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Saturday, May 02, 2015, 12:00 pm

Don Carter
Duplin County Historical Society quarterly meeting
Your ancestors-where they came from, when and where they settled
Location: Rose Hill Restaurant, Rose Hill, NC
Our May meeting will certainly be a special meeting and stimulate interest and provoke thought if you enjoy our county`s history and have always wondered where your ancestors came from. The program will be on the origin and migration paths of the earliest European settlers in present-day Duplin County. Land grant maps, prepared by Tom Byrd, will be used as evidence and as a source for new conclusions about out early settlers.

Don Carter and Mary Lodge, of Raleigh, will lead a discussion about the trends and patterns of origins and migration paths.They will consider these questions: Is there a correlation between origin or migration path and geographical settlement locations in the county? And, was there a greater migration from southeast Virginia via land into the norther part of the county verses greater migration through the Cape Fear River into the southern part of the county?

The team will consider those arriving before 1750, which corresponds to those 100 or so that received New Hanover County Grants.(What is now Duplin County was originally part of New Hanover County.) These grants would have been issued between 1736 and 1750.An overview of the formation of Duplin County will be provided as well.Please join us for a enlightening and engaging presentation.

Don Carter
Don Carter is a licensed engineer in the state of North Carolina with extensive experience in engineering design and construction, along with environmental permitting. He is a native of Sampson County, was raised on a tobacco farm near Ingold, and received Bachelor and Master Degrees in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Mr. Carter has more than 25 years of consulting engineering and environmental experience, primarily as an owner of S&ME, Inc., one of the largest North Carolina-based engineering consulting companies. A majority of his work was in central and eastern North Carolina, and projects included the engineering foundation design for all the bridges along I-40 through Duplin County. While practicing engineering, he received numerous professional awards, including North Carolina Young Engineer of the Year in 1984. He has spent the last 10 years acquiring and managing strategically located real estate in Raleigh through his company, Raleigh Development Company.

He discovered about 20 years ago, while researching his family?s history that nearly all of his ancestors lived in Duplin or Sampson County for the last 250 years. He quickly developed a strong interest in history of the area and focused on understanding early families and their migration patterns. He has worked closely for the past two years with Tom Byrd, a Duplin County native, to digitize and enhance Duplin and Sampson County land grant maps that Mr. Byrd developed, and to produce high-quality maps for public use.

Mary Lodge
Mary was originally from lower coastal Delaware, but has lived in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Hawaii and for the past thirteen years in Holden Beach, North Carolina. She received a degree in political science from the University of Connecticut.She is the proud mother of three children. The oldest attends Campbell University, the middle child will attend North Carolina State University in the fall, and the youngest will be a rising senior.

Her husband is a native to North Carolina, and the reason for a focus on Sampson and Duplin County genealogy; his paternal lineage hails from this area. Mary?s interest in genealogy began three years ago when her son was asked to do a school assignment tracing back his ancestors for at least three generations. In the course of helping with this task, she became fascinated with discovering her family?s heritage.In addition to caring for her family, she also looks after her five dogs, two cats, and eight chickens.
Cost: The event is free, but seating is limited. Lunch, if desired, is $13.00 including tax and tip.
Open to the public.


The Duplin County Historical Society meets quarterly on the first Saturday of February, May, August and November. Unless otherwise notified, the meetings are held at the Rose Hill Restaurant in Rose Hill at 12 noon. Lunch is available at the current pricing rate.