occupation

The business of shoes.

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Shoeshine box, shoe horn, brush and polish. Oliver N. Freeman Round House and Museum, photograph at digitalnc.com.

Until recent decades, most people owned only one or two pairs of shoes, and keeping them clean and in good condition required the regular services of shoemakers, repairmen and bootblacks. Here are some of the many men who plied this trade in Wilson.

  • Henry Adkinson — in the 1916 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory, Adkinson is listed as the proprietor of H. Adkinson & Son, shoemakers and watchmakers, at 524 East Nash. He lived at 640 East Green. Later directories list Adkinson’s business at 521 and 522 East Nash. By 1925, Henry and Mary Adkinson lived at 115 Narroway.
  • Baltimore Shoe Repair Shop — as listed in the 1925 city directory, this business was at 420 East Nash and Cutt Davis and James Mack were its proprietors.
  • Barefoot, Herbert — in the 1925 city directory, Barefoot is listed as a shoe polisher at 512 East Nash, residing at Smith near Pettigrew.
  • Barnes, Douglass — in the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1013 East Nash Street, owned and valued at $3000, taxi chauffeur Jake Barnes, 56; wife Effie, 32; and children Douglass, 20, shoeshop cobbler, Waylone, 19, taxi chauffeur, Eva, 16, Mattie, 13, and Nellie, 10.
  • Barnes, Redmond, Jr. — in the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1116 East Nash Street, Mary Barnes, 33, who taught at Healthy Plains Grade School; her widowed mother Jenettie Barnes, 62; brothers Redman, 22, a shoe repairer at Rex Shoe Shop [a white-owned shop downtown], and John, 19, a tobacco factory laborer; brother-in-law Doll Speight, 26, apartment elevator operator; sister Lula, 23, and their daughters Letrice, 2, and Bettie, 8 months.
  • Battle, George — in the 1925 city directory, Battle is listed as a shoe polisher at 513 East Nash, residing at East Green near Pender.
  • Blue Ribbon Electric Repair Shop — in the 1920 city directory, Henry Adkinson was proprietor of this shoe repair shop at 522 East Nash.
  • Brooks, Leslie — Leslie Brooks died 12 October 1918 in Black Creek township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born in 1881 in Wilson County to Dave Brooks and Henrietta Peacock; worked as a shoemaker; was single; and was buried in Brooks cemetery. Jno. Williams was informant.
  • Bullard, John — in the 1920 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory, Bullard is listed as the proprietor of the Hub Shoe Shine Parlor at 503 East Nash. Bullard lived at 703 East Vance.
  • Burnette, William E. — in the 1908 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory, Burnette is listed as a shoemaker working at 420 East Nash Street and living at 406 Bank[s].
  • Bynum, Curley B. — proprietor of Master Shoe Shine Parlor, 1946.
  • Cox, Elijah — in the 1870 census of Cross Roads township, Wilson County: shoemaker Elijah Cox, 66; wife Patience, 65; and children (or grandchildren) Jerry, 11, Clara, 5, and Patience Cox, 3. Cox claimed $150 real estate.
  • Davis, Cutt — see Baltimore Shoe Shop.
  • Farmer, George, Jr. — in the 1941 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Geo jr. (c) shoe shiner h 1200 Queen.
  • Floyd, Ambrose — In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1214 Washington Street, owned and valued at $1800, shoe shop and taxi owner Ambrose Floyd, 39; wife Mattie, 39, cleaner; and children Mattelene, 17, James, 18, Ernest, 15, and Hattie, 12.
  • Fogg, Joseph –– in the 1860 census of Town of Wilson, Wilson County, listed as a 50 year-old shoemaker in the household of Edwin Eatmon, bootmaker.
  • Gaddy, John — in the 1930 Wilson city directory, Moses is listed as a shoe repairer at 400 Stantonsburg Street.
  • Haskins, Thomas — in the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Robert Haskins, 55, drug company salesman; wife Gertrude, 48; and children Mandy, 36; Elizabeth, 33, cook; Estelle, 29, beauty shop cleaner; Robert D. Jr., 29, hotel kitchen worker; Lossie, 24, N.Y.A. stenographer; and Thomas, 20, barbershop shoeblack; plus granddaughter Delores, 15, and lodger Henry Whitehead, 21.
  • Hill, Moses — shoemaker, 1890. See also.

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Wilson Mirror, 14 October 1891.

