obituary

The obituary of Charles W. Farmer, church janitor.

Wilson Daily Times, 11 October 1938.

World War I veteran Charles W. Farmer worked as a butler prior to becoming the janitor at First United Methodist Church, a white church at Green and Tarboro Streets.

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In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: drayman Jefferson Farmer, 40; wife Blanch,  28; and children May, 12, Turner, 11, Jesse, 8, Charley, 4, and Gola, 2.

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 615 Hines Street, Jeff Farmer, 50; wife Blanch, 37; and children Turner, 20, Jessie, 16, Charlie, 13, Goler, 10, Jeff Jr., 7, Henry, 3, Allice, 2, and Gola, 1.

In the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Charles W (c) porter The Wilson Drug Co h W Jones nr Daniel

In 1917, Charlie Will Farmer registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 12 September 1895 in Wilson; lived on Pine Street; worked as a butler for F.L. Carr, Wilson; and was single.

In the 1920 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Charles W (c) butler 202 W Gold

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 615 Hines Street, Jeff Farmer, 57; wife Blanche, 47; and children Charlie, 24, Jeff, 18, Henry, 14, Alice, 12, Sam, 8, and Blanche, 5.

On 4 February 1920, Charlie W. Farmer, 23, of Wilson, son of Jeff and Blanch Farmer, married Maggie Williams, 19, of Wilson, in Wilson. Andrew Pierce applied for the license, and Free Will Baptist minister J.E. Brown performed the ceremony in the presence of George McCoy, Millie Farmer and Joanna Hursey.

In the 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Charles W (c) butler h 611 Spruce

In the 1930 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Chas W (c; Magnolia) janitor h 1203 Atlantic

Charlie W. Farmer died 10 October 1938 at Oteen Veterans Administration hospital in Asheville, N.C. Per his death certificate, he was born 12 September 1897 in Wilson to Jeff Farmer and Blanch Gay; was married to Maggie Farmer; and worked as a janitor.

On 1 November 1938, Maggie Farmer applied for a military headstone for her husband’s grave in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

The obituary of Sudye Jones, Bennett Belle.

Wilson Daily Times, 5 February 1937.

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In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 667 Nash Street, minister Charlie Jones, 41; wife Gertrude, 39; children Ruth, 16, Charlie, 14, Elwood, 12, Louise, 10, and Sudie, 4; plus mother-in-law Louisa Johnson, 65.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Harper Lane, farmer Charlie T. Jones, 52; wife Stella [sic], 49; and children William E., 23, farm laborer, Louise M., 20, and Sadie [sic], 14.

Sudye Jones died 4 February 1937 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Per her death certificate, she was 21 years old; was single; was the daughter of Charles T. Jones and Gertrude Johnson; and was a student at Bennett College. She died of meningitis. Rev. Charles T. Jones, 402 North Vick Street, was informant.

The obituary of Samuel Perry, Hackney Wagon employee.

Wilson Daily Times, 19 August 1945.

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In the 1900 census of Mosley Hall township, Lenoir County: farmer Rufus Perry, 50; wife Jennettia, 47; and children Thomas, 21, Daisy, 17, Kate, 15, Sam, 14, Lam, 12, James, 9, Walter, 8, Fannie, 6, and Theresa, 3.

On 21 January 1907, Samuel Perry, 21, of Wilson, son of Rufus and J. Perry, married Annie Whitley, 18, of Wilson, daughter of Amos and Caroline Whitley, at Amos Whitley’s in Wilson. Missionary Baptist minister Fred M. Davis performed the ceremony in the presence of James Farmer, Ethel Whitley and Nettie Barnes.

In the 1910 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: on Tillmans Road, farmer Samuel Perry, 25; wife Annie, 23; and sons David, 2, and Rufus, 8 months.

Samuel Perry registered for the World War I draft in Wilson in 1918.

In the 1930 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: on Highway 91, in a house owned and valued at $1500, retail store porter Samuel Perry, 44; wife Annie, 38, cook; children Samuel, 19, wagon factory laborer, and Nettie, 17; and boarder George Jones, 18, wagon factory laborer. 

In the 1940 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: at 1317 Nash Street, owned and valued at $1300, Samuel Perry, 55, wheelwright at wagon factory; wife Annie, 50; children Nettie, 27, tobacco factory stemmer, James, 18, photo studio developer, and Louise, 15; granddaughter Mona, 2; and lodger Walter Joyner, 17, shoe black at shoe repair company. [For whom did James Perry develop film?]

