Sally’s Family Place – Tales of the Roanoke-Chowan and 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
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.
I was missing the surnames of several grandmothers — so I tracked out immediate neighbors — 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.
My mother-in-law Elsa Koestler spent countless hours tracking her mother’s family of Mayers – her research is included under Koestler.
Have fun exploring.
Many have shared their research with me – see sources.
some peculiar pronunciations of family names:
Parker — was pronounced Pack-er
Jordan — was pronounced Jur-dan
Esther Cotten Moore first name was pronounce Easter
Sam Walkup’s ancestor spelled their surname many different ways but pronounced Wau-kup
I will add others when they come to mind. Sally
Powell – was pronounced Pou or Poor – hence Poortown. named for the Powell family
also P. x roads that became Powellsville
This is an ongoing project – my working hypothesis!
Additions and corrections welcomed.
I enjoy hearing from you.
Sally Moore Koestler
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Under Home is found not only St. John Legends [Mulberry Grove area] but
River [ the Chowan with its seine fisheries plus some of the old mansions]
Pinetree [one of the very first settlements of the area. The road from Pinetree to Stoney Creek Bridge was within a few hundred feet of my childhood home.]
Tobacco Farm Culture [ a description of this labor intensive money crop of the area in the 1940-50’s]
Yankee Raids [during the War between the States]
and Jesse A Jackson and the Southern Star
and Family Ghosts