North Carolina

Upcoming Opportunites

Here are two upcoming opportunities that will help you learn more about searching ancestors in North Carolina.

I have just found out about these, hope you will have time to not only check them out, but take advantage of the great resources:

Free – November 4th, streaming live and focusing on local collections and resources for local research the North Carolina Virtual Family History Fair.

Free Relay Weekends from the N.C. Genealogical Society, December 1 – 3, 2017, Finding A North Carolina Revolutionary War Ancestor, by Craig R. Scott, CGSM, FUGA

Arrowhead Postcard

I am posting a group of scanned images of postcards that I found in my Mother’s photos.

Old Fort Arrowhead
Old Fort Arrowhead

Back of  Postcard
Back of Postcard
Front top:  N-672  Arrow Head Monument to First Settlers of Old Fort, N.C. 

Front bottom right:  E-6490

Back top left:  This arrow-head marks the site of the Old Fort from which the town Old Fort, North Carolina takes its name and commemorates the most Western outpost of the American Colonies until the year 1756 

Back center:  Published by Asheville Post Card Co., Asheville, N.C.




Notes on N.C. Slavery

This is a snippet of notes that I jotted down while doing some research on Slavery. The source is The James Sprunt Historical Publications, Published under the direction of the North Carolina Historical Society, Vol. 17, No. 1,

Content: The Free Negro in North Carolina; Some Colonial History of Craven County, Published by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1920

Attributed to the origin[1] of the Free Negro, the most common are:

  1. Cohabitation of white women and negro men;
  2. Intermarriage of blacks and whites
  3. Manumission
  4. Military service in the Revolution
  5. Immigration from adjoining States.

A master could renounce ownership of his slave without the courts permission, prior to 1741. After 1741, the law required county court permission and a licensure obtained.[2]

Quakers[3] of Guilford, Chatham and Randolph counties organized the NC Manumission Society in 1816. Some activities of the Society are as follows:

  1. Investigated cases of kidnapping;
  2. Raised money to purchase slaves;
  3. Worked for increase leniency in emancipation laws;
  4. Sent boat loads of slaves to free territories;
  5. Had “certain parties authorized as agents to receive consignments of slaves from owners who wanted to get rid of them”; In the year 1826, the Quakers had approximately 600 slaves

Until 1861, free Negros could not own slaves in NC[4]  In 1860, 55% of the free negro population in NC were considered “mulattoes”[5]

Notes of Carolina History

  • Before 1663, Carolina belonged to Sir Robert Heath. He did not settle the land, so in 1663 the eight Lord Proprietors took over.
  • There are opinions that the Carolinas were settled prior to 1663, as early as 1651[6] near the Currituck Inlet.
  • 1707 marks the first known settlement of French Huguenots in Craven County. The emigrated from a colony that had settled near Manakin Town, Virginia.[7]
  • Two reasons settlers came to NC:  land was fertile & free and freedom to worship.[8]



[1] Page 5 of Introduction

[2] Page 7 of Introduction

[3] Page 9 of Introduction

[4] Page 19 of Introduction

[5] Page 22 of Introduction

[6] Page 29

[7] Page 31

[8] Ibid

Revived Blitz: Postings for McDowell County, NCGenWeb

Today is June 28th, 2013; I want to apologize to everyone for not posting in a long, long, long time.
Life jumped out at me last Spring, May 2012 to be exact, when my eldest son got up the nerve to ask his wonderful girlfriend to marry him. That wedding took place the end of October 2012. Then in December 2012, my other son ask his wonderful girlfriend to marry him and that wedding took place last Saturday. So planning two rehearsal dinners in the last 10 months has occupied my time. Now I am ready to get back into a regular routine. Please accept my apology and promise to do better in the future.

Here is my first post of many to come: Check out the NCGenWeb Project on Facebook.
The North Carolina GenWeb project is dedicated to providing free access to genealogy information. Staffed by volunteers in each NC County, researchers have access to local and regional information.
The NCGenWeb Project is part of the USGenWeb Project. Yes, this group is also volunteer and works to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. As quoted from the USGenWeb site “This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.”