New Books for Sale!

We are excited about our new genealogy books focused on Western North Carolina listed below. They are now available in our eBay bookstore! You can find many genealogy and local history books in our eBay store: click here for our eBay bookstore

You can search by name, author or subject by using the white search box at the top of the page. 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. If you have any questions about our books, please call us at 828-253-1894.

Here is the list of our newest books for sale (since Jan 2019):

“The Reid Family of Clay County, KY”, by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the Reid family that lived in Clay County, Kentucky from about 1830 to the present day. It includes five generations of families. Families include Reid, Hare, Garrard, Stivers, Asher, Hibbard, Hayes, Biggs, Philpot, Sandlin, Langdon, Pitman, and Davis . Several of the Reids were in the military and their service is well documented. The Reid family immigrated to the USA from Ireland. Some of them were prominent citizens of Clay County including James Washington Reid who served in the Mexican War under the command of his brother-in-law Theophilus Toulmin Garrard and then owned a salt works at Goose Creek. The Reid Brothers had a hardware store in Manchester. William Reid was a deputy sheriff, constable, preacher, and a mason, while his uncle William Reid and his son Stephen were both doctors. The Reids lived in the Greenbriar, Sidell and Manchester areas of Clay County. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, pictures, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and is 106 pages. Price $30.00, NC Tax: $2.10, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-27)

“Finding the Roots of the Leatherwood Tree 1663 to 1838”, by David G. Leatherwood (2020).
Within a century of John Leatherwood’s death, his uncommon surname spread across America. One branch of the family settled in northern Virginia in the mid-1700s, before moving on to the Spartanburg area of South Carolina by 1800. Another line set down roots in western North Carolina by the 1770s. A group of Leatherwoods tarried around the same time in neighboring eastern Tennessee for a generation, before seeking a new frontier in Texas. Other branches of Leatherwoods later moved from Maryland northeast to New Jersey, and west to Ohio and beyond. Family historians have long debated how branches of the Leatherwood family across America relate to one another. There is general consensus among those who have wrestled with this question that they must all descend from the John Leatherwood who first appears in Maryland records in the 1680s. For the North Carolina branch of the family, however, definitive proof of a connection is lacking. This manuscript draws on recent genealogical discoveries to reconsider the questions that have bedeviled researchers for generations. Leatherwoods living along Virginia’s Occoquan River in the mid-1700s, and a detailed look at purported Leatherwood family ties to the Cherokee in the latter half of the 18th century. This includes family stories, military info, census data, property, birth, death, marriages, charts, maps and surveys, timelines, etc. The book is indexed and is 214 pages. Price $45.00, NC Tax: $3.15, P&H: $4.00 (Item # A-35)

“The ROBERTS Family of Madison County, NC”, by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the Roberts family that lived in Madison County, NC from about 1800 to the present day. It includes eight generations of families. Families include Roberts (Robards), Davis and Landers. Several of the Roberts family were in the military and their service is well documented. They moved to Western NC from Virginia. They lived all over Madison County, including: Big Ivy, Brush Creek, White Rock, Marshall, Walnut, and Shelton Laurel. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and is 88 pages.     Price: $25.00, NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-22)

The ROBINSON (ROBERTSON) Family of Madison, Buncombe, Yancey and Swain Counties, NC and of Franklin, Goochland, Henrico and Cumberland Counties, VA“, by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the Robinson family that lived in Western NC from about 1795 to the present day. It includes 10 generations of families. Families include Robinson, Jones, LeGrand, Runnion, Deaver, Wardrep, Woody, and Roland. Many of the Robinsons fought in the military and their service is well documented. They moved to WNC from Franklin County, Virginia. They lived all over Yancey County, including: Double Island, Celo, Rebel’s Creek, Brush Creek, Crabtree, Ledger and the South Toe River. In Madison County they lived in the Walnut area, Bull Creek, Forks of Ivy, and Grapevine. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, photographs, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and is 156 pages.   Price: $25.00, NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-23)

