#1 Source, my Dad, A C "Tom" Parker. Without Daddy's wonderful memory this project could have been shelved long ago. He not only remembers family members, he remembers who they married, the parents & siblings of those spouses, where they worked, how many children they had, etc. He has been a gold mine of information.
Great Libraries I've visited:
- Cleveland Memorial Library, Shelby, NC
- Cleveland County Community College Library, Shelby, NC
- Gaston County Memorial Library, Gastonia, NC
- Lincoln County Memorial Library, Lincolnton, NC
- Charlotte Memorial Library, Mecklenburg County, NC
- Old Tryon County Genealogical Society Library, Forest City, Rutherford County, NC
Record Offices I've visited or written:
- Register of Deeds, Cleveland County, NC
- Register of Deeds, Rutherford County, NC
- Register of Deeds, Lincoln County, NC
- Register of Deeds, Gaston County, NC
- NC Archives, Raleigh, NC
- Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, VA
Books, Periodicals, Newspapers, Magazines, Public records, Websites, etc., I've used as sources:
- The Hamrick Generations by S C Jones, reprinted & © 1983 Virginia Greene DePriest
- Bridges to the Past, Volumes I and II, 1969-1978 by Roy Brooks & Mrs. Ernest Newton
- A Broad River Digest © 1990 Irene Roach Delpino
- A History of Cook, Cogdill, Taylor & Allied Families by Mrs. Erma V Carmichael
- 1850 US Census, Cleveland County, NC edited by Dr. John F Schunk
- 1850 US Census, Lincoln County, NC edited by Dr. John F Schunk
- 1850 US Census, Gaston County, NC edited by Dr. John F Schunk
- "Simon Drew & Lucinda Angeine Winchester Davis Family", article written by Maxine Freeman Shelton for a book entitled
- Swain County Heritage
- Cleveland County Heritage
- Rutherford County Heritage
- A McKinney History by Mildred McKinney Gee
- NC Troops 1861-1865, A Roster by Weymouth T. Jordan, Jr.
- Confederate POWs, Soldiers and Sailors Who Died in Federal Prisons and Military Hospitals in the North by Frances Ingmire and Carolyn Ericson, 1984
- The Cleveland Star, a newspaper published in the early 1900s in Cleveland County, NC. Records are on microfilm at the Cleveland County Library.
- The Shelby Daily Star later The Shelby Star, records on microfilm at the Cleveland County Library
- The Gaston Gazette has a really nice internet site which I've used for obituaries.
- Cemeteries of Old Tryon County by William D (Bill) Floyd. Friend Bill not only published this information on his Home Page, he has also donated copies to the Old Tryon Genealogical Society & local libaries.
- Civil War Stories, Strange Tales, Oddities, Events & Coincidences by Webb Garrison
- Fire from the Flint by Raymond Allen Cook.
- Echoes of Glory, Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy by the Editors of Time-Life Books © 1996. This is a wonderful book, full of pictures and history of the uniforms, artillery, flags, etc of the Confederate soldiers and sailors.
More to come.............
New friends, relatives & correspondents to who have joined me in this detective work:
- Trish, my e-mail pal from California, who is researching her Parker line.Trish is busily trying to connect her Elijah Parker to my William. She has sent some wonderful photographs & her Parkers bear a strong resemblence to mine.
- Barbara Harvey, my e-mail pal from Indiana, who is researching her Cogdell line and may be a long, lost cousin. We've yet to connect the dots.
- Kathy Tully, my e-mail pal from Louisiana, who is also working on her Cogdell line. Cousins? Hope so.
- Paul White, my new found Alabama cousin thru my Green/Mayes line.
- Lynn Olivier of Minnesota, who has given insight on the McEntire members of my family tree.
- Elizabeth Piechocinski, another Alabama member of my Green family.
- Ronald Arrowood, an e-mail pal from Rutherford County who is also working on a Parker line. May be my cousin thru another Elijah Parker, but the proof eludes us.
- JoAnn Parker Kelty, my Florida friend who is a descendant of Andrew Parker of Cleveland County. Pictures of Jo's Dad show an uncanny likeness to my Parker line. Sure hope we can find the connection, would answer so many questions.
- Beverly Barnes, my new Florida cousin, who comes to me thru my Hamrick relations.
- Randy Newton, a Rutherford County native, now living on the coast, who nudged me in the right direction on my Green family tree. Would love to prove his William is one of mine, he'd be a fine addition to my family.
- Janelle Dowdy-Cobb, another Alabama Green cousin.
- Barbara Harrell of Texas is another Green cousin.
- Carol Middleton, who has generously offered her website as a repository of family information. She offers insights to our Green, Sproull, Burge, Twitty, McEntire lines, & more.
- Glenn Lutz, my South Carolina friend who gave information on the Biggerstaff family.
- Jerry Reavis, a brand new cousin thru the Cogdell family, who lives in Florida. Welcome to the family.
- Dennis Morgan, who has searched the net for information on our Moms' elusive Peace & Morris families
- Wonderful Mr. William D "Bill" Floyd, without whom the search for graves in Rutherford County could have taken years. If only he'd gotten to the Cleveland County cemeteries before I wore out my hiking boots!
- A pat on the back for Ms. Bonnie Reese, the Cleveland County Register of Deeds, for agreeing to donate the used computer printouts of the Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes to the Broad River Genealogy Room at the Cleveland Memorial Library.
- Reba Bray Morris has shared all her research into the Morris family with Dennis and me. What a nice lady to add to our collection of cousins!
- Dr J R McKinney climbs my family tree twice maybe even three times! I welcome him thru the Hamrick clan as well as my McKinney relations, and possibly the Green limb.
- A brand new cousin just added to my tree, Lela Whisnant, sent some wonderful photographs. Major William Green was such a small man to have such a large reputation! Thank you Lela.
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