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?
 
 

Rev. William Henry Cully: Probate Record # 3 & 4

A probate record can be a very revealing document as we have an opportunity to peer into the lives of our ancestors. We find out about the people close to them, the things they owned and many times we may find information that will break down brick walls.


This is a continuance of my Maternal 2x Great Grandfather’s probate file.  If you are just joining my blog and want to see the beginning to catch up, the archives are to the right of this post.  You can start here:   http://www.thecullyfamily.com/2012/06/rev-william-henry-cully-probate-record.html

[Abstracted]

State of North Carolina,
Craven County

I, George W. Cully, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I believe W.H. Cully died without leaving any last will and testament: and that I will well and truly administer all and singular, the goods and chattels, rights and credits for the said W.H. Cully and a true and perfect inventory thereof return as provided by law; and all other duties appertaining to the charge reposed in me; I will faithfully and honestly perform with the best of my skill and ability.  So help me God.

Sworn and subscribed before me, this 29th
Day of September 1902 }

WM Watson C.S.C         }         George W Cully





STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, }  Before the Clerk of the Superior Court.
Craven County.
TO ALL WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME-GREETING:
IT BEING SATISFACTORILY PROVEN To the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior Court for Craven County, that W.H. Cully late of said County, is dead, without having made and published a Will and Testament and it appearing that George W. Cully is entitled to the Administration of the estate of said deceased, and having qualified as administrator according to law:
          NOW, THESE ARE THEREFORE TO EMPOWER the said Administrator to enter in and upon all and singular, the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased, and the same to take into possession whatsoever to be found, and all the just debts of the said deceased, to pay and satisfy, and the residue of said estate to distribute according to law.
          WITNESS, my hand and the seal of said Court, this the 29th day of September 1902
WM Watson Clerk Superior Court.


Now after these two documents, we are going to see more about the life of William H. Cully, and what he owned and how he lived.



Amanuensis Monday: NC Negro Church Bombed

There had been various bombings and burnings of buildings in the Black Community of New Bern, Craven County.  Even though Vanceboro is 21 miles away from New Bern, they are both located in the county of Craven.
I intend on posting an update on this article so that I can present an idea of what was going on during this time period in our Nation, States, Cities and Counties.  This was in the years of the Civil Rights Movement, and it was the fight against Jim Crow.
I felt that this article was important for historical context and will develop the reasons in my next post.
Paper: Seattle Daily Times
November 1, 1965
NEGRO CHURCH BOMBED
NEW BERN, N.C., Nov. 1.-(UPI)
A Negro church near Vanceboro was bombed yesterday.  It was the third bombing in Craven County  this year.
The Sheriff’s office reported the St. Joe Free Will Baptist Church was damaged extensively.
 Negro leaders said no civil-rights meetings had been held in the church.

Cully Family Surname: (My Matrilineal Line) Part #2

This post is a continuance of Part #1 of the Cully Family Post. You can read by clicking on “Part #1”.  


Last post I traced my mother Betty Peters and my grandmother Agnes M [Cully] Peters to Ambrose E. Cully.  I was able to find Ambrose’s parents names on the marriage Registrar listed on Family Search in the 1889 Worcester, MA registrar book.  The names listed were William Cully and Nancy Hartley. 


Since I knew that William & Nancy were the parents of Ambrose, I began  looking at the North Carolina Marriage Collection online and found that they married July 21, 1851 in Craven County, NC.

Marriage of William Cully & Nancy Hartley on 21 July 1851



I knew that William and Nancy resided in the Craven County of North Carolina, so I began looking in the Federal Census Records to see if I could find the family composition while Ambrose was residing in the home and any other Census Records that were relevant & might not include Ambrose.

1860 US Census



In the 1860 US Census, William and Nancy Cully were listed as residing in Reevs, Craven, North Carolina.  Their household composition was: William(29) Nancy(25) Sidney A(5) Julia A. Godette(12) Jeremiah Godette(3) I am not positive as to the connection of Julia & Jeremiah Godette, but I do know that it is one of the Cully Tree branches. I did not find a death record for Sidney A, as I do not see him listed in any other Census records.


