Hi.  I am Dianne Cook Sain. I am happy you have visited my site.  The Foothills of the South Mountains have been my home all my life.  My family lived at Rockdale near Belwood for all my childhood years. Those were some wonderful days.  We were blessed with wonderful God-fearing parents, who brought up their children to know the Creator.  My father, Dixon Cook, spent a lot of time talking to us about his ancestors and about different people in the community and the things they had accomplished.  Oh, if I had only written this stuff down, I could have told you so much more.   When I married at the age of 18 to my husband Lloyd Eugene Sain, I did not go far, but just to Cat Square area in Lincoln County about 7 miles away from the old home place and we have been together for 45 years.  I have done extensive research on the COOK family, but suddenly found out you cannot research one family because they intermarry with other families and pretty soon you are related to the whole neighborhood.  This has been so exciting, this thing called researching.  I have met some of the nicest, friendliest people, who are so helpful.  Most of them want to tell you what they know. They are as excited to tell you as you are to ask them.

I started this blog because I have a lot of things to share about the Foothills area and its people. My main research has been in Lincoln, Cleveland, Rutherford, Catawba and Burke counties. This does not mean that there won’t be any articles on other counties. So please visit often, and comment whenever you have something to add or something you would like reviewed. My family lines are COOK, LAIL, HOYLE, DAVIS, SMITH, SAIN, QUEEN, and many others. The more information I find, the more I want. Genealogy is habit forming, you will always wonder if the person you meet on the street could be connected to your family in some way. And, if you are like me, you don’t mind asking. I love the South Mountains of Burke County. This area is so rich in history. Parts of it was originally Rutherford County. This is where my Cook ancestor, Edward Cook, came to when he moved into the Foothills from Orange County, NC. In addition, Benjamin Newton, Peter Hoyle, John Lale, Moses Smith, Alexander Goins and Simon Davis made their homes here in the area. Do you have ties to this area? Which family do you descend from? Do you have an interesting photo or story? I would appreciate your comments. Genealogists live in the past lane.

Some years ago I wanted to share the things I had learned about different people and places and tried blogging, but found I just did not have time with the responsibilities in my family.  Now, I still want to do this.  There won’t be much else on here except things that went on in the Foothills and “Boonies” as we called it when we were growing up, but I do hope you enjoy some of the places and people that we visit.  I certainly hope you will feel free to link to my stories so that more people will learn about our area.  Also, I would like for you to add stories to the blog regarding people and places in the area. If you have suggestions of things you would like more information on, please contact me.

You are welcome here. Invite your family and friends. Enjoy the company.

Dianne Sain

Published on October 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

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