Sullivan, William

We are researching William H Sullivan and Wife Elizabeth Ernest. Sullivan, William married Elizabeth Ernest in Marion, McDowell July 19, 1845, the “bondsman” was Edward Sullivan. I would love to know if this is our William H. Sullivan and who Edward was, a brother a father? Any suggestions? We have no other back records only forward ones from Louisiana where William and Elizabeth lived.  We are not even sure Elizabeth Ernest is the correct name of William’s wife, but records do indicate he lived or was born in North Carolina

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Davis, Lydia & Martha

I am trying to find some information about the McDowell County poor Farm/Alms house. It may have been in Higgins Township. I am looking for their cemetery or death information on their residence.

I am interested in a Lydia & Martha Davis that lived there in 1900. Martha also lived there in 1910. Her deth record states she died in 1913 & is buried at the Poor farm.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,  Norman Davis


  • June 23, 1900 Census, McDowell Co., NC, Marion, County poor home, House 262-263
  • Lyda Davis, Pauper, F, W, March 1835, 65, Single, NC, NC, NC; Martha Davis, Pauper, W, F, May 1855, Single, NC, NC, NC
  •  April 29, 1910 Census, McDowell Co., NC, Higgins Twp., Page 139, House 46-47
  • Martha Savis, F, W, 47, Single, Pauper, NC, NC, NC.
  • Note: Living in the McDowell County Poor home.
  •  Death Certificate: Martha Davis, b. age 50, d. Dec. 28, 1913, Higgins, McDowell Co., NC. Residence: Inmate of County Home. Burial: County Home. Father: Logan Davis. Mother not listed. (Female, White) Informant: Joseph England, Marion, NC. Recorded: March 27, 1914. Note: There was another death certificate that was not complete with death as Dec. 28, 1914.

McEntire, Susan

I have been looking for my great-great grandma for a long time and cont’ find her grave or who her parents are. Any help would be appreciated.

Her name is SUSAN McENTIRE

She married JAMES TURNER, son of Samuel and Fanny Turner.

She was born about 1830

I think they lived in the area of McDowell County, that was once Burke County, Old Fort is where i believe they lived.

Her husband and son are buried in Pleasant Gardens Cemetery, along with other relatives.

She had a sister Malissa McEntire, who married Johnathan Duncan, that’s the only family I know of.

A. Hewitt


I recently found your contact information on the Mcdowell County, NC Genealogy website in regards to the Brooks surname.  My family and I have been searching for information regarding my Great Grandfather Stanley Thomas Brooks.  He was born May 1st, 1898 in McDowell Co, NC.  But, we have been told that his last name was not Brooks at birth.  Stories have been told that the original last name of Stanley Thomas was Hanie.  However, we have never been able to prove it.

The “family story” is that Stanley Thomas Brooks’ father killed a man in NC.  Stanley was sent to an orphanage along with a sister.  He was taken from the orphanage by his grand father.  They moved to South Carolina and changed their last name to Brooks.  There is no information about the sister.

I recently obtained a copy of his Death Certificate and it lists his father’s name as Thomas Brooks and no mother’s name.  The only other “reference” I have for him is a WWI draft card that states that his father was born in McDowell Co, NC.

Being that Madison County is not far from McDowell Co, and you have information about Brooks families, I’m hoping you may be able to help.  I have no other information regarding our family.  Below is a list of pertinent information for Stanley Thomas Brooks.

Stanley Thomas Brooks

Born: 5/1/1898 McDowell Co, NC

Died: 9/29/1965 Pickens Co, SC

Spouse: Bettie Mae Gilstrap (born 1899 Easley, SC)

Children: Edward Stanley Brooks, Joe C Brooks, Charles Stanley Brooks, Claudie Clifton Brooks, Thomas Brooks


Amery Brooks

Cuthertson, Samuel T., 1825

August 2008

Can anyone help with these queries?

I am looking for info on Samuel T. Cuthbertson.  He was married to Matilda Dellinger.
He was b. 1825/29, d. 11-9-1892.  I have been unable to find a gravesite for him although
he was supposed to have died in Mitchell Co. or McDowell Co.  He was in the Civil
War.  I would appreciate any information on him or Maitilda.  She was born in Mitchell
Co, daughter of Mathias and Sarah Franklin.  She died in Linvill, NC  There are two
grave stones right in the middle of the graves of a lot of Cuthbertson siblings at Oak
Grove Baptist and the South Moutain Children’s Home.  Could that be Samuel and

Email direct at:

Rhodella Coleman

Posted August 8, 2008


I’m trying to find out information concerning the first husband(s) of Margaret “Maggie”

Jamison/Jimison/Jamerson/Jimieson/Jimmerson who was born around 1866 in
McDowell County and died in 1933 in Haywood County. She married Doctor Avery
Taylor in 1889 but she had children previously, including my grandmother “Jessie
Clementine” who married Theodore Vance Davis, my great aunt “Cora Bell” who
married Ralph Duncan, and my great uncle “Sam C” whose marital status, residence,
and date of death are unknown.

Maggie’s mother was Malinda “Lindy” C. Webb, daughter of Hiram Webb and Sarah
Hollifield. I am fairly certain Maggie’s father was James Pinckney “Pink” Jamison,
son of Alexander Jamison, but she might have been married to one of James’ brothers
at one point (possibly killed in the Civil War).

Malinda had brothers Pickney Alexander, John Columbus and James.

Email direct at: Richard Davis

Posted September 4, 2008; Reposted: 7/1/2011

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