State vs. Gertrude Atkinson.

In February 1912, Gertrude Atkinson was charged with retailing spiritous liquor. Three people, including my cousin Jesse “Jack” Henderson, testified that they had seen Atkinson sell liquor.

  • Gertrude Atkinson — in the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Gertrude Atkinson, 19, wash woman.
  • Jack Henderson
  • Hattie “Babe” Hales — Hattie Stone died 5 August 1928 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 38 years old; was born in Wayne County, N.C., to Jesse Hales of Halifax County, N.C., and Laura Proctor of Edgecombe County, N.C.; was married to Percy Stone; lived at 412 Suggs Street; and worked as a tobacco factory day laborer.
  • Rachel Johnson — on 1 March 1925, Rachel Johnson, 45, of Wilson, married William Dixon, 50, of Wilson, in Wilson. Andrew Townsend applied for the license, and Baptist minister B.F. Jordan performed the ceremony in the presence of A.N. Neal, Maggie Oates, and Henry Lucas.

Criminal Action Papers, 1912, Wilson County Records, North Carolina State Archives.

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