Model T Ford 1920


This donated photograph says on the reverse,”George M. Ainsworth and his Model T about 1920, Chester’s grandfather, Joe’s grandfather.”

I am having a hard time pinning them down.  They are not from Wilson County, but I thought the donor said they were from NC.  It looks like a dairy farm behind George so it may be in the Piedmont of NC.  Yet the only possible, relevant George M. Ainsworth that I can find on Ancestry, lived in Florida and was a bar pilot- piloted ships around sandbars (I think).

If anyone has knowledge of who these people are, please let me know.

Owens Family of Eastern North Carolina

eastern nc familiesOur Eastern North Carolina Families: Volume II, Owens  was donated yesterday by the petite dynamo, Doris Bridgers Capps-Owen.  Just check out her and her sister’s Lulu page to see how prolific they are and that list doesn’t even include the giant two volume series on the Bridgers family, which they just updated and reformatted (she gave us both volumes of that too!).

Three New Books

New Books

A few new books donated from the Genealogical Society.

  1. White Slave Children of Colonial Maryland and Virginia: Birth and Shipping Records
  2. Richmond County, VA Marriages, 1668-1853
  3. Emigration to other States from Southside Virginia, Volume 2

One of the books has a problematic and misleading title, White Slave Children of Colonial Maryland and Virginia: Birth and Shipping Records.
These kidnapped children were not chattel slaves but indentured servants.  They may have been stolen from the streets of London or other large cities in the British Isles and most likely led hard and sometimes short lives, but at some point after they were either adopted or served out their indenture they would have been admitted into the population as full citizens as all white indentured servants in America were.  This is quite unlike the fate of enslaved Native Americans and African Americans, who had no rights and could never become full citizens.  So maybe the title should be Children Kidnapped from the British Isles and taken to the Mid-Atlantic States of North America to be  Indentured Servants: Birth and Shipping Records.

But, that being said, it is great that the author has compiled these records, because this is certainly an important genealogical resource for a group that has been overlooked in history.

National Library Week at WCPL 1971


National Library Week_1971I’m not sure who the librarians are in this picture, but they have some intriguing selections from the WCPL collection, including a one hit wonder  South African folk band called Four Jacks and a Jill.  I remember when I would check out LPs from the Gaston County Public Library.  I know I checked out the double album Empire Strikes Back soundtrack, probably no less than ten thousand times.

It looks like they also carried reel to reel films to check out.  The one they have on the board is a Rudolph Valentino film but I can’t make out the title.  It may be a documentary, I think the word ‘Idol’ is on it.

WCPL Librarians Meet Author Irving Stone in 1968


Author Irving Stone, library director Nancy Gray (with the cat eye glasses) and librarian Faye Howell. Nancy Gray was the first Library Director of WCPL starting in 1939 and retiring in 1971.

I found this photo of one of our library scrapbooks.  Library director Nancy Gray and librarian Faye Howell were attending the 86th annual American  Library Association Conference in San Francisco in June, 1968 when they got a photo of them with the popular (at least in the 1960’s) historical fiction author, Irving Stone.  His most famous book was the Agony and the Ecstasy (1961), which was about Michelangelo being contracted by Pope Julius II (the warrior Pope) to paint the Sistine Chapel.  Michelangelo was not really into it and conflict ensues!  I really only knew the movie (1965) of which I had watched snippets  on TBS.  Rex Harrison is Pope Julius II and Charlton Heston is the scene chewing Michelangelo painting a dang dirty ceiling.