HARNETT COUNTY, NC
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MASON October 31, 2013
I have reason to believe that my grt grt grandfather is buried in Strickland Cemetary. Two of his sons are there.
Do you know who may have a record of all those who are buried there including the unreadable and unmarked graves.
His name was John D MASON, and any help would be great. Thanks very much, Craig Mason
SENTER / SMITH July 13, 2013
Need an obituary of Margaret Jane Senter SMITH. She was born Nov. 27, 1839, and was the daughter of Blake SENTER
and Carrie JOHNSON. Her death certificate shows that she died in Buckhorn, Harnett County, NC January 28, 1932.
She was widowed and her husband's name was Michael Archie SMITH (Feb 13, 1845 - Nov. 10, 1913).
The informant on her death certificate is Doctor O. SMITH (Jul. 4, 1875 - Mar. 1, 1949), Holly Springs, NC
Margaret and her family are bur. Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, Duncan, Harnett County. I do appreciate your help.
Sincerely, Saundra R. Cropps Staff, Olivia Raney Library, 4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610
SMITH / LIPSCOMB April 20, 2013
The following names have been added to Barbecue Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Smith, Roy Lynwood March 01, 1902 February 17, 1969
Smith, Rosa Blanche Banton June 04, 1909 September 02, 1980 w/o Roy L. Smith
Smith, Martha Ann "Mattie" Lipscomb July 07, 1878 April 18, 1953 m/o Roy and Irene Smith
I am trying to find Martha LIPSCOMB SMITH's Husband William. In all the records I could find(Very few) it shows
William as William H or William Henry SMITH. In the 1940 census, it shows that Martha(Mattie) is living with
daughter Irene and her husband Randy Bates. Her marital status is Widowed. Having said all that, I found the
gravestones of Martha Ann Lipscomb Smith, and a William M SMITH, b Mar. 15, 1869, d Aug. 15, 1937 (Which fits nicely)
at Find-A-Grave, and their gravestones are cut in the exact same way. The stumbling block here, is the Middle Initial
of M vs. H.
If I could get someone in their free time to see if these two gravestones are next to one another, that would
help prove that they were a couple. Note: The M vs. the H could be a mistake, or William may have had a given
middle name and a christening or baptismal name, which he chose not to use regularly?? (Ex. My Grandfather was
David Edward Columbus Dryden. My wife's Father was Francis Joseph Rowley Goodwin. :=)
If you know any one that could help me with my dilemma, it would be greatly appreciated
Warmest regards, William Mowbray
BARBOUR / BARBER February 27, 2013
Learning where the family came led my father and I to decide to plan a trip to North Carolina
together to do more research. My dad, Randall BARBOUR, will be researching his own family who comes from
the Harnett, Johnston, Cumberland counties. We have traced the parental line back to William Parker BARBER,
his great-great grandfather. Can you help? Jessica Armstead
BRYANT / LUCAS / BOLTON
September 25, 2012
I have been researching my families history for many years now and have compiled a book on them.
I feel the information is to be shared and would like to correspond with you about it! I am always looking
for new information and photos as well!
George Washington Bryant born 1878, married Ida Lucas b.,1882. George apparently was a wealthy farmer
(Moonshiner) and killed his wife in 1920. They had eleven children and lived in Harnett, County. Annie
Marie Bryant (their first daughter) married Lonnie Benton Bolton, Sr. They lived in the area and took care
of the children/siblings left behind when George went to prison.
If you have any info to share about this family I would appreciate it and look forward to possibly adding
my family history to your site! Thank you, Theresa Dragonas, Chesterfield, Va
September 11, 2012
I am starting a search on a Davy TUCKER, black, who was listed in the 1880 census of Harnett County, NC. He was
listed as 54 years of age; widow; children: Walter, Celia, JAKE (my next ancestor), Dan, Frances, Caty and Nancy; listed
as a farmer. Was he a slave; was he free? Can find nothing further on him. Any help would be appreciated. James Kmosko
JONES / TEW / SAVAGE
July 15, 2012
I have run into a dead end in my family research of the JONES and TEW families in the Sampson, Duplin, Cumberland
and Harnett counties area. I hoping this will reach someone that has knowledge of these families or someone that
is aware of someone familiar with these families.
