3rd Annual Crotts Family Reunion

Received notice today of the next Crotts Reunion sent to me by Tim Crotts (tcrotts001@carolina.rr.com).

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 tcrotts001@carolina.rr.com

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Visited the old home place of Aaron Cook, Cleveland County

Earlier in the week I called Carl Cook over at Casar, NC and asked him if he knew where the old home place of Aaron & Edney Cook was. He told me it was just above his house and that he would show me where it was located in its day, but that the old house had burned before his time. Gene & I visited him today and was disappointed to find that Wesley Arron (son of Aaron & Edney, had cleared the property and farmed it after the property burned.  This fire would have to have happened in the early 1900’s between 1903 and 1920.

The property was located on the Wes Cook Road near the creek. If you are going toward Highway 10 from St. Paul Church Road on the Wes Cook Road, it is on your left just before crossing the bridge. It is a little hike deep on that property to where the old house stood. There are no signs of a house at this point.  Below you can see Carl explaining where the old driveway ran down into the property. The house place is just behind him.

This Aaron Cook is my great-great grandfather and he is listed as Aaron Cook, Sr. on the Civil War Records of Cleveland County, NC.  Aaron and Edney Cook Cook sold their property 2 September 1893 to Wesley Aaron Cook, their son with reserve for their use for their natural lifetime.  Wesley paid $110.00 for this 71-1/2 acres.  He purchased adjacent lands later on and farmed them.

Thank you Carl for a wonderful tour and great conversation!  This little trip answered something I had always wanted to know.

Carl Cook -Great Grandson of Aaron Cook

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An Old Store at St. Peter’s

Old store at St. Peters

There is still standing  today an old dilapidated building just above the old Luther Wellmon house, which is adjacent to St. Peter’s Church in Cleveland County, NC.  I am not for sure who owned and ran the store, but it may have been the Wellmon’s.  Anyway, during the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918-1919 you could go to the store to purchase your staple items, but you could not get in the door.  My father, Dixon Cook, told his family about the owners letting a basket down from a little window from the top with your groceries in it.  The epidemic was so severe and so many died that they were not taking any chances of catching it.  It is noted that 3%-6% of the global population died from this type of influenza A.  This pandemic has been given the name “the greatest medical holocaust in history” and may have caused more deaths than “Black Death.”  The symptoms were so unusual in 1918 that initially flu was misdiagnosed as dengue, tuberculosis, cholera or typhoid.  Complications from this Spanish flu were hemorrhages from the mucous membranes, especially the nose, stomach and intestines.  Bleeding from the ears and skin also occurred. The majority of deaths were from bacterial pneumonia.  World War I was going on at that time also, and worked to spread the disease in the camps.  In October, 1918 there were 25 deaths in Cleveland County and in November there were 57 deaths in Rutherford County. All total there were 13,600 deaths from the Spanish influenza in North Carolina alone.