The sound of the quiet wilderness interrupted
by axes ringing through the air, sounds of the building of a log cabin in the
wilderness, a shot ringing out as game was killed for the next meal - those were the
sounds our ancestors heard when they arrived in the wilderness of America to make a better life for themselves. The first thing to do was set up camp in North Carolina, decide where you wanted to live, buy your land
or claim it then begin building your home and farming. What an exciting adventure
our ancestors undertook!
It has been a very enlightening and heart-warming experience for me to look into the fading memories of the past and discover
the fine souls who preceded us – the foundation of our Winebarger-Ford family.
As an homage to my father, Charles Conley Winebarger, whom I greatly admire I prepared
this collection beginning with the generation of his parents Garrett & Julia Ford
Winebarger. I hope you will
enjoy learning more about our ancestors who made our lives possible along with the lives of extended family members.
In May of 2005, I began to gather information
and pictures from relatives and researched our direct line families ancestry back to the earliest source records confirmed
John Winebarger - 1789
1714 House Sachsen, Germany
Mueller-Miller - 1700
Holeman/Holman - 1675 Shenandoah,
Blackburn - 1746 in Scotland
John R. Ford - 1815 Surry Co., NC
McDaniel - 1826 Wilkes Co., NC
Curry - 1786 Wilks Co., NC
As I did my research, I was contacted by various
distant relatives expressing interest in how we were related through the family pedigree lines.
Provided in this collection, is the information that I obtained from
speaking with living relatives along with researching public records, books and other publications. In the course of
my research, I have delighted in communicating with first, second, third & fourth cousins along with hearing their warm
memories of family members. A list of my research sources appears at the end of my family history collection file.
Cousins Nancy W. Fletcher, Lucille W. Dugger, Eva Miller Bear
and Butch & Mary Miller are to be commended for maintaining the records of our pedigree line over the decades.
at the August 2007 Winebarger Family Reunion in
Mountain City, TN was a first draft of my history collection along with a request to relatives for corrections, additions,
old/current pictures, warm memories, etc. Dalton &
Lula Miller Winebarger’s descendents continue to hold annual family reunions and the descendents of Edmund &
Jane Holman Miller enjoy the same custom.
is also extended to my cousin’s Walt Ford and Garry Ford for their assistance
with our Thomas Floyd Ford & Amelia Etta McDaniel family history. I deeply appreciate everyone who volunteered information
and pictures to assist me in preparing this collection.
It is my pleasure to present this labor of love which provides
a glimpse of many exceptional people. Please contact me if you have further
family history information, obituaries, an amusing or interesting family anecdote, warm memory or old-current pictures
~ Sherry Winebarger-Reeter ~