Tales of NC Roanoke-Chowan Area & Elsewhere

 Like leaves on trees the race of man is found, Now green in youth, now withering on the ground: Another race the following Spring supplies; They rise successive and successive fall: So generations in their course decay; So flourish these when those are passed away. Pope’s Translation Homer’s Iliad

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Welcome, Folks! Come on into the parlor!
Sit for a spell! and visit with the generations!
I grew up in the old Jones Place or Moore Place which my great grandparents called Maple Lawn – located in southern Hertford County NC. very near the Bertie County line – in fact for the convenience of all concerned we attended school in Powellsville located in Bertie County. We attended church at Bethlehem in Hertford Co – where I have discovered that just about everyone there was a cousin of some degree or connection.
This web-site has evolved over the past sixteen years I have been looking at my family’s history. You will find here the family of Moore, Parker, Rayner, Rountree, Hayes, Ward, Sanderlin, Walkup, Jones, Wheeler, Longworth, Cotten, Wood, Freeman, Outlaw, Drew and many more as I have attempted to look at the siblings of each generation also… it’s helps in tracking the correct family. Also, my mother-in-law Elsa Koestler had spent some time in tracking down her mother’s family of Mayers – so Bob’s family is included also under Koestler.  I was missing the names of several of my grandmothers — so I tracked out immediate neighbors also. the Sessoms, VanPelts, Perrys, Wynns and my siblings’ in-laws the Hollomans, Brittons, Lawrences, and Harris families.  As I examined some of the original documents that still exist despite all the fires – I discovered many errors had been purported in the past as our family tree. Have fun exploring.  Many have shared their research with me – see sources.


Indeed, some of my ancestors had made their way to North Carolina in the 1600’s.

This is an ongoing project – my working hypothesis!
Additions  and  corrections  welcomed.
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I enjoy hearing from you.  Sally

 Sally and Mother Maple Lawn, Hertford Co, NC; copy-mamasal2.jpg



8 thoughts on “Tales of NC Roanoke-Chowan Area & Elsewhere

  1. My G G Grandfather James Hudgins, G Grandfather John Hudgins came from Missouri then to Oklahoma. James and John both fought in the Civil War, Union side.

    Thank you for any information you may have. I will copy what I found this time on your informative pages.


  2. Love your website I may have some information on the family of Francis Brown whom I am trying to connect, my father has a family bible from his grandfather Starkey Brown…it’s noted in the bible that Starkey’s father was William Jackson Brown, although the census shows Starkey living with a Thomas Brown.

  3. Was wondering if you ever explored a connection between James Rutland and Elizabeth Basse , marriage date 1650. I also found mention of a Richard Rutland on passenger ship arriving in Isle of Wight, VA 1641. A land grant to a Thomas Morrey (Morsey) in 1642 names Nathaniel Basse and Richard Rutland in same document. I suspect a connection. Trying to find the Rutland than immigrated to Isle of Wight, VA or Bertie/Chowan counties.

  4. I just found Sally’s Family Place website this morning. What a wonderful site! I’ve been researching the Rutland family who lived in the Bertie County area of NC back in the 1700s. I’m wondering if your family have any connections to the Rutlands, or even the Barfield’s who also lived in the Bertie County area.
    Sally, you have done a lot of research! You’ve done a great job!

    • Well, I descend thru Elizabeth Rutland and her husband Arthur Cotton. The James Rutland place was just a few miles from Mulberry Grove, their home, towards Roxobel.

  5. I have just read your article on the Walston family . I hail from Abraham Mullen died 1780. I am interested in this connection . it seems Phillip Walston , Edward Turner , and my Abe were close . The Walston adopted Greenburry Mullen after Abe’s death . I’ am interested in any info on his brothers , Thomas and Joseph . Thomas being my line would be the upmost important !

    Thank you
    Michael Mullen

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