Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hubert Vernon Massengill (1923-2004)

Obituary of Hubert Vernon Massengill

Hubert Vernon "H.V." Massengill

Born July 6, 1923
Died November 20, 2004

Hubert Vernon (H.V.) Massengill, Sr. 81, died at his home in Troy, NC on Saturday, November 20, 2004 following a brief illness. A Masonic Memorial Service was held at First Baptist Church, Troy, NC Monday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. prior to visitation with the family lasting until 8:30 p.m. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. James B. Gibson and Rev. Eddie Brackett Tuesday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Troy. Interment will be in Southside Cemetery, Troy.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Frances Wray Saunders (1921-2010)

Frances Wray Saunders (1921-2010)

May 25, 2010 - 05:37:05 pm CDT (The Caswell Messenger): Frances Wray Saunders, 89, formerly of 432 Vinson Road, died Sunday May 23, 2010 at Alamance Regional Medical Center. She was born in Caswell County May 10, 1921 to the late Joseph and Rosa Murphy Wray. She worked in several Caswell County school cafeterias and was of Baptist faith. Funeral Service will be 2 pm Wednesday at Harrelson Funeral Service Chapel, Yanceyville, conducted by Rev. Barry Lane. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Ruffin.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Chandler Family Database

For Immediate Release
Contact: Richard Chandler, Vice-President
Chandler Family Association
Telephone: 250-832-3179

Chandler Genealogical Database to Be Released September 17, 2010

Represents 400 Years of Chandler Family Research Data

Salmon Arm, BC, Canada, (Pacific Time Zone), May 19, 2010 - Richard Chandler, a resident of this city and vice president of the Chandler Family Association, today announced plans for unveiling the group's long-awaited new database. It will be presented for the first time at the group's annual meeting September 16-18 in Hampton, Virginia.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Matkins Meat Processing (Caswell County, North Carolina)

Matkins Meat, Inc. was founded in 1956 by Leonard Matkins and Associates and his son Jerry has been running the business for the past 40 years. Matkins Meat provides custom processing for as many as 226 farmers throughout the state, including for beef, swine, goat, sheep, buffalo, ostrich and emu. Matkins Meat collaborates with Caswell County to house and operate state-of-the-art labeling, packaging and meat processing equipment provided by funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation. They are anticipating being able to expand their custom value-added meat processing services considerably in the summer of 2010.

Jerry Matkins
9682 Kerr's Chapel Road
Gibsonville, NC 27249
Caswell County

Monday, May 10, 2010

Will of Richard Brookes (1789)

Will of Richard Brooks, 1789, Caswell Co., NC
Transcribed by Ginger Smith, May 10, 2010
Copy of original will obtained by Ginger Smith, October 28, 2008, from the North Carolina State Archives, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC. Caswell Co., Wills, Richard Brooks, Call No. 020.801.1.

In the Name of God Amen, I Richard Brookes of the County of Caswell and state of North Carolina, Being in a low state of health, but of perfect sense and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the blessing. But taking into Consideration the shortness and Uncertainty of this Transitory Life, and that it is appointed for all Men once to die, do make Constitute and ordain this my last will and Testament to be peformed, In manner and form following that is to say first and Principally I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it me and my body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be Buried in Decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executors whom I shall hereafter nominate and appoint - and unto such worldly goods as it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me in this life with I Give Dimiss and Depose of the same in Manner and form following and first my Desire is that all my Lawful Debts be paid, ....

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Herbert Berkley Watlington (died 1 May 2010)

Herbert Berkley Watlington of 5821 Allison Road died Saturday at the Brian Center. Survivors are: beloved wife of 35 years, Annie Mims Watlington; two daughters, Mary Watlington Elmore (Donnell), Melissa Melody Watlington; two sons, Herbert Watlington, Jr., Michael Anthony Watlington; stepdaughter, Norma Jean Coleman (Haywood); two stepsons, Billy Mims, Bobby Mims (Diane); 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Roxanna Richardson, Wylean Henderson, Mattie Adams and Dorothy Graves; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday from the New Ephesus Baptist Church, Ruffin with Rev. George Pickard and Rev. Earl Jeffries presiding. The family visitation will be Wednesday from 1:30 until 2:00 p.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements are by Johnson & Sons.


Thomas Earl McLaughlin (c.1936 - 2010)

Thomas Earl Mc Laughlin of 74 Friendly Road (Reidsville, North Carolina) died Sunday. As a native and lifelong resident of Caswell County, he attended the local public schools and was a graduate of Caswell County High School, Class of 1968. Mr. Mc Laughlin was a former employee of Burlington Industries and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church where he served with the Board of Ushers. Survivors are: three sons, Thomas Maurice Simpson (Yolanda), Earl Cliford Mc Laughlin (Tonya), Troy Len Mc Laughlin (Crystal); 7 grandchildren; two sisters, Regina Gladen and Virginia Mc Laughlin; two aunts; sisters-in-law, Mozelle Graves Brown, Verleda Graves (Mark); brothers-in-law, Clifton Graves, Jr., Roy Mayo Graves (Beatrice); other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday from the Trinity Baptist Church Cemetery, Highway 150, Reidsville. The family may be contacted at 559 Foster Road, Yanceyville. Funeral arrangements are by Johnson & Sons.


David Carlton Francis (1929-2010)

David Carlton Francis, 80, of 285 Atwater Street, Yanceyville, NC, died Monday, May 3, 2010 at Kindred Hosp-ital, Greensboro, NC. Mr. Francis was born in Caswell County, North Carolina on August 28, 1929, the son of the late Alexander Francis and Haddie Thompson Francis.

CCHA Annual General Meeting and Fundraiser

1. June 5, 2010 (Saturday), 10:00 AM at the Historic Caswell County Courthouse: Jim Wise will be available to sign copies of his new book Murder in the Courthouse. A proclamation will be read, there will be a viewing of a short movie on the murder of Senator John W. (Chicken) Stephens, Jim Wise will give a short talk and answer questions, and the book signing will commence. The book will be on sale.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Thomas Day: Behind the Veneer

Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh has the nation’s largest collection of furniture made by Thomas Day, a free man of color who owned and operated one of North Carolina’s largest cabinet shops prior to the Civil War. On Saturday, May 22, the museum will open Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker, a major exhibit showcasing approximately 70 pieces of furniture crafted by this accomplished artisan and entrepreneur from Milton, Caswell County. This 6,000-square-foot exhibit also explores the extraordinary story of a man who succeeded and flourished despite shrinking freedoms for free people of color in antebellum North Carolina.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Miss Caswell County Pageant 1968

To see the official Program for the 1968 Miss Caswell County Pageant go to:

Miss Caswell County