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Spooks Branch, a human history story

Spooks Branch was a singular place in settlers’ loreby Rob NeufeldImportant editorial note:This is a significant historical story that is also, in parts, personal and controversial.  It is about a few families who settled a particular cove and played out their heroic and complex legacies in ways that interacted with place and time.  You don't read this kind of story much because people don't like to expose themselves or stir up trouble, even a little.  This caution makes history classes boring…See More
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The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball

History of the "Asheville 1000" and the 1970s renaissance                       Let’s not miss the history of Asheville’s renaissance, Marilyn Ball’s new book, “The Rise of Asheville,” advocates.            She’d come here in 1977, making her one of the advance guard of “artists, entrepreneurs, and off-the-grid…See More
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Century-ago woman's apple cake recipe

Mmm, them apples in Beaverdam coveIn 1972, Helen Nelon wrote about the traditions of old-time Spooks Branch, off Beaverdam Road.  Here's what she said about her use of apples in a cake.(The full story of Spooks Branch will appear soon.)There were apples for delicious cider cooled in the spring "dreem" (drain), apples for frying for cold winter days, and for special days there were dried apple sauce fruit cakes.These cakes were made of very thin, sweet dough with dried apple sauce spread between…See More
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Dignity is the key to Richard Russo's inspiration

So funny, and yet so exposing--Richard Russo's geniusSnakes on the lane            In Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls, the protagonist, Miles recalls the time his father, driving, had accelerated into a box on a highway.  “What if that box had been full of rocks?” Miles asks.  Unfazed, Max quizzes his son about what he would do about the box.  Max says he'd stop and look in it,  “What if it was full of rattlesnakes? “ his father asks.            The verbal match…See More
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Humanize the history--especially with Civil War--writes acclaimed author

Writer illuminates tangled web of Civil Warby Rob Neufeld             David Madden has written a book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” that deserves special attention.            First, there’s Madden’s background.  In 1992, he founded the U.S. Civil War Center in New…See More
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Coming attraction--Singleton at Malaprop's & City Lights for Calloustown

George Singleton's latest collection of stories, Calloustown...features the folk who try to survive in a place that has little to offer besides a Finger Museum and a taxidermy petting zoo,It's funny, but also tragic and angry.  The review, "Love-hate humor cries in Calloustown," appears in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, 11/15/2015.  Singleton's at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18; and at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.Here's an excerpt from the…See More
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November 13, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Our very special Autumnal edition starts at 7PM and is sure to be a lively and vibrant set, with featured writers Randi Janelle, Tina FireWolf, Logan Parker, and Annabelle Crowe. Two of our readers have new books out, and as always there is wine flowing by donation. Hosts Lockie Hunter and Caroline Wilson look forward to seeing you there----remember, your wellbeing depends upon it.See More
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Love and Mercy ~ Up On Roan Mountain

My family lived and loved up on Roan Mountain and in the surrounding mountain areas, and this is their story. It's woven into a tapestry that weaves down through the years, before the days of the Civil War and up to present day. They were…
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It's All Relative--50 WNC women write about family

Family life as perceived by 50 WNC authorsby Rob Neufeld             If you have biases against small press books or anthologies of local writers’ work, I recommend you lay them aside and take a look at “It’s All Relative” (Stone Ivy Press), 52 stories and poems by 50 WNC women authors writing about family.           …See More
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"I really appreciate your book, and I was amazed at your information on our Morgan family. I need to read it once more. Thank you"
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My mother's family was featured in "A LOT OF BUNKUM" volume 28 February 2007, a publication of Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society. The title of the article was
The Story Behind The Hare Funeral Home by Sandy Samz
The Asheville Citizen Times also ran a piece about the Hare Funeral Home that was entitled
"Funeral home became Asheville fixture," and that was in May 7, Dorothy Gillum Bryant shown in photo above.

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Tar heel Roots in Sedro Woolley Washington

I am a transplanted "Tar heel". I have never forgotten my Western North Carolina roots, and although I have lived in California for a good portion of my life, I still consider Western North Carolina as "home."

In August of 1981, after my Dad's memorial service, a group of family members went out to eat at a family style restaurant in…


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Miller Family Album, Early 20th Century

This photo is of the William J Miller and Sallie Viola Rogers Miller children taken in 1903.

From Left to right Roy standing , Locke seated, Mamie standing and Lois.

I noticed that the boys all seemed to wear dresses in those days, Locke would have been three. The Miller family lived…


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The Big Yellow House

Aunt Mamie and Uncle Early's Home..

This photo shows Mamie and Early at their wedding.

Aunt Mamie, was my dad's oldest sister. She married Early Lee Anderson and moved to Clay County. She came from a very Democratic family and Uncle Early was a Republican. This rather astonished my…


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I never really studied this photo

The photo is of Rebecca Rogers 03 Jun 1838-18 Sep 1910 along with some of her family members,

My grandmother is not shown in this photo..I think it must have been in the 1800's some time because

I have a photo of Rebecca where she is very chubby and her hair is very white. My grandmother was born in

1870 and I believe that Mary Jane Elizabeth Rogers Hooper was born in 1880..(she would have been the baby)

and Roberta Rogers was born in 1877.…

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From, " Experiences of A Pedagogue in the Carolina Highlands" by Prof. Madison

There was a series of articles published in the Asheville Citizen in the 70's or maybe the 60's . I was able to look at a couple of these articles when I visited the Hunter Library at WCU in Cullowhee. I found two articles that mentioned my grandfather Will Miller, and even my great grandmother Margaret (Keener) Miller. The staff at the Hunter Library were unbelievably helpful. Wish I could have stayed longer.

