Want to plan an event with us? We host wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate dinners, and family celebrations. Our Heritage Center, Hope Mansion Grounds and the King-Bazemore House Grounds are available to rent. Learn more.

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

The 6th Annual Family History & Genealogy Fair (Day 2)

July 23, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

“The Diverse Origins of Families in Bertie County”
Friday, July 22, 2016 and Saturday, July 23, 2016
Roanoke Chowan Heritage Center

The purpose of the program is to discuss the diverse origins of families in Bertie County NC from the late 16th century to their current genealogical connections throughout America.

The purpose of the program is to discuss the diverse origins of families in Bertie County NC from the late 16th century to their current genealogical connections throughout America.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

9:30 AM -10:00 AM


10:00 AM – 12:30 PM


 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM  

“Family across Racial Boundaries in Nineteenth- Century North Carolina”

Warren E. Milteer, Jr. Local beliefs and legal edicts attempted to discourage sexual and familial relationships between women of color and white men in North Carolina. However, free women of mixed ancestry and white men developed relationships that mimicked legally-sanctioned marriages. These unions often produced children who maintained frequent interaction with both parents. Dr.Milteer discusses how free women of mixed ancestry and their white partners in nineteenth-century Hertford County, North Carolina dealt with the legal limitations inherent in their situation. Men in these relationships found ways to secure property rights for women and children and developed methods to prevent legal scrutiny of their living arrangements.  This discussion is based on research by Dr.Milteer that is published in the Journal of Social History (Spring 2014), published by Oxford University Press.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

“North Carolina Descendants of the First Child of African Descent Born in America:  William Tucker, 1624”

William Tucker was the first person of African ancestry born in the 13 British Colonies.  His birth symbolized the beginnings of a distinct African American identity along the eastern coast of what would eventually become the United States. William Tucker was born in 1624 near Jamestown, Virginia, the son of “Antoney and Isabell,” two African indentured servants of Captain William Tucker. Shelton Tucker will present a timeline that documents William Tucker’s descendants’ migration from what is now Hampton, Virginia to what is now Nash County North Carolina. He will also document William Tucker’s connection to the Tucker and Bell families of England.  Shelton Tucker is a graduate of Tennessee State University’s Meharry Medical School with a BS degree in Health Administration and Planning.  He received his Master of Business Administration degree from Clark Atlanta University. He is a Financial Advisor of William A Tucker Enterprises LLC for Chicago, London, and Coca-Cola Africa.



Conference Registration Fee:
Full Two-Day Genealogy Conference $60.00
Only Friday $35.00 (5:00 pm – 8:15 pm includes dinner)
Only Saturday $35.00 (9:30 am – 1:00 pm includes breakfast/brunch)

See attached Registration form  >>  6th Annual Family & Genealogy Fair

Conference Hotel Information:
Group Discount Room Rates Per Night (tax not included) are $94.00 and $99.00.
Arrival Date: July 22th, 2016.
Departure Date: July 24th, 2016.
Rooms are held under the group name of “Historic Hope Foundation” and the group code is FHG.
All rooms are held tentatively under the group block until confirmed with a valid Credit Card.
Rooms need to be reserved by July 1st, 2016.
All reservations have to be made by calling the hotel directly at 252-809-1100 and providing them with the Group Name and/or Code.

Hampton_Color Logo1099 Hampton Court
Williamston, NC 27892


July 23, 2016
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Tags:


Historic Hope Plantation
132 Hope House Road
Windsor, NC 27983 United States
+ Google Map
Book Now