Sally’s Family Place – Home

Tales of the Roanoke-Chowan and Elsewhere

Welcome, Folks! (Above picture is Mulberry Grove about 1870)

A word or two about the organization of this website.  Under my home page, find the family Ghost Tales, and The poems of John W Moore entitled “St John Legends.” Also some items about our area during the War between the States. I have listed some Content, Sources and Links and What’s New?

Under Maple Lawn is found my family that lived there my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and then the ancestry and relatives of Ann Ward Moore, one of my great grandmothers. Under Parker is found my mother, Gladiola Parker Moore’s childhood home and ancestors and her kinfolks. Under Rayner is the childhood home and ancestry and siblings of my grandmother, Johnnie Rayner Moore. Mulberry Grove is the home place of my great grandfather John Wheeler Moore and his siblings. his father’s ancestry is there. Now under Wheeler is the ancestors and kinfolks of John W Moore’s mother, Julia Wheeler Moore, my 2-great, grandmother.
Under the Neighbors are found connections and neighbors of the family.
I have sections on schools and churches of the area or connected to the family.
There is a section on the family and ancestry of my husband, Robert Koestler.
Also included is a history of the A&M Garden Club of which I served as president for several years as well as various other offices.

Moving into the swamps of North Carolina from Virginia
Moving into the swamps of North Carolina from Virginia

drawing from the NC Archives
Indeed, some of my ancestors had made their way to North Carolina in the 1600’s. They moved there in this fashion.

Sit for a spell! And visit with the generations!


Others that number among my ancestors are MINCHEW, RIDDICK,  GREGORY,  BROWNELONGWORTH,

Then there are these names:


I grew up in the old Jones Place (or Moore Place) which my great-grandparents called Maple Lawn in southern Hertford County NC, Very near the Bertie County line. We attended school in Powellsville situated in Bertie County. We attended church at Bethlehem in Hertford Co – where just about everyone was a cousin of some degree or connection.
This web-site has evolved over the past sixteen years. While searching my family’s history, I looked at the siblings in each generation… it helps in tracking the correct family.

Missing the surnames of several grandmothers — I tried following immediate neighbors — the Sessom, Van Pelt, Perry, Wynns.
And my siblings’ in-laws the Holloman, Britton, Lawrence, and Harris families.

As I examined some of the original documents (that still exist despite all the fires)
– I am discovering many errors purported in the past as our family tree.

My mother-in-law Elsa Koestler spent countless hours tracking her mother’s family of Mayers – Elsa’s research is here under Koestler.

Have fun exploring.

Many have shared their research with me – see sources.

Sally’s Ancestors

Come on into the parlor!

Some peculiar pronunciations of family names:
Parker — was pronounced Pack-er
Jordan — is Jur-dan
Esther Cotten Moore first name is pronounced Easter
Sam Walkup’s ancestor spelled their surname many different ways but pronounced Wau-cup
I will add others when they come to mind. Sally
Powell – was pronounced Pou or Poor – hence Poor town. Named for the Powell family
also P. x roads that became Powellsville

  This Website is an ongoing project – my working hypothesis!
Additions and corrections welcomed.

 I enjoy hearing from you. 

 Bob and Sally Koestler Oct 2015
Bob created many of the Photographs on site including this “selfie”

 Sally Moore Koestler
College Station, TX

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21 thoughts on “Sally’s Family Place – Home”

  1. Miss Sally:

    Some of my forbears were Henry White and his wife, Unknownof Perquimans County, North Carolina. His wife was of Algonquin-Lumbee Indian descent. They had at least two daughters, one being Abigail White that was the wife of Captain Charles Jordan II, that was the commanding officer of a fort in the vacinity of Wilkes County,Georgia, where he had died while in battle. The other daughter was Penninah Jordan, the wife of Shadrach Stanley of Maringo County, Alabama.

    They were all of the Society of Friends, the Quaker Faith.

    Can you possibly assist me with this genealogy?

    Thank you for your website and your efforts, as well.

  2. Sally, I had commented to you before on the resemblance of my son to Col. John Moore. I just read through your home page, and see that I also have the following surnames in common as ancestors or by marriage into the family: Britton, Carter, Cotten, Edwards, Hill, Hunter, Jones, Ward, and Wynn. There’s probably a link somewhere there. Just have to find it. Great website!

