Eighteenth Century Bible Unearthed to Prove Ancestry

The Carolina Room at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library helped prove a resident's ancestry with the help of an 18th-century Bible

Hidden inside a 243-year-old Bible, Wanda Gantt learned where she came from.

In August, Gantt contacted the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s special collections library, while working on her application for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) local chapter. In order to join the organization, Gantt needed to trace her genealogy back to a Revolutionary War soldier or patriot. The Carolina Room’s archivist, Sydney Vaile, found a will and family Bible in the Library’s genealogy collection that allowed Gantt to connect her lineage to W. Austin Stone Sr., a Revolutionary War soldier from South Carolina.

In 1775, Private Stone bought 100 acres of land for 250 pounds in Lynches Creek, Craven County, South Carolina. The Stone family Bible revealed Private Stone actively served 113 days in the Britton’s Neck Regimen, served in General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion’s Brigade, and furnished corn and beef for the Southern Army of South Carolina. From the Stone family Bible, Wanda also learned Private Stone’s service continued after the end of the Revolutionary War. He served his state as a commissioner, advocating for commercial navigation on Lynches Creek to lessen travel on dangerous “back country” roads. Private Stone died on May 25, 1818 and is buried in Marion County, South Carolina. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had 11 children together.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Carolina Room’s historical and genealogical collections heavily focuses on local and regional materials, providing access to family histories, county and state records, wills, land and vital records, war records and Ancestry.com. Although Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has access to Ancestry.com at all 20 branches, don’t forget to stop by the Carolina Room and speak with our genealogy experts. While you’re there you can find your roots using their print genealogical collection, which holds resources from all 50 states!

Do you know your history? It’s time to find out.

Also, on Dec. 1, the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room will offer new hours, including virtual hours!

These new hours will be:

Monday:  Virtual Hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  (Skype or phone appointments or online information request forms)
Tuesday through Thursday:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.