I have found out some interesting ,but not documented things in the last
couple of days. I will start with my specific family and move on to other
Lyn, answers to your correspondence of 1-30-99. First of all I do have a
Family Tree Maker, it is Generations 4 Deluxe Edition by Sierra Home.
I have talked to my uncle in Raleigh NC, and confirmed that Jack and Peter
were brothers. My uncle is Delzie Theodoric Poythress born 1933. He said
that Jack and Peter were both nick names for these two. And he believes
that at one time they lived in the Brunswick area, but when he was little
they had moved to Oxford NC this is in Granville Co near Henderson. He was
not sure what their given names were, so this may be the Richard from your
1888 records. My uncle remembers them to live off of 158, down a long dirt
road back in the woods. They did a little moonshine business together.
That's why I asked about the moonshine kettle story you had about a Jack,
but I assume that is about your Uncle Jack from Brodnax,( is that Frank's
brother?) I think I have heard mention of Ollie also. Theodoric said that
he remembers another uncle but he thinks that was one of Jack or Peter's
sons and he could not think of a name. I also found the reference to Labon
in the 1870 census (8months old) very possible he died. Are you aware of
the 2 other children of Thomas and Lucy listed in the 1850 census a William
5 yrs. and a Francis 3yrs.?
I did not, however find William in 1870 when he would have been 25, and more
than likely he would have been married.
I did speak to Bertha Poythress today about her bible, unfortunately when
she found it it had fallen apart. She said there was nothing but the middle
pages left. But she and my uncle I referred to earlier did remember a
little about the "Portuguese" people and school. They were very reluctant
to talk about this at first,especially Bertha. After I talked about it and
asked a few questions she opened up. Her story and my Uncle's were
basically the same. He incidentally lived in Roanoke Rapids NC in the
1950's. I assume that you are interested no matter what I have found out,
and of course this is just what they heard from others their parents. So I
hope no one is offended by this, I'm just passing info.
The reason everyone is so secretive about this is because, from early ages
they were more or less, for lack of a better word, brained-washed to be
secretive. The families that these people came from were not in actuality
"Portuguese" to Bertha and Theodoric's knowledge. They were families that
had been "X-ed out" of the family. This is what we would consider disowning
someone. They say that it really had nothing to do with their race or
financial standings, it was something they had done. Bertha and Theodoric
would not specifically say what they had done, but I assume it must have
been illegal (maybe thieves). My aunt and uncle said that they were always
told not to talk about or associated with any of "those old Portuguese".
Uncle Theodoric says he remembers that my Grand-father Delzie did associate
with some of them because he was a good old soul and liked everybody for
themselves. The one he visited the most was a Benjamin Poythress(Bennie).
My grand-mother always fussed at him for going to see him, but grand-daddy
said that Bennie was a good man and he liked him. One other thing they
thought was that some of the families made the "Portuguese" spell their last
Well that's all I can tell, and if anyone feels this is not true please say
so, I myself can't say for sure.