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Bowden/Cherry/Broadhurst Bible

Contributed by Sloan Mason

The following bible record came from the estate of Evelyn Bizzell HARDY of Kinston, N.C. Transcribed by Sloan S. Mason with permission of the HARDY family.

The following bible record is a xerox copy from the original bible-only the Birth page was xeroxed. No title page.


  • Wm. D. CHERRY was born October 2 the 1806.
  • Ann J. CHERRY was born January 22, 1815.
  • Wm. S.? BOWDEN was born August 20th, 1820.
  • Allen M. BROADHURST son of John & Helen BROADHURST was born July 19, 1882.
  • Pearl Juanita daughter of Allen and Penina BOWDEN was born Sept. 29, 1883.
  • Eva BOWDEN was born January 11, 1885.
  • Ernest Cameron BOWDEN was born April 28th, 1886.
  • Alma BOWDEN was born January 18th, 1888.
  • Helen Calista BOWDEN was born March the 11th 1856 on Tuesday. Samuel Allen BOWDEN was born April 3rd, 1858 on Saturday.
  • John BROADHURST was born June the 8th, 1847.
  • Ida Lorinas BROADHURST was born March the 18, 1871.
  • Charley Keanor? BROADHURST, a son of John BROADHURST and Hellen C. BROADHURSRT was born August the 9, 1873.
  • Edith Ann BROADHURST a daughter of John and Hellen BROADHURST was born November the 13, 1875.
  • Joseph William BROADHURST a son of John and Hellen BROADHURST was born February the 16?, 1878.


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James H. Bell Family Bible

Contributed by Joshua Waller


  • James H Bell was borned May the 15th 1845
  • Mary J Bell daughter of Jessee H Rouse & Jane his wife was borned June the 7th 1850
  • Julius H Bell son of James H Bell & Mary J Bell his wife was borned March the 24 1868
  • James H Bell son of James H Bell & Mary J his wife was borned Oct the 16th 1869
  • Charles Edward Bell son of James H Bell & Mary J his wife was borned April 20th 1883
  • Lula Leonah Bell daughter of James H Bell & Mary J Bell his wife was borned November¬†the 21st 1871
  • James H Bell son of James H Bell & Mary J his wife was borned November the 19th 1876
  • George (unreadable) Bell son of James H Bell & Mary J his wife was borned January the 19th 1879
  • Needham Earick Bell son of James H Bell & Mary J his wife was borned March the 17th 1886


  • James H Bell & Mary J Bell were married December the 8th AD 1866
  • Jesse H Bell & Maggie M Tolson were married on April the 18th 1900


  • Our Mother Pennelopr Bell died January the 28th 1880
  • Mary J Bell wife of Jas H Bell departed this life Nov the 16th 1914

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Wedding of G.C. Smith & Pauline Pace

It pays to volunteer information online ūüôā

For several years I’ve been indexing the Kinston Free Press and making excerpts available online in a database. ¬†I am currently in the process of moving that data to a new database, but this week I was contacted by two family members of one of the individuals included. ¬†The notice I’d included online was the first confirmation the family had of the marriage.

This marriage notice appeared in the October 2, 1905 issue of the Kinston Free Press noting the wedding of G.C. Smith & Pauline Pace .¬†The text is faint, but reads “Mr. G.C. SMITH, of Lynchburg, Va., holding a position with Einstein Bros. in this city, and Miss Pauline PACE, of Lagrange, were married in Roxboro August 24 by Rev. E.D. HOLMES. ¬†the marriage was kept a secret until recently and friends are congratulating the couple. ¬†The bride has been living in her home in LaGrange until Sunday afternoon, when Mr. and Mrs. SMITH came to this city and are at present boarding at Mrs. COX’s, on Queen street.

Recently, G.C. & Pauline’s granddaughter contacted me to ask for more info for all I’d had in the index was a summary. ¬†It turns out though that she AND a cousin of hers ¬†were both interested for they are both granddaughters of Mr. Smith. ¬† His name was Grover Cleveland Smith (later changed to Gilbert Smythe) and Ethel Pauline Pace was his first wife. ¬†He later remarried Ms. Helen Fry and had a second family. The second cousin is he and wife Helen’s great-granddaughter.

G.C. & wife Helen


I wonder what else the cousins may find as they seek more details. I am just pleased that my contribution was able to be of help  Рthis is what the USGenWeb project is all about!

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Photo: Parrott, Dr. James M.

Dr. James Marion Parrot

From the 1914 Wake Forest University Yearbook



















Read a bio of his early life.

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US Colored Troops Symposium

This past weekend the Kinston Cultural Heritage Museum sponsored the Seventh Annual US Colored Troops Symposium.  The symposium was held in conjunction with the Kinston’s Blue-Gray Civil War Living History Weekend and featured presentations and exhibits from national and regional historians, storytellers, civil war scholars, the CSS Neuse Re-enactment, troop demonstrations, and living history cultural interpreters revolving around the participatory role of African Americans in the Civil War.

While the formal announcement gives a great description of the events, I always enjoy reading personal accounts from those that attend.  Tonight, I came across the blog, Jubilo! The Emancipation Century blog whose author attended and gives a great description of the events.

Be sure to check it out!

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Finding Wills & Estate Records

Over the weekend I received a query from a Lenoir County researcher on how to find estate records from someone who died around 1839. ¬†I then realized that on this site, the only information provided on wills was a link to the Lenoir County NCGenWeb Archives listing of user-submitted wills. ¬† While this is a good start, there are additional resources to check if you’re looking for probate records so I’ve added a new page on the site listing these resources.

Most of the links are to microfilm records that are available from the North Carolina State Archives and the Family History Library.  Check out the new page for more info!

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New Deed Added

Thanks to contributor Doug Rador, a new deed has been added to the site.  Doug acquired this deed from an online auction and will eventually donate it to the NC State Archives.   The deed registers a land transaction between George WHITFIELD and Jesse LASSITER, dated March of 1845.  Check it out!

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