Annual Crotts Reunion

Annual Crotts Reunion

October 20, 2017

Covered dish lunch begins at noon

St. Paul Baptist  Church

Casar, NC

For more info: Call Tim Crotts 704-692-3201

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Catawba County Artist Depicts Cat Square in Painting

About 2 years ago, I found a Pinterest article about a lady nearby in Catawba County who paints Americana Folk Art of local places as she remembered them. I ordered one of Cat Square and am so proud of it. Today, I found it on Ebay. I thought those of you who love the area might enjoy some of her paintings as much as I do.  The prints are being sold for $35.95 + $5.95 shipping.  The note below tells about the artist and was taken from the E-bay sale page.

 Americana Folk Art Print Cat Square Vale NC Old Store Road Artist Arie Taylor

“Cat Square, NC #1” Cat Square Vale NC old store gas tank Americana Folk Art Print Arie Taylor is a print from one of Arie Reinhardt Taylor’s paintings. In the first painting of Cat Square she didn’t have the name of the town correct. 94 year old artist Arie Reinhardt Taylor is a 2nd generation artist and her art is well know throughout western North Carolina. She has painted 40 years out of her 94 years and over 1,000 paintings in oils and watercolor.

Artist: Arie Reinhardt Taylor
Arie Reinhardt Taylor was born in 1921 in Catawba County in North Carolina. Arie bases her work on scenes from her life in rural Catawba County in the 1920’s and ’30’s.  People from an older generation are reminded of the way things used to be in “the old days”, while younger generations learn what life was like before cell phones, computers, and video games. Her paintings provide a sense of nostalgia for any viewer regardless of whether or not they are familiar with the scene. Arie is the daughter of Minnie Smith Reinhardt, who also was a well known artist.

This is a high quality archival print of an original oil painting by Arie Reinhardt Taylor.

The shipping price includes, shipping cost, tracking and insurance.

This print is printed on Ultra Premium Heavy Stock Presentation paper which captures the vivid colors of the original painting and is ready for framing.

51 lb., 10.3 mil Matte 13″ x 19″ with an image size of 11″ x 14″, giclee print. The print may be signed by the artist at no extra charge if requested.

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Join Family Search’s Indexing Team July 15-17

Family Search needs people to index their records to make them available to all doing research. Will you help?  Use the  link above to volunteer. I just signed up this morning and downloaded the indexing software so I would be ready to help. You can do as much  as you want during that period of time. Thanks from all those who will benefit from your work during these few hours.


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3rd Annual Crotts Family Reunion

Received notice today of the next Crotts Reunion sent to me by Tim Crotts (

October 24, 2015 at 12 noon
at St. Paul Baptist Church, 337 Hull Road, Casar, NC

Once again, our family will get together at St. Paul Baptist Church in Casar for our annual Crotts family reunion. This is where a number of Crotts’ who lived and farmed in the 1800’s and last century in Cleveland County attended church and are buried. In fact, this community encompasses the area just south of Casar located on Crooked Run Creek (about 2 miles away) where our ancestor Valentine Crotts settled in the late 1700’s, and the Crotts family cemetery remains today.

The date is Saturday, October 24th. The event will be in the Fellowship Hall and we plan to eat around noon. We are asking that each family bring a covered dish or two (pot luck) to share with everyone.Drinks, plates and silverware will be provided.

Any one that would like to come early to browse around the cemetery is welcome. Someone will have the fellowship hall open by 10:30 am. After the meal and a time of fellowship, anyone that would like to can go on a “field trip” to visit the Crotts Family Cemetery, which is located on a farm nearby. The property is owned by the Floyd Williams family, who most graciously watch over our family’s resting places. There are about 20 to 30 graves located at this site, which I feel confident includes Valentine Crotts, his wife and their descendants.

In addition, we will have a “memory table” and if you would like, please bring old photos and family heirlooms to share with other family members.

Everybody is welcome to attend the church service the next day at St. Paul, which starts at 11:00 a.m. There’s also a Sunday evening service at 6:00 pm. The Crotts family could sit together and be recognized at that time.

Look forward to seeing you!!! If you have questions, please feel free to contact Tim Crotts at 704-692-3201 or

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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.

Peter Houser by Bud Houser
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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

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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

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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?


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Military Records of Edward (Netty) Cook

Military Records of Edward (Netty) Cook.

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