Saturday, August 25, 2018

New Stage Line: 1857

New Stage Line

The public are respectfully informed that a new line of tri-weekly stages is now running from Hillsboro, N.C., to Ringold's depot on the R.&D.R.R., via Cedar Grove, Prospect Hill, Leasburg and Milton. This line leaves Hillsboro every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, at 12 1/2 o'clock P.M., after the arrival of the cars, and arrives at Milton same evening to supper, and at Barksdales depot next morning in time for passengers to take cars, either for Richmond or Danville, as both trains meet at this point.

Returning stages leave Barksdales depot every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 P.M., lodges at Milton and arrive at Hillsboro Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in time for passengers to take cars on either train. This line runs daily from Barksdales depot to Milton. Fare through from Hillsboro to Barksdales depot $4.

P. Flagg, Agent
For the Proprietor.

Source: The Milton Chronicle (Milton, North Carolina), 12 February 1857, Thursday, Page 4.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lewis Marion Graves (1826-1902)

Lewis Marion Graves (1826-1902)

I have not seen the Graves Family papers at Emory University, but am familiar with that collection and those at the University of North Carolina: (1) Charles Iverson Graves Collection; and (2) Graves Family Papers.

Emory University
Graves Family Papers, 1818-1939 (Bulk 1835-1910)
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
Atlanta, GA 30322
Permanent Link:

University of North Carolina
The Southern Historical Collection
Collection Number: 02606
Collection Title: Charles Iverson Graves Papers, 1831-1962

University of North Carolina
The Southern Historical Collection
Collection Number: 02716
Collection Title: Graves Family Papers, 1815-1901

A quick look at the online descriptions of these collections revealed no reference to a Lewis Marion Graves (or a Marion Lewis Graves).

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Joseph Lee Auten (1946-2009)

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Joseph Lee Auten of Mecklenburg County passed away May 7, 2009.

He was born on Nov. 10, 1946, in Mecklenburg County, son of Horace Warren Auten and Freida Gasque Auten. He graduated from North Mecklenburg High School and attended the Universtiy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating from Guilford College. He retired from the N.C. Department of Justice as a criminal justice training coordinator for the N.C. Justice Academy.

His distinguished career in criminal justice included being past president of the Southern Criminal Justice Assoc. A nationally-recognized expert of domestic and foreign terrorism, he was an advisor to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and taught at numerous colleges and universities.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lisa Porterfield Auten; son, Charles Auten; daughter, Susan Auten; grandson, Taliesen Auten; sisters, Anne Gillispie, Mary Elise Webb (William) and Shirley Keistler; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Joan Porterfield; and a sister-in-law, Lynn Dugan (Paul).

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and brothers-in-law: Jean McClure, William Lee Auten, John McClure, Donald Torrence, Joseph Keistler and Robert Gillispie.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Huntersville Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will follow at the Huntersville Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Huntersville Presbyterian, P.O. Box 313, Huntersville, NC 28070.

Raymer Funeral Home, Huntersville, is serving the family.

Freshman photograph at the University of North Carolina 1965


Social Security Death Record
Name: Joseph L. Auten
Last Residence: 28746 Lake Lure, Rutherford County, North Carolina 
Born: 10 Nov 1946
Died: May 2009
State (Year) SSN issued: North Carolina (1962)

Lawrence Clem (Larry) Snead (1943-2018)

Larry and Mary Snead
Lawrence Clem (Larry) Snead
March 28, 1943 - August 20, 2018

Lawrence Clem (Larry) Snead, 75, of Oak Island passed away peacefully Monday, August 20, 2018 at his home. Mr. Snead was born March 28, 1943, in Washington, DC, son of the late Clem Preston Snead (1906-1982) and Mary Elizabeth Sutton Snead (1914-1991). He grew up on Main Street in Yanceyville, North Carolina which is located in Caswell County.

Larry graduated from East Carolina University in 1966 where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and The Pirate Club. He retired from NC Department of Public Safety in 2003. He was the Superintendent of New Hanover Correctional. He was also a member of Oak Island Elks Lodge as well as Captain of Island Riders MS Bike Team. Larry was honored to be a member of Boy Scouts, he was an Eagle Scout, and the recipient of the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow and The Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2003.

