death notice

The death of Sam Allen.

Wilson Daily Times, 23 December 1930.

We read here of the terrible injury Samuel Allen suffered to his foot in 1894.

Allen was a child during the antebellum era, so it’s not entirely clear what McFarland’s “compliment” meant.

“The colored Methodist church” was likely Saint John A.M.E. Zion, and “the cemetery” was most likely either Vick or Rountree Cemetery.

The death of Mildred Lassiter Sherrod.

Mildred Sherrod and son Earnest, circa 1942.

Wilson Daily Times, 5 February 1943.

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Mildred Sherrod was only 20 years old at her death. She was buried in Rountree Cemetery.

[Note: her surname was spelled two different ways in this death notice — Sherard and Shearard — and the family now uses the spelling “Sherrod.”]

Photo courtesy of Angelia M. Sherrod.

 

Three deaths announced.

Wilson Daily Times, 22 January 1941.

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  • Rev. Walter Thorpe

On 16 November 1921, Walter Thorp, 44, of Wilson, son of Anderson and Lucinda Thorp, married Rebecca Kent, 28, of Wilson, daughter of Elbert and Lissie Kent, in Wilson. A.M.E. Zion minister Bryant P. Coward performed the ceremony in the presence of W.F Edwards, G.E. Lyles, and S.B. Thomas.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1111 Washington Street, owned and valued at $2000, carpenter Walter Thorpe, 63; wife Rebecca, 46, sewing; and boarder Jane Boyd, 37, county home demonstration agent.

Walter T. Thorpe died 21 January 1941 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 30 November 1886 in Granville County, N.C., to Anderson Thorpe and Lucy Thorpe; was married to Rebecca Thorpe; lived at 1111 Washington Street; and was a minister.

  • Buddie Hagans — William Lawrence Hagans, Jr.

In the 1900 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Larnce Haggan, 49, wife Etha, 44, and children Joe, 21, Augustus, 19, Oscar, 18, Charlie, 16, Annie, 13, Connie, 10, Lena, 8, Mollie, 7, William L., 4, Minnie, 3, and Pattie, 1, and Lawrence’s widowed mother Alice Hagans, 70.

In the 1910 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: on Plank Road, farmer Lawrence Haggans, 60; wife Mary, 56; and children Mollie, 17, Lawrence Jr., 16, Minnie, 14, and Pattie, 12.

On 30 December 1914, Laurence Hagans, 20, of Gardners township, son of Laurence and Mary Hagans, married Mary Thomas, 16, of Gardners township, daughter of Alfred and Lou Thomas, at Alfred Thomas‘.

In the 1920 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Lawrence Haggans, 24; wife Mary, 22; daughter D. Ermie, 4; and cousin Jordan Thomas, 13.

In the 1940 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farm laborer W.L. Hagans, 46; wife Mary, 41; and daughter Erma Dean, 25.

William F. [sic] Hagans died 19 January 1941 in Gardners township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was 47 years old; was born in Wilson County to Larence Hagans and Mary Pender; was married to Mary Hagans; and worked as a farmer.

  • Rev. G.S. Bobbitt

In the 1900 census of Long Acre township, Beaufort County, North Carolina: odd jobs laborer Sidney G. Bobbitt, 38; wife Millie, 33; and children Walter L., 12, Ernest, 10, Viola, 4, and Lillie, 1.

In the 1930 census of Speights Bridge township, Greene County, North Carolina: farmer Sidney Bobbitt, 54; wife Millie, 52; children Agnes, 18, and Ellen, 14, ;and granddaughter Anna Lee, 5.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Nathaniel Winstead, 27; wife Ellen, 25; and son Nathaniel Jr., 3; plus lodger Sidney Bobbitt, 65.

Giles Stanley Bobbitt died 21 January 1941 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 65 years old; was born in Granville County to Elex Bobbitt; was the widower of Millie Bobbitt; was engaged in preaching; and was buried in Rountree [probably Vick] cemetery. Walter Lee Bobbitt was informant.

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

The death of Daniel Crawford, nightwatchman.

Wilson Daily Times, 15 January 1932.

