Sunday, October 13, 2019

Red House Presbyterian Church Dedication 1918

Red House Presbyterian Church (Semora, Caswell County, NC) was dedicated September 1, 1918. A pamphlet was published memorializing the event. But the pamphlet also included the "Sermon" D. I. Craig had given some five years earlier when the monument to Reverend Hugh McAden was unveiled at the church cemetery.

This "Sermon" contained biographical information on Reverend Hugh McAden and historical information on the Red House Presbyterian Church. A partial transcription is set forth at the end of this article.

Here is the "Introductory" by the minister in 1918, Numa Reid Claytor (1879-1949).

"In the Summer of 1913 a Committee of Red House Church was appointed to receive funds for the erection of a new building. And due to the diligence of the Committee and the liberality of the people, over $7,000.00 was raised. Mr. H. C. Linthicum, of Durham, N.C. submitted plans for the building which we accepted, and Mr. Henry Fields, of Roxboro, N.C. was given the contract for building. A few changes were made in original plan, which added $1,000 to the cost of the building. A number of friends gave time and labor to the getting of material and the result--the building which we today Dedicate to God as a place of worship.

"By God's Providence, for over a hundred years the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached at this Church, and may the effort of God's people in building this edifice result in the continuation of the preaching of the saving Gospel at this place for ages to come."

N. R. Claytor, Pastor
September 1, 1918

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Page Family in North Carolina 1685-1850

Page, Jesse M.. The Page Family in North Carolina, 1685-1850: A Compilation of Primary Records. Raleigh (North Carolina): J.M. Page, Jr., 1987.

The book is available at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Library (Greensboro, NC). Pages 369-441 cover Caswell County. A sample page is set forth below.





























PREFACE  ....................... ................. .  vi
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF THE PAGE FAMILY 1685-1850..v
EXPLANATORY NOTES..................................vii
ALBEMARLE  COUNTY................................. . 1
ALEXANDER COUNTY...................................750
ASHE  COUNTY......... .............................. 757
BERTIE  COUNTY................................ ........ 2-58
BLADEN  COUNTY..................................... 719-720
BUNCOMBE  COUNTY ................................... 584-588
BURKE COUNTY ............................ ........... 556-569
CABARRUS COUNTY................................... 589-597
CALDWELL COUNTY...... ............................. 570-574
CASWELL COUNTY ....................................369-441
CHATHAM COUNTY.........................  ........... 340-357
CHEROKEE COUNTY ...................................751
CHOWAN COUNTY.................................. .707-716
COLONIAL RECORDS OF NORTH CAROLINA................ 356-360
CRAVEN COUNTY..................... ............... 97-99
CUMBERLAND COUNTY................................. 238-259
DUPLIN  COUNTY..................................... 224-237
EDGECOMBE COUNTY ................................. 59-96
FORSYTH COUNTY.....................................749
GUILFORD  COUNTY .....................................748
GRANVILLE  COUNTY ..................................   726-729
HALIFAX COUNTY ................. ................. 753
HENDERSON  COUNTY................................ . 752
IREDELL COUNTY.................................... 756
JOHNSTON  COUNTY................................... 100-139
LINCOLN COUNTY..................................... 575-583
MARTIN  COUNTY ....................................  730-747
MONTGOMERY COUNTY.................................260-262
MECKLENBURG  COUNTY................................718
MOORE COUNTY.......................................263
NEW  HANOVER  COUNTY................................699-705
NORTHAMPTON COUNTY................................ 264-265
ORANGE COUNTY.....................................755
PERSON  COUNTY.....................................  717
PITT  COUNNTY ...................................... 614-672
RANDOLPH COUNTY ..................................266-339
ROBESON  COUNTY .................................... 673-698
ROCKINGHAM  COUNTY................................. 725
ROWAN COUNTY ......................................722-724
SAMPSON COUNTY.....................................152-223
STANLY  COUNTY  ..................................... 598-613
STATE RECORDS OF NORTH CAROLINA...............361-368
STOKES COUNTY......................................721
SURRY  COUNTY...................................... 754
TREASURERS AND COMPTROLLER RECORDS................758-759
WAKE  COUNTY. .....................................   442-555
WAYNE  COUNTY ..................................... .140-151
PAGE  SURNAME  INDEX................................760-784
GENERAL  SURNAME  INDEX.............................785-849

Monday, September 30, 2019

Siomara Clotilde Savio Morales de Balmori

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DANVILLE, Va. - Siomara Clotilde Savio Morales de Balmori, 87 of Danville, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 7, 2013, while a patient in Danville Regional Medical Center. She was born in Havana, Cuba on June 3, 1925, to the late Amador Savio Perez and Evangelina Morales Montiel de Savio.
In 1950 she married her high school sweetheart, Enrique Balmori Osorio, who preceded her in death in 1984. They had one daughter, Evangelina Balmori, who survives to remember and cherish her memory.