  • Hines, Shady — in the 1916 directory, Hines is listed as a bootblack at 416 East Nash Street.
  • Holley, Clarence V. — Clarence Holley died 4 May 1964 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 23 May 1919 in Bertie County to William Holley and Molly Smallwood; operated a shoeshine parlor; and lived at 300 North East Street. Informant was Elma Holley.
  • Johnson, Jake — in the 1922 city directory, listed as proprietor of the Busy Bee Shoe Shine Parlor at 513 East Nash.
  • Johnson, Leander A. — in the 1916 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory, Johnson is listed as a shoemaker working at 512 East Nash Street and living at 606 Robinson [Roberson] Street. In the 1920 city directory, he is a shoemaker at 518 East Nash and lived on East near Nash Street. In the 1922 directory, “Lee” Johnson is listed as working at 517 East Nash and living at 209 South East.
  • Jones, A. Wilson — in the 1880 census of Town of Wilson, Wilson County: on Nash Street, Wilson Jones, 22, shoemaker.
  • Jones, Henry — in the 1870 census of Wilson, Wilson County: shoemaker Henry Jones, 55; wife Milly, 50; and sons Morris, 19, a bakery worker, and Wilson, 11.
  • Joyner, George H. — listed in the 1920 Wilson city directory as the proprietor of Southern Shoe Repair Shop at 532 East Nash.
  • Leach, Patrick — in the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: shoemaker Patrick Henry Leach, 61, and wife Lavinea, 56. Leach reported that he was born in Mississippi to North Carolina-born parents.
  • Lupe, Peter
  • Mack, James — See Baltimore Shoe Shop.
  • Merritt, Lee

Wilson Daily Times, 23 December 1921.

  • Moses, Oliver — in the 1928 Wilson city directory, Moses is listed as a shoe shiner at 515 East Nash. He lived at 524 East Nash, rear.
  • Moore, John H. — in the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory, Moore is listed as a shoemaker working at 420 East Nash Street and living at 406 Bank[s]. In the 1916 city directory, he is working at 513 East Nash and loving at 1007 East Nash. In the 1922 city directory, his business address was 511 East Nash.
  • Moore, Ozzie — In 1944, Ozzie Moore registered for the World War II draft in Wilson. Per his registration card, he was born 1 September 1926 in Wilson; resided at 1113 Atlantic Street, Wilson; his contact was his father, J.H. Moore; and was employed by J.H. Moore at 517 East Nash Street, Wilson.
  • Moore, Starlon — in the 1908 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory, Moore is listed as a shoemaker working at 526 East Nash Street and living at 701 South Spring Street.
  • Moore, Wade M. — in the 1947 city directory, Moore Wade M (c; Eliz O; Wade’s Shoe Shop) h 1001 Faison
  • Perry, Ruffin — in the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory, Perry is listed as a shoemaker at Stantonsburg Road near Rountree Avenue.
  • Reaves, Mack — in the 1930 Wilson city directory, Reaves is listed as a shoe shiner at 569 East Nash.
  • Rountree, Peter — in the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: shoemaker Peter Rountree, 76, wife Lucinda, 53, daughter Sarah Bowser, 32, son-in-law Burt L. Bowser, 36, grandsons Russell, 9, Astor B., 3, and Thomas F., 1, stepdaughters (?) Manda L., 18, and Rosa E. Rountree, 14.
  • Simms, Eddie B. — Simms died 17 July 1924. Per his death certificate,he was born 3 August 1904 in Wilson to Ed Mitchell and Frances Simms; was single; lived at 610 Manchester Street; worked as a shoeshiner; and “drowned while in the act of swimming accidentally.” Informant was Millie Simms.
  • Tabron, William — in the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 700 East Vance Street, rented for $16/month, barber Henry Tabron, 37; wife Mattie B., 39, laundress; and children William, 15, shoe shop laborer, Edmonia, 14, Bill S., 11, Berkly, 9, and Donald, 7.
  • Thompson, Edwin — in the 1928 Wilson city directory, Thompson is listed as a shoe shiner at 569 East Nash.
  • Wiley, Bud — in the 1912 city directory, Wiley is listed as a bootblack at 407 East Nash.
  • Word, Fleming — in the 1908 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory, Word (Ward?) is listed as a shoemaker working at 407 East Nash Street and living at 108 Wiggins.

Hugh T. Ransom Sr. and John A. Gaston were briefly partners in a Nash Street barbershop that catered to a white clientele. Barbershops often offered shoeshine services. Wilson Advance, 30 January 1890.

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Shoe shops at 515, 519, 521 and 529 East Nash Street, as shown on the 1922 Sanborn insurance map of Wilson. City directories for the same year show cobblers at 511 and 513 East Nash Street as well.

