307 North Reid Street.

The forty-fifth in a series of posts highlighting buildings in East Wilson Historic District, a national historic district located in Wilson, North Carolina. As originally approved, the district encompasses 858 contributing buildings and two contributing structures in a historically African-American section of Wilson. (A significant number have since been lost.) The district was developed between about 1890 to 1940 and includes notable examples of Queen Anne, Bungalow/American Craftsman, and Shotgun-style architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

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As described in the nomination form for the East Wilson Historic District: “ca. 1913; 1 story; L-plan cottage with front-facing gable in side wing; cutaway bay; turned porch posts; perhaps built by carpenter John Reid.”

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: 307 Reid Street, rented for $20/month, hospital orderly Henry A. Best, 38, wife Anney C., 40, laundress, and children Thelma, 13, Dubulte, 8, and Reatha, 6; and lodgers Leslie, 23, taxi driver, and Beulah Exam, 20.

In the 1930 Wilson, N.C., city directory: Best Henry A (c) (Annie C) orderly Carolina Genl Hosp Inc h 307 N Reid

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 307 Reid Street, rented for $14/month, Joe McCoy, 40, barber at Barnes Barber Shop, and wife Mittie, 40, laundress; and, renting at $4/month, Willie Forbs, 22, truck driver for Boykin Grocery Company, wife Goldie, 21, cook, and son Jimmie, 3; daughter Erma G. McCoy, 16; and roomer Thomas Elton, 17.

In the 1941 Wilson, N.C., city directory: McCoy Jos (c; Mittie) barber John B Barnes h 307 N Reid.

In the 1947 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Ricks John C (c; Ella) h 307 N Reid [This was actually Jonah Ricks.]

Jonah Lewis Ricksdied 22 April 1960 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 24 March 1885 in Wilson County to Joseph Ricks and Nancy Jones; resided at 307 North Reid; and was a laborer. Fannie T. Reid, 307 North Reid, was informant. [For a photograph of Jonah Ricks seated on the porch of 307 North Reid, see here.]

Photograph by Lisa Y. Henderson, February 2017.

In loving memory of Ernest F. McCoy.

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In the 1910 census of Ingrams township, Johnston County, North Carolina: laborer Russell McCoy, 22, and wife Ommetter, 18.

On 5 June 1917, W.R. McKoy registered for the World War I draft in Harnett County, North Carolina. Per his registration card, he lived at Route 1, Dunn; was born 12 August 1888 in Harnett County; and farmed on land owned by Lovitt Warren. He signed his card with an X.

In the 1920 census of Mingo township, Sampson County, North Carolina: on Godwin Road, Russell McCoy, 30, farmer; wife Ometa, 25; and children Alice G., 4, and Ernest F., 2.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1012 Stantonsburg Street, farm laborer Russell McCoy, 40; wife Ometa, 34; and children Alice, 15, Earnest, 13, Catherine, 8, Cle O., 6, and Mary E., 3.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Russel McCoy, 2, laborer; wife Ometa, 44, tobacco factory laborer; and children Alice, 24, Earnest, 22, Catherine, 18, Creed, 15, and Mary, 13.

In 1940, Ernest Franklin McCoy registered for the World War II draft in Wilson. Per his registration card, he was born 30 June 1917 in Sampson County; he resided at 212 Finch Street, Wilson; he worked for Imperial Tobacco Company, Barnes and Lodge Streets; and his nearest relative was his mother Effie Ometa McCoy.

Effie Ometa McCoy died 25 October 1942 at Mercy Hospital in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 47 years old; was born in Dunn, North Carolina, to Creed Smith and Mary Williams; and was married to William R. McCoy. Informant was Alice McCoy, 212 Finch Street.

William Russell McCoy died 5 August 1945 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 56 years old; was born in Lillington, North Carolina, to Henry McCoy and Jennie McClain; resided at 212 Finch Street; and worked as a laborer. Alice McCoy was informant.

Funeral program from collection of Hattie Henderson Ricks (whose son Lucian Henderson married Ernest McCoy’s sister Mary Etta McCoy.)