“WNC Bastardy Bonds, Cherokee, Swain, & Graham County, 1866-1899”, edited by Sandy Samz  (2019). This book is the Fourth book in a series (other volumes are also available on ebay, please see our store). OBCGS volunteers have compiled an amazing amount of information for those who are still trying to find their ancestors in WNC. This book covers Cherokee, Graham, and Swain Counties. The volunteers who worked on this book took photos of the loose papers in the NC Archives related to the issue of bastardy. They then transcribed them and arranged them in case order. Spiral bound, 306 pages, index for each county. Price: $40.00, NC Tax: $2.80, P&H: $5.00 (Item # A-41)

“Grandpa Case’s Book of Family & Bent Creek Community Obits”, by Cindy Jordan (2020).
Cindy’s Grandpa, Arthur Case, collected obituaries over many years prior to his death. After his death, an uncle continued this practice. These were put into photo albums for easier accessibility. This book includes a sample of these obituaries from the Case and related families as well as friends from the Bent Creek community. Cindy’s Grandpa grew up in the Bent Creek area of Buncombe County and worked many years on the Biltmore Estate at the dairies. Many of the obituaries are from families that have been in the area for many, many years. Cindy has taken each obituary and researched the family members to give more information on the history of the families. She has sited the sources for the information given. This is a great collection of a variety of obituaries for this area of Buncombe Co., NC. The 158 page book is spiral bound and indexed. It includes some Case family pictures. Price: $30.00 , NC Tax: $2.10, P&H: $4.00 (Item # D-43)

“Buncombe County Court Records, Volume VI, Court of Pleas Quarter Sessions Minutes, January 1860 – June 1868”, compiled and edited by Sandra Samz (2020). This book is the sixth in a series. In North Carolina, The Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions met in each county until 1868 to handle the business of the county.  This included such things as probating wills, appointing guardians, setting the tax rate, and appointing men to manage or create a road.  This volume covers the years of 1860 to 1868, but we are missing part or all of the years of 1863 – 1866.  Even with those missing records, this book tells a story.

In early 1860 the activity in the court seems normal, but in January 1861 they hold an election for the County delegates to the convention and we begin to see them appointing patrols for various sections of the county.  These patrols were out of concern that slaves may be running away.  The war started in April 1861 and in July 1861 they are electing Volunteer companies.  They also passed an order restricting the travel for slaves without the proper papers.  By 1862 you will notice a change in the type of cases they are dealing with in Court.  Now, their focus is on the death of soldiers and appointing administrators for their estates. The last session during the war was in February 1863.

The record picks up in February 1867. Of interest, the remaining records cover the decision to “subscribe” $100,000.00 in Capital Stock toward the development of The Western North Carolina Railroad in addition to the usual court transactions. Lots of local history as well as records for residents will be found in this volume. 300 pages including an every name index, soft bound, Price:  $55.00  Shipping: $5.50

“WNC Bastardy Bonds—Haywood County 1820-1899, Fifth in a series”, transcribed & edited by Ann M. Broadbent (2020). This book contains transcriptions of bastardy bond cases in Haywood County court records located in the NC State Archives. State law required that one or both parents of a child born out of wedlock post a bond that would become void if the said child did not have to depend on the county or state for its support and maintenance. Records included with these bonds may include any or all of the following items: a warrant of arrest for the supposed mother of the child; examination of the mother, at which time she is asked to name the father; a warrant of arrest for the accused father; bond posted by the father or the mother. In some cases, the mother refused to name the father of the child and was required to pay a fine of $5. This book contains valuable information on parentage that might not be available elsewhere. This 400 page book is fully indexed using both the woman’s and man’s names. Price $40, NC Tax $2.80, P& H $5.00

