Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Judith Horton Coleman (c.1946-2010)

Judith Horton Coleman, 64, of 6563 Hwy 158 East, Leasburg, died Friday, September 24, 2010 at Person Memorial Hospital. Born in Person County, Mrs. Coleman was the daughter of the late Ira Douglas and Verna Chandler Horton. Mrs. Coleman retired from G.E. and was a member of Leasburg United Methodist Church. Mrs. Coleman is survived by her Husband, Robert W. Coleman of Leasburg; two Sons, Berkley J. Coleman of Yanceyville and Michael Ray Coleman of Leasburg; two brothers, Douglas Chandler "DC" Horton, of Roxboro and Randy Horton, of Greenville; four grandchildren, Tyler Coleman, Anna Coleman, Zachary Coleman and Ethan Coleman.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Raymond Slade (c.1921-2010)

Milton, North Carolina — Mr. Raymond Slade, 89, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 at the VA Medical Center in Durham. The funeral will be Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. Larry Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A viewing will be held today, Saturday, Sept. 25, from 12 to 7 p.m. at the Plenty Funeral Home Chapel. Born in Caswell County, Mr. Slade is survived by his wife, Precella Daley Slade; four children, Gladys Price, Brenda Chase and husband Hank, Shirley McCain and husband Robert and Raymond Melvin Slade and wife Edith; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren and a brother, Virgil Ingram. Mr. Slade was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church where he served on the deacon board. He attended Caswell County public schools.

Source: The Courier-Times (Roxboro, North Carolina) Saturday, September 25, 2010 5:15 AM CDT.


Ralph Leon Payne (1920-2010)

Ralph Leon Payne (1920-2010)

Personals 1968

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Yanceyville (News and Record, Greensboro, NC, 18 September 2010) - Ralph Leon Payne, 90, of 140 Old N.C. Highway 86 N. passed away at the Rockingham Hospice House Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010 in Wentworth, N.C. following months of declining health. Mr. Payne was born in Rockingham County on April 3, 1920 to the late Lynn Broughton Payne and Mary Mitchell Payne. He was educated in Rockingham County Schools and attended Danville Community College in Danville. On December 6, 1941 he married Elaine Duncan Payne in Conway S.C. From this marriage they had two daughters, the late Nancy Payne Tatum and Carolyn L. Payne of Yanceyville.

William Herndon Allred (c.1938-2010)

Sept 21, 2010 - 07:24:58 pm CDT (The Caswell Messenger): Elon - Mr. William Herndon Allred, 72, of 116 Whitesell Drive, Elon died at UNC Hospitals on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 4:05 p.m. following three months of failing health. A native of Caswell County, he was the husband of Isabella Kimbro Allred, who survives and the son of Samuel Thomas Allred and Lillie Herndon Allred, both deceased. He was a member of the North Carolina National Guard. Mr. Allred was employed with the Greensboro Housing Authority for 22 years. He was also a part-time farmer and part-time deliverer of the magazine, Triad Golf Today. William was a member of Concord Christian Church and the North State Boating Club.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

William Ware, Jr, Revolutionary War Pension Application

Pension Application of William Ware

State of North Carolina County of Caswell

On the 5th day of November A.D. 1833 personally appeared in open Court, before the Judge of Caswell Superior Court of Law now sitting, William Ware a resident of the said County of Caswell and State aforesaid aged seventy-three years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.

Monday, September 20, 2010

John Ware Revolutionary War Pension Application

Pension application of John Ware (1755-1840)

State of North Carolina County of Caswell: SS

On this 6th day of May 1833 personally appeared in open Court, Thomas Settle, Judge of the Superior Court of law of the County of Caswell now sitting -- presiding, John Ware Senior a resident citizen of the County of Caswell and State aforesaid aged seventy-eight years, on the 4th day of May Instant, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832 -- That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated -- Sometime in the year 1776, and this Declarant thinks in the month of January: But what day, he cannot now tell, he volunteered under Captain William Hubbird [sic, William Hubbard?], with others, in the Company under the command of Colonel William Moore, and was marched down on Cape Fear River below Fayetteville, towards & near to Wilmington for about this time, it was generally understood, that the Tories of South Carolina and from the South of our own State were about embodying with a view to march upon Wilmington & drive away our regular soldiers from that place.

