Christmas

Robbed of Christmas savings.

Screen Shot 2018-12-24 at 5.35.45 PM.png

Wilson Daily Times, 12 December 1925.

——

On 12 January 1868, Wright Barnes, son of Harry Taylor and Nelly Barnes, married Jane Strickland, daughter of Redrick and Mary Strickland, in Wilson County.

In the 1870 census of Joyners township, Wilson County: farm laborer Wright Barnes, 22, wife Jane, 19, and daughter Henrietta, 7 months.

In the 1880 census of Taylors township, Wilson County: farmer Wright Barnes, 31; wife Jane, 29; and children Henrietta, 11, Susan, 9, Della, 8, William W., 7, Mattie, 5, and John R., 4 months.

In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: farm laborer Wright Barnes, 51; wife Jane, 50; and children Mattie, 21, James, 17, Bessie L., 14, Willie, 12, Mary A., 11, George, 9, Jane, 6, and Fannie, 4.

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Finch Mill Road, farm laborer Wright Barnes, 61; wife Jane, 58; and children Mary A., 17, George, 15, Jane Jr., 14, and Fannie, 13.

Janie Barnes died 18 June 1917 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 21 months old; was born in Wilson County to Wright Barnes and Janie Conn. Informant was Bessie Smith.

Wilson Daily Times, 20 January 1920.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Park Avenue, street ditcher Wright Barnes, 71, and wife Jane, 68.

Henrietta Flemmings died 29 August 1921 in Township #12, Edgecombe County. Per her death certificate, she was born 1881 in Wilson County to Wright Barnes and Jane Barnes and was married to Henry Fleming.

Mattie Davis died 28 October 1933 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 62 years old; was born in Wilson County to Wright Barnes and Jane Strickland; resided on Church Street, Wilson; worked as a laundress; and was married to Charley Davis.

Susianna Blount died 11 June 1936 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 60 years old; was born in Wilson County to Wright Barnes and Jane Barnes and resided at Blount Street, Wilson. Informant was George Barnes, 710 Suggs Street, Wilson.

George Barnes died 6 June 1974 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 9 February 1891 to Wright Barnes and Jane Strickland; was married to Mary Dupree; was a retired laborer; and resided at 910 Wainwright Street, Wilson.

Yule decorations.

201706090913094611.jpg

Wilson Daily Times, 23 December 1949.

  • Dorothy ParkerSouth Vick Street? The 1947 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory does not show a Parker at 210 South Vick and has no listing for 210 North Vick.
  • Mrs. Dan Carroll — Lenora Carroll died 16 May 1960 at her home at 715 [sic] Elvie Street, Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 30 September 1902 in Johnston County to Leander Smith and Luvenia [maiden name unknown] and was married to Daniel Carroll. [Both Dan and Lenora Carroll’s death certificates list 715 Elvie Street as their address, as does the obituary of Barbara Haskins Adams, the niece of Dan Carroll’s second wife, Bertha H. Carroll. However, the 1947 city directory lists Dan Carroll at 716 Elvie. My best guess is that the house at 715 Elvie, which is a small brick ranch, was built in the 1950s, and the Carrolls had previously lived — and decorated a beautiful tree — across the street.]
  • Rev. and Mrs. Rufford — Until her death in 1942, educator Sallie M. Barbour lived at 1100 East Nash Street. I have not been able to identify the Ruffords.
  • Dr. and Mrs. William Phillips — William H. and Rena Carter Phillips.

A Christmas invitation for Negro soldiers.

201812182021487411.jpg

Wilson Daily Times, 23 December 1942.

Saint Luke’s Christmas news; or “I will pray for the many white people who gave the tree.”

201812181933219610-2.jpg

Wilson Daily Times, 23 December 1940.

  • Rev. A. Betha
  • Ella Bryant — possibly, in the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: William Bryant, 55; wife Ella, 53; and niece Willie Merrill, 23. William was a hospital cook; Ella and Willie, cooks in private homes.
  • Rev. M.C. McNeil

And, again in 1942, prayers for white people (though “a few colored contributed.”)

12 23 42.png

Wilson Daily Times, 23 December 1942.

