrote many articles regarding the history of the county.  One of these was an in-depth study of the cemeteries of Henderson County, both private and church, which is invaluable for all researchers.  She is responsible for bringing awareness of the cemetery conditions and is undoubtedly the reason many were preserved.

Jennie teaches Henderson County history classes at Blue Ridge Community College and conducts field trips to different county communities in conjunction with the classes.  Jennie is an excellent and knowledgable researcher.  Her research has helped clear up several history mistakes with documented fact.

The first semester of the class concentrates on prehistory, native American, Revolutionary War and the geography of the county up to the Civil War.  The second semester picks up with the Civil War, Reconstruction Era, the arrival of rail transportation and telegraph/telephone communication up to present day Henderson County.

The website, , includes the following:

History and Heritage – the history of the formation of the county, it’s people, religion, geography and the role of the first settlers in the Revolutionary War,  industry, mining, slavery, tourism and much more.

Historic Cemeteries – A work in progress, this section includes at present Mills River and Mountain Page cemeteries as well the burial sites of Revolutionary War soldiers.  Check back often for new additions

Communities – currently includes Mills River and Mountain Page, more will be added

Unsolved Triple Murder –  In 1966 three people, two of them prominent Hendersonville residents, were viciously murdered.  The crime was never officially solved.  In 2006 Jennie Jones Giles wrote a continuing newspaper articles recounting the crime and follow up investigations.  A fascinating account, anyone connected with Henderson County during that time will find this insightful and thought provoking.





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