At East Carolina College
Survivors include his wife Mary Bradley Snead of Oak Island; sons, Andrew Lawrence Snead and wife Kelly and their sons, Jason and Brian Bailey, of Raleigh; Archie Jennings and wife Lydie and their children, Sarah Neill IV, and Henry Jennings of Washington, North Carolina; and Duncan Jennings and wife Ashley and their children, Lewis and Isla Jennings of Raleigh.

A memorial service will be at 11:00am, Friday, August 24, 2018 at Oak Island Evangelical Presbyterian Church with Reverend Dr. Walter Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Greater Carolinas Chapter of Bike MS, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609

Online condolences may be made at

Cornelius Daniel Everett Children

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Children of Cornelius Daniel (Nick) Everett (1857-1939) and Lillie Doll Oliver (1874-1939)


Back Row: Robert Lee Everett, John Currie Everett, Willie Malloy Everett, Herman T. Everett

Seated: Lillian Everett Cook, Eula B. Everett Gillispie, Florence Everett Simmons, Orie T. Everett Booth

Two children not in the photograph: Rubin Nicholas Everett, Katherine Gertrude Everett Hooper

Photograph courtesy Randy Butts.

Monday, August 20, 2018

George Andrew Anderson 1914 Letter

George Andrew Anderson
Office of Superintendent of Schools
Caswell County
Geo. A. Anderson, Superintendent

Yanceyville, N.C.
Jan. 02/12 (day not clear), 1914

Miss Edna,

The rise and fall of Stephens are the most tragic events associated with our County's history -- the boldness of the assassination, the secrecy maintained, taken with the causes which brought bout the tragedy, all appeal to human interest.

Stephens was a magistrate and also a State Senator -- and a politician of that _____, developed by the passions and prejudices growing out of the war.

He held a complete mastery over the negroes in the County and they were ready to follow his lead. His speeches to them were said to have been inflammatory and incendiary. I have been told that barns and houses, as many as 3 or 4, could be seen burning from the Poteat House vestibule.

He was not a man of wealth -- and bore the cognomen of chicken thief Stephens, having been indicted, I am told, upon that charge in the courts of Rockingham county.

The conditions in Caswell under his leadership became intolerable and it was determined to make way with him. The Conspiracy was a bold one. For some time it was impossible to get an opportunity -- but the opportunity came in this way -- On May 20th 1870, there was a public speaking in the Court room, a large crowd being present, -- Stephens was in the Court room and a man was sent to him professing to have a message from Frank Wiley -- in which it was stated that Wiley wished to meet him in conference regarding a political matter. Just the first time Stephens was taken off his guard and followed the messenger, they went to an unused room in the Court house, -- the room now occupied by Atty Julius Johnston.

As they entered the room, the door was closed, a rope thrown over Stephens' neck stifling his cries and someone taking a knife severed his jugular vein -- The Conspirators left his being on a pile of wood, locked the door, and one of the men carried off the key and threw it into the waters of Country line creek at a crossing known as Poteat's bridge.

You will understand, Miss Edna, that I cannot authenticate the scene of the tragedy, yes the above is a _____ the true story. Frank Wiley did not do the killings, was only used as a decoy.

This was not a __________ of the ________ though possibly these were Mr. Wiley's, among the conspirators.

Immediately after the murder, Gov Holden declared our County to be in a state of insurrection and the infamous Gen. Kirke was sent here, with an army of "________," collected from the mountain regions of the State. Our people were subjected to the most mortifying indignations.

Many of first citizens were arrested, incarcerated in the Court room -- being held there for quite a period -- being the men imprisoned, that I recall from memory were the following, J. M. Neal, Burch Holden, Daniel Weeden, D. A. G. Yancey, Sheriff Griffith, F. A. Wiley, T. J. Womack, Doc Graves, George Williamson, Tom Oliver, Jack _____, Wm Bowe, and D____ Moore.

