Wootten & Stevens, pt. 4.

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. The result, Funeral Register of Wootten and Stevens, Undertakers of Wilson, North Carolina, November 18, 1896-June 27, 1899 is an unpublished manuscript held at Wilson County Public Library. This post is the fourth in a series abstracting the abstract for entries naming African-Americans.

  • Cooper, Rachel. Wilson. Colored. Died 7 August 1898, age 65 years, of old age. Length 6′. Cost $2.25. Billed to County Commissioners. Burial in Green Lassiter cemetery. (Page 297)
  • Craig, ______. Little Richmond. Colored. Died 20 December 1896. Length 5’9″. Buried at colored cemetery. Attended by Dr. Albert Anderson. Cost $20. “Was shot on Sunday night said to be by negro Albert Tucker.” (Page 11)
  • Crosland, Mabel. Wilson. Colored. Died 8 January 1897, age 4 years 10 months, of accidental burns. Attended by Dr. Albert Anderson. Length 4′. Buried colored cemetery. Cost $8. Paid by Joseph S. Jackson. (Page 18)
  • Darden, Olive Oleta. Wilson. Colored. Died 6 April 1898, age 5 months 11 days, of bronchitis. Attended by Dr. Williams. Daughter of Charlie and Diana Darden. Length 2’6″. Cost $8. Funeral and burial at Oak Dale cemetery. (Page 228)
  • Deans, Barney. Near Wilson. Colored. Died 8 February 1898, of dropsy. Certified by Bob Paschall. Length 5’9″. Cost $4.50. Billed to J.C. Hadley & Co. (Page 206)
  • Dew, Edith. Taylor’s township. Colored. Died 10 October 1897, of consumption, age 30 years. Daughter of Viah Dew. Length 5’9″. Billed to Wiley Dew. Buried in Bat Thompson cemetery. (Page 147)
  • Dew, Oscar Cornelius. Lucama. Colored. Died 18 October 1898, age 10 1/2 months. Cost $2.75. Billed to C.D. Dew. Burial in W.H. Lamm cemetery. (Page 361)
  • Ellis, _____. Near Wilson. Colored. Died 7 February 1898, aged 21 days. Great-grandchild of Hilyard Ellis. Length 2′. Cost $3. (Page 205)
  • Ellis, Warren. Nash County. Colored. Died 25 October 1898, age 25 years, of yellow chill. Son of Hilliard Ellis. Attended by Drs. Brantley and Williams. Length 5’9″. Cost $15. Funeral in Baptist Church [probably Ellis Chapel]. Burial in old homestead cemetery. (Page  363)
  • Farmer, _____. Near Wilson. Colored. Died 24 April 1897, of a cold. Age 9 months. Length 2’4″. Cost $1.25. Billed to Charles Hagan. Buried in James Woodard cemetery. (Page 63)
  • Farmer, _____. Wilson. Colored. Died 14 January 1899, of croup. Age 3 months. Length 2’6″. Cost $5. Billed to John Wash Farmer. Buried in Oakdale cemetery. (Page 406)
  • Farmer, Hattie. Wilson. Colored. Died 9 March 1899, age 22 years, of pneumonia. Attended by Dr. Albert Anderson. Length 5’9″. Cost $8. Buried at Nashville, N.C. (Page 433)
  • Flora, Mourning. Wilson. Colored. Died 6 June 1899, age 9 months. Length 3′. Cost $3. Billed to W.H. Farmer. (Page 481)
  • Forsythe, Anna. Cross Roads Township. Colored. Died 7 September 1898, age 22 years. Attended by Dr. Hoover. Length 5’9″. Cost $15. Buried in Cross Roads township. (Page 323)
  • Fort, Prony. Near Wilson. Colored. Died 13 January 1899, age 65 years. Attended by Dr. W.S. Anderson. Length 5’9″. Cost $10. Billed to Calvin Fort through Bun Barefoot. Buried in Wayne County. (Page 405)
  • Freeman, James. Wilson. Colored. Died 21 May 1899, age 29 years 2 months 10 days, of consumption. Length 6′. Cost $10. Billed to Annie Tisdale. Buried in colored cemetery. (Page 469)
  • Gaffney, Andrew. Wilson. Colored. Died 6 January 1898. Length 6′. Cost $10. Billed to brother William Gotny [Gaffney]. Buried in colored cemetery.
  • Gay, Adaline. Near Wilson. Colored. Died 20 July 1897, of whooping cough and fever. Length 4′. Cost $3.25. Billed to Stephen Morriss. Funeral at Ellis Chapel. Burial in F.W. Barnes (Moore) cemetery. (Page 105)
  • Green, Della. Wilson Jail. Colored. Died 28 March 1899, age 33 years. “Died in Jail charged with infanticide.” Length 5’9″. Cost $2.25. Billed to County Commissioners. Burial in Poor House cemetery.

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