More Calls, More Leads

November 30, 2020 Off By Mira Pickus

Last week, I had two very important phone calls. First I spoke with Mr. Judd Edeburn — former resource manager of the Duke Forest. Mr. Edeburn told me about the Couch cemeteries present on the Duke Forest land — which I will be able to visit with him and hopefully Ms. Nicolette Cagle. He also mentioned that current Couch descendants may be tied to the Couch Oil Company. He has sent me more information — related to obituaries and cemetery records — that will help me to pursue my search for some Couch descendants to speak too.

Also — in a very exciting update — I was able to have a lovely conversation a few days ago with Mr. Lawrence Dunmore. Mr. Dunmore is a folklorist, storyteller, tribal historian, and member of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi. He and I will be setting up some times to speak so that he can be part of the narrative journalistic piece I’m hoping to put together. I’m very grateful to him for all of his insights and for his willingness to speak with me. I can’t wait to learn more.

Next steps include visiting the old Couch cemetery with Mr. Edeburn, talking with Mr. Dunmore, and following up with other contacts such as Greg Bell.

More coming soon!