Author: Lisa Y. Henderson

History. Genealogy. Culture.

Rev. and Mrs. Hilliard welcomed to Saint John.

Wilson Daily Times, 19 January 1942.

William A. Hilliard’s World War II draft registration card, filed in Wilson County in 1942. Rev. Hilliard left Wilson in 1948 to assume the pastorate Saint Paul A.M.E. Zion Church.

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Bishop William Alexander Hilliard (1904-2008).

“Bishop William Alexander Hilliard, 103, retired bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, died March 13. He was reported to be the oldest living bishop in all of Methodism. The funeral was scheduled for March 22 at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Detroit. Born in 1904 in Greenville, Texas, and educated in Kansas City, Mo., Hilliard received his higher education at Western University and Wayne State University. He was married for 71 years to Edra Mae Hilliard, who died in 1998. Called to the ministry in 1922, Hilliard was ordained a deacon in 1924 and an elder in 1927. He was pastor at more than nine different churches before becoming pastor at St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Detroit. He was elected in 1960 as the 67th bishop in the AME Zion Church and retired from the episcopacy in 1980.” [Obituary unattributed, 21 March 2008]

Jet magazine, 20 October 1977.

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Studio shots, no. 191: Willie B. Hines.

Willie Benjamin Hines (1927-1990).

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In the 1930 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Turner Hines, 51; wife Eliza, 50; and children Beatrice, 17, Tommie, 15, Rosa, 13, Frances, 12, Creasy, 11, Turner Jr., 8, Daisy L., 6, Willie B., 4, and Fred D., 3.

In the 1940 census of Old Fields township, Wilson County: farmer Turner Hines, 62, and children Rosetta, 23, Francis, 22, Lucretia, 21, Turner J., 18, Daisey, 17, Willie B., 13, Fred, 11, Freeman, 8, Ederene, 6, and Thelma D., 4.

In 1945, Willie Benjamin Hines registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration, he was born 17 February 1927 in Wilson County; lived at Route 4, Box 184, Wilson; his contact was father Turner Hines, 1001 East Vance Street, Wilson; and he worked for [brother-in-law] George Powell, Route 4, Box 184.

Photo courtesy of Roger Barron.

Studio shots, no. 190: Izzie Mae Campbell Cowdery.

Gigi Best shared this photograph with the caption: “My mother, Izzie Mae Campbell, born 1927 in Stantonsburg, Black Creek, Wilson, NC, a descendant of the Bunch family, pic taken Circa 1949. Great granddaughter of Mack Bunch and Caroline Simms Bunch.”

Izzie Mae Campbell Cowdery (1927-2020).

Izzie Mae Campbell’s father Arthur Grice (1902-1944) was the son of Lonnie Grice and Fannie Bunch Grice, and grandson of Mack Bunch and Caroline Simms Bunch, who were married 8 August 1872 in Wilson County. Her mother Eldora Campbell (1907-1936) was the daughter of Lester Campbell and Pearlie Mae Brown Campbell.

Thank you!

The Scotts make good on a loan.

On 4 December 1916, Mary Jane Scott and her husband, John H. Scott, gave a mortgage on certain property to the trustees of the Great Union Holiness Convention of America, who had made a loan to the Scotts in the amount of $125.00. The Scotts paid off the loan on time in November 2018.

Deed book 110, page 46-47, Wilson County Register of Deeds Office.

Rev. John H. Scott was a Holiness preacher. He died in 1940 and is buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, as is his and Mary Jane Peacock Scott’s son, James Franklin Scott. Mary Jane Scott died in 1921 and may have been buried in Odd Fellows as well, but her headstone has not been located. 

The apprenticeship of Cora Joyner.

On 10 September 1902, a Wilson County Superior Court judge ordered 15 month-old Cora Joyner bound as an apprentice to Van Dawson until she reached 21 years of age. A note written at the top of the indenture stated the arrangement was “By consent and presence of Louiza Ann Joyner mother of the child Cora Joyner.”

  • Cora Joyner
  • Louisa Ann Joyner
  • Van Dawson

On 18 February 1897, Van Dawson, 21, married Annie Braswell, 27, at the bride’s residence in Wilson County.

In the 1900 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: day laborer Van Dawson, 23; wife Anne, 37; and niece Sally Armstrong, 17.

In the 1910 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: on Elm City Lane, lumber wagon teamster Van Dawson, 36; wife Annie, 42, laundress; and daughter Estell, 9.

