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Steamboats on the Cape Fear River

PrometheusThe "Prometheus", a small stern-wheeler was built by Otway Burns, a naval hero and privateer during the War of 1812. It was known as the third such boat in the region to steam down the Cape Fear River between Wilmington and Smithville. However, the vessel could not stand against the strong coastal currents at the mouth of the river and had to be put into retirement several years after its first voyage, but not before having the distinct honor of ferrying President James Monroe from Wilmington to Smithville.

Jousting Tournaments during the Middle Ages

jousting The martial meeting of the joust was considered a duel which was not limited to the weapon of the joust. The weapons used in tournaments were the same as those used in war. Lances, axes, lances with sokets which produced ring-like punches rather than points. Sometimes the knights used a shorter range of weapons when the distance was closed off to two parties and particularly after one or both of the parties had been unhorsed. Generally, there were four courses, and the bout ended after the first knight was unhorsed.By the age of Edward I of England, blunted knives and swords were used. The costumed knights and horses were a delightful visual for observers. The blanket over the steed was called a comparison and embroidered with a coat of arms. Its usage was primarily a decoration and to protect the horse. Knights wore armour evolved from mail and a great helm made from solid plate armor. During the 15th century, knights wore a full duit of plate armour called harness. Today, the sport resembles the original meet, however, is presented more as "entertainment"


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Trace the Ancestors Generation-by-Generation

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If you are thinking of doing a DNA test, do it for fun. But if you really want to find and learn more about your ancestors, then begin with yourself and trace back, generation-by-generation. The official records date back to 1066 A. D., when William the Conqueror taxed the common folks. When you reach the 17th century, you will begin to learn how to read old colonial script; you know, the beautiful documents written in India Ink! But you will have already noticed that cursive writing changed over the years and that this generation assumes (or is taught) that the people of the past were ignorant. Yet by simply reading the old documents, say, in the era of King Edward I of England (1272 to 1307), one must first have a knowledge of Latin and French as well as an understanding of ancient history and its written languages. Before that, one of the most brilliant laws ever written was the Magna Carta which came out of England in 1215 which was the basis for English Common Laws and the American Constitution. These people may have sent their brave knights to settle their differences, but their understanding of the natural rights of mankind was incomparable to any amendments being bartered about and argued today in the US Senate. Thus, tracing the ancestors is a true learning experience. Each generation unfolds a fascinating picture of its history as well as an appreciation for own blood-line; those who worked so hard for personal freedom and paved the way to rising above the fray.

Does the Earliest Deed Record Represent the Date of Arrival into the County?

1886 buggy ride It should, however, because county records are often incomplete due to natural disasters or war, it may not. The place where that person resided at the time is listed at the heading of the record and should be the next stop in clues. The county records should be exhausted for everyone with the same surname. You will like yourself better if you perform this task, because later on, as the lineage chart expands, the additional information will come into play.

Are Genealogists Good Readers?

books Nowadays scanning with our eyes is the trend. It is probably the new technology which prompts a faster method of absorbing data. However, genealogy is an intricately involved pursuit which requires proper focus and concentration. We can scan over the records if we choose, however, there is a good chance of missing some important details. Like the names of communities or small towns, witnesses, dates of probate, who kept the roads, served as jurors or in the militia, tax defaulters, letters left at the post office, and so on. It is just words, after all, yet those words had specific meanings during the life times of our ancestors and will help provide a proper basis for our conclusions.

I want to Go Home

The old homeplace is a fond memory. Remember its old-fashioned elements, a roaring fire in the fireplace, a hanging kettle of broth, and the warmth of family conversation? Whenever I visit an old farm house with its rustic wooden-boarded floors, high ceilings and a fireplace in every room, I get the feeling that this was the place where a great family shared its daily chores and meals; where little children helped to draw water from the well and feed the chickens while the father pushed a plow in the field. The farm schedule was demanding for every member of the family, and its yield depended upon hard work and resilience. But in the evening the family gathered around the supper table where stories were shared. It was the place of bonding, without the distraction of television or the internet. The past possessed the intrinsic charm of its individual participants engaged in building an economy which demanded physical labor and hardship. They were the builders of the future. I wonder, if the children of the past could see how their labors resulted in towns becoming cities and the technological innovations of today, what would they think? I am guessing that they were prefer the old way of working together with family rather than foregoing the company of friends and family by clicking "likes" on facebook or other media. Something to appreciate.

