The murder of Cora Lee Carr.

Wilson Daily Times, 22 April 1924.

The victim, in fact, was named Cora Lee Carr. I have not found more about her terrible death.


Cora Lee Carr died 21 April 1924 in Wilson County. Per her death certificate, she was about 24 years old; was married to Earnest Carr; and was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Willie Williams was informant. Cause of death: “Crushed scull with axe Homicide Instant death.”

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

Sobrina Robinson Cobb.

On 18 January 1893, Sabrena Robinson, 18, and Richard Cobb, 22, were married in Robeson County.

On 10 April 1917, Jacob Bowens, son of Jim and Frances Bowens married Flossie Cobb, daughter of Richard and Sabina Cobb in Fayetteville, Cumberland County.

In the 1928 Wilson city directory: Cobb Sobrina (c) lndress h 900 Elvie

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 709 Stantonsburg Street, high school janitor Jake Bowens, 36; wife Lossie, 33; and children James, 12, Beulah C., 11, Jacob Jr., 9, Frances L., 6, and Hoover C., 1; plus mother Sobrina Cobbs, 50, widow, servant for private family.

Flossie Bowens died 17 December 1930 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 30 years old; was married to Jacob Bowens; worked as a matron; was born in Robeson County to Richard Cobb and Sobrina Roberson; and was buried in Robeson County.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: widow Sobrina Cobb, 60; daughter Lela Floyd, 41; and Lela’s nephew Hoover Bowens, 11.

In 1946, Hoover Curtis Bowens registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he lived at 1115 Atlantic Street, Wilson; was born 17 June 1928 in Wilson; was a student; and grandmother Sabrina Cobb was his contact.

Sobrina Cobbs died 24 June 1954 at Mercy Hospital. Per her death certificate, she was born 25 April 1881 in Robeson County to Samuel Roberson and Charity McCollum; resided at 601 Stantonsburg Street, Wilson; and was buried in Saint Peters Church cemetery, Robeson County. Informant was Lela Floyd.

Photograph courtesy of Adventures in Faith: The Church at Prayer, Study and Service, the 100th anniversary commemorative booklet of Calvary Presbyterian Church.