These men were liberated, without bail, as a result of Habeas Corpus proceeding before Judge Brooks of the Federal Court at Raleigh -- that was the end of the proceedings, the men never being again called into court.

I failed to state that Stephens body was found by his brother.

I have given you a very meagre account, as I am very much _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ state -- that Judge Tourge colored his book to make it appeal to the prejudices of the North, or it is possible that he was led by distorted facts into error.

Stephens'' murder was brought about, in my opinion, ______ as a means of self preservation of our County. A volume could be written about this tragedy and circumstances thereto.

I trust what I may have written will give the assurances that our people were justified _____ _____ _____.

With best wishes,

Very truly yours,

George A. Anderson 

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Yanceyville Fire Department

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The Bee (Danville, Virginia), Thursday, 14 March 1940.

Danville Man Gives Yanceyville Its First Fire Engine: Traded In Engine Bought By Swicegood; Goes Friday

The nearby town of Yanceyville, N.C., is to receive, as a gracious gift, its first fire engine tomorrow morning, and the historic old town is preparing to whoop things up.

It all came about this way:

Danville is commissioning a new fire engine to replace an old 750-gallons-per-minute pumper which has done service since 1922. When the time came to trade, the value allowed on the old machine was only $100.

City Councilman D. W. Swicegood, chairman of the public works committee and who has a lot of sentiment for Caswell county, did some quick thinking and some close figuring. It would end up by his buying the old fire engine back from the manufacturing company out of his own pocket. He had the engineer to tune it up, had it repainted with the legend "Yanceyville Fire Department" and offered it to the town fathers as a gift with no strings tied.

Yanceyville accepted it without more than a minute's delay for it has recently installed a water system with fire hydrants and everything. Yanceyville bought 500 feet of hose and recruited a fire brigade. Housing for the engine near the town square was quickly secured and the deal was finished in no time.

Tomorrow Mr. Swicegood, Fire Chief John Long and Larry Lavell, engineer here from the Elmira, N. Y. factory, will carry the new engine to Yanceyville and will see that it is delivered. Mr. Lavell will post the new crew on the operation of the machine.

Presentation of the reconditioned engine which cost Mr. Swicegood a sum which has not been revealed, is expected to result in a material reduction in the Yanceyville fire insurance rates.


A Timely Gift To Old Caswell

Caption Under Photograph--Bee Staff Photo

This is the old city fire engine which has been purchased privately by City Councilman D. W. Swicegood, reconditioned and which is being given to the town of Yanceyville tomorrow.

The hood is off because the new gilt lettering "Yanceyville Fire Department" was not dry when the picture was taken. J. J. Mansfield, veteran Danville fireman poses at the wheel and Fire Chief John Long, who will go with the engine for presentation to Yanceyville tomorrow stands at the right.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

James Thomas Graves and Lucy Everett Family

James Thomas Graves
Had at least seven children.

Graduate of Thomas Jefferson Medical School, Philadelphia.

Graves Family Association Genealogy #270 (Caswell County, North Carolina): Dr. James  Thomas  Graves (5 October 1834 - 5 January 1914)

John Graves m. Unknown
Thomas Graves m. Mary Perkins
John Graves m. Isabella Lea
Thomas Graves m. Hannah Miles
James Graves m. Mary Slade
Thomas Williams Graves m. Mary Sims Graves
Dr. James Thomas Graves

Looking Backward by Hugh Johnston

Dr. J. T. Graves

James Thomas Graves, son of Thomas Williams Graves and wife Mary Graves of Caswell County, was born on October 5, 1834, and died on January 5, 1914, in Wilson. On August 14, 1860, he married Louisa Frances Barnes, daughter of Edwin Barnes and wife Elizabeth Simms of Wilson County. She was born on April 9, 1840, and died on July 10, 1904. (1) Mary Elizabeth, born in July of 1861, married Jesse Jackson Yates, (2) Franklin was born on November 14, 1862, and died on April 1, 1885, (3) Frances Simms, born on November 5, 1868, married James Edwin Woodard on February 12, 1891, (4) Leonora, born on May 31, 1872, married Henry Watson Wharton, (5) Edwin Barnes, born on February 7, 1874, married Cornelia Stallings, (6) William Williams, born on February 7, 1876, married Gladys Wells, and (7) Sarah Simms, born on August 18, 1879, married Robert Lee Bagley.

