Monday, December 3, 2018

Happy 250th Birthday Charlotte, North Carolina

Today, is the 250th birthday of Charlotte, North Carolina affectionately known as the Queen City to local Charlotteans.

Picture of Cory and Kiki with the Charlotte skyline. Charlotte Restaurant Week, January 2018. 

The Founding of Charlotte, NC

"This year, 2018, we will be celebrating the sestercentennial, or 250th anniversary, of the founding of Charlotte.  Historical records show that the town of Charlotte was established with a law passed by the Assembly on December 3, 1768, but the story is more interesting than that.  The way that Charlotte came into being was unusual for the time and illustrates the exceptionalism that has always been a part of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. To understand this we have to start at the beginning. 

About 1750 settlers began to come down from Pennsylvania into western Anson County in the Royal Colony of North Carolina.  By 1763 there were enough settlers in the area to form a new county out of the western part of Anson, to be called Mecklenburg. This was not an unusual action as counties were routinely divided whenever the population reached a level that made that feasible.  When any new county was formed seven men were appointed to purchase a piece of land and build a courthouse, prison and stocks for the new county.  Once they had done this they were to levy a tax on the residents of the county to repay themselves for the expense.  This way of building a courthouse always gave new counties a problem.  Since the commissioners put up their own money, they waited until there were enough residents that the tax would fully reimburse the cost of buying the land and building the courthouse.  So in the case of Mecklenburg County, the commissioners waited four years before building the courthouse.  

Then they did something extraordinary.  On January 15, 1767, instead of just building a courthouse, they decided to build a town.  Three of the commissioners put up their own money, and bought a large piece of land.  It was the best land they could find, on the main road from Salisbury to the Catawba Indian Nation.  It was on a high hill on a long ridge, and had three good springs.  They bought 360 acres from the absentee land owner Lord Selwyn through his agent Henry Eustace McCulloh for £90.  A land grant for this amount of less desirable land elsewhere in the county would have cost them only about £5.  In addition to building the court house they laid out a city and began to sell city lots.  The North Carolina General Assembly had met the previous October, 1766, with Thomas Polk and Martin Phifer, the representatives from Mecklenburg County, attending.  Governor Tryon prorogued (dismissed) the session to reconvene in December, 1767.  In that session Mr. Polk introduced two bills.  One was to divide Mecklenburg County, forming Tryon County.  The other was to establish a town in Mecklenburg County.  In January 1768 the session was again prorogued and met again in November, 1768.  On November 12 Thomas Polk, re-introduced the bill to establish a Town in Mecklenburg County and Mr. Phifer re-introduced the bill to divide Mecklenburg County.  These two bills became laws when they were approved by Governor Tryon on December 3.   The law establishing Charlotte states that John Frohock, Abraham Alexander and Thomas Polk had purchased 360 acres for the purpose of erecting a Court House for the use of the County.  That they had laid out this land into a town and a common area and some if it into lots.  They had sold 80 of these lots and on some of them good habitable houses had been erected.  The law also says that the land is so healthy and convenient for trade that if it were established as a town it might grow to a considerable size.   

The town was to be named Charlotte, in honor of their Queen, the wife of King George III of Great Britain.  It was the custom in those days to name towns after famous people to honor them, not for any hope of gaining favor.  These Trustees plus two more – Richard Berry and George Allen – were to make deeds for the 80 lots already sold and for other lots as the town developed.  The owners of these lots were given three years to erect a building of a specified minimum size and quality or the lot could be seized by the trustees to be sold again. These lots were owned “in fee simple,” but the owners were to pay a Land Rent of one shilling per year.  Land Rent for city lots and Quit Rent for land were universal in the Royal Colonies, providing a way to support the colonial government and the Royal Establishment, much as taxes do today.  Finally, Thomas Polk was appointed treasurer.  The founders expected to sell a large number of city lots and make a lot of money and it seems that this did happen at first.  As soon as there were 60 families living in the town, the Assembly would make Charlotte a Borough Town, giving them their own representative in the Assembly.  Unfortunately things did not work out as planned.  Within seven years the American Revolution had begun and it would be 1815, 46 years later when the town was finally large enough to become incorporated."  

- Jim Williams, Dandelion Press, Volume 24, Number 1 

Mecklenburg County Court House and Monument Postcard, Circa 1930's 

Historical Scenes of Charlotte Postcard, Circa 1959

East Trade Street Postcard, Circa 1908

East Trade Street Postcard, Circa 1909

Trade Street, Looking East Postcard, Circa 1920's

Trade Street, Looking West, Circa 1930's

City of Beautiful Churches Postcard, Circa 1940's

PBS Trail of History - Charlotte Then and Now

Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz 

Portrait of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom, with Windsor and the royal family in the background. Painted by, Benjamin West in 1779.

