PETER HOUSER REPORT by Bud Houser

Bud Houser has been doing HOUSER research, mostly in Lincoln County area, for many years. He shared several articles with me tht I included in my first genealogy blog and I have reposted it here.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2006
Peter Houser by Bud Houser
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PETER HOUSER, SR.
Peter Houser, third child of John Houser and Mary E. Wehrly was born about 1751 in North Corodus Twp. York Co. Pennsylvania. He was about twelve years old when his father died in 1763. But, Peter and his older brother John (about seventeen years old) shared their father’s estate. Their sisters, Elizabeth and Juliana, and their young brothers, Henry, Jacob and George, did not share in the estate. Despite their adolescence, John and Peter took the lead in working their land and helping support their mother and brothers and sisters. They received help from their father’s brother, Jacob, who lived nearby. As they grew to manhood, John was interested in farming, but Peter developed skills as a blacksmith and practiced that trade during his life. Peter and John served in the Revolutionary War. They were Lutheran. Peter married Eva Maria Catherine Dhome in York Co. Pennsylvania about 1776. She was the daughter of Benedict and Veronika Dhome and was christened on 20 Jul 1760 in York Co.

Mary E. Wehrly, their mother, died about 1780, when Peter was about 29 years old. He remained in York Co. for another 15 Years, but he began to hear glowing reports of Lincoln Co. North Carolina from his brother, Henry, who had obtained a land grant there in 1784. Finally, in 1795, when Peter was about 44 years old, he and his brother, John, moved to Lincoln Co. Peter lived there for the remaining fifty years of his life. He is believed to have died about 1846, aged 95 and some say that he was “insane” at the time of his death. However, he did not die intestate. His will was probated in March 1846. But, he named only one of his daughters, Elizabeth and her husband, Peter Reep.

Peter Houser is believed to have had several other children, possibly as many as eight. But identification of all the children is difficult and uncertain. Several researchers, as well as the author of this article, have agreed on six, and there are two others with a more tenuous claim. The six accepted siblings have been prolific and their progeny quickly scattered throughout the south and the west. There have been various efforts to pull this “dynasty” together. The “granddaddy” of
Houser family reunions is held annually at the Bethpage Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, North Carolina, appealing largely to descendants of Peter Houser:

1. Fannie b. ca. 1777 d. bef. 1841 m. Henry Long
2. Mary Elizabeth b. May 07, 1778 d. 23 Aug 1862 m. Peter Reep
3. Peter, Jr. b. 2 Jun 1780 d. 20 Jun1852 m. Sarah Heafner
4. Juliana b. 24 Oct 1781 m. Peter Hillebrant
5. Jacob b. 24 May 1784 d. 28 May 1857 m. Catherine Heafner
6. Henry ** b. ca 1786 m. Caerine Plonk
7. Lydia b. ca 1795 d. 4 Jun 1886 m. Peter Haas
8. John ** b. ca 1800 m. Sarah ?
** Uncertain

Peter Houser Will. Lincoln Co. North Carolina, March Session 1846. Will Book 2, Page 246 In the name of God amen. I Peter Houser, Sr. in the Co. of Lincoln and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory do think this the 10 day of May the AD 1839 fit to make and ordain this my last will and testament made in the manner and form as following that is to say first I give and bequeath to my son-in-law Peter Reep and his wife and Elizabeth Reep and Dicey Reep all my land of which they shall find me and my wife sufficient and comfortable meat and drink and clothing during
our natural life and that we to have free privilege in the house where we now live in and that they are to pay one hundred dollars out of the land and of his sons and daughters : to be divided among them equal only his son Peter is to have only (2) two dollars and half. Signed sealed published and declared by the said Peter Houser in presence who were present at the time of signing and sealing thereof
George Coon Jurat
Peter Houser (Seal) Joseph Houser Jurat

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Home Place of Dixon & Effie L. Cook

Oh, the memories, some good, some bad. Our home was humble with parents that loved us and provided for our needs with hard work on the farm. Mom and Dad stuck together and set an excellent example for their children, one that we cannot forget.Old Home Place of my family

Dad and Mom purchased this land with the house on it  December 4, 1944 from Uncle Archie & Ora Lee Cook Norman, who had purchased it a month earlier from Hillard H. and Lenna Parker Houser.  Lenna had inherited this land from her father, Charlie Parker.  This is where my family lived until 1960 when they built a new house on the property.