Thomas Bird Revolutionary War Pension Records

State of North Carolina, Orange County

On this the 19th November 1837, personally appeared before the undersigned an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the county of aforesaid, Nancy Byrd of Orange aforesaid widow of Thomas Byrd (dec'd), who being first duly qualified according to law maketh oath that her husband Thomas Byrd, aforesaid died on the 13th day of May 1835 and that previous to his death, he had attended the County Courts at Hillsboro as many as two or three times, for the purpose of establishing his claim to a pension, under Act of June 1832.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Paul A. Haralson Letter (15 December 1842)

Letter written by Paul Anderson Haralson (1798-1852) 15 December 1842 to his wife Leannah Herndon Graves Haralson (1803-1848). When the letter was written Paul Anderson Haralson was in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina, and his wife was in Georgia. Her father, referred to in the letter, is Thomas Slade Graves (1775-1847). Her brother is Dr. George Washington Graves, M.D. (1811-1877).

Patricia Phillips Marshall (1958-2010)

Patricia Phillips Marshall
Walnut Cove, North Carolina - Mrs. Patricia Phillips Marshall, 52, died unexpectedly at her home early Saturday morning, September 4, 2010. She was born May 26, 1958 in Canton, Ohio and spent her childhood in North Canton, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in history in 1980 and from Eastern Illinois University with a MA degree in historical administration in 1982. After spending nine years as curator and educator at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, she accepted a position as curator of decorative arts at the North Carolina Museum of History in 1992. In 2007 she was also assigned the responsibility of being curator of the North Carolina Executive Mansion. Both institutions placed considerable responsibilities on Patricia and she served each of them and the citizens of North Carolina with outstanding professionalism, expertise and personal consideration.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Caswell County Clippings


This database is a topical listing of North Carolina-related articles clipped through the year 1989, primarily from newspapers and magazines. The topics are arranged alphabetically and include subjects, events, geographic localities, and corporate entities. Copies of the articles are on file in the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina Library at Chapel Hill.

The Hillsborough District Militia (1776-1783)

The Hillsborough District Militia, 1776-1783, Charles LeCount (1997)

At the outbreak of the Revolution, the newly formed North Carolina government divided the state into six military districts. These districts were each comprised of a number of counties surrounding a significant town. The six districts, which corresponded with old judicial organizations, were: Edenton, New Bern, Wilmington, Halifax, Salisbury, and Hillsborough. Later, two additional districts were added, further dividing the mountainous western part of the state. Within the Hillsborough District were the counties of Caswell, Chatham, Granville, Orange, Randolph, and Wake. Each district was to supply a brigade of militia regiments under the command of a brigadier general. Thomas Person was appointed the first commander of the Hillsborough District Brigade in 1776. During the 1781 Guilford Court House campaign, the Hillsborough District was commanded by John Butler.

Thomson's Mercantile and Professional Directory 1851-1852 (North Carolina)

Caswell County, North Carolina

General Dealers in Dry Goods, Groceries, Hardware, &c.

Anderson Quentin, Anderson's store.
Corbet & Warren, Prospect Hill.
Farrish G. J., Blackwell's store.
Graves Lawson & Co., Yanceyville.
Hawks Edward P., Milton.
Jones Yancey & Co.; Yanceyville.
Johnson & Neal, do.
Lea William & Son, Leasburg.
Neal Stephen & Co., Locust Hill.
Palmer & Vernon, Yanceyville.
Smith Geo. A. & Co., Milton.
Thompson Joseph S., Leasburg.
Watkins Samuel & Co., Yanceyville.
Winstead Daniel D., Hightowers.
Williamson & Baynes, Locust Hill.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

First Baptist Church of Yanceyville

This article appeared in The Register (Danville, VA) 28 January 1950. Click on the article for a larger image.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Virgie Loveleen Yarbrough Blalock (1927-2010)

Sep 07, 2010 - 04:45:55 pm CDT (Semora) -  Loveleen Yarbrough Blalock, 83, of 13570 Highway 119, North, Semora, NC, died Friday, September 03, 2010, at Wake Medical Hospital, Cary, NC. Born January 5, 1927, in Caswell County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Robert Marvin Yarbrough and Ola Van Hook Yarbrough. Mrs. Blalock lived all of her life in the Semora community. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Jackie Blalock Ransdell (Bobby) of Angier, NC; a son, Jerry Blalock (Judy) of Temecula, CA and a brother, Ashley Yarbrough of Semora. Also surviving are two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Blalock Blalock; One sister and two brothers.

