Honrine Family (Boatman of the Rhine River Germany)

The Honrine families living in the United States today all come from one man, he arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina about 1803, and died about 1885. John Tobias Honrine Jr. was born in Ireland around 1802, son of a German Ship’s Captain, who traveled from Germany to Ireland to America, bringing immigrants. In 1802 he stopped in Ireland with his wife (name not known), to pick up Scotts to come to North Carolina. On his stop in Ireland, they had a son. As he drew near the North Carolina shores, a pirate ship overtook them, the ship’s captain was killed (John Tobias Honrine Sr.) and the rest of the ship’s people were put ashore in the Wilmington area.

John Burns Honrine

John Burns Honrine

John T. Honrine Jr. traveled to the Vander area in Cumberland County, North Carolina, on 10 Jan 1827 and married Elizabeth McCall, of the McCall family who settled on the eastern side of Stedman. The McCall family may have been on the same ship that John arrived on in 1803. They settled on 150 acres of what is called Pleasant View Road in Vander, and built their home about 1840. He was a very important man in the Vander, Cumberland County area. He became the Justice Of The Peace in 1850 and was the founding father of Judson Baptist Church (located at Judson Church Road and Hwy 53 Cedar Creek) in 1871. He also lists his occupation as a carpenter and furniture maker. John and Elizabeth have three boys and four girls. He and his wife Elizabeth are buried behind their house in an 8×8 brick border grave.

John Honrine

John Honrine

The first born boy was George Robert Honrine, born about 1830. He married Catherine Armstrong on 27 March 1867 and lived in Fayetteville. He served in the D Co 2nd Bn, Local Defense Troops of Cumberland County during the Civil War. George died soon after he was married around 1867. No Children were recorded from this marriage.

Next born was John Burns Honrine on 14 June 1835. He went on to marry Elizabeth Frances Parker on 17 Nov 1869 in Wilson’s Mill Smithfield, North Carolina. John died in New Bern on 31 May 1922 and Elizabeth died 11 Dec 1889. They have a son, Preston Leetes on 30 Aug 1870, and died 13 Nov 1871.  A daughter, Lillie Lee was born on 28 Sept. 1873, and died 31 May 1953. Frances Inez, born 31 Jan 1892, and died 4 Dec 1970, married Carl Koen Parrish. Albert McCall was born on 6 Aug 1876, and died 14 Aug 1962.  He married Bettie Irene Ham. As of 2015 an individual by the name of Freddie Honrine still lives in New Bern.

The third child born was Mary McCall Honrine about 1834. She never married and lived at home with her mother and father until her death about 1895 on Pleasant View Road, Vander.

Catherine was the fourth, born about 1838, married William Hughes and moved to South Carolina.

Elizabeth was born about 1840; she married Blackman Godwin and lived at the corner of old Clinton Road and Baywood Road in Vander. (Where Bayfield is located today) Most of the Godwin family that lives in this area today comes from this marriage. It is about 1/4 mile from her father’s home.

Almond Patterson Honrine

Almond Patterson Honrine

William Judson Honrine the sixth child was born on 23 April 1846 and later died in 1896. He is buried at the curve on Pleasant View Road, across the street of his house he built about 1875. He served in D Co 2nd Bn Local Defense Troops, of Cumberland County during the Civil War. He married three times, his first marriage being to Caroline Patterson Haywood who was born about 1848 in Montgomery County and died about 1871. Her parents were Moses Haywood and Susan Green, who moved to Cedar Creek, Cumberland County in 1850. They had one child Almond Patterson, born Nov, 1869 and died 9 June 1924. He is buried in the Honrine Cemetery located on Honrine Road in Sampson County. He lived with his father until his father’s death, when he moved to what is called today Honrine Road, Halls, and Sampson County. He married Rebecca Elizabeth Bass bn 1872, daughter of James Olin Bass and Sallie Ann Bass. Their children in order were John Burn bn in 1899 and married Ethel Steed. William James bn in 1903 and married Heddie Westbrook. Richard Thomas bn in 1904 married Ada Autry. Mary Rose bn in 1907 and married Jentry Hunter. Lillie Ann. bn 1909 who married Mack Simmons.  Almond Patterson Jr. bn in 1911 and married Annie Pearl Pope. Lucie Irene bn in 1914 and married Lynn Hunter. Lastly, Minnie Elizabeth bn in 1917 who married Norman Boykins.

Mary Rose Honrine

Mary Rose Honrine


Jentry & Mary Rose Hunter

Jentry & Mary Rose Hunter

William Judson’s second wife was Nancy Bryant born about 1850 died about 1888, of Hummingbird Road and sister to William Bryant the husband of Margaret Honrine. They married about 1881 and had two children. Mary Rosa Elizabeth was born about 1882, and died in 1987. She married Randall Dennis and moved to St. Pauls, Robeson County. The second child was Grover Cleveland born about 1884 who married Flora Cook. He joined the Army about 1901. After he got out of the Army they moved to West Virginia to work in the coal mines. Most of his offspring live in Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana.

William Judson’s third wife was Addie Tolar born in 1880 and died about 1909 of Grays Creek, Cumberland County. They had five children. Judson Yates born about 1889, married Kate Spence and lived in the Clinton area of Sampson County for part of their lives. Their children were Hiram Lee bn in 1912 and married Pearline Sutton. Cluster bn in 1913 married Pearl Bradshaw. Judson Yates Jr. bn in 1915 and married Doris Jones. Howard Eugene bn in 1917 who moved to Brooklyn, NY. Earl born in 1919, finally William Autry bn in1920 who married Cathleen White.

Manly Honrine

Manly Honrine


Sadie Honrine

Sadie Honrine

The second child of William and Addie was Ella who was born in1899 and married Theodore Carter of Vander, where some of their family still lives today. Another daughter Sadie who never married and worked at the Belk’s department store in Fayetteville and later died in 1980 in Vander. Next was Earnest who moved to New Jersey and worked for General Electric. Lastly, William Manly bn in 1892 and died in 1918 of  yellow fever at a hospital located in Brownsville, Texas while serving in the Army near the Panama Canal area. Sadie, Ella, Manly and Addie are buried alongside their father on Pleasant View Road.

William Judson & Margret Bryant

William Judson & Margret Bryant

The seventh child was Margaret born 1847, who married William Bryant of Hummingbird Road in Vander.  She is buried with her family on Rockhill Road between Pleasant View and Hummingbird Roads.

Most of the 150 acre farm is owned today 2015 by Mark Kirby. The two story house that William Judson built is still lived in today. John Honrine’s house located about 100 yards away was taken down after Hurricane Fran when the barn fell in. The pack house and chicken house still stand, along with a one car garage. After the death of John and Elizabeth, the land was left to William Judson and his third wife.  When William died in 1896 his wife lived in the house that William Judson built about 1871 on the curve of Pleasant View Road. She stayed there with her children until her death about 1909. After that both houses and farm went to the tax office and were sold.

*All of this information is gathered from family lineage or from documented material by the Honrine family and material found online. (Register of Deeds, Familysearch.org and Ancestry.com) Written by Curtis Anders, 2015.

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  1. Charles Bailey
    Charles Bailey says:

    Thank You for the article on the Honrine Family and its origin in America. My Grandfather is Grover Honrine and I had pieced together some of the information presented here but not in the detail of his fathers father. I do have one question about the picture of William Judson and Margret Bryant. My Mother Eunice Honrine, daughter of Flora and Grover Honrine has this picture and she claimed it was the picture of Floras parents, Alonzo and Nancy Cook. What supporting documentation do you have that this is a picture of William and Margret?

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