The JONES Line starting with me.
Ron JONES 1943 b in Roanoke Rapids
Chester A JONES 19211994 b and d in Roanoke Rapids
William David JONES, Jr 18961960 b Roseneath, Halifax County and d Roanoke Rapids
William David JONES, Sn 18641916 b Speed Edgecombe County and d Roseneath, Halifax County
David D JONES 18411871 born believed to be Harnett County and died Speed, Halifax County.
Daniel JONES abt 1812abt 1863 b Duplin County d (MIA in battle in VA) Married Rebecca Tew 9/25/1838 in Cumberland County.
Elisha JONES may have been Daniels father
The TEW Line starting with Rebecca TEW:
Rebecca TEW 1818aft 1860 b Sampson County d ???
Marmaduke TEW, Jr abt 17751848 b and d Sampson Co.. Evidence indicates he was a junior and son of Marmaduke Tew Son of Sampson Co.
David D JONES was a Confederate soldier stationed in the Greenville-Tarboro area during the Civil War. He married a woman named
Cindarilla SAVAGE from the Speed area in 1863 and returned to live near her family after the war. I am his 2nd great-grandson and
have additional information from his family Bible and County records to tie him to the 2nd Co B Art and 51st Inf. He served in these
units with his brothers Thomas and Irvin and his father Daniel. Irvin and Thomas returned to the Benson-Dunn area to live after the war.
If anyone can provide assistance in this research please email Ron Jones or call 252-756-6834.
April 5, 2012
I am interested in any archived (newspaper) information you can help me locate on my deceased Grandfather.
Rex Archie GILBERT
Buried at Baptist Grove Church Cemetery in Kipling, NC
Born November 25, 1915
Died May 24, 1953
Thanks for your help. Besides email@example.com I can also receive email at firstname.lastname@example.org and
do appreciate your help locating any articles related to his death around May 24, 1953.
Kevin Gilbert, Raleigh NC
Financial Systems Analyst
434 Fayetteville Street Suite 900
Raleigh, NC 27601
CYPRESS CHURCH CEMETERY
April 5, 2012
I have started back doing some work on a couple of my lines. One line may be in the Cypress Church Cemetery near the
county line between Moore and Harnett (actually in Harnett). Do you have someone on your lists that has huge experience
with this cemetery? You may call me at 919-434-6603 (cell). Thanks, Larry Matthews, Raleigh NC
MAYNOR - MAYNARD
March 10, 2012
I am the daughter of Jesse James MAYNOR born February 16,1933. He was born in Harnett County, Dunn I believe. When my
dad went in the Army his last name spelling was changed MAYNARD. His father was Jesse Gene Maynor and his mother was
Dorcia Marie Maynor. Any information would be most appreciated. Terry Walsh
STEWART / TUCKER / CLEMENTS
February 20, 2012
Myrtle and Iris, My name is Don Stewart. I am a descendant of Charles E STEWART (d 1836) who married Elizabeth TUCKER
and lived in Rankin County, MS in 1830. The 1830 census indicates he was either age 30 39 or 60 69. Many researchers
have decided that the Charles STEWART, b 1779 to Charles STEWART and Elizabeth CLEMENTS, is my Charles E STEWART. Your
"Descendants of Charles Stewart" posted in 2003 and updated in 2004 has no information on this Charles STEWART.
Have you discovered any additional information on Charles STEWART, b 1779?
I have been stuck at this brick wall for many years. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks. Don Stewart
PHILLIPS / LEE / POPE
February 3, 2012
I have been looking for my husband's family information. His name is David Melvin LEE, his great grandmother was Ana PHILLIPS and
she is buried beside one of her sons - John POPE: A Mr. James Wright Jackson took my husband and myself many years ago to the gravesite.
