1. What a new treat for me to locate these pages. I am the grandson of Walter Hines of Wilson (barber at Briggs Hotel). I remember Reggie Henderson quite well from the 50’s (I’m age 72). I just found out from you that my great-great granddad founded Wilson !!! I have some items and pictures of interest about my family and I have about 50 pics and articles about the original Links, Inc., Wilson, Rocky Mount, Tarboro Chapter. I think it was the 4th Links chapter. I’d love to share whatever might be of interest to your blogs. It would be a treat to hear from anyone about this.


    1. Wow, wow, wow! What a pleasure to hear from you, Edwin. I’m so glad you found my blog. I’m Rederick Henderson’s elder daughter. I’d love to feature the photos and items you mentioned. Please contact me directly at lisayhenderson at gmail dot com. Looking forward to hearing from you!


  2. Words cannot begin to express just how much I love your blog. My history via my mother are deeply rooted in Wilson, NC! As a matter of fact, our family reunion will be in Wilson this year. I am great great daughter of Gillis and Mary Stephens/Stevens (the spelling of the last name changed between 1900 and 1910). I am also the great great great Elbest Kent and the granddaughter of his great grandson Joe Kent, Jr.


  3. Thanks so much for doing all of the heavy research Lisa. I’m a History buff and especially interested in Wilson’s African American History, which I know so little about. I believe Ms Christine Barnes Richie to be related on my paternal grandmother’s side of the family. My late paternal grandmother was named Margaret Hagans Powell. I haven’t had the opportunity to do any extensive research, but came across the names Hagar Hagans and James Hagans previously while trying to find connections to my paternal great grandfather Julius Hagans. I also saw your features on my second cousins, Vanilla Beane and Inez Dade. Thanks for helping me to connect the pieces of the puzzle.


    1. Thanks, Sharon! Always good to hear from someone with Wilson County roots. I’ve researched Julius Hagans’ family a bit to try to connect his father Richard to my Wayne County Haganses, but so far without success. I’ll keep an eye out for any Hagans material suitable for posting!


  4. I have been trying to find out about my great grandmother’s father Lemon Taborn, born 1834 in Wilson, North Carolina. He is listed as a Ward of the town of Wilson. According to the Us Cencus of 1860 he was 26 years old and his job was listed as a Barber. My confusion is how a black child in 1834 Wilson, Norrh Carolina was listed as a Ward of the town of Wilson and not a slave?!? Can you lend any insight into this question? An answer would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!


    1. I’ve done several posts about Lemon Taborn; hope you’ve seen them. Where do you see him listed as a “ward of the town”? Wilson was not founded until he was nearly an adult. Lemon was born free in Nash County to a free woman of color who was likely not married. He served as an apprentice until 21 and was one of a handful of free people who lived in the town of Wilson in the antebellum era. (I grew up with some of his descendants, by the way, descended via one of his sons.


  5. What a Wonderful Blog. I was surprised to see my Family History here. And my Great-Grandmother Margaret Hinnant. I remember Shade Drug Store, I think his Wife was my Third Grade Teacher.


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