Monthly Archives: February 2013

Biltmore Estate, Charleston, Savannah, Folly, Kiawah and Tybee Islands

After our visit with the Clinard cousins in the Winston-Salem area, our next stop was the Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. The tulip beds were in their full glory, along with the azaleas and wisteria. For flower lovers, this should definitely be on your bucket list.

biltmore, wisteria

Biltmore mom in tulips

Biltmore red tulips vert

biltmore tulip garden vertical

biltmore tulip garden, hori

biltmore view

biltmore water barrell fountain

biltmore azalea, dog, redbud

biltmore, mom in tulips

biltmore, wedding in tulip garden

Biltmore azaelas:dogwood

biltmore azalea garden 1

biltmore barrel, plants

biltmore bottle fountain

biltmore conservatory

Biltmore mantle in conservatory

biltmore azelea garden 2

The grounds and house were spectacular! After our visit, we headed southeast towards the beach, with an overnight stay in Hendersonville, N.C. to break up the drive. We stayed at the historic Claddagh Inn, which is right in town and an easy walk to a lot of the shops and restaurants.

Claddagh Inn

The next day we drove on to Charleston, S.C. to take in the charm and history of this Southern jewel. We booked a night at the Ansonborough Inn at the edge of the historic district so we could walk to most of the downtown sites.

Ansonborough Inn side view

Charleston Ansonborough balcony

Charleston Ansonborough suite

Charleston, Mom at Ansonborough

We took one of the tours through the historic downtown district on the mule-pulled wagon. It was fun and the driver was full of history and information about the city.

Charleston mule wagon ride

Charleston mules

Charleston mule face

Charleston mule rules

A walk along the harbor to the famous pineapple fountain provided some good photo opps, and then we had dinner at the Noisy Oyster.

Charleston pineapple fountain Charleston boy in fountain Charleston, 3 kids at water Charleston Noisy oyster booths

The beach was calling me so we made the short drive from Charleston over to Folly Island to see what was there.

Mom and Folly Island lighthouse

Little yard lighthouse

Folly Island house

We both enjoy historic sites so we chose Middleton Place just outside of Charleston to visit. They were preparing for a wedding and had some lovely flowers and lanterns around the grounds.

Jamie at Middleton Place tree

Middleton Place house

Middleton Place tree with lanterns

Middleton Place bridal wreath

And then it was just a short drive down to St. Johns and Kiawah Island to find a place to stay for the night.

Kiawah Island condos

Kiawah Island hori sunrise

Kiawah Island horseshoe crab

Kiawah island house

Kiawah Island sandpipers

Kiawah Island shell in sand

Kiawah Island sun, vert

Kiawah Island vert sunrise

Kiawah Island waves, sunrise

Kiawah sunrise, vert sandpiper

We enjoyed the serenity of Kiawah Island for a few days, then headed south to Savannah, Georgia. We toured the historic district by horse and buggy, ate well at the Sixpence Pub, and enjoyed browsing the shops.

Savannah horse and wagon tour

Savannah lantern

Savannah Mercer Williams House Museum

Savannah Sixpence pub

Savannah Sixpence Pub painter

Tybee Island was the last destination on our checklist and we loved the huge flag hanging on the lighthouse. I had to snap a shot of Bowie Seafood as we passed as that is my maiden name.

Tybee Island Bowie Seafood

Tybee Island lighthouse adn house

Tybee Island lighthouse from sand

Tybee Island lighthouse, sea oats

That’s all for this trip but I’ll be headed back to the Carolinas before long!

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Clinards & Cemeteries, 1700s in Abbotts Creek, N.C.

I had been told by a North Carolina Clinard cousin Rick Russell that many of our early Clinards were buried in the Abbotts Creek neighborhood where they had homesteaded in the late 1700s near High Point, N.C. After years of researching and reading about them, I wanted to see where they had lived, so we made the short drive from Winston-Salem towards High Point, N.C., to the community of Abbotts Creek.

Here’s a 1780 North Carolina map with the area surrounding Abbotts Creek

Rowan Co 1780 map

And here’s what it looks like today as you drive through the neighborhood…beautiful farm land!

