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The Past Under our Feet
The past is under our feet in the dusty layers of soil. The discovery of the age depends upon the depth of the soil. A visit to local cemeteries reveal that fact. People were buried with personal items. And somewhere nearby was the site of the old home place. I once visited an farm house where old newspapers publishing local and National news of a forgotten era was tacked onto the inner walls for insulation. There was a worn path leading to an old broken-down well. No doubt personal items got spilled into the well. Perhaps a button, shoe or eyeglasses. And in the woods was an out-house. Any degree of diggings would fork up more evidence of the family who resided there. As the search continues, the genealogist becomes the knowledgeable historian and archaeologist studying human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture. The archaeological record consists of artifacts, architecture, biofacts or ecofacts, and cultural landscapes. Underneath buildings, houses and parking lots lies the rubbish of the past. Just as treasure hunters search creeks, lakes and sea beds for evidence of sunken ships, the genealogist documents the past with facts, names, dates, places and events. It makes for a more interesting story.
Imagery of the Past
The best way to imagine what it was like a hundred years ago is to go out into the country and visit old houses. The countryside is yet a fine example of an era not-so-far-passed. Old sunken wells where water was drawn in buckets and sipped from gourds grown on the farm remind us of our own modern conveniences. Many of the old barns, although crumbling down, remain on the original site while tractors sit in the yard. Inside the houses, although abandoned and unfurnished, there are reminders. Such as light fixture in the center of the ceiling with a long dangling string, a hole in the ceiling where a tin pipe vented a wooden stove, hearths made of local clay, wooden staircases, and more.
How many people were on Earth at the time of the Flood?
The general estimate by some scholars of about 750 million seems low in view of long life spans. Since a generation is 33.3 years, if a person lived to be say 777 years of age, their tenure on earth lasted long enough to have many first-generation children, as well as generations of grandchildren etc. The bible lists Noah with one wife and three sons and their wives who survived the flood, being a total of eight persons. Today, 7.6 billion people are the descendants of Noah and his three sons, Japheth, Shem and Ham. But we are not having ten or more children!
At the time of the flood, however, the math is intriguing. The life-span of pre-flood patriachs (Adam through Noah) was 777 years to 969 years. Each of the patriachs is described as having other sons and daughters in addition to the ones mentioned in the bible. Therefore, each of them had at least ten children. Also, the patriarchs continued to have children when they themselves were 200 years of age and older. Josephus, the famous Jewish historian of the first century reported that Adam and Eve had 56 children, 33 sons and 23 daughters. Noah's three known sons had at least 16 sons between them. Seven of the grandsons of Noah had at least 38 sons. After the flood, one could calculate an average of 10 or 11 children per family. This is a low estimate considering the high rate of longevity. There could easily have been a poplulation pre-flood of 10 trillion people! Zowie! That is a lot of wicked people! Realizing that there were only eight righteous people out of about ten trillion persons (Enoch and his city had already been taken from the earth), one might agree that the earth needed some cleansing. Hence, the analysis of historians that mankind were animal-like creatures residing inside of caves who first had to discover the thumb, then fire, before they could civilize themselves, is just plain silly. Plato's "tale" of Atlantis lends itself more to truth than speculation. It seems reasonable that this grand city pre-dated the flood and that the legend of his disappearance was told down the ages. Surely the flood buried plains and mountains and great civilizations deep in the cavities of the earth. Yet, even unto this generation, mankind is just now
beginning to discover underwater the footprints of the past. The idea that the Egyptians, descendants of Ham (who came after the flood) used thousands of slaves to haul things around and construct pyramids, seems to say "gosh, those people were dumb!" The Atlanta exhibit at the Civic Center of the tomb of King Tut displays some unusual creative talent. Among the treasures of the life-style of King Tut, were numerous cart and wheels, and notably, a miniature "gear" constructed of steel and perfect in every detail. Yet, the wisdom is that the Egyptians did not have gears, nor wheels, only slaves.
