Apr 082012

A descendant of John Foard, who signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, made and donated three stone crosses which are now in the courtyard at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill.

For the full article by Melinda Johnson along with a picture of the crosses see the Charlotte Observer website, linked here. Update 12 August 2013: link no longer available.

Apr 022012

Many thanks to David French for allowing me to re-post his message here:

Hi All,

Today is a very exciting day.  The 1940 Census is now available!

Getting Started Researching the 1940 Census


How to Access the 1940 Census in One Step by Stephen P. Morse, PhD &

Joel D. Weintraub, PhD


Other sites are also in the process uploading the census images.

They are:





It may take a little while for the images to load as many people are

on the 1940’s Census website, but should get faster as the day goes


Also, over 100,000 volunteers will begin working on producing the

index.  You may also join this indexing project.

Visit https://the1940census.com/getting-started/


Happy Searching!


David French

The Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina


Jan 042012

LCPL Whilton Anthony “Tony” McCarthy

Birth: Sep. 12, 1946 Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Death: May 16, 1967 Quang Tri, Vietnam.

USMC LCPL Whilton Anthony McCarthy, Vietnam Veteran native of Charlotte, NC was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that Whilton died from artillery fire. His body was recovered.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Whilton H. McCarthy of Drive, Charlotte, NC. He served with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion 26th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 3rd MAF. He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal and The National Defense Service Medal.

Burial: Carolina Memorial Park Concord, Cabarrus Co., NC

Plot: Garden of Seasons, Lot # 22, Space #4.

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)

Sep 232011

Digital North Carolina is undertaking a digitization project for NC newspapers. They have announced their list of papers to digitize over the next year, which includes a number from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library:

Mecklenburg Jeffersonian (Charlotte) 1841-1849 Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal (Charlotte) 1830-1834 Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Catawba Journal (Charlotte) 1824-1828 Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Western Democrat (Charlotte) 1856-1868 Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
North Carolina Whig (Charlotte) 1852-1863 Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

More info can be found at the Newspapers Selected for Digitization, 2011-2012 page.

Jul 282011

The Mint Hill Historical Society was chartered in 1985 by citizens motivated to preserve the history of the Mint Hill area. The Society first preserved an old country doctor’s building, and has since continued their efforts in preserving history throughout the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. Visit the Mint Hill Historical Society website for more information about the buildings at the historic village, Society news, and details of the Mint Hill Farmers Market.

Mar 222011

The site is set up (many thanks to Taneya) and I’m working on organizing it in a logical way, and migrating the data over from the old site to this new site.  Once I move the existing information over, I will continue to add to the resources available as much as possible. As this site is volunteer driven, any contributions are greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you have anything that you can contribute.  Thanks for visiting!