Sophie Charlotte, born on May 19th, 1744 was the eighth child of the Prince of Mirow, Germany, Charles Louis Frederick, and his wife, Elisabeth Albertina of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1752, when she was eight years old, Sophie Charlotte's father died. As princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Sophie Charlotte was descended directly from an African branch of the Portuguese Royal House, Margarita de Castro y Sousa. Six different lines can be traced from Princess Sophie Charlotte back to Margarita de Castro y Sousa.
George I of Great Britain’s grandmother was Elizabeth Stuart The Winter Queen of Bohemia and the daughter of James VI of Scotland and James I of England and subsequently Great Britain.  George I was the grandfather of Charlotte's eventual husband (George III).  As a Protestant and a descendant of the Stuart Kings he was chosen to become king.  The long lineage of Scottish kings and queens is often sidelined in the ancestry of the current royal family.
She married George III of England on September 8, 1761, at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace, London, at the age of 17 years of age becoming the Queen of England and Ireland.  The conditions of the marriage contract were, ‘The young princess, join the Anglican church and be married according to Anglican rites, and never ever involve herself in politics’. Although the Queen had an interest in what was happening in the world, especially the war in America, she fulfilled her marital agreement. The Royal couple had fifteen children, thirteen of whom survived to adulthood. Their fourth eldest son was Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent, later fathered Queen Victoria.
Queen Charlotte made many contributions to Britain as it is today, though the evidence is not obvious or well publicized. Her African bloodline in the British royal family is not common knowledge. Portraits of the Queen had been reduced to fiction of the Black Magi, until two art historians suggested that the definite African features of the paintings derived from actual subjects, not the minds of painters.
In Queen Charlotte’s era slavery was prevalent and the anti-slavery campaign was growing. Portrait painters of the royal family were expected to play down or soften Queen Charlotte's African features. Painters such as Sir Thomas Lawrence, who painted, Queen Charlotte in the autumn of 1789 had their paintings rejected by the royal couple who were not happy with the representations of the likeness of the Queen. These portraits are amongst those that are available to view now, which could be seen as continuing the political interests of those that disapprove of a multi-racial royal family for Britain. Sir Allan Ramsey produced the most African representations of the Queen and was responsible for the majority of the paintings of the Queen. Ramsey’s inclination to paint truer versions of the Queen could be seen to have come from being ‘an anti-slavery intellectual of his day. The Coronation painting by Ramsey, of the Queen was sent out to the colonies/commonwealth and played a subtle political role in the anti-slavery movement. Johann Zoffany also frequently painted the Royal family in informal family scenes.
Queen Charlotte was a learned character, her letters indicate that she was well read and had interests in the fine arts. The Queen is known to have supported and been taught music by Johann Christian Bach. She was extremely generous to Bach’s wife after Bach’s death. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at aged eight dedicated his Opus 3 piece to the Queen at her request. Also an amateur botanist, Queen Charlotte helped to establish Kew Gardens bringing amongst others the Strelitzia Reginae, a flowering plant from South Africa. The Queen who had the first one in her house in 1800 introduced the Christmas tree to England. It was said to be decorated with, ‘sweetmeats, almonds and raisins in papers, fruit and toys. Also the Queen Charlotte Maternity hospital was established in London. Set up as a charitable institution, it is the oldest maternity care institution in England.
Queen Charlotte died on November 17, 1818 at Dutch House in Surrey, now Kew Palace, in the presence of her eldest son, the Prince Regent. She is buried at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The only private writings that have survived are Queen Charlotte's 444 letters to her closest confidant her older brother, Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. On 23 May 1773 in a letter, the Queen felt she was in a position of privilege yet a task. Her Christian faith was a protection and a method of endurance, as she quotes from the Bible and recognizes her role as a royal of God beyond her royal role on earth.  An exhibition took place in 2004, at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace displaying Charlotte and George’s collections and tastes in the arts. Queen Charlotte was the great great-great grandmother of the present Queen Elizabeth II who still lives in the expanded Buckingham House, now Buckingham Palace. Kew gardens still flourishes and is always being expanded, also the Queen Charlotte maternity hospital and many other places still carry her name in honor globally such as Charlotte town, Canada and Fort Charlotte, St Vincent, West Indies.
Happy 250th Birthday, 

-Kiki Nakita-

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Dad's Last Christmas 2012

Good morning my dears, 

Today, I'd like to share a short (1 minute) family home movie from my Dad's last Christmas in 2012. My Dad was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in January, 2011 and passed away in May, 2013. This video brings back so many memories of his last Christmas. The kind folks at Mercedes delivered my Dad's Christmas gift to his front door.

Christmas blessings to you, 

-Kiki Nakita-

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

4th Annual Thanksgiving at Biltmore

Good afternoon my dears,

We celebrated our 4th Annual Thanksgiving at the Biltmore. It was a perfect autumn/fall weather day as we had a delicious luncheon at The Deerpark Restaurant, strolled through the house and shops, looked at the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and looked at the twinkle lights near the campfire at Antler Village. 