Onslow County Wills and Estates

Pelletier House The first setters to his area were Europeans and English about 1713 when their original settlements were in what was originally part of the colonial precincts of Carteret and New Hanover. Onslow County was formed in 1734 and was named for the Honorable Arthur Onslow, Speaker of the British House of Commons. After a hurrican in 1752, the county courthouse was relocated from Town Point to Wantland Ferry; this settlement was eventually incorporated in 1842 and named Jacksonville after President Andrew Jackson.

Onslow County Wills and other Records Available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers


  • Abstracts of Onslow County Wills 1740 to 1760

Images of Onslow County Wills 1790 to 1836 from the Court of Common Pleas

Adamson, George H. - Ambrose, Daniel - Ashford, Butler Askew, Nathan - Askew, Sally - Averett, Jenkin - Averett, Parmela - Averett, Richardl - Barrow, Abraham - Basden, Cordil - Baisden, Jess - Ball, Moses - Barber, John - Barber, Mitchell - Barber, Thomas - Barbour, Nancey - Barefield, Moses - Barrow, Zachariah - Battle, Abner - Bender, Brice = Breec, Cornelius - Brinson, Elizabeth - Brinson, John - Bryant, Benjamin - Burk, Sarah -- Burns, Francis - Cahoon, Daniel - Cahoon, Mary - Capps, Thomas - Cary, John - Cary, Shadrack Cary, Thomas - Coston, Thomas - Cox, Josiah - Craft, Isaac Charles - Davenport, Isaac - Davis, Jeremiah - Davis, Mark - Dixon, Jonathan - Dosson, Robert -- Dudley, Edward - Dudley, Thomas - Dulany, Thomas - Eagerton, Janes - Ennett, Caty - Erexson, JoNathan - Eslick, Frances - Eubanks, Thomas - Farnel, Benjamin - Farnell, Dexter - Ferrand, William - Fields, Jacob - Fields, James - Fields, Moses - Fields, Rebekah - Fisher, John - Foster, William - Foy, James Sr. - French, W. - Gibson, John - Gibson, Thomas - Gibson, William - Giddens, Abraham - Gillespie, Archibald - Gipson, John - Glenn, Thomas - Goodwin, Drury - Grant, Reuben - Gurgamus, Jesse Sr. - Gurgamus, Mosley - Gurgamus, Zachariah - Guthery, Charles - Hadnot, Seth - Hammond, John - Hammond, Martin - Hancock, Zebedee - Hansley, John - Harrel, Wilson - Haskins, Ezekiel - Hawkins, Obediah - Hazard, George -- Henderson, Barnabas - Henderson, Barnabas Jr. - Hibbs, Jonathan - Hill, William - Hinson, F. George -- Hobbs, Simon Sr. -- Hobbs, Simon - Hopkins, Penelope - Horn, Henry -- Huffman, Christopher - Huggins, Jacob - Huit, John Jr. - Jarman, Benjamin - Jarman, Lawrence Jarrot, Isaac -- Jarrott, Isaac -- Jarrott, John - Jenkins, Daniel - Jenkins, Daniel (2)- Jinkins, Benjamin - Jinkins, Daniel - Jinkins, Sarah -- Johnson, Thomas - Jones, Hezekiah -- Jones, John - Jones, Redding - Ketchum, JoNathan - King, John - Koonce, Abraham -- Koonce, Daniel - Landing, Stephen - Landen, Asa - Lane, James -- Lillibridge, Joseph - Lipsey, Isaac -- Littleton, Ivy - Littleton, Thomas - Loomis, Nathaniel - Loyd, Joseph -- Marshall, Joseph -- Mashborne, Joseph -- Mason, John - Mason, Margaret - Marshburn, Henry -- Marshburn, Tamar - Mattocks, John - Marshburn, James -- McKenny, Elizabeth - Melton, Benjamin - Melton, Edward - Melton, Thomas - Melvin, Robert -- Mills, Nancy -- Mitchell, Clarissa - Mitchell, G. - Mitchell, George -- Mitchell, Nancy - Montfort, Edward - Moore, Charley - Morton, Joseph -- Mumford, John - Murray, JoNathan - Murrill, John - Norman, John - Norman, William - Oldfield, Pitts - Oliver, Benjamin - Padrick, Abigail - Parker, David -- Parrey, Anne - Perry, Benjamin - Peteway, Robert -- Pettaway, John - Pierson, John - Pitts, Mary -- Pitts, Rigdon - Pitts, Thomas - Pollock, Elijah - Pollock, Hannah - Pollock, William - Provo, Benjamin - Real, Mary -- Redd, William - Rhodes, Woodhouse - Roberts, Elisha - Roberts, Houston - Rowe, Gains - Rowe, Harriet - Russell, Liston - Russell, Thomas - Sanders, Isaac -- Scott, William - Segler, Aaron - Scott, David -- Shackelford, George -- Shackelford, Willoughby - Shepard, George -- Shepard, John - Shepard, John(2) - Simmons, Everett - Simmons, Joseph -- Shepard, Benjamin - Shepard, Smith - Smith, Caleb - Smith, William - Snead, Robert -- Spicer, John - Starkey, Peter -- Stevens, Richard - Strange, Ruth Taner, Benjamin - Taylor, Moses - Thigpen, Joshua - Thomas, Elizabeth - Thompson, Enoch - Thompson, Hugh - Thompson, Nancy -- Thompson, Tabitha Waldon, William - Walton, James -- Walton, Thomas - Ward, David -- Ward, Edward - Ward, Edward Sr. -- Ward, Maria - Ward, Richard - Ward, Solomon -- Waters, John - Watkins, John - Watkins, Lelia - Watson, Catharine - Whitehurst, Thomas - Wilder, Joel - Wiley, William - Williams, Daniel - Williams, Hill - Williams, Jesse - Williams, Lemuel - Williams, Selah - Wilson, Thomas - Wise, Thomas - Yeates, Benjamin - Young, Edward - Yopp, John - Yopp, Winneford

