Friday, June 11, 2021

 Independent Weekly, April 13, 2005


The passionate art of Maud Gatewood is on display in a new film

By David Fellerath

The paintings are alternately vibrant, serene and joyful, hundreds of them produced over a long lifetime in Yanceyville, located in rural Caswell County, N.C. Many of the images are strikingly oblique glimpses of attractive young women at leisure: blow-drying hair, roller-skating or poised on a tree swing. But as immediately appealing as the paintings are, they also manage to be evocative and emotional without being sentimental. Highly distinctive yet often heedless of international art fashions, the work of Maud Gatewood represents a singular and private sensibility nurtured among the pines and red clay of North Carolina.

Rather quickly and unexpectedly, Gatewood succumbed last fall to a pair of strokes at the age of 70, but she survived long enough to see a newly completed film about her life and work. This weekend, Gatewood: Facing the White Canvas will play in area theaters, while a small memorial exhibition continues through Aug. 11 at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Like such Southern literary homebodies as Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Reynolds Price (who appears in the film), Gatewood was hip to the goings-on in New York and Paris and London, but chose to practice her art in the land where her creative spirit felt at home.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Person County, North Carolina, Creation Petition

Petition to Create Person County, North Carolina 

I began a transcription of the petition. Any help would be greatly appreciated by anyone. The names of the signatories are difficult. I placed the document online:

Person County Creation Petition


Petition to Establish Person County [edited a bit to make more understandable]

To Honorable Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Burgesses

We your humble petitioners of Caswell County labor under the ill conveniences of an ill situtate county, it being near forty miles in length and near twenty wide, which renders it very ill convenient to attend courts, general musters & other publick duties. We therefore pray an equal division.

And your petitioners as in duty bound shall every pray.

1. John Paine

2. David Whipple

3. William Rutherford

4. John Bell

5. Alexander __________

6. __________

7. Beverly __________

8. William __________

9. John Bowles

10. Thomas __________

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Caswell County Historical Association Projects: Missed Opportunities


The Caswell County Historical Association (CCHA) was formed in 1956 to document and preserve the history of Caswell County, North Carolina. It was a few years later that the CCHA acknowledged the importance of genealogy.

The CCHA owns and operates the Richmond-Miles History Museum in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina. See image to left. Click it to see a larger version.

Unfortunately, over the past few years the CCHA has fallen on difficult times, primarily through a lack of leadership.

In an effort to assist the CCHA ,the CCHA Webmaster at the time, Richmond Stanfield (Rick) Frederick, Jr., provided advice. He identified problems, instructed how these problems should be addressed, and offered his expertise and money to get the job done. Here is a link to a comprehensive memorandum Rick Frederick prepared and submitted to the CCHA Board of Directors:

CCHA Projects and References

Unfortunately, the CCHA for the most part ignored this advice. And, not only did the CCHA ignore the advice, it launched personal attacks against the former webmaster, Rick Frederick. This was a sad chapter in the history of an otherwise proud organization.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Marshall Ferrell (1901-2002)


Marshall Ferrell (1901-2002). Click image to see a larger version.

Bartlett Yancey High School: "Looking Back" The Caswell Messenger

Left to Right (click image to see a larger version):

1. Mike Reynolds
2. Bobby Brewer
3. Rick Frederick
4. Russell Watlington
5. Wayne Cross

6. Larry Stogner
7. Mike Chandler
8. Gordon Plumblee 
9. Ronald (Rag) Aldridge

"Looking Back" The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, Caswell County, NC) 12 May 2021. Photograph courtesy Bonnie Simpson Brewer.

Location: Bartlett Yancey High School Football Field (school building is in the background/view is to the north). These boys were asked to show some leg skin.



Full Text of Opinion

 Court of Appeals of North Carolina.

WILLIAM RUSSELL JOHNSTON, Plaintiff, v. ALLYSON SCOTT JOHNSTON, Defendant. No. COA16-641 Decided: November 21, 2017

Manning, Fulton, & Skinner, by Michael S. Harrell, for plaintiff-appellee.
Tharrington, Smith, LLP, by Steve Mansbery, for defendant-appellant.

Defendant Allyson Scott Johnston appeals an order denying her motion to dismiss the case filed by plaintiff in Caswell County and to have it transferred to Wake County. Because defendant's custody claim was filed in Wake County before plaintiff filed his claim in Caswell County, the district court in Caswell County did not have subject matter jurisdiction over the custody claim.

We reverse the order denying defendant's motion to dismiss, remand for consideration of defendant's motion for sanctions, and vacate the temporary visitation and custody orders.

I. Background On 4 April 2009, plaintiff William Russell Johnston (“Husband”) and defendant Allyson Scott Johnston (“Wife”) were married. The parties had two children, one in 2012 and one in 2014. The parties separated, although the exact date is in dispute, and on 15 September 2015, Husband filed a complaint in Caswell County against Wife for custody, divorce from bed and board, and equitable distribution, alleging the parties had separated on 2 August 2015.

On 22 September 2015, the complaint was served on Wife. Thereafter, on 1 October 2015, Husband voluntarily dismissed his Caswell County complaint without prejudice.

On 8 October 2015, Wife filed a complaint against Husband in Wake County for custody, child support, post-separation support, alimony, and attorney fees. A temporary custody hearing was set in Wake County for 15 December 2015. Husband was not served with the Wake County summons and complaint on the sheriff's initial attempts, and he later admitted that he intentionally avoided service.

On 13 October 2015, Husband filed a second complaint against Wife in Caswell County for custody, divorce from bed and board, and equitable distribution; the complaint fails to note the active suit in Wake County, although husband was aware that it had been filed.

On 19 October 2015, Husband filed a motion in Caswell County requesting entry of an order for temporary child custody and visitation.

On 2 November 2015, Wife filed a motion to dismiss the Caswell County case for lack of jurisdiction because of her prior pending action in Wake County.

Also on 2 November 2015, the district court heard Husband's request for temporary custody, although Husband was not present and his attorney admitted he did not come to the hearing he had scheduled for temporary custody because he was avoiding service in the Wake County case:

MS. RAMSEY: His client's not even here. His client is asking for temporary custody of the children, and he's not even here. The reason he's not here is because he knows, if he comes in here, he's going to be served with this Wake County action. He's avoiding service.

Andrew Sterling Carter Arrested

On Friday, May 7, 2021, the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office served a felony arrest warrant on a 27-year-old Caswell County resident named Andrew Sterling Carter. The felony warrant obtained by the State Bureau of Investigation charged Carter with the commission of  five counts of Felonious Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. [The relevant North Carolina statute is set forth below.]

He was released from the Caswell County Detention Center after posting a $9,900 Secured Bond. His first appearance in Caswell County Superior Court is scheduled for Monday, May 24, at 10:00 am.

Carter is a former Caswell County Commissioner. He resigned in 2020.

Source: The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, NC), 10 May 2021.