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300 Years of Wrenches

Updated April 4, 2005

Jerry Kent Wrench
2821 Wrench Road
Godwin, North Carolina 28344
United States
910 567 6528

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John Wrench was a tobacco planter in Nancemond County Virginia in the late 1600's, he purchased land in the adjoining county of Isle of Wight where he died. His son "JOHN" has relocated to Johnson County, N. C. by the 1750s. A grand-son "John Jr." migrated into Sampson County, N. C. in the 1780s, and there his family multiplied for the next 200 years. As of this writing I have not meet a N. C. Wrench that is not of this lineage.

Other surnames intertwined with the John Wrench lineage are; Page, Hayes, Lockamy or Lockerman, Hair, Daniel, Jackson, Matthews, Tyndall, Tew, Carroll and many others.

I would like to hear from the Wrenches who have roots in N.C. as well as other Wrench cousins. I have a current data base of 4500 names.

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  • Hugh Larkin Wrench's N C Family (225 KB)
    The John Wrench Family came to Virginia in the sixteen hundreds. John Wrench (son) relocated to Johnston County N C in the 1750s. John Wrench Jr. moved into Sampson County in the 1780s. James Wrench was the son of John Jr. and the father of Hugh Larkin Wrench. Larkin's family has remained on family lands since the late 1700s.

Family Photos

  • Thelmer Wrench and Alton Page (122 KB)
    A Sunday morning ride during depression days. Thelmer is seated on the left and Alton on the right. The mule was hooked to the buggy while the automobile, with an empty gas tank, remained under the barn shelter.
  • Great Uncle Claude Wrench (139 KB)
    William Claude Wrench was born in 1875 and lived until 1963. Claude was a hores trader and could tell the age of the animal by examining it's teeth. He "gee & hawed" his horse along busy highways. Claude drank quantities of moonshine whiskey through out his life and lived until age 87. He lived to be the oldest male member of the Wrench tribe.
  • Wrench & Daniel family (92 KB)
    This Photo was taken in 1902. The four older folks on the bottom row are my great grand parents. My grand father Frank Wrench and grand mother Anner Daniel Wrench are on the back row.
  • H L Wrench b 12 Oct 1819 d 11 Mar 1902 (78 KB)
    Larkin Wrench started life in a log house. During his life he acquired several hundred acres of farm land and pine forest. He became a turpentine farmer and shipped products of the forest to the Wilmington, N C port. He served as a deacon in the local Baptist church. After the Civil War he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace and was a part of the newly formed Repebulican party. Larkin was a patriarch to his Wrench family.
  • Joel William Wrench coffin (49 KB)
    Joel W. Wrench died in 1915. His body was washed and prepared for burial while his sons built a coffin, all at home. His funeral service was conducted from the front porch of his home. The body was taken by mule and wagon to the family burial plot.
  • Joel William Wrench b 9 Nov 1843 d 12 Sep 1915 (16 KB)
    Joel enter the Civil War at age eighteen on the side of the southern states. He was captured at Gettysburg and imprisoned at Point Lookout Maryland. After the war he was married and reared a family. Joel was a multi-skilled personality: as a blacksmith, sawmill operator, farmer and carpenter. Joel died of pneumonia and was buried within a few hundred feet of the spot, where he first rested in the cradle.
  • Thelmer Wrench (88 KB)
    Thelmer was my father and his life was snuffed out when I was eight years of age. He married Vallie Page and they produced six children. Thelmer, as Wrenches before him, was gifted with mechanical skills, he farmed and worked in the textile mills. He was fun loving and of a quick temper. Thelmer cultivated many friends in his short life span.
  • Frank Ferdinand Wrench b 6 Jan 1873 d 11 Dec 1937 (43 KB)
    Frank was born into poverty created by the Civil War years. The forest was depleted and the fields were without feritility. He was the son of Joel Wrench and Edie Lee. Frank's inherit skills were in his hands and he was gifted as a cabinet maker, carpenter, blacksmith and always willing to help neighbors. He died and was buried on a Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church where he attended.
  • Baptist Meeting House (93 KB)
    The picture is a church congregation in 1902. This meeting house was built abt 1846 and served as a common school until after the Civil War. The meeting house also served as a house for worship and served other community needs. This building replaced a log meeting house. A new church building is being built as this picture was taken, you can view it in the left of the picture.
  • Old Wrench School 1867 - abt 1900 (96 KB)
    This school building was built in the Wrench community and on Wrench land. It was constructed soon after the Civil War and replaced the school that was conducted in the Baptist meeting house. A four month school was conducted in the fall or spring season.
  • Wrench School abt 1900 - 1926 (104 KB)
    This school building served children in the Wrench Community until centralized schools replaced the many one room schools scattered over the townships. This building replaced the first "Old Wrench School". It appears that a school graduation is being celebrated in the picture.
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