Rev. William Henry Cully: Probate Record #5

It has been since June 2012, since I have written on the probate records of my 2x Great Grandfather William Henry Cully.  He passed away in 1902 and he left no will requiring the courts to approve an administrator of the estate.  My Great Grand Uncle George W. Cully was appointed the administrator when his mother Nancy forfeited that role as it was customary for a male child to handle the affairs of their father.

If you are interested in seeing prior posts of the probate records, you can go to these links WHC Probate Record #1, WHC Probate Record #2, WHC Probate Record #3 &4

Below is a page showing what the court case is pertaining to and who is the administrator and where the case is filed.

[Abstract]

W. H. Cully, Decd,

Geo. W. Cully, Administrator

Filed Sept 29, [?] 1902

O & D, Book P

Folio 171

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North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1979, Craven County, C-Cully, W H (1902) Image 6 of 25, Familysearch.org, accessed 3/27/2014 updated

 

 

I have spent so much time searching for information on the lives of my Cully line, so for me to find this document, it is revealing.  I have known through Census records that my 2x &3x Grandfathers owned land in North Carolina and through family stories handed down.  I just had no proof on paper per se’.   This page below shows the location of land and the amount owned by William H. Cully.  What I found even better was that the document noted where I could find the deeds and the folio they were filed in.

I will be ordering these soon from the North Carolina, Craven County Recorder of Deeds.

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North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1979 Craven County C-Cully, W H (1902) Image 7 of 25, FamilySearch.org as last accessed 3/27/2014 update

[Transcribed]

North Carolina
Craven County
Before
W. M. Watson, Esq
C.O.L.

Re:
Geo. W Cully, Administrator
Of estate of
W. H. Cully, dec’d

To The Court:
Geo. W Cully, administrator of the estate of W.H. Cully, deceased respectfully returns the following as a just, true and perfect inventory of all the real estate, goods and chattels of his intestate, which have cause into his hands, or into the hand of any person for heir, as such administrator, since the oath of his qualifications.
Real Estate
One tract of land in No. 5 township, Craven County, N.C. containing 300 acres, being land conveyed to W. H. Cully dec’d by deed recorded in Book 74 Folio 92 office of Register of Deeds. {400.00}
One tract of land in No 6 township Craven County, N.C. containing 290 ½ acres, being land conveyed to W.H. Cully, dec’d by deed re- in Book 85 Folio 500 said record.

The next page I will be presenting in the next post is an inventory of personal property of William…I was even more thrilled with all the things that were listed on the inventory sheet as the document revealed what type of farming my ancestors did.

[My Thought]  A Negro family with property between 1800-1902 was a rarity in North Carolina, but not uncommon at the same time.  There were Negro/Native American families that owned land such as the Carter’s, Doves, George’s Goddette’s , Whittington’s, etc.  
 
It makes me wonder if these people of color still had to struggle and deal with racism in their community regardless of their economic standing in New Bern.  Were they the exception as long as they stayed where they were?  Of course I am thinking that they had to deal with racism and they had to deal with hate crimes or at least be on guard with the fear that they may fall victim to such a crime.
 
William’s death announcement stated that he was a well respected colored man.  Was he respected by the Whites because he stayed in his place?
 
 

Root Digger Daily Journal: Friday, October 5, 2012

Today was one of those days where everything was in slow motion.  Had a lot on my plate and still do.

This morning after my friend and I dropped my daughter off to school, we went to a little cafe in Lemon Grove, CA.  I can’t even remember the name.  They gave big servings for the breakfast meals, and I was so hungry and ate all except the pancakes.  Then I purchased some items at the medical supply place that would help me take care of my uncle when he comes home.  Now you know that I could not leave Lemon Grove without visiting the antique store.  I bought a few more photos that had names on the back as they were a part of the collection I already had at home, and I gather that they will give some meaning to the research at hand.

Today I presented the artwork portrait of my father to the elementary school librarian and met with some of the students in a 4th grade class.They were so happy to meet me and I was happy to meet them.