William Anderson Roberts (1837-1900)

William Anderson Roberts
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Envelope Addressed to Wm. A. Roberts, Esq., apparently from the J. W. Williams Artists Emporium in Philadelphia, PA.

Three-cent Dull Red, Type III Stamp. Rich color with some oxidation, tied by grid, "Philadelphia Pa." circular date stamp on cover to Yanceyville N.C. with Artist's Emporium brown embossed corner card with illustration of palette and easel, minor edge wear, Very Fine, very attractive design.

Mary Lemma Johnson Bigelow (c.1934-2010)

Mrs. Mary Lemma Bigelow, 76, of 969 County Home Road, formerly of 5139 12th St. NE, Washington, D.C., died Sept. 9, 2010, at her residence. Born in Caswell County, she was the wife of Mr. Houston M. Bigelow, of the home. She was the daughter of the late Mr. Louis Johnson and the late Mrs. Lemma Fuller Johnson. She was retired and a member of Burton Chapel Baptist Church.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Researching Old Paintings

The North Carolina Museum of Art provided the following advice for those seeking help with older works of art:

We would be happy to do what we can. We have two options:

First, they may consider contacting a qualified art appraiser, who would be able to assist with research and with a financial assessment. I’ve attached a list of names here: List of Appraisers

Second, the resident may consider coming to the NCMA for Art Day. As a general rule, our curators are often too busy to respond to every inquiry for artwork information from the general public. Instead, we offer a once-yearly "Art Day" in which visitors may bring in works of art to be reviewed, but we will never be able to provide any sort of financial appraisal. Our next Art Day is scheduled for Saturday, 25 September 2010, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. No appointment is necessary, but we suggest that visitors arrive early due to anticipated crowds.

The Museum's website is: North Carolina Museum of Art


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Abner W. Walker Model 1816 Musket

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Model 1816 musket owned by Abner W. Walker, born c.1834 in Caswell County, North Carolina. He served with the Caswell Rifles (Company G, 22nd North Carolina Regiment) during the Civil War. Whether the musket was used by Abner W. Walker during the war is not known. Photograph courtesy C. Dwayne Overby, who owns the musket.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Bigelow-Pattillo Marriage (1811)

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Roderick Bigalow (Bigelow) married Elizabeth Pattiloe (Pattillo) as her second husband: Warren County, North Carolina marriage bond dated 20 November 1811. Her maiden surname is unknown. Her son by her first marriage, Thomas Pattillo, assumed the surname of his stepfather, thus becoming Thomas Pattillo Bigelow. It appears reasonably certain that this Thomas Pattillo Bigelow is the head, titular or by blood, of the Bigelow families in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Monday, September 06, 2010

George Lea Scott, Jr. (1931-2010)

George Lea Scott, Jr.

Milton, NC (Aug 31, 2010 - 04:55:36 pm CDT) - George Lea Scott, Jr., age 79, of 1169 Hudson Rd., died Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Danville Regional Hospital. Born in Danville, VA he was the son of the late George and Bessie Chandler Scott. Mr. Scott was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He had worked as a Farmer and a Tobacconist for Universal Leaf Tobacco Company. He was a member of Connally United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife Nancy Hankins Scott of the home; four sons, Wilson C. Scott and wife Marsha of Midlothian, VA, George Lea Scott III and wife Tammy of Midlothian, VA, Anthony R. Sylvester, and wife Janet of Chatham County, NC, W. Arthur Sylvester and wife Jan, of Cary, NC; one daughter, Pamela Sylvester Kilpatrick and husband Michael of Apex, NC; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth, Laura, Georgia Kay, George IV, and Caroline Scott, William and Sarah Kilpatrick, and Richard and Kathryn Sylvester.

Walter Anderson Cobb, Jr. ( - 2010)

Walter Anderson Cobb, Jr.
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Walter Anderson Cobb, Jr.: Ruffin (Aug 31, 2010 - 04:55:36 pm CDT) - Walter Anderson Cobb, Jr. of 176 Allison Grove Road died Thursday. He was a native of Newport News, Virginia and was a resident Caswell County for the majority of his life. Mr. Cobb was a veteran of the United States Army and was a retiree of the Goodyear Corporation. Prior to the onset of infirmities, he was faithful member of New Ephesus Baptist Church where he actively supported the children's ministry and was an avid sportsman with a penchant for football.