We do not remember days; we remember moments.
~Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand


May you have a wonderful and safe Holidays. I hope they are filled with happy memories that you can carry with you the rest of your lives.

Memories seem to be part of the celebration that comes when one year changes into the next. Observe your families traditions this season and share them those you love.

The year of 2011 brought loss to my family, that leaves us all remembering and sharing our memories. Several Barbee's pasted away and will be deeply missed.

Margaret Louise (Barbee) Merritt passed away 9 Feb 2011 in Chapel Hill. She was the daughter of Ernest Paul Barbee and Effie Pearl Couch.

Ernest Steve Barbee also passed away, in Orange County, on the 1 August 2011. Steve was the son of E. P. Barbee and Ruby Estelle (Maynor) Barbee.

On the 15 October 2011, Laura Ann (Scott) Barbee of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away. She was the wife of Robert Olive Barbee.

There is a hole in our hearts for each of these dear people, but each moment we spent with them will remain our memories forever.

If you look you will find several more Wills were added. Benjamin Barbee and Gaberial Barbee of Orange County, North Carolina.


Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.
~Alexander Pope

Sometimes we need to be reminded of all the blessings that have come our way.  Do any of you remember what it was like to have to write letters to courthouses, for birth, marriage and death information. The very, very long wait for an answer ... any answer.

To find your ancestor in the census you had to look at rolls and rolls of microfilm. No Index. Oh, there are books of indexes, but your ancestor may not have been in that index and you ended up looking at a mountain of film to find them.

The letters to the courthouse would come back, no one by that name lived here.

Is there any family researcher who has not heard the pharase, "Oh, those records were lost in the fire back in 1800-something or other."?

Because if you have not heard these plantiff crys, you may not feel quite as blessed as those of us who have waited months to be told, " No one by that named lived here." or "The courthouse records burned." Today you are very blessed to have never had to hear those words. So much is now available to you right at your finger tips.

Everytime you boot up your computer say a thank you to some great mind that discovered the microchip. Ahh.

This Thanksgiving those who use Apple are saying thank you, to Steve Jobs, PC operators are saying thank you, to Bill Gates and every Genelaogist is, oh so thankful, to the internet ... who ever invented it!!

Spend time with family and enjoy the day, but get right back in there and work on finding those missing ancestors.

Posted the Will of Christopher Barbee (d1792).

What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know. ~Saint Augustine

When you stop and think about time, one thing always comes to mind, you never have enough of it. Lately time has been very much on my mind and how I pray for more time. But that is not to be, so I must make good, with what time I have been alotted.

I have posted the wills of John and Ann Barbee and you will find them under Links. The will of John Barbee gives us a good time of his passing, it was before the 19 Feb 1750. For Ann, we only have a range of time, 1761 (when will was written) and 1766 (when will was presented in court).

Now keep making good use of your time. It is sad to say, but you never know when your time will run out.

3 September 2011 Labor Day Weekend

What a way to spend your Labor Day Weekend .... doing family research ... great fun.

Most likely, everyone that has or will read this page, has seen or knows about, the website Family search.org. The LDS Church has given the community of family researchers the precious gift of the records of your ancestors. All you have to do is reach out and accept the gift and it is yours. Records saved and filmed from around the world and you have access to them for free.

In the past you had to travel to different places to look for items. Never knowing if you would have success or not. Along came the computer and people started thinking out of the box and devising new ways to help you, in your search.

To many people think that everything is already posted on the internet. NO!!! Lets get that straight right off the bat, NO, everyting is not there yet. But someday it will be, but for now we still have to search and some still have to travel miles to look in records, not knowing the results.

Also, to many people depend on an index. Beware my friend of some indexes, they can be false prophets. 1) They may not be complete 2) They may be just plain incorrect. Some books, microfilm, fiche do not have an index. You will have to use your own mental powers and lots of patience and go through the whole item. Ancestry.com is great, but its motivation is money and profit. Some of their indexes are not complete. Incorrect spelling. A multitude of problems, so do not rely soley on the index. If you know your family was in a certain place and the index does not give you their name, read the whole thing, before you discard the item. AKA the census.

Back to Family Search ... have you looked at their website?? If you do, you will find lots of items for North Carolina ... free for you to use. May not be indexed and you may think what good will that do me. Do not give up ... learn to BROWSE. Lesson for the weekend ... BROWSE!!

https://www.familysearch.org/ You should sign in, that is located on the right at the top of the page. It is the simplest sign in ever. Privacy is respected and no spam. It will allow you to have access to images that you would otherwise not be able to see.

On the home page, about midway down you will see "BROWSE BY LOCATION". A little further down is "USA,CANADA, AND MEXICO". Give it a click and go and look at all the records they have so far placed online. Scroll down the page until you find North Carolina records.

DO YOU SEE THE LITTLE CAMERAS??? There are images in back of that roll of film. Now you have some fun stuff to look at for your weekend and maybe you just might find some records of your BARBEE or any other families you are researching.

Two items I am posting today were found by just browsing through the North Carolina Probate Records. They are posted in the LINKS on this page and is titled JOSIAH BARBEE.

Have fun!!

The Single Step

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" (Lao-tzu)

Now I am taking that simple saying to mean, that one must make the single step to start the journey. That wishing or just thinking about it, is not enough to complete the journey. So here I am, taking the one single step, to move me forward on my journey. And I invite everyone who does research on the BARBEE surname to come along and join the journey.

Many years ago I looked everywhere for the book that had been written about my family. My Grandmother and Mother told me about this book, but for some unexplained reason I was not able to find a copy. Many years passed and then I found the Family History Library in Salt Lake and the book that I had searched for was there, on microfilm. At last. Ordered the fim, made copy and was in researchers heaven.

Over the years I have researched my family and my ancestors and through the use of the computer have met many who are also looking for their families histories. Which brings me to this part of my journey. The Study of the BARBEE Families of Chatham, Orange and Wake Counties in North Carolina has never been put on the internet. There is no infringement of copyright if I give it away. So you will notice there are no ads and nothing is blocking you from making a copy of these pages.
No comerical use of these page is allowed, but for your own personal research, enjoy. As you look around you will find other pages of research that go directly to the BARBEE name, jump right in and use them also.

Contact me if you have questions, can help with research, or I can help you. This is a "blog", but it will not be a daily one. As I take steps on my journey I will pause and keep you posted.

Linda Barbee Thompson