1781 Tax Assessment (Excerpt)

Many thanks to Patty Lynn for submitting this one page excerpt from the 1781 tax assessment documents for Onslow County.  She obtained this during a recent research trip to the NC State Archives.  This page is only ONE page of the larger file.

While I’m not the best at reading it, some of the surnames here included are:  Brown, Duval, Gideon, Hidleburg, Jenkins, Johnston, Jones, Landing, Miller, Pollock, Prescott, Rhodes, Roach, Sanford, Simpson, Stout, Thompson, and Whitehurst. Patty’s ancestor listed here is Content Stout in case there are others researching the same line.

Onslow Assessment 1781

Blog: Swansboro History

A new link has been added to the Links of Interest section in the sidebar – to Swansboro, North Carolina – History.  I think the title is fairly self-explanatory :-)

Swansboro History Blog

Sponsored by Tidewater Gallery in downtown Swansboro, the site provides extensive historical information on the people and places of Swansboro.  For example, the latest posting provides information about David Ward SANDERS and family with pictures of their homes, lineage information, family documents, and census & burial information.

An extensive Table of Contents is provided on the site sidebar – you’ll definitely want to use this to navigate around the blog.  Since it is a blog, you can keep up with it by either checking the site periodically or subscribing to the RSS feed using your preferred feed reader.

African American Soldiers & Sailors

Contributor Richard Phillips continues to create resources for military information in Onslow County.  His most recent work is the site African American Soldiers & Sailors.

The purpose of the site is to share information about African Americans who joined the Army & Navy during the Civil War.  Richard has several sections to the site:

  • information about a monument in Hertford in memory of these soldiers
  • scholarly articles on the topic
  • information on battles
  • links to the wonderful graphs he’s created documenting slaveholders in the county; he’s also contributed the graphs to this site
  • unit rosters

This link has been added to both the African-American page and the Military page on the site.  As a blog-powered site you have the ability to get the new posts sent directly to your feed reader via the RSS feed, or you can regularly visit.   Spend some time exploring it!

Blog for Confederate Soldiers Information

Looking for information on Confederate soldiers of Onslow County?  Richard Phillips has a site that just may be of help: Onslow County Confederate Soldiers.

Just begun in October 2010, Richard is collecting and sharing any information he can find about these individuals.  The site is operated as a blog, so in addition to visiting the site to check for new information you can also subscribe to the RSS feed using your favorite RSS reader.   Don’t know what an RSS feed is? Check the NC Genealogy 2.0 page for more information.   The link to Richard’s site has been added to the Military page on this site.

That’s Dedication

Researcher Jack Robinson, of the Historical Researcher’s Blog, spends countless hours preserving cemeteries in the Onslow county area.   Jack also has authored a book on Captain Otway Burns, an Onslow County native.  Capt. Burns had sea adventures against British Tall wind-sail vessels and Jack is so into this history that he recently got a tattoo of a Tall wind-sail vessel.  That’s dedication!

Jack's tattoo in honor of Capt. Otway Burns

Onslow County College Students

New on the Schools page is a link to see Onslow county students at NC colleges.  The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center has been actively adding state school yearbooks to the Internet Archive and I’ve been working on an index of some of the students listed.

For example, here is the yearbook photo for James Herritage Koonce, 1905 graduate of North Carolina State University.

James Herritage Koonce - 1905 graduate of NC State University in Raleigh, NC

Passing of Beverly Gail Cole

Beverly Gail Cole, a frequent contributor of information to the Onslow County NCGenWeb site as well as the Onslow County Archives, has passed away.

Her obituary appeared as follows in the Jacksonville Daily News online:

JACKSONVILLE – Beverly Gail Cole, 57, of Jacksonville, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at her home. A memorial service will be Monday, March 29, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Mike Schwalm and Jody Yopp officiating.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward T. and Vila Johnson Cole. She is survived by her son, Brandon Parvin and fiancée, Samantha Markovics of Jacksonville; brothers, Edward T. (Tommy) Cole and wife Ann of Jacksonville, Dennis W. Cole of San Bernardino, Calif., Gene D. Cole and wife Candace of Jacksonville and Jerry Lynn Cole and wife Doris of Jacksonville; and five grandchildren, Bradley, Ayden Josiah, Tabitha and Corbin. The family will receive friends Friday, March 26, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the home. The family request donations be made to the Edward and Vila Cole Christian Education Scholarship Fund c/o Kellum Baptist Church, 1167 Kellum Loop Rd., Jacksonville, NC 28546.

Her contributions to NC genealogical efforts are greatly appreciated and our thoughts our with her family.

Life Before Camp LeJeune – Part II

Back in December I uploaded files from researcher Jane Hoveland regarding some of the history of the families who lived in the Camp LeJeune area when the military came to the county.   Part II of those files have now been posted on the Military page.

This information is rich with family history details, so take a look!  Another thanks to Jane for sharing this information with us all.