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 went right by our “Big Gate.”
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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