Thursday, April 25, 2024

Grave Relocation Notice - Land formerly in Wake County located on Carpenter Pond Rd.

I found this in searching for a reliable way to check for cemeteries in peril. If you are also interested in checking for this information, the site allows searches for legal notices including grave relocation notices. You can search the state or by county. This is useful for me as I do not have a N&O subscription but still need access to this info. 

It is a little after publish date of this notice but worth a try to locate connected family. The land that the 17 unknown persons are buried on was formerly in Oak Grove Twp, Wake County and is now located in Durham. If you have Grady or possibly Emory family in that area that want to have more information, contact the email in the notice. Neither I, nor WCGS have any say in this matter. This is an alert to find family who may have questions or should at least know where the graves were relocated. As you can see in the map image below, large scale development of this land is likely imminent.

Notice contents:

Notice Publish Date:
Sunday, April 07, 2024

Notice Content

Grave Relocation To the next of kin of 17 unknown persons buried in an abandoned cemetery on what was once known as the Grady lands in Oak Grove Township, Wake County and what is now known as 3104 Carpenter Pond Rd, Carr Township, Durham County. Pursuant to NCGS 65-106, the remains will be disinterred from their current location and reinterred at Markham Family Cemetery in Durham. Please address questions or information about the graves to W00000000 Mar 17,24,31,Apr 7 2024

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Key Words - Grady Land, Oak Grove township, Wake and Durham counties, Carpenter Pond Rd, Carr township, Markham Family Cemetery

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Wake Wednesday: Wake Forest University Special Collections - Baptist Records and more

I first featured this Baptist Record collection several years ago when someone mentioned its availability online. After several years, the links were all changed or broken. The NC Baptist Chruch Records Special collection housed at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on the campus of Wake Forest University is just to special and massive to not feature again.  It "contains material on 118 North Carolina Baptist churches (some dating back to the 1700s) selected from our NC Baptist Historical Collection. Objects digitized include original records, photocopies of records, and microfilmed records. The collection may contain timelines of constitutional dates, associational memberships, and any name changes, divisions, or mergers the church may have gone through; newspaper clippings; brief historical sketches; lists of former and current pastors; church directories; and photographs."

The featured Baptist collections can be views by using "Baptist" as the keyword from the search menu on the Special Collections page. once in this collection you can use the keyword "Wake" to narrow the search further. All the records here seem digitized. Some have on screen viewers to use. Others require downloading to read and may be very large. If your personal computer and network are not robust enough, you may need to visit a library to gather these downloads. The first two screen captures below required downloads. 

From that page, you are offered several collections of Baptist memorabilia and historical files to choose. Looking through North Carolina Baptist Church Records I found some really old records. There was a Minutes book from Olive Chapel dated 1864-1869. Below is an excerpt of the details found there. 

Excerpt Olive Chapel Minute Book 1864-1869
ZSR Special Collections, Winston Salem, NC

This preview is from the 1850 Minutes book of the Holly Springs Baptist Church. This looks to be very early in the church's history. 

Excerpt Holly Springs Minute Book 1850 - 1922
ZSR Special Collections, Winston Salem, NC

This next preview is from an 1848 letter from Cedar Fork Baptist in Durham. This letter was viewable at the site. 

1848 Cedar Forks Letter
ZSR Special Collections, Winston Salem, NC

In addition to the minute books, and letter you see here, you will find member lists, bulletins, letters of dismissal, publicity books, financial notes and reports, newspaper clippings, historical sketches, pastor lists, directories and photographs. 

Browsing within the Baptist Church Records will reveal collections for Newspapers, Conventions, the NC Baptist Church and Association Files and much more. 

When you visit the ZSR Library site, be sure to browse to see the other special collections they offer including Campus Photos, University Archive Photos, and Biographical files. The viewing capability of the ZSR seems somewhat hit and miss, but if you can spare the bandwidth, these are special records and may just fill in some nice history for you. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

HBCU Event at Shaw University April 26

 Register soon! 

The Importance of HBCU Collections and Hometown Treasures:
A Student Archival Exhibit and Symposium

The James E. Cheek Learning Resource Center at Shaw University will host a one-day event. Please join us on April 26, 2024, for a pop-up exhibition curated by our students, guest speakers, and a Lunch and Learn (registration is required for the Lunch and Learn).

The Lunch and Learn is provided by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  It will be hosted by Dr. Vanessa Cogdell Moore. The Lunch and Learn will provide community members with knowledge and hands-on experience related to the preservation of family heirlooms such as pictures, artifacts, and documents. It will begin at 12:00 pm.  Click here to register: Lunch and Learn Registration

Speakers, presentations and more details at the registration page.

Shaw Campus - Estey Hall Auditorium
118 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

April 26, 9am - 4pm

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Wake Wednesday - Check out the UAFA Biofiles online

This post is featured in the  Spring 2024 Issue of the Wake Genealogy Watch newsletter. 

If you are researching your Wake County ancestors, you will want to visit the Upchurch and Allied Families Association website to review their massive Biofile collection. UAFA has just recently placed all of the accumulated images on their website and available for the benefit of all Wake County researchers. 

The late local researcher, Phil Upchurch, created his Biofiles system for American Upchurches and their descendants, as well as for allied families who were connected in some way, by business or marriage. This extensive collection represents over forty years of Phil's own research and contributions from others. The end result is a wide and diverse body of information dealing with land ownership, occupations, lifestyles, and political landscapes associated with individuals who lived in particular communities throughout America. 

