Cookbook from Swansboro Methodist Church

While browsing the Internet Archive tonight I came across this recently added item – a cookbook from the Women’s Society of Christian Service published in 1968.

cookbook-imageThe beginning pages of the cookbook includes a handwritten recipe for Rum Cake, and a brief history of the church.  The Swansboro Methodist Church was founded March 1, 1871 and the first congregation included about 15 local families. Worship was held in the old Brick Store and in a house owned by Richard Webb.

Check it out for some interesting reading. If you end up making something from the book, be sure to let me know!

Note: If you are unable to see the book embedded in this post, you can access the book online here.


NICHOLSON, Sadie Barry – (d. 1883)

Departed this life on the morning of Dec. 14th, Mrs. Sadie Barry NICHOLSON, wife of Dr. NICHOLSON of Richlands.  This happy couple were married last January, and after a few months of devoted life, the young wife is snatched away, and the Doctor is brought to experience the loss of a second wife while quite a young man. Truly the Lord’s ways are past finding out.  He has the sincere sympathy of many friends and relatives.

Source: New Berne Weekly Journal , 20 December 1883, page 3. 

Thomas Jarman Cemetery

The following is a complete listing of the tombstones in the Thomas Jarman Cemetery in Onslow County, NC.

Located at the intersection of State Roads #1301 (Richlands Loop Rd) and #1300 (Barbee Road) in the field and enclosed in a chain link fence.

Surveyed by Martha Hodnet; Ann Davis; and Ervin, Patrick and Logan Morton May 2011.  Click on each name to view a picture of the tombstone.

Contributed by Leven Morton ( in July 2013. 



Onslow County Cemetery Transcriptions – Book Indexes


In 1989,  James Michael Whaley published a 12-volume set of Onslow County cemetery transcriptions covering the Richlands, Southwest, and Stump Sound communities.   Below are lists of the more than 6,200 names included in the books.

See the book indexes for further information:  Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5 | Volume 6 | Volume 7 | Volume 8 | Volume 9 | Volume 10 | Volume 11 | Volume 12 

Select a letter to see lists organized by last name

  A |B | C | D | E | F | G | H – I | J | K | L | M | N – O | PR |  S |  T – U | V – Z


These are a great resource to have and you may find someone you’re looking for.   The books are available for purchase from the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society or you may be fortunate to be located near a library that owns them.  If you have questions, please contact us.  Copyright the New Hanover County Public Library and used on this site with their permission.

Index posted online by Taneya Koonce.

Photo credit:  Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC.  Photo by Louis Shackleton.

Onslow County Confederate Soldier Burials

nc_csaburialsThe NCGenWeb has a new database online – the result of a project of the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. You can read more background about the database on the NCGenWeb blog.

For those with Onslow county research interests, you may be interested in the list of burials from Onslow county specifically here.   Happy hunting!


Right White – Request for Pension

I, Right WHITE age 51 years old; and was Born in january 1846, and used to belonged to Ned WHITE whom died in March in 1866 & Therefore was a slave and oftern hearing that there had been a Provision made to give all of the old slave darkies a Pension when in the sent for and his name to be placed on the books of record to meet the benefit of said law or ? is the ? be may be.   — yours respectfully,

P.o. Tar Landing
Onslow Co, NC

Source:  Correspondence and Case Files of the Bureau of Pensions Pertaining to the Ex-Slave Pension Movement, 1892-1922. Microfilm M2110, 1 roll. Records of the Veterans Administration, Record Group 15. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. — Contributed by Taneya Koonce 5 Feb 2012.

Query: Possible Harrison-Ward Connection

The following query is submitted on behalf of Max Harrison Williams (
My earliest identified Harrison ancestor is Joseph Harrison, who died testate in Jones County, Georgia in 1828. His wife was named Charlotte. Her surname remains unknown. Most of their 10 children were born in North Carolina before they moved farther south. We know nothing else about their earlier lives. The earliest record of Joseph and Charlotte in GA is the census of 1820. There is a reference in the Onslow records about a Joseph Harrison becoming the guardian of a Charlotte Ward in 1797. The records do not state the circumstances. Could Charlotte Ward have married Joseph Harrison, her guardian? Would appreciate hearing from anybody who might have further info. Thanks very much.