I am trying to find obituaries and wills for John Wilkie Craig and Elizabeth Mary Gillespie who are probably my 2nd great grandparents. They lived and died in McDowell County in Marion Township. I believe they lived about 4 miles northwest of Marion near Tom’s Creek. They are buried in the Craig Family Cemetery that is (at least in 1995) located near where their farm was located on Tom’s Creek. Following is info about them:
John Wilkie Craig (b. 8 May 1797 in Burke (now McDowell), Co. — d. 23 Nov 1884 in McDowell, Co)
Elizabeth Mary Gillespie (b. 6 May 1799 in Burke (now McDowell) Co. – d. 3 Sep 1877 in McDowell County, Co.)
I am also trying to prove that Martha Caroline Craig (b. 1820 in McDowell County – d. 27 Dec 1892 in Fremont County, CO) was their daughter.
I would appreciate any information about how to obtain obituaries and wills or other information about this family. If I can arrange it, my wife and I may travel to McDowell County in the next year or so for research, but for now I was hoping I could obtain this information on the Internet or by mail. Thanks for any help.
Thank you, Stan Walker Walnut Creek, CA
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
Contact Sylvia Tucker
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.
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.
I’m trying to find the husband of Celia York?I know she had a daughter Jane and son William.I believe she cohabitated and or married an Andy Shade.Any help would be appreciated.
Contact: Robert Shade
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
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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