These books are sure to please both the family researcher and anyone who has an interest in Lenoir County, NC. Proceeds from the sales of Coastal Plain and Fancy and also The Heritage of Lenoir County will be used to help with the painting & maintenances of Harmony Hall.
Westview Cemetery Book
that you might want to include on the Lenoir site.
Chronicles of Pitt County, North Carolina-Volume II
HOW TO BE INCLUDED IN VOLUME II
Write an article (maximum of 1,000 words) about your family or
organization in paragraph form, similar to the articles included
in Volume I of the Chronicles. There is no charge for the
Include photographs to accompany your article, if you wish.
Each photo will cost $10.00.
To honor your family or organization, you may submit photographs for a separate pictorial page at a cost of $150.00 per page.
Complete the order form to guarantee receiving one or more
copies of Chronicles-Volume II.
A. What to Write
1. Introduce your ancestors, including names, dates, and special recollections. Please check spelling and dates for correctness.
2. Present your immediate family, including names, dates, and your special memories related to Pitt County.
3. Provide a history of a Pitt County church, club, or
organization with information not included in Volume I.
B. Preparing the Article
1. Double-space articles (typed or printed from computer), and use uppercase and lowercase letters, not all caps. Remember to write in complete sentences in paragraph form (outlines and lists are unacceptable). Include a title for the article.
2. Limit your article to 1,000 words. The Chronicles Committee reserves the right to edit articles for grammar.
3. Devote the last paragraph of your article to your sources (where you found your information, such as a family Bible, personal knowledge, cemetery records, census records, wills, deeds, etc.).
4. At the end of your article, make a list of every name that should be included in the index (last name, first and middle).
5. Include your name, address, e-mail address, and telephone
number at the bottom of your article.
1. Include, at a cost of $10.00 each, glossy photograph(s)-maximum 8 x 10-in color or black and white. Do not send a photocopy.
2. Place your return address label on the back of the photograph for identification.
3. Write a caption for the photograph on a label or sticky note and place on the back of the photograph.
4. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the eventual
return of the photograph.
D. Submitting the Article and Photographs
1. Complete the order form with your name and address. To order one or more copies of Chronicles of Pitt County-Volume II, fill in the information requested and enclose a check or money order, made payable to Pitt County Historical Society.
Mail your article, photograph(s), self-addressed envelope,
order form, and check or money order to:
Dear Cousins and Friends,
Finally, after what seems like forever, Eloise and I are now in the position of being able to offer prepublication sales of our book on Chesnutts, entitled:
OF SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Descendants of Alexander Chesnutt of Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Onslow Register (covers Jones Co) - two Volumes - by Roger Kammerer. Price $25 per volume.
Send to Roger Kammerer, 1115 Ragesdale Road, Greenville, NC 27858
These books are a collection of genealogical information for Onslow and Jones Counties and have been out of print for a number of years and are a must for anyone researching in these counties. They include references from Bibles, Wills, NC Supreme Court Cases, cemeteries, Rev. War Records, biographies, obits, and M, D, and B records from old newspapers.
I am now publishing a newsletter on the Ormond/Ormand/Orman/Ormon family. I have put out volume I, number 1, 2003 (there will only be one issue) and am taking subscriptions ($10.00 per year) for 2004. I will be publishing quarterly. I plan to publish information on all the Ormond families including the eastern North Carolina family. Perhaps some of your web group might be interested in a subscription. For my address and additional information, please contact me at:
I also remind everyone that I have an Ormond web page and it has been recently updated -- www.surfgaston.com/ormand
Thanks -- Betty
Southampton County, Virginia
Books by Dr. A. B. PRUITT
"This BRYAN Family"
Craven County, N.C. Will Books
This book has about 21 pages of deeds from 1708-1715 which were recorded in the will book. Then the rest of the volume is Wills from 1784-1789.
These are complete wills, not abstracts, with full name indexes in the back of each book. The books are $12.00 each. with $3.00 shipping charge per order (not per book). You can order from:
Emma Willia/Nathan Dowdy
1977 Williams Lane
Mayfield, Ky. 42066
We will be putting out some other Craven Co. books in the near future, deed books and County Court Minutes.
Emma Willis/Nathan Dowdy
THRESHOLD OF FREEDOM by Cliff Tyndall NEW!
"Threshold of Freedom" presents life on the eastern front of NC's Civil War
I just finished Cliff Tyndall's new book, "Threshold of Freedom: Lenoir County, NC, During the Civil War". This book will rivet the attention of anyone who has an interest in either the history of Lenoir County or the history of this nation's greatest cataclysm.
