Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wake Wednesday - African American Businesses c1909-1910

I am taking the Wake Wednesday posts in a little different direction for a change of pace. In an effort to highlight the vast wealth of content that is held within the pages of the Wake Treasures Journal, I will be featuring small snippets from the Journal in hopes that you might find something useful for your own family research. I hope you will let me know if you are inspired to search there or make a great discovery for your family story. 

Now let's get started...

As we close out Black History Month, I want to feature this listing of African-American Businesses compiled in the 1909-1910 Hill City Directory for Raleigh, NC. The list was transcribed by Fred Turner for the Winter/Spring 2004 issue - v.14, nbr.1. There are 5+ pages of listings (in excess of 230 individual listings) that include name, business type, and address. 

Included in the transcription:

  • Alford, Nick     eating houses     206 1/2 e Martin
  • Alle, John     grocers-retail     e Martin nr s East 
  • Allen, Jake B     grocers-retail     212 e Cabarrus 
  • Bullock, Christopher C     hackmen     750 s Person 
  • Bunn, Victoria S     nurses     609 s East 
  • Burgess & Son     butchers and meat markets     15 City Market 
  • Christmas S C & Son     hucksters     2 City Market 
  • Clark, Charles C     clergymen (Baptist)     540 e Edenton
  • Hughes, Henry I     barber     223 w Martin 
  • Hughes, Joseph     draymen     716 e Lenoir 
  • Hunter, Robert     harness and saddlery     318 s Salisbury 
  • Lane & Ancrum     attorney at law     4 e Davie 
  • Lane & Fields     funeral directors     400 s Salisbury

This is a mere sampling. Many occupations are listed and many that are not seen today. There are listings for A to Z.

Visit the Journal subject index here.

Journal access is a great perk of your Wake County Genealogical Society membership and a handy tool for those researching in Wake County remotely. Members have 24/7 access to the Journal. With 20 plus years of content, you will likely find the surnames and place names you are researching. Access the Journal issues directly in the Member Area after log-in.

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This content is referenced with permission of Journal editor.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Latta University

"Nestled in Oberlin Village sits a small patch of unassuming greenery currently used as a neighborhood park. Residents use it for morning yoga, community cookouts, and quiet evening walks. You'd never guess it used to be part of a university attended by men and women freed from slavery on Raleigh-area plantations.

The last remnant of Latta University burned down in 2007, when the Latta House went up in flames. Rev. M.L. Latta was a slave on the Cameron Plantation, which comprised much of the land in and around the Cameron Village and Cameron Park areas of downtown Raleigh. When he was freed, he earned an education at Shaw University and established Latta University in Oberlin Village." - Heather Leah

Follow this link to read the rest of Heather Leah's account of Latta University and its place in Oberlin Village.

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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.

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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