Pictured above is my mother Ola Parker Moore holding me, Sally, in Oct. 1937.

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.

A word or two about the organization of this website. Under this page of Introduction to Sallys Family Place, 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.


Others that number among my ancestors are MINCHEW, RIDDICK, GREGORY, BROWNE, LONGWORTH,

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. In my day it was one mile from our mailbox located on the Bethlehem – Powellsville Road, but in Colonial times the road from Pitch Landing to Stoney Creek bordered on our land.
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 twenty 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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16 thoughts on “Introduction:”

  1. Hi Sally, you are a precious and loving lady to have acquired all this information. I am a descendent of ,Joseph Cotton, which later a Cotton married a Benton. I was born as Julia Arementa Benton(Lee). Also, I am looking on the Lee’s beginning Jim Lee-married to Dolly Nance

    Any information would be appreciated.

  2. Hi, I’m looking for current family members of Joseph Sanderlin; those who may go back to some of our George Washington Sanderlin names in Shiloh, NC or Elizabeth City, NC. Thanks. I have a major chapter for my next book on those Sanderlins.

    1. Perhaps if you comment on the Joseph Sanderlin page you might reach some others + me. Many have contacted me over the last 25 years in which I have been researching the family. and contributed info. Sally
      ps — Might check in my guestbook also.

  3. Greetings! I am currently searching for the family and friends of Samuel T. Outlaw (born 1899, Windsor, Bertie County, NC) Samuel was a blacksmith in Onancock, VA from 1926-1994. The family had donated his blacksmith shop and tools to the town in 1995 and a restoration of his shop has begun in order to preserve his legacy. I am producing a documentary film on his life which will be incorporated into the future Outlaw Blacksmith Museum. Please contact me with any leads, photos, stories on his early life in Windsor. Thanks Much!

  4. Hi, Sally –
    I saw a reference to the Sessums line on your site… to wit:
    “Wilson Sessums married Mary Foxhall, dau. of Robert Foxhall, on Aug. 26, 1834, by William Savage, Esq. (Tarboro Free Press, Sept. 5, 1834)”.
    I descend from that Sessums line, and have issues with my data. I wonder if you have any information that will clear things up. Here’s my problem:
    I keep seeing in several places a Date Of Birth for Wilson as1832 (2 years before marriage???) I found another DOB of 1811, which would make him 23 at marriage in 1834, but then his father Redding, with a DOB of 1798, would have been 13 when he concieved Wilson.
    See my problem??
    Can you shed any light on this confusion??

  5. Do you have any idea where I can find information about the Hardy and Dukes families in Bertie County? I’m particularly interested in Sarah Hardy and Joseph Dukes who married in 1812.

    Thank you very much. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  6. Hi, Franz j.v.Hofler, but my grandma, dad’s side is Adams. I came out 50% Engish according to DNA. Just wanted to thank you all very much for the years of great tips on geniology that helped. I’m on under Hofler family, or my name Franz Hofler. Thanks again.

  7. Hi, I am Lora Lee Skinner and I believe I am related to John Stewart and Penelope Daly. John was a merchant/shipper and his business was called Dalys Landing. He was in business with Josiah Collins and William Muir (Collins, Stewart and Muir) until Collins bought them out. Any information you might have on this family I would surely appreciate. Thank you for what you have worked on. If I’m in the right Stewart family then you have helped tremendously already. Best regards,

  8. my great-great grandmother is Nora Jones, Her sister Minnie Jones.
    LaNora (nora) Jones( 1874-1951) Married Jo Bradley,he life her with 2 young Boys (1 being my great Grandfather) she then Married Alex Harrod.They lived in Faulkner Co.Arkansas un tell there deaths

    Minnie Jones (1864-1899) she Married Andrew Moody and had 3 childen,then she Married George Harrod (1 st cousion to sister Nora’s Husband) Him and her had 1 son,they both past when their son was jus 10 mo’s old.

    was told they had a brother Wesley Jones,have not info on him.
    we can not find Nora and minnies mother and father..nothing on them..nothing shows up on Minnie and nora untell the get married. like they just drop one day out of the sky.
    could you or anyone help..i found your story and was readying of the jones..i di fine where Minnie has father’s birthplace Tenn. no names or date..

  9. My great great grandfather was Levi Ward, son of Isaac H. Ward…
    Levi traveled from North Carolina to weakly county Tennessee to The Missouri/Arkansas line n raised a family..
    I found yer page very informative n I look forward to any info on current living Ward kin.. Thanx n God Bless…

  10. Dear Cousin Sally,
    Thank you for all your splendid efforts !!
    Am Battle descendant, also of Alston-Williams-Hilliard-Boddie clan,
    among countless others, it would seem. I live in Seattle.
    Am wondering whose home is Neighbors-3 house?
    Kindest regards, Christopher

    1. That’s the Dr. Mitchell home in Ahoskie – I just put its history with the pictures.
      Earlier it was the home of William Watson Mitchell.

  11. I read with great interest your Jasper Crane comments, my 8th great-grandfather. I went to Trenton and got a copy of his will, and tried to decipher it. I was very happy to see it done on your website. I was able to add about 20 words to what I had, but unfortunately I cannot give you any of the missing words.

    I have never been able to find the land records for the two properties he obtained while in New Haven – the 100 acres in East Meadow, apparently the Stone River Farm, sold 1652, and the 16 acres in East Haven, sold Sep 7, 1652. I have been all over the NJ Archives searching for them. Can you share where you found them?

    I live in West Berlin, New Jersey.

  12. Hi Sally,

    On I have come across an 1850 U.S. Census done in Gibson County Tennessee. The family consists of the following four members:
    William R. Spardeman (age 87) born in South Carolina
    Ann Spardeman (age 33) born in Kentucky
    Elizabeth Spardeman (age 16) born in Tennessee
    James Spardeman (age 7) born in Tennessee

    I believe the last names should be Sparkman, not Spardeman.
    I also think that Ann is Ann M. Selph, the Wife of William R. Sparkman, and that Elizabeth and James are William’s children from a previous marriage.

    On your website you have the William R. Sparkman (who married Ann M. Selph) as the son of Pheraby Ward and William Reed Sparkman, however the age of William R. Sparkman is very different. Plus, I found William Reed Sparkman’s son, William in a different 1850 U.S. Census. Can you help me straighten this out? Thank you

  13. I think i fit in here somewhere.My name is Karl Gustav Rayl.My grandpa was Kenneth rodabaugh rayl and winnie rayner was my grandma.Gustave walter rayl is my dad

  14. I am a direct descendant of wm sparkman of caldwell co ky. glad to see how this fellow is finally connected to other sparkmans. my grandfather always claimed kinship with certain other sparkmans…by golly, he was right!

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