It was around Dunn, NC as this is where he lived at the time. He has since passed away, and I would like to go back and see this again and
take pictures. Can you help? The story goes that Ana PHILLIPS never married but had at least 3 children but that she gave the children the
father's last name. No one will talk about Ana PHILLIPS when they find out what we are looking for, not sure why. We have been told she
had 2 children by a POPE and the one child by a LEE - My husband's grand father was Frank LEE, we have been unable to find Frank's father's
name - the tale is he was a red headed traveling preacher and possibly a prirate. Preacher Jimmy LEE is who we coming back to, still not
sure. Can you guide me in the right direction? Thank you for your considerations. Sincerely, Dianna A. Lee
January 4, 2012
My name is Jeri (Williams) Davenport and I'm from Iowa, I've been looking for my older brother and can't seem to locate
him and his family. This is not an emergency, we just haven't heard from him since 2001. His name is Robert Lee WILLIAMS, birthdate
8/13/64, he's married to Gail WILLIAMS (can't remember her maiden name), they have 2 boys Robert Wayne and Lacy Lee. Last we knew
they lived in Benson, NC, before that in Dunn. If you can help me, that would be great, or if you could direct me in the right
directions, that would also be great. There are a lot of people here that are worried about them, and we just want to know they're ok.
Thank you for your help, Jeri(Williams)Davenport
RIDDLE / LUCAS / JARMAN
January 4, 2012
Searching for information on Gladys Florine RIDDLE (b. 3 Nov 1908). We believe her parents were Lydia LUCAS (b. 1865 in
Harnett Co.,d. Oct 1918 from flu) and John W RIDDLE (b. 1888, d. ?). We have no iformation on John W. Riddle and according to
the 1920 census, it looks like Gladys went to live with her step-brother after her mom died in 1918. There is some family stories
that Gladys was Cherokee, that she could 'stop the flow of blood' and could 'talk fire'. Her grandkids remember an Indian ceremonial
gown in her closet and also remember Gladys receiving a yearly check from the Eastern Cherokee tribe, but the tribe has no one listed
with her name or birthdate.
Searches for John W. Riddle suggest he was raised by Pinkney RIDDLE (b. 1855, d. 1933) and Flora JARMAN (b. 1855, d. 1923) and that
Pink Riddle was his gaurdian (and not his biological parent).
There are alternating family stories that Gladys was born in Harnett County or Virginia. Would you have any further information on
the Riddle or Lucas family ties to the Eastern Cherokee tribe, or Gladys Riddle? Many thanks, Debra Lookabill
TUNSTALL / GOODWIN
August 19, 2011
Emily Diane TUNSTALL, b 1867, SC, d 21 July 1919,was married to GOODWIN, given name unk between 1880 and 1885 when
she was commited at age 18 to State Hospital at Morganton, NC. She was already widowed by this age. She lived 34 years
in this hospital and is buried in Broughton Hospital cemetery in Morganton, NC. Her small stone is in plot r21, g25.
Does anyone know to whom she was so briefly married? She was with her father and step mother in Harnett County in 1880
census at age 13. It is noted that she was from Anson County? Zelia H. Cline
June 24, 2011
I am trying to locate to email John B. McNeill who is the contact on the Descendants of Daniel McNeill
his listed email on this site is not working. I am the daughter of Jack Whiting McKay, son of Daniel McNeill McKay and
all of those Dr. John McKay, Dr. Johb Archibald McKays, Dr Joseph Foy McKays etc. are my direct line relatives...My great
grandparents were Dr. John Archibald McKay and his wife Christiana Virginia Foy. My Dad is still alive and kicking at
101 in Bham...still the best driver in the family. Could you help me locate John B. McNeill? I am so pleased to see
all the online Harnett county files. I live in Mobile, AL. Thank You! Marian
April 23, 2011
I am working on my husbands family tree and I have recently discovered that the JOHNSON line that he comes from is from
Harnett County. I am looking for any and all information regarding the Tapley Johnson Sr (d. abt 1820) family. Any help
is greatly appreciated! I am looking forward to any help I can get! Thank You! Cindy Gordon
ROGERS / CHAMPION
April 06, 2011
My GGG Grandfather was Alexander ROGERS Born 22 June 1835 and Died 23 Oct 1898. He married Lucinda Ann CHAMPION Born 1832
and Died 1 Mar 1902. They both are buried in the Alexander Rogers Family Cemetery on his old farm on Quail Rd in Harnett County.