  • Marilla Murphy
  • Mary Robinson
  • George M. Mason
  • Rev. Muggin 

Four years later, Bryant was still thanking the Good White Folks for their generosity.

Screen Shot 2018-12-24 at 5.16.20 PM.png

Wilson Daily Times, 16 December 1944.

  • Rev. McIntyre
  • Mattie Poole — possibly, in the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 309 Stantonsburg Street, Jim Poole, 55, and wife Mattie, 45, both tobacco factory laborers, and daughter Odell, 10.
  • Helen Mears

Saint Luke A.M.E. Church, Christmas 2018.

A Christmas party for the children.

201812181932057222.jpg

Wilson Daily Times, 23 December 1940.

  • Negro recreation center
  • Prof. Williams — Malcolm D. Williams.
  • W.N. Lassiter — Wade N. Lassiter.
  • Abraham Bryant
  • James Barnes
  • Willie Barnes
  • Minnie Leach
  • Unice, Mary and Ruby FreemanPatricia Eunice, Mary E. and Ruby Freeman were daughters of Julius and Pattie Hagans Freeman.
  • Louis Parker — probably, Louise Parker. She and David Parker were children of Minnie Parker.
  • David Parker
  • Tom Freeman — Thomas Freeman was the younger brother of the Freeman sisters, above.
  • Charles Howard
  • John Farmer
  • Rosa Mae Barnes
  • Clarence Barnes
  • Mary Frances Williams
  • Annie Pearl Barnes
  • James Newsome
  • William Melton

I will not ask for much this year, because you can’t afford it.

At the dawn of the Great Depression, these children wrote letters to Santa Claus making modest requests for themselves and asking Saint Nick to remember their parents, siblings and teachers.

12 13 1930.png

Screen Shot 2018-09-08 at 10.18.06 PM.png

12 19 1930.png

Wilson Daily Times, 13 December 1930.

Four killed at foggy crossing.

Pittsburgh Courier, 9 January 1943.

  • Minnie Horton — Minnie Taylor Horton was the daughter of Berry and Mamie Newsome Taylor and wife of Clinton Horton.

  • Zollie Brockton — Zollie Brockington was the son of John and Mary Sketters Brockington.

  • Johnny Barnes — Johnie Barnes was the son of James and Mozilla Barnes and husband of Ollie Barnes.

  • Lucille Clay — Lucille Clay was the daughter of Robert and Mary Artis Clay. She celebrated her 21st birthday less than two days before she was killed.

  • Clinton Horton — Clinton Horton, the sole survivor, recovered and apparently eventually left Wilson County. No death certificate is found for him there. Here, however, is his World War II draft registration card, filed in 1940, when he and Minnie Taylor Horton were likely newly married.

Merry Christmas!

merry-christmas-1

merry-christmas-2

Undated Christmas card depicting Wilson’s Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church from Lula Mae Sutton Hayes, probably from the 1950s, found among the correspondence of my grandmother Hattie Henderson Ricks (1910-2001).

—–

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Joseph Sutton, 31, wife Mary Liza, 30, and children Lula M., 9, Collie L., 6, Amanda, 4, and Bessie E., 1.

In the 1920 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: on Finch Mill Road, tenant farmer Joseph B. Sutton, wife Malissa, and children Lula May, 19, a teacher, Carrol Lee, 16, Senoa, 13, Bessie, 11, Rosa Belle, 9, Beatrice, 7, James W., 5, Fredrick C., 2, and Levi J., 5 months.

In the 1930 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farm laborer James Hays, 23; wife Lula M., 21, a schoolteacher; and sons Maris, 5, and Royland, 3.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 112 South Fourth Street, fish peddler James Hayes, 40; wife Lula, 39; sons Morris, 14, and Roland, 13.

Maurice Branch Hayes and Roland Esmon Hayes registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County as they reached their 18th birthdays. Both identified their mother Lula M. Hayes of 903 Viola Street as their contact person. Maurice worked as a busboy at Cherry Hotel and Roland at O’Brien Factory during tobacco season.

Lula Mae Hayes died 4 July 2007 in Newport News, Virginia, just shy of her 107th birthday.