Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Tri-State Tobacco Growers Association, 1922-1925

Tobacco farmers in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina apparently experimented with a cooperative marketing venture in the 1920s. The organization was called the Tri-State Tobacco Growers Association. It also is seen referred to as just the Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association.

Caswell County, North Carolina, farmers participated. In 1925 these farmers were dissatisfied with the Association and published the following meeting notice:


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All twelve of the Association members listed in this notice are known and can be found in the Caswell County Family Tree database.

Mrs. Sallie Jones, a wealthy Caswell County widow, is thought to have been a member of the Association. At least the records of the Association show that she was a member on 19 September 1922. Why was she not listed in the above notice? Were female members not "recognized" by fellow Caswell County members of the Association, or had Mrs. Jones seen the risks and withdrawn her tobacco crops from the cooperative marketing effort?

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This Mrs. Sallie Jones was Sarah Hundley Lipscomb (1869-1952), who had married Thomas Oldham Jones (1856-1909). After her husband died in 1909, Sallie Jones purchased the Clarendon Hall mansion in Yanceyville and moved her family there. She retained, however, substantial farm acreage in Caswell County and must have been actively involved in tobacco farming.
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References

1.
The Tri-State Tobacco Growers Association, 1922-1925
: The co-op that failed : the story of the North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina tobacco growers co-operative in operation for the years 1922-1925--as gleaned from the association files in 1940), Nathaniel Clenroy Browder (1983).

2. Southern Historical Collection
Wilson Round Library
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Collection Number: 03322
Collection Title: Tri-State Tobacco Growers Association Records, 1921-1927.

Collection Overview
Size: About 3,000 items (3.0 linear feet).
Abstract: Administrative correspondence, reports received, statistics, mimeographed releases, articles and speeches, and miscellaneous other records of the secretary and other officers of the Tri-State Tobacco Growers Association, a cooperative association of tobacco growers in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Also included are papers of Sydney D. Frissell, sometime officer of the association and University of North Carolina graduate student in rural social economics, in connection with his study of cooperative marketing.
Creator: Tri-State Tobacco Growers Association.
Language: English

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Thomas Pattillo Bigelow (1802-1873)

A few months ago, the following item was posted to the CCHA Message Board by CCHA Archivist and Webmaster Rick Frederick:

Thomas Pattillo Bigelow (1802-1873)

Dear Folks:

I write with respect to a Caswell County native of some importance about which not enough is known. This is Thomas Pattillo Bigelow (1802-1873). The birth year is not certain, but one source indicates it was 1802. In any event, he was born around 1800.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Grady Asher and Susie Knight Williams



Grady Asher and Susie Knight Williams, celebrated their 50th anniversary on May 30, 2009 at Pine Lakes Country Club. Daughters Christy and Paige Moore gave them the surprise of their lives. Family and friends were present. They were married May 30, 1959 at Leasburg Methodist Church in Leasburg, North Carolina. Grady and Susie enjoy traveling out west, visiting canyons and deserts, growing a large garden, restoring old tractors, and occasionally fishing. They just returned from a Western film festival in Lone Pine, California. Grady retired in 2005 with Carolina Tractor. Susie is a homemaker, NOT YET RETIRED! Mr. & Mrs. Williams.

Published in the Charlotte Observer on 6/14/2009.

Susie (Suzie) Knight Williams is the daughter of Reuben Andrew Knight (1917-2006) and Gypsie Irene Duncan (1914-2000) and grew up in Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Caswell Rangers

Caswell Rangers

This company, originally known as the "Caswell Rangers," was enlisted at Yanceyville, Caswell County, for twelve months service. The original recruits were principally from Caswell County. It was mustered into Confederate States service March 14, 1862, for three years or the war as "Captain H. W. Reinhartt's Company in the Edmondston's Battalion of Cavalry of North Carolina Volunteers." Edmondston's Battalion failed to complete its organization and was never recognized by the Confederate War Department. The activities of the company from the time of organization and muster-in until it was assigned to the 41st Regiment N. C. Troops (3rd Regiment N. C. Cavalry) on September 3, 1862, are not known. On that date it became Company C of that regiment, and the activities of the company after that date are reported as part of the regimental history.

The information contained in the following roster of the company was compiled principally from company muster rolls, which include the muster-in roll dated March 14, 1862, and muster rolls for the period April through October, 1864. No company muster rolls were found for the period from March, 1862, through March, 1864, or after October, 1864. Although there are no Roll of Honor records for this company, useful information was obtained from receipt rolls, medical records, prisoner of war records, and other primary records, supplemented by state pension applications, United Daughters of the Confederacy records, and postwar rosters and histories.

See:

3rd North Carolina Calavary

Caswell Rangers
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

David Elbert Frederick Family










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David Elbert Frederick, b. 22 Jan 1882, Boone Co., AR, d. 31 May 1955, Greene Co., MO

Wife - Cora E. Dabbs (Dobbs?)

Parents were John Frederick and Eliza Jane Walker, according to death certificate of David Elbert Frederick. David's death certificate says he was a meat cutter. Kind of business - store.


Children:

Virgil E. Frederick, b. 1907, d. 1976
Ray L. Frederick
Don T Frederick

Most photos are of Ray and Don Frederick. One photo taken in 1928 of David & Bill Frederick in Harrison, AR. Alice Barber Frederick was married to Virgil, but they had no children.