52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Week 5 --I Found Betty H. Reynolds at the Library.

I am a little bit behind on these prompts so I am going to bust out two posts today and maybe another two tomorrow. We'll see what happens.  If you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link:  

Week 5: At the Library
Some ways you could interpret this theme include: an ancestor that you discovered while researching at the library; an ancestor who was a librarian or an author; an ancestor who had a large book collection; an ancestor who you picture being in a library; or maybe a relative who took you to the library. 

Years ago, I took advantage of a great online source for tracking down ancestors in Craven County, NC. If you are not familiar with the resources available at the New Bern-Craven County Public library's Kellenberger room, check out for yourself what they have available here. I was able to obtain a couple of obituaries for my Harrison ancestors via this source. One of those was for my great grand aunt Elizabeth Harrison Reynolds. So I guess you could say I found her at the library.

Elizabeth H. Reynolds

Funeral for Mrs. Elizabeth H. (Betty) Reynolds of 1510 Lincoln St. who died Friday will be conducted Wednesday at 3p.m. at St. Peters AMEZ church with the pastor Rev. C. E. Willie officiating. Internment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Reynolds will lie in state at Oscar's mortuary. Survivors are one sister Mrs. Lillian H. Barrow of Baltimore, MD; one brother Edward Harrison of Pasadena, Md. Friends are being received at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Mapp of 1512 Lincoln St. 

New Bern Sun Journal, Dec 30, 1978 - Col 1 Page 2A 

My great grand aunt Elizabeth Harrison Reynolds was born in Wilmington, NC on October 6, 1887. She was the oldest of the children born to my 2nd great grandparents Thomas Duke Harrison and Mary Jane Williams. On November 30, 1915 she married Daniel Reynolds of New Bern. The wedding was officiated by Rev C. C. Staton and it took place at the Harrison home, located at 1510 Lincoln St (old address 37 Lincoln St). 

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Week 5  --I Found Betty H. Reynolds at the Library. --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source InformationAncestry.com. North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

Marriage License for Elizabeth Harrison and Daniel Reynolds.

In 1940, Elizabeth was residing with her mother at 1510 Lincoln St. On the Federal Census for that year, her marital status was listed as single. The marriage between Daniel Reynolds and her must have ended in either divorce or with his death. 

Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: New Bern, Craven, North Carolina; Roll: m-t0627-02894; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 25-20

Elizabeth went by the nickname Betty.  Aunt Betty stepped in to help raise the youngest child of her brother John Thomas Harrison after his wife Carrie Whitney Harrison died in 1939. Betty was the only mother my granduncle Robert Harrison ever knew. 

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Week 5  --I Found Betty H. Reynolds at the Library. --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Page from Whitney/Harrison Family Bible
Entry for Elizabeth (Betty) Harrison Reynolds


  1. t's so nice to have the written information in the Bible. wonder what happened to her husband. I have noticed women going back to their maiden names after the husband died.


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