Tag Archive: Phelps

Marriage: PHELPS, Walter and Maggie WATSON (1900)

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

Mr. Walter PHELPS, the well known hustler for LUCAS’ truck farm, was quietly married on Wednesday last to Miss Maggie WATSON, at the home of Mr. W.J. JACKSON, where Miss WATSON was living.  Justice J.P. HILLIARD officiating.  After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. PHELPS drove to the farm of Mr. LUCAS where they will make their future home.  Our best wishes attend them.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 4 May 1900. 

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College Grads from Washington County

Taneya | June 10, 2010 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

A new resource for the NCGenWeb project is an index of students from North Carolina colleges & universities.  Yearbooks are wonderful sources for learning more about your ancestors and their activities during their college years.

The NC Yearbook Index is a searchable database of students (mostly graduating seniors) from schools across the state.  The index currently includes more than 16,000 names and focuses largely on the yearbooks from 1930 and earlier.  In each case, the yearbooks are available in their entirety online via the efforts of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

I’ve found relatives so far in the yearbooks, maybe you’ll find some too! To see the list of students explicitly identified as coming from Washington County, go here.  Surnames include Ayers, Blount, Brinkley, Chesson, Latham,  Norman, Spurill, Swain, Walker and more.

For example, here is the entry for Alice Walker Phelps,  daughter of former Washington County sheriff John L. Phelps and granddaughter of Augustus Gambol Walker.  She graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 1913  (then known as the North Carolina College for Women).  She was a member of several organizations including the YWCA, Chorus, the Athletic Association, and was active in student government.  Her description reads

Here is a normal girl who knows how to dress.  And thereby hangs a tale: she has numerous suitors and is always generous with candy.  A member in good standing of all clubs musical, for Alice sings as well as she plays.   In addition she has charming manners, and quite a distinguished air.  We predict for her a matrimonial career with a title attached.

What a great treasure for her current family & descendants to have!  The NC Yearbook Index will grow over time.  A link has been added to the Education page that will always reflect the most updated listings.

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43rd Reynolds Family Reunion

Taneya | April 13, 2010 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

10:00 AM on Sunday May 16th, 2010
Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church in Tyrrell County NC

This is a reunion of the descendants of William Reynolds Jr. and his sister Matilda Jane Reynolds Spencer, both originally from Chelsea, England.  William Reynolds Jr. lived in Tyrrell County and became a Primitive Baptist Preacher, while Matilda Jane Reynolds Spencer lived near Roper in Washington County and ran a local store.   Also, everyone is encouraged to bring any items of family interest that they have (such as old pictures, family bibles, diaries or handiwork) to the reunion for “show and tell”.

THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM: Guest speaker Cathy Phelps Roberts speaking on “DNA and the Reynolds Family Tree”.  She will tell us about how modern DNA testing can play an important role in proving genealogical links among family lines, and how our Reynolds family can join in.  Cathy is co-administrator for the Phelps YDNA Surname Project, and coordinator for the project for northeastern North Carolina.  She as deep family roots in Tyrrell and Washington counties – Brickhouse, Craddock, Davis, Hopkins, Leitchfield and Phelps, with many other names in collateral lines – Alexander, Armstrong, Bateman, Reynolds and Swain.


  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM Registration and Fellowship
  • 10:30 – 12:00   Business Meeting and Program
  • Welcome and Invocation
  • Announcements
  • Kids Corner
  • Minutes and Treasurer Report
  • Memorial Service
  • Program:  DNA and the Reynolds Family Tree
    Election of Officers • Old Business / New Business
  • Family Lines Count
  • Recognitions and Show & Tell
  • Closing
    12:00 – ???      Picnic Lunch
    1:30 PM           Bethlehem PBC Preservation Society Annual Meeting

The picnic is pot luck luncheon – the reunion provides barbecue and plates / utensils / cups / ice.  Everyone should bring their drinks and a dish to share. Reminder that out-of-town family members are not obligated to bring a lunch – you are invited to be guests of the local members.

DIRECTIONS TO BETHLEHEM PB CHURCH: Take US Highway 64 to Columbia NC.  At traffic light head south onto NC Route 94 for about 2 miles, and take right onto Newlands Rd.  The church is 1/8 mile west, park in the yard.

The annual Primitive Baptist preaching service will be held at Bethlehem PBC on the 2nd Sunday, June 13th, 2010 at 10:30 a.m., led by Elder Johnny Ray Gardner.

Contact: Mark Bateman, President  ……….. (860)464-1715

Jimmy Fleming, Vice President ….. (252)796-2361

Gail Reynolds, Treasurer …………. (252)796-9471

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