Like the scattered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, I have been slowly gathering and putting together the strewn pieces of my family ancestry since 1989 during which time I have not only have learned many interesting facts about my ancestors, but also have unraveled a few myths. Most important, I have learned not only more about my people who helped settle the coastal counties of eastern North Carolina, but also more about the person who I am.
Perhaps many of you, like me, have asked this question: "Where did my ancestors come from and when did they arrive in America?" This is a question that many of us ask ourselves, even when it is too late to ask those that know. Though I asked such questions early in life, I didn't seriously ask until the untimely death of a younger brother, Denny Max Carawan (1955-1989). It was then I decided to pursue the history of my ancestry. Like many others, I found that I was too late to obtain some much needed information.
Over the years, not only have we spent countless hours sifting through fragile records in the North Carolina State Archives and county courthouses, but also searching through genealogical books in diverse libraries. And, I don't take full credit for all this information displayed on my webpage. Other genealogists, some more learned than I, have willingly shared some of this information with me over the years. Additionally, this webpage would not be possible if not for the help of many family members who not only contributed information but also photographs. I especially want to thank my aunt Irene C. Brown; my uncle Guy Carawan; my brothers Earl Carawan, Lee Carawan, Chester Combs, and Lester Combs; and, my cousins Wilbert Carawan, Bill Carawan, Bunk Carawan, Cleron Carawan, Grey Hopkins and Leona Pugh.
I believe that no family ancestry can ever be fully researched, therefore, this site will always be "under construction." However, I am proud to present the ancestry of my family. Please take a moment to sign my guestbook and share your thoughts with me or tell me how we are related.
BROOKS, CARAWAN, CARTER, FARROW, FODEREY, FOREMAN, GASKINS, GIBBS, HALL, HARRIS, JORDAN, MARTIN, REYNOLDS, ROSE, SWINDELL, WHITE, WILLIAMSON
MUSIC & CRAFTSMANSHIP
MY FAVORITE LINKS
Hyde County, NC Genealogy Page
The Painted Horseshoe
Gunny R. Lee Ermey Web Page
Tar River Poetry