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Jason Duncan
222 Sundance Cir
Statesville, NC 28625

Maintaining a website since April 1995

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  • 12/26/2020 - Bauguess v. Martin in Wilkes Court
    Wilkes: Bauguess, Bunker, Siamese Twins, Martin
    In April of 1868, Mary Bauguess and her daughter Melissa brought a suit before the Wilkes County Court of Equity against James O. Martin. Their claim was that he was unfairly attempting to "eject" them from the 245 acres on which they lived in Traphill. The land had previously been owned by Mary's father and grandfather, and they had most recently bought it from the Siamese Twins, Eng and Chang Bunker....

  • 9/17/2020 - Big Rock Spring
    Wilkes: spring, Wagoner, grants
    It's exciting when today's discoveries support information that was recorded long ago. There are certain landmarks that are so noteable or unique that even the earliest settlers were inclined to reference them in their documents. The fact that we are able to visit these same landmarks today provides us with a link to the past....

  • 9/16/2020 - Wilkes County Grant #1678 - Along The River's Edge
    Wilkes: grants, Yadkin River, airport
    Wilkes County Grant #1678 (NC Archives file #1517-1/2) is 640 acres to John Brown who is a trustee for Hugh Montgomery who was deceased. The land was entered (or formally requested from the state) on 12/11/1778. It was surveyed in 1797 and issued to John Brown on 12/5/1798....

  • 9/9/2020 - The Case of Ransom Brooks, Alleghany Co, NC
    Alleghany: Ransom Brooks, criminal gang
    I had no idea my great grandfather was so infamous. Even though I had heard him referred to as "The Bull of Bullhead Mountain", I assumed that it was just a spirited nickname for someone who might have caused a bit of mischief at times....

  • 8/2/2020 - Col. Benjamin E. Caudill -- Maybe
    Alleghany: Caudill, Civil War, photo
    An old photo was passed down to my grandmother. The only note written on it is where she wrote that he might be her grandfather's brother Granville Billings (1853-1935). I have since found another photo of Granville, and this isn't him. So who is he?...

  • 7/28/2020 - Spotlight on Click Bauguess of Wilkes Co, NC
    Wilkes: Bauguess, WWI
    William "Click" Bauguess was employed by Imperial Drop Forge Co in Indianapolis when he filled out his military registration card in June 1917. He was 24 years old and, like all young men at that time, he was required to register for possible military service....

  • 7/20/2020 - The 1836 Estate of Edmund Tilley of Stokes Co, NC
    Stokes: DNA, Tilley, Hill, Estate
    Two weeks ago I didn't know I was a descendant of Edmund Tilley. Four years ago I didn't even know I was a descendant of his granddaughter Letitia Hill Wood. But thanks to DNA results, I was able to fill in these gaps in my family tree....

  • 6/27/2020 - Mont Caudill's Warner DNA
    Grayson: Caudill, Warner, DNA
    It was four years ago when I discovered that I had a great great grandfather named Robert Mont Caudill who was born in 1887 in Grayson Co, VA. In 1906 he married Alice Davis at her father's home in the southern part of the county. Their first daughter Alma, born in 1907, was my great grandmother. The following year I started digging deeper to see what more I could learn about Mont. ....

  • 2/24/2020 - The Cobblestone Gas Station
    Grayson: gas station, Duncan, Mouth of Wilson
    Every old photo has a story to tell. Sometimes it's not clear what that story is, but there was a particular set of circumstances that led to the picture being taken. That might be less true today with digital cameras, but decades ago, in the era of black and white pictures, photos were often more deliberate....

  • 2/20/2020 - New Online Photo Album
    Photos: website
    After many months spent trying to determine how to design a new and improved photo album for my website, it's finally ready. All 3,878 photos are online. View the album at This is what it looks like....

  • 9/30/2019 - The Journey of Colan Williams
    Alleghany: Colan Williams, Cornwall, mining, DNA
    Colan Williams arrived on the Australian coast on a mission. On that day in 1877, and while most of the other passengers aboard the ship were excited about starting new lives in a new country, he had more personal business to tend to. If he didn't find what he was looking for here, he would sail to America and look there. One way or another, he would find his father....

  • 9/29/2019 - The Old Elk Spur Road
    Wilkes: Blackburn, Elk Spur, homesite, Stone Mountain
    My great uncle told me the story about going to visit his grandparents to get a calf. Nothing was easy back in those days – it was probably the late 1930s. They lived up the mountain in Roaring Gap, and his grandparents were John F. Blackburn and Carrie Harris Blackburn who lived down the mountain in Traphill....

  • 9/20/2019 - Last Will and Testament of Obediah Martin
    Surry: Obediah Martin, Malon Austill, will
    Obediah Martin was a man of conviction. He had strong feelings about how things should be in his life, and he was determined to make sure others obeyed his wishes even after his death....

  • 9/6/2019 - Running Out Of Creek Names
    Wilkes: land grants, creeks
    When I first started tracing my genealogy, I focused mostly on names and dates. I suppose that's typical of most people. We need to know who our ancestors were before we start asking questions about what their lives were like. As I've continued researching over many years, I've become more interested in exactly where my ancestors lived....