Where we worked, 1922 — R.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the thirteenth in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Rawls, Lucy, domestic, rear 408 Whitley
  • Reavis, Etta, domestic, 505 Viola
  • Reed, Allen R., bricklayer, 415 South Goldsboro
  • Reed, John, tobacco worker, 808 Mercer
  • Reed, Elijah, drayman, 211 Sunshine Alley
  • Reed, William, tobacco worker, 212 East Jones
  • Reid, Brodie, tailor, 407 North Vick
  • Reid, J.D., active vice-president — The Commercial Bank of Wilson, 600 East Green, phone 577
  • Reid, Liston, carpenter, 316 Hackney
  • Reid, Lonnie L., tailor, 407 North Vick
  • Reid, Nora, domestic, 207 North Vick
  • Reid, Oscar, cleaner — Powell Cleaning Works, 207 North Vick
  • Reid, Sallie, domestic, 407 North Vick
  • Reid, William, barber — The Mayflower, 304 North Vick
  • Reid, William B., carpenter, 300 North Vick
  • Rice, George, barber — The Mayflower, 703 Viola
  • Rice, Visey, cook, 215 Manchester
  • Rich, George, carpenter, 902 East Vance
  • Rich, James, laborer, 502 Warren
  • Richards, Lucy, domestic, 123 Pender
  • Richardson, Cameron, laundress, 209 Stantonsburg Road
  • Richardson, Dock, laborer, 318 South Lodge
  • Richardson, George, laborer, 318 South Lodge
  • Richardson, Lee, laborer, 318 South Lodge
  • Richardson, Lena, domestic, 503 West Hines
  • Richardson, Richard, laborer, 503 West Hines
  • Richardson, Visie, laundress, 318 South Lodge
  • Richardson, Willard, porter, 209 Stantonsburg Road
  • Richardson, William, tobacco worker, 507 Hadley
  • Riggan, Marie, domestic, 626 East Vance
  • Rivington, Junius, laborer, 806 South Lodge
  • Robbins, Benjamin, barber — The Mayflower, 313 Pender
  • Robbins, Charity, grocer 600 South Lodge, 412 East Walnut
  • Robbins, John, horse shoer — J.Y. Buchanan, 418 South Lodge
  • Robbins, Louise, domestic, 917 Atlanta [Atlantic]
  • Robbins, Wilbert, laborer, 508 Banks
  • Roberts, Matilda, domestic, 802 East Vance
  • Robertson, Eugenia, laundress, 309 Hackney
  • Robertson, John, soft drinks 400 South Goldsboro, 212 East Jones
  • Robertson, Sue, cook, 508 South Goldsboro
  • Robinson, Gertrude, domestic, 526 Smith
  • Robinson, Golden, barber — W.S. Hines, 307 Pender
  • Rogers, Claude, plasterer, 1108 East Nash
  • Rogers, Early, grocer 401 Stantonsburg Road, 109 East
  • Rogers, J. Wesley, porter — Oettinger’s, 548 East Nash
  • Rogers, Mary L., grocer, 1108 East Nash
  • Rogers, Sallie, tobacco worker, 109 South East
  • Ross, William, fireman,105 West Walnut
  • Rountree, Jesse, driver, 200 Stantonsburg Road
  • Rountree, Lucy, laundress, 505 East Green
  • Rountree, Luetta, domestic, 400 East Hines
  • Rountree, Martha, cook, 907 1/2 Mercer
  • Rountree, Peggy, domestic, 907 1/2 Mercer
  • Rountree, Warren, presser, 907 1/2 Mercer
  • Rountree, Wiley, plasterer, 102 Manchester
  • Rountree, William R., barber, cleaner and presser South Tarboro near N-S Railroad track, Wiona [Winona]
  • Rowland, James, cook, 519 South Spring
  • Royster, Lewis, mill hand, 502 South Goldsboro
  • Ruffin, Easter, laundress, 546 East Nash
  • Ruffin, Eliza, laundress, 808 East Nash
  • Ruffin, Gertrude, laundress, 808 East Nash
  • Russell, Jeff E., bricklayer, 910 Atlanta [Atlantic]
  • Russell, Julia, domestic, 910 Atlantic
  • Ryan, Eugene, tobacco worker, 500 South Daniel
  • Ryan, Rosa, cook, 500 South Daniel

 

