The obituary of Laura P. Brown.

Wilson Daily Times, 12 April 1947.

Laura P. Brown is likely one of the 4,224+ men, women, and children buried in Vick Cemetery.

(Vick, Odd Fellows, and Rountree Church cemeteries were often collectively known as “Rountree Cemetery.” Vick, a public burial ground, was by far the largest of the three and did not require church or lodge affiliation.)


In the 1900 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farm laborer Hardy Pitt, 58, daughter Laura, 13, and son Mack, 15.

On 16 June 1919, Joe Jones, 21, of Wilson, son of Joe and Delia Jones of South Carolina, married Laura Pitts, 21, of Wilson, daughter of Hardy and Nancy Pitt, at Hardy Pitt’s in Wilson. Sanctificationist minister J.H. Scott performed the ceremony.

On 24 April 1922, John Bogans, 41, of Wilson County, married Laura Pitt, 32, of Wilson County, daughter of Hardy Pitt, in Wilson. Free Will Baptist minister E.H. Cox performed the ceremony in the presence of Joe Hoskins, Hardy Laster, and Annie Pender.

John Bogans died 17 November 1928 in Carrs township, Greene County, N.C. Per his death certificate, he was born 7 January 1878 in Tennessee to Jeff Bogans and Mary Scott; was married to Laura Bogues; worked as a farmer; and was buried in Marlboro cemetery, Pitt County. Laura Bogues of Farmville was informant.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1000 Wainwright, owned and valued at $1000, Frank F. Battle, 42, minister at Good Hope Church; wife Rosetta, 43; daughter Mary C., 15; and roomers Dollena Roberts, 30, cook, Virginia D. Roberts, 7, and Jessie J. Roberts, 5; Laura Bogins, 42, widower; and Margaret Morrison, 17.

Laura Brown died 6 April 1947 at Mercy Hospital after being struck by a car. Per her death certificate, she was born 13 December 1897 in Wilson County to Hardy Pitt; lived on Robinson [Robeson] Street; was a widow; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery.