Friday, November 29, 2019

Milton Female Academy 1819

Milton Female Academy, 1819.

The building for the Female Academy in this place, being nearly completed, the Trustees take this method to inform the public, that it will go into operation on the 2d Monday in January next under the special direction and superintendence of the Rev. Abner W. Clopton.

In employing Mr. Clopton to superintend the Academy, they have not only consulted their own feelings in regard to a public ministry, but they have had also particular regard to public sentiment in relation to the institution. Most parents choose to place their daughters at institutions where they may enjoy the advantages of religious instruction. And while the Trustees have acted with deference to this disposition, they have taken the necessary steps to secure the most efficient means of combining, with religious privileges, the best opportunities of the literary and ornamental branches of education. For this purpose they expect to have two of the best tutoresses that can be procured from Philadelphia or New York.

The prices of Board and Tuition will be regulated by those of the Oxford Female Academy, and will be required in advance. The first session will end on the second Monday in June.

By order, R. M. Sanders [Saunders], Sec'y.

Having been employed by the Trustees to superintend the Female Academy, in Milton, I submit the following remarks to the consideration of such as may be unacquainted with the prospects of this institution. While literary institutions are constantly multiplying, it must be a subject of pleasing reflection to pious parents, if not to others, that religious instruction forms a prominent feature in some of these institutions.

It is a fact too notorious to be doubted, and too serious not to be lamented, that many parents have awfully neglected the pious instruction of their children. The superintendent of the Salem Academy having been consulted on the subject gave it as his decided opinion, that a minister of the Gospel should take charge of our institution. And the Trustees, wishing to give to their system of education every advantage that the public might require, determined to follow his counsel.

We cannot, at present, name our Tutoresses. But it may be confidently understood, that none but such as are in all respects qualified, will be employed. The Trustees would not have delayed the procurement of them until this time, if they had not been disappointed in their expectations of obtaining some from Elizabeth Town. There will be public worship, in the Academy, regularly twice on every Lord's day — in the forenoon and at night; and the pupils will have religious exercises appointed them invariably, on the afternoon of the same day.

Parents may be well assured also, that their daughters, while here, will be as effectually debarred from all scenes of profane merriment, and revelling, as are the pupils of the Salem School. Milton, N. C, December 2, 1819, A. W. Clopton.

In addition to the above, the Trustees have the pleasure to announce to the public, that two young Ladies, by the name of Thomas, of the city of New York, having offered their services, will be employed as Tutoresses in our Academy. These ladies, being members of the Episcopal Church, whose pastor is the Rev. Mr. Lyle, will come recommended by him; and by the Rev. Dr. Spring, pastor of the Presbyterian Church; and by the Rev. Mr. Williams, pastor of the 2d Baptist church, in the city of New York.

Raleigh Register, December 31, 1819
(Source: North Carolina Schools and Academies, 1790-1840, By Charles L. Coon 1914)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wake Forest College Board of Trustees 1852

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Wake Forest College Catalog 1852, showing the Board of Trustees.

Trustees with Caswell County connections:

John Purify/Purefoy
Nathaniel J. Palmer
John Kerr
Rev. J. J. James
Calvin Graves

James S. Purify/Purefoy
Sidney S. Lea
Elias Dodson

And, possibly others.

Rev. Dr. George Washington Purefoy was a prominent Baptist Minister. He was involved in survival of The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill following the Civil War. He assisted in bringing the University back to life after two years of being closed. Purefoy Road is along the southern campus of UNC-CH. The Purefoy/Merritt Mill was in this location. The mill is gone, but some of the foundation stones are at the NC Botantical Gardens in Chapel Hill. His father was John Purefoy, one of the men responsible for the founding of Wake Forest University. George's brother, James Simpson, was also a trustee for Wake Forest University. As a leader of the Baptist movement he was the writer of "A History of the Little Sandy Parish," an account of the early beginnings of the Free Will Baptist movement in North Carolina. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate in 1870 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 1844, the Biblical Recorder wrote:

"The arm or branch of the Baptist Church of Yanceyville, located in Milton, N.C. was constituted into a separate and independent church on the Saturday before the fifth Sunday in the last month (June 1844) by the Presbytery of the Beulah Association. Elder S. Pleasant acted as Moderator. The examination was conducted by Elder G. W. Purefoy assisted by other members of the Presbytery. The right hand of fellowship was given by the Moderator and the charge to members by Elder J. Bradley of Virginia, late president of Newton College. Concluding prayer by Elder E. Dodson."

