Sunday, February 17, 2019

Wake Treasures Journal - Volume 28, Number 3

Wake Treasures Volume 28, Number 3 – Summer 2018 is now available for viewing and download at the website. 

Contents include:

  • Lois Allen bio
  • The Colclough and Bragg Collection - Oak Grove Township 1825-1965
  • Wake Bibles found in Library of  Virginia
  • 1782 Tax Insolvents
  • General Assembly Session Records - Wake
  • Treasurer's and Comptroller's Settlements - Wake
  • 1894 Register of Births - City of Raleigh
  • Wake Wardens of the Poor (Poor House) Records - Feb 1884 - Jan 1885

 To download this new edition, log into the Members Area and go to the Wake Treasures webpage. 

If you have personal stories of people, places, and events connected to Wake County, please consider sharing them for inclusion into future editions! Contact the journal editor.

Need this content? Become a member here.
Access to the Journal online is one of the best benefits for remote Wake County researchers. There are over 20 years of issues online with Wake specific primary source content. Search in your sweats and fluffy slippers!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Holleman's Crossroads

The Holleman's Crossroads area of southwestern Wake County has been settled since the days of the Revolution. The Rollins, Cotton and Avent families settled and stayed for generations. I could tell you all about it, but others with better connections than I have already done so.

I want to refer you to this post about Holleman's Crossroads - Enno - Collins at the Roadside Thoughts blog. Be sure to read the comment for the background story of this crossroad as told by a local resident

Also visit the Carolina Crossroads blog where you will find this wonderful photo captured by Adam Price.

Quintessential rural Wake County! 


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Learning Opportunity - Genealogy Workshop in Wake Forest

This was brought to my attention by one of our members and it looks like it might be a fun way to spend and afternoon. This free workshop happens Sunday, February 24 from 1:30 to 3:30pm at Page 158 Bookshop. The workshop will be led by Dave Lucey. Details are here.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Samuel Nathaniel Vass

I like to find interesting posts of Wake County origin to share with you on Wednesday, but when someone else does it better, my time and yours is best served by referring you to an original post. 

Today I want to send you in the direction of the Wake Forest Museum blog where assistant director, Jennifer Smart, has shared the life story of early civil rights activist, Samuel Nathaniel Vass.  She tells his story in all its shades of pain and inspiration. Please read here.

Favorite quotes:
“There is one thing certain and that is: We’ve got to live side by side, so why can’t we be friends, respecting the rights of each other at all times.”
- Dr Rufus Vass, Federal Writers Project interview.

"Here at the museum, we constantly search for our local African American history. Too often, we hit a dead end.It’s like sitting in a theater, waiting for the show to start. We hear the murmur of voices coming from backstage–men, women, old, young, all different ages and accents and dialects. Then the curtain rises and there’s this group of really dignified white men in suits. They are phenomenal talkers. Super smart. Sometimes they make speeches. But all the time, the only story they tell is their story. They never stop to listen to anyone else. They never even look around. And yet we can still hear those voices whispering.It makes us want to shout from the audience, “For history’s sake… look into the wings! If you can’t move aside for the next act, at least tell us what’s going on back there!” "
Jennifer Smart

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Wake Forest Memoir

Some of you may be interested in this memoir about growing up in Wake Forest in the 1930s-40s.
Wake Forest Memoirs - Biscuits, Bedbugs, and Backhouses 
As shared to our Facebook feed.

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Update From Friends of Oberlin Village

    Dear Friends of Oberlin Village,

    Happy 2019.  Please mark your calendars for the Friends of Oberlin Village meeting January 28 at 6 pm in the fellowship hall of Wilson Temple United Methodist Church, 1023 Oberlin Road.  We will be jumping in to plan our activities and priorities for the new  year.   Come and let us know what interests you most.

    Hope to see you on Monday,
    Becky Boston

    Also of interest
    Wake County Public Library system has announced the following event as part of its offerings for Black History Month. Friends of Oberlin member Joe Holt grew up in OV and is active with FOV.  Learn more about the Holt Family story by attending:

    A History of Sacrifice: The Holt Family's Fight to Integrate Raleigh Public Schools 

    Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Olivia Raney Local History Library
    4016 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610
    Learn what sacrifices the Holt family endured as the first family to initiate the fight for equality in the Raleigh Public School System.
    View the documentary, Exhausted Remedies, that shows the Holt family’s courage and dedication to integrate. Following the documentary both Ms. Holt Noel and Mr. Holt will discuss their family‘s legacy and what it means to Raleigh citizens today.

    Have you noticed the relocation of the Hall and Graves houses as you pass down Oberlin Road?  See pictures and read about the move at

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    Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Wake Wednesday - Fort Family Builders

    The Fort Family Builders, renowned for their carpentry and finishing settled in Wake county in the late 1700. 

    "...Frederick and Mary Ann Fort moved from Sussex County, Virginia, to Wake County in the 1780s, along with their son, William Knight. The younger carpenter sons, John and Elias, were born in Wake County and joined William—who was old enough to be their father—in the carpenter's trade, and they were probably trained by him as well. By the 1790s,William Fort was busy at his trade in Wake County, where he took several apprentices to the carpenter's and wheelwright's trades in 1798, 1804, 1809, and 1814. Another brother, Foster, also took an apprentice to the carpenter's trade in Wake County in 1804, but little is known of his work as a carpenter.
    The Fort brothers' chief known work is the plantation complex at Fairntosh (1810-1822) in the section of Orange County that became present Durham County. It was built for Duncan and Rebecca Bennehan Cameron..."

    The full family bio is here - Fort Family (1764-1845)

    View detailed photos of their most famous work, Fairntosh.


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    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Wake Wednesday - Has Raleigh always been the capital of North Carolina?

    Not the original capital of North Carolina, in the early days of the colony, Raleigh wasn't even in the running. You will want to check out this NC Archives blog series for the evolution of the state capital in all its iterations.

    Great maps, great stories....A Capital Affair. Read here.


    Tuesday, January 8, 2019

    Learning Opportunity: Online DNA eConference - Jan. 26, 2019

    From Family History Fanatics:

    Family History Fanatics will be producing "A Winter of DNA" eConference on January 26th.  Speakers and topics will include:

    Tim Janzen - Maximizing Your Use of GEDmatch
    Richard Hill - Finding Family with DNA Testing: A Genetic Detective Story
    Andy Lee - DNA Tree Building: What to Do When GEDmatch Matches Don't Respond
    Maurice Gleeson - Using Y-DNA in Your Family Tree Research

    The online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on January 26th. A final panel discussion will end the day.  All registrants will be able to view the conference for 30 days.  Register and get your questions answered by some of the most popular genetic genealogy educators! Presentations are live, not pre-recorded, and you can ask questions throughout.

    Price is only $19.99 until January 18th and then it will be $24.99.  Also, we will be having DNA kits and other stuff as door prizes that will be given away.  You don't have to be present to win, but you do have to register.

    More information is available on the website:

    Nice that there is an early bird discount and they have a handy timezone converter on their site. Check it out! - CD

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