Wilson Daily Times, 21 May 1911.
Well into the twentieth century, mayors presided over what we would think of as magistrate court, handling minor criminal and civil matters.
- Jesse Rountree
- Mary Eliza Artis
- Nellie Walker
Wilson Daily Times, 10 October 1927.
During the brief tenure of his Wilson dental practice, Lee C. Jones managed to fall afoul of two of the African-American community’s leading businessmen, Samuel H. Vick and Darcey C. Yancey.
In which Spellman Moore‘s squad rescues him as he being frog-marched to court:
Wilson Advance, 13 July 1883.
The aftermath. Prince Moore, Patrick Brewer, Jerome Barden and Robert Kersey get four months of jail time.
Wilson Advance, 7 March 1884.
Wilson Advance, 5 March 1880.
“Disorderly conduct” was often a catch-all charge directed at many types of behavior deemed unruly, but not dangerous.
There was more:
Wilson Advance, 23 July 1880.
On 3 May 1875, in Wilson, Alexander Harris, 40, married Fanny Moody, 25.
In the 1880 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Pettigrew Street, Virginia-born Fannie Moody, 35, “keeping house” with sons William, 11, and John, 8.
In the 1900 census of Washington, District of Columbia: at 2531-15th Street, waiter William Moody, 27; wife Sarah S., 24, a dressmaker; their children Augustus, 5, and Crist, 4; sister-in-law Minerva Vaughn, 10; mother-in-law Mittie Vaughn, 46, cook; and mother Fannie Harris, 55, cook. All were born in North Carolina. (William and Sarah’s Wilson County marriage license indicates that Fannie was already living in Washington when they married in 1892.)
In the 1920 census of Washington, District of Columbia: at 1032 Whittingham Place, paper hanger William Moody, 48; wife Sarah, 44; son Augustus, 26, hotel waiter; widowed daughter Christiana, 24; her children Lorine, 5, Robert W., 3, and Earl, 18 months; William’s mother Fanny Harris, 75; and lodger Hattie Carter, 12.