Our Books

The following Alleghany County related items (except the Marriages book) are available for sale directly from the Society. (All but the Alleghany Co. Marriages book may also be purchased in Sparta at the Alleghany County Public Library or the Sparta Store on Main Street. Books can also be ordered online at the Sparta Store.)

For items ordered from the Society, please send your check, payable to Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society, to:

Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society
P.O.Box 817
Sparta, NC 28675

[Please note that the tax rate for NC residents is presently 6.75%]

HISTORY OF ALLEGHANY COUNTY, NC 1859-1976
This 272-page book, which had been out of print for many years, was re-published by the Society in August 1999. It was originally published in 1976 during the Nation’s Bicentennial. This book is not indexed. The book may be purchased from the Society for $45, plus $3 for shipping & handling, plus (for NC residents only) $3.04 tax.
ALLEGHANY COUNTY HERITAGE
This 555-page book was published by the Society in October 1983 and is broken down into three sections: county, township, and community histories; over 700 family histories; and a 13-page pictorial heritage. This book is completely indexed. The book may be purchased from the Society for $48, plus $3 s&h, plus (for NC residents only) $3.24 tax.
ALLEGHANY COUNTY CEMETERIES THROUGH 1986
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This 261-page book was published in October 1988 and contains burial data from nearly 300 family, church and community burial plots through 1986. The names are in alphabetical order with a code showing the location of the cemetery. The book may be purchased from the Society for $15, plus $2.75 s&h, plus (for NC residents only) $1.01 tax.
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ALLEGHANY ARCHITECTURE: A PICTORIAL SURVEY
This 101-page book was originally published in 1983 by the Alleghany County Historical Properties Commission. The book was re-published in May 2004 by the Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society. Jean Sizemore was the principal investigator and photos were taken by Brant Burgiss and Tammy Blevins. The communities covered are: Cherry Lane, Cranberry, Gap Civil, Glade Creek, Glade Valley, Piney Creek, Prathers Creek, Roaring Gap, Sparta, and Whitehead. Although architecture is the principal focus of the book, it contains much information useful to the family historian. This book is not indexed. The book may be purchased from the Society for $30.00, plus $3.00 s&h, plus (for NC residents only) $2.03 tax.
ALLEGHANY COUNTY COURTHOUSE ORNAMENT
This attractive, gold-colored metal ornament depicts the county courthouse, which was re-built following the fire of 1933. Profits from the sale of this ornament fund various activities of the Society. The ornament is available from the Society for $11.21 plus (for NC residents only) $0.76 tax; no shipping & handling is charged for this light item.
MARY’S MEMORIES
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This 74-page book was published by Mary Lyon Harless in 2000 on the occasion of her 100th birthday. The book is a collection of stories and reminiscences about her long life in Alleghany County. It contains many photographs as well as illustrations by Arzetta Mimbs. The first printing quickly sold out and Mrs. Harless permitted the Society to re-publish the book. The book may be purchased from the Society for $8.00, plus $1.50 s&h and (for NC residents only) $0.54 tax.
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FOOT PRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME
This 75-page book, subtitled “A History of Southwestern Virginia and Northwestern North Carolina,” was first published in Sparta, NC in 1900 by Dr. Aras B. Cox. Dr. Cox was a physician and Methodist preacher who was born in Floyd Co., VA and later lived in Alleghany and Ashe Counties, NC. The book consists of historical and biographical sketches of the following counties: Carroll, Floyd and Grayson, VA; and Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Watauga and Wilkes, NC. One chapter recounts the Battle of King’s Mountain. Our Society reprinted this book in 2002, and it now includes an every-name index. The book may be purchased from the Society for $15.00, plus $2.00 s&h and (for NC residents only) $1.01 tax.
1938 VIDEO OF SPARTA, NORTH CAROLINA
This 20-minute DVD, mostly in black and white (but some scenes in color), was filmed by Ben Reeves in downtown Sparta, at the Roaring Gap Fish Hatchery, and at the Alleghany Co. Agricultural Fair. Identified persons include Edwin Duncan, Alton Thompson, Glenn Nichols, Coy Richardson, Eltie Richardson, Preachers R. L. Berry and Howard Ford, Troy Irwin, Will Reeves, Virginia Reeves and son Bennie, C. R. Roe, F. H. Jackson, Floyd Crouse, Guy Duncan, Dr. Thompson, Duke Bledsoe, R. L. Doughton, Walter Irwin, Kyle Nichols, Lester Waddell, Jay Hardin, Sam Brown, Porter Collins, Rufus Doughton, and Ross and Earl Richardson. The tape begins with Ben Reeves’ trip to the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York, which makes an interesting contrast with 1938 Sparta. The tape includes a musical background. This DVD may be purchased from the Society for $20.00, plus $1.50 s&h and (for NC residents only) $1.35 tax.

