809 Black Creek Road.

The one hundred sixty-fourth in a series of posts highlighting buildings in East Wilson Historic District, a national historic district located in Wilson, North Carolina. As originally approved, the district encompasses 858 contributing buildings and two contributing structures in a historically African-American section of Wilson. (A significant number have since been lost.) The district was developed between about 1890 to 1940 and includes notable examples of Queen Anne, Bungalow/American Craftsman, and Shotgun-style architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

As described in the nomination form for the East Wilson Historic District, this building is: “ca. 1922; 1 story; triple-A cottage with locally rare double-pile plan and engaged porch; aluminum sided.”

The original address of this house was 807 Stantonsburg Street.

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Detail of 1922 Sanborn fire insurance map of Wilson showing 807 Stantonsburg Street in the block after the Colored Graded School. East Contentnea Street, at top right, is Cemetery Street. Argus Road no longer exists.

In the 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Bynum John (c) lab h 807 Stantonsburg

In the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Bynum Jno (c) lab h 807 Stantonsburg

In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Bynum Jno C (c; Estella) lab h 807 Stantonsburg

In the 1930 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Bynum John C (c; Estella) lab h 807 Stantonsburg

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 807 Stantonsburg Street, freight depot laborer John C. Bynum, 38, born in Mississippi; wife Estella, 37, stemmer; daughter Cora A., 10; and siblings Abraham, 36, tobacco factory laborer, Augusta, 24, servant, and James Bynum, 19, tobacco factory laborer.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: freight station laborer John Bynum, 48, born in Missouri [sic], and wife Estella, 46.

In the 1941 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Bynum John C (c; Estelle) lab ACLRR Co h 807 Stantonsburg

Estelle Bynum died 30 January 1944 at her home in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 3 October 1894 in Johnston County, N.C., to George Barnes and Cora Cook; was married to John Bynum; and lived at 807 Stantonsburg Street.

In the 1947 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Bynum Jno C (c; Beadie) lab ACL h 807 Stantonsburg

John Columbus Bynum died 30 October 1967 at his home at 807 Stantonsburg Street. Per his death certificate, he was born 30 June 1891 in Mississippi to Charles Bynum and Julia Ann Davis; was married to Beadie Bynum; and was a retired laborer for A.C.L.

Wilson Daily Times, 1 November 1967.

Photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, April 2022.

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