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52 Ancestors: #10 --Mortimer Mitchell --In Search Of Opportunity And Security

I am participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge put forth by Amy Johnson Crow of the blog No Story Too Small. If you aren't familiar with the challenge be sure to check out her blog.

Something has been in the air this week. I think my Riverdale, NC ancestors have been working behind the scenes to provide me with information. It all started with me receiving a copy of a picture of my 1st cousins 3x removed, Annie and Effie Sampson.  That led me to corresponding with a few folks who grew up in the community. With all this Riverdale activity going on, I thought it would be the right time to highlight the life of my maternal 3rd great grandfather, Mortimer Mitchell.

Mortimer Mitchell was born sometime around 1835 in either Martin or Granville County based on information I found on the death certificates of two of his kids. The following marriage record that I found in the North Carolina, Marriage Index, 1741-2004 online database on, I believe is for my ancestor…

Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part Two

If you missed my last post, you'll want to start there. Here's the link:  Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part One
Newbern Journal of Commerce,  23 Feb 1869, Tue,  Page 1
You can see from this newspaper post Vine Allen Tolson was not able to make payment on money owed to Alexander Mitchell and his son Thomas. This must have been an extremely stressful time for Tolson family. Vine's own words from the trust deed most accurately describe the dire circumstances he found himself in . 
"if the said sale should take place I will be entirely delivered of the only means whereby I can reasonably expect to raise sufficient money where with to support my family and pay my debts"

Did Vine Allen Tolson get his land back? That will be in my next post. 

Mortimer Mitchell's Neighbor Vine Allen Tolson --Part One

Part of researching your ancestors involves researching their neighbors. I've been working on building family trees in the last couples of weeks for neighbors of my 3rd great Mortimer Mitchell. One of the reasons why I am doing this is to see if I can identify any families who originated from Martin County, NC. Martin County, NC is where I believe my 3rd great grandfather was born. Perhaps he migrated with one of these family lines to Craven County. The other reason why I've been researching my 3rd great grandfather's neighbors is to figure out what connection they might have had with a man named Alexander Mitchell of New Bern. For a long time now I've been working on the theory that Mortimer Mitchell was likely the slave of this wealthy landowner. 

I began with  Mortimer Mitchell's neighbor Vine Allen Tolson.

Images from the book "The Heritage of Craven County, North Carolina, Volume 1" Page 318 Barbara Maxine Howard Thorne

Vine Allen Tolson was born 1812 …

Whoops! I Forgot My Blogiversary :)

Yup. That was me yesterday forgetting my blogiversary. LOL We'll just have to celebrate a day late. It's been a beautiful journey so far. In these last six years, I've made cousin connections and learned so much about my own family history. I've had the pleasure of being part of a wonderful online community of fellow genealogists and family historians. Many thanks going out to all those who have helped me on my journey. I may not be posting as often as I used to but I will continue to post. I hope you will continue to stop by from time to time to see what I've discovered.  While you're here, let's celebrate with some cupcakes.

Mmmh Yummy!
My most popular post of the year was somewhat of a fluke. Many of you probably followed April the giraffe and the birth of her baby. My Daughter's Field Trip: Animal Adventure --Harpursville, NY was a post I shared back in June 2015. It featured pictures from my daughter's class trip to the place where April calls ho…

State Championships 2017

This was our little lady's first year going to USA Gymnastics State Championships. Our Level 2 gymnast performed wonderfully.  At her level there's just a team award and her group took 3rd place among small teams. What a great year you had, ladybug :) Your hard work is paying off.

Floor:  9.050 Vault:  9.050 Bars:   8.200 Beam:  9.250

Happy Mother's Day!

A mother's love for her child  is like nothing else in the world.  It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.                                                    --Agatha Christie

Slave Name Roll Project: Estate Record of Peter G Evans

The Slave Name Roll Project's objective is to record information about named slaves whenever and where ever they may be found so that African-American genealogists and family historians may break through the wall that is the 1870 census. The project was originally maintained on Schalene Dagutis's blog, Tangled Roots and Trees but now it has it's own blog. You can learn more about the project here.

While conducting research on my 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell, I came across the names of slaves listed in the estate record for Col Peter G Evans. You can read more about who Col Peter G Evans was in my post Mortimer Mitchell Worked on the Lands of Peter G. Evans.

To assist folks who are looking for their ancestors, I am sharing these names here.

"North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 November 2016), Peter G Evans, 1863; citing Guilford, North Carolina, United States, S…

Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part Three

We've been back two weeks and I am just getting around to posting the rest of the pictures from our trip to Anna Maria Island, Florida.When I close my eyes and get real quiet, I find myself drifting back there.

If you missed Parts One and Two, here are the links:

Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part One

Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part Two