Abbotts Creek wheat field

We headed to the Abbotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church and cemetery to find some Clinard relatives… the brick church building itself isn’t that old, but the families have been worshipping and burying their loved ones here since 1756.

Abbotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church

AC Prim Baptist Ceme Natl Reg marker

AC Prim Baptist Cemetery far view

AC Prim Baptist Cemetery from below

The intricately carved headstones were lovingly carved by a highly skilled stone mason – I’ve never seen any as beautiful as these. They are works of art in themselves. I was contacted in October 2017 by Hazel Evert Inglis, who had read my blog and saw where I had noted I wished I knew who had created these amazing headstones. In her family research, she had discovered many ancestors buried in the cemetery, and talked to Rev. Roy Cantrell when she visited the cemetery.

Here are several links she provided  to me on the origins of the headstones. This cemetery is historically significant in North Carolina for the intricate designs of the headstones. Follow these links to learn the history of the headstones, those known to be buried here, and the connection with the local cabinetmaking family the Clodfelters/Gladfelters whose outstanding work is featured in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) collection today.

Here’s Philip Mock, born in 1784, died in 1824, in the “pierced” headstone style.

AC Prim Baptist, Philip Mock, 1784-1822

AC Prim Baptist Cemetery headstones 2

AC Prim Baptist Cemetery headstones

Mom practicing her cemetery “dowsing” skills. As she walks over a grave, the stick will bend down to indicate a hollowness below. She can also find underground water sources doing this. This is a useful special skill for the keepers of old cemeteries, so they know where unmarked graves are and don’t dig them up when digging new graves.

AC Prim Baptist, Carol dowsing

AC Prim Baptist, Charles Clinard, 1794-1862

AC Prim Baptist, Clinard tombstone

AC Prim Baptist, decorative cut headstones

AC Prim Baptist, headstones and flowers

AC Prim Baptist, John H. Clinard, 1868

AC Prim Baptist, Peter A Clinard 1834?-1836

AC Prim Baptist, Sarah Clinard, 1795, wife of Charles

AC Prim Baptist, Sarah Eliza Clinard

AC Primitive Baptist Natl Reg marker,

Across the street is a bigger church, the Mission Baptist Church and Cemetery, where more relatives are interred.

AC Mission Bap church, ceme

AC Mission Bap, church, ceme

This was active territory during the American Revolution and the troop movements are mentioned many times in the Moravian Records.

AC Mission Bap, Rev War marker

AC Mission Bap Cemetery, dogwood

AC Mission Bap, DB Clinard 1845-1923

AC Mission Bap, Emma Clinard Payne 1866-1950

AC Mission Bap, Mary Clinard 1904?

AC Mission Bap, Spurgeon & Clinard headstones

AC Mission Bap, William Clinard 1822?-1877

AC Mission Bap, Wm Rowan Clinard, 185?-1899

I’m sure there are many more relatives I didn’t photograph, but our time was limited.

As we had been driving down Abbotts Creek Church Road, I noticed a Clinard Oil sign and stopped in at the house next door to inquire where I might find some cousins (I was feeling adventurous that day). It so happened that we had found the home of Charlie Jack Clinard.

He only knew a few generations back and didn’t have any old pictures, but one of our Clinard cousins, Elizabeth Hayworth, who lives in the area, knew his family history and helped me out.

According to Elizabeth, “He is descended from Johann Philip Kleinert/Clinard to Jacob Clinard to  Andrew D. Clinard, Sr. and Lydia Brown. Her father was Ezekiel Brown, but we don’t know her mother’s name, even though there’s an Ezekiel Brown Bible for records.

Their son Hiram Fletcher Clinard 1845-1912 and wife Desdemona Charles
Their son Edward Jackson Clinard and wife Josie Craven
Their son Raymond Edgar Clinard 1897-1954 and wife Mary Spurgeon”
Then today’s Charlie Jack Clinard…

Jack Clinard in chair, Abbotts Creek, NC

This was his “Grandpappy’s” chair that had been handed down to him.

Jack Clinard's antique chair

Here is a photo that is on of Andrew D. Clinard Sr., 1793-1877. This would be Charlie Jack Clinard’s great-great grandfather.