In the 1870 US Census, The Cully family was listed as living in Township 5, Craven, North Carolina.The Cully Family Composition: William(35) Nancy(33) Sarah(9) Ambrose(7) Melvina(4) Mary(2) George W. (5/12)

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In the 1880  Census the Cully family was listed as still living in Township 5, Craven, North Carolina.

The family composition in 1880 was William(47) Nancy(43) Ambers(18) 
Melviney (14) George W.(10) Matildie Carter(22) was listed as housekeeper and Mary J. Candey(3)


The Carter and Canadey/Canady & Canada Surnames are a part of my family branches, but I am still investigating the links.

In the 1900 U.S. Census the Cully family was listed as living in Township 6, Craven, North Carolina.


The Family composition was William H(66) Nancy(60) Melvina(34) Isabella (16)
and Robert Johnson(18) as a servant.

So according to the 1860 US Census to the 1900 Census, the children that Nancy and William H Cully had were Sidney A., Sarah, Ambrose, Melvina, George W, and Isabella. (Total of 6 children).


The next post will continue the lineage of William H. Cully through his father, mother and their children. 


(Then further down the line, I will take each individual from each household and show their descendants linking each person to the various surnames).


My Direct Maternal Line as of date is:


1. Yvette Marie Porter


2. Betty Mae Peters
3. Walter James Porter


4. Agnes M Cully
5. Charles Irving Peters


6. Ambrose Elander Cully
7. Nora Ann Gilliam


8. William H. Cully
9. Nancy Hartley (Harkley)



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Sympathy Saturday: In Loving Memory of Zara Frances (Cully) Brown

Zara Frances Cully
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I was asked recently if I had a younger picture of Zara Cully Brown.  So I have decided to post a few of her pictures.  I am pretty sure Zara’s Great Grandson has some pictures of her, and will make a request and post at a later date.

Zara F. Cully was my Grandmother’s, Agnes Cully Peters oldest sister.  Aunt Zara was born February 26, 1892 in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Her parents were Nora Ann Gilliam and Ambrose E. Cully, who were born and raised in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, and in 1890 relocated to Worcester, MA.  Zara’s mother gave birth to numerous children.  The number has been told through the years to be about 21 children, but as of date, I am only able to document twelve, as some of her children died in childbirth, through miscarriage or at a very young age.  Aunt Zara died February 28, 1978.

Aunt Zara and my Aunt Hannah both married a set of  Brown brothers.  Zara married James M. Brown, Sr (Daddy J) and with their union they had four children, and one died in childbirth.  Their children were: James M., Jr., Mary Gale (Polly), and Emerson, whom are all deceased.

Here are the other two Photo’s in my Collection:

Aunt Zara’s Press Photo
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Aunt Zara with my Dad’s mother Helen (Bunn) Porter Thompson in my parent’s living room.
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I remember Aunt Zara very well, even though I was ten years old when she died.  I remember how my mom would get excited when she would call us on the phone. My mother would put me on the phone to talk to her, and Aunt Zara would always ask me how I was doing in school, and if I was enjoying my extra-curricular activities.  She would let me go after she told me she loved me.

I attended Aunt Zara’s funeral, (I was 10yrs old) and I was amazed by the many people that came to her funeral.  The cast from the “Jefferson’s” were in attendance, and I had the opportunity to meet them during the Repast.  My favorite cast member at that time was Harry Bentley (Paul Benedict).  He kept me and all my little cousins running around laughing.

I will always remember my Aunt Zara as a wonderful woman.  She was very kind to me and our family.  Let me tell you one thing that might be a little trivia…My Aunt Zara on the “Jefferson’s” loved Bloody-Mary’s….Well in real life she really did!  That was her drink of choice!  So, I know that Zara has her Bloody-Mary in heaven while my mother is drinking her Martini’s.