After visiting the Tennessee State Library and Archives again today, I have more information to help me in figuring out the trees for the white families I’m researching. Some of the goodies:
- Onslow Register: Records of Onslow and Jones County Citizens and Related Families by Kammerer & Carptenter (1984) – contains some court proceedings, births, deaths, marriages from these counties. Found some information for the Koonce family.
- Edgecombe County, North Carolina Court Minutes by Haun – abstracts from the 1700’s. Found several entries for the Wimberly family I’m researching.
- North Carolina Illustrated by H.G. Jones – general book on the history of NC. Contains a lot of pictures. Found a picture of a J.Z. McLawhorn in Pitt County that I copied as it may possibly be someone of interest for my Lawhorn line (family lore is that the name was originally McLawhorn). There was also a watercolor of Plymouth, NC that I may track down a better picture of. It may be nice to have in case I really do get around to writing up my McNair/Wimberly lines.
- Marriage Records of Edgecombe County, 1760-1868 by Frances T. Ingmire – Wonderful listing of records. Duplicates some other information I have, but it doesn’t hurt to have further confirmation. I did also find some unique marriage dates here, so I was able to glean additional info for the McNair and Wimberly families.
- Craven County North Carolina Marriage Records 1780-1867 by Frances T. Ingmire – Ms. Ingmire was a busy woman. She has a whole series of these books. Found some dates for the Kilpatrick, Cox and Goodings families.
- Minutes of the Jones County North Carolina Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1826-1841 by Nancy Aiken – these entries are very detailed and not always exciting, but overall, can get some good genealogy info. Found some entries for the Wimberly family, but there is some language used that I’ll have to research in order to understand what it means.
While there, I also looked through the Heritage Books for Martin County, Craven County and Lenoir County. Made copies of a few key pages. However, I have to say that overall, I am quite disappointed with these series of books. They seem to have been mostly done by local genealogy societies in the 80’s and 90’s? My disapppointment with them is the true lack of adequate representation of black familes. Is it b/c the societies decided not to pursue as many black families? Is it because they tried and didn’t get participation from black families? For the Craven County book, the church section did not include black churches! (at least not the two that my families have been going to for the past 70 years. I am truly dismayed. Not sure what to do about it yet….