My book
In Search Of Rodger 1710 to 2017

This is a special thanks to all of my fellow genealogy researchers.

Rodger Smith was my great grandfather. From the time that I was a little boy I have
wanted to know who was he? Where did he come from? Was he enslaved? Was he
free? The answer to these questions have lead me on a eight year Genealogy
journey. My book is an attempt to answer some of these question, so that our
grandchildren won't have to ask them.

Mae GIBBS were married in
1914 they had 11 children
and three of them died, 8
girls survived and 1boy. Ida
was Moses 2nd wife he was
20 years her senior. Moses
first wife was Anneliza
Ballance, they were married
in1896 they had 5 children
three of which survived 2
boys and one girl. Ida Mae
died on December 27, 1944,
Moses died April 22, 1949
Aunt Louisa provided a great deal of the
information in this book
about our family tree.
She was born in 1896 and died in 1994. She
would often say "Children we have come a long way"
Aunt Zuliner Smith-Credle she also
provided a great deal of the information in
this book.  She was born 1911 and died in
2014 at 103 years old
This book is dedicated to Louisa Smith-Credle, Zuliner Smith Credle and to all of the loving family and
friends that help to bring it about.

Makaylah Smith and KJ was
born in 2003 and 2005 they
represent the 10 generation
Marecay was his great,
great, great, great, great,
great, grandfather, Marecay
MIDGETT was born in 1710.

William Smith 3rd Tray was
born in 1999 he represent
the 10 generation of
SMITH-MIDGETT family line.
Marecay was his great,
great, great, great, great,
great, grandfather, Marecay
MIDGETT was born in 1710
This was one of Ida Mae favorite poem
taken from her Bible:

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head
Nor shady cypress-tree;
Be the green above me
With showers and dew-drop wet;
And If thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget

C.C. Rossette

"In Search of Rodger 1710-2006 book, got
started in 1992
at the 1991 family reunion, when I asked
Aunt Nana why the
family history was so short?
Indiana Jones was my aunt, she asked me
to help do the family
history for the next family reunion. For as
long as I could remember
Aunt Nana, had been doing the family
for the Family reunions. So I agreed to do
some research,,
since I was retired and had some time
between my fishing trips.
Little did I know at the time that it would
end up being
a eleven year journey, that is eleven years
and counting.
I started out trying to find out who my great
grandfather and mother were?
Were they enslaved? or were they free?
The answer to these and other
question has lead me on a eleven plus year
genealogy journey.
I have been to every Courthouse, library,
and college within a six county radius,
Hyde, Craven, and Pamlico counties. Also
Lenior, Beaufort, and Carteret
counties. In Hyde County where my family
was first found.
I walked on the same dirt roads and fields
they slaved in. I went to the
slaveholders homes and checked their
personal files on micro film, and
the court archives. I trace them through the
census, Bill of sales, Wills, Deeds
and other court papers. I looked in every
nook and cranny I could
think of. Some times it drove me to tears,
but I kept on looking,
I kept on searching. I had to know the
answer to all my questions,
and the more I learned the more I wanted to
know. How much did they
sell for? Who brought them? How old were
they? Who were their
parents? Where in Africa, and from what
tribe did they come from?
What was the name of the slave ship, and
who owned it? And on an
on an on. As you can see this can go on and
on until it becomes a complete
obsession, all consuming. I'm sure you
have realized by now it can be
very expensive. I have not bothered to
even try to add up the cost,
but I know it's in the thousands. Thank God
for the computer and the internet,
without them I could not have found as
much information as I have.
I have to also thank God that our ancestors
were so valuable,
the slaveholders kept very good records of
their property.
Every transaction was well documented, all
nice and legal.
As I was looking at the old records I would
be hoping that the owner
of my family would sale them or put them in
their Wills,
because then they would be listed by
names and some times age,
and if I was lucky their would be a
description of them. How tall,
weight, complexion etc.., It was at these
times that I would pause
at the micro film page and visualize my
ancestor, and who in the
family they would look like. These were the
most tearful times,

it was at these times that I knew why I was
doing the research,
and that it would never end. I could not
stop until
I brought them back to life, each and
everyone of my family.
My finding them and telling the family about
them gave them new life,
it made them real. They were no longer lost
in the dusty pages of history,
now their story could be told. Now their
children, children,
children will know them, and their stories.

My search for Rodger has lead others to
research their families roots.
I hope it will be an inspiration to you to start
your search.
Your family is waiting to be discovered by
Good hunting!!!!

Bill Smith
My Book In Search Of Rodger

Gone But Not Forgotten
In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still, In our hearts you hold a
place, Where only you can fill.
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