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: Dysartsville Saga
In the last Dysartsville episode, I introduced you to Romulus Jolley Duncan, age 96, who moved from Spruce Pine to Dysartsville to Mocksville, NC, and back to Dysartsville. Not a lot of travel for someone who had served in WWII. In … Continue reading
Three Dysartsville churches were each relocated twice but haven’t been moved again in the last 100 years. Just the names of the roads have changed. The Trinity Methodist Church was started around 1858, one mile from Dysartsville on the Bridgewater … Continue reading
Every community requires space to accommodate the gathering of a large group of neighbors. I have already mentioned that one of the first assemblies in Dysartsville grew out of the Muddy Creek Mission in the 1780’s, later becoming the Drucilla Presbyterian … Continue reading
Back in Dysartsville Episode 6 James Dysart of Dysartsville, I quoted a source Burke County Heritage, Vol 1, page 163. This article was written by Nell James Elmore quoting information reported by three historians in addition to the records of … Continue reading
One of my “informants” supplied me with the following letters published in 1880 in the local news section of The Blue Ridge Blade, the newspaper of Morganton, county seat of neighboring Burke County. Remember McDowell had only been a county … Continue reading
I don’t want to suggest that there were only a couple families in town. On the contrary, there were many, but I am involved with family names and how some have lasted for a hundred years and some have disappeared. … Continue reading
Warning: This is complicated and might require several sittings to get through and/or a stiff drink. In the U.S. Census of 1870, the Dysart family was represented quite well: John Dysart, age 45, and his wife Tabitha, age 42, had … Continue reading
John Samuel Dysart was born in McDowell County on 30 June 1855 (son of John Dysart, who was the son of William, who was the son of James YSD, Sr). In March of 1878, he married Lucy Ann Queen who taught … Continue reading
In 1781, folks were living and loving one day at a time, as always. The good news of King’s Mountain and Yorktown would be remembered forever, but the well-being of family and community was still a daily struggle. After the … Continue reading
When I was busily selling books at a Christmas bazaar benefitting a domestic violence shelter, I encountered my friend Amanda Finn, Director of the historic Carson House in McDowell County, who told me about a candlelight tour that very night. Even though … Continue reading