I have enclosed copies of the articles, which the…

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At 11:55am on May 31, 2011, M Huggins said…
John Ehle has so many great books. Yes two were made into movies. My husband has know him a long time and we are big fans of his. John is a great writer and has done so much for NC. We just joined the Read on WNC as we did not know it was out there. I just re-read Last One Home again after many years, some great characters.  My husband has a novel coming out next year (set in Hot Springs NC in 1917) and John was very helpful. We both grew up near Asheville so are thrilled to have this contact for the literary world there.
At 4:48pm on May 30, 2010, Chivous Omar Bradley said…
If I am related to the General, it is very distant and I've not proven the connection. My dad served in WW II and drove the General's Jeep on several occasions. After surviving action at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and Huertgen Forest, Dad was hit by shrapnel while on a routine reconnaissance mission. After surgery in a field hospital in Germany, he was transferred to a hospital in Brittain where General Bradley visited him. Dad was so impressed by that act that he named me for General Bradley. Nelson Bradley was actually named for Morgan L. Neilson, MD- an early Buncombe County physician. While his given name is listed as Neilson or Nelson M. Bradley on Census records, his name at birth was Doctor Morgan Neilson Bradley. According to my great uncle, he always went by "Nelson" Bradley.
At 12:46pm on May 29, 2010, Chivous Omar Bradley said…
It is a pleasure reading your comments. We share some common ancestry and history. My great great grandfather Alexander Bradley married Elizabeth Goldsmith, the sister of your William Goldsmith. There is some speculation that Alexander's brother Johnathan was a victim of the Shelton Laurel Massacre. He was returning home at the time from Tennessee and disappeared. One of his shoes was found later but neither he nor his body was ever located. Wilma Dykeman, one of the great historical writers of western North Carolina and Tennessee, was a descendant of Alexander Bradley and Elizabeth Goldsmith. Her historical novel, "The Tall Woman" is about her Bradley, Ballard, and Cole ancestors.
At 10:34am on February 15, 2010, Terry Gimpel said…
Thank you Sallie,
I will look forward to receiving additional information from you. I have information on and photos of Hester Jane Goldsmith, daughter of John Turner Goldsmith and Naomi Bryan corn if you are interested?
At 1:37pm on February 7, 2010, Summer Campbell-Kelsch said…
So I have a John Goldsmith listed under his father William Goldsmith,and under John I have John Turner Goldsmith born the 10th of July 1824 death as 12 December 1911.He was married to Naomi Bryan Corn whose father was Richard Corn.They were married in 1846 in Greenville,SC.They had a daughter named Minerva Goldsmith who married Joseph Bailee Kirk,one of their sons was Samuel Kirk who married May Belle Smith and the had a son named Calvin Kirk who is my Grandma Delores Campbell's father.May Belle Smith I have linked to Queen Elizabeth II.Her grandmother Martha Jane Fenton is her eight cousin.
At 1:05pm on February 5, 2010, Summer Campbell-Kelsch said…
It is actually my Grandmother, Delores Campbell whose Great Great Grandfather was John Goldsmith, and you are right! John Turner Goldsmith did Mary Naomi Corn! I have been trying to do my Grandma's genealogy for her, and her aunt Sammie. Sammie lives in California , as well as my Grandma. I did a google search and saw your story and could not believe it! I am so excited! Hopefully we can collaborate to get all the proper information on our families! Exciting!
At 1:18pm on February 3, 2010, Summer Campbell-Kelsch said…
My Great Great Great grandfather William Goldsmith had a son named John Turner Goldsmith. That would mean your Great great Grandpa and mine were brothers! My Grandma is so excited! She lives in California as well, but Santa Rosa. I hope to hear from you!
At 11:14am on October 24, 2009, Dawn McCall said…
Email me directly at and I'll send you what I have in my databases in Word format. I certainly know how hard it is to verify your research when you live so far out of state. I was very blessed to have a lady in Missouri helping me with records that I needed on my Sams line and now, since publishing my first book, people who have bought it have gotten in touch with me with old family photos, bible records and all kinds of goodies! With their permission, I am doing a revised edition to add the things that have been shared. So, I am always willing to help those who live out of state with Buncombe County look-ups.
At 9:48pm on October 23, 2009, Dawn McCall said…
Was reading through posts this evening and noticed your on the Buckner and Freeman families and I also have those in my lines. My 6th great grandfather was Jesse Buckner who married Martha Lee. I descend down through their daughter, Aquilla who married Charles West. I will be glad to send you the info from my Buckner and Freeman databases if you like. I live in Transylvania County, NC and go to Asheville at least once a month to do research there at the library and courthouse and can help you with look-ups.
At 12:05pm on October 20, 2009, Edna Joyce McCorkle said…
Sallie thanks for your time and information.

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