Source: Milton Baptist Church (Caswell County, North Carolina).

First Baptist Church of Yanceyville: The House Beside

Original Baptist Church
House Beside the Church

At some point Nathaniel Lea Lindsey, Jr., and his sister Mary Lindsey Cooke lived in an old wood-frame house near the First Baptist Church of Yanceyville (just west of the west church driveway entrance/exit). The house no longer stands, and the property eventually was sold to the church.

Here is correspondence that appeared on the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page 25/26 November 2019:

Brenda Hooper: “Uncle” Nat Lindsey (sp?) and his sister, Mrs. Cook, lived there. They lived behind the house I grew up in. I loved going over there and feeding the chickens. On Saturdays the ice truck would come and deliver a block of ice for their ice box.

Rick Frederick: This is great! Thanks for sharing. The Uncle Nat Lindsey most likely is Nathaniel Lea Lindsey, Jr. (1888-1958) who apparently never married. Oddly, he is buried at the Yanceyville Presbyterian Church.

His sister, Mrs. Cook, probably is Mary Lindsey (1891-1974). In 1918, she married William E. Cooke (1872-1938). Thus, she outlived her husband by many years, which helps explain why she was living with her brother in the house near the First Baptist Church.

Nathaniel Lindsey, Jr., and Mary Lindsey are children of Nathaniel Lea Lindsey (1851-1898) and Mary Davidson Smith (1853-1925). This explains how my grandmother Pearl Virginia Smith (1895-1969) was familiar with the old house. Mary Davidson Smith is her aunt. And, Nathaniel Lea Lindsey is her first cousin once removed. This made the occupants of the old house her first cousins.

That my grandmother referred to the house as a "Graves house" may be explained by the fact that both Nathaniel Lea Lindsey and Mary Davidson Smith descended from the Jeremiah Graves (1786-1868) who built "Dongola" in Yanceyville. Yes, Nathaniel Lea Lindsey and wife Mary Davidson Smith are first cousins. It is possible that Jeremiah Graves or one of his children built the house back in the day.

This probably is more than you wanted to know. However, your input has helped me understand better this part of my family. Best regards, Rick

The man on the porch was called Uncle Lindsey by the children in the neighborhood. We played in his yard and ate cherries off their tree until his sister ran us off. He was our friend and he liked watching us play. The tree and well was the neighborhood meeting place and a great place to play marbles and park our bikes. I am sure Brent Neal remembers, he was part of the gang. Great memories. Source: Lee McMullen Shelton Email Post 18 March 2021

Monday, November 25, 2019

North Carolina Baptist State Convention: 1848

North Carolina Baptist State Convention: 1848

This body assembled at Rockford, Surry County, N.C., on Thursday the 12th instant [October 12, 1848], and adjourned on the Monday following. The Hon. Alfred Dockery of Richmond County, was re-elected President; Rev. D. S. Williams, Hon. Calvin Graves and Dr. G. C. Moore, Vice Presidents; N. J. Palmer, of Milton, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary.

A numerous delegation were in attendance from different parts of the State, and much harmony and good feeling characterized its deliberations. The next session is to be held in Oxford, N. C., commencing on Thursday before the third Sabbath in October, 1849.

Among other measures adopted, was a resolution recommending the establishment of a Male and Female Classical Institute in the town of Rockford, which was followed by a meeting of the citizens and friends of the object, and the appointment of a Board of Trustees, composed of the most respectable citizens in that section of the State. Much interest was manifested in the enterprise.

A resolution was adopted requesting the members representing the county of Surry in the ensuing Legislature to procure a charter for the Institution. A general meeting of the Board is to be held in Rockford on the 17th of November, to adopt measures to carry the School into operation, by employment of competent instructors, &c.

Rev. William Jones was appointed General Agent of the Convention.

The following appointments for the ensuing year, made by the Board of the Convention, were approved.

Rev. Elias Dodson, Missionary for the Beulah Association. Rev. Richard Jacks, for the Liberty Association. Rev. Samuel P. Smith for the Briar Creek Association, Rev. John Robertson to the counties of Rockingham, Guilford, Stokes and Surry. Rev. N. A. Purify to the towns of Salisbury, Mocksville, Lexington, and Statesville. Rev. J. J. James, Greensborough station.

Other appointments will probably be made at the meeting of the Board to be held in Milton, N.C., on Friday the 24th of November next.

Carolina Watchman (Salisbury, North Carolina), 26 October 1848, Thursday, Page 2.