Mrs. Balmori graduated from high school in 1946 and attended the University of Havana, where she was a student in the school of law, the school of education, and the school of social work. She graduated from the University of Havana in 1953. She served as the administrator of a school for boys and worked in the family law firm. Mrs. Balmori and her family left Cuba for the United States on February 5, 1962 as a result of the Cuban Revolution of Fidel Castro, resulting in a communist government of the island.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

John T. Burton 1875 Letter

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Caswell County N.C. May 12th 1875

Mr. J. M. Merritt

My Dear Nephew, I saw a letter you wrote your Aunt Shanks and she requested me to write you a few lines. Her health is tolerable though she is very much distressed. She intends staying at her home. Mr. Shanks left her all he had real and personal during her life, and at her death it is to go to your mother and myself if we should out live her, if not to our children.

Mr. Shanks had been suffering several years from disease of the bladder, and for some time before he died severely. He was not confined but ten days, he was ready. Two nights before his death he called his wife and some friends that were sitting up with him, and told them he was almost over the river and saw the walls of Jerusalem, told them to meet him in heaven. I was there when he died. I think he was conscious, but he was in a stupor all day and had nothing to say. I go down there every two weeks to attend to the hands that are working the land. They seem to be doing tolerable well so far, but I don't know how they will hold out.

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I got one of William Murray's daughters to come and live with your Aunt Shanks and she appeared very well satisfied. The last time I was there one of Miss Murray's sisters had died and she was gone to her brother Robert's and had not returned when I last heard from there.

We are all well and hope this will find you all the same. We had a cold bad _____ spring. Everything is late. Great scarcity of Tobacco plants. I don't think there can be a crop planted in this section.

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Warren Morgan's family are all well and Rainy is married he was twenty one. He is living with his father.

I should be glad to see you but it is so far. I don't expect I shall ever see you at your house, though I may. You said you thought you would come and see your relatives next summer. I hope you will. If you can't come, write and let us hear from you.

Your Affectionate Uncle

John T. Burton

Transcriber's Note: Paragraph breaks were added to enhance readability.
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John T. Burton is a son of Benjamin Burton and Rebecca Pass. A sister of John T. Burton, Nancy P. Burton, married James Shanks, and most likely is the "Aunt Shanks" referenced in the 1875 letter from John T. Burton to his nephew Capt. J. M. Merritt.

Thus, it appears that another sister of John T. Burton had married a Merritt. However, note the following from Anne Burton Washburn:

John T. Burton was Daniel T. Merritt's wife's half brother. Fannie Ellis Gann was half sister to John T. Burton and Nancy Burton, Nancy Burton married James Shanks. Daniel T. Merritt's wife's mother was twice married - Gann 1st and Burton 2nd - 3 children in all.

Thus, J. M. Merritt (addressee in the letter) is Jefferson Monroe Merritt (1820-1896). His mother is Frances Ellis (Fannie) Gann Merritt (1798-1895), half-sister of the letter's author, John T. Burton.

Friday, September 27, 2019

R. A. Cox Farm Auction: 1910

R. A. Cox Farm Auction

Note reference to Slade's School House and McIver R.F.D. 1.

The Reidsville Review (Reidsville, North Carolina), 15 July 1910, Friday, Page 2.

Thomas Day Furniture Auction: John Wilson Cunningham


Sideboard with Cabinet

Description   Caswell County, North Carolina, mid-19th century, yellow pine and poplar secondary, three-part form, shaped and applied front crest, supported by a flared cornice, above a frieze with applied valance with drop acorn pendants, above a central upper hinged cabinet door with two shaped window lights above an open interior, with marble top workspace, flanked by two hinged cabinet doors, each with two window panes and shelved interior, applied stiles with scrolled capitals and stylized fleur de lis at base of stile, lower cabinet with two side-by-side ogee drawers, above two central bowfront cabinet doors, flanked by two paneled cabinet doors with applied ribbon molding, applied scrolled stiles, paneled sides, distinctive relief carved front feet, straight rear legs.

Size   93 x 75 x 22 in.

Note   Reference: Patricia Phillips Marshall & Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color, page 111, fig. 5.62 and 5.63.

Provenance    From the Estate of the late John Wilson Cuningham, Semora, North Carolina; by family descent to current consignor. These items were received from Waverly Plantation in Person County, North Carolina, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built circa 1830, the interior of the plantation features Thomas Day millwork.
Condition   As-is condition; will need some repair and restoration; veneer chips and losses; some veneer chips present in bag.

Estimate   $2,000 - $4,000
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Center Table

Description   Caswell County, North Carolina, mid-19th century, rosewood veneer, white pine, shaped and molded turtle top, skirt with relief carved floral motif, four cabriole legs with relief carved knee, carved and shaped stretcher base with central finial, cut and shaped feet.

Size   28.5 x 40 x 26 in.

