Friday, March 23, 2018

Caswell County Lawyers

Caswell County, North Carolina, Lawyers

Yanceyville Bar 1877: More Weighty in Numbers than Ability

The Yanceyville Bar, Colonel Thomas Ruffin says, is as usual, more weighty in numbers than in ability, abounding in briefs, and as hungry for fees as wolves. The resident lawyers are: R. B. Watt, J. A. Long, J. F. Terry, A. E. Henderson. Visitors: Geo. N. Thompson, Leasburg; John R. Winston, Caswell county, J. H. Dillard, Rockingham; Thomas Ruffin, J. W. Graham and F. N. Strudwidk, Hillsboro; Jas. A. Graham, Graham; P. B. Johnson, A. J. Boyd and R. B. Glenn, Wentworth; E. B. Withers and Thos. Hamlin, Danville, Va.

The last two gentlemen are natives of North Carolina, and have settled in Virginia, and as they have license to practice in the courts of both States, parties having business in either State in the border counteies will find it to their interest to consult them.

Source: "Caswell County Letter," R. A. Leigh (Correspondence of The Observer, Yanceyville, October 8, 1877). The Weekly Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), 16 October 1877, Tuesday, Page 1.
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"They Once Practiced In Rockingham County"

Many of our older citizens will recall that Caswell at one time had in numbers and ability the equal, if not the superior, of any bar in the State -- we have reference to the practitioners of the court bar, not to sordid things. We chanced recently to run a cross a printed copy of "Minimum Fees of Caswell County Bar." This document is signed by Dillard and Ruffin, M. McGehee, Watt and Withers, Samuel P. Hill, A. M. Scales, James T. Morehead, John W. Graham, George N. Thompson, John Kerr, J. T. Morehead, Jr., L. L. M. Totten, Walker J. Jones, and R. Y. McAden. All of these lawyers practiced at the Rockingham bar also, and we believe most of them regularly attended Guilford courts. It will be news to many that the lawyers had in those halcyon days a formidable "trust." It is interesting to note that while the scale of fees seems very reasonable, those old lawyers charged for everything from an unwritten opinion up to a "motion for license to retail spiritous liquor." -- Yanceyville Sentinel.

Source: The Reidsville Review (Reidsville, North Carolina), 25 March 1913, Tuesday, Page 1.

Bill Daniel
Wanda Hammock
George Daniel
Phil Allen
Stuart Watlington

Lee Farmer
Ronald Bradsher
David Powell
John Thomas
Clarence Pemberton

Banks Horton
Bob Blackwell
Osmond Smith
Ernest Frederick Upchurch
Ernest Frederick Upchurch, Jr.

Bartlett Yancey
Emerson Scarborough
Robert Watt
John A. Graves
Elijah Benton Withers

Calvin Graves
Archibald E. Henderson
Jake Long
Mike Gentry
Julius Johnston

Julius Johnston, Jr.
Robert Thomas Wilson
Samuel P. Hill
Jacob Thompson
Jim Long
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Caswell County Residents Who Practiced Elsewhere

Frederick, Richmond Stanfield, Jr.
Neal, Brent

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