Saturday, June 27, 2020

State of Emergency: Caswell County and Town of Yanceyville


WHEREAS, current social unrest that was brought to our County and Town recently by individuals from outside the County and Town seeking to cause both political and social unrest in our communities; and

WHEREAS, as a result of the above-described disaster, I have determined  that there is an imminent threat of, or existing conditions have caused or will cause, widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property, and public safety authorities will be unable to maintain public order or afford adequate protection for lives or property; and

WHEREAS, declaring a State of Emergency and imposing the restrictions and prohibitions ordered herein is necessary to maintain order and protect public health, safety, and welfare, and to secure property.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in the Chair of the Board of Commissioners of Caswell County & the Mayor of the Town of Yanceyville under Article  IA of Chapter 166A of  the North Carolina General Statutes and The Caswell County Emergency Management Ordinance:

Section 1. A State of Emergency is hereby declared within the jurisdiction of Caswell County.

Section 2.  The emergency area covered by this state of emergency shall be the entire jurisdiction of the County which includes the Town of Yanceyville;

Section 3. The following restrictions and prohibitions are imposed:

Curfew: (As described in illustration attachment)

Effective immediately from 8:00pm until 6:00am daily rescinded July 9th at 12:00pm.

Section 4. I hereby order all Caswell County law enforcement officers and employees and all other emergency management Personnel subject to our control to cooperate in the enforcement and implementation of the provisions of this Declaration, all applicable local ordinances, state and federal laws, and the Caswell County Emergency Operations Plan.

Section 5. I hereby order this declaration: (a) to be distributed to the news media and other organizations calculated  to bring its contents to the attention of the general public; (b) to be filed with Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners and the Clerk to the Yanceyville Town Council; and (c) to be distributed  to others as necessary to ensure proper implementation of this declaration.

Section 6. This declaration shall take effect on 6/26/2020 at 5:00 pm and shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded.

DECLARED this the 26th day of June, 2020) at 5:00pm.

Rick McVey
Chair, Caswell County Board of Commissioners

Bryan Miller, County Manager

Alvin Foster
Mayor, Town of Yanceyville

Brian Collie, Town Manager

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Bedford Brown Envelope

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Envelope Addressed to Bedford Brown (1795-1870)

Honorable Bedford Brown
Locust Hill P.O.
Caswell County
North Carolina

Bedford Brown (1795-1870): Not one North Carolinian in a thousand, perhaps, can identify Bedford Brown, though he was one of the most widely known Southern politicians of his day. It remained for Caswell County's Dr. H. G. Jones, North Carolina Archivist, to rescue Brown from oblivion through a thorough monograph of the "state's rights unionist." Brown, a well-to-do planter, was twelve times elected to the legislature, twice to the U. S. Senate, and served in other public posts. He was a friend of the Democratic leaders of his day, including Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan.

The distinctive feature of his life, however, was his strenuous and unsuccessful efforts to preserve both states' rights and the union. Of the influential men of his time, he was one of the few who risked his political future by advising a course so repugnant to partisans in the ante-bellum crises. There was little room left for a man like Brown in those days, and his greatness lies not in what he accomplished, but in a philosophy that time may yet prove pointed to the only way out.

Those interested in an account of this neglected Tar Heel are directed to Jones, Houston G. Bedford Brown: State Rights Unionist. Carrollton, Georgia: West Georgia College, 1955.

Source: A New Geography of North Carolina, Volume IV, Bill Sharpe (1965).

Monday, June 08, 2020

1850 Milton, NC, Red Circular Date Stamp

1850 stampless folded letter from Milton, NC, to Rockingham, NC.  Red circular date stamp and 10 rate handstamp; docketing at left; short business content.

James Peterson Revolutionary War Pension Application Record

James Peterson (c.1758-1838)

County of Caswell & State of North Carolina

On __ day of July 1830 Personally appeared in the County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for the County of Caswell the same being a Court of Record expressly so constituted by an act of the General Assembly passed in the year 1777 and possessing all the attributes belonging to such court in & for the County aforesaid James Peterson a resident in said County aged about seventy-two years who being first duly sworn on the Holy Gospel of God doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the Acts of Congress of the 18th March 1818 and the 1st of May 1820.

