Monthly Archives: April 2011

Hatteras Library ~ A wealth of local and state genealogy resources

Hatteras Library ~ Local and State Genealogy and History Research Books

There is something to be said about a hometown library, with it’s shelves chocked full of local books. Today, I found myself standing in front of titles such as, The Kinnakeeter and The Hatterasman. Two titles that clearly let the readers know that they were written about life on Hatteras Island. Charles Williams II, who wrote The Kinnakeeter, lived across the road from my Grandparents house in Avon. The Hatterasman, was written by Ben Dixon MacNeill, whose family ties were not from the island, but lived here for a short time. I remember Charles Williams II. Several members of the older generation, remember MacNeill. Together, along with many other authors, these two writers help locals, natives, and visitors alike…find out what life was like on this sandbar, we call home.

~ Hatteras Library ~

Anne Poole, is someone I’m going to call an honorary islander. She is the co-founder of the Lost Colony Genealogy and DNA Research Group, along with Roberta Estes. She hails from Durham, North Carolina. But spends a lot of time while here, doing Lost Colony and genealogical research. The LCRG, is also the organization that has brought the archaeological digs to the island for the past several years. Anyways, the Hatteras Library, is one of her favorite places to visit. And I have to agree with her…you will not find a more helpful and pleasant staff, anywhere. And boy, do they know their stuff !

Vanessa Trant, Helen Hudson, and Naomi Rhodes, led me on a grand tour. I was given a behind the counter (literally) look at resources that are available upon request. Books like Sacred to their memory, by Lois J. Meekins and Amy Midgett Gamiel, is a must read for those who are researching Dare County Cemeteries and those who are buried in them. Family genealogies are also included among it’s pages. And there are publications like Sea Chest, that were written by the students of Cape Hatteras School. But the icing on the cake was a copy John W. Rollinson’s, master wreck log. I could have spent the rest of the day, going over the copies of hand written records, that were within.

Here is a short list of some other books and publications you will find at the Dare County Hatteras Library:

Abstracts of Currituck Co, NC – Deed Books [1] 1-3
The Formation of the North Carolina Counties
Marriages and Death Notices in Raleigh Register and NC State Gazette 1826-1845
Roster of Revolutionary War Grave Sites of Soldiers, Patriots, and Ancestors Buried in North Carolina.
North Carolina Wills – A Testator Index 1665-1900
A Guide to Research Material in the North Carolina State Archives
A Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives
North Carolina Charters and Constitutions 1578-1698
The NC Gazetteer and it’s updated version

L to R: Dawn Taylor, Helen Hudson, Karen Harty, Andrew T. Powell, Vanessa Trant

On April 14th, 2011…I had the chance to tag along with Andy Powell and Anne Poole, on their visit to the Hatteras Library. Andy graciously donated a copy of his newly released book, Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke, to them. For those who want to know more about his book…you’ll just have to visit the library and check it out. You’ll be glad you did.

For more information on the Dare County Hatteras Library, such as hours of operation and special events, please follow the link below.

Hatteras Library

Dawn F. Taylor


So you think you have Lost Colonist issues ?

Nora Morgan ~ Daughter of John Goin Morgan and Harriet F. Throgmorton

So you think you have Lost Colonist connection issues ? Do you believe that one or more of your
ancestors wound up running around the wilds of North Carolina, mixing with Native Americans,
and producing you…several generations later ? It could happen. But try throwing in the added
chance that you might just be kin to Sir Walter Raleigh, through his wife…Elizabeth Throckmorton.
This is what is happening in my own family tree. Talking about a genealogical tree with branches
flapping in the wind.

For those who are unfamiliar with the whole Sir Walter Raleigh and the Lost Colony story, let me
direct you to the Lost Colony Genealogy and DNA Research Group’s website. Just so you know,
I am a researcher for this award winning research group and the co-administrator for their Hatteras
Families DNA Projects, along with Roberta Estes.

Lost Colony Genealogy and DNA Research Group

Now that you’ve read that, lets continue. But where do we continue to, you might also ask ?
How about Hatteras Island, where my entire Colonist/Raleigh connection may have been formed.

Henry Gibbs, was my Grandfather…seven generations back. His daughter Sarah, married John Jennett.
Gibbs was a surname on the colonist roster. So a few branches farther down the tree, I appear. My
Grandmother, Gladys Jennette, married Kenneth Dickerson Sr. His Grandmother was Harriet F. Throgmorton
who was married to John Goin Morgan. They were from Wayne County, TN. Harriet’s Throgmorton-Throckmorton line, came out Va. Prior to that…England.