Source: Carolina Watchman (Salisbury, North Carolina), 26 October 1848, Thursday, Page 2.

Those Mentioned with Caswell County Connections

Calvin Graves
N. J. Palmer
Elias Dodson
J. J. James

Saturday, November 23, 2019

North Road Bicycle Imports (Yanceyville, Caswell County, NC)

North Road Bicycle Imports

Gilbert Anderson's Bicycle Shop on the Square (Yanceyville, Caswell County, NC): A. H. Motz Building

Friday, November 22, 2019

Highway 48 (Became US Highway 158)

Highway No. 48 became US Highway 158.

The Bee (Danville, Virginia) · 29 Nov 1932, Tue · Page 10

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Upchurch Building Stores (Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina)

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Upchurch Building Stores

In the background of this 1939 photograph is the Upchurch Building (just to the right of the tall Yanceyville Drug sign).

Not discernible in this low-resolution photograph is the window of the store that operated on the first floor of this building. The script is: "F. T. Whitfield." This is Franklin Thomas Whitfield (1894-1950). When F. T. Whitfield opened the store is not known. In the early 1940s he sold the business to Clyde Banks Rogers (1900-1980), discussed below.

However, there was an earlier store operating on the first floor of the Upchurch Building (east side of the Square in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina). This was Dodson & Hunter.

This check, dated 12 December 1931, was signed by Norman S. Upchurch, son of the owner of the Upchurch Building, Ernest Frederick Upchurch (1877-1960). Ernest Frederick Upchurch, a lawyer by trade, moved to Yanceyville in 1906. Note: in today's dollars the check amount was $390 (quite a large sum in 1931). The purpose of the payment is not known. Also not known is when Ernest Frederick Upchurch built the Upchurch Building.

Little is known about the Dodson & Hunter business. The Dodson is Peter Tice Dodson (1856-1936). The Hunter is Thomas Parks Hunter (1894-1943).

When Dodson & Hunter sold the business is not known. However, as shown above, in 1939 the proprietor was W. T. Whitfield. And, this advertisement is from 1941. Thus, it was in or after 1941 that W. T. Whitfield sold to Clyde Banks Rogers.

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In this photograph, Clyde Banks Rogers and son are standing in front of his Yanceyville store: C. B. Rogers Genl. Mdse. (C. B. Rogers General Merchandise).

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(Left to Right): Clyde Banks Rogers, Franklin Thomas Whitfield (1894-1950), owner of a general store in Bushy Fork, Person County, N.C., his wife, Martha Susan Long Whitfield (1893-1974), and store clerk James Edward (Ed) Mise (1886-1946). Clyde Banks Rogers is related to the wife of Franklin Thomas Whitfield. She may have taken the photograph.

Clyde Banks Rogers (1900-1980) sold the store in 1973, retiring with his wife, Myrtle May Blalock Rogers (1906-1993), to Greensboro. The couple had four children: Curtis W. Rogers, Edith Ann Rogers, Carl Banks Rogers, and Richard Russell Rogers.

Photograph courtesy The Caswell Messenger and Curtis W. Rogers.

William Motley Parsons
To whom Clyde Banks Rogers sold his store in 1973 is not known. However, it appears that as of 1985 the owner of the store was William Motley Parsons (1945-2004). While this has not been confirmed with respect to any primary documents, it appears to be a reasonable assumption.

Store Chronology

Upchurch Building Constructed (probably 1920s)

1. Dodson & Hunter
2. F. T. Whitfield
3. C. B. Rogers
4. W. M. Parsons
5. Phillip Mabry Pawn Shop

United States Address Index
Name: Phillip Mabry
Residence Years: 2000-2002
Address: 168 Court Sq
Residence Place: Yanceyville, North Carolina, USA
Zip Code: 27379
Phone Number: 336-694-1291

Monday, November 18, 2019

Bartlett Yancey Elementary School: Mary Jane Jones Class 1948

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Bartlett Yancey Elementary School
Yanceyville, North Carolina
Miss Mary Jane Jones Class
May 1948

Left-to-Right (from bottom)

First Row
William Wallace Fitch
John Bradner
Norcott Pemberton
Frank Williams
Priscilla Barts
Joyce Jordan
Frances Mae Slade
Sandra Aldridge
Nina Lea McNary
James (Jimmy) Dailey

Second Row
Bill___ _____
Betty Guthrie
Bobby Day
Marshall Williams
Billy Smith
John Paschal
Nancy Gunn
Mary Ann Fuller
Jerry Cook
Nancy Page

Third Row
Ann Fuquay
Kenneth Rowland
Tommy Hodges
Carl Rogers
James Smith
Miss Mary Jane Jones
Faye Watkins
Edwin Thompson
Thomas Ford
Nancy Whitlow

Photograph courtesy Carl Paschal

Pearson Chapel AME Church (Yanceyville, Caswell County, NC)

The Pearson Chapel AME Church is on Highway 62S in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina.

