Friday, February 18, 2011

John Oliver Gunn, Jr. (1939-2010)

(Johnny Gunn and Childhood Friend Jerry Cole)

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Kirk-Holden War: Wyatt Outlaw (Alamance County, North Carolina)

ID: G-120
Location: NC 87 (South Main Street) in Graham
County: Alamance, North Carolina

Racial violence in Caswell and Alamance counties in 1870 led to martial law, under Col. Geo. W. Kirk, impeachment & removal of Gov. W. W. Holden.

The lynching of Wyatt Outlaw on the courthouse square in Graham in 1870 continues to reverberate across the generations. The consequences for North Carolina were profound, leading to the first impeachment of a governor in U.S. history. Outlaw’s death, like that of State Sen. J. W. (“Chicken”) Stephens in the basement of the courthouse in Caswell County, in part precipitated the “Kirk-Holden War.”

Friday, February 11, 2011

"Summer Hill" (Caswell County, North Carolina)

"Summer Hill" is located at 1243 Rascoe-Dameron Road, Anderson Township, Caswell County, North Carolina. The owner is Tim Ross. Clockwise beginning top left: (1) George Connally House (c.1780); (2) A. N. Brannock House (c.1835) (older structure attached to the "Main House"); (3) Abner Walker Granary (c.1850); and (4) George Connally House (chimney view) (c.1780).

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Five Generations

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Seated: Shirley Williams Corbett (holding baby Aaima Dubois); Mattie Tate Williams (mother of Shirley Williams Corbett).

Standing: LaKura Coppin (baby's mother); and Kim Corbett Perry.

Possible ancestral outline:

1. Mattie Tate married Unknown (possibly Ray) Williams
2. Shirley Williams married Unknown Corbett
3. Kim Corbett married Unknown Perry
4. LaKura Perry married Unknown Coppin
5. Aaima Dubois

John Hosea Kerr (1873-1958)

John Hosea Kerr (1873 - 1958) (grandnephew of John Kerr), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Yanceyville, Caswell County, N.C., December 31, 1873; attended the local school and Bingham’s Military School of North Carolina; graduated from Wake Forest (N.C.) College in 1895; studied law; was admittd to the bar in 1895 and commenced practice in Warrenton, N.C.; mayor of Warrenton, N.C., in 1897 and 1898; solicitor for the third district of North Carolina 1906-1916; judge of the superior court 1916-1923; trustee of the University of North Carolina.

Delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1932 and 1940; chairman, United States delegation to the Inter-American Travel Congress in Mexico City in 1941; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Claude Kitchin; re-elected to the Sixty-ninth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1923, to January 3, 1953; chairman, Committee on Elections No. 3 (Seventy-second through Seventy-fifth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1952; died in Warrenton, N.C., June 21, 1958; interment in Fairview Cemetery.