That the said James Peterson enlisted for the term of 2 years & 6 months on or about the first of March 1776 in the County of Caswell [sic, then Orange County] & State of North Carolina, the company commanded by Captain Archibald Lytle in the Regiment commanded by Colonel __ Taylor in the Line of North Carolina on Continental establishment. That he continued to serve in the said Corps until about the month of September 1778 when he was discharged from the service at Wilmington in the State of North Carolina.

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Caswell County Veterans Memorial (Yanceyville, NC)

Caswell County Veterans Memorial

The following appeared in a recent issue of The Caswell Messenger. It is a list of the names to be "etched" on the Caswell County Veterans Memorial. Send comments to Fred Smith: (336) 514-1521.

World War I Killed in Action

Neal, Algernon Sidney
Simpson, Ed
Smith, Gurney Matthew
Warren George Thomas

Died Non-Battle

Brooks, Benjamin Franklin
Evans, John
Fuller, Byrd Edward
Jeffreys, Moses
Lea, John Junius
Lea, Ruffin
Pattillo, Roy Annison
Phelps, Tom Abner
Warren, William Earnest

World War II Killed in Action

Bowes, Robert Henry
Bradner, Claude
Bradsher, James Franklin
Cobb, Wesley Lindsey
Dabbs, Julius Lemuel
Dabbs, Lawrence Ralston
Farrar, Ethen Allen
Farrar, James Alfred
Fowlkes, Jr., Charlie Jennings
Garrett, Elmo Love
George, Marshall Lee
Harris, Baine
Hooper, Dewey Glenn
Jones, Cecil Owen
Jordan, Perry Robert
Lea, Jr., William Thomas
Loftis, Bryant Monroe
McMillan, John Clarence
Moore, George Herman
Pointer, James Cecil
Shotwell, William Bradsher
Swanson, James Warren
Ware, Ralph David
Warren, Ray Denny
Wilkins, Owen Mitchell
Wilson, Jr., George William
Wrenn, Joseph Earl

Vietnam War Killed in Action

Mitchell, Ralph
Richards, James Michael
Wade, Kenneth Earl
Webster, John Thomas

Died Non-Battle

Blackwell, John Willie
Snipes, Billy Lee

Korean War Killed in Action

Ford, Alvis Layton
Moore, Benny Allen
Owen, Claud

War on Terror - Afghanistan

Killed in Action

Richmond, Colby Lee

Lost at Sea

Johnston, Julius III

Prisoners of War

Brandon, Dudley Wilson
Gregory, Paul Allen
Grubbs, Joseph Elliot
Harrelson, Jr., James Basley
Payne, Ralph Leon
Whitlow, Evelyn Barbara
Yeatts, Leslie Clarence

Died Non-Battle

Gammons, Levi Drewey
Harrison, John Edwin
Holley, Earlie Clement
Matkins, John Norris
Neal, Henry Thomas
Robertson, Johnnie Wesley
Smith, Walter Lee
Stephens, Ivory Lee
Travis, John Wesley
Turner, Walter Edward

Photograph: Monument on the Square (Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina)

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Aquilla Wilson Day: 1830 NC Statute

North Carolina General Assembly

An Act to authorise Aquilla Day, otherwise called Aquilla Wilson, a free person of colour to reside in this State. 1830-1831 79 (1830).

A Bill to Authorize Aquilla Day, A Free Person of Color to Reside in This State After Her Marriage to Thomas Day, the Furniture Maker from Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina, 23 December 1831. Location: North Carolina State Archives.

Petition 11283003 Details
Location: Caswell, North Carolina
Salutation: To the Honourable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Court and Date: Legislative, 1830-December-1
Ending Court and Date: Legislative, 1830-December-30
General Petition Information

Abstract: Sixty-eight citizens of the town of Milton ask that Aquilla Wilson, a free woman of color of Halifax, Virginia, be exempted from an 1826 North Carolina law "entitled 'An act to prevent free persons of Colour from migrating into this state, for the good government of such persons resident in the State, and for other purposes.'" They state that Aquilla married Thomas Day, a free man of color whom they describe as a "Cabinet maker by trade, a first rate workman, a remarkably sober, steady and industrious man--, a highminded, good and valuable Citizen." They therefore pray that an act be passed "giving said Aquilla, the priviledge of migrating to this state." In his affidavit, R. M. Saunders avers that said Day is "of very fair character -- an excellent mechanic, industrious, honest and sober in his habits and in the event of any disturbance amongst the blacks I should rely with confidence upon a disclosure from him as he is the owner of Slaves as well as of real estate."
Result: granted