What’s New?

 David Charles Koestler, son of Robert and Sally Koestler, died on 1 Dec 2022.
Link to his Obit

Robert and Sally Koestler are now living in Ithaca, NY, near two of their children: Jane and David. 

James Elliott Moore is now living in Murfreesboro, NC, near where his ancestors once lived.

There has been progressing in tracing the ancestry of John Cotten of Bertie.  See John Cotton and Ann of Queens Ck, VA

May 2020
The Official and Unofficial Histories of the Cotten Family
  by James Elliott Moore

Sept 2018 from nephew James E Moore this note:
Carl Witt has been telling me about a family history of development.  His mother’s first cousin Jarvis Godwin Outland, known to the family as Buddy, was killed in the attack at Pearl Harbor when the USS Oklahoma went down.  His unidentified remains, along with countless others, were interred at the Punch Bowl Crater, the local of the National Memorial Pacific Cemetery.  In recent years, DNA testing identified his remains.  A cousin Ann Outland of Pendleton has been campaigning bring him back to Murfreesboro for burial.  Buddy’s mother was Eva Cotton Holloman.  She is thought to have been buried in the Holloman cemetery out at Buena Vista.  Mr. Outland married again and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro.  The plan is to inter Buddy next to his father.  The tentative date for the ceremony is October 13th.   Ann has rented the Methodist fellowship hall there for a reception afterward.  Carl will be able to tell you more about this as we get closer to the date.
Buddy’s mother Eva Holloman Outland and Carl’s grandmother Jessie Moore Daughtry were granddaughters of Jesse Cotton Moore, a second cousin of Dr. Godwin Cotton Moore.  Jesse married another second cousin of GCM.  I think Matilda Daughtry.

Nov 2017 Brianna Cooper with Catherine Spruill at the annual Schlarship luncheon  

Portrait Donated to Murfreesboro Historical Association
Bob Carr, former Murfreesboro resident now living in New Hampshire, has donated a copy of Thomas Sully’s painting of his daughter Ellen Sully Wheeler with her boys Woodbury and Sully. The original, which hung at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for many years, was sold at auction in 2015.  It is now in private hands.  The copy is 3/4 of the size of the original.  Mr. Carr donated the painting in honor of Mrs. Gertrude Revelle in recognition of her tireless efforts on behalf of the John Wheeler House.  The gift was unveiled at the annual meeting of the Murfreesboro Historical Association on April 21, 2017.

ElrettaRita Moore, age 95, slipped away on Friday, July 8 2016.
Services will be held on July 16 at 11:00 a.m. at New Bethany Baptist Church
with Rev. Earnest Moore, Jr. officiating. Burial in the Moore Family cemetery.
pub in Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald.com July 14, 2016.


I plan to update this page when I figure out how to reduce the size to the pictures Bob and Sean took at out open house





Open House at Maple Lawn — Friday, April 22 at two pm.
Cathy and I will be happy to receive friends and kin. Do come.


21 Feb 2016 – my sister Julia Godwin Moore Lawrence left this world at 8:30 p.m. from her home in Falkland NC surrounded by her children. She was 87 on the 16 of Feb.

Susan's shot of Julia and kitten

5 Nov 2015 – Catherine Spruill represented us at the CU Scholarship Luncheon
“This wonderful young lady was the recipient of the Gladiola Parker Moore scholarship (my maternal grandmother). Brianna is from Jackson, NC and is studying Business Management. She was very appreciative of all the contributions from Grandmother’s family that made this possible.”

Brianna Cooper

24 Oct 2015 – received a telephone call from a friend of Lynn McCarthy with the sad news that Lynn had died on Friday morning, Oct 23, 2015, age 75.
Lynn’s mother was Rose Cowan of Powellsville, NC. Lynn was an avid researcher and historian of our area. She particularly enjoyed reading inscriptions on old tombstones. I for one will miss her.

6 Oct 2015 – My husband and I were briefly in St. John, New Brunswick.
We walked uptown to view the Loyalists House. To our delight, the house was that of David and Mary Merritt, the brother-in-law and sister of John Wheeler, merchant, who settled in Murfreesboro, NC. John was one of my three great grandfathers.



26 Aug 15 – playing with the menu a little more put Pine Tree Community under neighbors. I also placed Tobacco Culture under Maple Lawn and Sally’s childhood home. By the way, the information from the old Sibs section is found under Raynor and Ola Moore.

I think I have put the drop-down menus all back together. 11Aug 2015.

