Feature Friday – A Race & A Revolution

Feature Friday posts will feature relevant information from a chosen online resource. This month, the database is GenealogyBank.

This post is technically a day later than I’d planned, but I’m posting it anyway. 🙂 I have come up with a series of blogging memes to keep me actively posting so I want to meet my goal.

Since my focus this month is on GenealogyBank, I went searching for information related to the Plymouth, NC area. I found plenty!

This article from the December 21, 1822 issue of the Carolina Sentinel describes a boat race between two Washington County pioneers, Thomas Cox and William J. Armistead. I certainly recognize the Armistead surname – even some people in my family trees were former slaves who ended up with that name. The two men raced for $50. Cox’s yacht was named “Eclipse” and Armistead’s canoe was named “Southern Ox.”

I found William J. Armistead in the 1820 Plymouth, NC census where it is just him and one other male. No wife or kids though. He had 18 slaves though. Thomas is also enumerated in Plymouth – there are five others in his house besides he, and he owns 13 slaves. I believe I have more information about these two gentlemen at home, but as I’m out now, don’t have it handy. I’ll have to check.

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I also found this obituary from the Charlotte Daily Observer of January 13, 1920 for the mother of Herbert D. Carstarphen. She was 83 years old when she died and was the daughter-in-law of Lt. Robert Carstarphen who served in the Revolutionary War.

Since her first name was not mentioned, I went to the new NC Death Certificates database at Ancestry and her death certificate was indeed there. Her name was Louisa. I could not make out her parents’ names, but according to the death index on the Washington County NCGenWeb site, their names are John Dugride and Mary Meadows.

The Carstarphens are mentioned all over the Roanoke Beacon paper. In looking through my index (see link on sidebar) I found the following:

  • her son Earnest gave the newspaper editor some figs in Jul 1889
  • the birth announcement of one of her granddaughters appeared in the 13 Sep 1889 issue. I’d previously posted on how novel I thought this birth announcement was b/c it took me a few reads to even realize what it was trying to say.
  • In January of 1898 Louisa fell and broke her arm while her daughter Gussie was home for a visit
  • Herbert himself came home for a visit in March of 1898
  • In July of 1898 Louise and some friends took a vacation to Norfolk for 10 days

I found an Ancestry Family Tree with this family, so I will contact the person who has it up to see if this if of any use for them.

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