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In the 1870 census of Pleasant Grove township, Alamance County, N.C.: wheelwright Andrew Crawford, 40; wife Caroline, 38; and children Lucian, 18, Scott, 16, Daniel, 14, Ida, 12, Edward, 10, John, 8, June, 6, and Andrew, 1; plus domestic servant Sarah Taylor, 24.

In the 1880 census of Faucett township, Alamance County: Scott Crawford, 25, renter; wife Ann, 22; children James, 7, Ellen, 3, and Loma, 4; and brothers Daniel, 24, and Edward, 20.

On 27 December 1883, Daniel Crawford, 27, married Annie Whitted, 21, in Durham, North Carolina.

In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Daniel A. Crawford, 44; wife Annie D., 34; and children James L., 13, Clarence A., 9, William C., 8, Mable L., 6, Mena, 4, Julius T., 3, and Ulyses G., 1.

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Spring Street, Joe Crawford, 53, factory nightwatchman; wife Annie, 46; and children Clarence, 21, brickmason, Willie, 19, odd jobs, Mabel, 16, Mamie, 14, Williard, 10, Theodore, 7, Jessie, 5, and Maudy, 5.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 705 Spring Street, Daniel A. Crawford, 63; wife Annie, 58; and children Theodore, 17, Meria, 21, Jesse, 14, and Morton, 12.

On 16 May 1928, Annie Crawford died in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 66 years old; was born in Orange County, N.C., to Isaac Whitted and Phillis Levers; and lived at 605 South Spring. Daniel Crawford was informant.

On 5 June 1929, Willie Mena Gaston died in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 26 years old; was born in Wilson to Daniel Crawford of Alamance County and Annie Whitted of Orange County, N.C.; was married to Augusta Gaston; and lived at 605 South Spring.

On 15 August 1929, Daniel A. Crawford, 69, married Alice Merritt, 55, in Wilson.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 605 South Spring Street, Daniel A. Crawford, 74; wife Alas, 51; and children Daniel W., 25, Theodore R., 23, Jesse, 22, and Morton, 20.

Daniel A. Crawford died 14 January 1932 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 2 March 1856 in Alamance County, N.C.; was married to Alice Crawford; lived at 605 South Spring Street; and worked as a night watchman for Liggett & Meyers. Daniel Crawford was informant.

Daniel Williard Crawford died 16 October 1964 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 1 January 1900 in Wilson County to Daniel Crawford and Annie Whitted; never married; and worked as a carpenter. Walter H. Whitted was informant.

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

A card of thanks to many friends.

Wilson Daily Times, 8 January 1946.

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On 17 March 1905, Bert Wells, 55, of Toisnot township, son of Jolly Hagans and Caroline Wells, married Sarah Parker, 30, of Taylor township, daughter of Elbert and Grace Parker, in Wilson.

On 7 October 1908, D.S. Farmer, 46, of Wilson, applied for a license to marry Janie Lewis, 35, of Wilson.

In the 1910 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farmer Dock S. Farmer, 52; wife Janie, 26; children Ella, 20, Emma, 18, Walter, 14, and Geneva, 12; and hired woman Sarah Wells, 32.

In the 1920 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farmer Doc Farmer, 68; wife Janie, 30; son Walter, 25; and laborer Sarah Parker, 46.

In the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Dock S (c) farmer h 1109 E Nash

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1109 East Nash Street, James L. [Jannie L.?] Farmer, 38, widow, tobacco factory laborer, and Sarah Wells, 50, widow, tobacco factory stemmer.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1109 East Nash Street, Jannie Farmer, 48, widow, laborer for Southern Tobacco Factory, and Sarah Wells, 70, widow.

The death of Jacob C. Speight, Odd Fellow.

Wilson Daily Times, 16 December 1916.

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On 24 February 1887, Jacob Speight, 26, of Greene County, son of Adeline Joyner of Wilson County, married Ida Ward, 18, of Wilson County, daughter of Jesse and Caroline Ward, at Sarah Ward‘s in Saratoga township.

In the 1900 census of Speights Bridge township, Greene County, N.C.: ditcher Jacob Speight, 38, widower, and children Arbelia, 12, Elva, 9, Furnis, 7, and Joseph, 5.