The old house had 4 rooms. My family told me we got power in the house the day I was born, July 7, 1949. Uncle Edgar Cook helped Daddy wire it. The lights in each room were one single light bulb in the center of the ceiling with a pull chain. There were no locks on any of the doors until maybe the late 50’s. In fact, I can remember when we got them. They were seldom used.

The “front room”, as we called it, was used as a living room, where the girls did their courting. Our piano was in this room, along with a real upholstered sofa. I thought this was the only pretty room in the house. It was not accessible from the rest of the house. You had to go onto the porch to get to this room. This was the only room in the house that had paint on the walls. It was not heated, so going in there to play the piano in the winter was quite an experience. You had to put on all your winter gear.

Our sitting room was quite large, but it was also the bedroom for Mama and Daddy. We heated with coal, which vented into the fireplace. This chimney was torn down in the late 60’s and placed in an old cabin on the grounds of the Cleveland County Fairgrounds by Daddy and his cousin, Woodrow Hoyle. There was a dresser, where Mama stored all their clothes, along with a lot of other things, including linens. The windows were adorned with plastic curtains and shades. Mama kept her sewing machine in this room, also. We had a little entertainment with our Motorola record player. It played the 78’s and 33’s. We listened to lots of gospel music and preaching. Our chairs were ladder backs with slat seats. No sofa or nice chairs were in the room. Mama was real particular about her bed. No one was allowed to sit on it, except in cases of lots of company and not enough chairs. On the floor was a linoleum rug, that we replaced, whenever it got worn out. They came in various designs and colors. On the walls of this room you would find things such as a large calendar, sometimes a large Coca Cola girl, sometimes an almanac calendar, and even one from The Stamey Company or Stamey Funeral Home. Daddy had an old clock, which was one of a kind, that had Roman numerals with the 4 being displayed as IIII instead of IV. He really loved that clock and gave it to D.C. later on. There was a plaque over their bed put there by Daddy of a scripture from the Bible, I John 3:2, which read, “Beloved now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is.” It remained there for years, and I believe we memorized it before John 3:16. Dad looked forward to Jesus return and ushering in his Kingdom.

The only bedroom in the house was occupied by all the children, whoever was living there at the time. There were 3 beds in it, and when everyone was home, there were 3 to the bed, so the boys were lucky that there were only two of them. It was real crowded, and I cried sometimes because I got mashed. If I asked for more room, they would say they were about to fall out. In one corner of this room Daddy put a shelf, and fixed a place to hang a few clothes. A curtain was hung in front of it. This was the only “closet” in the house. There was no rug in this room. The boards on the floor were wide enough apart that you could watch the chickens walk underneath the house. The house was not underpinned at all, just built on rock pillars. With so many holes in the floor and around the windows, we had a problem in the summer with bees. We got stung lots in the bed at night by red wasps. This room was also used as our bathroom. Once a week, on Saturday, we got a real bath in a tin tub. We heated our water, and several would take a bath before we changed the water. Mama always got a fresh tub of warm water, after all us kids took ours.

There was a step down from the living room to the kitchen. To your left was a sink with cold running water. The wood cook stove occupied one whole wall. There was just enough room there for a wood box beside it. Another wall had a cabinet on it where we stored all our dishes, pots and pans. To the right was a long dining table. It was surrounded by chairs on the ends and one side and a long bench on the other. The refrigerator was on this end of the kitchen, also.

The front of the house had a L-shaped porch around it. An old wringer type washing machine had its place there. There was no back porch, just a rock to step down on. The yard was all dirt, with large china berry trees for shade. The back yard had a walnut tree, and Mama had a lot of flowers in her flower garden on the left side of the house, near the clothes line.

We had no inside toilet. The toilet was located up at the tractor shed,  and later below the cow barn. We did have a chamber pot to use at night, and it was my responsibility to carry it in every afternoon.

The house was located just off the Rockdale Road on what is now called Gate Court in Cleveland County near Belwood, North Carolina.  The present owners do not allow visitors there.

Dianne Sain 1998

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Crotts Cemetery Reunion A Success

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As you saw posted on this blog last week, a Valentine Crotts reunion was held on Saturday the 29th. I did not get to attend, but I asked a friend, Dru Tiliakos, who came all the way from Orlando, Florida to visit Crotts cousins and attend the reunion about it and she responded. Sounds like it went very well, Tim. Here is how Dru responded:

“Tim is a lot of fun and was very warm and loving. We had plenty of food, no rain and a beautiful deck overlooking the large spring pond fed by three springs. The cemetery is just across the pond on the rise behind the deck. We all walked across a sort of foot log bridge and up the slope to the cemetery after the meal.

