North Carolina, known as The Old North State or The Tar Heel State, was 12th of the original colonies.
Five things you may not have known about the Tar Heel State:
- North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the United States. Have you checked the agriculture schedules for your North Carolina ancestors?
- North Carolina troops had around 30,000 casualties during the Civil War. Actually that number has been disputed over the years, but the latest estimate is 30,000. Does that explain what might have happened to one of you ancestors between 1860 and 1870?
- North Carolina sent 3 regiments to fight in the Spanish American War, although only the First Regiment saw action in Cuba. Have you checked in the Roster of the North Carolina volunteers in the Spanish-American War, 1898-1899 for your ancestor?
- In 1718, the fearsome pirate Blackbeard was killed off the coast of North Carolina. Your ancestor probably wasn’t involved, but he was an interesting guy.
- In 1929, workers in the Loray Mill in Gastonia, North Carolina conducted a strike that is credited with elevating the labor movement to a national level. Check the 1920 and 1930 census records and see if your ancestors were working in one of the many mills in that area.