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Germanton Academy

by Ken Otterbourg, 2006

Germanton Academy was established in 1810 as a private school in Germanton, the county seat of what was then Stokes County. (In 1849 the county was divided and the southern part became Forsyth County, with the town of Germanton split by the line.) Money for establishing the school was raised through the sale of lottery tickets. During its early years, the academy offered the standard course of study of that time: grammar, Latin, arithmetic, and geography. In 1890 the school was still functioning, and in 1906 it became more securely grounded when it received a state charter. Stock at five dollars per share was sold to raise $5,000 to erect a building on Salem Street in town. The headmaster was J. C. Brown, who afterward became superintendent of schools in Stokes County. However, in 1923 Germanton Academy closed when public schools replaced many private academies throughout North Carolina.


Charles L. Coon, North Carolina Schools and Academies, 1790-1840 (1915).

John R. Woodard Jr., Heritage of Stokes County, North Carolina (2 vols., 1982, 1990).

Additional Resources:
Acts passed by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina [1834-1835], NCDCR Digital Collections:,175069

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I am trying to authenticate the parentage of Mary "Polly" Westmoreland who was born about 18 June 1818 in Stokes County, NC; the daughter of John Franklin Westmoreland and Charlotte Horn. She married William More in Stokes County, NC on 21 Feb 1841. If there is any information in any of the books, manuscripts or other resources in your Library concerning Mary Poly Westmoreland, which could be made available to me, I will be most grateful.

Thank you

Milton Peek


Mr. Peek,
I tried to respond to you via email that was received by me from NCPedia, but it came back as deliverable. Here is my response I tried to send:

Unfortunately, the only thing I could find about Mary “Polly” Westmoreland was her marriage bond. Note that the marriage bond date is not necessarily the date of marriage, but the date of the bond that had to be paid in order to be married. Bond information follows:

William Moore to Polley Westmoreland Stokes County 21 Feb 1841

I also found a marriage bond for her parents:

John Westmoreland to Charlotte Horn Stokes County 15 Feb 1817

These bonds are both filed at the State Archives of North Carolina. To request documents from the North Carolina State Archives, please see their website at If you are not a North Carolina resident, you will need to scroll down the page to “Persons Residing Outside of North Carolina” and follow instructions there. Please note that if you not a North Carolina resident, there is a fee of $20 that must accompany each request. You can send multiple requests in 1 envelope and pay $20 for all contents of the envelope. Also, the address for where to send the form is at the very top of the form.

You may also want to see if there are any will or estate records for her father. I have a list of researchers compiled by the State Archives of North Carolina. I cannot recommend anyone from the list, but I do know that in order to be added, researchers must prove their competency so they should all be reliable. please send an email to the address provided by Emily Horton to request the list.

Erin Bradford
Genealogy Reference Librarian
Government & Heritage Library


Thanks for using NCpedia in your research. I tried sending an email connecting you with Reference Services for further assistance in your research, but the email address you submitted with the comment would not work. Feel free to contact Reference Services--their direct email address is Additional contact information may be found for them at Good luck!


Emily Horton, Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC

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