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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.

New Resource added to Resource & Links Page

As researchers we are always looking for information of possible resources. Well I have posted a link on the Resources and Links page to the McDowell County Public Library.

The Library has a wealth of information for genealogy researchers. The Marion branch is the main library and houses the Abe Simmons Genealogy and North Carolina History Room, while the Old Fort branch has a section set aside with excellent resources.

Both are worth a trip to explore what resources are available.

Delayed Birth Certificates

Years ago, births were written in family Bibles, on notes of paper, etc. when the government required birth certificates, then people of all ages applied for delayed birth certificates.

A delayed birth certificate is one that is not filed within a set period of time, in North Carolina this is within a year of the child’s birth.

If you are having trouble finding a birth certificate, check out the links below to see if  your great or great-greatgrandparents filed for a delayed certificate

Delayed birth certificates for McDowell County in the USGenWeb Archives:

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F-K

L-Q

R-Z

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

Brooks

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

Contact

Amery Brooks

County Records Guide

The North Carolina State Archives is an overwhelming, treasure trove of information for the genealogy researcher. My visit to the archives was too short! I was there about 4-5 hours. The problem – I didn’t knwo what to expect or how to plan for the visit. I hope the information below will help you make the most of your visit.

To simplify and make the most of  your first visit, follow these guidelines:

  1. Find out what records are in the NC State Archives (see link below);
  2. Decide what information about your ancestor you want to research;
  3. Plan to be there when the door opens and leave when it closes;
  4. When you get there ask for a brief tour or map of the layout of the Archives, specifically finding out about the area for your plan of research (#2 above);
  5. Take quarters (.25¢, change for the copy machine)

 

Take a look at the list of  research materials for McDowell County at the NC State Archives in Raleigh, NC. Use this list to help plan your visit.