Hi family – my name is Leigh, and I am a descendant of the families of the Piney Woods/Dardens/Free Union community of North Carolina.  I plan to use this site to collect and disseminate genealogical and biographical information about the people who populated this community.  The primary surnames (that I’m aware of) are Boston, Brooks, Keyes, James, Peele, Pierce, and Smith, but input about anyone in that community is welcome. For now, at least, I will be the site administrator, but I am hoping everyone will contribute information.

I am hoping  to gather pictures and written descriptions of the people and places of this community and to publish them here so that any descendant of these people can see and read about their relatives and ancestors. Each person would have their own page, and individuals would be grouped by their last names.

If you have stories, photographs, or biographical details that you would like to contribute, please contact me at and we can figure out the easiest ways to get your contributions posted. In the meanwhile, I will continue to add whatever background information I can find about the community.

Finally, be sure to subscribe to the website or visit regularly in order to see the latest additions.


11 responses to “About

  1. Josephine Franco

    August 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I am the Granddaughter of Dave Biggs and Otelia Smith. Ilean Biggs Harris is my mother their daughter. All of you in Pineywoods and Darden are my cousins blood relative !!! you may call me at 1-302-670-6717 looking forward to your calls so we can talk and chat a spell!!! Josephine Franco.

  2. Early Whitehurst

    April 7, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Leigh, My name is Earl Whitehurst and presently lives in Piney Woods. Take a look at ” The Piney Woods Connection” on Facebook. You may see some of the other connections to Piney Woods.

    • Josephine Franco

      November 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Tammie call me my phone number is in my reply above. Josephine Franco

      • wellfitconcepts

        December 4, 2014 at 1:13 am

        Please share your phone number. Tammy Shepherd Archie 301-770-0912 Visionary & Founder WellFit Concepts Healing Arts & Education From: The Piney Woods Project To: Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 2:06 PM Subject: [New comment] About #yiv9235762748 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9235762748 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9235762748 a.yiv9235762748primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9235762748 a.yiv9235762748primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9235762748 a.yiv9235762748primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9235762748 a.yiv9235762748primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9235762748 |

        Josephine Franco commented: “Tammie call me my phone number is in my reply above. Josephine Franco” | |

  3. Edsel C. James

    October 15, 2014 at 2:27 am

    You may be interested in the following website: This website was created by Susan Hall

  4. Josephine Franco

    December 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I was there in Pineywoods last week to see Carolyn and her brother Dickey we did not visit long just riding thru,the next time I’ll stop over to see Joe Biggs And Carolyn Ann.

  5. Anita Peele Martin

    June 15, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Hello Leigh, I am your cousin Anita Peele, daughter of David Peele, son of Gadus Peele, son of Enoch and Cottie Peele. So your father William(I assume) is my grandfather’s brother.😂

  6. Josephine Franco

    June 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

    now all yall need to call me at the number I gave you above, now again my name is Josephine Franco, now I am not going to tell yall no more , get in touch with you blood so we dont end up marrying one another(LAUGH)! I am Dave Biggs granddaughter and Joseph Biggs first cousin. again 302-670-6717, I aint going tell you no more, dont let come down there with a switch(LAUGH) Looking forward to hearing from you.

  7. Audrey Whitaker

    June 24, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Hello Leigh, (and Josephine) 🙂
    My name is Audrey Whitaker and I am the daughter of Virginia (Tootsie) James Whitaker, and the granddaughter of Leora and Nymphus James of Piney Woods.
    I look forward to learning more about our heritage and communicating with relatives that I have not met.


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