Arran-Black River Literary and Historical Society

by Fred C. Kerr

From 1919 to 1922, the Arran-Black River Literary and Historical Society, Inc existed. Holding 4 annual meetings at Black River Chapel, Ivanhoe, NC, it was involved in furthering historical and literary accomplishments of the Black River community. Most of what is known about the organization is from programs for each of its annual meetings(1st-Oct.5,1919; 2nd-Sept.16, 1920; 3rd- Oct. 11, 1921; 4th-Sept.11, 1922).

According to its charter, the Society was composed of “members of old Arran families and descendants of Arran immigrants who settled in the Black River section of eastern North Carolina” and their objectives were to collect, preserve and publish local historical and literary material. Some of their projects included Folklore and Dialect, Poetry, Genealogy of Arran Families, etc. There was a committee on genealogy of Arran Families composed of John D. Kerr Sr, Chairman, Clinton, NC; Macl.Graham, Clinton, NC; Carr Hendry, Goodnight, Texas; and Elizabeth (Bessie) Janet Black, Secretary. The following families were researched:

Bannerman
Beatty
Colvin
Corbetts
Cromartie
Currie
Devane
Hendry
Henry
Kelso
Kerr
MacAllilster
MacDonald
MacDuffie
MacKillop
MacMilan
Murphy
Robinson
Shaw
Sillers

I am very interested in finding any material about this society, especially in any of the genealogy research conducted. Any material of knowledge of presentations at the annual meetings-such as the one John Daniel Kerr, Sr. made at the first meeting in 1919- entitled “The Arran—Black River Settlement”.

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