In 1918, Van Dawson registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 2 March 1873; lived in Elm City, Wilson County; was a self-employed farmer; and his nearest relative was wife Annie Dawson. He signed his card with an X.

In the 1930 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: Joe Hagans, 29, mechanic at automobile shop; wife Estelle, 28; sons Joseph, 2, and William I., 1; and father-in-law Van Dawson, 55, farmer, widower.

On 2 September 1932, Van Dawson, 56, of Toisnot township, son of Sarah Dawson, married Jennie Batts, 30, of Toisnot township, daughter of Dennis and William Ann Batts, in Wilson.

In the 1940 census of the Town of Elm City, Toisnot township, Wilson County: on Cobb Avenue, Van Dawson, 67; wife Gennie, 34, cook; son Lee Roy, 8; daughter Sarrah, 7; and stepdaughter Anna Batts, 15.

Van Dawson died 24 December 1947 in Toisnot township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born 2 June 1874 in Wayne County, N.C., to Tank Ivory and Sarah Dawson; was married to Jennie Dawson; lived in Elm City, Wilson County; and worked as a farmer.

United States Indenture and Manumission Records, 1780-1939, database at https://familysearch.org.

Snaps, no. 94: Isaac and Dorsey Ann Farmer Bynum.

Isaac and Dorsey Ann Farmer Bynum.

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In the 1900 census of Saratoga township, Wilson County: farmer Gray Bynum, 41; wife Hagar, 41; and children Rose, 18, John, 17, Martha, 9, Gray, 7, and Isaac, 12.

In the 1900 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Green Farmer, 40; wife Jennie, 33; and children Jeneva, 14, Mammie L., 9, Hattie M., 8, Annie D., 6, John G., 4, Ella E., 2, and Jona, 6 months.

In the 1910 census of Saratoga township, Wilson County: farmer Gray Bynum, 52; wife Hagar, 54; and children Jonas, 19, and Isaac, 16.

In the 1910 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Green Farmer, 50, widower, and children Jennie, 24, Mamie, 18, Hattie, 16, Doracy, 15, John, 13, Jonah, 10, Ambrose, 6, and Nunnie, 4.

On 6 December 1911, Isaac Bynum, 19, of Saratoga township, son of Grey and Haga Bynum, married Dorsey Farmer, 18, of Gardners township, daughter of Green Farmer,  in Gardners township.

In 1917, Isaac Bynum registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born 31 May 1882 in Wilson County; lived in Stantonsburg; farmed for Jack Watson; and had a wife and four children. He signed his card in a clear, strong hand.

In the 1920 census of Saratoga township, Wilson County: farmer Isaac Bynum, 28; wife Dorsey, 27; and children Martha, 7, Mamie, 6, Daisye, 6, Hagar, 3, and Mary, 1.

In the 1930 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: farmer Isaac Bynum, 36; wife Dorsey, 36; and children Martha, 17, Mammie, 16, Daisy, 15, Hagar, 13, Mary, 11, William, 8, Essie M., 6, Hula G., 4, and Mavis G., 1.

In the 1940 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: farm operator Isaac Bynum, 48; wife Dossie Ann, 45; children William G., 17, Essie Mae, 16, Hulda Gray, 14, Mavis Green, 11; and grandsons Ernest Burner Farmer, 5, and Dorsey E. Blackstone, 3.

Dossie Ann Farmer Bynum died 28 August 1967 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 4 November 1895 in Wilson County to Greene Farmer and Jennie Farmer; and was married to Isaac Bynum.

Isaac Bynum died 6 January 1986 in Newport News, Virginia. Per his death certificate, he was born 31 May 1893 in North Carolina to Gray Bynum and Haggar Anderson; lived in Hampton, Virginia; was the widower of Dossie A. Bynum; and was retired. Informant was daughter Hula Atkinson.

Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user vanessasmith0328.

Two charges of theft.

On 24 March 1866, two white men appeared before justice of the peace A.G. Brooks to swear that Asa Exum had stolen a coat, a pair of pants, and a pistol from them.

As his surname suggests, Asa Exum apparently lived in neighboring Wayne County, North Carolina, but was familiar across southeastern Wilson County. Dr. L.A. Stith lived in Wilson, and Seth Hawkins Tyson near Stantonsburg. Someone investigated the charges and scrawled a brief note under the first entry: “Says he bought it from [illegible] or Guest.”

Roll 17 Miscellaneous Records, Goldsboro Subassistant Commissioner’s Office, North Carolina Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records 1863-1872, http://www.familysearch.org.