Monday, February 18, 2019

The Loyal Patriots of North Carolina #genealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom


The Loyal Patriots of North Carolina

Did you know that North Carolina was one of the first colonies to instruct its delegates to vote for independence? Many of its colonists resented the levy of taxes by the British without representation in Parliament. The early steps taken was for the legislature to issue the Halifax Resolves which authorized the delegates to the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence. The loyal citizens managed to suppress the Loyalist elements in the colony until late in the war.


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Old Wills Provide Strange Information #northcarolinapioneerscom

Old Wills provide strange information

I've got to tell you something!
I recently scanned an old North Carolina last will and testament in Buncombe County, and upon reading it discovered that it listed the names and birth dates of the children!  How wonderful is that? There are simply too many goodies about the families and their lifestyles in the old wills and estates to ignore them.








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Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Highland Games on Grandfather Mountain #genealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

The Highland Games on Grandfather Mountain

Highlander Games on Grandfather MountainEvery year the Scottish Highland Games are reenacted on Grandfather Mountain near Linville . The display is symbolic of the Celtic tribes of the pre-Christian era and occurs in McRae Meadows. Many highlanders came to North Carolina during the early 1700s. The first known settlement was ca 1732 on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp. As in the instance of so many immigrants in those days, the Scotch-Irish were poor people who sold everything they had to pay for passage to America.



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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Consider the History Behind the Genealogy #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

Consider the History Behind the Genealogy

George Washington on the DelawareEvery family has some exciting and interesting facets of history. Because you see, we all play a part in history. Sure, there were those who played major roles of leadership. However, right there, beside them, were our ancestors. They were the soldiers who crossed the Delaware River one freezing night with General George Washington. And those at King's Mountain who charged the unbeatable British Colonel Ferguson firing with their rifles as they ran. Some of them got butchered by the murderous Colonel Tarleton under a flag of surrender at Waxsaws. And then there were those who did not sign on for 3-month terms, but fought the whole war. The bravery of our ancestors is detailed in their pension records. Every genealogist should seek these out and carefully read the detailed events described by their kin. When that war ended, everyone had homes to rebuild, to begin again. How many times did they go out into the fields of disruption and replant?

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Did you Search the Records in Barbadoes? #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

Did you Search the Records in Barbadoes

By Jeannette Holland Austin
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In Colonial days, sugar was a lucrative crop and certain colonials were investing in island real estate. There was a settlement of Scottish persons there during the early 18th century, as well as some Irish planters. Sugar crops from Barbadoes were shipped all over Europe. And, more importantly, after the British lost the Revolutionary War, Loyalist families had to leave the American continent, else be tried and hanged as traitors. Barbadoes was one of the retreats. The records were published into book form and are easy to search.
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Connecting Family Members to the Genealogy #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

Connecting Family Members

By Jeannette Holland Austin
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Every genealogist encounters difficulties in tracing the ancestors. One prevalent issue is the marriage record. Although all marriage records were not recorded, another means of locating the name of the husband of a daughter (for example) would be to examine the will and estate of the child's father, especially the vouchers, receipts and annual returns. It was not customary for a married daughter to inherit, and this means that her husband took possession of her portion. Watch carefully the names of those who purchase items from estate sales and the receipts filed along with the Annual Returns. Also, the names of all grandchildren should be properly identified with their parents. The reason is that this information could easily disclose the father that a daughter was married more than once.



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