~ The pieces are all sewn together, stitched with love.........and a quilt tells a story and the story is our past ~

The Arrowood family immigrated from England to Maryland in the 1700's. They went south, eventually settling in the mountains of North Carolina. Later , some went further south, into the Piedmont of North Carolina, in search of work and a better way of life.

I am in search of my family.

I search for those that came before me, and lived their lives as best they could. I am in search of their stories, how they lived, and how they loved.

I shared this love of seeking the past with my Dad, sharing each new finding with him, the thrill in his heart intermingling with mine. I continue this search in his honor, and hope to know these people of ours when I join up with them all in heaven.

~ Steve Lewis Arrowood 1932-2008 ~

Come with me, back to a simpler time and place. A place far removed from the hectic pace of today. To a time when life was hard, but the rewards were great. When your quality of life was determined by your own sweat, your own toil, and your own ingenuity.

Would you like a glass of sweet tea? Let's sit out on the porch where we will catch the sweetly scented breeze of summertime. Maybe Grandma will fry up some of her wonderful chicken... Time slows here.


"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind."

~You live as long as you are remembered.~

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. " Author: Unknown

"But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations."


Arrowood Family

Showing posts with label William Winters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label William Winters. Show all posts

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In Search of Joseph Winters, Son of Stephen and Sarah Duckworth Winters ~

I finally located Joseph G. Winters, son of Stephen W. Winters and Sarah E. Duckworth Winter. He was the grandson of William and Mary Belew Winters of Quaker Meadows, Canoe Creek, Burke County, North Carolina.

He died after accidentally being burned with scalding water. He apparently sat in boiling water and suffered second degree burns from which he never recovered.

God Bless him, for he must have suffered with such burns.

He was living in Durham County, North Carolina and his death record indicates he had lived in Durham for fourteen years preceding his death at age 77.

Birth: Mar. 21, 1850
Oak Hill (Burke County)
Burke County
North Carolina, USA Death: May 12, 1927
Durham County
North Carolina

Name: Joseph G Winters
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 77
Birth Date: 21 Mar 1850
Birth Place: Burke, North Carolina, United States
Death Date: 12 May 1927
Death Location: Durham, Durham County
Spouse's Name: Francis Carolina Winters
Father's Name: Stephen Winters
Mother's Name: Doe (Sarah Duckworth)
Cause of death: Accidentally burned, scalding water

Joseph's first wife was Kansas Salina Pope ~

Joseph is buried in what is now called Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Durham, North Carolina.

It has been called different names through the years and changed ownership as well. Formerly known as Markham Cemetery and Pine Hill and more recently as Woodlawn Memorial.

Joseph was my first cousin, five times removed.

Rest in Peace, Joseph.

Zachariah Winters and Temperance London Winters ~ During the Civil War

Zachariah Winters, son of William and Mary Belew Winters, is listed as "head of household" in the 1830 and 1840 NC Census records. Later, in the 1850 and 1860 Census records, Temperance is listed as "head of household".

In April of 1845, Temperance and her brother-in-law, Stephen Winters were listed as "Qualifying executors"" for William Winters' Will, when presented for probate.

Temperance passed in 1869, her will was dated July 22, 1868 and was probated on April 7, 1869.  Listed in her Will were son,
James Winters, daughters Louisa Winters Benfield and her husband Alfred Benfield. 
Witness : James Avery, R. H. Alexander.

Probate:  Entitled parties were (Sons) William MarcusWinters, James Lenoir Winters, and Zachariah Doctor Winters, (Daughters) Louisa Catherine Benfield, Delphia J. Giles and Ann M. Benfield.

Four of Temperance and Zachariah's sons served for the Confederacy in the Civil War.
William Marcus Winters was called "Captain".

Zachariah Doctor Winters was captured in Jacksboro, Tennessee and confined to Rock Island, Illinois until the end of the war in 1865.