A quick look at the Pearson Chapel AME Church cemetery entries on Find A Grave showed the earliest grave marker dated 1913. Of course this may not be a complete survey, and markers with an earlier date may exist.

What is the genesis of the name: Pearson Chapel. Who was Pearson? Who owned the land on which the church stands? Who were the ministers over the years? Much of the land in the area was owned by Sally Womack Wiggins.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Williamson Family of Yanceyville, Caswell County, NC

Williamson Family

Family of Reverend David Williamson (1875-1936) and Emma Rascoe Williamson (1881-1953). Below is a list of all known children. This family is closely connected to the Pearson Chapel AME Church in Yanceyville. Additions and corrections are welcome.

1. Calvin Williamson (1900-1987) m. Lelia Bolden (1896-1965)
2. John Adams Williamson (1900-1978) m. Beulah Miller (1902-1944)
3. Maria Louise Williamson (1902-1986) m. Tommie Hill (1896-1969)
4. Walter Williamson (1904-1980) m. Eleanor Lea (1908-1997)
5. Lottie Lavinia Williamson (1907-1949) m. John Albert Yancey (1900-1941)

6. Elbert Chesley Williamson (1907-1962) m. Virginia Bowe (1912-1994)
7. Ira Williamson (1909-1980) m. Leroy Graves (1906-1997)
8. Joseph Rascoe Williamson (1911-1953) m. Annie Theora Bigelow (1916-1982)
9. Edna Williamson (1913-2012) m. Charles Henry Couch (1893-2012)
10. Elvira Williamson (1914-1916) [died young]

11. David Williamson, Jr. (1917-2017) m. Pearl Williamson (1913-2007)
12. James Williamson (1919-1980) m. Nellie Johnson (1923-2014)
13. Janie Williamson (1919-1999) m. Morris Lloyd Richmond (1917-1972)
14. Stroud Calvin Williamson (1921-1983) [apparently never married]
15. Yancey Williamson (1924-2010) m. Doris Olean Graves (1927-2018)


Joseph Rascoe Williamson (1911-1953)

David Williamson, Jr. (1917-2017)

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Paving Road Between Yanceyville and Roxboro

The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 29 Nov 1932, Tuesday, Page 10.

This Highway No. 48 eventually became U.S. Highway 158.

Alice Finley Johnston Henderson (1852-1932)

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Henderson -- Died, Mrs. Archibald E. Henderson at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. C. Nevitt, 257 28th Street [Atlanta]. Besides her daughter, she is survived by two sons, Mr. W. F. Henderson, Mebane, N.C., and Mr. T. J. Henderson, Yanceyville. N.C. The remains will be take to Yanceyville, N.C., this (Thursday) afternoon, January 7, 1932, for services and interment. H. M. Patterson & Son.

Source: The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia), 7 January 1932, Thursday, Page 18.

People Mentioned

1. Mrs. Archibald E. Henderson is Alice Finley Johnston (1852-1932) who in 1879 married Yanceyville lawyer Archibald Erskine Henderson (1843-1918). She is a daughter of Thomas Donoho Johnston (1800-1883) and Adaline Hannah Williamson (1820-1885). As a child she lived in "Clarendon Hall" in Yanceyville, North Carolina.

2. Mrs. D. C. Nevitt is Rebecca Lea Henderson (1885-1969) who in 1908 married Doddridge Chichester Nevitt (1876-1942). She was a founding member of the Caswell County Chapter #1152 United Daughters of the Confederacy.

3. W. F. Henderson is William Farrar (Will) Henderson (1880-1974). He never married, eventually lived in Yanceyville, was a "tobacco buyer," and had substantial agricultural lands in Caswell County.

