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Abundant Genealogy – wk 9

Cemeteries: Genealogists understand the full value of cemeteries and appreciate them in ways most others can’t see. Share a cemetery or cemetery experience for which you are most thankful. What makes this place special? What does it mean to you and your family history? Two summers ago, I met a cousin from the west coast in our “ancestral” land of Pitt County, North Carolina.  The highlight of the quick get-together was visiting the small, roadside, family cemetery that holds our great and great-great grandparents.  This cemetery obviously was once on family land.  Now it just sits on the side of a country road.  Some of the visible landmarks that I used the first time I visited the site were gone (torn down after some devastating hurricane damage).  The land around the … Read entire article »

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Friends of Friends – Bill of Sale to Moses Tison

  It is the first Friday of the month, and I have another Pitt County deed (in this case listed as a Bill of Sale) to share with Friends of Friends.  This document, transcribed to the best of my ability, is from Deed Book DD, page 179, Pitt County, North Carolina.  It reads as follows: W. Hanrahan to Moses Tison, Bill of Sale State of No. Carolina, Pitt County.  Know all men by these presents that I , Walter Hanrahan of the County of Pitt for and in consideration of the sum of three Hundred and seventy – five dollars current money to me in hand paid by Moses Turnage[sic] of the County aforesaid at and before the sealing and signing of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained slod … Read entire article »

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Friends of Friends-Deed

  This is a new topic for me.  The Friends of Friends meme in the genealogy blogging community asks if you have encountered records of enslaved ancestors, whether they are your own ancestors or not, make it a point to transcribe those records and get them posted on the Internet via your blog.  Hopefully, to help their decendants.  I have come across, recently, many deeds  listing the sale of slaves and their names and owners.  This will be my first post on this topic and I will continue it at least one Friday a month. Well, I have been digging through the many Pitt County deeds I have copied in my stash (of paper records) and thought since I am finding quite a few slave records, I would participate in this as I … Read entire article »

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John Shaven Briley (1884-1944) of Martin and Pitt Counties, NC

John Shaven Briley was born June 1, 1884 in Martin County, NC.  His father was John W. Briley (Pitt County, NC) and his mother was Brittianna A. Meeks (Pitt County, NC).  He moved between Martin and Pitt County more than a few times in his life. He married first Flossie Hammond on September 9, 1905 at the age of 21.  Then, at the age of 23, on January 10, 1908 he married Allie Gertrude Bullock.  I have not focused on Flossie, and have not run across any other records of her, so I am not sure what happened.  My great grandmother was Allie, so I tended to focus on her. Together, John S. Briley and his wife, Allie G. Bullock Briley had 10 children. John S. Briley died on March 27, 1944, in … Read entire article »

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