RECIPES THAT RAISED US
This 230-page book is a memorial cookbook featuring photographs, stories and favorite recipes of friends and family who have passed away. Proceeds from this book go to the building project of the Alleghany County Public Library. These books may be purchased from the Society for $20, plus $3.00 s&h, plus (for NC residents only) $1.35 tax or (3) books for $45.00, plus $7.00 s&h, plus (for NC residents only) $3.04 tax.

2008 Winner
of the
Paul Green Multimedia Award

from
North Carolina Society of Historians

ALLEGHANY CO., NC MARRIAGES: 1849-1900
This 354-page book was published in 1996 by local resident George Henry Latham. These marriage records are arranged alphabetically by the groom’s surname, typically showing for each marriage the day, month, and year it took place; the groom’s name, age, residence and the names of his parents; and the bride’s name, age, residence and the names of her parents. An index of brides is also included. Their website is www.heritagebooks.com. The book can be purchased online.
One copy of each below available: Contact AHGS if you’re interested.

Swinks of Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Mecklenburg and Rutherford Counties of North Carolina, 1738-2000, Volumes One & Two
Mary Louise Swink Harmon, Columbia, SC
$135

Grave Sights of Cabarrus County, NC, Book 8 and 9
Bernard W. Cruse, Jr., Concord, NC
$35/set

Cabarrus County Tax Assessments 1860 and 1863
Bernard W. Cruse, Jr., Concord, NC
$19

Cabarrus County, North Carolina, 1890 Tax Scroll
Kathryn L. Bridges, Bernard W. Cruse, Jr., Larry W. Hayer, Rock Hill, SC/Concord/Kannapolis
$17

1900 Burke County Census
$30

Some Descendants of Wendel Miller, 1724-1805, Born in Germany, Died in Rowan County, NC, Revolutionary War Patriot, Volumes 1 through 4
Bernard W. Cruse, Jr., Concord, NC
$100/set

The Johnathon “John” Lewis Lowder & Emma Virginia Transou Lowder Family of Forsyth North Carolina

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Estate Records Volume 1 Aaron-Ayres

The Hannion Family of Polk County, North Carolina With Allied Families Henderson and Carruth

In Honor of Duplin County’s Vietnam War Dead

The Ties that Bind…The John E. Topdd and Rosa Lee Matthews Family Story

Memorials & Tributes Obituaries from The Amity Hill Spirit 2007-2009 Volume 1

Haywood County, North Carolina Marriage Records 1808-1903 Transcribed from Microfilm

Haywood County, North Carolina Marriage Records 1904-1936 Transcribed from Microfilm

Abstracts of Deed Books 24-28 & Books 1-3, Second Series Mecklenburg County, North Carolina 1831-1850

Abstracts of Deed Books 15-23 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina 1794-1830

Geneological Deed Abstracts Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Books 10-14

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1774-1780

Mecklenburg & Cabbarrus Counties, North Carolina Decednts from Whom Loose Esatate Papers are Extant

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Will Abstracts, 1791-1868, Books A-J AND Tax Lists 1797, 1798, 1799, 1806, & 1807

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1780-1800

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions Volume II: 1801-1820

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions Volume III: 1821-1830

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions Volume IV: 1831-1840

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions Volume V: 1841-1850

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions Volume VI: 1851-1860

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions Volume VII: 1861-1868

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina A Petitio, 1792 AND Tax Lists 1797, 1798, 1799, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1810, 1811, 1815, 1823, & 1824

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