Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wake Wednesday - Seasons Greetings ca.1928

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Here is the holiday greeting card sent out by The Raleigh Times to its customers in the late 1920's. It is just one example of the wonderful old holiday cards in the NC State Archive's Flickr photostream. 


If you have a little more time to spare, check out all the Archive's collections here!



Monday, December 16, 2019

Upchurch & Allied Families Newsletter - Dec 2019

For those following UAFA, click thru the link for the latest news.

Upchurch & Allied Families Newsletter - Dec 2019

Topics include:
Open House in Cary, Dec 19
Upchurch Enclaves
Ancestry Says, “Your Privacy is Our Top Priority”
Retiree Gift
 AS MEMORY DIMS—A Poem By Dr. Robert Phillip Upchurch


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wake Wednesday - General Lafayette's Visit in 1825

I am returning to Reminiscences of Grandmother Mary Ann Towles in Wake Treasures, Volume 1, number 4, Winter 1991, p15, for this vivid remembrance of General LaFayette's visit to Wake County in 1825. Can you imagine what an attraction his visit must have been?

Mary Ann's memory in her words:
I was eight years old when General LaFAYETTE visited Raleigh and everyone went to see him. Uncle carried (m)y brother and me. It was a proud day for me when he shook hands with me, and laying his hand on my head, said, “God bless you.” 

"Portrait of the Marquis de Lafayette." Image courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
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 You can read more on General Lafayette's journey thru Wake County and the rest of NC at NCpedia.

If you want to see some artifacts and other first hand accounts of General Lafayett's trip, visit the Little House Museum in Rolesville. Contact the museum for more info.


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.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Wake Wednesday - The Baptist Grove

Did you know that the land that is currently known as Moore Square was once referred to as the Baptist Grove?


I happened upon this tidbit while browsing thru an old issue of our Wake Treasures Journal. The reference is in an article titled Reminiscences of Grandmother Mary Ann Towles in Volume 1, number 4, Winter 1991, p15.

Enjoy this picturesque description:
Uncle William SHAW had a store on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, and his dwelling house was on Wilmington Street. It was a large three story building with a beautiful garden, a large front, and a back yard. In one corner of the front yard, a big oak spread its branches over a large portion of the yard. Back of our lot was the Baptist grove.2 In the center of the grove stood a small wooden church, lighted with tallow candles in tin scones. The candles were lighted by a maiden lady, Miss Lucinda BRIGGS.  
The location is noted in this footnote: 

2 The Baptist Grove is now what is known as Moore’s Square, across from the old City Market. 
Based upon other dates in the entry, this must have been ca. 1820. 

This is just a sampling of the interesting bits of Wake history you will find in our Journal.


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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