A few words from fellow genealogists

Here are the messages sent to me from fellow researchers on Dr Herring.

I met him about 4 years ago, while visiting my aunts who lived in NC. 
I was doing genealogy research. He had  never seen or heard of us 
before and welcomed us into his home/library and gave us a tour as well. 
I shall always remember him. Then when we were leaving, he gave us a 
tour of his beautiful yard.  He was a great man. He was
having problems with his vision when I was there.

Alice West Ferguson
Greenbelt, MD.

Duplin County has lost a wonderful person in Dr. Dallas Herring.  I was greatly 
impressed by his personality and the size and and quality to his Library when 
I visited with him on a genealogy research trip to North and South Carolina in 
May 2003.  I found many articles of value in his library.  At that time and I am 
sure it was his tradition to visit with all and talk about Duplin County history 
and genealogy.  He will be missed.

Spencer Ardell Bullard
Denver, Colorado

We've lost a treasure! 

Billie Powell

Was sorry to hear about Dallas Herring. I visited there and did some
research. What happens to his collection now ?  He helped me a  lot.

Christopher Howard Rowe

You are so right about missing Dr. Dallas Herring.  We all owe him much 
gratitude and respect for the work he did in his life time to perserve the 
history of Duplin County.


I attended the funeral this afternoon.  The church was packed. 
Our state has lost a great friend and educator in so many ways.

Stephen Pearsall

Losing Dr. Herring is truly a great loss. I was fortunate to have a  brief
meeting with him at his library a few years ago. Even though  I did  not find
anything to add to my Dickson family research, I was quite impressed  with the
volume of materials on other subjects he did have. It sounds as though  he made
arrangements to leave his library in good hands so that his work and
collections can be of benefit to future genealogists and  historians.
  The day I was there, he had just gotten a new apparatus which  would
transcribe  the written word to audio. He and an assistant were  eagerly learning to
operate it and gave my friend and me a demonstration. I was  most amazed at
his eagerness to learn about new technology in spite of his  advanced years, as
well as how eager he was to share. He will be missed by  many...

Elizabeth Dickson Golbach
Bartlesville, OK

I never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Herring, but did speak with him on
the telephone.  He was such a sweet soul, so ready to share whatever he
could.  He enlightened me on many of my husband's family namesakes (my
family is from up north) and made sure I knew I was pronouncing half the
towns wrong.  First thing he said, when I pronounced Albertson (I said it
phonetically) was that I couldn't be from around here.  It gave me quite a
He will surely be missed but his research will fortunately benefit many for
years to come.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dallas Herring twice.  As I recall the years were 1976 and 1989.  
I am sure of the 1989 date.
He was an absolutely fascinating man.  On our last visit, he regaled my husband and son 
with stories of his ancestor who served in the Civil War and showed them the rifle that was 
mounted over his fireplace and used by that ancestor in the War.  All of this while I 
researched in the collection.  My son was just 14 at the time and when I told him of 
Dallas' death, he still remembered him vividly.

My ancestors were also the Herrings of Duplin and Dallas was a very distant cousin.  
I am so glad that I had the pleasure of knowing this wonderfully knowledgeable man, 
even though the "knowing" was slight.  He added so much to my understanding of the 
lives of our ancestors in Duplin two hundred years ago.

Such small verbal tributes seem so inadequate for a man who contributed so much.

Fran Bumann

While most people know of his love of genealogy, many are not aware of his love of flowers.   
He was of immense help to me in my family history research.   My Duncan family left Duplin 
in the early 1800s and few descendents remain.  When I first met him several years ago, he 
was immediately familiar with my family presence in the Goshen Swamp area and even 
pointed out where the Herrings and Duncan had a connection.  He was an impressive 

James B. Duncan, FAICP
Duncan Associates
13276 Research Boulevard #208
Austin, Texas 78750

Dr. Dallas Herring, was a true Southern Gentleman.
We had the opportunity to spend time at his home/library on 5 different occasions starting in 
We had traveled east to do research on my North Carolina family.
His help, was greatly appreciated, and his knowledge on the area, and people was just 
Our last time there in 2001, we spent about 2 hours sitting with him in his office, during a 
terrible thunder/lightning storm and chatting about the area, family..and he and my husband 
enjoyed their talk about their Masonic affiliation.
Our next trip to the area this coming summer will not be the same. He will be missed by all.

Jackie and Mervin Purdy
Shingle Springs, CA.

Many years ago when first I began my NC WEST QUEST, someone told me of
Dr. HERRING and his work/library. Unable to get to NC I phoned and spoke
at length with Dr. HERRING. He made a few suggestions for further WEST
research, encouraging me to continue the QUEST. About a month later, a
package (box) from NC arrived. To my utter shock, inside was a very
large collections of sources for information on WEST families of Duplin
County and WEST families of southeastern NC. Along with those printed
sources--many pages from various books included---Dr. HERRING drew up a
suggested research plan for me. I called to thank him and offered to pay
for some of the expenses of copies and postage. Dr. HERRING accepted ten
dollars. Noteworthy is that way back then, the postage on the box came
to more than nine dollars.
I regret never having the opportunity to meet the man.
Fran Powell

In September of 2002, my husband and I attended a Shaw family reunion in Sampson 
County, NC.  One of my Shaw first cousins and his wife also attended the reunion.  
The four of us had planned to do some family research while we were in the area.
We are part of the Colin Shaw line - Colin came to North Carolina from the Isle of Jura, 
Scotland, about 1744.  Other North Carolina lines "married into our Shaw line"  are 
McCraney, Faison, Bannerman, and Robinson.
We had been told to go see Dr. Herring in Rose Hill in Duplin County - that he was a 
treasure of information on families of the area.  We got there after lunch and spent the 
next several hours with him.  After we copied what information he had, he politely 
answered a zillion questions.  Then he walked us over to Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church.  
He wanted to show us a photo of Rev. Colin Shaw that was in a showcase in the church.  
Rev. Shaw had served as pastor of the church from 1885 until 1895.  He allowed me to 
take the photo out of the frame and take pictures of it.  Next, he gave us a tour of the 
church.  When we got back to the house, he loaned me a negative he had of a picture 
of Rev. Shaw.  When we returned to Missouri, I had the negative printed and returned it 
with a letter of thanks to Dr. Herring.
What a delightful and kind man!  I was very sad to hear the news of his death.

Billie Carolyn Shaw Powell

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