I’m sure that Janeth Murphy who worked hardest getting our first ever conference organized is still breathing a sigh of relief that it went very well. I heard many positive comments, not the least of which was that it was the best conference one man had attended, and he’s attended many. So, thank you, thank you, to all those who worked so hard to make it a reality.
Each individual celebrates his or her own highlights—family connections found, more information gleaned, websites to be perused—but overall there were several highlights that I’d like to mention. Receiving a lifetime achievement award was Lois Johnson Meekins, author of many books including both the Currituck and Dare cemetery surveys. In addition, she has served AGS as treasurer for many years and was a charter member of the organization. The keynote speaker, Michael Strauss, was awesome! Not only did he provide important “nuts and bolts” information about finding one’s Civil War ancestors, he did it with such drama and passion that we were all drawn in to history in a living way. Sadly, I was unable to attend classes, having other responsibilities, but I saw many smiling faces and hear a number of people talking about how good all the sessions were. And, thanks to BJ’s Carolina BBQ, the lunch was good as well.
At our next AGS meeting on Saturday, Oct. 12th, we plan to look over our evaluations and do a “debriefing” of a sort. If you have comments or suggestions that you did not get a chance to offer at the conference, please feel free to email them to me or to any of the other officers. We will take all comments into consideration as we consider the possibility of making this an annual event.
Again, thanks to all who worked so hard on this event. Truly, it could not have happened without all the helping hands.
In honor of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we are featuring the the Civil War Diary of Miss E. Deanie Blanchard who lived in Hertford during the war. The diary is now complete.
It has been a right pleasant day, Pa and Ma went to church at Hertford. The Yankees came up in a boat. Took the vessels with goods and salt, tore up the bridge. A good many people passed here this evening. They say this bridge is to be taken.
Monday 12th, 1863 Jan. Well the Yanks didn’t get our bridge. A great many people have passed today. Part of them are moving from E. City up to Hertford. They are expecting a fight down there. We are I fear going to have a dreadful time. The Yanks armed about 30 Negroes in E. City today. Some came from Gatesville, no news up there.
Record Book of the Hebron Church for 1875 to 1907
After listing the trustees and official members of the church, there follow lists of members with deaths, expulsions, members dropped, married names added, and transfers. In addition, there are some financial notes, minutes of a church conference held on July 7, 1907, minutes of a church meeting held May 13, 1877, brief notes of several other meetings, a list of teachers and Sunday School officers, and what appears to be a list of money assessed to certain members.
Powells Point Christian Church Record Book 1887 to 1910