I'm so thankful for many things, the list is endless, but I'm most thankful for my hubby and the life we have created together. I'm also thankful for all of you who take the time to stop by and catch up with me. 

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- Thanksgivings of Years Past - 
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 with family, 2016 with family, 2017 

Thanksgiving blessings to you, 

-Kiki Nakita-

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Jungers Family (7 Generations)

The Jungers Family (7 generations) My husband's maternal grandmother's line.

Jungers Name Meaning

Jungers is a name for a young person or the junior member of a family or community, being derived from the German word "jung" which means "young." 


Thomas Domonic Jungers
b. 1719 d. Unknown

married in 1739

Anna Marie Angelsberg
b. Unknown d. 1745 

6th great-grandparents of husband

Places lived: Luxembourg

Henrici Jungers
b. 1739 d. October 14th, 1805

married in 1768

Anna Meysenburg
b. 1745 d. Unknown

5th great-grandparents of husband

Places Lived: Luxembourg

Antoine Jungers
b. 1779 d. Unknown

married in 1808

Elizabeth Wirth
b. 1785 d. Unknown

4th great-grandparents of husband

Places Lived: Luxembourg

Charles Jungers
b. June 9th, 1810 d. 1895

married on April 15th, 1863

Marie  Soisson
b. October 3rd, 1839 d. Unknown

3rd great-grandparents of husband

Places Lived: Luxembourg

John Peter Jungers
b. April 29th, 1870 d. July 6th, 1854

Arrival to the United States circa 1889/90

married in 1901

Rosallia Sziller
b. July 1882 d. 1965

Arrival to the United States circa 1896/97

2nd great-grandparents of husband

Places Lived: Luxembourg. Hungary. North Dakota.

1910 US Census

1910 City Directory 

1920 US Census

1930 US Census

1940 US Census

Frank Nick Jungers
b. January 11th, 1902 d. January 1969


Elizabeth Agnes Becker
b. April 21st, 1902 d. April 22nd, 1984

great-grandparents of husband

Places Lived: North Dakota. Oregon.

Wedding of Frank Nick and Elizabeth Jungers

Frank Nick Jungers

 1930 Census

1940 Census

Grave of Frank Nick and Elizabeth Jungers

Marlene JoAnn Jungers
b. June 28th, 1932 d. June 17th, 2015

married for sixty-one years on November 14th, 1953

Arthur Dillon
b. private p. present

grandparents of husband

Places lived: North Dakota. California. Saudi Arabia. Oregon.
Wedding of Arthur and Marlene Dillon


Marlene “Grandee” Dillon, a long-time resident of Eugene, died peacefully in Arlington, TX the morning of Tuesday the 17th of June with her husband and three adult children by her side. Born June 28th 1932 in Regent, North Dakota, Marlene (nee Jungers) moved to Eugene as a young child. She attended St. Mary grammar and St. Francis High School graduating in 1950. She worked at Consolidated Freight Lines in Eugene where she met her future husband Arthur Edwin Dillon. They were married November 14th 1953. The Dillons traveled often in their young married life; living in Eugene then moving to Saudi Arabia where Arthur worked for ARAMCO. Arthur and Marlene traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East. They returned home to Eugene in 1960 but moved again to a suburb of Los Angeles for most of the 1960s. They finally returned to Eugene in 1969 to raise their family of four. They have lived in the same home for over 46 years. While the children were in school, Marlene worked as a bookkeeper for the Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic for over a decade and later worked for Women’s Health Care before her retirement. Marlene enjoyed entertaining her large group of friends along with traveling and visiting her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Arthur, three of her children; Cindy Wright (Kerry), Arthur Michael Dillon (Melissa) and Dr. Christopher Dillon (Jee); nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by daughter Lori Jepson. Visitation will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene on June 24, 2015 from 10:00 to Noon with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 12:15. This is the same church she has attended since she was a small child. A committal service will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Eugene.

Grandees Grave 

Happy genealogy researching,

-Kiki Nakita-

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Autumn Day in Old Salem, NC

Good afternoon my dears,

We recently had a day trip to Old Salem, NC. We like to visit every year, but our favorite is around  autumn when the leaves are crunchy and golden. We enjoy stopping for lunch at the tavern (reservations are recommended) and shopping at the mercantile, bookstore, and bakery. 

While in Old-Salem we had a private viewing of this timeless chest of drawers, at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. It was crafted by Cory's 8th great-uncle, Joseph Wells, in 1796. It's been carefully preserved for almost as long as America has been a country. 

Its no wonder that we found a connection to such a wonderful place. 🍁

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Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving,

-Kiki Nakita-

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