Entries in the funeral register of Wootten & Stevens, undertakers.

Funeral Register of Wootten and Stevens, Undertakers of Wilson, North Carolina, November 18, 1896-June 27, 1899 is an unpublished manuscript held at Wilson County Public Library. In 1977, the late Hugh B. Johnston abstracted a newly discovered volume of the records of Wootten and Stevens, the earliest undertaking firm in Wilson County. This post is the first in a series, abstracting the abstract for entries naming African-Americans.

  • _____, Mourning. Near Wilson. Colored. Died 9 May 1899. Length of coffin 5’9″. Cost $10. Billed to W.H. Farmer. Burial in colored cemetery. (Page 458)
  • Anderson, _____. Near Cockrell’s Bridge. Colored. Died 7 November 1897, aged 15 months. Length 2’9″. Child of Alford Anderson. (Page 157)
  • Anderson, Alford. Nash County. Colored. Died 12 November 1897, aged 1 year 8 months. Length 2’6″. Burial at Cockrell’s Bridge. (Page 163)
  • Anderson, Harry. Stantonsburg township. Colored. Died 3 February 1897, aged 70, of paralysis. Length 5’9′. Attended by Dr. Crocker. Funeral at grave on Dr. Nathan Anderson’s place. Cost $10. Billed to Chester Jordan. (Page 30)
  • Austin, _____. Black Creek, Colored. Died 20 November 1898, aged 35 years, of “womb trouble.” Length 5’6″. Wife of Sandy Austin near Black Creek. Cost $5. Attended by Dr. Hoover. Burial in John P. Barden cemetery. Billed to L.P. Woodard. (Page 378).
  • Bagley, Mattie. Near Wilson. Colored. Died 2 May 1898, aged 16 years, of lung trouble. Attended by Dr. Williams. Burial in Hilliard Ellis cemetery. Billed to T.J. Hadley. (Page 242)
  • Barefoot, Easter. Near Wilson. Colored. Died 1 September 1897, aged 70 years. Length 5’9″. Burial in S[ilas]. Lasiter cemetery. Cost $2.50. Billed to Jacob Short. (Page 125)
  • Barham, Hattie. Wilson. Colored. Died 30 April 1898, aged 22 years, of consumption. Length 5’9″. Wife of Alex Barham. Cost $15. Billed to J.T. Williams and R.J. Grantham. Church funeral and burial at Oak Dale cemetery. (Page 241)
  • Barnes, _____. Near Wilson. Colored. Died 2 April 1898 of internal hemorrhage. Length 5’9″. Wife of Lemon Barnes. Attended by Drs. C.E. Moore and Albert Anderson. Cost $10. Billed to F.W. Barnes. Burial at Edwin Moore place. (Page 222)
  • Barnes, Aima. Wilson township. Colored. Died 6 May 1898, of old age. Aged 95. Length 5’9″. Cost $10. Billed to G.C. Wills. Attended by Dr. E.G. Moore. Burial in old homestead cemetery. (Page 244)
  • Barnes, Claudie. Wilson township. Colored. Died 17 June 1898, aged 12 months. Length 2’6″. Cost $4. Billed to W.T. Farmer. Burial in the Forbes cemetery. “Lived on the old R.S. Kingsmore place.” (Page 276)


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