Andrew D. Clinard Sr.Jack’s son Kelly lives in the old Spurgeon House just a few house’s past Jack and Laura’s on Abbotts Creek Road on the left. He told me “It was built in 1847 by slaves.” The old spring house sits on the hill below and the house “front” faced out over it.

The Spurgeon house built in 1847.

Spurgeon house front view

spurgeon house side view

Spurgeon house spring house

Spurgeon house view to spring house

Spurgeon house back view

Spurgeon house cut stone, wellhouse

Here are some of the neighbors, along with our Clinards and associated families on the 1700s tax lists that cousin Rick Russell found in his research, along with an 1808 map.

1778 Rowan Co, NC Tax List, Clinard

Clinard 1798 Rowan Co Tax List, Capt Harmon

Abbotts Creek is in the top right corner of the map.

1808 Davidson Co, NC map

Here’s some background history on the community and families of Abbotts Creek from the book Davidson County, North Carolina. Cousin Rick Russell had made copies of the pages about Abbotts Creek and it has lots of great information.

And a final map of the area when it was later known as “Brown Town”. Abbotts Creek Church is noted in the bottom right corner. Not sure of the source of this map – it was among Rick Russell’s research copies.

Browntown:Abbotts Creek, 1842 map

That’s it for now. Hope you enjoyed your visit with our North Carolina cousins!

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Moravian Bethania and Old Salem, N.C., Clinard History

Bethania and Old Salem, North Carolina

Continuing with my family history quest, after leaving Virginia it was on to Winston-Salem, N.C. and Old Salem for the next leg of our trip. Just outside of Winston-Salem we made a quick detour to visit Bethania, the first Moravian village established in 1759.

Bethania est 1759 sign

Bethanian Moravian church

Bethania Moravian house 3:4 view

I had Moravian records from Salem showing that my ggggggrandfather, Lawrence Clinard married Rosina Miller in Salem Tavern Feb. 24, 1789. I booked a few nights at the Augustus T. Zevely Inn in Old Salem so we could be in the midst of the history. The Salem Tavern is located just across the street from the inn. The inn was very nice and we enjoyed the historic ambiance.

Old Salem Zevely Inn entrance

Salem Aug Zevely Inn sitting room

salem aug zeveley inn, dining room

salem, aug zevely mural:chair

salem, aug. zevely breakfast room

Dinner is still served at the Salem Tavern, where you dine by candlelight for dinner, just as Lawrence and Rosina must have 224 years ago on their wedding day. The restaurant today is in the yellow building and the Tavern is the brick building.

salem tavern sign

Salem Tavern

Old Salem Tavern, brick

Feb 22, 1789, their banns were announced …

Lau & Rosina Kleinert banns, pg 2290, vol 5? Fries

The dining Tavern today (below)

Old Salem Tavern dining house

Some snapshots around Old Salem…

salem gunsmith shop

The Moravian Church in Old Salem. You can learn more about the church, religion and their archives resources at:

Old Salem Moravian Church closeup

The Moravian Archives

Old Salem Moravian Archives

My Lawrence Clinard and his wife, Rosina Miller had a little girl that drowned in their spring and was buried in God’s Acre in 1791. It was noted on March 5-7, 1791 in the Moravian Records… We think that Rosina Miller’s father, Friedrich Miller was probably Moravian.

Lau Kleinert dau dies, pg. 2355, Vol 5, Fries

Old Salem God's Acre marker

Old Salem God's Acre entrance

Old Salem God's Acre

Salem, Moravian church

T. Bagge’s store

salem, T. Bagge store

Old Salem T. Bagge info

The Bakery

Old Salem Bakery

Old Salem bldg top, slate roof

Old Salem brick building side view

Old Salem gardens

Old Salem houses, yard

Old Salem ladies walking

Old Salem little brick church

Old Salem log building

Old Salem log schoolhouse?

Old Salem oven

Old Salem pink & white building

Old Salem wisteria arbor

Old Salem yellow & green house

Old Salem yellow barn

Old Salem yellow bldg vert

You can learn more about Old Salem at:

Next stop is a visit out to Abbotts Creek where our Clinards homesteaded and still live. We’ll visit two early cemeteries where the Clinards are buried and meet a Clinard cousin!

