We are excited about our new genealogy books focused on Western North Carolina – now available in our bookstore! All proceeds of these book sales go to the support of our library and website so your purchases will benefit the Society for years to come.
These books are available along with our other surplus books in our eBay store: click here for our eBay bookstore
If you have any questions about the new books or our surplus auction books, please call us at 828-253-1894.
Here is the list of the latest books for sale:
“BRYSON: Families and History to 1800s” (2002) by Ronald Howell Bryson. A genealogical study of the Bryson surname, & some variants, from ancient times until the mid 1800s. The book includes various family lines, immigration lists & census material to 1850. Illustrated, 594 pg. hb, Price: $54.99, Tax: $3.85, P&H: $5.00
“Haywood Co, NC – William Sitton’s Store Ledger: Haywood County, North Carolina 1829-1844” (2018) Transcribed by Ann Marie Broadbent (2018). William Sitton operated a general store in Haywood Co, NC in the 1830s. This is a transcription of the transactions made in the store including the names of the purchasers, the items sold and prices. Contains a glossary of unfamiliar terms and a short biography of William Sitton. 242 pg., sb, index. Price: $24.99 NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $5.00
“The Biddix Family – A Legacy That Endures”, by Randy Biddix (2016). Winner of the 2017 Foster A. Sondley Book Award for family genealogy, the book covers the first three to four generations of the Bittick/Biddix family who came from Pennsylvania and settled in North Carolina. The author also focuses on his own specific line, but anyone related to the earlier ancestors will find this book interesting and helpful. Biddix went to great lengths to travel to many locations to retrieve records, pictures and stories to fill out the details of his ancestor’s lives. He writes in easy to read prose and did an admirable job in finding personal stories, official documents and pictures illustrating the life events of his ancestors. Softbound, beautifully illustrated, sourced and includes a full name index. 434 pgs., Price: $36.99, NC Tax: $2.59, P&H: $5.00.
“Train Man – A Memoir of Ewald Carl Kirstein”, by Elaine Spicer Friebele (2017). In a humorous and engaging memoir, the author describes the life and times of her grandfather, a Southern Railway engineer and physically active farmer. Ewald Kirstein was born to German immigrants in 1889 in Black Mountain, NC. They left secure jobs in Philadelphia to come to North Carolina in 1886 where land was plentiful and the promise of independent living was a powerful draw. The author tells the story of how Ewald grew up loving the natural environment all around him and eventually living the adventurous life of a railroad employee and raising a family in the mountains. She writes with fond memories and funny stories to flesh out the bigger-than-life story of her grandfather, describing the crushing death of his only son and the many duties of a railroad man. Railroad enthusiasts, Western North Carolina genealogists, historians and many more will enjoy reading this book. It is softbound with wonderful family photos, many sources and an index. 131 pgs., Price: $19.99, NC Tax: $1.40, P&H: $4.00.
“Clark Families of Laurens & Montgomery Counties, GA and Their Cousins in VA, NC, SC, & AL”, by Sandra Harrison Samz (2017). This book represents many years of research into four Clark families of Laurens and Montgomery Counties, GA who descend from a common ancestor with other Clarks from VA, NC, SC and AL. There is strong evidence that they originated in the area of Brunswick Co., VA in the mid 1600’s. Book also includes a chronological record listing with sources. Sb, index, 256 pgs, Price: $40.00, NC Tax: $2.80, P&H: $5.00.
“Nesbitt’s Chapel United Methodist Church, History and Cemetery Records”, by Agnes Lyle Ownbey, (2017). Winner of the 2017 Bob Terrell Book Award for local history, this book covers the history of Nesbitt’s Chapel, contains a large section devoted to the pastors who served the church over the years and contains an in-depth survey of the church cemetery. Illustrated, full name index, 100 pgs., sb, Price: $25.00, NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $4.00
“Edward West Briggs & Laura Josephine Proffitt”, by E. Virginia Sheppard Latham, (2017). This book was written by the great granddaughter of this couple and contains information on both their ancestors and their descendants. Illustrated and family stories included. 91 pgs, index, sb. Price: $20.00, NC Tax: $1.40, P&H: $4.00
“Jonas Jenkins, Sr. Family of WNC”, by Merrell Jenkins Riddle, Ed.D, (2017). After years of research into her Jenkins family, the author is publishing a series of 7 volumes on the family. The first four volumes are still in the works. This Jenkins family originated in VA but Jonas settled in Macon County.