The book's foundation was the thesis Tyndall wrote for his Master of Arts degree in 1981 while he was a graduate student at East Carolina. Since that time, he has updated his research, added illustrations, and included a roster of Lenoir County men who fought during the Civil War. More than 550 men from Lenoir County fought; 112 died.
Tyndall begins "Threshold" with facts about Lenoir County from the 1860 census. For those of you who may have forgotten, the Civil War was waged from 1861 through 1865. Tyndall uses the 1860 information to sketch Lenoir County before war ripped our state and nation.
For instance, in 1860, Lenoir County's population was around 10,000. Of that number, 4,900 were white, 5,100 were black slaves, and 178 were free blacks. Kinston proper had 1,340 black and white residents. The 1860 census also recorded 20 merchants and four physicians in Kinston, both high numbers for such a small town.
Cotton was Lenoir County's cash crop at that time, and nearly all Lenoir County farmers also kept sheep for wool. In 1860, Lenoir County had about 600 farms. Some were small, like James Tindal's farm of 70 acres, which had only 20 acres cleared for cultivation. On the other end was Council Wooten, who owned 3,000 acres of cleared land and 10,000 acres of wooded land. Wooten's farm was valued at $65,000. Tindal's was worth $300.
The 1860 census shows that Lenoir County had 26 schools. One was the Lenoir Collegiate Institution, also called the Institute, founded in 1855. This college preparatory school had four teachers and 60 students in 1860. Seventeen of the 26 schools were common schools - public schools that provided basic education. Each of these seventeen schools had one teacher. These common schools had a combined enrollment of 523.
During the war, the educational landscape of Lenoir County was as devastated as the battlefields. By 1864, Lenoir County had only three teachers, each serving one common school with combined enrollment of 72. Yet, school age population in 1864 was 866 boys and 791 girls. Just over 4 percent of children attended school that year. Tyndall explains part of the reason in Chapter II - A Social and Economic Description of Lenoir County: 1861-1865.
Chapter III treats the First Battle of Kinston, also known as "Foster's Raid". Chapter IV describes the shifting loyalties in Lenoir County and the restrictions on civil liberties that arose during the war. This chapter includes the story of how Gen. George Pickett ordered the hanging of 22 men. Chapter V details the Second Battle of Kinston, also known as the Battle of Wyse Fork, in 1865.
Chapter VI describes Kinston as a Union base during April and May of 1865, and Chapter VII discusses how the death throes of the Confederacy affected Lenoir County. Tyndall stops short of Reconstruction and its impact our city and county.
Tyndall also provides a detail bibliography that includes all of the primary sources he used, such as diaries, papers and letters from soldiers and officials who lived through the Civil War. He provides information about government documents, memoirs, regimental histories, and information from newspapers and magazines of the period.
This book, available at The Book Depot ($14.00 plus tax) and from the Lenoir County Historical Association ($15.00, tax included), should be in the home of every resident of Kinston and Lenoir County interested in their heritage and history.
4109 W. Vernon Ave
Kinston, N.C. 28501
Mike Parker is a columnist for The Free Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or in care of this newspaper.
NOTE: We thank Mike for permission to use his column found in The Free Press as a review of this book.
MY WIFE HAS ALL THE ANSWERS by Mike Parker, columnist for The Free Press NEW!!!
A local writer (author of Devil's Brew), Keith Spence, wrote a review of the book which is a collection of 80 columns.
You'll laugh and you'll cry all right. Sometimes at the same time. MY WIFE HAS ALL THE ANSWERS, a collection of newspaper columnist Mike Parker's best work, is a pure delight from start to finish. Parker's musings on family, marriage, politics, sports; indeed, the joys and tribulations of everyday life, are alternately poignant and hilarious. Parker's take on his home life with wife Sandra and their four children will often have you hyperventilating with laughter (and, those of you who are parents, smiling knowingly). But be careful when Parker talks about his grandchildren. You just might
saturate the pages with tears. Parker's views on politics and current events will have you nodding in agreement, and wondering why his common sense ideas are so difficult for those in local, state, and national government to grasp. MY WIFE HAS ALL THE ANSWERS is a book for the ages.
Mike Parker has put together a manual of universal truth that will be just as amusing and topical 20 years from now as it is today.
The book is available from Book Depot in Kinston for $12.99 plus shipping.
Author - Ray Rouse
Now available for shipment, Book is softbound and has a main index
and also an index listing maiden names of females when available.
Also has African American listings. This is the oldest city owned
cemetery in Lenoir County and dates back to around 1860.