Moulton Winters served in several Companies during the course of the war and last served in Company G, Ist Regiment NC Infantry as of February 10, 1862.   Moulton mustered in as a Private, promoted to Corporal,  and was present and accounted for until he was killed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1 , 1863.

Name: Moulton Winters

Enlistment Date: 25 Apr 1861

Enlistment Place: Burke County, North Carolina

Side Served: Confederacy

State Served: North Carolina

Service Record: Promoted to Full Corporal (As of Co. D, 11th Inf Rgmt).

Enlisted in Company D, 11th Infantry Regiment North Carolina.

Enlisted as a Private on 25 April 1861 at the age of 21.

Enlisted in Company G, 1st Volunteers Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 25 Apr 1861.

Mustered Out Company G, 1st Volunteers Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 12 Nov 1861.

Killed Company D, 11th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 1 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.


Alfred Winters was injured and taken prisoner and transported to Point Lookout in Maryland, where he died, as rank Private, on December 12, 1863.
To read further about the deplorable conditions of Point Lookout, click here.

He is buried in the Confederate Cemetery at Point Lookout Park.
His memorial in Find A Grave.
Name: Alfred Winters

Residence: Burke County, North Carolina

Occupation: Farmer

Enlistment Date: 22 Apr 1862

Enlistment Place: Burke County, North Carolina

Side Served: Confederacy

State Served: North Carolina

Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 22 April 1862 at the age of 21.

Enlisted in Company B, 54th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 19 May 1862.

Died of disease as a POW Company B, 54th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 12 Dec 1863 at Point Lookout, MD.


Moulton and Alfred's names are listed on the Civil War Monument located on the grounds of the old Court House in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In Search of William Winters ~ Quaker Meadows ~ Canoe Creek NC

I went toward the mountains of North Carolina in search of Quaker Meadows . It is located in an area of Burke County that turns out to be very familiar to me.

We pass right through the area every year, heading up to see the fall leaves of the mountains, and again later, after Thanksgiving, to ride up and cut down our Christmas tree.

We have always admired the scenery of the mountains stretching out before us , in a blue haze, towering along the horizon in the distance, as we made that trek. We tend to take the country roads instead of the major highways, as it seems there is always more interesting things to see along the roadside, that way. Amazing, that I never knew that this very area was where my Great Grand times five, once settled.
Simply Amazing.

I have heard it said that each new day of your life is like a blank page, stretching out before you, just waiting for you to write something upon it. Well, this day was an exceptional day for “writing” something. This meant so much to me! I get all misty just thinking about it. Silly sentimental me, I am my father’s daughter. Do you reckon that sappy sentimental stuff is a Winter’s family gift? I will gladly accept that.

I gingerly made my way down a rustic road. Okay, scratch that…I slowly made my way down an impossibly  rutted-out, gully- washed, “road bed” if you can call it that. Grin. I followed the way to Canoe Creek. I passed by pigs and some turkeys. I passed by a large band of guinea hens, that clucked in dismay at my arrival - rather loudly, I might add, and I passed more than one yapping hunting dog along the way. Yipping and clucking and grunting, like you cannot imagine. All this “country” amazingly close to “city”. Each animal sounded the alarm that ‘someone that was not supposed to be here’, was in the vicinity.

I found the present-day owner to the land that once was William Winter’s old home place .  I was escorted to his final resting place and found myself amongst instant friends. The kind lady that lead the way, had also found her “way back home” in Erwin, Tennessee when she searched for her family,  and she understood how excited I was to finally “meet’ William Winters.

I told her of my Tennessee connections and we laughed that we may very well be cousins. I bet we are.

I struggled with briars reaching out to gain my attention and snag me, more than once. Barbed wire runs around the perimeter of the family cemetery. Inside this tangled patch of forest, was a tiny cemetery.

I made my way from stone to stone, touching the markers in greeting to those ancestors that I never got to meet in life. There , the two stones lying side by side, were William and his wife, Mary Belew.

What a moment to cherish. William and Mary, parents to John James Winters. My 5th great grands.