The cemetery is in terrible condition, overgrown with brambles, bushes and trees, not to mention leaves. Only two stones we could identify whose graves they were..Young John Crotts, confederate soldier…this would be a son of Emanuel Sr I’m sure. Then near him is John H. Crotts…I think this is probably another son of Valentine JR. Other than that, they are marked with just rocks. But there are about thirty graves Tim said. So now Tim is planning cleanups for the next two or three Saturdays and they’re going to clear it all out so we can find the graves. It’s a shame it was abandoned so long. The farm owner and his family were so nice and came over to meet us. He’s very accommodating. Floyd Williams is his name.

On Sunday, we attended St. Paul’s Baptist Church, met some folks there including Max Cooke who talked to me quite a bit. I wished I could have had more time to visit with others. The pastor stayed and talked quite awhile with us. I took a brief walk through the cemetery and looked at a lot of Crotts and Cook stones. It’s a pretty church and we enjoyed the services. I spoke a few words to the congregation too which was nice. You mentioned Mike’s voice…well when we were singing the hymns, the lady in front of me turned around and whispered, “You all need to join our choir!” I got a kick out of that as I never think of myself as being a good singer although I can follow a good leader and have sung in choirs before. My husband sings in his Greek choir every Sunday and has natural talent anyway.

Later in the evening we went to dinner at the Golden Corral with Rick Blanton and his wife. It was just like being with old friends. On Monday, we decided to come on home. My husband was anxious to get home and back to his routines so we got home about five pm yesterday.

Yes I met all the folks you mention and had a chance to talk with Martha quite a bit. I gave her my phone and email as she may not have had the more recent ones.”

The note below is one sent to those who attended the reunion by Tim Crotts and I think he has started a wonderful project — that of cleaning us the cemetery.

Subject: Crotts Family Picnic and Reunion

Hey Folks,
I’d like to thank everyone who came out for the first annual Crotts Family Picnic and Reunion at the site of the home place of Valentine Crotts, and the Crotts family cemetery.

I think it was a real success with 23 people in attendance. It was a thrill to have 4 great, great grandchildren of Valentine Crotts and Elizabeth Bumgarner Crotts present with us: Virginia Buff Scruggs, Frank Buff and Martha Ann Self Hamrick and Dru Tiliakos.

The weather was great and the food was fantastic! I think we should designate the last Saturday of October as the date for this event. Therefore, please reserve on your calendar, October 25th, 2014 for this celebration of our family, and spread the word to everyone that’s related.

For anyone that can, please come out this Saturday, November 2, at 9:00 to help clean up the cemetery. As you could see, it has been neglected for many years. Bring your chain saw, bush axe, sling, weedeater, rakes, etc. We owe it to our ancestors to preserve their final resting place. Until next time, take care and God bless you. Timothy Wade Crotts   tcrotts001@carolina.rr.com

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I specifically want to thank the owner of that property, Floyd Williams, for making the cemetery accessible and letting the family help take care of it. We realize the tremendous work it is in keeping the cemetery clean. You are commended for allowing the descendants of Valentine Crotts to come and have a memorial celebration each year at their graves. Thanks so much! We need more citizens who realize the need to be able to return to the grave sites of their folk.

Crotts Family Picnic Scheduled for October 26th

On Saturday, Oct. 26th, there’s going to be a “Crotts Family Picnic”, (the unofficial first Crotts Family Reunion and Picnic of our generation) at the old Crotts family cemetary located in Casar on the farm of Floyd Williams. The address is 1315 Casar Lawndale Rd,, Lawndale, NC 28090. The property is actually closer to Casar than Lawndale, but that’s the address. Plan on bringing a “covered dish” to share; ice, plates and utensils will be furnished.

Several members of the family (descendants of Margaret Crotts, daughter of John Crotts) asked me to show them the cemetary on this date and I suggested we have a picnic there. There’s about 30 to 40 graves at this site, which is located near the home place of Valentine Crotts who came to this area in the late 1700′s. Only one tombstone is legible – John Crotts, who is a grandson of Valentine Crotts and was a confederate soldier. I believe Valentine Crotts and other family members are buried here. Let me know if you plan to come and if you need directions. Let’s plan to eat at 1:00.
Spread the word!
Tim Crotts
704-692-3201

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Annual Winslow Cook Reunion October 20th!