In essence, Phil’s goal was to create a massive "Fan Club" of  Upchurches and relations (including Wake County inhabitants) years before the phrase was coined or the concept was being shared widely via workshops and webinars. His vision started many years before computers came into use to bridge these connections for us. Phil’s efforts leave us with a massive treasure trove of notes and connections on the Upchurches and kin. You should check before you assume your Wake families are not included.

While the files include areas farther flung than Wake, those researching locally should check for all possible kin in these records, especially the early ones. When you visit the Biofile webpage, you will receive a thorough explanation of the concept and organization. You will also be tipped off to the distinctive triangle symbol “∆” that peppers Phil's personal files.  Spoiler Alert - It points to associated Biofiles linked by documents copied in each.

At the top right of the Biofile webpage you will find these links to take you to all the buried treasure within. 

TRANSCRIBED UPCHURCH BIOFILES - The Upchurch files are being transcribed for readability and searchability. They are organized by each clan from Michael 1 (the original English Ancestor)

UPCHURCH FAMILY BIOBILES - instructions to find any Upchurch by specific given name
ALLIED FAMILIES BIOFILES - this page offers a series of alphabetical links. Choose starting letter of the surname and click through, then click through the next list for the appropriate first letter of the given name. These files are not transcribed and therefor not truly searchable. They are so factually dense, that it is worth a quick look when you are reviewing your research for your Wake County ancestor. 

As an example, visit the file for Needham Price to see how the Allied Families files work. Needham Price was an early Wake landowner and business man that I researched in the beginning of  my WGW newsletter career. You can "use the front door" by clicking the "Allied Biofile" link, then letter "P" for surname Price. Then you will need to choose the file group containing Needham. In this case, that is "K through Z". Scroll to the start of Needham's information (pp. 52 - 59) and be amazed at the depth of data included in this file curated by Phil Upchurch. I was surprised to find my early writing included in this file and thrilled to see how much further Phil had taken his research. Take this link to see the file containing Needham Price. You will still need to scroll to page 52. 


While I have focused on Wake County files, this data set includes records for other NC locations and other states as well. I hope you find some gold when you check here. Many thanks to Phil Upchurch, the Upchurch and Allied Families Association and their tireless volunteers for creating this rich resource.


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Wake Wednesday - Historic Roads in Raleigh

Enjoy a little light historical reading with this fun article about the older roads in our area. 

"When Raleigh first came into existence at the end of the 18th century, it was often called “a city of streets with no houses,” a square-mile grid designed by surveyor and onetime state senator William Christmas. Downtown’s principal streets—think Wilmington, Hillsborough, New Bern Avenue—radiated from the central statehouse, where the Capitol Building now stands. Each street was named for one of North Carolina’s eight judicial districts, and North, South, East and West Streets created geographical boundaries to Raleigh’s 400-acre city center. As the city’s population grew, so did its footprint, creating a sprawling artery system of highways and backroads."  - Tracy Jones, Raleighmag

Plan of the City of Raleigh, 1797

To find out the rest of the story about some historic roads in plain sight that you travel often, visit the online article - Historic Roads of Raleigh, by Tracy Jones


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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Wake Wednesday - Latta University Historic Park Dedication - April 20, 2024 - Register by April 12

Join Raleigh Parks for the dedication of Latta University Historic Park! 

This park contributes to a rich history that deepens our understanding of African American life in Raleigh at the turn of the 20th century. 

All parking for this event will be at Jaycee Park (2405 Wade Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607), which is a five-minute walk from Latta University Historic Park (1001 Parker Street, Raleigh, NC 27607). Transportation from the parking area to the event via trolley will also be available starting at 3:45 p.m.

Event Details

Ages: All

Cost: Free

RSVP by Friday, April 12


Phone: 919-996-3285

Event Website - 

See historic resourse links below.

The Latta House was a home in the African American neighborhood of Oberlin, but it was so much more. The home was the last remaining building of the Latta University complex that included a tradeschool, gradeschool, dormitories and an orphanage. The University was the vision and purpose of Reverand Morgan London Latta, a freedman and former slave who received his education at Shaw University. His overarching purpose in creating the coeducational Latta University was to provide an education to underprivileged and orphan children in Raleigh’s Black community.


Latta University existed as a school from 1892 to 1920. In its prime, the university encompassed about 300 acres and had 23 buildings. After the school shut down in 1920, the land was sold and the buildings disappeared and the village grew up around the last remaining structure. That structure was the Latta home, a beautiful Queen Anne style home built in the early 1900s, Sadly the Latta home burned beyond saving in 2007.

The event on April 20 will recognize this Grand Dame of a home and Rev. Latta's history and contributions in the surrounding community.  The park will ensure that many know this story in Raleigh's African American history.

More about Reverand Latta, the Latta House and Latta University - 

Lost University: How an entire college vanished near downtown Raleigh - a documentary by Heather Leah

The Dreams That Linger - Our State Magazine by T. Edward Nickens

Rev. M. L. Latta House at Wikipedia - Be sure to see the wonderful collection of linked photos of Rev. Latta, his family and the University property in its heyday.

And of course, (because you know I love the wealth of resources and historic context in these documents)...

The Latta House Architectural Report for the Raleigh Historic District Commission and City of Raleigh which includes photos of the campus and the home before and after the fire.

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