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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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Seth Quick
RE: Cummings Cemetery
I should have taken pictures of all of them, but got in a rush since my niece and sister were with me. Will try to stop again next time I am up that way. It is a pretty cemetery and well kept. Morris Tetter, Winnie Cummings and Nancy Locklear are all in my direct line so was glad to find their headstones. Saw your question about Nancy's death year on her headstone. I was not sure if it was 1839 or 1838 so I went with what I found on internet from a Rootsweb webpage that had all the headstones transcribed. It had 1838. I think it is right, but not 100% positive. I believe that Nancy died in 1838 and Godfrey remarried a Nepsey Penelope. Besides the headstone, I believe this because it explains why two of Nancy's children (William Godfrey who was my 2nd great grandfather and Winnie Locklear) are living with her parents Enoch and Winnie Cummings per 1850 Census. Since I was not sure of Nancy's death year until I found her headstone and Rootsweb page, I had assumed that Nancy was possibly the mother of Cyrus and Edward too, but now think it was Nepsey. I am always open, so let me know if there is other evidence that supports Nepsey and Nancy were same person rather than Nepsey and Penelope being the same person. Thanks
Added by Seth Quick on Oct 02, 2017 6:49 PM
shannon pfuntner
looking for my grandfather buriel site
death cert says Scotland county
brooks family cemetery ,went to North Carolina looked for two days no luck ,Silas Augustine Young born 1905-1972 he buried at brooks family cemetery wife Bitha Brooks married name young ,we have looked and looked called every county no luck .
her father is buried same place but syas
brooks family cemetery

Brooks Family Cemetery
11 Mar 2004 • Ghio Scholl Station, Scotland, North Carolina
any help would greatly approctied
Added by shannon pfuntner on Sep 20, 2017 9:18 AM
Samantha Johnson
Hey Melanie,
I am working on my family tree and kind of hit a dead end maybe. My 3rd great grandmother was Almedie/a Williams Call of Wilkes County who was the 2nd wife to William "Bud" Rufus Call of Wilkes County. I can find no burial records of her anywhere. On the 1900 census it has the grandmother listed in the home with them as Mary Willams of NC May of 1825. I thought this was be her mother but when I searched her on find a grave I didn't see Almedie/a's name listed but I also noticed a child missing. Could Alemdie/a be the other child? I would be extremely grateful with any information you have. Thank you so much!
Added by Samantha Johnson on Sep 01, 2017 9:29 AM
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
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
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
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
Phoebe Pollitt
Lumbee nurses
Thank you for so much information. 3 other early Lumbee nurses were Eva Brewington Sampson (1932-2014) who graduated from nursing school in 1970 and spent a 25 year career heading student health services at UNC-P. and 2 military nurses: Mary Brayboy who nurses in OK during the VietNam war and Brenda Finnicum who started service in the US Army nurse Corps in 1978.

I want to find out more about an unnamed nurse in Dr. Malinda Lowery's book Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South where on page 161 she writes
"The project (Pembroke Farms) also employed a nurse, the farm's only permanent Indian employee. Her duties centered on curbing the area's malaria, tuberculosis, syphilis and other diseases through treatment and education".

I have written Dr. Lowery and haven't received a reply. Do you know who she is talking about?
Thanks again for all your great information.
Added by Phoebe Pollitt on Mar 25, 2015 10:05 AM
Phoebe Pollitt
Viola Lowery Armstrong
I have a history of nursing in NC website and I very much want to add information about early Lumbee Registered Nurses. I understand that Viola Lowery Armstrong was the first. Do you know of others? perhaps the first Lumbee nurse to work in Robeson County/Pembroke/Scotland County area?
Also, do you have a photograph of nurse Armstrong or know how I can read her obituary?
Thanks a lot and sorry for all the quesitons.
Phoebe Pollitt
Added by Phoebe Pollitt on Mar 24, 2015 8:40 PM
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