On 4 March 1903, J.C. Speights, 38, a Greene County resident, son of Adeline Speights, married Rebecca Roberts [Robbins], 24, of Wilson County, daughter of Jacob and Matilda Roberts in Wilson. A.M.E. Zion minister H.C. Phillips performed the ceremony at “the Residence of Jacob Roberts on 546 Nash St. Town of Wilson” in the presence of Lucy Thomson, P.V. Woodard, and F.A. Ward.

In the 1908 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Speights Jacob C carp 645 e Green

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Jake Speights, 45; wife Rebecca, 30; and children Eva, 14, Tennie(?), 12, Joseph, 10, Ida, 5, Bessie, 3, and Addie, 1.

In the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Speights Jacob C grocer 649 e Green h 645 e Green

Jacob C. Speights died 15 December 1916 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 55 years old; was a carpenter; was born in Greene County to Adeline Speights. R.C. Speights was informant. [Speight’s place of burial is described only as “Wilson, N.C.” It seems certain that he was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, but we have not found his grave marker.]

Louisa Speights died 7 March 1917 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 1 December 1916 in Wilson to Jacob Speights and Rebecca Robbins. R.C. Speights was informant.

Eva Janet Coley died 7 October 1941 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 9 June 1899 in Greene County to Jacob Speights and Ida Ward; was married to David H. Coley; worked as a teacher; and lived at 901 East Green Street.

The death of Jesse Artis, farmer.

Wilson Daily Times, 11 December 1922.

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[Note that several Jesse Artises lived in early 20th-century Wilson County, or in nearby northern Wayne County, including Jesse A. Artis, son of Jesse and Lucinda Hobbs Artis, who died in March 1922.]

Jessie Artis died 10 December 1922 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 50 years old; was a widower; was a farmer; and was born in Wilson County to Benjamin Artis [Sr.] and Feriby Woodard. Emma Moore was informant.

The death of Minnie Rogers Prince.

Wilson Daily Times, 6 December 1932.

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In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: John Rodgers, 30, day laborer; wife Mary E., 22; sister Minnie, 17; and boarder Sallie Barber, 35.

Turner Utley, 22, of Wilson County, and Mariah Williams, 24, of Wilson County, married 12 September 1901 in Wilson County. J.W. Rogers applied for the license, and Missionary Baptist minister Fred M. Davis performed the ceremony at Rogers’ residence in the presence of Irene Miller, Minnie Rogers and Bettie Davis.

In the 1930 census of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania: at 2215 Fitzwater Street, rented at $65/month, private domestic Minnie Rogers, 40; roomer Fred Tyler, 49, longshoremen on wharves; grandchildren Archie Washington, 34, and  Naeisa, 31; and roomer William Tyler, 16. All were born in North Carolina.

Minnie Rodgers Prince died 3 December 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Per her death certificate, she was 40 years old; was born in Wilson, N.C., to Peter Rodgers; was married [earlier that year, in Philadelphia] to Willis Prince; and lived at 710 South 11th Street, Philadelphia. She was buried in Wilson.

The death of Mariah Dunston Talley.

Wilson Daily Times, 18 November 1913.

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In the 1900 census of #12 Township, Cabarrus County, North Carolina: at Scotia Seminary, Mariah Dunston, 19, student.

In the 1910 census of High Point, Guilford County, North Carolina: at 102 Beaman Street, Marshall A. Tally, 32, state Sunday School missionary; wife Mariah E., 29; daughter Marshalle O., 21 months; and son “Baby,” 3 months.

Marshall Lee Tally died 28 April 1913 in Wilson, of measles. Per her birth certificate, she was born 3 March 1908, and was 4 years, 11 months old. She lived at 110 Pender Street. The informant, Dr. Frank S. Hargrave (or his proxy) did not spend much effort filling out the rest of the form, describing her mother as unknown and the birthplace of her father, Rev. M.A. Tally, as unknown.

Mariah E. Talley died 18 November 1913 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 9 September 1880 in Wake County to Calvin W. Dunston and Mary A. Mathews; was married; and lived at 201 Pender. M.A. Talley was informant. She was buried in Raleigh, N.C., [at Mount Hope Cemetery.]

Rev. Talley was remarried two years later to Fannie C. Anthony of Weldon, N.C.

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.