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Henry Clinard (son of Johann Philip Kleinert) in Virginia

Abingdon, Virginia – Henry Clinard in Washington and Wythe County

A few years ago I decided to track down my Clinard family history in person. The trail led through Abingdon, Virginia and then on to Old Salem and Abbotts Creek, North Carolina. Our first stop was Abingdon to visit their archives and court house to look up records on Henry Clinard (1770s – ?), brother to my ggggggrandfather, Lawrence Clinard and son of Johann Phillip Kleinart/Clinard (1725-1802).

My mother loves history as well, so I took her along for the ride. This was the “Tavern” in downtown Abingdon, Va was built in 1779 and would have been there when Henry and Mary lived in the Abingdon area.

According to their website at:  “The Tavern, the oldest of Abingdon’s historic buildings and one of the oldest west of the Blue Ridge, was built in 1779. It was used from it’s beginning as a tavern and overnight inn for stagecoach traveler’s. The Tavern has had such guests as Henry Clay; Louis Philippe, King of France; President Andrew Jackson; and Pierre Charles L’Enfant, designer of Washington D.C.”

The Tavern, Abingdon, VA

We booked a couple of nights at the Shepherd’s Joy B & B on the edge of town and enjoyed our stay. They had beautiful antiques and their meals were delightful. I didn’t take many pictures but you can see more on their website at

shepherds breakfast

shepherd's joy buffet

We visited the Washington County, Virginia Historic Society where I found a little bit of information on Henry Clinard and his wife, Mary Rosenbaum Hinkle Clinard. Here is what we know about Henry. He was in Virginia as early as February 1797 when he marries Mary Rosenbaum Hinkle in Virginia on Dec. 7, 1790.

She had previously married John Hinkle on Feb. 26, 1790 in Rowan Co., N.C. (not sure how he fits in with the Rowan Co Hinkles – perhaps he was the son of Peter Hinkle (1743-1775) and a sibling to Mary, Anthony and Peter?). We don’t know when or where he dies but she re-marries 10 months later to Henry.

It would appear that Henry Clinard/Clynard was the first of Johann Phillip Kleinert’s sons to move away from the Abbotts Creek, N.C. community where they lived. Wythe County, Virginia is about 80 miles from Winston-Salem, N.C.

My Lawrence left N.C. about 1804 after the death of his father and would have had to go through Virginia and the Cumberland Gap to get to Tennessee. Perhaps he stopped off to see Henry, his brother along the way.

Our first stop was at the Washington County, Va., Historic Society to dig around for information on Henry and the Rosenbaum family.

washington co, VA hist society

I found quite a bit of information on the Rosenbaum family at the Historical Society of Washington County in Abingdon. They had a book in their genealogy material that was a treasure trove of data from a researcher. “The Rosenbaum-Rosenbalm Family of Southwest Virginia” by Clifford R. Canfield, Frankfurt, Germany, 1963. I copied the pages that were pertinent to the direct family and some excerts and will put those in a photo gallery to share. Please note this is probably copyrighted material, so if using this material, give proper credit to the author. These might be a little out of order…

So that gave you Mary’s family information, as well as their migration pattern, etc.. I wonder if the Rosenbaums knew the Clinards and Hinkles in Pennsylvania? This would be interesting to research! Here are copies of the original will of Alexander Rosenbaum and his estate settlement that was at the archives. The transcriptions are in the gallery above in the Rosenbaum book. Alexander’s death was in 1806 and his daughter Mary Clynard is mentioned in the will so we know she is still living then.

Alexander Rosenbaum will, 1806, Washington Co, VA, pg 12

Alexander Rosenbaum Estate Inventory, Va, 1806

Then I dropped into the Washington County Courthouse and got a copy of Henry Clinard/Clynard’s military discharge from 1810.

Washington Co, VA courthouse

We’re not exactly sure why Henry was discharged from Fort Powhatan for being “improperly enlisted” – he was around 40 then so it couldn’t have been age related. Something else to research… I can’t find much on Fort Powhatan or it’s military history.