I wished once again that my Dad could have been right beside me for that meeting. Maybe he was, right there beside me, the whole way. I would love to think that he was. What a fine time my Dad would have had to have seen that.

William’s and Mary’s stones had fallen over, but with the help of a strong man, together we sat them upright, again. Once lying on the soft earth, it is only a matter of time before the earth lays claim to the markers.

I have seen markers fall over and totally disappear in just a couple of years time. I am determined that this will not happen here. These are my family lying in this patch of trees.

I brought a soft cloth and some water to wash away the dirt that had accumulated on the fallen stones. I worked carefully, as not to damage the fragile markers. Satisfied now, they are standing proudly and clean.

Mary Belew Winters' stone is sadly broken. We searched hard to locate the bottom half and the markers may have been relocated, as we found the second half about ten feet away from the first. Both pieces are together now, and I plan on returning to cement the stone back into one piece soon.

In my mind’s eye, I went back in time, to when the funeral party stood around while the departed loved one was lowered into the ground. I could almost feel them standing around me, heads bowed in prayer. I felt a hushed reverence in this place where the tangles are taking over the stones.

We cut briars and weeds around the stones and made them look much better.

William and Mary Belew Winters son, Stephen W. Winters and his wife, Sarah E. Duckworth Winters.
I have listed all gravestones located in this family cemetery in FindAGrave.com.

Some of the markers are just stones, large rough cut rocks. No writing on them at all. I know that those stones represent someone that is important to me, nonetheless. Other markers are rendered unreadable by time and the elements.

The deer come here to lie and rest, nestled out of sight of the road, in the tangled dense forest. You could easily see the impressions they made lying in the soft earth around the stones. They find comfort in this peaceful place, and so did I. I felt welcome and “at home” among my kin.

The land seemed oddly familiar to me. Maybe some things are just “in you”, passed down in your blood from one generation to the next. These mountains are in me, for sure. Thanks for that, Grandpa William.

Your Winters’ blood continues to flow in your many descendants….
Rest In Peace ~

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sentimental Saturday ~ Temperance London Winters

William Winters had a son named Zachariah.
Zachariah married Temperance London Winters, Born abt.1809.
Zachariah made his home in Burke County, NC.

Temperance is buried in Quaker Meadows at Oak Hill.
I assume that Zachariah is buried there as well, although no marker remains.
No cemetery records exist for that far back in time, sadly.
His death preceded the death of Temperance in 1869.

There are areas between old markers where one must assume unmarked graves lie.

The descendants of this brother to my ancestor, John James Winters, are buried in Quaker Meadows.

Rest in Peace, Temperance ~



Friday, March 9, 2012

In Search of Quaker Meadows~ Canoe Creek Homeplace

Our ancestor, William Winters, lived in an area of what is now Burke County, North Carolina. He settled in a community called Quaker Meadows along Canoe Creek. Very near this area was a huge oak tree.

In September of 1780, prior to the battle of Kings Mountain, the “Over Mountain” Men met at this area called Quaker Meadows. They made camp here and had council under a massive oak tree, called “Council Oak”. Re-enactments of these events are held annually.

This patriotic band of citizen militia forged together to fight and defeat the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Fifth Great Grandfather William Winters, was about 11 years old when this battle took place. Imagine the sights he witnessed and the wonder he must have felt as a small boy, in such exciting times.

The area still today, boasts of the name, Oak Hill. Even the Methodist Church where his descendants are buried carries the same name today.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday~ George Everette Winters

3rd Great Grandson of William Winters (1767-1845) Burke County, NC.

Name: George E Winters

Inducted From: North Carolina

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Combat Organization: 1118th Engineers Combat Group

Death Date: 27 Oct 1944

Monument: Fort William Mckinley, Manila, the Philippines

Last Known Status: Missing

U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal
This monument is located in North Carolina, near the graves of his parents:
Jacob Mark Winters
Pearl Rebecca Stewart Winters

May He Rest In Peace~