4. T. J. Henderson is Thomas Johnston (Tom) Henderson (1883-1959) who was twice married: (1) 1912 to Alice Cleveland Slade (1884-1928); and (2) 1929 to Annie Bethel Chandler (1895-1970). Tom Henderson was a Yanceyville newspaper owner (The Sentinel), author, insurance agent, and a Republican in a heavily Democratic county.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Richardson's Barber Shop (Yanceyville, NC)

Courtesy Jerry Parks Cooper
Richardson's Barber Shop Observes 25th Anniversary

Howard Richardson, local barber, is observing his 25th business anniversary here this week. He came to Yanceyville on March 4, 1931, from southern Alamance near Saxapahaw and started in the barber business. His business establishment was burned out on January 6, 1932, and he moved to the Hooper Building on January 28, 1932, and resumed his business. He purchased his present building and moved in on March 1, 1938.

Howard, as he is known to his friends far and wide, has some interesting statistics about his 25 years here as a barber. He has spent during that period 103,520 hours at his trade and has never been away from his business more than four days at a time. To the little folk who have come for barber work, he has given 6,000 of chewing gum and 17,900 candy suckers.

Howard's hobbies includes farming, fishing and publishing advertising quips which have a wide reader audience.

Source: The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina), March 1956. Clipping courtesy Jerry Parks Cooper.

Friday, November 08, 2019

U. S. Army Hospital Ships

U. S. Army Hospital Ships, 1 November 1944

Much of the therapeutic value of the homeward passage lies in the abrupt change from front-line hardship to the comparative luxury of the Army hospital ship. Clean beds, good food, the quiet comfort of an ocean voyage where every need is met, all this must be heaven to the returning soldier after long months in combat.

Once the patient is on board his spirits are never allowed to flag. A public address system carries the latest song hits through loudspeakers into every ward. All ships have musical instruments on hand, and on practically every voyage the ambulant patients stage their own amateur hour. The MARIGOLD boasts her own volunteer band with a crooner and with its own arrangements of everything from "boogie-woogie" to the ranking favorite overseas, the story of "Lili Marlene."

A ship's newspaper helps keep the patients both informed and entertained. The ACADIA, for example, publishes the "Fore and Aft," the LARKSPUR, the "News Buoy," and the WISTERIA, the "Salt Shaker." Issued in mimeographed form, such publications contain the latest news briefs, poems and stories contributed by patients, Army cartoons, and informational material on the hospital facilities at Charleston.

A Red Cross worker circulating through the wards lends a kindly hand, gives instruction in handicraft, and supplies reading matter from the ship's library. The Red Cross representative also provides recreational material, hometown newspapers and musical instruments, together with such necessities as combs, toothbrushes, shaving cream, and razor blades. Games, quiz programs, and similar entertainment serve to while away the hours at sea. The religious element is not forgotten. Protestant and Catholic Chaplains minister to the members of their respective faiths and aot as special service officers.

Larson, Harold. "Army Hospital Ships in World War II." Office of the Chief of Transportation, Army Service Forces, December 1944.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Sophia Ann Lea (1822-1899): Parents

Sophia Ann Lea (1822-1899)

Who are the parents of Sophia Ann Lea (1822-1899)? She was the person whose grave marker was "modified" to show a different birth year. See the post on the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page that shows the grave marker before and after it was butchered.

Many with family trees on show Sophia Ann Lea as a daughter of Reverend Solomon Lea (1807-1897) and Sophia Ainger Lea (1810-1866). This appears unlikely as Solomon Lea and Sophia Ainger were not married until 1837. Moreover, as of 1822 (birth year of Sophia Ann Lea), Lea and Ainger had not met. It was over ten years later when Lea and Ainger met in Warren County, North Carolina. Their first child was born September 10, 1838 (Anness Sophia Lea). This information comes from primary-source public records and the memoirs of a known daughter of Solomon Lea and Sophia Ainger Lea: Wilhelmina Lea (1843-1936). Note that Wilhelmina Lea was alive during many of the years relevant to this inquiry. Presumably, she knew the identify of her siblings. See the notes at the end of this article.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

H. D. Foushee Property Division Survey: Person County, NC 1933

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H. D. Foushee
Nick Frederick
W. R. Blalock
J. D. Winstead
George Harris
B_____ Satterfield
_ R. Cates

1. H. D. Foushee is Haywood D'Arcy Foushee (1843-1918)
2. Nick Frederick is John Nicholas Frederick (1887-1955)
3. W. R. Blalock is Wayne Ruffin Blalock (1853-1938)
4. J. D. Winstead is John Daniel Winstead (1867-1959)
5. George Harris is George Edward Harris (1867-1945)
6. B______ Satterfield: unidentified
7. _ R. Cates: unidentified

Ghost Story: Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina

Leasburg Ghost Story

Mary D. Moore Whitlow, widow of Solomon Whitlow, Jr., breathed her last on January 29, 1891 She was 81 years old. Before her death she had expressed a desire to be buried in the yard of her home rather than in the Leasburg Community Cemetery. Until her death she resided with her three unmarried children, Susan 54, "Boy" 51, and "Pink" 41. Perhaps they felt that since this would be the only grave at the Whitlow home that it might not receive proper care after their deaths. Whatever their reason, they did not respect her wishes and buried her in the cemetery at Leasburg.

