26 August 2011

King, Part I (Ephesus Baptist Church)

Next on the agenda for tonight- the King families found in Ephesus Baptist Church. Oh, yeah... ignore my feet in all the pictures!

Layout of King & Hicks plots. Image by K. Stevens, 2011. 

1. Rena King
Photo by K. Stevens, 2011. 
Amanda Rena King (b. 1 May 1898, d. 30 Sept 1984) was a Principal and educator in Johnston County. She was the daughter of Lucas Canady King & Annie Florence Holt. Rena was buried in the Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery on 2 Oct 1984, a couple of days after she died.

2. Annie Holt
Photo by K. Stevens, 2011.
Annie Florence Holt (b. 8 Dec 1870, d. 20 Mar 1954) was the daughter of Albert Holt and Lizzie Holt. She was married twice. First she married Lucas Canady King on 26 Jul 1891 in Cary, NC. After her first husband died in 1904 she remarried W.P. Sellars on 22 Jul 1909 in Johnston County. She is buried one plot from her first husband Lucas King.

3. Johnnie T. King
Photo by K. Stevens, 2011. 
b. 25 Nov 1903, d. 28 Feb 1908

4. L. C. King
Photo by K. Stevens, 2011. 
Lucas Canady King (b. 6 Jul 1868, d. 25 May 1904) was married to Annie Holt on 26 Jul 1891 in Cary, NC.

Medlin, Wood, & Luther (Ephesus Baptist Church)

Medlin, Luther, & Wood family burials at Ephesus Baptist Church. I chose to do a post on these families because I am distantly related to Anna C. Wood Luther and Florence Wood Medlin. These two sisters are buried very near to each other.

Layout of burial plots. Image by K. Stevens, 2011. 

1. James M. Luther & his wife, Anna C. Wood
Photo by K. Stevens, 2011
James Madison Luther (b. 11 Jan 1871, d.23 Oct 1939 ) married Anna Carter Wood (b. 31 July 1871, d.22 Apr 1917) on 17 Dec 1896 in White Oak, Wake, NC. 

James was born in Montgomery County to parents Henry Clay Luther and Elizabeth Deogue. He worked as a farmer and was buried 24 Oct 1939. 

Anna was buried 23 Apr 1915 at Ephesus. Her father was Larkin H. Wood and her mother 
was Fannie Buffaloe.

James & Anna had at least six children Dallas Millard Luther (b.22 Mar 1898, d.5 Oct 1945), James Alsey Luther (b.6 Dec 1900, d. 7 Mar 1985), Oscar Teague Luther (b.16 Dec 1903, d. 9 Aug 1975), Anna Mae Luther Pendergraph (b.1908, d. 24 Feb 1971), Therza (sp?) (1909), Woodrow Wilson Luther (5 Jun 1912- 21 Feb 1988). 

2. Charlie Glenn Luther   
b. 24 Oct 1905, d. 22 Mar 1906
Photo by K. Stevens, 2011. 

3. J. C. Medlin
b. 28 Aug 1836, d. 24 Nov 1924
Photo by K. Stevens, 2011. 
4. Florence W. Medlin
Image by K. Stevens, 2011. 
Ella Florence Wood Medlin (b.30 Dec 1865, d. 21 Sep 1940) was married to Sidney A. Medlin on 8 Feb 1899 in Apex, NC. Her parents were Larkin H. Wood and Francis Buffalo. She was buried in Ephesus cemetery on 22 Sep 1940. 

5. Sidney A. Medlin
Image by K. Stevens, 2011.
Sidney A. Medlin (b.5 Mar 1865, d. 12 Sep 1926) was first married to Arrena Holt on 20 Oct 1887 in Cary, NC. Soon after Arrena died S.A. Medlin remarried to Ella Florence Wood on 8 Feb 1899 in Apex, NC. 

6. Arrena H. Medlin
Arrena "Rena" Holt Medlin (b. 18 Mar 1869, d. 21 May 1898) was married to Sidney A. Medlin on 20 Oct 1887 in Cary, NC. 

7. Henry A. Medlin
Image by K. Stevens, 2011. 
Henry Arthur Medlin (b. 2 Aug 1893, d. 1 Mar 1943) was the son of Sidney A. Medlin and "Rena" Holt. Henry was married to Chloie Lockamy on 19 Jan 1913 in Wake CountyNC and had at least three children: James Sidney Medlin (b. 19 Apr 1919, d. 14 Dec 1962), Margaret Medlin (b. 9 Apr 1922, d. 25 Jun 1923), & Unnamed Infant (b/d. 1913). After Chloie died, Henry possibly married Nettie Bradley on 18 Dec 1937 in WendellNC.

