Friday, January 15, 2021

Bartlett Yancey High School Class of 1939 50th Reunion

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 Bartlett Yancey High School Class of 1939   50th Reunion

 "Pictures from the Past"
 The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, NC)   13 January 2020

Monday, January 11, 2021

President Biden's Cabinet/Staff: Principal Members

President Biden's Cabinet/Staff: Principal Members

For those requiring Senate confirmation the responsible Senate committee is in parentheses. _______________ 

Defense: Lloyd Austin* (Armed Services Committee)
Justice (Attorney General): Merrick Garland* (Judiciary Committee)
State: Antony Blinken* (Foreign Relations Committee)
Treasury: Janet Yellen* (Finance Committee)

Agriculture: Tom Vilsack* (Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee)
Commerce: Gina Raimondo* (Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee)
Education: Miguel Cardona* (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee)
Energy: Jennifer Granholm* (Energy and Natural Resources Committee)
Health and Human Services: Xavier Becerra* (Finance Committee)

Homeland Security: Alejandro Mayorkas* (Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee) Housing and Urban Development: Marcia Fudge* (Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee) Interior: Deb Haaland* (Energy and Natural Resources Committee)
Labor: Marty Walsh* (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee)
Transportation: Pete Buttigieg* (Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee)
Veterans Affairs: Denis McDonough* (Veterans Affairs Committee)

Centers for Disease Control: Rochelle Walensky
Central Intelligence: William Burns* (Select Committee on Intelligence)
Chief COVID-19 Medical Adviser: Dr. Anthony Fauci
Chief of Staff: Ron Klain
Climate Czar: Gina McCarthy

Climate (Special Envoy): John Kerry
COVID-19 Response: Jeff Zients
Domestic Policy Council: Susan Rice
Environment: Michael S. Regan* (Environment and Public Works Committee)
Management and Budget: Neera Tanden* (Budget Committee)

National Intelligence: Avril Haines* (Select Committee on Intelligence)
National Security Adviser: Jake Sullivan
Press Secretary: Jennifer Psaki
Small Business Administration: Isabel Guzman* (Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee) Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Trade Representative: Katherine Tai* (Finance Committee)
United Nations Ambassador: Linda Thomas-Greenfield


*Requires Senate confirmation.

The "big" fifteen are (with the "big" four listed first):

Justice (Attorney General)

Health and Human Services
Homeland Security
Housing and Urban Development
Veterans Affairs

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Tate's School (Stoney Creek Township, Caswell County, NC)


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Tate's School (Stoney Creek Township,   Caswell County, NC)

 Source: The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, NC), 1972.

"The Buckle" by Jeffery D. Murrie

 The Buckle! 

For many years I assumed it was a copy, because how would anyone be in possession of a buckle that belonged to their gg grandfather [William Washington Murrie]? Well, after being "lost" at my parents house for a few years it finally reappeared about 12 years ago and I decided to take "guardianship" of the item. I searched online for information and was surprised with its rarity and value, thus again assuming it must be a copy.

I searched for an appraiser who would look and everyone said Rafael Eledge from PBS "Antique Roadshow" would be the only person to trust in authenticating and he only does that in person. As luck would have it, Mr. Eledge was attending the annual Civil War show in Charleston, SC and I asked by email if he would take a look at something for me and he agreed. So, off to Charleston I drove to meet Mr. Eledge!

He was not hard to locate due to his popularity on "Antique Roadshow." I approached him and introduced myself and presented him with a small box. Inside rested the buckle. He held the unopened box in his hand and asked how I came to have it. I explained that W. W. Murrie was my great-great-grandfather and it was in the possession of his grandson, Fran Thomas Murrie until it came to me. He opened the box and took the buckle over to a digital scale and nodded in the affirmative! He then measured the buckle, again nodding in the affirmative! His last procedure was to take out a jewelers loop to examine the back and again nodded in the affirmative! He handed me the buckle and smiled saying "You have an authentic buckle and you are very lucky to have something that connects you to your great-great grandfather."

My question was how was he so sure? Mr. Eledge said it had the correct weight and measurements and the back still had particles of the tar that was applied to the back when the buckle was made and for him the evidence of the tar was definitive. Needless to say, I was a very happy person! He then asked what else I had that may have belonged to W. W. Murrie and I started to name them: His coin silver pocket watch, c1870, three images, a coin silver match safe, part of medal (visible in the case with the buckle) and a ribbon from a veterans reunion c.1921. His parting words where, "Do you know how many people at this show would like to own just one item from a Civil War ancestor and you possess so many?"

I am just the caretaker for the time being and glad to share.

Jeffery D. Murrie

Florence, South Carolina

May 13, 2020

Sunday, December 27, 2020

North Carolina Illustrated, 1524-1984 by H. G. Jones (1983)

Jones, H. G., North Carolina Illustrated, 1524-1984. Chapel Hill (NC): University of North Carolina Press, 1983. 

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Semora School (Caswell County, North Carolina)

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Semora School (Caswell County, NC) -- Probably 6th and 7th Grades


First (front) Row

Willie Allen Wagstaff (1915-1995), son of Willie Hall Wagstaff and Nannie Bell Thomas, married Hazel Mae Barker

Colonel Jasper Owen, Jr. (1921-1967), son of Colonel Jasper Owen and Ruby Virginia Groves, married Janie Clara Stowe

John Morrison Allen (1920-1950), son of Clyde Dodson Allen and Swannie Wilson Taylor, never married 

Luther Guthrie/Gutherie: no more is known

Second (back) Row

John Floyd Mansfield (1919-1987), son of Robert Lee Mansfield and Mary Ann Smith, married Martha Leslye Walker

John Foster (Cotton) Pointer (1920-1999), son of John Luther Pointer and Cora Lee Foster, married Frankie Louise Northcott

Jack Lea Pointer, Sr. (1920-1995), son of Clarence Wimbush Pointer and Willie Susan Lea, married Mary Frances Adams

Aubrey Joseph Barker (1917-1982), son of Thomas Benjamin Barker and Annie Susan Fullington, married Bessie Lee McCann

James Cecil Pointer (1920-1943), son of William Williams Pointer and Luna Emma Allen, apparently never married (died in World War II)

Joseph William (Billy) Chandler, son of Claude Gunn Chandler and Freda Brown Pointer, married Mable Yeatts 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Row Town Store (Caswell County, NC)

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Row Town Store

At one time the Row Town store purportedly was operated by brothers John Scott Blackwell (1820-1900) and James Scott Blackwell (1822-1892).

"Row" is pronounced as with respect to altercations and not boat propulsion.

The Row Town community apparently was so called because some residents there would cause disturbances, brawls, and commotion. Some locals claimed drunkenness led to trouble in the area. As of 1979, the store was still standing (but decaying near the edge of the highway on the Ruffin-Quick Road). It has been used as a dwelling and to store feed. A man named Grandleson Mitchell once clerked at the store and lived in the nearby Joseph Felix Womack home.

From J. Clayton Blackwell (undated):

John Scott Blackwell (1820-1900) was the son of Garland and Mary Scott Blackwell. He married Eliza Jane Jarrell (called Jennie) in 1860. John and his brother Jim ran a store called "Row Town Store." This store still stands on the John S. Blackwell farm. This farm was inherited by his grandson, John Reid Blackwell.