Wilson Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies

The Nineteenth Annual Catalogue of the Wilson Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies, Session of 1889-1890 can be viewed on here. Starting on page 20, a list of students was published, including their parent or guardian and place of residence. An interesting find for those hard-to-establish female ancestors, particularly those who fall into the missing … Continue reading Wilson Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies

Searching Confederate Pensions

Confederate pension applications are available to view free of charge on the North Carolina Digital Collections website. I have found it helpful to initiate a search for a pension application by entering "Wilson County" in the first search box. Make sure you put the term in quotation marks. From there, type the surname you are … Continue reading Searching Confederate Pensions

‘There’s history behind these graves’: Teens clean overgrown African-American graveyard

From The Wilson Times: Posted Sunday, November 25, 2018 6:40 pm By Olivia Neeley | 252-265-7879 Several teens headed out to an unfamiliar place last week. But once they arrived, they immediately got to work. They knew they were about to be part of something much bigger than themselves. “It’s probably the last place … Continue reading ‘There’s history behind these graves’: Teens clean overgrown African-American graveyard

Studio shots, no. 38: the family of Tarrell and Minerva Locus Parker.

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Courtesy of my collaborator Edith Jones Garnett comes this priceless set of photographs of several generations of a southern Wilson County family founded by Tarrell and Minerva Locus Parker. Several are accompanied by text drawn from a family history booklet, A Recorded History of the Descendants of Tarrell Parker, published, it appears, in the 1970s or ’80s.


Tarrell Parker (ca. 1835-1922).

In the 1860 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: Terrell Parker, 23, living in the household of white farmer Elias Farrell, 40.

In the 1880 census of Crossroads township, Wilson County: farmer Tarrell Parker, 45; wife Minerva, 18; and children Trecy, 5, Jesse, 3, and Mancy Ann, 1.

In the 1900 census of Crossroads township, Wilson County: farmer Tarrel Parker, 65; daughter Nancy, 20; and her children William H., 6, Leonora, 3, Georg L., 1, and Jesse, 0.

In the 1910 census of Crossroads township, Wilson…

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