I can find no information of the parents of both. I was hoping that you could help. Some have James William Rogers Sr as being
Alexander's father but I don't believe this to be true. If so the records do not support it. Can you please help?
Cary Rogers 1201 Woodland Ave, Monroe NC 28112
February 13, 2011
Hello, looking for any information on my Great-grandfather John Watson STEWART. Oral history says John Watson had been a Pinkerton
detective in SC and NC. He and another agent handled robberies (specializing in bank robberies). During this time frame, John was
attempting to arrest 2 men wanted for robbery. He had apparently located these individuals at a farm. One of the men was white; the
other was a black man. One of them pulled an automatic pistol to shoot John, but the gun jammed. When that happened, the black man
grabbed John and held him while the white man beat John about the head with the butt of the pistol. The men had dumped John leaving him
for dead, but John came to and crawled away. He came upon a fence line and followed it until eventually being spotted by a 13 year old
girl who started screaming. Her screams brought some adults, who got him to medical help. He survived this incident, but it resulted in
his having a metal plate implanted in his forehead. They say when he recovered enough to be moved, they returned to Jacksonville, FL to be
close to family while he healed. My Great Aunt Kathleen was born in Dunn, Harnett County, NC on May 22, 1926 and the Family was in Jacksonville,
FL for the 1930 Census. So the time frame of the above incident I think would be between 1926-1930. Any information or guidance would be
appreciated. Jason Joseph
February 8, 2011
Hi, an odd question please. If you know of somebody who might have a better idea of the answer beside yourself please
do forward my short email. My family history goes back to the Holder family in Sanford. In the 1940's and 50's children of
my Great Great Grandfather, Allen Zimri HOLDER were attending the Sanford area local public schools. People living in Sanford
today have told me how small the elementary through High School was with only 2-rooms, etc. But my Dad gave me several school
yearbook pictures of family members. These are obviously school pictures take of these people since they all have the same
background and the photos are only about 2-inches tall and 1-inch wide. Typical school pictures we got annually throughout
my childhood. For the past several years I have been trying hard to figure out where any old yearbooks might exist? I've
tried to query the local Lillington library and have performed multiple searches at the on-line library sites in the area but
no luck. I've even contacted several people from the school District but never received any answers. One gentleman told me
he would look and see what might be found but then never responded. So I thought I might ask you for help in hopes you or
members of the Harnett County or Cumberland County Genealogy Societies and the like might have some ideas?
Thanks so much for your time, Rob Burdsal
RICH / REACH
January 19, 2011
I am conducting a family history / research project on my ancestors. Several individuals lived and died in
Lillington, Harnett county, NC area.
From several death certificates I have obtained many were buried in the family property of Zachariah RICH (sometimes spelled REACH).
Can you provide me any information on this family cemetery, location, etc. and any other information on the family in that area?
Sincerely; Donald Rich
JOHNSON / UPCHURCH / TURLINGTON
January 08, 2011
Seeking information for Catherine JOHNSON, b. 1842, d. 1913 in Harnett County. Catherine was the 2nd wife of Benjamin
UPCHURCH; they were married after the 1870 census was completed. Would like to discover her parents (her mother or step-
mother may have been a TURLINGTON) and siblings. Thanking you in advance for any assistance. Gwen O'Daniels
November 24, 2010
My 2nd Great Grand Father was Alexander BAKER b. 12/11/1811 in Harnett County, NC d. 10/10/1901 in Gwinnett County, GA.
