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Re: Porter Family - Ulysses M. Porter (b. 1896)
Posted by: Gordon Golding (ID *****9068) Date: March 20, 2010 at 10:05:05
In Reply to: Re: Porter Family - Ulysses M. Porter (b. 1896) by Brandon Porter of 538

Brandon -- I found all of that on, by putting in the information you posted. I did go off on a wild goose chase to Hertford Co., where there was another Ulysses M. Porter, but once I tried other spellings (Poter, Potes), I found your family. The land ownership information and address were on the census form; the death certificate was in the NC death certificates collection. can be a real pain, because its search engine just throws up whatever it finds. Then it's up to you to dig down through the stuff, which is not always obvious.

For your further research, I recommend posting on AfriGeneas (which is back up at They have a very supportive community of people researching African ancestored people, especially in NC. There is also someone researching the Porters in Yadkin, named Dwaine L. Simmons (go to the search page and choose surname search). AfriGeneas also has good sections to guide you, such as this beginners guide (

You might also contact Mel White ( who has done extensive research in your region. He's based in Winston-Salem.

However, in the end, I suspect you'll have to take a trip to the Yadkin Co. courthouse to look at the deeds and marriage records, particularly if you want to find the last slaveholder.

Good luck on your search -- if you'd like me to pursue any other leads, I'll be happy to help if I can. -- Gordon

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