Samuel Perry died 5 August 1945 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 5 August 1884 in Lagrange, N.C., to Ruffus Perry and Jennett Lettins; was married to Annie Perry; lived at 1317 East Nash Street; and worked as a laborer for Hackney Body. Thomas Perry of Lagrange was informant. 

Annie Perry died 1 January 1954 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 10 May 1889 in Wilson to Amos Whitley and Caroline Harris; was a widow; and lived at 1317 East Nash Street. Nettie Perry Lucas was informant.

The obituary of Mary Jane Barnes.

Wilson Daily Times, 5 November 1920.

  • Mary Jane Barnes — in the 1900 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: widower Sampson Sharp, 57, and children Mary J., 19, Earnes, 17, Frankling, 15, and Eva, 13. Jacob Barnes, 25, of Wilson, son of George and Silvia Barnes, married Mary J. Sharp, 21, of Wilson, daughter of Sampson and Ella Sharp, on 8 April 1903. Missionary Baptist minister Fred M. Davis performed the ceremony in the presence of S.E. Dortsch [future wife of Walter S. Hines] of Goldsboro, Annie F. Connor of Charlotte, and Geneva Battle of Wilson. Mary J. Barnes died 27 October 1920 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 6 April 1881 in Edgecombe County, N.C., to Samptson Sharpe and Lillie (maiden name unknown); was married to Jake Barnes; and lived at 814 Nash Street. 
  • Jake Barnes — in the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Nash Street, Jake Barnes, 40; wife Mary J., 38; and children Gretchard, 14, Fred O., 11, Walom E., 8, Eva F., 6, and Mattie G., 3; and brother-in-law Frank Sharpe, 34.
  • Masonic cemetery
  • Rev. Chas. T. Jones — Charles T. Jones.

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

The obituary of Nathan McGowan, railroad employee.

Indianapolis Star, 22 March 1914.

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In the 1870 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Setta Whitfield, 37, domestic servant; Gross Conner, 18, a white news dealer; Tillman McGown, 35, farm laborer, wife Charity, 36, and children Amy, 17, Lucinda, 15, Aaron, 20, Ira, 5, Delia A., 7, Nathan, 3, and Courtney, 1.

In the 1880 census of Wilson, Wilson County: farmer Tilman McGown, 43, wife Charity, 49,  and children Delia A., 18, Ira R., 15, and Nathan, 13.

In the 1900 census of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana: at 1021 South West Street, day laborer, William Hester, 55; wife Louisa, 53; daughter Clasia McGown, 23; son-in-law Nathan McGown, 25, poster on railroad car; and their children Harreld, 5, and Babe McGown, 2 months.

In the 1910 census of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana: train cook Ned McGowan, 36; wife Clara, 36; children Harold, 15, and Abbie, 11; William, 62, and Louisa Hester, 58.

The obituary of Andrew J. Townsend, grocer and Odd Fellow.

Wilson Daily Times, 21 August 1947.

Brothers Lewis W. and Andrew J. Townsend migrated to Wilson from Granville County, North Carolina. Both settled and operated small grocery stores in the area near the southern stretch of Wilson’s tobacco factories in the Hines, Banks and Mercer Streets area. Lewis named a son Andrew J. Townsend after his brother. 

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In the 1870 census of Oak Hill township, Granville County, North Carolina: Demsy Townsend, 39, blacksmith; wife Leatha, 30; and children Thomas, 18, Lewis, 16, Mary J., 14, Crawford, 13, Andrew, 10, and Alx, 1.

In the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Townsend Andrew J (T Bros) h Goldsboro cor Bank. Also, Townsend Bros (Andrew J and Lewis W), grocers Goldsboro cor Bank

A.J. Townsend, 51, of Wilson, was issued a license to marry Mary Lewis, 48, of Wilson, on 16 October 1915. 

Virginia Mae Artis was born 6 January 1916 in Lucama, Cross Roads township, Wilson County, to Andrew J. Townsend, age not listed, born in N.C., a mechanic, and Emma Artis, 36, born in Robeson County, a cook.

In the 1916 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Townsend Andrew J (c; Mary) bro 210 Banks h 1003 Mercer. 

