Posted By:Dr. Roland Howard, Sr.
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Subject:Re: Mary Ann GORNTO/ William LOYD m: 1844, Onslow Co.
Post Date:April 07, 2004 at 18:22:07
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Forum:Onslow County, NC Genealogy Forum
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Hi folks....I lived in Onslow, and was at Coastal Carolina Community College in the Extention Office for about 17 years. I lived out on the Collins Property there on Rocky Run road....
I am originally from Hampstead, N.C. "Just down the road a piece"....One of my best friends growing up was Blaney Batts, and Chauncey, and sister Jackie Batts....Their mother was Opal Gornto Batts...They (The family Gornto) lived out toward the Onslow Beach Area, there on the Sound back as Mrs Opal was growing up...I have visited her...she had about 4 or 5 sisters and one brother that I remember "Little Bud Gornto"....
All of this family is deceased now, but I knew, and visited all...as a child Mother has taken Mrs Opal Batts home several times, back before there was a bridge at Sneeds Ferry, and you caught a barge across, and then it was on to where you turn right and down to their home and on the sound, after you pass the Engineers and Onslow Beach turn, and on out like you are to to Triangle outpost gate...
I have studied the Gornto`s of Onslow, and put a "Genie Stick " together for Chauncey Batts, and had it back there in Onslow as far as it goes, and on back into Virginia...The Gornto family is one of the older, if not the oldest in Onslow Co. and also in the State of N.C.....I will try later to get all of this together again and post it on the Onslow Forum.....until then I would recommend an original copy of "Commonwealth of Onslow", by Parsons Brown..... Lots and Lots of Onslow families and history mentioned....
My John Howard, Esq. who was a younger of the three brothers that got to Onslow about 1742, was a magistrate, or et. al. and the first court there in and on the Blue Creek, was held in his house, and two of his son`s built the first court house there.....The two brothers older, James Howard had married Cassandria Brice, and 2nd wife....and his next brother Edward Howard had already gotten there....My John Howard had had come a bit later around 1742, and settled there, and was married to Frances Denson, a "Quaker Lady of Virginia". Their oldest son James Howard, and my line had bought property in 1752, out on Bear Creek (towards Swansboro), and sold it in 1762, and came to then New Hanover Co. , had married Hester Moore, and settled on Fredericks Creek. Today is Pender Co. since 1875 and is today called Virginia Creek....and from this James Howard and Hester Moore, I am still here, as I retired from Coastal Carolina, and the last three years Cape Fear Community College.....several more generations down to Me....Dr. Roland J.Howard, Dean of Cont. Ed. CCCC

I will find this Gornto material in the files somewhere, and get it on this Onslow Forum.....