A Jackson County family was the subject of honors recently announced and presented by the N.C. Society of Historians at their 78th annual Awards Ceremony on Oct. 12 at The Chambers Building on the Davidson College campus.
The “Rush John Sumner and Margie Lee Guffey Sumner Family of Western North Carolina with Allied Lines of Buchanan and Tatham” publication garnered the Family History Book Award as well as the Multi Media Award for authors Harry Benjamin Sumner and Mary Katherine Lowder for the contributions they have made toward the collection, preservation and perpetuation of North Carolina history through genealogy. The hardcover book was also made available in a digital format for technology inclined readers and for ease in adding updates.
Rush and Margie Sumner’s roots encompass Western North Carolina with the Sumners from Buncombe County, then Cherokee County and the Guffeys from Macon County. More than three and a quarter centuries ago, their forefathers settled in the state even before the term “North Carolina” was in common use. Each generation of these Sumner and Guffey early settlers has been chronicled with biographical narratives and social histories.
The Sumner family resided in the Savannah community of Jackson County.
The book can be accessed locally at the Jackson County Genealogical Society office in Sylva.