The descendants of Jasper Winslow and Sarah Elizabeth Davis Cook of Cleveland County will be gathering for a pot luck meal, fun and fellowship on October 20,2013 at Norman’s Grove Baptist Church in Belwood.  This address is  206 Carpenter’s Grove Church Road, Lawndale, NC.  Lunch at 1:00 p.m. Please bring stories, items and pictures that you can share a story about. We would love to see as many of the descendants as can show up for this. Come early and fellowship.

Marriage License of  Winslow Cook & Sarah Davis

This is a copy of Winslow and Sarah’s  marriage license.  Are you a descendant of theirs?

PLEASE JOIN US!

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Military Records of Edward (Netty) Cook

Military Records of Edward (Netty) Cook.

Published in: on October 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Military Records of Edward (Netty) Cook

These are the military records of Edward (Netty) Cook that I made copies of at the NC State Archives several years ago. His wife, Nancy Ann’s Application for Pension follows below.

Pension Application of Edward Cook 1

Pension Application of Edward Cook 2

Pension Application of Edward Cook 3

 

 

Edward’s Pay Out Slip

Pension Pay Out for Edward Cook

Pension Application of Nancy Ann Cook for Edward’s service in the Revolutionary War.

Pension Application of Ann Cook 2

 

 

Pension Application of Ann Cook 3

 

 

Pension Application of Ann Cook

The pay out slip where Ann received money for Edward’s military service.
Pension Pay Out for Ann Cook

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Rich Mountain Cemetery Adventure

Rich Mountain Cemetery Cook, Elizabeth HudsonSain, Dianne at Rich Mtn Cemetery Sain, Gene at Rich Mtn Cemetery  Rich Mountain Cemetery_edited-1

On Sunday March 5, 2000, my husband Gene and I took off in our old Suburban to try and find an old cemetery up in the South Mountains. You see, Gene had stumbled over some old gravestones while deer hunting some 30 years ago up there. He said he can’t remember even looking for names on the stones. Guess he just figured he wouldn’t know them anyway. Several weeks ago, I was boring him with my genealogy research and told him about finding families of Edward Cook’s descendants all around the foot of the South Mountains. That’s when he told me about this old cemetery! Can you imagine how excited I got? It has been hard to wait these few weeks to go. The first Saturday after that it was raining; the second Saturday it was raining, but this Sunday it was perfect.

We began talking to our son, Jeff, about our trip. He rides the jeep trails on 4-wheelers and also 4-wheel drive vehicles with his friends. He informed us that the Enola entrance, as well as the Golden Valley entrance had been closed and the only way into these hills was off the Highway 64 entrance, which is about 5 miles north of Morganton. The road that goes all the way across from Morganton to Pine Mountain Lakes has always been known as the CCC road. This CCC stands for Civilian Conservation Corps.

Sunday morning we left home around 9:30 a.m. and made a stop in Morganton at Wal-Mart to see if we could find a good map of the area with the names of the little peaks etc. We did not find one there, but did find one which was somewhat helpful at the Ingles Supermarket nearby. We trekked on up Highway 64 to the Roper Hollow Road. This paved road turns into dirt about 1.4 miles from Hwy. 64. From there on up you will need a 4-wheel drive vehicle. It is very rocky! Also, try to pick a dry time to go, for there are deep mud holes. It is approximately 13 miles into the area of the cemetery. We stopped along the road around 11:30 to eat our picnic lunch, but someone had forgotten to get the bread! We ended up eating snack stuff instead of our roast beef and bologna. Gene had to really look the area over good to jog his memory about the area. He knew exactly where the little path was that would lead him over to that ridge. We parked the car, grabbed the camera, a piece of paper, and an ink pen and started walking. It was such a beautiful day with temperature around 70 degrees. As we walked down the path and we came upon an old hunting camp, which is no longer in use. Jeff says that the South Mountain Park bought them out. We crossed a little branch and walked along the trickling water for some distance. This area had a lot of old apple trees along it. These apple trees were one of the things that Gene remembered well. We then cut up across the mountain, climbing to the ridge line. He said we needed to just walk the ridge till we found it. He couldn’t remember just how far, but thought we were in the general area. He began to feel disheartened and said maybe he had just dreamed this etc. We kept walking, but stopped to rest every now and again. As I looked up in the distance, I could see a fence. I said, “They’ve fenced it in.” He looked again and said, “Yes, that’s it!” He told me later that at first he thought the campers had probably built a corral for their horses, because there wasn’t a fence around it when he had been there before.

