Author Archives: Taneya

KOONCE, Carrie Heritage (d. 1928)

The following obituary appeared in the October 9, 1928 issue of the Kinston Free Press.  Carrie was the daughter of Dr. Heritage BLOUNT.

Editorial Note: Carrie was the wife of Marion Green Koonce. See her record at FamilySearch Family Trees.

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1936 Kinston Directory

Check out a new addition to the Internet Archive – a directory for Kinston from 1936.

The directory was printed by Baldwin Publishing Company.  It lists all residents aged 16 years or older, a business directory, buyer’s guide and local civic & government information.   Click on the image to access the full-text or click here.

Posted in Announcement, Directories.

1923-24 Kinston Directory

The 1923-1924 Kinston directory is freely available online at the Internet Archive.  Click on the image below to access the full document.

Posted in Directories.

FindAGrave: Search Lenoir County Cemeteries

FindAGrave is a database of user-submitted burial information.  Using the form below, you can search across all the names entered at the site for individuals buried in Blount County.

You can also browse specific cemeteries.

Search for cemetery records in Lenoir County, NC at by entering a surname and clicking search:

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Posted in Cemeteries.

Kinston Free Press Abstracts Update – June 2011

This weekend I’ve added additional newspaper extracts from the Kinston Free Press to the NC People in the Papers database. You can access a list of names in the database so far here.

This update includes items from the June 18 – June 30 1906 issues and added more than 300 names to the database.  Remember, this is not a complete index; just items I think have greater genealogical value, in addition to all vitals of local and residents of nearby counties.

Lenoir county deaths reported in these issues include:

Marriages added with this update include:

The total number of names in the NC People in the Papers database associated with Lenoir County is now up to 377.

Posted in Announcement.

Dawson Cemetery (Thomas Dawson)

Surveyed by Glenn Fields August 2008.

Location:  From Hwy 70 in Kinston take Jenny Lind Rd. turn left on Bear Creek Rd, then right onto Ben F Herring Rd. Cemetery is on the left in the field surrounded by trees.


Double stone
Lucy Herring
July 5 1906
Sept 9 1986
Lester May
Nov 6 1901
Apr 3 1955

Double stone
Lucy Jane Dawson
Apr 11 1874
Aug 19 1942
Benjamin Franklin
July 18 1874
Dec 16 1959

Frances W Herring
June 22 1901
July 1 1990

Jake Herring
Oct 8 1881
Oct 15 1959

Double stone
Emma Clyde Cowen
Oct 5 1912
Apr 26 1993
Tommie Franklin
Oct 25 1905
Aug 16 1960

Ira W Dawson
Feb 24 1870
Feb 20 1927

John W Dawson
Died March 9 1920
Age 36 years

Hugh Mac Lane
1877 – 1918

Barbara Hines Lane
1878 – 1930

Zella Dawson Brown
Aug 31 1884
Jan 24 1938

Seth Dawson
Born March 29 1871
Died May 30 1915

Son of
Seth & Zella Dawson
Died Aug 13 1908
Aged 2 mos

Double stone
Gertrude D
Dec 25 1888
Aug 25 1966
Henry T
May 12 1886
Feb 15 1947

Double stone
Nov 30 1848
Oct 15 1908
June 10 1840
Dec 20 1895

Mamie Lane
1914 – 1918

Franklin Lane
Born & Died 1898

Levi Andrew Dawson
North Carolina
World War I PH
Feb 2 1894
Dec 7 1961

Double stone
Andrew L
Oct 4 1864
Dec 29 1920
Hannah Herring
Apr 1 1871
July 3 1913

Archie Franklin
Son of
Andrew L & Hannah H Dawson

Infant of
Andrew L & Hannah H Dawson

George Lindsey
Son of
Andrew L & Hannah H Dawson

Infant of
Andrew L & Hannah H Dawson

Huldy A
Daughter of
T & D Dawson
Nov 10 1879
Aug 12 1882

Daughter of
T & D Dawson
May 20 1876
Oct 2 1881

Son of
T & D Dawson
Dec 7 1872
July 10 1881

Double stone
Myrtle D
1878 – 1950
Robert L
1871 – 1920

Son of
R L & Myrtle Pelletier
Sept 7 1914
Oct 22 1917

Double stone
Helen Hunt
May 1 1920
Hazel Haynes
May 1920
May 10 2007


Posted in CemeteryListing.

Bright Cemetery (Simon Bright)

Surveyed by Glenn Fields January 2009.

Location: Off Hwy 58 between Grays Mill Rd and Airy Grove Church Rd back in the field


Rachel Dawson Bright
Wife of
Simon Bright
April 3 1803
Feb 25 1863

Simon Bright
May 24 1850
Aged 58 Yrs.

Posted in CemeteryListing.

Caswell Cemetery (Richard Caswell)

Surveyed by Glenn Fields April 2009.

Location: at the Richard Caswell Memorial Park on East Vernon Avenue in Kinston. It is where the CSS Neuse is located.


John R Watford
Feb. 12, 1873
Dec. 26, 1950

Rachel L Brown
Wife of
J R Watford
March 9, 1880
April 21, 1947

Aunt Pennie
Mary P Brown
Daughter of
John M. & Martha C. Brown
Born Sept. 20, 1854
Died Dec. 2 , 1922

Mary W. Brown
Wife of
G. T. Brown
Feb. 12, 1855
Oct. 20, 1908

G. T. Brown
Sept. 22, 1845
Feb. 21, 1897

In Memory Of
Sarah C. Reavis
Daughter of
John & Susan Gatlin
who died in Kin(g)ston
on the 24th March, 1858.
Aged 23 years & 7 months.