8. Chloie Lockamy
b. 11 Oct 1892, d. 12 Apr 1936

9. Bessie M. Medlin
Image by K. Stevens, 2011. 
b. 7 Aug 1901, d. 7 Dec 1910
Bessie is the daughter of D.E. & C.E. Medlin. 

10. Margaret Medlin
Image by K. Stevens, 2011. 
b. 9 Apr 1922, d. 25 Jun 1923
Margaret Louis Medlin was the daughter of H.A. Medlin & Chloie Lockamy. She was buried on 26 Jun 1923. 

11. Infant Medlin 
b/d. 1913
This is the child of H. A. Medlin & Chloie Lockamy.

?? F. Annie Medlin
Annie Florence Taylor (b. 10 May 1872, d. 2 Feb 1942) was married to William H. Medlin on 20 Dec 1891 in House Creek Township, Wake, NC. Her parents were Baldwin Taylor and Patilda (?) Underwood. 

?? W.H. Medlin 
William H. Medlin was married to Annie "Florence" Taylor. William's parents were James Medlin and Sabrina Holderfield.

?? Maggie M. Medlin
Maggie Mcgee (b. 3 May 1902, d. 2 Feb 1942) was married to William Macon Medlin on 5 Sep 1920. She was buried on 27 Aug 1980 in Raleigh, NC. Her father was Milton Mcgee and her mother was Mattie Carpenter. 

?? William M. Medlin
William Macon Medlin (b. 11 Sep 1894, d. 25 Mar 1987) was a carpenter. His parents were W.H. Medlin and Annie Florence Medlin. He married Maggie Mcgee on 5 Sep 1920 in Wake County, NC

Other Posts about Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery

Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery

Ephesus was formed in 1857 and moved to its present day location in 1868. The sanctuary in use today was built in 1927; the 1868 building was first sold to Lincolnville AME church and then donated to the NC State Fairgrounds. (See links below for more of the church's history)

According to Shirley Olson the church has about 1/3 of 1000 burial plots filled. There are two sections of the cemetery, the main, large section and a smaller section across the parking lot directly beside the church building. I almost missed it.

Panorama of Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery. Taken by K. Stevens, 2011. 

Families found in Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery
Links to additional blog posts with more information about each plot.

Medlin, Wood, & Luther






History of Ephesus: http://www.ephesusbaptistchurch.com/about/history/history.html

Transcription of most burials: http://www.interment.net/data/us/nc/wake/ephesus/ephesus.htm

25 August 2011

Nameless Negatives: Post #2 Two Boys

Photo of two boys taken in Oxford, North Carolina (Granville county) by J.D. Brinkley. A list of North Carolina Photographers through 1910 shows that J.D. Brinkley was in operation in Oxford in the late 1800s.

18 August 2011

Thankful Thursday: Census Images on Heritage Quest

I'm thankful for several things today--

#1 Census Images--because they allow you to see a spatial relationship between two or more families

#2 Heritage Quest-- I love Ancestry.com, but I don't have a subscription right now, so instead I use my local libraries access for Heritage Quest. Having more than one place to find census images is also useful because transcriptions are different on the two sites, so a road block on one might not be present on the other.

I was especially thankful earlier this week while I was writing & "updating" Matrilineal Monday: The Daughters of Frances Buffaloe & Larkin Wood. I hated connecting the daughters to their husbands based off of the single marriage records I found on FamilySearch.org.

What if there was more than one Fannie Wood and I was chasing after the wrong one?!?! But lo and behold, I found an image that subsided some of my fears--one that had several of the families I was researching all on one page.

There are at least FOUR connected families on this one page (and possibly more just from my cursory glance at the other surnames on the page):

Image of Ervin Mann & Hattie Wood Mann (daughter of Fannie Wood).
Image of William Castleberry & his children. Two months after the census is recorded he will go on to marry Minnie Wood (shown in image below).
Image of Fannie Wood and several of her unmarried children: Minnie, Rena, Lena, and Kelso. 
Image of William Hunter, his wife Fannie Wood Hunter (daughter of Fannie Wood), their children, and William's mother & sister. 
These images come from the
1900 United States Census; Series: T623, Roll: 1221, Page: 284
White Oak Township, Wake County, North Carolina
Enumeration District: 153, Sheet No. 22B

16 August 2011

Always Bring Bug Spray

Today was my first adventure into the land of cemeteries with this blog in mind. I wasn't as prepared as I should have been.

Here are some tips from my adventure today.

