Category Archive: African-American

New Book: It’s In the Genes

Taneya | March 2, 2014 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

We are pleased to share the news that Washington County area family history & genealogy researcher Terri Fagan Mitchell has published a new book! “It’s In The Genes: The Cymera Rosella Moore Story” documents the life story of Terri’s grandmother.  You can order the book online, or use this order form.



It’s always nice to see researchers publish their stories. Many congratulations to Terri on her accomplishment!

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AUSBON, Abe and Dawson ARMISTEAD Fight – (1898)

Taneya | July 23, 2012 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

On Saturday afternoon Abe AUSBON and Dawson ARMISTEAD became engated in a fight, and AUSBON struck ARMISTEAD with a 2×2 baulister (sp?) inflicting almost a death wound.  AUSBON was bound over to court in the sum of $100 justified bond.  Both parties are colored. 

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 1 Apr 1898, pg. 3. 

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Marriage: PARKER, Wm. and Miss W.R. WEBB (1900)

Taneya | June 10, 2012 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

A Beautiful Marriage

The marriage of Wm. PARKER to Miss W.R. WEBB April 25th was a notable event among our colored citizens.  Rev. S.P. KNIGHT, pastor of the New Chapel Baptist Church, united the contracting parties.  Quite a large attendance of our white citizens lent their presence, showing thereby the high appreciation in which the bride was held.   Many and valuable were the presents given by members of both races.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 4 May 1900.

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JAMES, Adeline (d. 1900)

Taneya | June 7, 2012 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

“Aunt” Adeline JAMES, a well known and highly respected colored woman died at her home in this town on Wednesday last, of paralysis.  She was about 65 years of age and had been sick only a few days.

Source: Roanoke Beacon,  18 May 1900. 

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Plymouth State Normal School – Moving with Unprecedented Success

Taneya | May 29, 2012 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

The Plymouth Normal School under the superintendency of Prof. J.W. MCDONALD is meeting with unprecedented success.  Thus far he has proven himself fully competent to manage a school of such proportions.  He not only holds the highest place in the hearts of his own people, but the adjacent counties look upon him as the right man in the right place.  Among the many improvements which have been made for the good of the school none will bring richer reward than the sewing department in which the girls receive instructing in the <…> art of dressmaking.  Parents desiring to send their children to school where they can be best prepared, would be more than repaid by sending their sons and daughters to Plymouth State Normal where the Head, Hand, and Heart are trained.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 14 Jan 1898.

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WALKER, John – Shoots Anna Clemmons (1898)

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A Shooting Affair — On Tuesday night, Jany. 6th, John WALKER, colored, went to the home of Anna CLEMMONS, and before leaving at 9 o’clock, he had a dispute with her, which terminated in hot words and John shooting Anna, the ball taking effect in her thigh. WALKER walked away to parts unknown.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 14 Jan 1898. 

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GARRETT, Sarah – Fire in her home (1898)

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A Fire — On Christmas morning at 3 o’clock, aunt Sarah GARRETT, a worthy colored woman, heard something in her kitchen and on going to the door found the room in a blaze.  She gave the alarm, but there had been so much racket during the night that but few of the people who heard her took much notice and the house, together with most of the furniture, was destroyed.  The loss is estimated at about $800 with no insurance. 

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 7 Jan 1898. 

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Plymouth to get an African-American History Museum

Taneya | May 22, 2011 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

Thanks to a Washington County genealogy researcher, I’ve learned that Plymouth will be getting an African-American history museum – great news!


Picot-Armistead-Pettiford House - photo by Jeanne Olecki



An article from April in the Washington Daily Times provides further details.  Essentially, an Alabama family who owned the Picot-Armistead-Pettiford House, has donated it for use as a museum.  The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Willie Drye, chairman of the Plymouth Small Town Main Street Committee, notes on his blog that the family decided to donate it after a private meeting in Plymouth.  Attending that meeting was their family friend Peter McNair. I suspect this is my distant cousin Peter McNair so need to call him to find out! :-)

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