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Mercer Street, Andrew Townsend, 51, grocery merchant, and wife Mary, 52, tobacco factory worker.

In the 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Townsend Andrew J (c) grocer Banks nr Goldsboro h 1003 S Mercer  

In the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Townsend Andrew J (c) gro Bank nr S Goldsboro h 1003 Mercer 

In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Townsend Andrew J (c; Mary) gro 104 Banks h 1003 Mercer 

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1003 Mercer Street, owned and valued at $600, merchant Andrew Townsend, 65, and wife Mary, 40.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 522 Banks Street, rented for $12/month, A.J. Townsend, 77, clerk and owner retail grocery.

Mary Lewis Townsend died 13 August 1942 at Mercy Hospital in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 75 years old; was married to Andrew Townsend; lived at 1005 Mercer Street; was born in Wilson County to Alexander and Morning Barron; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery. Informant was Andrew J. Townsend, 522 Banks Street, Wilson.

Andrew Jackson Townsend died 20 August 1947 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 85 years old; was born on Pearson [Person] County, N.C., to Dempsey Townsend and Margaret [maiden name unknown]; was a merchant; lived at 522 Banks Street; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery [probably, actually Odd Fellows Cemetery]. Rachel Deaxon, 406 Hines Street, Wilson, was informant. [Rachel Townsend Dixon was A.J. Townsend’s great-niece, daughter of his nephew Andrew J. Townsend.]

Joshua Woodard dies suddenly.

Wilson Daily Times, 1 October 1935.

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In the 1900 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: in the household of Wiley Corbett, 45, servant Julus Hagans, 35, day laborer; servant Annie Deans, 19; and servant Joshaway Woodard, 19, day laborer.

In the 1908 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Woodard Joshua lab h 512 S Lodge

In 1918, Josh Woodard registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 15 September 1881; lived at 512 Lodge, Wilson; worked as a laborer for Imperial Tobacco Company; and his nearest relative was sister Clory Woodard.

Joshua Woodard, 38, of Wilson, married Mary Battle, 27, of Wilson, on 10 September 1919 in Wilson. 

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 511 Green Street, Josh Woodard, 38, laborer; wife Mary W., 27; widowed mother-in-law Dorothy Battle, 65; and sister-in-law Lenora Battle, 19, cook.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Joshua Woodard, 48, “chofer” for C.M. Fleming, and wife Mary Woodard, 34.

Josh Woodard died 29 September 1935 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born about 1887 in Wilson County to Marriman [Merriman] Woodard and Jane Mills; was married to Mary Woodard; lived at 410 East Banks Street; and worked as a laborer. Bessie Baldwin, 412 Jones Street, was informant. His sudden death was attributed to an abscess of the lungs caused by pulmonary tuberculosis.

The obituary of Serena Savage.

Wilson Daily Times, 1 October 1935.

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Frank Savage, 21, of Wilson, son of George and Harriet Savage, married Rena Woodard, 18, of Wilson, daughter of Fannie Woodard, in Wilson on 28 January 1907.

In the 1910 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: on Viola Street, odd jobs laborer Frank Savage, 25; wife Serina, 22, cook; and daughters Marthy, 3, and Eva, 10 months.

In the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Savage Rena (c) dom h 211 Manchester

In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Savage Rena (c) cook h 609 Viola

Eva Gray Savage died 17 March 1928 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 18 years old; was born in Wilson to Frank Savage of Edgecombe County and Serena Woodard of Wilson County; was a student; and was buried in Rountree cemetery. Serena Savage, 621 Viola Street, was informant.

In the 1930 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Savage Rena (c) cook h 1203 Washington. Also, Savage Hallie (c) student h 1203 Washington; Savage Mollie (c) student h 1203 Washington; and Savage Vedford (c) sch tchr h 1203 Washington

Elias Lucas, 22, of Toisnot, son of Haywood and Cora Lucas, married [Martha] Bedford Savage, 23, of Wilson, daughter of Frank Savage of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Serina Savage of Wilson, on 6 July 1930 at the bride’s residence in Wilson. Presbyterian minister J.T. Douglas performed the ceremony in the presence of Cora Lucas, Serina Savage and Mellie O. Savage.

Serena Savage died 29 September 1935 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was 49 years old; was married to Frank Savage; was born in Wilson County to Matthew Barnes and Fannie Woodard; lived at 1203 Washington Street; and was buried in Wilson.