Tip #1: Research is key.
I used CemeteryCensus' map feature for Wake County (found here) to find local cemeteries that lay along my route. I chose three to focus on-- Epheseus Baptist Church Cemetery (6767 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh) , Macedonia Church Cemetery (2500 Mid Pines Road, Raleigh), and the King Family Cemetery (just past 3008 Mid Pines Road, Raleigh), but I didn't have time to read all about these cemeteries on CemeteryCensus.com or Internment.net. That came back to bite me when I couldn't find the King Family Cemetery-- I would have known it no longer exists if I had studied up on Internment.com.

Tip #2: Bring extra batteries for cameras. (Or in my case bring extra cameras)
My first stop was at Epheseus Baptist Church. I brought two digital cameras with me and extra batteries. But with my luck neither of the cameras wanted to work. Thanks cameras! Luckily my phone takes pictures and so it had to do.

Tip #3: Bring a notebook, some water (for yourself & for the tombstones), & writing utensils.
I did manage to bring a notebook and pen to keep up with my transcriptions, drawings, and other notes. I failed to bring water (spray bottle or otherwise) which made reading some of the stones impossible.

Tip #4: Bring closed toed shoes (& long pants).
Epheseus is still in use and well kept (although some stones have been covered by grass), but my next stop Macedonia Church was a more rural cemetery with grass as high as my knees. This is when I switched from my trusty Chaco's to my trusty tennis shoes. Boy was I glad those were in the car. Long pants would have been helpful too because I would not have had to worry as much about picking up ticks or stepping on deadly things. Oh yeah, and those tennis shoes, they are also good if a dog decides to chase after you.

Tip #5: Always Bring Bug Spray!!!!                  
I may not have needed it at Epheseus, but bug spray would have been a welcome item at Macedonia cemetery. The forested cemetery harbored many mosquitoes...and is now the inspiration for the title of my blog.

Tombstone Tuesday: Kelso K. & Burlena M. Wood

My Great-Great- Grandparents:

Kelso Kedron WOOD 
b. 7 Mar 1882
d. 10 Nov 1931
Parents: Larkin H. WOOD & Frances BUFFALOE

Burlena "Lena" MURRAY
b.5 Dec 1880
d.15 Jul 1961)
Parents: James H. MURRAY & Sarah Ann HUNTER

Married on 25 Dec 1904 in Wake County, North Carolina

Tombstone Location: Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Wake County, North Carolina

15 August 2011

Matrilineal Monday: The Daughters of Frances Buffaloe & Larkin Wood

Larkin WOOD & Frances Buffaloe (Crocker) WOOD were blessed with taking care of thirteen children in the mid- to late- 1800s. What was special about this family? Twelve of these children were females, the very last kid was the lone boy. While researching Larkin's daughters I have had both ups & downs- for some of them it has been easy to find marriages and census records, for others it hasn't. 

I am going to use this post as a sort of goal to find out more about these ladies. Throughout tonight I will add updates of what I have found using the internet. 

Louisa CROCKER (16 Sep 1856- 16 Jun 1917) married William Burton WILDER
Evira CROCKER (1858- ?) possibly died before 1870 census
Thersann WOOD (1862-?) 
Calie V. WOOD (27 Sep 1864- 11 Jan 1928) married Unknown WILDER Samuel WILDER
Ella F. WOOD (30 Dec 1865- 21 Sep 1940) married S. A. MEDLIN Sidney A. MEDLIN
Francis WOOD (1868- 3 Feb 1950) married Unknown HUNTER William C. HUNTER
Anna C. WOOD (31 Jul 1871- 22 Apr 1917) married Unknown Joseph M. LUTHER
Minie WOOD (May 1873- ?) married to Unknown W. F. CASTLEBERRY
Hattie WOOD (1876- ?) married to Unknown Irvin MANN
Nelly G. WOOD (1878-?)
Tena May WOOD (15 Jun 1879- ?)
Rena Rey WOOD (15 Jun 1879- 20 Aug 1916) married George F. LUTER LEWTER

Read more for Updates

13 August 2011

Surname Saturday: A Week of Celebrating the Wood Family

Today I am celebrating my great-grandmother's 96th birthday with family. To honor her, my oldest living relative, I will dedicate this weeks posts all to her ancestry.

mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter or forester, from Middle English wode ‘wood’ (Old English wudu).
nickname for a mad, eccentric, or violent person, from Middle English wod ‘mad’, ‘frenzied’ (Old English wad), as in Adam le Wode, Worcestershire 1221.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