  3. Hi Sally,
    What a wonderful dedication you have to your Genealogy. You just keep getting better and better.
    I was wondering if anyone had information on the very early families in the farming areas Not the plantations. When did they started to teach the local children how to read and write? Home or church taught before a structured school system.

    Happy Hollidays
    Dee Miller

  4. i just came across Sally’s Place. I was reading through it found 7a… Everett Edward Sessums and family. That’s my uncle and cousins. Earnest was my grandfather.

    Can I help you from here


  5. So I’ve learned from this site that Allen Andrew Jackson Lassiter was my grt grt grt grandfather. Knew there was a rebel in this family somewhere!So happy I found this site. Wonderful information here. His daughter Ida was as far back as I knew of until now. Thank you from Mathews County VA!!

  6. I am searching for the father of my gg grandfather Elias D Hays b1799 SC – d1850 GA. Some say his father was Elijah Hays b1775/78 SC/NC – d1845 Ala.
    I would appreciate any information you can give me.
    Thank you.
    Please EMail me

  7. The work you have presented is an impeccable example of research.
    Thanking you for the time and effort you put into this page as well as the upkeep.
    Dr. D.

  8. Hello and thank you!! I’m a Smith-Sessums descendant, a Baker descendant, and a Whitfield-Smith-Hinton-Hunter-Bryan-etc.etc. descendant, and I’m connected to many others here by marriage or by our folks having been neighbors. Many roads leading me here! I’ve found some records pertaining to the Sessums–specifically, the wives of Jacob and Isaac, sons of Richard & Sarah. I now believe they were sisters, daughters of Joseph Newsom of Surry VA (not to be confused with his first cousin, Joseph of Isle of Wight/Southampton). Drop me a line, OK? Thanks again!!

  9. Great website! Thank you for maintaining this site. Do you have any information regarding Starkey Ward, Sr., b. 1814 d 1902 and/or his wife, Frances “Fannie” Huff, b. 1812 d 1899? These are my GGGrandparents and I can’t find anything beyond those names. I know they are buried in the Ward-Dempsey cemetery on property previously owned by C.D. Bazemore. Thank you Sally.

    1. Ann:

      Do you or anyone else know exactly where the Ward-Dempsey cemetery is located? My great grandfather, Able Dempsey, is buried there also. My wife and I visited the area last week, but we could not locate it.


  10. I was born in Brownsville, Haywood County, Tennessee and the treasure trove of information on your website has help me find my ancestors. Thank you so much.

  11. Using DNA test and family tree data, I have found out that I am four times great-granddaughter of Abner Rountree. My great-grandfather was Erastus Ephraim Rountree, born in December 1859. He was an orphan, and knew his mother’s name was Mary Ann Rountree, but did not know his father’s name or would not say. My grandfather Rountree refused to talk about his father’s family history, saying it was “sordid” and best forgotten. Does anyone know more about Mary Ann Rountree ( shows her being daughter of Nancy and Robert Rountree) and this branch of the Rountrees?

  12. 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

  13. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. Hi again,
        I have several Elizabeth Rutlands in my tree, but couldn’t find one who was married to an Arthur Cotten. Looking over other members trees in and looking over your tree on Sally’s Family Place, I see your Elizabeth Rutland was a daughter of James Rutland (Sr) & Elizabeth Williams. I didn’t even have an Elizabeth listed as one of their children. (I had John Sr, James Jr, William & Mary Rutland listed as their children.) I’ll have to add Elizabeth, if that’s OK with you.

        So you descend through Elizabeth. I descend from Elizabeth’s brother John Rutland Sr who was my 6th great grandfather. (John Rutland Sr—>John Rutland Jr—> Blake Baker Rutland—> Lawrence Green Rutland—> Andrew Jackson Rutland—> Sally Rutland who married John Arthur Barfield, and they had my father John R Barfield.) That means we are distantly related :)

        If it’s ok with you, I’d like to ask permission for using some of your information that pertains to our joint relatives. I would identify your website ‘Sally’s Family Place’ as the source. But I’m asking your permission first.

        I’m on Ancesty if you want to check out my tree.
        I’ll look forward to hearing from you again!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.


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