Dr. Graves received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and by 1860 was practicing his profession while residing with C. C. Peacock in the Town of Stantonsburg. He drove a span of fine horses and maintained a very successful appearance. About the same year Dr. R. G. Barham, born in 1835 in Virginia, bought a lot in the Town of Wilson and began to practice while living with Jesse H. Adams. Both young physicians immediately laid siege to the heart of Louisa Frances Barnes, who had small feet, a wonderful disposition, and the prospects of heiring a considerable property, but who could otherwise lay no claim to beauty.

The contest became extremely heated, and a state of ill feeling existed. The rivals maintained something like an armed truce until Dr. Barham stated publicly his expectation of being the lucky man. Dr. Graves with fiery impetuosity challenged him to a duel so "the best man would get her." Dueling had long been contrary to the laws of North Carolina, but Virginia was conveniently near. Franklin Washington Barnes, brother of the young lady in question, acted as Dr. Graves's second and an early meeting was arranged for Emporia. Graves and Barnes actually took the train to Emporia and waited for Barham to appear, but mutual friends had in the meanwhile argued the latter out of going. It is interesting to note that Dr. Barham was in another year the Assistant Surgeon of the 28th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States Army, and that he never returned to Wilson to live.

1850 United States Federal Census
Name: James T Graves
Age: 14
Estimated birth year: abt 1836
Birth Place: Caswell
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Caswell, North Carolina

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Caswell Lea (1802-1874)

Caswell Lea (1802-1874)


(Son of Major Lea and Rhoda Jarnagin)

Prepared by Barb White 7-18-2018

 1802    Birth1
 1830    Census:  Jefferson County TN2
              2 Males 20-29
  Sept 5, 1839  Marriage: Miss Elizabeth Johnson   Salem, Virginia3
  Sept 23, 1839 Marriage: Elizabeth B Johnston      Salem, Virginia4

  1840    Census:  Jefferson County, TN5
              1 male 30-39, 1 female under 5, 1 female 20-29

  1850    Census:  Polk County, TN6
              Caswell Lea        48      Tennessee         
              Elizabeth B Lea   37        Virginia
              Jane A J Lea            13        Tennessee
              Martha E Lea          12        Tennessee
              John H Lea               9         Tennessee
              Joseph W Lea           6         Tennessee
              James P Lea             4               Tennessee
              George P Lea           1         Tennessee
              Eliza A D Lea          25        Tennessee  {sister}

 Feb 25,1857     Bradley County TN Chancery Court Case7
                Caswell Lea Appointed Guardian to Eliza Adelia Lea,
                She is declared of unsound mind. Caswell appointed trustee for his
                Children's interest in sale of property by his wife as she only has a
                life interest in this land. Children named are John H Lea, Joseph W Lea,
                James P Lea, Elizabeth B J Lea and George P Lea.  Negroes of Eliza Adelia Lea sold to Charity Lea,
                wife of Houston H Lea, decd., With John Allison as security
               {children named must be only those living at home yet}

  1857   Tennessee Supreme Court Case8
              Character of Caswell Lea questioned in case of Eliza B Lea vs John G Carter
              regarding sale of town lots to Elizabeth Johnston, her mother. Elizabeth B Lea
             and Caswell Lea's children mentioned are :John H, Joseph W, James P, George P,
             and Elizabeth.  {children named must be those living at home yet}

  1860   Census: District 6, Bradley County, Tennessee9  
              Caswell Lea           58
              Elizabeth B Lea     47
              Martha E Lea         22
              John H Lea            20
              Joseph W Lea        16
              James P Lea           14
              George W Lea       11
              Elizabeth J Lea      6
              Caswell M Lea      1/12