Images of Onslow County Wills 1827 to 1837 filed in the Court of Common Pleas

Adam, Philip - Aiken, Sally - Ambrose, Sarah - Bell, Thomas A. - Belladicks, William - Berryman, Benjamin - Burnass, Eben - Cahoon, Mary - Canady, Uriah - Carter, Ligley - Chadwick, James - Chambers, Francis - Cox, Eli - Craig, Thadeus - Dixon, Burrell - Dosson, Robert - Dudley, Christopher - Evans, John - Evans, Samuel - Farnell, John - Fisher, William - Floyd, James -- Gernto, John - Golden, Jacob - Guthrey, Charles - Hadrick, Seth - Hardison, John - Haskins, Benjamin - Harkins, Ekekiel Hobbs, Edward - Humphrey, Mary -- Huntington, Susannah - Jones, Hezekiah -- King, Micajah - Koonce, Abraham -- Lester, Banister - Littleton, Zachariah - Lovel, John - Mashburn, Thomas - Matticks, John - Melvin, Solomon -- Mills, James -- Mitchell, William - Nash, George -- Newton, Daniel - Nixon, Daniel - Pinson, John - Pitts, Richardl - Redd, William - Rhodes, Elizabeth - Rhodes, Woodhouse Rogers, Daniel - Russell, Obiah - Sanderlin, Jesse - Scott, Obediah - Simmons, Elijah - Taylor, Nehemiah - Thompson, John - Waites, George -- Ward, David -- Webb, William - Wilder, Joel - Williams, H.