So the plot thickens and the well deepens. There is a lot of research to be done, on my end. Years ago, I received an envelope filled with Throgmorton genealogy. I had never really paid much attention to it as I was enthralled with my other family lines. But all that changed when I realized just a couple weeks ago, there was a Throckmorton involved in this epic Lost Colonist story.

Guess now is the time for a Throgmorton/Throckmorton genealogy shout out. If anyone has info on this line, please contact me at the following email address:

Dawn F. Taylor


The British invasion of Hatteras Island…

The British invasion of Hatteras Island…

The Lost Colony Genealogy and DNA Research Group

Whirlwind. That is the word I will use to describe the last two weeks of my life, on and off of Hatteras Island. The story starts with the arrival of two women who for years, have been tracking down the famed Lost Colonist and their descendants. These two ladies are Anne Poole and Roberta “Bobbi” Estes. They are the founders of the Lost Colony Genealogy and DNA Research Group. A group which has dedicated themselves to answering one of the oldest mysteries in America. A mystery that just might be answered through archaeology, dna, and genealogy. All of which are taking place right here on Hatteras Island.

Mark Horton ~ Archaeologist

Next comes the arrival of the British archaeologist and their students. Mark Horton, world renowned archaeologist, and Louisa Pittman, of the University of Bristol in England, returned for another attempt at rewriting the island’s history. Years of folklore and hand me down stories, have very much been the base of our island’s earliest history. But combine their hard work and the determination of the LCRG, the real story just might be starting to come into focus.

Andrew Thomas Powell ~ Manteo Town Hall

Along with this historical British invasion by Bristol University, came the return of the retired Mayor of Bideford, England…Andy Powell. Andy is also the Author of the recently published book, Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke. A book that from the turn of the first page, one will find it very hard to put down. Unlike numerous other authors of Lost Colony Literature, Andy did his own footwork…so to speak. Instead of sourcing his info through the often used practice of reading the works of David B. Quinn and coming to one’s own interpretation of Sir Walter Raleigh’s efforts to settle Virginia, he had the rare opportunity of transcribing the actual commanded written accounts of the voyage to Roanoke (1584-1590), as written by Richard Hakluyt.

Andy Powell ~ Manteo Bookstore

Now, no visit with such a knowledgeable group of researchers and scientist, would be complete without a meeting. And a meeting we did have. On April 12, at the Avon Firehouse on Hatteras Island, HIGS hosted a history/potluck dinner. It was a great success. Seventy Lost Colony and genealogy enthusiasts showed up to hear Roberta Estes, Anne Poole, and Andy Powell, speak. Sadly, I didn’t take any photographs of the night. But, a local writer for the area’s news paper, was there. So just as soon the story is printed…I’ll post it on here and on our HIGS Facebook Group’s page.

Our Manteo tour guides...Kermit Skinner and Jamie Daniels

Since I’m covering the highlights of the last two weeks, and I can hardly wait to get to one of the most enjoyed parts of the journey, I am going to jump ahead in line, with the telling of the next event. Due to Bideford, England, and Manteo, NC., being twinned sister cities, Andy Powell and the Bideford Youth Pipe Band, were honored by the town of Manteo, yesterday. Bagpipes have always been one of my favorite instruments. Just let me hear Amazing Grace being played on them, and tears will soon follow. Anyways…Andy, myself, and George Ray (George is a member of the Croatoan Archaeological Society), spent a near perfect afternoon, on Roanoke Island. Good friends and good music. Who could ask for more ?

The Bideford Youth Pipe Band

The Bideford Youth Pipe Band in front of Old Manteo Courthouse

The Bideford Youth Pipe Band

George Ray and member of the Bideford Youth Pipe Band

Andy Powell and the Bideford Youth Pipe Band

Member of the Bideford Youth Pipe Band

The Bideford Youth Pipe Band

These past two weeks have been wonderful. Many cherished memories have been made. So in no special order, I want to thank the people who helped make them.

Anne and Bobbi…You are family. Love you both. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. The ride has become incredible. “Well behaved woman…rarely make history”.

Andy Powell…I now include you in that family. May the next year fly by until we see each other again.

Louisa Pittman…Your job as caretaker of Mark is almost over. Well done my dear.

Sharon and Alex Davis…We shared many laughs and I know there are many more to come. Hugs.

Cousin George…keep whistling. I like it. Well, that and your new hat.

Nancy Frey…my new Canadian friend. It was so nice to finally meet you. Hugs.

To all the students…Ya’ll come back now…ya here 🙂

Alex…Keep practicing your southern accent and eat plenty of grits.

Baylus Brooks…I’ll see you this summer. Arghhhh ;P

Angel Roller and Jennifer Creech…Our dreams will come true.

To the people of Hatteras Island and our ancestors…May our heritage and their memory, never be forgotten.

Dawn F. Taylor