I can’t tell you the excitement of finding this cemetery. I would have been happy to find it even if there wasn’t a Cook buried there. But I crossed over the fence and focused on two stones on the upper end, which read: “Riley Cook and Elizabeth Cook.” I couldn’t help but shed some tears. I told Gene there were cold chills running over my skin. I counted the graves that I could see the soap stones for. There were 35 that I could count. Riley and Elizabeth’s were the only two I could see any writing on. There were several pine trees fenced in and there was a small grove of rhododendron on the graves. I only wish I had taken some flowers up there with me. The fence was made of 6 x 6 pine posts with 2 rails all way around the perimeter. It was very, very neat and I believe it had not been built many years. I would like to meet the person who built that fence. Perhaps he could tell me more about this family. We made quite a few pictures, and wrote down the information from the stones. This was the information on the stones:

Riley Cook, June 14, 1845, Dec 24, 1915
Elizabeth, wife of Riley Cook, Born, July 27, 1849, Died, April 12, 1925.

We spent some time there talking about why Riley might have settled there. We wondered where he farmed, for we saw nothing that looked like cleared land from the past, nor any old home place around. He probably got his water from that little branch we talked about earlier. Maybe he didn’t live up there. Maybe he just lived in Enola and came up from that side, which would only have been 4 or 5 miles and requested to be buried there. We wondered who else was buried in that cemetery. We were full of questions and no answers.

We went back down the mountain more excited than when we went up. I asked Gene to go over to the Enola section to see if we could find Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where Riley’s brother Eli was buried, along with some of his family. We, indeed, found it and compared the inscriptions with those of Bill Floyd. I snapped a couple of pictures here also. Next we followed the Enola road out to the Watershed Road. The road was not blocked off, so we continued up the mountain. We were able to go nearly to the top before the road was cabled off. We are not sure just how close we were to reaching the area where the cemetery is located from that side.

I am really excited about finding this information. If you have any other information on the people buried at Rich Mountain or know any thing about its history, I would love to hear it.

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Big Hill Methodist Church Minutes 1881, Cleveland County, NC

Big Hill Methodist Church Minutes 1881

Editor’s Note:

Rev. John T. Hoyle’s life has been somewhat intriguing to me, since I was bitten by the genealogy bug back in 1997. My mother-in-law, Eleze Hoyle Sain, told me bits and pieces about her grandfather, John T. Hoyle. She told me he was a circuit rider preacher, but didn’t know what denomination.

We found his name on a list of preachers for at least one church, St. Paul Baptist, in Casar, NC. Up until that time, I was inclined to believe he was Methodist. While going through some old papers we found that his affiliation with the Methodists changed and he became affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

John obviously did not have paper on which to write. He used the backs of picture pages in bound books, such as, The United States Department of Agriculture book for the year 1901. He also used little blank sheets at the backs of these books to jot down how much he owed and to whom, and also when others borrowed from him, and how much. I believe he would have been a great journalist, if he were living today, because I have found so many of his notes.

Eleze always had a yearning to learn where her grandmother, Eliza Jane Swofford, wife of John T., was buried. One summer afternoon, Eleze brought two or three boxes of old antique books to my house that had been owned by John. Well, I could hardly wait to get into those books. I was hoping that he had written something somewhere that would give us that nugget of information! Laboriously, I thumbed through each and every page of each book. Some had little notes, but I finally came upon what I was looking for. He tells us that Eliza Jane died in 1891 in Clifton, SC, but does not give us the place of burial. He also gave us an idea of the torment he and Eliza had gone through by writing “Much trouble”. They had five children who died before the age of three. I have never found out the cause of their deaths. There was so much information on this one page, I just couldn’t believe it! I was rejoicing and crying at the same time. I took this book and a copy to Eleze so that she could rejoice with me. It was so wonderful to have someone to share this genealogy hobby with me. We have never found out exactly where Eliza was buried, but Eleze was convinced that wherever she may be, that her grave would be marked with a stone. All the children’s graves are marked with stones, and it is very unlikely that he would not have marked Eliza’s grave. Later, in this same book, I found about the same information on another page.