April 2015
New Photo’s from our farm, Maple Lawn by Cathy Spruill

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Oops! Somehow I have lost a great deal of that drop-down menu I laboriously put together.
For Rayner, MulberryGrove, Wheeler, Neighbors, Churches, Schools, and Koestler. A&M Garden Club

Nov 2014 – Some technical stuff —
After 16 years, I have moved this web-site onto a Word Press platform. The move should give me more flexibility and not cause me as much grief when I try to update the site as the old programs that I was using.
Microsoft has quit supporting MSFrontPage and MSExpressions and so has my server Gate.com.

Photo on 8-25-14 at 7.33 PM

My granddaughter, Elizabeth Karpinski has been helping me with this project.
She will keep this project going when I am no longer able to do so at some time in the distant future.
We still have some links and formatting to go –but all the old files should be here on the new site at our same address.
We apologize for any inconvenience on my viewer’s part. Try the search engine.
SFP’s appearance may be somewhat different although we have strived to keep it similar.

6 Nov 2014 — the First award of the “Gladiola Parker Moore Scholarship” was presented by Chowan College’s Legacy Society to Brianna Cooper. James and I have received notes from Brianna Cooper, also. Thank you all for your generosity.
Please do consider our GPM Scholarship when making memorials etc.

Dec. 2012 — Gladiola Parker Moore Scholarship
My nephew James E Moore and I, Sally Moore Koestler, have established a scholarship at Chowan University in honor of our mother and grandmother, Gladiola Parker Moore.


Gladiola Parker age 16

  Gifts will go to worthy students,
struggling to finance their way through college.
Mama's struggle was monumental.
Contributions to the fund welcomed.

These should be addressed to:
Office of Development Chowan University
Attn: Elizabeth Brown
One University Place
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
Memo line on check: Gladiola Parker Moore Scholarship.


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8 thoughts on “What’s New?”

  1. Sally,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son in December.
    I am your cousin, Neva Hussey Kyser Carmichael of Birmingham, AL. I descend from Isaac Moore and Mary “Polly” Jones, who moved around 1820 or so to Dallas Co, AL and are buried there in Childers Chapel Cemetery.
    Thank you for all you do.
    “Debby” Carmichael

  2. Hello,
    We are doing dissertation research on British Imperialism and it’s affect on the Cherokee. We are specifically looking at the Vann family ties. The Vann tie we are trying to connect is John “Trader” Vann who was born C 1710 in Nansemond Co. Virgina. His father may have been John Vann, son of William Vahan who was the son of Edward Vaughan.

    Any thoughts or documentation would be appreciated.

  3. PLEASE let me know if you have another open house at Maple Lawn as I am a Ward descendant and would love to see it. I see you did one in April of this year. I was not aware that anyone did this. I have descended down from the Michael Ward line, Thomas Ward /and Pherabe Hill, Richard Ward, and Thomas Jefferson Ward was my Grandfather. I live in Tennessee but would come in a minute if you ever have another open house. Thanks for all the excellent work you have done with this web site. I have been enjoying it for at least 12 years now. Thanks again!

  4. My grandmother was Josephine ( Josie) Knight Lawrence married to John Southall Lawrence of Murfreesboro, NC. I WOULD like,any information that you may have or can find. She was originally,from Portsmouth, Va.

  5. Looks like I will have to dig through your files here. I have a Joseph Mitchell c 1791 NC married a Sarah c 1792 VA. They are my block walls in my main line. Y Haplogroup is R-P25 which is pretty rare. I have Y hits at various levels of confidence with surnames Mitchell (they ended up in Livingston KY and went on to MO) that are the only other R-P25 Mitchells I have found, plus Moore, Stephenson, Thompson, Wright and even some Morris family folks that married into the Goldens in TN and VA. I have had DNA hits on surnames I cannot connect to genealogically like McCutcheon, Rayburn, Reddoch, Tucker, Turner …. and a LOT of Campbells. And my grandmother told me, unhappily, that Cynthia Ann Parker was a “cousin.” I suspect through her Morrow, Morton, Peden, Richardson people rather than Mitchell.

    Joseph and Sarah lived in Union SC around 1820 before moving to Newton, GA (Covington area). A lot of the related families seemed to migrate to Covington MS, but not my Mitchells that I could find. I do know they ended up in Bossier Parish LA and then in Lafayette/Miller Arkansas. specifically Bluestar and Fouke. Some of Joseph’s kids are buried in Magnolia, Columbia, Arkansas.

    So just enough similarity to make a bunch of long nights in the files justified!

    Families that appear related that came from GA to LA were Edwards, Hodges, Odom, maybe Morris

  6. Sally,
    I feel that you and your nephew have done a very kind thing for Chowan University. Is Chowan still a Southern Baptist school or do they belong now to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (Moderate Baptists)?

    Charles Miller in Chesapeake, Virginia

  7. I am having a little trouble with the website but, getting around. Thank you and your lovely granddaughter for all that you do here.
    I am not sure we connect anywhere but, I enjoy the site.

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