Saturday, April 7, 2018

How to Research Old Newspapers to Find your Ancestors #northcarolinapioneers

The Robesonian

Researching newspapers requires a great deal of patience.  For one thing, the issues ramble with news throughout.  Take The Robesonian which covers Robeson County, North Carolina, for example. This newspaper has some interesting quotes on the inside. However, finding such tidbits requires reading the entire newspaper!  Yes!  If we are ever to find more clues concerning our ancestors, all page must be throughly examined.  Marriages, deaths, obituaries, memoriums, visits from relatives, etc. are scattered throughout the newspaper.  There is usually more than one newspaper in the area where your ancestors resided.  And the reporters did not repeat one another either, like they do today.  They went out and found their own local stories.  This is good.

The Robesonian Aug 20 1873 Lumberton NC

" A man by the name of Joseph Hinson familiarly known as Fighting Joe, the mail carrier between Wadesboro and Salisbury, was found dead in his buddy on Thursday last. The horse went up to a gentleman's gate on the route and stopped, when some of the family went out to the buggy and discovered Hinson lying on the seat dead. He was about 30 or 35 years old andwhen last seen alive appeared to be in robust health. His home was in Montgomery County."

The Robesonian Feb 3, 1897

" Seminole War Captain. Capt. Haley T. Blocker, a captain in the Seminole war, died at Tuscaloosa, Florida. He was born in Endgefield District, SC April 2, 1818 and moved to Florida about the year of 1869. He was also a captain in the Confederate Army."

The Robesonian February 10 1897

"Mountain Murders. Terrible Triangular Fight with Knives and Pistols. A horrible tragedy was enacted in Polk County North Carolina a few miles above Spartanburg Monday night about 11 o clock says the Columbia State. Will and Joe Gunnell, two alledged moonshiners were cut and shot to death by a man named Jenkins, while Jenkins lies mortally wounded. The facts of the killing as near as could be obtained are as follows: Will Gunnell and Jenkins became involved in a difficulty Saturday night in which Gunnell was considerably worsted." 

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