In Memory Of
John Gatlin
who died in Kin(g)ston
on the 20th June, 1836.
Aged 67 years 5 months
and 10 days.

Mary E. Fonville
Daughter of
Lewis G. & Eliza W.
July 25, 1823
April 18, 1900

The Remains Of
Walter Davenport
repose here. He was
a native of Coventry, Conn.
Died June 5, 1822
AEt 32

Louisa Jane
Daughter of
Lewis C. &
Eliza W. Desmond
July 12, 1844
AE 4 yrs.
1 mo.& 9 ds.

Elizabeth Bryan
Daughter of
Lewis C. &
Eliza W. Desmond
Dec. 8, 1840
AE 8 yrs.
1 mo.&25 ds.

Sarah Catherine
Daughter of
Lewis C. &
Eliza W. Desmond
Oct. 17, 1836
AE 2 yrs.
3 mos.& 9ds.

William Lewis
Son of
Lewis C. &
Eliza W. Desmond
Oct. 25, 1831
AE 5 yrs.
& 27 ds.

Eliza W.
Wife of
Lewis C. Desmond
Sept. 17, 1804
Sept. 18, 1844
Aged 40 years & 1 day

Lewis C. Desmond
April 10, 1812
Oct. 24, 1868

Joshua D.
Son of
Lewis C. & Eliza W.
Nov. 26, 1829

In Memory Of
Mary Catherine
Wife of
J. Chestnutt,
who departed
this life
the 23rd of February
ED 1834
Aged 24 years &
4 months

In Memory Of
Susan Gatlin
Daughter of
Richard Caswell
who died at the Rev. C. Floak’s
in Wayne, Co.
on the 5th March, 1843
aged 67 years & 17 days

Richard Caswell
Aug. 23, 1729 – Nov. 10, 1789
First Constitutional Gov.
First Recorded Of St. John’s
No. 4 A. F. & A. M.
Second Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of N. C.

Caswell (front of previous stone)

A Hero Among Masons
Grand Lodge
A. F. & A. M. of N. C.

Richard Caswell
Cmdr of the
Minutemen 1775
Kinston, NC
1st NC Gov. 1777

Posted in CemeteryListing.

Davenport Cemetery (Phineas Davenport)

Surveyed by George Davenport October 2008.

Location: Woodington Township in Lenoir County. It can be accessed from Highway 58 near the Vine Swamp curve by taking Rusty Lee Road (SR 1916) to its termination with Parker Fork Road SR1912), then turn left and a gated entrance is .2 mile on the left. The cemetery cannot be seen from the road, but it is located about .2 mile on the left side of a field edge back of this house. It is unfenced.


Phineas (Finn) Davenport
born 11-20-1840
died 7-7-1922
(Has wooden headmarker)
married 1862

Winifred (Winnie) Brown Davenport
born 12-21-1844
died 8-7-1922
wife of Phineas
daughter of Fred Brown.
(Has wooden headmarker)

Council Davenport
born 8-30-1871
died 1-14-1932
(Death Cert is accurate at 1933)
Married Sarah Louvenia “Lou” Heath

Blanche Davenport
born 7-11-1906
died 1-13-1908
daughter of Council & Lou

Cleaver Thomas (C. T.) Davenport
born 11-6-1915
died 10-11-1916
(death Cert reads 10-17-1916)
son of Council & Lou

Frank Davenport
born 6-5-1878
died 6-6-1960
Married 12-21-1913

Lillie Inez Smith Davenport
born 6-12-1895
died 2-20-1936
wife of Frank
Daughter of Thomas Smith & Martha Williams

Guilford Davenport
born 12-3-1880
died 9-11-1949
(Pvt 44 CO ARTY)
Married Katie “Kitty” Lee Young.
Gertrude “Trudy” Irene Baker. Married 11-16-1941

Ida Davenport Taylor
born 9-1-1886
died 1-22-1905
She was married to William Taylor.
They were married 12-2-1903.
(Is buried in unmarked grave and died from childbirth of daughter Kathleen
as related by Nannie Mae Davenport Morris).

Corydon Santos
(has metal marker)
Born 6-3-1947
Died 2-21-1954
Son of Alyce Hunter Davenport Santos and Juan J Santos

Posted in CemeteryListing.

Davis Cemetery (Leon Davis)

Surveyed by Glenn Fields November 2008.

Location:  Hwy 55W about 2 miles from Hwy 11S on the right side in front of a country store on the left.


Johnnie Carroll Dail, Jr.
May 14 1940
May 8 1988
Beloved husband & father
A friend to all
Love endureth all
Let your heart not be troubled
nor let it be afraid John 14:27
May the Lord watch between me
and thee while we are absent,
one from the other.
“J. C.”
Do not stand at
my grave and cry,
I am not here,
I did not die.

Leon Davis
Jan 9 1877 or 1887
Dec 1 1934
Gone But Not Forgotten

Sybil C. Davis
Feb 6 1885
Feb 17 1954
Gone But Not Forgotten

Hattie Davis
Daughter of
Leon & Sybil Davis
Nov 28 1917
May 5 1918

Joseph Winfield
Son of
Mr & Mrs Charles Rouse
July 8 1939
May 16 1943
Our Darling

Charles T. Rouse
June 11 1913
Nov 26 1959
God’s finger touched him
and he slept.

Helen D. Rouse
Oct 28 1913
Aug 27 1994
Where the roses never fade.

Nannie Ruth
June 16 1931
Robert D.
Nov 19 1925
June 28 1995
Together forever

Wilbur Wooten
North Carolina
PVT 2123 Base Unit AAF
World War II
Aug 6 1924
Jan 5 1957

Posted in CemeteryListing.