In the collection of books of John, there is one called “The Abbott’s Great Work”, copyright unknown as the first several pages are torn out.  In the back of this book were several blank pages. It was on these pages that John recorded the minutes of the South Mountain Mission, of which he was the secretary. I would appreciate it, if you claim any of these people as yours, some information on them, and if anyone knows anything about the Clifton, SC area, as to where Eliza may have been buried, I would appreciate the information.

Big Hill Methodist Church Minutes 1881

“Third quarterly conference for South Mountain Mission held at Big Hill August the 23, 1881. A.M. Long, P.C. in the chair opened with prair by Peter Hoyle, J.T. Hoyle elected Secretary. The roll was called. The following were present: A.M. Long, PC, W. M. Swofford, L.P, J.T. Hoyle, LP,Peter Hoyle, Exhorter.

Question first Are there any appeals? None.
2. Are there any complaints? None
3 Is there a written report from the preacher in charge of the number in state of Sunday School. _____Report A. Sunday Schools on this work have been doing good work during the past quarter there are 3 schools in operation in _______ union school. In these schools about ______ officers and scholars have been doing work for the church.
AM Long
4. Report B State of the general state of the church in tolerable good on this work at present though not what it should be 11 children have been baptized the past quarter. Some indications for good being done at some point, also a fair prospect for revival meetings before the close of the year. AM Long

6 What amount have been apportioned to this charge by the distribute stewards. One hundred dollars. PE38 Bishop $1

7 Amount raised $7.74 cents. Paid to P.C. $5.7 PE $2

10 Who is elected recording steward? J. T. Hoyle

13 No vacancies

15 No applications are for licenses to preach nor exhort.

17 Have the _____preached in __________in examination of charcter have there been at ___the __________.

22 Who is elcted superindendents of Sunday Schools. Big Hill N S Jonson, Massedonia Jeremiah Smith, Horse Mountain Gap John Denton. Missionary Ridge George Stacy, Rich Mountain, Wesley Smith, Scot’s Chapel L. M. Scot.

23. None

25. None _____the place for the next quarterly meeting, appointed at Pleasant Gap
A. M. Long. PC
J. T. Hoyle Secretary

Minister of 4th quarterly conference South Mountain Mission Shelby District NC Conference ME Church South. Held at Pleasant Gap Oct 15, 1881. Rev A. M. Long PC in the ______. The conference was open with prair by Marey Clark. Marey Clark was elected Secretary. Roll called the following were present
A M Long, PC
J P Denton
M L Clark
T C. Taylor
John Navy
John Chapman

Question 1st no appeals
2 no complaints
3 Report of Sundy Schools have done good work, this year. 2 of them is still operation
6 Report B 4 adults have been baptized
7. Children received into the church 4? Persons
10. John L Navy was licensed to exort
11 $7.65 paid to PC
23 No report
24 ………
25 ………
26 Pleasant Grove was appointed

Minutes of the first quarterly conference held at Massedonia Feb 25, 1882. South mt. Mission Shelby District, NC Conference ME Church South. Rev F. K._____ in the chair J. T. Hoyle elected Secretary. Roll called the following were present F K Kaylor? PC, W. M. Swofford LP J.T. Hoyle LP, Peter Hoyle, exorter, Jeremiah Smith, David Smith ____________
No appeals
No complaints
……………
…………..
The assessment _______
…………..
10…………….
14 The rules have not been read
19 Board of Steward, Missionary Ridge George Stacy, Jos. Bowman,
Pleasant Gap John Denton, Marene Clark, Rich Mountain Jessey Hudson, David Smith Massedonia George King, Antioch Riley York. Big Hill Eli Hoyle, John T. Hoyle
25…………
26 Missionary Ridge appointed
H K Kaylor PC
J. T. Hoyle Secretary

Historic Rockdale Mill Destroyed by Flood July 2013

Recently, I went back over to the old Rockdale Mill area and made these photos after the flood. It had been so long that I don’t know much about what the area looked like. I have heard many stories about our ancestors and there are several write ups in the Cleveland County history books about this area. I was raised on Buffalo Creek nearby. I remember walking along the mill road as a child and also on the Rockdale Road. This week there was an article in the Shelby Star regarding the flood and I have attached that link also.

The present owners Jack Spangler and Don Dellinger had hoped to restore the old mill, but not sure there is enough to restore at this point.  Leslie and Iva Cuthbertson owned the property at one time and the house and old buildings that are still standing are seen in the photographs.

http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/landmark-flood-downpours-damage-historic-mill-dam-1.185520

Rockdale Mill 1

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