James Wood (4th Great-Grandfather)
b. abt. 1800 in North Carolina 
m. 19 Feb 1822 to Thursey/Thiresy/Theresy in Wake County, NC
  1. James Wood (abt. 1828) 
  2. Mars Wood (abt 1831)
  3. Larkin H. Wood (abt 1833)
  4. Archibald Wood (abt 1836)
  5. Mary Wood (abt 1839)

Larkin Henry Wood (3rd Great-Grandfather)
b. 1833 in North Carolina
m. 26 Feb 1861 to Frances Buffaloe in Wake County, NC
d. between 1882-1900
  1. Thursey A. Wood (abt 1862)
  2. Calie V. Wood (27 Sept 1864- 11 Jan 1928)
  3. Ella F. Wood (30 Dec 1865-21 Sept 1940)
  4. Francis Wood (abt 1868- 3 Feb 1950)
  5. Anna C. Wood (31 Jul 1871-22 Apr 1917)
  6. Minie Wood (May 1873)
  7. Hattie Wood (abt 1876)
  8. Nelly G. Wood (abt 1878)
  9. Tena May Wood (15 Jun 1879)
  10. Rena Rey Wood (15 Jun 1879- 20 Aug 1916)
  11. Kelso Kedron Wood (7 Mar 1882-10 Nov 1931)

Kelso Kedron "K K" Wood (2nd Great-Grandfather) 
b. 7 Mar 1882 in North Carolina
m. to Burlena Murray
d. 10 Nov 1931
  1. Murry Wood (abt. 1906)
  2. Cullen Wood (abt 1907)
  3. Elberta Wood (abt 1908 4 Dec 1907- 19 Nov 1986)
  4. Jackson Wood (8 Mar 1909- 18 Apr 1989)
  5. Allen Wood (abt 1911)
  6. Exum Wood (abt 1912 26 Sep 1912- 30 May 1991)
  7. Evelyn Wood (abt 1913)
  8. Ruth Wood (1 Nov 1913-28 Dec 1968)
  9. Edna Wood (13 Aug 1915)
  10. Larkin Henry Wood (11 Dec 1916- 9 Jan 1993)
  11. Francis Wood (abt 1918)
  12. Kelso Kedron Wood Jr (14 Apr 1921- 17 Mar 1994)
  13. Arline Wood (abt 1925)

Edna Wood (Great-Grandmother)
b. 13 Aug 1915
m. 13 Feb 1937 to Marvin Edwards
  • 7 living
  • 2 deceased

11 August 2011

Thrifty Thursday: North Carolina Digital Collections

NC Digital Collection screen shot

One of my favorite ways of researching my ancestors online is to find free resources online. Not only does this save me a trip to the local library (& the gas money), but it also provides faster digital searches and an opportunity to save digital copies for later use. Here are just a few of my favorites....more to be added later of course!

North Carolina Digital Collections
By the Archives & Library of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

The NC Digital Collections offers up great free digital resources like

One of the more popular collections, the NC Family Records provides bible records, marriage & death notices from NC newspapers, and cemetery photos all searchable by family name and recently updated as of June 13, 2011
 This collection offers historic maps from the late 1500s to 2000. It can be searched by location, date and subject; and their is an interactive historic map overlay which compares historic maps with current road maps. 
 This collection provides select digitalized newspapers that date from 1751-1890s, mainly from the cities of Edenton, Fayetteville, Hillsboro, New Bern, Salisbury, & Wilmington. 

Those Places Thursday: The Straubs Long Journey

A few years back I wrote a term paper on the migration of the Straub/Stroup family. This Google Earth video shows the many kilometers the Straub/Stroup family traveled to go from the Rhine to North Carolina in just a couple of generations. Here is the simple version of what went on:

The Straub family (Pieter Straub, Anna Maria Straub, & children Jacob & Pieter Straub) traveled from:

  • GroƟgartach to the nearby Heilbronn (approx. 6 km)
  • Heilbronn to Rotterdam, Holland (on a ship up the Rhine River, probably took 4 to 6 weeks)
  • Rotterdam (stayed for a few weeks and left 24 June 1733) to Plymouth, England (arrived 12 July 1733)
  • Plymouth to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (arrived 18th OR 29th Sept 1733)
  • Lived in various places including Freeburg (originally "Straubstown") and New Hanover, PA. 

Jacob Straub

  • by 1746 migrated to Maryland
  • by 1772 migrated with his family (including son Philip Stroup) to Tryon County, North Carolina (now Lincoln County, NC)

08 August 2011

Nameless Negatives: Post #1 My Favorite Unknown

As the first post in my "Nameless Negatives" collection I believe my title may need to be explained.
I have many photographs (not actually in negative form of course) from an unknown time, unknown place, and of unknown people. Hopefully sharing these photos online will either help connect me with others who can place names with the faces, or motivate me to do more digging.

