February 28, 2015

Thomas Johnson and Ann Allen Marriage Bond, 1822

Thomas Johnson and Ann Allen were married October 11, 1822 in Johnston County, NC. 

Bondsman was Benjamin Bell.

February 10, 2015

Wake County Genealogical Society February Meeting: Genealogical Resources at the Olivia Raney Local History Library

"Genealogical Resources at the Olivia Raney Local History Library"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7 p.m. at the Olivia Raney Public Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC  27610

Saundra R. Cropps, Library Manager at the Olivia Raney Local History Library, will give a presentation on the wealth of resources the library has to offer to those doing genealogical research.  The collection includes items relating to Wake County, to North Carolina, and much much more.  Come learn what you might have been missing, or where you can get started.

All Wake County Genealogical Society meetings are free and open to the public.  Bring a friend!  Refreshments will be served during  social time after the presentation.

February 1, 2015

Granville County Beaver Dam School Census (NC)

The Granville County Beaver Dam School Census is undated but probably from about 1840. Several of my direct ancestors appear on the census.

Beaver Dam was a rural farming district in very southern Granville County very near the Wake County line. It first came into use about 1778.

I've seen the document when researching at the NC Archives. Sure wish I'd made a copy of it! It's a real treasure to me because it lists three different families in my direct line:

  • Israel Dillard (my 3rd great grandfather) had three children enrolled:  Eliza (Elijah?), Narcissa, and Cornelia (my 2nd great grandmother).  
  • John Davis (my 3rd great grandfather) had three children enrolled: Sugar, Mary, Johnathan (my 2nd great grand father who married Cornelia, above), Sary, and Precilla
  • Nancy Allen (my 4th great grandmother) had two children enrolled: Joseph (my 3rd great grandfather) and Mary
  • Sherod Wilson (my 4th great grandfather) had 7 children enrolled: Nancy, Malissa, Sarah, William, John, Betsy, and Amanda. 
I'm pretty sure I can also draw a dotted line to many of the other families on the census.  But it's very cool to see FOUR of my direct lines on this one document.

Just SO cool!