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Why does it seem most of my brick walls end up in North Carolina?

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Col. Robert Rowan - Cumberland County - my major brickwall - who are his parents 1 Reply

Started by Dan Garnitz. Last reply by Fredric Z. "Rick" Saunders Jan 17, 2013.

Looking for help with an actual original Will at the NCSA 5 Replies

Started by Stan Arney. Last reply by DAS Apr 5, 2012.

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Comment by Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) on August 29, 2011 at 1:03pm
does anyone know the contact info for Laura Willis who has written a series of books on Craven County, NC deeds in the early 2000s?  or for the publisher Simmons Historical Publications?  I found a web address for them that appears to either not be there anymore or was hijacked.  Any help and I would appreciate it.
Comment by Shannon Stewart Christmas on August 18, 2011 at 9:07am

Hi Deloris,

Thank you for your post regarding the North Carolina Probate Records on FamilySearch last Friday. I just happened to see your post last weekend and found invaluable estate records for my Christmas line in Warren County. I cannot thank you enough.

Comment by Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) on August 12, 2011 at 7:21am

Hi all! The State Library of NC is undergoing a project to transribe and digitize family Bibles in NC. If you are interested in helping, please see the following blog post for more information:


Please feel free to pass this information on to those who may be interested!

Comment by Valerie Lisk Fusselman on April 20, 2011 at 10:48am

Hi All. My brickwall is the parentage of my 3ggrandfather, James FOGG born abt. 1807 in NC.  The only FOG(G) in that area, at the, time is Joseph FOG in Shocco, Warren Co., NC. I have Joseph in all of the census and tax lists until 1820 as the head of house with 6 FPOC. Joseph died intestate. There is not probate packet at the Warren Co. courthouse.

On his Revolutionary war pension file Joseph has a son, James, the same age as my James, but I am trying to prove that this is the same person, not two people with the same name. Joseph has an unnamed wife and daughters, Fanny and Sally. Joseph's final pension payment is signed over to his lawyer. The file cannot be found in the lawyer's papers.


Joseph is not in the 1830 census. James married Birchett MILLS in 1829, Nash Co., NC. James is not found again until 1850 in Franklin Co., NC. James is on the 1860-1880 census, but not found in 1900 or later. No will nor death certificates are found for him either. The Franklin Co. courthouse does not have probate files from this era. I have not contacted NCSA yet.


Sorry this is so long. What until I ask about the MILLS.

Comment by Sherry Warren on April 6, 2011 at 11:37pm
Hello everyone. I just joined the group. My paternal line is from North Carolina, mostly Buncombe and Haywood counties. I think that area has gone through a lot of county changes--boundaries, new ones, etc. That is probably why I have hit brick walls That, and the surname is a common one--Warren.
Comment by Patricia Quinn on March 18, 2011 at 11:34pm

Hi all - Just joined.  My brick walls seem to center around Rowan County, NC.  My first one is my 3rd great grandfather by the last name of ROWE.  We have been able to confirm 3 sons of this man: William P. Rowe, born 1814/15 in NC; Abram C. Rowe, born 1815/16 in NC; and Solomon Jefferson, born 1818 in Talladega County, AL (at that time this area was Creek lands).


The ONLY hint we have to go by is the fact that Solomon named his first born son John Joseph.  Solomon was married to Julia Ann HARPER - and it appears that Julia was the daughter of Joseph Harper.  So if the son's middle name was after his maternal grandfather, it makes sense that his first name was after his paternal grandfather.


Our other brick wall is with the TEAGUE line.  My gr-gr-grandfather was William Swaim Teague.  He was born November 1834 in Warren County, TN.  His mother was Winifred Nancy BRAY, born ca. 1805 in NC.  On most records William stated his father was also from NC - but we have never found any hints as to what the man's name would have been.  Unknown Teague died in about 1853-54 in Tennessee... the last county the family lived in before migrating to Texas in 1855 was Henderson County, TN.  So we are currently assuming that unknown Teague died in Henderson County.


Anyone out there have the surname ROWE/ROE or TEAGUE? 

Comment by john armstrong on July 25, 2010 at 4:40pm
but you see i like how i spell (SIR)
Comment by Gary Smith on July 25, 2010 at 2:16pm
Something for newbies (and some others) is that a family name is their SURNAME, not SIR NAME, although it does sort of fit the idea, doesn't it?!
Gary Smith (with ancestors on Swearing Creek, Anson/Rowan/Davidson Co. mid to late1700s)
Comment by Sheri on July 25, 2010 at 10:19am
Thanks for looking.
Comment by john armstrong on July 25, 2010 at 10:17am
hi thought i could help you i have a book of marriages from 1779 to 1868for orange co. nc but your sir name not there close as culd come was brockwell sorry

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