I didn’t do much with genealogy today, but I did participate on an online chat with Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project.  This project is so intriguing…I would like to participate maybe next year.

I  started to go through College Board to order SAT reports for the twelve schools my daughter is interested in.  I am really starting to get pumped up for the College process with her.

Well it is late, my grandson is here and still awake at 10:30pm…It is time to wind down and maybe play a game of Words with Friends.

See you all tomorrow.

Good Night!

 

Thursday, October 4, 2012: My Genealogy Corner

Today was not a big genealogy day.  Spent a lot of time out of the house running errands.

Some of the things I did do today was:

  1.  Purchased an accordion file, folders, notebooks and sticky notes so that my daughter and I can stay organized while she applies to colleges and scholarships for next year.
  2.  Went to Staples and Kinko’s to have the pencilman Artwork copied on hard stock paper and then went to Aaron Brothers to purchase a couple of frames for the portrait of my Father, Walter J. Porter.  I will be going to the elementary school tomorrow to have it presented for the North Campus library.  We had the presentation of the originals before school let out in June 2012. (The portrait below and a duplicate will be on each campus Library).
The Pencilman and me at the Walter J. Porter Elementary School with both portraits.  The one I am holding has another copy for library.

The Pencilman and me at the Walter J. Porter Elementary School with both portraits. The one I am holding has another copy for library.

  1.  I wanted to get to my Hairston family research today but really did not have the time.
  2.  I did begin a family tree on Walter & Cora Davis…as one of my Hairston cousins was doing some research, and I was curious as to what they were interested in knowing.
  3.  Well, now I will be doing at least one or two photo posts before I head to sleep.  I just do not feel that I accomplished much until I have at least posted a few times on my blog.
  4.  I did get my I-phone today and hope I have the time tomorrow to set it up.
  5.  Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day…Doctor appointments, and lots of phone calls.
  6. One of the highlights of my day was talking to one of my parents and uncle’s good friend in Los Angeles, and his sharing stories about my Uncle, their friends and my parents back in the 1950’s.  He said he knew all the stories.  Our plan is to get together, go out for brunch and record him all day as he tells the stories that I am so eager to hear.

Well this is all for now…See ya all tomorrow.

 

Wordless Wednesday: New Deputy Fire Chief Richard C Cully

This is my 1st cousin 1x removed. I purchased this photo on e-bay. You can imagine how thrilled I was to discover his photo.

Family Collection in possession of Yvette Porter Moore

Family Collection in possession of Yvette Porter Moore

Written on the back:

Another Cambridge First _ Cambridge City manager John H. Corcoran congratulates new Deputy Fire Chief  Richard C. Cully of Headquarters, formerly Captain Cully of Ladder Company 3.  The promotion of Deputy Fire Chief Richard C. Cully give Cambridge the first black Deputy Fire Chief in New England.  Cully has been with the Fire Department for more than 20 years.

 (Cully on the Far right)

Root Digger Daily Journal: October 3, 2012

Today I spent most of my time going through old pictures that I had purchased in Antique Stores.  I did minimal research on the photos because at this point it doesn’t make sense for me to have them sitting in file cases and boxes because the photos need some background information.

I usually like to google the photography studios, the photographer and also look up the individuals  that have been identified.  I am very interested in taking a course in identifying old photographs.  I find it difficult to discuss the photo when I am unsure what approximate year it was taken based on the hair styles, the dress attire, the type of furniture, pose and even the type of photograph it is.  If anyone knows where a course is available online, let me know.

My grandson stayed the night with me.  I have been very impressed with how well he has been eating. He used to be a very picky eater.  When he went to bed, he said, “Grandma, you have a lot of books!”  I told him that I want to take him shopping so he can pick out some books, because he needs to read.  It really is true that our children emulate us.  Glad I can be an influence in this way. Maybe he will take to genealogy.  He is always asking about the pictures I have on the wall of his great grandparents.

Well this is all for my short insert for the night.  I am a little tired…and hope that I will have more time to post a few more photos and post Part #3 of Shober Hairston.