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[NC] A Call to African Americans of Salisbury, N.C.
Hi, I am joseph, born in Gold Hill, N.C., which is a part of Rowan County; my research goes into that of my mother's people, the House family. According to my research my great grandfather was Joel House born in 1820 probably in Cabarrus, because that's were I have seen his name most of the time. In 1840 he was a free person of color; in 1850 and 1860 of Cabarrus he was classified as free, a carpenter, working in home of John Faggert farmer. In the 1870 census of Rowan County, Joel's wife, Keziah, my great grandmother, lived in Providence Township of Rowan County; age 46, four sons: Josiah House age 17,who married Elizabeth Shad in 1873; Martin House,12, who later married Mary Heilig in 1888; Monroe House age 15; and John House age 10 in 1870 but who married Martha Crowel in 1885. Martha was daughter of Andrew and Rachel Crowel. John and Martha, my grandparents, had six children: Fred House born 1888 married to Fannie Miller; Eugene House born 1894; Maggie House born 1890 and who married a John Heilig; Felicia House born 1899 married to Jerome Belser and Felicia was my mother; Theola House born 1902 married to Lee Morgan; and Frankie House born 1903 married to Bub Barnhardt. Many of these folks are deceased; however many of their descendants live today. What I would like from African Americans of Salisbury, N.C. is to look back into your own family, research it, because it is one of the greatest treasures that you can have. Certainly there are some things that you may find but it all means something. Joseph
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