  • 8/23/2019 - At Home On Ditch Creek
    Wilkes: Ditch Creek, John Brooks, Civil War, land grant
    You never know where the next interesting history tale might pop up. Today's journey takes us to the banks of Ditch Creek along Oklahoma Rd near the Wilkes and Alleghany border. On page 51 of the book Log Cabin Families of Stone Mountain, NC, a story is recounted by Annice Brooks Royall about her grandfather John Brooks. She said he hid out in a cave on the side of a mountain to keep from going to the Civil War....

  • 8/2/2019 - Christopher McCrary vs. Christopher Edinger
    Wilkes: McCrary, Edinger, Edner, DNA, Bauguess, Roaring River
    My ancestor Christopher McCrary has always been a mystery to me. Since the mid-1990s when I first saw him listed under a different name in the 1850 census, I've wanted to know more about his story. In 1850 he was listed as Christopher Edner, age 52, a farmer born in Rowan County....

  • 7/22/2019 - The Family of Willie Donithan of Galax, VA
    Galax: Donithan, Grayson
    Willie Donithan and his wife Lola Whittington raised seven children in Galax, VA. Their oldest, Ella Mae, was born in 1909, and their youngest, James Conley, was born in 1923. My great grandfather Ernest Donithan was their second child born in 1911....

  • 7/15/2019 - The Mystery of Stokes and Young Brooks
    DNA: Stokes Brooks, Young Brooks, yDNA, Wilkes
    The DNA results are in, and the verdict is clear: Stokes Brooks and Young Brooks definitely had different fathers. Stokes H. Brooks was born in 1802, and his brother Young Nathan Brooks was born in 1805. They were both sons of Rebecca Brooks who is believed to have never married....

  • 7/14/2019 - Emanuel Rose Homeplace 1790s
    Wilkes: Emanuel Rose, deeds, Stone Mountain, Garden Creek, John Brown
    I wonder if Emanuel Rose might be buried at the Brown Cemetery, also known as Garden Creek Cemetery, at Stone Mountain. After looking at land grants and later deeds, I think there’s a good possibility that he is buried there or nearby....

  • 12/7/2018 - Colon Williams of Alleghany Co, NC
    Alleghany: Colon Williams, England, Cornwall, DNA
    It was about 25 years ago in the 1990s that I learned my great great great grandfather Colon Williams came to Alleghany Co, NC, from England. As I started building my family tree in those early days as a beginning genealogist, I realized that he was my most recent immigrant ancestor....

  • 12/1/2018 - Choosing a DNA Test
    DNA: test, 23andme, FTDNA, AncestryDNA, myHeritage
    If you're new to DNA testing, it can be confusing to understand the variety of tests offered, the different companies in the DNA business, and what each test offers. While everyone's opinions vary, knowing certain facts about the different tests will make the decision easier.

  • 10/20/2018 - Rock Creek Meeting House
    Wilkes: Rock Creek, deeds, Joseph Porter
    Where was the Rock Creek Meeting House? In 1848, Joseph Porter Sr received a grant for 52 acres on "the new road"....

  • 10/18/2018 - Lewis W. Holbrook 1886 Survey
    Wilkes: Lewis W. Holbrook, deeds
    I stumbled across a survey made for L. W. Holbrook in 1886 for 141 acres (Wilkes DB 5, p523). His land was at Joines on the north side of Longbottom Rd and east of the entrance to Stone Mountain. I believe he is Lewis W. Holbrook who was born in 1830, son of John Holbrook and Jane Bauguess....

  • 10/18/2018 - Thomas Caudill Schoolhouse Grant 1850
    Wilkes: Thomas Caudill, deeds, schoolhouse
    In the 1800s, there was a schoolhouse located near what is now 3100 Bethany Ford Rd in Roaring River. It's about 0.9 miles east of the river. The first mention I've found is the 1840 grant to Willis Holloway which has a beginning corner near the schoolhouse. Then in 1850, an 80 acre grant to Thomas Caudill also begins "near the old schoolhouse"....

  • 10/9/2018 - The Legend of Tom Dooley 1868
    Wilkes: Tom Dooley, Ann Melton, Laura Foster, court
    The Legend of Tom Dooley in Wilkes Co, NC. Lots of people have heard the tale. Maybe you remember Andy Taylor singing the 1958 ballad with The Darlins....

  • 10/5/2018 - Eng and Chang Bunker Become U.S. Citizens 1839
    Wilkes: Eng and Chang Bunker, Siamese Twins
    Wilkes County Court Minutes Docket A, October 12, 1839. Eng and Chang, the Siamese Twins, are naturalized to become U.S. citizens as residents of NC....

  • 10/2/2018 - John Henry Duncan Jr Cemetery in Carroll Co, VA
    Carroll: John Henry Duncan, cemetery, Deepwater
    The Duncan Cemetery is at the end of a one-mile hike that follows an old road as it spirals up to the top of a mountain ridge along Deepwater Creek in eastern Carroll Co, VA....

Jason Duncan
222 Sundance Cir
Statesville, NC 28625

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