Several researchers belief he was born in Harnett County. I realize that Harnett County was not formed until 1855.
Any information would be appreciated. Huey Baker Jr.
November 14, 2010
I am looking for my great grandfather, William T. WILLIFORD (b 1860), his wife Christiana WILLIFORD (b. 1874), and their
sons, Leon O. (b 1897) and John W, (b 1902). Are there any family records there that I can access that indicate my grandfather
Leon's birth in (I believe) Dunn, NC in August of 1897? Any advice would be great. I am willing to travel there to look more
deeply. Scott L. Williford
August 14, 2010
My great-great-grandfather, for whom I am named, was John Jackson MOORE. He was born on Jun 1, 1832, in Harnett County
and died on Dec 13, 1883, in Harnett County. He was married to Cathren C. MOORE, who died in April 1902. I believe my great-
great-grandfather to be buried in Harnett County. Any more specific information you can provide about where he is buried
would be most appreciated. It is my goal to visit his grave. Thank you for your help. John Jackson Moore III Richmond, VA
July 18, 2010
I am looking for the family background of Ernest Staley JONES. He was my grandfather who died in Virginia
on July 4, 1965 and buried in Broadway, NC. His birth date was December 30, 1913 in Apex, NC. All I have about
him is that he married Mary Alice Wilson from Broadway, NC. They had four known children, Frankee (F); Ernest Jr.
(M); and Cynthia (F). Any assistance would be appreciated. Robert L. Knuth, Jr.
June 24, 2010
I am trying to locate information regarding the DAVIS family of Mamers. My grandmother's name was, I believe,
Isabella Mac DAVIS, and she had a sister named Bess DAVIS. I also think their father may have been Henry DAVIS.
Can anyone help me? I would be so grateful. Carol Jean Thomas
WOOD / HOLDER?
May 31, 2010
Mary Elizabeth WOOD wife of Riley B. WOOD died July 21, 1935 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harnett County.
According to her death certificate, her father is listed as "Elizth Hoider" and her mother as "Engelinti Harder". I
believe this is probably a mistake and would like to know if anyone knows who her parents are.
Thank you Lydia
THOMAS / COLLINS
February 13, 2010
My great-grandmothers name is Bettie Thomas, born 4/20/1868 and died 5/28/1921. She is buried in the Antioch Baptist Church
cemetery next to my uncle's grave. His name is James Franklin Collins, born 5/30/1927 and died 6/3/1927. He was born and died
in Greensboro,NC and was taken to Harnett county to be buried next to his Grandmother Bettie. Her tombstone is marked only Bettie.
My grandfather, Lloyd T Collins was born in Harnett county in either 1898 or 1900 (we think more likely 1898) and moved to Greensboro,
NC sometime prior to 1923. He married my grandmother in July of 1923. The information on their marriage license has his parents,
Jack and Bettie Thomas, as being deceased. He used as his name Lloyd T. Thomas on his marriage license.
My aunt told me that Bettie had been married twice and that her first husband may have been a Collins, as my grandfather had his
name changed to Collins sometime after 1923. Bettie had 7 children - Ben, Atlas, Clarence, Worth, Lloyd, Pearl and Laura. At
least all the boys used the last name of Collins - not sure if the girls did or not. Laura married a Douglas and I think remained
in Harnett county.
I was also told by my Aunt that my grandfather had a cousin, Flora Baker Huff who was born in 1898, died in 1965, and is buried
in the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery.
We have no information at all about Jack Thomas. The gravesite next to Bettie's has a broken tombstone and we're not sure if
that is his grave or not. So far we have not been able to access any birth records as they are not public record. The use of the
names Thomas and Collins by my grandfather makes this very confusing, I know.
