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.

Updated Bibliography

The Bibliography page is now updated with additional books.  As before, each book contains a link to where you can search to find a library that holds the item of interest.  In the process, I also found a book that is available full-text online, it is called Some Onslow Families: with Collateral Lines by Michael A.  Stroscio.

In his research compilation, he covers his family lineages with ties to Onslow & Pender counties. Surnames covered include Sidbury, Thompson, Horne, Fisher, Lloyd, King & Redd.  This is a great read and has a lot of data about these families.   The book is part of the Family History Archives collection @ Brigham Young University.  Because navigation on the site can be cumbersome, I’ve included the PDF file as a link from the bibliography page and or, you can go directly to it here.

Newspaper Articles Section Added

Tonight I’ve added a new section to the website – one for holding various newspaper article transcriptions. As if I don’t have enough on my plate, one of my genea-activities is transcribing old issues of newspapers – namely, the Kinston Free Press of Kinston, NC and the Roanoke Beacon of Plymouth, NC. The Kinston paper happens to have a column for news around the state and while I don’t add that to my own database, I do try to disseminate them in hopes the information is of use to others.

I’ve come across several related to Onslow county, so I thought it would be nice to have a location here to share them.
The Misc. Newspaper Articles page is linked from the Newspapers page and can be found here. So far, I only have one entry, but over time I do hope this will grow.

Tombstone Tuesday: Zannie Koonce Creagh Hatch


Zilphia “Zannie” Koonce was the daughter of Francis Duval Koonce & Hannah Rebecca Rhodes.  She married twice that I can tell, once to a Creagh and 2nd to John R. Hatch.  Zannie is buried in Koonce Cemetery in Richlands, the latest addition to the Cemeteries page on this site.  This cemetery has members of the Howard, Koonce & Taylor families.

Find-A-Grave contributor Caroline, who took pictures of all the tombstones in the cemetery, was kind enough to allow them to be shared on this site.  According to census records, Zannie did not have any children, but did have stepchildren with John.