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for Journal of the New Bern Historical Society Vol. 2 Issue 1, Apr 1989
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Mary Vail was related through her mother, marriages, and children to a number of prominent North Carolinians. She was married to Frederick Jones of Chowan County; William Wilson of Clermont Plantation near New Bern; and Roger Moore of Orton Plantation.
The worst fire in New Bern's history occurred on December 1, 1922. A fire that broke out in a private residence spread, destroying 35 to 40 blocks and 600 buildings. Three thousand people were homeless, and costs were in the millions.
The historical reports and map representing Colonial New Bern were compiled by Baron Christoph deGraffenried, also known as Baron Christoph von Graffenried. An enduring connection was seen in the descendants of von Graffenried, some who attended the unveiling of the bust commemorating the town’s founder.
This edition resumed where the first concluded, with the purchase of Caroline and Henry Chapman’s house by Isaac Taylor for his daughter, Mary, her husband, George Attmore, and their two children. Included in this profile of Isaac Taylor was information about his daughter and son in law’s children, which totaled seven. Also discussed were Mary and George’s daughter Hannah, her husband, William Oliver, and their eight children.
The church has had a broad appeal, in its denomination, the combined Christian Church and First Disciples of Christ, touted as the “largest denomination founded on American soil.” Its foundation was complete by the early nineteenth century, but it experienced a crumbling in terms of membership in the 1960s and early 1970s. By the new decade, though, it had rebuilt itself, congregation and worship space wise.
Moving day involved the Coor-Cook House, whose construction began in the 1790s, and Law Office, built in the 1850s. The two buildings, moved in 1981, were purchased by the Historic New Bern Foundation. The buildings’ value was expressed in the Foundation not wanting them demolished to make way for parking lots or an extension of the court house.