Confessions of an Outer Banks Filly
Review by Roberta Estes
Austin Skakle penned this wonderful book.
I began reading the book to extract the family information for
the Hatteras Families DNA project, but I quickly forgot about that and
was drawn into life in the 1930s on Hatteras Island.
Island is still a very unique place, mesmerizing, some would say
addictive in its quaintness. But
the Outer Banks of the 1930s was even moreso.
Isolated by the lack of roads and bridges, it was only accessible
by boat, 30 miles from the mainland at its closest point.
Your neighbors were your cousins, or second cousins, and your
world consisted of the sea, the island and its people.
Some people never left, their entire lives.
Others, especially those who worked in the maritime industry
regularly visited other locations.
Depression of the 1930s which is when Sybil was growing up on Hatteras
Island was the beginning of exposure to the outside world.
The Civilian Conservations Corps sent workers, as did the Health
Department and the WPA. For
Hatteras Island, the Depression brought money and funds not previously
available. But to a little
girl, the Depression meant not much of anything, except a promised
was different then too. Kids
played outside. There was
no electronic age, no computers, no television, no electricity and not
even inside bathrooms. But
no one felt deprived, because these things had not yet been invented.
Instead, kids read, played outside, built treehouses and forts
and created adventures and businesses like selling lemonade - or in
Sybil's case - creating a store under the front porch.
are made up of activities like picking wild grapes, borrowing the
neighbors boat, getting stranded and of dances at the Beacon.
was peaceful and lawful - no police existed on Hatteras Island so they
had no capacity to arrest anyone - and no need to.
was through the school and the church and local "plays" and
later, old time movie projectors.
lovely books isn't so much about who they were or what they did, it's
the recreation of an earlier, simpler and much more innocent time and
place. Although this book
is uniquely Hatteras, it is certainly an interesting read on its own,
without the Hatteras connection. This is the book that we all wish our grandmother had written
for us about the time and place where she grew up. It allows us to peek
back in time through a magical keyhole.
for me, I now have to read this book a second time.
It was so interesting that it drew me in completely and I totally
forgot about the genealogy and family history that I was originally
interested in. Thanks
to Sybil for this mental vacation to Hatteras Island nearly a century
can purchase this lovely book at Manteo Booksellers in Manteo, NC or
online at http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Outer-Banks-Austin-Skakle/dp/1880849372/ref=sr
Website Surpasses 8000 Pages
Lost Colony website has surpasses 8000 pages.
We've added a great deal since the first of the year, and lots
more is in preparation now. If
you haven't checked your surnames lately, it might be a good time to do
please contribute anything you might have as others will be looking.
Be sure to ask Nelda to list your surnames of interest as well. We added this for your benefit so researchers can connect.
Take a look!
More Unusual Names
when I thought I was done, I found just one more I had to share with
Lala, a female in the Rollinson family
Novel Cause of Death
Taylor has been extracting the Dare County death certificates for the
Hatteras project. This is
probably the most unusual one we've found.
Susan (Rollinson) Quidley died on June 17, 1942 when she "became
excited over a electric wire igniting and died suddenly".
Martin County Historical Society Presentation by
Sheppard, Genealogist for the Lost Colony Research Group, presented a
program to the Martin County Historical Society at their meeting on
September 23rd in Williamston, NC.
Jennifer described how the Lost Colony Research Group is using Genealogy
and DNA testing to attempt to prove the oral histories that there are
living descendants of the Lost Colony living in north eastern North
Carolina today. DNA kits were on hand for testing and Jennifer
assisted one person, Chris Smith, shown in the photo at left, with
collecting his DNA following the presentation. Brenda Monty,
another attendee and a reporter for the local newspaper, the Enterprise,
photographed Chris taking the DNA test.
program on the archaeology portion of the Research Group, will be
presented at a later date to be announced.
CHRONICLES OF THE SCOTCH- IRISH SETTLEMENT IN VIRGINIA, Vol 1
Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County
in 1745- 1800, by Lyman Chalkley - Extracted surnames of the Lost Colony
and Families of Interest, by Judith Hough.
A note from Roberta - First, a really big thank you to Judy
for compiling this information from Volume 1, with Volumes 2 and 3 to
For those who aren't familiar with Chalkley's works - he
compiled a prodigious amount of information from the court records of
Augusta County, Virginia from 1745-1800.
In 1745, Augusta County was indeed the frontier.
Many, but not all, of the families who settled there were from
Pennsylvania, the Scotch-Irish. Some
were Germans, some English from Virginia, and some folks from the colony
of North Carolina. The
colonists direct descendants may not have settled here, but if you find
their surnames, others from their families may indeed have followed.
If you have family from this area and have been able to track
your family "across the pond" and know your families location
in the British Isles, please do let us know.
Chalkley's work is being transcribed by volunteers and you can
peruse at this link: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~chalkley/