Another relative is Laura Collins Douglas who lived in Harnett county. I think she was born somewhere around 1880 and was killed
by her husband. Her husbands first name was Tate. She was a daughter of Bettie Collins.(Thomas?). Any info you could find about
the other emails we sent would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
Brenda McAdams Brenda McAdams (864) 263-3058
February 09, 2010
I am looking at a NC Death Certificate for Kate McDOUGALD who died 28 March 1916, at Lillington, Harnett Co., NC.
It says she was buried at McDougald Cemetery in Harnett County.
Any ideas on where this [cemetery] may be located? Thanks, Charles Carroll
WILLIAMS / LUCK
February 06, 2010
Seeking information, obituary if available on Woodrow Wilson W WILLIAMS who married Inez LUCK in Dillon County, SC Sept 14, 1940.
Woodrow listed his age as 22, being born abt 1918. His Last address for him 6429 Dove St. Norfolk, Va. It is rumored his parents
lived in Fayetteville, NC. whoever they are.
Inez died May 26, 1966 in Cape Fear Valley Hospital and is buried at Cross Creek Cemetery, Fayetteville, NC.
Rogers and Breece Funeral Home was in charge.
Seeking kinfolks of Woodrow Wilson WILLIAMS in the Cumberland County area. Woodrow W. lived in Dillon County, SC on the land
owned by Luther Hunt during the 1940's. It has not been determined when he left during the 1940's or early 1950's.
Thank you. Helen L. Wiggins Dillon County, SC
January 26, 2010
I am looking for an obit for Charles Everett Gregory. It appears he was murdered in his home Feb 16,1962
Erwin, Harnett County, North Carolina. Thank You. Vickie J. Glover
WOMACK / UTLEY / JONES
November 18, 2009
I live in NC and am beginning to research my WOMACK family history. My great grandmother was Julia Isabelle "Belle" WOMACK,
daughter of Benjamin WOMACK and Elizabeth UTLEY. She was born 24 May 1855, married John Anderson JONES, Jr., and lived in
Fuquay-Varina, NC. She died in 1929. Do any of you have any information on this family or suggest resources?
Many thanks. Robert Britson
REARDON / KIRBY / IVEY / McDONALD
September 30, 2009
Hi, I have extensive genealogy info on Reardon, Kirby, Ivey, McDonald surnames for Harnett County and other counties in NC.
Please feel free to post my email address for any people searching these surnames. I am more than happy to share my
info (at no cost) to any person researching my family. Thanks. Anna M. Herrera
July 25, 2009
Looking for connection between Redding Stephens (b. 1826), Mac Guire Stephens (b. 1825), James Stephens (b. 1818),
Paschal Stephens (b. 1802), Anderson Stephens (b. 1800), James Stephens (1794), Roderick Stephens (b. 1782). All lived
in Cumberland County (later Harnett Co) sometime during their lives. Anderson, Paschal, and Mac Guire moved to Wake Co,
N. C., Redding moved out of the state (I forget where at the moment). Naming patterns suggests there is a close link.
DNA testing has shown that Mac Guire and Redding are closely related. Roderick had males in his household that were the
same ages as Redding, Mac Guire, Paschal, and Anderson. Any tidbit of help would be appreciated. Sylvia Stephens
July 18, 2009
My biological grandfather was adopted or "taken in" by Edward and Martha AVERY between 1907 and 1920.
The story I have been told is my grandfathers real parents died of a disease and this is how he became apart of the
Avery household. The Avery's were from the Grove township area of Harnett Co. I'm looking some elderly people who
might still be living or living descendants of someone from that part of Harnett co. My grandfather real last name
might have been Branch but that hasn't been verified. Any help would be greatly appreciated. David Avery
McLEAN & O'QUINN FUNERAL HOME
July 11, 2009
McLean and O'Quinn Funeral are listed on a 1935 Death Certificate of a person who died in Harnett County.
Does anyone have any information on who holds these records or an address that I can contact them for records.
Thank you very much. Lydia
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