Thanks to the work of a volunteer contributor, we now have on the site a list of slave names mentioned in Jones County wills from 1778-1868. The wills were abstracted by Zae Hargett Gwynn and published in 1998 in what is now a very important reference work for Jones County researchers.
Thanks to fellow researcher Richard Phillips for sharing cemetery photos he took on a recent trip through Jones County. Near 10 Mile Fork Rd and Ben Banks Rd he saw tombstones in the distance and decided to take a look. I’ve added a link to his blog post from the Cemeteries page. You can read more here.
Yours truly researchers the Koonce families of Jones and surrounding counties. Many Koonce researchers are either descended from or are interested in, Capt. Michael Koonce and his family.
Researcher & Koonce descendant, Claude Thomas Hardison Jr. recently visited the area for the 300th Celebration in Craven County and sought out the gravesite of the family.
Forging through thick overgrowth, Claude did indeed get to take photos of some of the tombstones that were there. Though he didn’t find one for Capt. Koonce or his son, he did capture photos of four tombstones: those of brother & sister, Susan Hargett & James Reynolds Hargett and their spouses — Amos Simmons Koonce and Susan Koonce respectively. Amos was a grandson of the Captain via son Michael Jr. and I’m not quite sure yet who Susan’s parents were.
The tombstones have been added as a cemetery on the site and can be seen from here.
Thanks to researcher and blogger Judith E. Bush, we now have online cemetery photos and transcriptions for some of the tombstones on the John Martin Franck homestead. Judith recently traveled to Jones County and took these photos while there.
There are some beautiful headstones there – here is the headstone for John Martin Franck’s wife, Elizabeth – a Koonce descendant, daughter of Richard & Elizabeth Koonce. (and yes, I’m partial to Koonces :-))
Today the UNC Library announced the launch of a new digital collection from the UNC Southern Historical Collection. The SHC has digitized 35+ of their collections w/ emphasis on African-American interests. You can read the announcement online here.
I’ve not had a chance to fully explore everything on the site (I’m sure that will take awhile!), but a collection I quickly located of interest was that of plantation owner James Harrison, of Craven & Jones counties. According to the collection abstract he died circa 1846. His 48-page ledger has been digitized and been made available online. Know what’s on page 5 of that ledger? A list of 24 states belonging to his estate and their value. I’m not the best at reading handwriting from that era, but it appears as if the list is as follows:
Silas – $500
Mary – $450
Harriett – $175
Isaac – $400
Sarah – $350
Venus – $175
Saunders – $400
Eliza & child – $500
Peny Sr. – $35
Hagar & child – $450
Eliza Jr. – $425
Betty – $275
Lewis – $400
Grace & child – $350
Rachel – $375
Leah – $425
Ellis – $275
Jamina – $275
Tim – $160
Tener – $450
Peny Jr. – $225
Nathan – $140
Serina – $200
Sutton – $100
The ledger page also indicates to whom each slave went to. The ledger also includes pages describing plantation life and even details on the amount of cotton picked by several named workers. This is such a valuable resource for anyone working on their African-American history from this area. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to find one of your ancestors listed here.
I have added a link to this collection from the Families page.
I’ve added a new section for African-American resources. While there is currently only 1 link on the page, I do hope to be able to add more over time.
The link that I have added is to a list of blacks who made deposits with the Freedman’s bank between 1865-1874, along with their parents’ names if present. The entire database of records is available online and hopefully this list will help you know at a glance who has records.
Okay – this is a self-serving post, but it is because of my Koonce roots that I took on Jones County anyway! 😀
New on the Families page is a link to my site dedicated to Koonce genealogy. I launched the site a couple of weeks ago and intend it as a place to focus the research that I do on my own Koonce family, the Koonce families of North Carolina and throughout the country. On the site I have links to the various Koonce lineages I’ve been collecting over the past couple of years and which I look forward to growing through collaborations with other Koonce researchers.
New on the Families page is a link to the website of James Griffin. James has ties to the Eubanks, Griffin, Jarman & Koonce families of Jones County. His site is built using TribalPages which enables you to interact with many generations on his family tree. James has been researching his family for more than 20 years.