Hi, Georgia! Thank you for posting this. I am a descendant of the John Bradley who died in 1778. I have been trying for years to learn more about him. Would it be possible for me to get in touch with Austin Sherman or anyone else that you may know who has researched him? Thanks!
New information from Dennis Yancey of the Nanney Clan who maintains the Nanney Family Archives page at:http://yanceyfamilygenealogy.org/nanney_archives.htm
The Nanney Clan Reunion is held the 3rd Sunday in August of each year. Round Hill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Hudlow Road, Union Mills, NC 28167.
I have a McDowell County fictional short story, “Strong Enough,” in Malice Domestic’s convention anthology: MYSTERY MOST HISTORICAL. It is available on Amazon.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2016 includes my speculative short story “The Mountain Top,” about an elderly couple living in a log cabin in the foothills of North Carolina. Retirement is not for the timid especially if the economy collapses and your neighbors are hungry and mean. Originally published in 2015 in FISH OR CUT BAIT anthology. Both available on Amazon.
Released December 2015: Short story anthology Mystery Times 2015 with “Wheels of Fortune,” my short story about a nursing home cosmos. Available on Amazon.
My historical mystery is now offered in print and ebook! Look for the anthology History and Mystery Oh My! And the story “Dead Man Hanging.” A survivor of the Little Big Horn solves a hotel murder during the historic North Carolina flood of 1916.
My story “Remember Me?” tells of a frightening turn of events at a high school reunion. It is published by Mozark Press with the other stories in That Mysterious Woman. Now Available at Amazon.
Check out short stories at Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. I have one about wolf-dogs in the 2014 Jul/Aug issue, “Pickin’ Banjo,” and my critique mate Paula Benson has a SF story, “Apple Lure.”
The main character in “Dear Courtney” is trapped in a marriage that is less than perfect. The short story is included in the anthology Mystery TImes Ten 2013 on sale on Amazon and at Buddhapuss Ink.
My short spooky tale “The Blue Ridge Wreath” is included in anthology #8 at the Stupefying Stories website. http://stupefyingstoriesshowcase.com
Check out: McDowell County NCGenweb site
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Category Archives: Brackett Town Saga
On June 6, 2013, I visited Brice. He was not feeling well, but he rallied, eventually rising from the hospital bed that was in his living room, to tell me about the changes on his farm. Iva helped him move … Continue reading
“Our Dad was a very gentle man,” said Nora. “Henry Sprouse had a dry sense of humor. He enjoyed people, enjoyed conversation, and he was a good man. He was an honorable man. If he told you he would do … Continue reading
Returning to a conversation I had with Brice and Nora about this general time period, Brice said, “Larry stayed for years after I left home. Him and Nora. Nora was mean and feisty.” He was teasing his baby sister who … Continue reading
I received an interesting email from a Dysartsville native who reads this blog. He grew up in the neighborhood and knows the characters of the Brackett Town Saga. Richard Buchanan remembers starting school back when Larry Sprouse drove the school bus, but … Continue reading
So many of our neighbors have lived in McDowell County all their lives, it is small wonder when you ask directions to a place, you get a reference to a building that “used to be…” My 87-yr-old friend at church was … Continue reading
When the Sprouse children were living at home, their parents encouraged them to work hard, to study diligently, and to share with others. Larry remembered one year at Macedonia Baptist Church they had a pastor with ten children, and he … Continue reading
Brice wasn’t the only Sprouse to drive a school bus. In 1949, it was Larry’s turn. “We didn’t have adults driving. It was all students. After me, Wayne drove, and Ollis Lawing, Olin Smalley, Edward Arrowood, all the boys in this … Continue reading
The ages of the Henry Sprouse children ranged from Brice, born in 1928, to Nora fifteen years later. In between there were Ann, Larry, Wayne, Zula Mae, and Mavis. And among them, they would add seven more to the next generation. … Continue reading
This past summer I complained that we had to fence our garden of three raised vegetable beds to keep out the critters. I asked Brice for his husbandry advice. He told me about their gigantic truck farm. “Instead of havin’ a … Continue reading