Shortly after her interment she began to publicly declare her dissatisfaction with her resting place. A light, said to be the size of a saucer, would rise from the cemetery at twilight and travel south. Sometimes bobbing and sometimes stopping to rest. It would roam around the Sugar Hill area. Once it frightened George Thompson's cook by sitting on the gate post at the Thompson house. After a time the light would turn to the northwest, traveling across Leasburg. it would turn down the road that ran beside the S. P. Newman house and then cross the woods to the Whitlow house.

Caswell County Meteorite

Caswell Meteorite

Locality— Caswell County

This stone fell at 2 p. m. on 30th January, 1810. It was  described by Bishop Madison (of Williamsburg, Virginia) as resembling other meteoric stones, especially the one which fell at Weston, Connecticut, in 1807. It was not only attracted by the magnet, but was itself magnetic. Whether the stone is still preserved anywhere and who possesses it is as little known as anything further with regard to its characteristics.

Literature—'Gilb. Ann., 41, 1812, 449; Chladin, 291; Buchner, 27; Kerr App., 56; Min. and Min. Loc., p.13.

So far as can be learned, twenty-three meteorites have been  reported as found in North Carolina. Facts with regard to these  have been collected under many disadvantages and with great difficulty. A complete list of references in scientific literature has proved an impossibility; still a great many such references  are given. It is also impracticable now to trace all of the possessors of portions of these meteorites. They have been divided often into many pieces, and widely scattered. Only occasional clues to their whereabouts can be gotten at the present time. One fact is made apparent, and that is, that nearly all have passed out of the State, not even fragments being preserved here.

It will be noticed that, with the exception of one from Nash County, all of the reported meteorites have come from Western  North Carolina. That many of these came to the light at all  has been due to the intelligent energy of General T. L. Clingman, to whom the State owes so much already for bringing to notice her minerals and other possessions.

It has been thought best to include in this list all reported falls and finds. In the case of all proved to be non-meteoric, or  about which doubt exists, note is made under the proper heading. If these doubtful ones be eliminated, as well as those not belonging properly to the State, the number is reduced to about twenty. There is doubt, however, whether the number should  be as great even as this, as there is cause for thinking the Madison County, and, perhaps, some of the Buncombe county finds  may belong to the same fall. Still the number is large when we bear ia mind the comparatively small number of recorded meteorites for the whole earth. Huntington in his catalogue (1887) places the number at 424.

Source: Venable, F. P. "A List and Description of the Meteorites of North Carolina." Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society, Vol. 7, No. 1 (January-June 1890), p. 41.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Hyco School (Caswell County, North Carolina)

Lauren Graves LaDota:

My Mother, Queen Esther Swann Graves went to that school  [Hyco Colored School" -- Corbett Ridge Road, Caswell County, North Carolina] before going to Caswell County Training School. Her teacher there was Ms Agnes McRay; who was my 5th grade teacher at Stoney Creek Elem School...she was then Ms Agnes Browning. Mrs Bean was the supervisor during her Hyco years, called her one of the best teachers in Caswell County.

Source: Lauren Graves LaDota 3 November 2019 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Nethery/Poteat's Store (Caswell County, North Carolina)

Nethery/Poteat's Store

Location: intersection of Park Springs Road and Wildwood Lake Road in Caswell County, North Carolina.

"Lillian Nethery my grandma and her husband Wilson Nethery ran store for years then my mama Jane Poteat and my daddy Wade Poteat. My brother ran it for many years after my daddy passed away. The store was closed in 2000."

Source: Stacey Poteat Hamlett 1 November 2019 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.

 Earlier the store was known as:

E. W. Nethery General Merchandise

"Back in the day it was Netherys store owned by Wilson and Lillian Nethery, my great aunt and uncle. Later it became Poteats store owned by her daughter Jane Poteat and her husband, Wade. The last to operate it was Tommy Poteat, Jane’s son."

Source: Brenda Pruitt 2 November 2019 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.