Nameless Negatives: Post #1 "My Favorite Unknown"
This is one of my favorite photographs from my nameless pile. I have no clue who these people are but every time I look at the picture I feel connected. They look young, happy, and almost playful with their slight-smiled smirks. 
Possible location: Halifax County, North Carolina or somewhere in Virginia
Possible relatives (Surnames): Allen, Cawthorn, Montague (I found this in Uriel's collection which contained photographs mainly from these families)
Possible time period: don't have the slightest idea

Below is the original condition of the photograph with scratches and holes. The above image has been edited.

07 August 2011

Ambrotype of John Cawthorn

In a previous post about John W. Cawthorn (found here) I posted an "enhanced version" of an ambrotype picturing John in his Confederate uniform. At first I couldn't figure out whether this old picture I have which is still housed in its original case was an ambrotype or daguerreotype. Luckily I found a website called Tips... for Dating Old Photo's... and boy was it helpful. I now know that what is in my possession is an ambrotype because the picture needs a dark background to show the photo in positive form.

Here is the original photo I scanned into the computer:
This picture shows the frame, and faded condition of the photo.

My "Heritage Pie Chart"

I first stumbled upon the "Heritage Pie Chart" idea on Are You My Cousin?... and found further information on the premises at My Tapley Tree... and its Branches: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. So I thought I would give it a try- first with my 16-great-great-grandparents. I do want to note that because of "bad sentiments" towards two of my great-great-grandparents, no one in the family will tell me their names, but I have been working on my grandmother to get her brother to tell me...so hopefully someday I'll be able to add them in.

First I looked at origin by country

HA! No surprise here... thoroughly American.

So I wanted to see if there was any variety in origin by State:

06 August 2011

Family Recipe Friday: Chocolate Chess Pie

This is Uriel Powell's favorite recipe...one for Chocolate chess pie. This recipe was provided by Mary Frances Ellington and if I ever get a chance to make this, I'll add a picture or two.


  • 1 stick Margarine
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small can evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Mix sugar and cocoa, add to melted margarine. Stir thoroughly and add other ingredients. Pour into an unbaked pie shell. Cook at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.


Keeper of history: Uriel Orin Powell

One of the best things about someone who keeps everything... you get to understand them just a little after they have died. My great-grand uncle, Uriel Powell, is a perfect example. Even though he died in 1989, my grandmother still has some things that Uriel kept, pictures and news articles, and just a few years ago I got the opportunity to scan these things to have digital copies. 

Several of the pictures in the slideshow below show Uriel with his sister, Mary Lois Powell (my great grandmother), and with Mary F. Ellington (my grandmother). The newspaper articles show Uriel's intense devotion to stamp collecting, participation in the Halifax-North Hampton American Association of Retired Persons, and 50th-year reunion gathering of the 1931 graduating class of Roanoke Rapids High School. The only thing missing is a picture or two of the African Violets Uriel raised. 

The We Tree Genealogy Blog: Jump Start Your Genealogy Blog. 52 ideas. 52 weeks...

I find that I have worked on this blog for just a few days a month since I began it in May and I have decided to up my posts by using these ideas!

The We Tree Genealogy Blog: Jump Start Your Genealogy Blog. 52 ideas. 52 weeks...: "As quick review of genealogy blogs shows that many bloggers have made resolutions to write more about genealogy in 2009. Yes, you should blo..."

Uriel Orin Powell

One of the reasons I started this blog is because I wanted to make all the old photos, documents, and bible records I had available to others who might be interested. This blog wouldn't have been possible without my great grand uncle, Uriel Orin Powell's collection of records, research, and family photographs. Uriel died about 7 months after I was born, but I've enjoyed looking at everything he collected over the years since I was 15. A lot of what I know about Uriel comes from my grandmother. Uriel was my grandmother's uncle, but he raised her and was more like a father.

Uriel was born 4 Oct 1910 in Rosemary, Halifax Co., North Carolina. At the age of 13 (May 1924) he was baptized at Rosemary Baptist Church. He graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School in 1931. After high school Uriel worked in the Cotton Mill until his house was built, and then he worked in the US Post Office (for 32 and 1/2 years) as a clerk and for 5 years as a substitute carrier.

Uriel's parents were Burton Alexander Powell and Mary Ellen Cawthorn; his siblings were Robert Alexander Powell, Rodney Ray Powell, Mary Lois Powell, and Fannie Paige Powell.

Uriel died of a heart attack 2 July 1989, was cremated, and placed in the back wall of Rosemary Baptist Church.
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