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Frisco Native American Museum VOLUNTEER CREATES EXHIBIT ITEMS FOR FRISCO NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM Drum maker, artist, and craftsman, John Wells, has never seen a positive challenge he wasn’t willing to accept. One of his most recent challenges was creating items to be used in the new longhouse built on the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center nature trail. “We are planning to host annual Village Days beginning in 2017.” said museum director, Carl Bornfriend. “A number of volunteers have been working on the project for two years, and we recently completed the frame of the longhouse. Now we are turning our attention to the furnishings. Last fall, Ronnie Francisco, museum assistant director, sent out a list of items we need for the longhouse, and John was among the volunteers who responded. We were all amazed when we saw what he created.” Using pictures of artifacts provided by Francisco, Wells crafted bone fish hooks, knives, scrapers, needles mallets, gardening tools and more. It is easy to imagine the original inhabitants of Hatteras island turning over soil with a hoe made using a large shell tied with deer sinew to a small tree limb or a native fishing with the beautiful hooks shaped from bone. Mr. Wells volunteered at the museum when he lived on Hatteras Island almost thirty years ago, and continued his involvement when he moved to Ohio and most recently to Florida. A number of his hand made drums are featured in the museum, and his cedar boxes and carvings were popular items at annual Powwows hosted by the museum. The museum is located on Hatteras Island and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Mondays by appointment only. For more information visit or call 252-995-4440. The museum is located on Hatteras Island and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Mondays by appointment only. For more information visit or call 252-995-4440. Mention this Ad and get a free Hot Dog when you purchase a Hot Dog. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Senior Center The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Senior Center “Serving the Young at Heart, Adults 55 or Older” The Senior Center offers a wide variety of exciting programs, trips and activities for the senior citizens of Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County. We strive to create a “family” atmosphere that promotes social, mental, physical and emotional overall well-being. Lauren Turner Senior Center Coordinator Phone: (252)337-6661 or (252)337-6662 26 Albemarle Tradewinds July 2016

Northeast North Carolina Family History – Celebrating the Fourth… By: Irene Hampton - Last month I ended my column by mentioning a great website for American military and historical research, When I subscribed to it, it was known as but after bought it, they changed the name to Fold3 as a reference to the third fold of a flag which in some circumstances honors veterans for their sacrifice. I knew that my husband had a relative (1st cousin three times removed) that had graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1899 and thought to find some interesting information about him. This native of Currituck, Samuel Tilden Ansell, became the youngest general in the Army during WWI. He was also the Acting Judge Advocate General and as such was seeking reforms of the courts-martial system which he deemed archaic. A committee appointed by Congress in 1776 adopted the British Articles of War with minor modifications, essentially adopting the characteristics of a monarchial rather than republican form of military justice. Ansell strongly felt it unsuited to an army of citizen soldiers. The Secretary of War initially agreed, but elder generals prevailed, resulting “in the conviction of 25,000 men by general courts-martial and 200,000 by inferior courts-martial, with the harshest penalties.” The quotes I’m using are from his 1954 New York Times obituary: “A Senate Military Committee investigated the situation in 1919, called General Ansell and confirmed much of his testimony. The affair gave so much offense to the Wilson Administration that General Ansell was forced to resign… In the end the War Department yielded and reforms were made.” Ansell formed a private law firm and fought many battles both for and against the federal government. He was appointed as special counsel for the Senate to investigate Louisiana politics in 1933. This resulted in Louisiana Senator Huey Long viciously criticizing Ansell in a speech in Congress. Ansell sued Long “for $500,000 for libel and slander but the suit became void when Long was assassinated.” In a happier moment, Samuel Ansell was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal after World War I, with the citation, “For especially meritorious and conspicuous service as Acting Judge Advocate General of the Army, whose broad and constructive interpretation of the law and regulations have greatly facilitated the conduct of the war and military administration.” So the result of my search on came as a complete surprise when then Major Ansell and his Currituck family showed up in the FBI case files for investigation of being alleged pro-German prior to World War I. The country became almost hysterically anti-German at the time and hundreds of thousands of Americans joined quasi spying organizations reporting on their fellow Americans. A Mrs. Wall called the Washington office of the pre-cursor to the FBI, the Bureau of Investigation reporting that a girl, Miss Ansell, a relative of Major Ansell had made pro-German remarks. She believed the families “pro-German proclivities should be investigated.” On June 6, 1917, Special Employee, William M. Murphy, Jr., of Norfolk travelled to Currituck to investigate the allegations. He “posed as a representative of a commission merchant…” and stayed with a local judge, Licinius Walker. He accompanied the Judge and Edward Ansell to the courthouse and during conversation determined Ansell was pro-German. Judge Walker later added that Ed Ansell, who was the Currituck Clerk of Court, had married one of Sam Ansell’s sisters and “would talk the German side of the war to him every Monday morning, as they went to the Courthouse.” Travelling by horse to Henry Ansell’s home that afternoon he met with Henry, his wife, and two married daughters all of whom stated they were pro-German. He added that they mentioned Sam Ansell repeatedly but not in connection to the war. He later went to the general store kept by Mr. Barker who was also Postmaster. Murphy reported that Acey Swain, Emerson Sawyer and Sam Dowdy were there and made “very unpatriotic remarks.” The last page of Special Employee Murphy’s report states “I found Judge Walker and his family to be very patriotic citizens, but they are practically the only patriots in this locality.” He wrote no comments about Samuel Ansell. Who knows what may surprise you with! Until July 15, all 21 Revolutionary War titles are free to research. Many titles are always free, including Passport applications from 1795-1905, American milestone documents and the Social Security Death index. There is a free 7 day trial, and monthly subscriptions are $7.95. Here’s hoping you’ll find some great patriotic stories as you continue your research or perhaps some more surprising, than great… Irene Hampton earned a Certifi cate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank-Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851-1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”.You may contact her at Albemarle Tradewinds July 2016 27