Serendipitous Genealogy – Finding Oral History Where You Least Expect It

Don’t you just love it when you stumble across a bit of family history when you are not even looking for it?

Signing onto Ancestry.com to do a quick look up, I noticed another researcher had downloaded a photograph of Caswell and Mary Adline Harward – my GGG grandparents from Moore County, NC now Lee County, NC.

Caswell and Mary A. Harward (Howard)

Caswell and Mary A. Harward (Howard)

Curious how this researcher and I might be related I clicked over to their family tree. Looking at the various Harwards on the tree I found interesting  oral history regarding my GGGG grandfather George Harward. I contacted the owner of the tree who graciously pointed me in the direction of the gentleman who originally posted the information.  Turns out this gentleman descends from George’s daughter  and Caswell’s sister Utiley Harward. With his permission, I have posted this newly found information on George Harward.

He was married twice.  All of his children were by his first wife, Elizabeth Sugg, who died in 1854 and was buried at Juniper Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in what is now the Broadway township of Lee County.   George was also a member of Juniper Springs Church having served in 1857 as a delegate to an Association meeting that led to the church becoming part of the Sandy Creek Association of Baptist churches.  George’s son, Caswell Suggs Harward, was superintendant of Sunday school at the church and, later, served as its pastor.

 During the illness of his first wife, Margaret Oliver was hired to work in the home and help care for Mrs. Harward.  After his wife died, George vowed that he would marry a young wife the second time and he did so when he married Margaret Oliver who was 30 years his junior.  Both wives were known as good housekeepers.

 George Harward died about 1871 and it was his wish to be buried on his farm under his favorite apple tree next to his second wife who evidently died shortly before he did.  The exact location of these graves is not known.  The farm eventually came to be owned by a Thomas family.

How fun is that!

(I have long since forgotten what my “quick look-up” was about.)

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