Monday, December 17, 2007

William Daniel Hightower (1844-1925) Obituary

The Bee (Danville, Virginia) 8 December 1925 (Page 6) ( Reidsville Section)

William Daniel Hightower

The remains of William Daniel Hightower were buried last Thursday in Caswell county. His death occurred Tuesday at a Raleigh hospital following a lingering illness.

"Squire Hightower" as he was familiarly known and called, was born in Caswell county, N. C. on September 15, 1844. He moved to Rockingham county near Reidsville about forty-five years ago and lived there and in Reidsville until a short while until he was taken ill. He was a Confederate veteran, having enlisted in the Company B, 4th North Carolina Calvary (or the 59th Regiment) in January 1862, at the age of seventeen, fought in the battle of Gettysburg and remained with his company and regiment until Lee surrendered, April 1865.

He was laid to rest in the Bethel churchyard, near the scenes of his birth and which has been the family burial place for generations, on the afternoon of December 4th. Burial services were fittingly conducted by Reverend S. F. Nicks, of Hillsboro.

The oldest son, W. Daniel (1844-1925), enlisted in Company B of the fourth North Carolina Regiment on January 1, 1863. He was with that regiment in many of its battles including the great conflict at Gettysburg. He was captured near Petersburg when Lee surrendered. After his parole, he returned to Caswell County, was identified with farming there, and later removed to Rockingham County where he was prominent as a farmer, merchant, and holder of several public offices, including Deputy Register of Deeds. Two of the daughters, Susan and Jennie, never married and continued to live at the old family homeplace in the Ridgeville community of Caswell County. Susan died in 1919 and Jennie in 1922, but the house, though unoccupied, remains standing today and is known as "Aung Jennie's" place. Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 279-280 (Article #332, "The Hightower Family" by Mabel Long Owen).

William Daniel Hightower was a son of John A. Hightower (1814-1869) and Mary Jackson (1822-1890). To see more on the Hightower family visit the Caswell County Family Tree and use the search function.


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