Provenance    From the Estate of the late John Wilson Cuningham, Semora, North Carolina; by family descent to current consignor. These items were received from Waverly Plantation in Person County, North Carolina, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built circa 1830, the interior of the plantation features Thomas Day millwork.
Reference: Patricia Phillips Marshall & Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color, page 64, fig. 4.3.
Condition   Two old but stable breaks and repairs to interior frame; five areas of wood and veneer loss including capital of one leg; break and repair at stretcher joint; top with light staining and wear.

Estimate   $600 - $900
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Card Table

Description   Caswell County, North Carolina, mid-19th century, mahogany veneer, yellow pine and poplar secondary, rectangular hinged lid swivels to reveal an open game compartment, ogee skirt, raised on a square shaped and tapered standard, quadruped shaped base, on casters.

Size   30 x 36.5 x 18.25 in.

Provenance    From the Estate of the late John Wilson Cuningham, Semora, North Carolina; by family descent to current consignor. These items were received from Waverly Plantation in Person County, North Carolina, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built circa 1830, the interior of the plantation features Thomas Day millwork.
Condition   Sun fading; chip to front edge; some small veneer chips and losses; good as is estate condition.

Estimate   $600 - $900
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Bureau

Description   Caswell County, North Carolina, circa 1850, mahogany veneer, poplar, yellow pine secondary, in six parts, central swivel rectangular mirror supported by two rectangular plinths with stepped bases, above a central hinged lid document box and inset marble, flanked by two glove drawers, upper projecting ogee drawer above three long drawers, each with mirrored mahogany veneers, applied scrolled stiles, scrolled front feet, paneled sides, straight rear feet, back panel reads in black ink "C.H. Richmond / Milton NC / Hillsboro".

Size   83 x 44 x 21.75 in.

Provenance    From the Estate of the late John Wilson Cuningham, Semora, North Carolina; by family descent to current consignor. These items were received from Waverly Plantation in Person County, North Carolina, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built circa 1830, the interior of the plantation features Thomas Day millwork.
Reference: Patricia Phillips Marshall & Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color, page 92, fig. 5.29.
Condition   Good estate condition; staining to marble; some shrinkage splits to mahogany veneer; lower drawer missing lock; shrinkage split to right side panel; silver loss to mirror.

Estimate   $2,000 - $3,000
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Bureau #2

Description   Caswell County, North Carolina, mid-19th century, mahogany veneers, poplar and white pine secondary, central hinged rectangular mirror with distinctive stylized carved and shaped mirror supports, above a central inset marble top and flanked by two upper glove drawers with rounded corners, the case with two upper side-by-side ogee drawers above four long drawers, all with mirrored veneers, the lower being a secret base drawer, rounded corners, shaped foot brackets.

Size   71 x 44 x 20 in.

Note   Drawers and case with white chalk numbers.

Condition   Later mirror; later pulls with plug holes to upper glove drawers; expected small veneer chips throughout; shrinkage separation to right side of case; upper right drawer with three inch chip and loss to lower left molded edge.

Estimate   $800 - $1,200
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

World War II Service Records Confusion

Many conducting genealogical research use a database called:

"United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946"

Access to this resource is available through various online services.

Unfortunately, the index contains categories of information that may be misleading to users.

One data category is "Enlistment Date." Also possibly shown are "Enlistment State" and "Enlistment City." Some equate "enlistment" with volunteering. For purposes of this database that is incorrect. The proper way to view "enlistment" as used in this database is "entered service."

The database will contain another data category called "Component." Most entries in this database are for those who were drafted (they did not volunteer). The "Component" for drafted non-officers will be seen as "Selectees (Enlisted Men)." A "Selectee" is one chosen pursuant to the Selective Service System (that is, drafted). The designation "Enlisted Men" is to distinguish from officers.
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The index is described as:

"Name index to Army Serial Number Enlistment Card Records, excluding officers, in the United States Army including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and the Enlisted Reserve Corps circa 1938-1946. The index is part of Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration. This index is not complete and may contain scanning errors. Database courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. In August of 2013, the National Archives replaced the ARC – Archival Research Catalog - with the OPA – Online Public Access. ARC identifiers will still work to access the collections in OPA."
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About U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
This database contains information on about 8.3 million men and women who enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. While this database contains information on the majority of the men and women who served in the Army during this war, it is not complete and does not represent the entirety of the U.S. Army servicemen. Information found in this database comes from the WD AGO Form 317 (used from 1941-45), WD AGO Form 372 (used from 1945-46), and Enlisted Reserve Corps Statistical cards.

Information included in this database about includes:

Name of enlistee
Army serial number
Residence (county and state)
Place of enlistment
Enlistment date
Grade
Army branch
Component
Term of enlistment
Birthplace
Year of birth
Race and citizenship
Height and weight*
Education
Marital status
Box and reel number of the microfilmed records