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Civil War Grandfather

Submitted by: Jeanie Lewis Parker My grandmother Lizzie Franklin told me lots of stories when I was growing up in Madison County NC. One of which was of her grandfather William "Bill” Gentry. Now we all know that NC was divided in their loyalties to the south in the...

William Burton “Burt” Joyner

AUTHOR:  James Marshall Joyner (Click image to enlarge) In 1838, Hilliard and Penninah (spelled “Penina” in some records) Johnston Joyner had a son, William Burton “Burt” Joyner. Burt and his parents resided in the eastern portion of Nash County, which became Wilson...

Philip R. Stroup, 1831-1862

AUTHOR:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe At the age of 31, on July 4, 1862, Philip R. Stroup enlisted in the Confederate Army at Lincolnton, Lincoln County. He was a Private in Company G of the 57th Infantry Regiment (North Carolina). Shortly after his enlistment, on...

Ben Casey, 3rd NC Heavy Artillery

AUTHOR:  William Smith My Great-Grandfather, Ben Casey, served in the 3rd NC Heavy Artillery during the Civil War. He was from Indian Springs, NC in Wayne County. He enlisted in 1862 and was stationed at Southport, NC where he served as a boatman - one of a crew that...

Sherman’s Cavalry

AUTHOR:  Michael Williams My family still resides on the farm that has been in our family since the 1700s. Near the end of the Civil War, family lore has it that Sherman's cavalry camped on the farm and in anticipation of its arrival, g-g-grandfather had ledges dug...

December 2018 Newsletter

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Moses S. Stroup, 1839-1910

AUTHOR:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe On June 5, 1861, Moses S. Stroup was a twenty-one-year-old farmer, living in Marion, McDowell County, North Carolina, who decided to enlist in the same county he was living in. He was a private in Company K and Company L of the...

Benjamin Franklin Ringgold

SUBMITTED BY:  Joel Stegall Benjamin Franklin Ringgold is the earliest Ringgold I can positively identify as an ancestor. Most of what I know about him is from his biography written by his daughter-in-law, my Grandmother Jemima Page Ringgold, my mother’s mother....

John E. Stroup: A Soldier at 16

AUTHOR:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe John E. Stroup was born in 1845 and the son of David Rufus Stroup. According to the 1860 Census, John lived in Jackson County, N.C. On August 31, 1861, sixteen-year-old John Stroup enlisted as a Private in Company F, 29th Infantry...

Parrot Nathan Hill

AUTHOR:  Linda Lancaster Harmon Parrot Hill was a member of a local militia called Griswold's Company and he was a private in the 66th NC regiment Company I. He was captured in March of 1865 perhaps at Bentonville where he shows up as a prisoner of war. No other...

Lockett Ringold (1828-1862)

AUTHOR:  Marc Francis Roddin Lockett resided in Pitt County, North Carolina, and engaged in farming. His older son James was a teenager at the time that the Civil War broke out, so James enlisted. After ten months of service, James was discharged. With the son safely...

James Ringgold (1844-1914)

AUTHOR:  Marc Francis Roddin James was a teenage farmer when the Civil War broke out, and he enlisted into the North Carolina 27th Infantry (H Company) in Pitt County, where he lived. He served as a private in E Company for about ten months in 1861 and 1862, which...

The Snow Brothers

AUTHOR:  Joshua N. James My great-great-grandfather Abner Lee Snow was born to Richard Snow and Sally Tucker Snow in 1843 in Surry County, North Carolina. Surry County was then and is still very rural. The landscape is dominated by the looming presence of Pilot...

The Battle Flag Comes Home

AUTHOR:  Joseph R. Suggs [Written for The State, vol. 36, May 1, 1969 by Joseph R. Suggs] The battle flag of the Randolph Hornets—Company M, 22nd North Carolina Militia, CSA—has come home again to Randolph County from whence it departed over one hundred years ago. In...

A. J. Sisk

AUTHOR:  Jason Pearson Andrew Jackson Sisk is my 4th great grandfather, son of Henry Hawkins and Rachel Sisk. I was shocked when I found a distant cousin who had his portrait hanging in her house. The photograph was created c.1905. Not many people can say they can see...

Five Pless Brothers

AUTHOR: Dixie Kamplain I am of the direct line from Elijah Pless of Haywood who moved to Ashe County around the time of the Civil War. Although he can't be found on the war records, all four of his brothers fought for the Confederacy. Including Asbury Glenn Pless who...

“Return to the Tented Field”

SUBMITTED BY:  Glenn Land Written by my 4 x 1st cousin Thomas Charles Land of Wilkes County, NC. Thomas began the war a Private in Company B 1st NC Infantry (The Wilkes Valley Guards). He was seriously wounded at Malvern Hill July 1,1862. While furloughed home he was...

The Ringing of the Bells

AUTHOR:  Dean Rathbone The warm sunshine and the serene view beckoned me to my mother's front porch this afternoon. As I rocked gently in a rocker, she slowly made her way, shuffling behind her walker, to join me. We sat there silently, enjoying the warmth and the...

Ike McGaha

AUTHOR:  Tim Pruitt Isaac Burleson “Ike” McGaha ca. 1833-1919 A longtime resident of the “lawless” Big Bend region of Cataloochee, Haywood County (Hicks Cove area), Ike was a farmer and sometime moonshine maker like most. He was noted for his long red chin beard and...

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