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The Attributes of a Genealogist

Antrim, Ireland It may appear to others that we are permanently part of a library setting, however, there are some hidden assets in the life of a genealogists. A good memory. Remembering names, dates and places. The secret behind this asset is attributable to our hard-to-find-ancestors. Yes, the task of searching just about everywhere trying to find an ancestor is sure to imprint this information upon the mind. As we age and fall back upon events, we realize the importance of having a good memory. Rationalization of names, places and events is a good work out exercise for the brain. You might be labeled a problem solver. The ability to assemble the family group sheet with persons of the correct generation despite the duplicity of names and dates. A fondness of traveling around. Historical sites are appreciated, but an old mill pond or cemetery is also pleasurable. Excitement over small finds. Discovering an ancestor in a record is akin to seeing a good movie. Then there is the historian in us, that part of ourselves who is able pinpoint the life of an ancestor with the times and to envision the role which he played during important historical events. Have you noticed that people ask you about history? You have answers because your imagination took you to the victories and defeats of the kinfolk. The techniques of analyzing old photographs. Recognizing fashions of the times, hairdos and the positioning of poses, facial expressions as being the same person who has aged is a true and useful ability.

Reedy Branch Falls

Reedy Branch FallsReedy Branch Falls. In a Land Patent dated 10 April 1761, William Magee was granted 460 acres of land by Governor Arthur Dobbs. The grant was located on the East side of the Little Coheary River near the Reedy Branch. A year later he sold it to Jacob Long, a blacksmith of Caroline County in the Colony of Virginia. There are a number of swamps in the region, viz: Young, Grove and Nohungow Swamps. Source: Sampson County Deed Book 4, page 60.

Sampson County


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Villians of the Revolutionary War

Benedict Arnold

Sir Banastre Tarleton Bloody Cunningham Many of root lineages of the early colonists were British. Evidently, the opposition to British rule and the desire for an improved lifestyle was prevalent because people emigrated to the colonies in great numbers. After centuries of monarchy rule and class divisions the British had a distinct poverty class of persons without hope of improvement. Yet, personse with rank and titles also came to the colonies, bringing their servants with them. Although still under British rule, the colonies were subjected to tariffs and other typical civil laws enforced by royal governors. They had suffered through a number of regulations which prevented trade with the Dutch and other countries. Too, the receipt of goods into any port extracted toll fees upon the landing of the vessel. It does not require much imagination to realize that by 1775 the colonists resented the imposition of further regulations and the Stamp Act. So much for British rule! As he redcoats landed upon American soil, they proceeded to take charge of ports and to persuade various Indian tribes to fight against the colonists. There is no doubt about it, the British possessed a vicious nature against the British-Americans during the war. Certain officers gave no quarter. Such is the case of Sir Banastre Tarleton who viciously cut down a South Carolina militia company with swords after it held up the white flag of surrender. Tarleton was an officer whose cruelties and reputation of not taking prisoners followed him into battle. The rumors of his giving no quarter to the South Carolinians spread throughout the colony. As a result, additional soldiers from the back country enlisted in the militia. And they were determined to whip him at the Battle of Cowpens. After the Americans won at Cowpens, the tide of the war changed. Then there was "Bloody Bill " Cunningham who served as the commander of a Tory militia in the South Carolina back country during the fall of 1781. He had first enlisted in the Continental Army (South Carolina 3rd Regt), but later joined the British who were defeated at the Battle of King's Mountain. Cunningham began his career with the British by leading a raid to massacre of a small body of rebels at Cloud's Creek and quickly gained the reputation of being violent and ruthless. The British kept their agreement that Cunningham should serve two years, and he was duly discharged. While the British entered low country, Cunningham returned home to find a ongoing conflict between the Whigs and Tories. A local Whig (Capt. Ritchie) who had fought with Cunningham received word that if Cunningham returned to Ninety-Six, that he would be killed on sight. So it was that Cunningham hid out for two years. It was not until 1778 that he reappeared. After receiving word that a group of Whigs had kicked his father out of his house and whipped his invalid brother to death, Cunningham took his revenge by killing Capt. Ritchie. After the war, Cunningham claimed that his reason for joining the redcoats was that he was promised the promotion to first lieutenant and the right to resign should the action move into the low country. Benedict Arnold. The fateful story of this traitor will never be forgotten. Although he'd enjoyed success in certain American battles and possessed the worthy reputation of a general, when he did not receive the expected promotions in rank, became bitter and resentful. Thus, his desire to advance his own career coupled with the fact that he did not believe the Americans would win the war, drove him to turn traitor. The Battle of Alamance The Brave General Isaac Gregory of Fairfax Hall Orphan Boy Fights Major Battles during Revolutionary War The Siege of Charleston The Battle of Cross Creek The Treatment of British Prisoners during the Battle of Kings Mountain John Penn, North Carolina Patriot The Battle of Guilford Court House The Battle of Eutaw Springs The Battle of Rockfish Branch on the Cape Fear River Patriots in North Carolina, a Precurser to the American Revolution Soldier from Rockingham in Battle of Camden Minutemen Played a Crucial Roll in the Revolutionary War Every Revolutionary War Pension has a Story An Eyewitness to the Surrender of Lord Cornwallis "Mad" Anthony Wayne Colonel Benjamin Cleaveland, Hero of Kings Mountain/a>

North Carolina Signers of the Declaration of Independence



Sampson, NC
Sampson County was organized in 1784 and taken from neighboring county of Duplin. Land from neighboring Wayne County and New Hanover counties would be annexed later. The settlers were Scotch-Irish immigrants from North Ireland, many of who came to the colony of North Carolina under the protection and inducements of Henry McCulloch, a wealthy London merchant. The community of Taylors Bridge, located about halfway between Clinton and Harrells in lower Sampson County (at the time Duplin County), was one of the earliest European settled areas of the county, with pioneer families living there as early as the 1730s or 1740s. The Swiss from New Bern came into this area during the mid-eighteenth century. The county was named after Lieutenant General John Sampson, the first mayor of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Genealogy Records available to members of North Carolina Pioneers

Indexes to Wills and Estates

  • 1821 to 1860

Images of Sampson County Wills and Estates

  • Bass, Joshua
  • Bell, Robert
  • Blackburn, William
  • Bradshaw, John
  • Brown, Arthur
  • Bunting, David
  • Buttar, Robert
  • Fisher, John
  • Frederick, James
  • Fryers, Jonathan
  • Gaines, Batholomew
  • Gates, John
  • Gates, Mary Ann
  • Godwin, Nathan
  • Gregory, Lott
  • Grigory, Lott
  • Henderson, William
  • Ivey, Thomas
  • Jackson, Richard
  • Johnson, Joshua
  • Kennada, Patrick
  • Lanier, John
  • Lee, Burchet
  • Matthew, Joel
  • Merrit, Gabriel
  • Peterson, Aaron
  • Register, Joseph
  • Ridgeon, Matthew
  • Royal, Owen
  • Stevens, John
  • Strickland, Molly
  • Thornton, Berry
  • Thornton, Nathaniel
  • Thornton, Susannah
  • Treadwell, John
  • Williamson, Wright

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