Our generation is yet to find all of the pyramids or ancient cities of the earth, much less properly interpret and assign the proper era to that which is discovered. Which begs the question, do ideas, and the technological innovations of today exceed those of the past in ingenuity and brilliance, or, are we simply "catching up?"
Lenoir County Wills and Estates
Lenoir County was created on December 4, 1791 from Dobbs County and was named William Lenoir, a captain in the American Revolutionary War who fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The county seat is Kinston.
- Images of Wills and Estates 1861 to 1891
- List of Miscellaneous Records at North Carolina State Archives 1868 to 1949
- List of Civil Actions 1901 to 1913
Images of Lenoir County Wills and Estates 1861 to 1891
Names of Testators:
Abbott, Samuel | Aldridge, John H. | Aldridge, William |
Armand, William | Bagley, Helen | Bartleson, Elizabeth |
Barwick, Craven | Barwick, Edith | Becton, Cora | Blount, Winnifred | Boston, Anney | Byrd, A. W. | Canady, James |
Canady, Susan | Capell, Ava | Carr, Matthew | Carraway, Snead |
Coward, William | Croom, Charles | Croom, Lucy | Cunningham, Henry | Daugherty, James F. | Davis, Anthony | Davis, David |
Davis, Fanny | Davis, James K. | Davis, John M. | Davis, Jonas | Davis, Nannie E. | Deaver, James | Dozier, Samuel | Duningham, Margaret | Dunn, Cynthia | Dunn, Eliza J. | Edwards, Maria | Elliot, Nancy | Emery, Laura | Evans, Telisha | Franklin, William | Grady, B. S. | Grady, Whitfield | Gray, Chauncey |
Green, Eliza | Green, Richard | Hardee, Anna | Hardee, Pinckney | Hardy, L. J. |Hardy, Levi | Hardy, Mary | Harper, Charlotte |
Harper, J. W. | Hartsfield, Thomas | L. | Harvey, Charles |
Hawkins, John | Herring, Alice | Herring, James | Herring, Nancy | Herring, Oliver | Herring, Rachel | Herring, William | Higgins, Edward | Hill, D. | Hill, M. E. | Hines, Nancy |
Hooten, Council | Johnson, John | Jones, Elizabeth | Jones, George | Jones, Lewis | Jones, Luisa | Kennedy, Claudius |
Kennedy, E. B. | Kennedy, Huldah | Kennedy, Oscar | Kennedy, Victoria | Kennedy, Walter | King, Richard | Lane, Margaret |
Lane, Mary | LeShields, William | Loftin, Henderson | Loftin, William | Masters, Chelly | McColter, Emeline | McColter, Jacob
McCoy, W. A. | McCoy, William | Mewborn, Sallie | Moore, Ida N.
Moore, James | Moore, Needham | Moore, Henry H. | Moore, Thomas | Northcutt, Nancy | Parker, Dinah | Parrott, James |
Parrott, J. M. | Peebles, John | Phillips, Council | Phillips, Curtis | Phillips, Elizabeth | Phillips, Hugh | Phillips, Julia Ann | Phillips, Margaret | Phillips, Olivia | Phillips, Thomas S. | Phillips, W. A. | Pitts, Sally | Pope, Emily | Pridgen, Mary Ann | Pugh, Margaret A. | Robinson, Charles | Rountree, Dr. F. M. | Rouse, Alexander | Rouse, Francis | Rouse, Wiley | Shields, John | Smith, Curtis | Smith, Isaiah | Smith, Job | Smith, Martha | Stanly, Barney | Stevenson, John H. | Stilley, Earl | Stroud, Isaac | Sutton, Bettie | Sutton, B. Frank | Sutton, Henrietta | Sutton, Julia Ann | Sutton, William |
Taylor, Edwin | Taylor, Fannie | Taylor, James | Taylor, Joseph | Thomas, Hezekiah | Tilghman, Wilson | Waller, Joseph | Walters, Celia | Waters, James | Waters, Jerry | West, William |
Whitfield, Demaris | Williams, Austin | Williams, Richard J. and