The obituary of Turner Stokes, carpenter.

Wilson Daily Times, 30 June 1950.


In the 1880 census of Jackson township, Nash County: farmer Simon Morgan, 62; wife Moriah, 41; and children Glindora, 14, Charles, 9, Turner, 8, Isadora, 7, and David, 5. [Mariah’s maiden name was Stokes, and at least two of her children with Simon Morgan — Turner and John — used her name as adults.]

In the 1908 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Stokes Turner (c) lab h 535 E Nash

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Nash Street, carpenter Turner Stokes, 41, and wife Nellie, 45, restaurant cook.

On 26 November 1916, Turner Stokes, 46, of Wilson, son of Simon and Mariah Stokes, married Nora Peacock, 35, daughter of Martha Haskins, at Mrs. Peacock’s. Missionary Baptist minister N.H. Arrington performed the ceremony in the presence of Johnny Bess, 

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 535 Nash Street, Turner Stokes, 50, carpenter; wife Morah, 39; mother-in-law Martha Pitt, 83; and boarders Isac Shade, 44, drugstore manager; wife Estella, 38; and children Kenneth, 13, and Sarah, 9. 

Nora Stokes died 26 December 1927 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 16 May 1882 in Wilson County to Martha Ann Haskins; was married to Turner Stokes; and lived at 530 East Nash.

On 3 June 1928, Turner Stokes, 57, of Wilson, son of Simon and Mariah Stokes, married Mattie Hinnant, 40, daughter of John and Margaret Renfrow, in Wilson. Missionary Baptist minister Charles T. Jones performed the ceremony in the presence of W.L. Jones, Martha Jones, and Alice Swinson.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 530 East Nash Street, Turner Stokes, 60, building carpenter; wife Mattie, 38, laundress; and roomers Mary Barnes, 16, and Lillian Dedman, 17.

On 3 October 1937, Turner Stokes, 65, married Maggie Parker, 60, in Wilson County.

In the 1941 Wilson, N.C, city directory: Stokes Turner (c; Maggie) carpenter h 104 Ashe.

In the 1950 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 104 Ash Street, Maggie Stokes, 60; husband Turner, 82; daughter Jennie Curbo, 32, city elementary school teacher; grandsons Carlisle, 15, and James Parker, 9; and lodger Audrey A. Ellis, 5.

Turner Stokes died 29 June 1950 at his home at 104 Ash Street, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born in 1868 in Nash County, N.C., to Simon Stokes and Mariah [maiden name unknown]; was married; worked as a carpenter; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery. Jennie Kerbo was informant. [Stokes may have been buried in Rountree Missionary Baptist’s cemetery proper, or may have been buried in nearby Vick Cemetery, which was colloquially referred to as Rountree.]

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