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May 18, 2014 - 2:30 at Mattamuskeet High School Cafeteria

The spring meeting of the Hyde Co. Historical and Genealogical Society is planned for Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Mattamuskeet School Cafeteria (20392 US Hwy 264, Swan Quarter, NC).  The meeting begins at 2:30 p.m.

There are two featured speakers for the meeting:   Craig Roberts Scott, MS, CG and Philip Howard of Ocracoke. 

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, is the author of The “Lost” Pensions:  Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14  (Revised) and has co-authored several books relating to records in Northern Virginia.  He has authored articles in the National Geographic Society Quarterly, Family Chronicle, and other genealogical publications.  He is the president and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 4900 titles in print.  A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than twenty-eight years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives.  He has served on the boards of various historical and genealogical organizations.  He has been a faculty member for several years at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. 

Philip Howard of Ocracoke is the publisher of the Ocracoke Island Journal and Ocracoke Newsletters that depict life on Ocracoke Island.  He has contributed articles about Ocracoke’s role in the War of 1812 and a sampling of his writings about Ocracoke to the spring issue of the Society’s journal, High Tides, which will be available at the May 18th meeting.  His writings are online at

The spring issue of High Tides focuses on the War of 1812 and Hyde County’s participation in that war.  The issue has been compiled from records in the National Archives and the NC Archives and includes Hyde militias’ muster rolls, military bounty land warrants, pension applications, and pay vouchers so readers will have a thorough understanding of Hyde County’s involvement in this military conflict.

All HCHGS members and guests are invited to attend the May 18th meeting.  Anyone interested in the history of Hyde County is also encouraged to attend.


by Ellen A. Williams

Ellen Williams is considering a reprint of this book.  For those of you who have Credle ancestors in your lineage, this book is a MUST!  Ellen has arranged each part as an outline of a particular Credle family and an introduction to the person begins that chapter.  The book is 149 pages and spiral bound.  The cost is $25.00 plus postage.  To pick up a copy, Ellen's home address is: 2784 Quarter Rd., Swan Quarter, Hyde Co., NC  27885 or you can send her an e-mail at and request a copy by mail.  This would be a lovely 2013 Christmas gift so get your order in early!


The Hyde County Historical & Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that its publication HYDE COUNTY (NC) LAND DIVISIONS IN THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES by Richard B. Lupton is now once again available from the society. The book has been out-of-print since last year. The publication is a reprint with several minor revisions by the editor. Some site visitors may not realize that this book contains detailed information, including maps, of these land divisions which often prove useful when a researcher does not know the maiden name of a female ancestor. The book is 351 pages in length and is indexed. The editor also has included an explanation of abbreviations and definitions of land measurement. He also discusses county survey evolutions, patents, waterways and roads, towns and villages, a connection with Native Americans and African-Americans and the Donnell Plantation, one of the larger ones in North Carolina of its time period. Mr. Lupton also has an interesting story of Edward Ensley: Black Phoenix and brief articles on community life, economic valuations, and agricultural anachronism. The book is available from the society book vendor, R. S. Spencer, Inc. P O Box 159, Engelhard, NC 27824, for $35 plus tax of $2.71 and shipping and handling costs of $5.00. The book vendor's e-mail is The society appreciates the generosity of Mr. Lupton in making the valuable book once again available for those interested in the history and genealogy of Hyde County.

© 2014 Kay Midgett Sheppard