The obituary of Martha Black.

Wilson Daily Times, 21 May 1932.

Martha Black‘s brief obituary noted her “unusual” intelligence and her service to the family of Dr. James R. Edmundson, a dentist who lived at 801 West Nash Street.


In the 1910 census of Red Springs township, Robeson County, N.C.: Ode Melvin, 26; wife Florince, 21; daughters Martha, 2, and Lula, 1; and boarder Georganna Davis, 24.

In the 1910 census of Red Springs township, Robeson County, N.C.: Dave Melvin, 64; wife Martha, 47; granddaughters Martha, 12, and Lula, 11; and lodgers Emma McKellar, 35, Jim Rogers, 18, and John Paterson, 38.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Vick Street, oil mill laborer Grover Black, 28; wife Martha, 32, laundress; and daughter Pauline, 3.

In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Black Grover (c; Martha) lab h 801 Robeson

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 801 Roberson Street, rented for $16/month, ice cream plant fireman Grover Black, 39; wife Martha, 32, cook; and children Pauline, 12, Harry, 9, and Grover Jr., 8 months.

Martha Black died 19 May 1932. Per her death certificate, she was 36 years old; was born in Robeson County, N.C., to Odd Melvin and Florence Black; lived at 801 Robeson Street, Wilson; was employed as a cook; and was married to Grover Black.

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

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