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melanie (#47199377)
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Bio Photo It all started with Deep Branch Baptist in Lumberton, NC and Clover Hill Methodist in Lawndale, NC on my mom's side and Walnut Grove Baptist in Moravian Falls, NC on my dad's side. It was amazing to me that I was related to that many people buried in those cemeteries.

MATERNAL MATERNAL line includes: Burgin, Digh/Dye, Freeman, Gattis/Gettys, Kelly, Ledford, Newton, Self, & Swofford in Burke, Cleveland, Gaston, McDowell, Orange, and Rutherford Counties in North Carolina

MATERNAL PATERNAL line includes: Dees/e, Dyal/Dial, Hammond/s, Hunt, Jones, Locklear, Lowry/ery/rey/rie, Paul, & Sampson in Cumberland and Robeson Counties in North Carolina

PATERNAL MATERNAL line includes: Brown, Coleman, Jarvis, & Money in Iredell, Surry, Wilkes, and Yadkin Counties in North Carolina

PATERNAL PATERNAL line includes: Campbell, Curry, Hayes, Moore, Treadway/away, Smith, & Williams in Alexander, Anson, Iredell, Wilkes, and Rowan Counties in North Carolina

***NOTE: If there is a headstone or footstone photo that I have taken and posted on but not on my tree, just email me and I will gladly send you a copy for your personal use.
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Robeson County Poem
Hi Melanie,

I'm taking a Lumbee history course at UNC and we're creating an exhibit on the 1988 takeover of The Robesonian. One of our exhibit items is the poem "Robeson County is Going Down" by Melanie Sampson. My professor and I are wondering if you happen to know or are the woman who wrote it.

Even if you don't know anything about the poem or the author, it would be nice to learn about some family history you have uncovered in your research, because it looks like we might be kin through Willie Foster Sampson, Sr. My email is

Added by Alex on Jun 01, 2017 10:59 PM
D Bell
Hi Melanie, I found your link when I found out my father's aunt was Evelyn Locklear. My grandfather is Carl Sr, and my Aunt is Inez Hunt. email me please
Added by D Bell on May 25, 2017 11:49 PM
Robert B Noles
The Lumbee Tribe DNA Project
You may consider yourself as an "amateur genealogist," but you are an expert in my opinion. I'm basically an amateur myself, but after 30 years of research, I like to think I know a lot, especially in the field of genetic genealogy (I retired in 1994 and have spent the last 23 years working at genealogy and genetics (as a hobby)). I'm a mechanical engineer by training and work history (design & manufacture of nuclear power plant equipment), so learning genetics was initially a stretch.

My Lumbee Tribe DNA Project is with professional genetic genealogists via Family Tree DNA ( I do not use for DNA testing. While is a great genealogy resource, their DNA efforts are amateurish. I may have mentioned it before, but you should know that my Lumbee DNA Project is not supported in any way by the Tribe. The Tribe's official position is no more testing (which I fully understand), when we interviewed them a few years ago.This is because over the years they have been subject to all kinds of testing, and no test has 'proven' that the tribe is Native American in origin.

So, my efforts are strictly as my hobby, which initially started because I was looking for matches for my wife's paternal line that was tested to be Native American in origin. Now, with some 2,000 participants in the Lumbee Project (with perhaps as many as half being Lumbee want abbes(?), I'm trying to assist project participants to understand their test results as it applies to their genealogy. FTDNA has many more tools for genetic matching than does Ancestry, so I encourage people to transfer their Ancestry test results to FTDNA, where I can help them.

The bottom line here to all of this background, is that the project could benefit significantly with your help (part time of course, in that you are a working person). If you would agree to consider helping me with the project, I can nominate you as a co-administrator, so you can see the project details and the list of participants. If you decide you don't want to participate, one click can remove you as an administrator.

You may (or not) want to continue this discussion via email: Rob Noles;

There is also my Facebook for Lumbee Genealogy Research.

Added by Robert B Noles on May 11, 2017 6:30 AM
Susan Carrington Kilgore Wiley
Lowey Photos
Thank you so much for adding all the Lowery family photos. Are you a descendant of some of the Lowery's? My late husband's 4X great grandparents were Abednego Adams and Fanny Rippy Adams. Lavicia Adams Lowery was their granddaughter. Her parents were Francis Abednego Adams and Cinthia Hardin Adams. Susan
Added by Susan Carrington Kilgore ... on Oct 06, 2016 8:53 PM
union baptist church cemetery
Do you live in the community near Union baptist church cemetery? If it's not too much trouble, I was wondering if I could get some updated pictures of my family's headstones next time you are in the vicinity. I only have pictures before they left the area in the late 1970s. Your pictures you posted were high quality :) Their memorial # 143595445, # 143780564, # 95067814. Thanks either way.
Added by jason2k5 on Oct 04, 2016 6:31 PM
Dominique Potier
Earl C Blankenship # 128482438
Thanks Melanie for your picture . I'm pretty certain he was a 327GIR 101st airborne during the WW2 ... if one day you find his obit or more info could you contact me ?


Added by Dominique Potier on Oct 03, 2016 2:06 AM
RS Green-Starnes
Thurman Locklear
Why do you feel this is not the same Thurman Locklear?
Added by RS Green-Starnes on Sep 09, 2016 2:49 PM
Barbara Spears Pipek
Money Family
Melanie, I noticed that you indicate Money as one of the Surnames you are interested in. Would you happen to have anything on Nancy Money who married James Howell Ashley in Surry County about 1851. My great-great grandmother was Mary C Burton, the first wife of James Howell Ashley.


Added by Barbara Spears Pipek on May 21, 2016 11:29 AM
Vickie Lavender
Haynes David Locklear
Hello, I am looking for info on Haynes D Locklear. I know his date of birth, when he died. I know he lived in Florida when he died, and his brothers and sisters also, and they all have passed too. My interested in him is my mother was married to him in 1961. And I am trying to find out if he is my biological father. My mothers name was Betty Jean Braddock at the time. I don't know how long they were married.
Added by Vickie Lavender on Apr 19, 2016 10:46 AM
Charles A Snyder
RE: Re : Dewey Freeman, Jr
I have been busy adding so much of your research to my Family Tree Maker for Freeman history (Dewey M Freeman II was my wife's uncle on her side). Love all the pictures. You have done so much and data entry seems like an endless task. Thank you.
Added by Charles A Snyder on Nov 05, 2015 3:50 PM
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