“WNC Bastardy Bonds, Macon County, NC 1820 – 1899, Sixth in a Series”, transcribed by Sandy Samz and OBCGS volunteers (2020). OBCGS Volunteers have compiled an amazing amount of information for those who are still trying to find their ancestors in WNC. This book covers Macon Co., NC The volunteers who worked on this book took photos of the loose papers in the NC Archives related to the issue of bastardy. They then transcribed them and arranged them in case order. It contains varying records for each bastardy case that came before the Justices of the Peace. These include warrants for arrest, examinations, bastardy bonds, depositions, etc. There are also a small number of unrelated court proceedings such as divorce, assault, and apprenticeship that were misfiled and included with these records. Spiral bound, approx. 368 pages and full name index (other volumes are also available in our Ebay store). Price: $45.00, NC Tax: $3.15, P&H: $5.00 (Item # A-06)

“The KEENER family of Macon County, NC, Washington County, TN, Fayette and Lancaster Counties, PA, and of Augusta, Dunmore, Frederick, Monongahela and Shenandoah Counties, VA”, by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the Keener family that lived in WNC from about 1840 to the present day. It covers nine generations of families including Keener, Ledford, Dulaney, Barnes, Ehrehard, Haney and Ulrich. Many of the Keeners fought in the military and their service is well documented. The Keeners moved to Macon Co., NC from Washington Co., TN and before that they were from Shenandoah Co., VA and Lancaster Co., PA. They lived all over Macon County including: Mill Shoal Township, Sugarfork Township, Ellijay, Tennessee Valley, and Cullasaja. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, photographs, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and is 88 pg. Price $25.00, NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-24)

“The RICKER Family of Greene County, TN”, by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the Ricker family that lived in Greene Co., TN from about 1795 to the present day. It covers eight generations of families including Ricker, Keller, Hauk, Rollins, and Payne. Many of the Rickers fought in the Civil War (on both sides, but mainly Union), War of 1812, and the Revolutionary War and their service is well documented. The Rickers moved to Greene County from Northampton Co., PA. They lived all over Greene County, including: Flag Branch, Limestone Springs, Little Lick Creek, Camp Creek and Greeneville. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and is 94 pg. Price $25.00, NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-21)

“The DAVIS Family of Buncombe, Madison, and Iredell Counties, NC”, by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the Davis family that lived in Buncombe and Madison Counties, NC from about 1800 to the present day. It covers five generations of families including Davis, Freeman, Roberts (Robards), Thomas, and Treadway. Several of the Davis’ were in the military and their service is well documented. James Davis moved to Western NC from Iredell Co., NC. They lived all over Buncombe and Madison Counties, including: Worley’s Creek, Philipps Creek, Pawpaw Creek, Little Pine Creek, Sandy Mush Creek, Walnut Creek, Marshall, and “West side of French Broad River”. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and is 108 pg. Price $25.00, NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-25)

“HAYWOOD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA COURT RECORDS, Volume 2 – 1820-1827 Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions Minutes”, transcribed by Ann Broadbent. This transcription was made from the first of three reels of microfilm of the Haywood County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions covering the period from 1820-1827. In this transcription, the spelling, capitalization and abbreviations are exactly as written in the minutes.  The microfilm of these original records is available online at www.familysearch.org, film #008152453. The microfilm image number for each image has been included in addition to the page number, so that researchers can refer to the original image if they wish. A Glossary is included, and words found in the court records that are included, are indicated with an asterisk*. A full name index is included, and all spellings of given and surnames have been indexed. Price $45.00, NC Tax: $3.15, P&H: $5.00 (Item # B-20)

“The PAYNE Family of Madison Co., NC, Green Co., TN & Their Descendants,” by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the PAYNE family that lived in Madison County, NC and Greene County, TN from about 1850 to the present day.   It includes 6 generations of families. Families include Payne, Fowler, Ricker, Nelson and Landers.  Many of the Paynes fought in the military and in the Civil War (on both sides, Union and Confederate) and their service is well documented. Joseph Payne moved to Madison County, NC from Mecklenburg Co., NC (Charlotte). They lived in the Shelton Laurel, White Rock and Allanstand areas on Madison County and Greene Co., TN. Maybe the most famous member of the family was the weaver Louise Payne Lamb, who sold her weaving at Frances Goodrich’s Allanstand market. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and is 89 pages. Price $25.00, NC Tax:  $1.75, P&H:  $4.00 (Item # F-18)