- “Vol. IV, John Jenkins Family”, This volume covers the descendants of Jonas Jenkins’ son, John Jenkins b. c 1805. The book contains an extensive descendant list, a documents section, source list, and acknowledgement section. Full name index. illustrated, sb, 383 pages. Price: $40.00 NC Tax: $2.80, P&H: $5.00
- “Vol. V, Thomas Jenkins Family”, This volume covers the descendants of Jonas Jenkins’ son, Thomas Jenkins. b. 1826 Haywood Co, NC. The book contains, an extensive descendant list, a documents section, source list, and acknowledgement section. Full name index. illustrated, sb, 289 pages. Price: $30.00, NC Tax: $2.10, P&H: $5.00
- “Vol. VI, Peter Andrew Jenkins Family”, This volume covers the descendants of Jonas Jenkins’ son, Peter Andrew Jenkins. b. 1828 Haywood Co, NC. The book contains, an extensive descendant list, a documents section, source list, and acknowledgement section. Full name index. illustrated, sb, 200 pages. Price: $25.00. NC Tax: $2.10, P&H: $5.00
- “Volume VII: Nancy Edith Jenkins and Charles “Dock” Jenkins Family”. This volume covers the descendants of Jonas Jenkins’ daughter, Nancy Edith Jenkins (b. c 1814/17) who md. Alexander Nichols. It also includes Jonas’ son, Charles “Dock” Jenkins who md. Mary Mae “Polly” Nichols. The book contains an extensive descendant list, a documents section, source list, and acknowledgement section. Full name index, illustrated, sb, 288 pages. Price: $30.00 NC Tax: $2.10 P&H: $5.00
“Buncombe County Court Records, Volume 5” – edited by Sandra Samz (2017). Winner of the 2017 Albert McLean Book Award for genealogical records, this book has over 250 pages of records from the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions covering July 1854 through October 1859. This court met quarterly and handled all the business of the county. 307 pages. Full name index. Price: $54.99, NC Tax: $3.85, P&H: $5.00
“Minutes of the Quarterly Conference Methodist Church South, Holston Conference, Swannanoa Circuit” – transcribed by Sandra Samz and edited by Ruth Dilling (2017). Abstract of minutes of quarterly conferences for group of Methodist churches in Buncombe and Henderson counties between 1879 and 1897. Numerous deaths, baptisms, church enrollments, conference officials and participants reported. 107 pgs., sb, index. Price $24.99, NC Tax: $1.75. P&H: $4.00
“Mountain Conflict – The Union Army Finally Reaches Asheville, NC” – by Jeffrey Lovelace (2017). Presenting a history of the “Battle of Asheville” in April 1865, this book has been a personal project of the author for many years. It has finally been edited and printed as a new book in the anniversary month of the battle. Lovelace has scoured the libraries and archives for the history of this battle and has completed a comprehensive look at the evidence to tell the story of that event as it unfolded near the end of the war. He included profiles of the military leaders who fought here along with several pictures for each. There are details of the regiments who fought in the area, the local fortifications and the weapons that they used. The 200+ page book has sources documented in a bibliography and a comprehensive index. Anyone interested in the Civil War and Western North Carolina will find a lot of material on this event laid out in a timeline containing the details and the decisions that led to the battle. 201 pgs., sb, index. Price: $29.99, NC Tax: $2.10, P&H: $4.00
“World War II Newspaper Accounts for Soldiers of Madison County, NC”, by Jan C. Plemmons (2017). Winner of the 2017 Bob Terrell Book Award for local history, this book is the compilation of 2 notebooks of newspaper clippings on the soldiers who served n World War II from the Madison Co., NC region. The clippings come from both “The News Record” of Madison County, NC and “The Asheville Citizen-Times”. Softbound & illustrated. 346 pages. Every name index included. Price: $34.99, NC Tax: $2.45, P&H: $5.00
“Lances of Buncombe County, North Carolina and Lines Beyond”, by Joyce Parris Justus (1994, 2017). This books is prepared in two sections – it includes an unpublished manuscript on the Peter Lance family dated 1994 and a family tree section done by Christine McNab. Illustrated and full name index. 233 pgs., sb, Price: $29.99, NC Tax: $2.10, P&H: $5.00
“Records of John Stiles (a Son of Benjamin Stiles) of Old Lincoln County, NC, and His Descendants”, by Marshall Styles (2016). Winner of the 2017 Foster A. Sondley Award for a family genealogy, this massive genealogy was researched over 20 years by the author and is very well documented. He includes many deeds, vital records, pictures and family stories to fill out the genealogy. His sources are included in the document as they appear. 636 pgs., sb, index. Price: $59.99, NC Tax: $4.20, P&H: $5.00