It reads:

“Fort Powhatan 13th January 1810

It having been represented to the honorable the Secretary of War that Henry Clynard a private soldier in the late Capt. Alexander S. Walkers Company the Rifle Regiment had been improperly enlisted has ordered that he be discharged the service of the United States in conformity thereto the said Henry Clynard is hereby discharged from said service and declared free to return to his family in Washington County Virginia.”

It was recorded in the Washington County, Va courthouse records in the 1806-1812 Will Book 3, page 85.

Henry Clinard:Clynard, 1810 discharge of service

After 1810, it appears they drop off the map for a while in the research I’ve seen or done. Perhaps she died and is buried there with her Rosenbaum family and Henry decided to go to Tennessee to join his brother Lawrence.

Just a short drive past Shepherd’s Joy is the old White’s Mill which still produces today. I wish it had been open when we visited but it wasn’t. They have an online store and more information at:

carol at whites mill, Abin, VA

cats at White's Mill, Abing, VA

 tortie cat at Whites Mill, Ab, VA

From there,  we took a quick detour off the highway at the Wythe County Archives to see if we could find anything on the Clinards. They would have passed through on their way from North Carolina to Abingdon.

Wythe Co, Va Historic Society

He is listed in the 1800 Wythe County, VA Personal Property Tax List A,   1800 Clynard, Henry. A Wythe Co, Va court record showing him serving jury duty in June 13, 1801 and it notes: “Henry Clinard, 50 miles to court and the same returning and is allowed three days attendance”. Damascus, Virginia to Wytheville, Virginia is about 55 miles and in his 1806 military discharge papers it notes he is living in Washington County, Va in 1810.

Wythe Co, VA court book 1790-1810

Henry Clinard, VA, 1801, jury

So, after that we have a blank on facts for Henry and Mary Clinard. We’ll have to make a leap in assumptions to the next generation and go from there until a family Bible or scrap of paper comes to light with a family tree written on it that can confirm our guesses. Our next data for who we think are the children of Henry and Mary are marriage and census records that show children that were probably theirs. If Henry came on to Tennessee after 1810, perhaps he stayed with Lawrence in Robertson County for a while.

From my data, I think that Alexander Clinard, born 1792 in Virginia, a Philip Clinard born 27 Feb, 1804? in Virginia, a Sarah and a Jane (don’t know their birth dates) are their children. If this is true, then it’s interesting that they all married in 1825, three of them just days apart.


Alexander Clinard marries Margaret (or Martha Ann?) Brumley 19 Nov, 1825, Williamson County, TN

Philip Clinard marries Nancy Brumley on 15 June 1825 by William Lylte, J.P. in Davidson County, TN

Sarah Clinard marries Alexander James on 16 June, 1825 by William Faulkner

Jane Clinard marries Uriah Marcum on 18 June 1825 by William Lylte, J.P.

On I found the marriage record of Philip, Sarah and Jane recorded together on the same page:

Philip Clinard, Nancy Brumley mar cer

That’s enough for now.. My Family Tree Maker program with my Clinard family tree is locked up, so I have to get that resolved to see what I have saved from here on!

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Chamico’s 2013, Soliman Bay, Mexico

Whether you’re staying on Soliman Bay or just want to experience a bit of tropical paradise, Chamico’s beach shack at the south end of the bay is a must-experience. Their menu is limited to freshly-made seafood ceviche, guacamole and piping-hot fried fish. They have a limited selection of local beer, margaritas and soft drinks. Grab a table and chairs and sit back and enjoy the view.

Chamicos, baby in hammock

Chamicos shack, smugglers boat

Chamico's ceviche

Chamicos trees to water

Chamicos mexi chef cooking fish

Chamico's whole fish

Chamicos sun bather

Chamicos view of Soliman Bay

Chamicos view towards Tankah point

Chamicos, Wally with beer

Chamicos kids in water bay view

Chamicos maya children, Soliman

Chamicos palms & table, vert

Chamicos sawhorse table

Chamicos shack, house behind

Soliman Crows Nest

Soliman Smugglers boat 8"

Soliman smugglers boat closeup

Until next time… headed back to our sweet casa on Soliman Bay, Nah Uxibal!

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