“The JOHNSON Family of Madison County, NC” by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the JOHNSON family that lived in Madison Co., NC from about 1840 to the present day. It includes 6 generations of families. Families include Johnson, Landers, Haskett, Wardrep and Sams. Many of the Johnson’s fought in the military and in the Civil War (on both sides, Union and Confederate) and their service is well documented. Nathan A. Johnson moved to Madison Co., NC from Chatham Co., NC. They lived in the Marshall, Runnion, and Walnut areas of Madison County. The Johnsons were farmers, blacksmiths, road builders, loggers, laborers, soldiers, seamstresses, and car salesmen. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and has 136 pages. Price $25.00, NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-19)

“The HASKETT Family of Macon and Madison County, NC” by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the Haskett family that lived in Western North Carolina from about 1850 to the present day. It includes 8 generations of families. Families include Haskett, Johnson and Keener. Many of the Hasketts fought in the military and their service is well documented. The Hasketts moved to Western North Carolina from East Tennessee and were in Pasquotank Co., NC before that. They lived all over Macon County, including Cullowhee, Webster, Mill Shoal, Ellijay and Mountain Grove . In Madison County they lived in the Walnut area. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, photographs, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and has 75 pages. Price $25.00, NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-20)

“Revolutionary War Soldier Edward WARDREP and his Descendants”, by Rich Nallenweg (2020). Edward fought at the battles of Camden, Guilford Courthouse, and Eutaw Springs. The book includes a long pension application. It includes 6 generations of families living in the following NC counties: Wake County, Montgomery County, Caswell County, Burke County, Buncombe County, and Madison County. Families include Wardrep, Robinson and Johnson. Many of his grandsons fought in the Civil War and their service is well documented. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and over 100 pages. Price: $30.00, NC Tax: $2.10, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-15)

“The LANDERS Family of Madison County, NC”, by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the LANDERS family that lived in Madison County, NC from about 1800 to the present day. It includes 6 generations of families. Families include Landers, Johnson, Payne and Roberts. Many of the LANDERS fought in the Civil War (on both sides) and in WWII and their service is well documented. The LANDERS families lived all over Madison County, including: Big Laurel, Marshall, Runnion, Druid, Carmen, Walnut, Hickory Flatts, White Rock, and Shelton Laurel. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed, pictures, over 90 pages. Price: $25.00, NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-16)

“The LEDFORD Family of Macon County, NC”, by Rich Nallenweg (2020). This book documents the LEDFORD family that lived in Macon County, NC from about 1830 to the present day. It includes 10 generations of families. Families include Ledford, Keener, Haskett, and Curtis. Many of the LEDFORDS fought in the Civil War (on both sides, but mainly as Confederates) and their service is well documented. The Ledfords moved to Western NC from Lincoln County, NC. They lived all over Macon County, including: Ellijay and Sugar Fork, and in Northern GA and Polk County, TN. Each person is fully documented with sources, references, and documentation. This includes family stories, military records, census records, property, birth, death and marriage records, etc. The book is fully indexed and is 92 pages long. Price: $25.00, NC Tax: $1.75, P&H: $4.00 (Item # F-17)

“Journey to Asheville – Mattie’s Story – A True Family Love Story” by Sandy Samz (2019). The author shares a family love story that follows the Bass and Olliff families of Eastern NC to Southwest Georgia and finally to Asheville, NC. Mattie Bass, the author’s Grandmother, married William Elijah Harrison in 1906 in Calhoun County, GA and had three children before contracting tuberculosis. Her husband brought her to Asheville in hopes of a cure. Local Bass and Fain families will find this book of interest. Mattie’s great-great-grandfather, John Shears Olliff, served in the Revolutionary War in Eastern NC. The book is in two sections, the story and the family record, with well documented sources. A great read, with extensive genealogical information on these families, this book will be important for any book shelf. Spiral bound, 77 pages, color photos, & indexed. $20 (Item # B-08)

“A History of The Reuben DELLINGER Family of The Counties of Avery, Caldwell, Lincoln, & Mitchell, North Carolina” researched by Douglas Sigmon and compiled by Larry O. Nichols, Sr. (2019). Included in this genealogy book is information on “The Tragedy at the Grist Mill” involving a member of the Dellinger Family. This book includes significant entries for the following families: Barringer, Burleson, Coffee, Deal, Gragg, Greene, Loudermilt, Pittman, Rathbone, Setzer, Watson, Wike, Wise, & Young. Spiral bound, 255 pages, pictures, maps, & newspaper articles, indexed. $30 (Item # D-28)

“Western NC Bastardy Bonds: Henderson, Polk, & Transylvania County 1840-1899” edited by Sandra Samz and compiled by volunteers of OBCGS (2019). The following is an excerpt from the foreword: The concept of Bastardy Bonds was brought to the American Colonies from England along with many other English Laws. North Carolina continued to use Bastardy Bonds into the early 20th Century in an effort to prevent children from becoming dependent on the county or state. Some of the eastern counties of North Carolina have extant Bastardy Bonds dating back to the 1730’s and 1740’s. What harder “brick wall” does a genealogist have to break through than identifying an ancestor who was born out of wedlock. In today’s climate of family relationships much of the stigma of illegitimacy has lessened. Although a number of sources have provided references to Bastardy Bonds, there is a wealth of information contained in the “loose” papers at the NC State Archives. This series is an attempt to provide clues to the information contained in these papers. 260 pages $40 (Item # C-06)

“Stompin ‘Round These Here Parts” by Dr. Kenneth D. Israel, Chester A. Hill and Jewel B. Israel, edited by Edith Garrett (2019). Three local authors, Kenneth Davidson Israel, his wife, Jewel Baldock Israel and educator Chester Alexander Hill consented to allow the reprinting of newspaper articles they wrote some years ago. From August, 1989 to January, 1995, some 143 of their works appeared in local newspapers. The articles are now compiled in this book. Ranging from local Revolutionary War heroes to molasses-making in South Hominy, the men’s articles deal with local people and their history while Jewel’s articles focus on every-day living in a semi-rural environment. Enjoy reading about the history, culture and natural environment of WNC from some of our expert writers and historians. 320 pages, pictures, maps, indexed. $40 (Item #D-06)

“Abstracts of Apprentice Bonds of Western North Carolina Select Counties – Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, Mitchell, Haywood, Macon, Swain, & Clay” abstracted by Linda B Brown, edited and compiled by Ann Marie Broadbent (2019). Apprentice bonds were used by the county courts to ensure that orphaned or poor children had a means of support. Additionally, they were made to ensure that a young person could learn a trade. The bonds generally include the name and age of the child to be bound, the name of the apprentice master, and sometimes other important information such as the name of the child’s parents or other relatives. 316 pgs, sb, index. Price: $29.99, NC State Tax: $2.10, P&H: $4.00 (Item # C-1).

“BARRINGER – A History of Matthias Barringer, Jr. Family of Catawba, Lincoln & Mecklenburg Counties, North Carolina and Their Descendants” researched by Douglas P. Sigmon, compiled and edited by Larry D Nichols, Sr. (2019). Matthias Barringer, Jr was born Sept. 22, 1767 in Rowan Co, NC. Allied families include Carpenter and Hunsucker. 484 pgs, sb, index. $39.99, NC Tax: $2.80, P&H $5.00 (Item #D-27).

“The GLENN Family Connections in Western North Carolina” written by Marsha Glenn Stafford, edited and compiled by Christine McNab (2019). This well-documented book was published posthumously when the author’s research collection was donated to OBCGS by her son after her death. The book is a genealogy of the Glenn family who were early settlers in Western North Carolina. They lived in Mitchell Co., NC and are traced back to John Glenn who was born in Ireland in the early 1600s. The book also traces allied surnames including the Allison, Armstrong, Dillow, Hicks, Melton and Sampson families from Western North Carolina. In addition to the genealogies of these families, she included photographs, stories, endnotes and a complete index. Illustrated, sb, 333 pgs., $29.99, Tax $2.10, P&H $5.00 (Item # A-7).

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