Where we worked, 1922 — P & Q.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the thirteenth in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Page, Emma, waitress, 1022 Robinson [Roberson]
  • Page, Stephen, laborer, 1022 Robinson
  • Palmer, Ella, domestic, 702 South Lodge
  • Palmer, Joseph C., grocer 700 South Lodge, 702 South Lodge
  • Panner, Sallie, tobacco worker, 530 East Barnes
  • Parham, James, butler, 305 East Jones
  • Parker, Allison, laborer, 1110 East Nash
  • Parker, Charles, carpenter, 104 Ashe
  • Parker, Eddie, laborer, 304 Spring Street Alley
  • Parker, George, laborer, 121 Ashe
  • Parker, Jerry, tobacco worker, 811 Viola
  • Parker, John, tobacco worker, 211 East Spruce
  • Parker, John A., barber, 111 East Spruce
  • Parker, Kessia, laundress, 117 Fourth
  • Parker, Lucy, cook, 607 West Hines
  • Parker, Maggie, cook, 104 Ashe
  • Parker, Mamie C., student, 609 South Spring
  • Parker, Martha, cook, 530 East Barnes
  • Parker, Mary, cook, 121 Ashe
  • Parker, Mary, domestic, 1110 East Nash
  • Parker, Mattie, cook, 306 East Walnut
  • Parker, Moses, drayman, 419 South Goldsboro
  • Parker, Prodigal, drayman, 117 Fourth
  • Parker, Sallie, cook, 204 Pender
  • Parks, John, tobacco worker, 405 East Walnut
  • Pate, Joseph, tobacco worker, 505 East Green
  • Patrick, Edward, laborer, 406 North Pine
  • Patterson, Annie, laundress, 208 West Lee
  • Patterson, Ethel, domestic, 208 West Lee
  • Patterson, George, laborer, 208 West Lee
  • Paul, Sylvester, laborer, 502 South Daniel
  • Peacock, Hannah, teacher, 138 Ashe
  • Peacock, Hannah L., hairdresser, 138 Ashe
  • Peacock, Junius W., barber, 524 East Nash
  • Peacock, Levi H., post office clerk, 138 Ashe
  • Peacock, Levi H., Jr., barber, James H Barnes 141 Ashe
  • Pearce, Budd, laborer, 413 Warren
  • Pearce, James, auto mechanic, 520 Carroll
  • Pearce, Louella, laundress, 108 North Pettigrew
  • Pearce, Nase, tobacco worker, 905 East Vance
  • Pender, Charles, chauffeur, 213 Sunshine Alley
  • Pender, Emily, cook, 611 Warren
  • Pender, Isaac, laborer, 1007 Stantonsburg
  • Pender, Jonah, porter, 801 East Green
  • Pender, Patsy, domestic, 1007 Stantonsburg Road
  • Pender, Richmond, drayman, 504 East Vance
  • Perkins, John C., tobacco worker, 417 South Goldsboro
  • Perkins, Vance, grocer 405 South Railroad, [home] Newtown
  • Perrington, Louisa, nurse, 316 South Spring
  • Perrington, Rowena, tobacco worker, 621 Suggs
  • Perrington, Viola, tobacco worker, 621 Suggs
  • Perry, Edward, millhand, 518 Banks
  • Perry, Henry, janitor Branch Banking & Trust Co, 204 W Lee
  • Perry, Nelson, driver, Reid cor Viola
  • Perry, Rena, domestic, 113 Ashe
  • Perry, Sam, laborer, 108 Manchester
  • Perry, Thomas, laborer, 108 West Lee
  • Pettiford, Carrie, domestic, 603 Stantonsburg Road
  • Pettiford, Hugh, tobacco worker, 608 South Lodge
  • Phenious, Ben, driver, 517 South Spring
  • Phillips, Laura, tobacco worker, 214 South Reid
  • Phillips, Lou, cook, 402 East Hines
  • Phillips, William H., dentist 525 East Nash
  • Picot, William, furniture repairer 706 East Vance, 622 Viola
  • Pierce, Andrew, barber W M Hines, 413 South Warren
  • Pierce, Fannie, cook, 107 W Gold
  • Pierce, Sandy, laundress, 107 W Gold
  • Pierce, William M., Grand High Priest Knights of King Solomon Inc., Wainwright Ave
  • Pitt, Carter, fireman, 217 Manchester
  • Pitt, Hattie, laundress, 903 East Vance
  • Pitt, Lewis, farmer, 704 East Green
  • Pitt, Violet, laundress, 903 East Vance
  • Plummer, Etta, midwife, 1104 Wainwright Avenue
  • Plummer, Jennie, domestic, 553 East Nash
  • Plummer, Samuel, laborer, 1104 Wainwright Avenue
  • Poem, Porter, tobacco worker, 509 East Green
  • Poole, Charles, tobacco worker, 644 Wiggins
  • Poole, Clara, tobacco worker, 644 Wiggins
  • Poole, James, tobacco worker, 511 South Railroad
  • Poole, Mary, tobacco worker, 612 Railroad
  • Poole, Mattie, tobacco worker, 511 South Railroad
  • Pope, Frank P., tobacco worker, 911 Viola
  • Pope, Martha, tobacco worker, 203 Stantonsburg
  • Powell, Delia, laundress, 115 West Walnut
  • Powell, Itlaw, laborer 608 South Spring
  • Powell, James, cleaner and presser, Five Points Settlement
  • Proctor, Frank, driver 405 Banks
  • Pugh, Maggie, tobacco worker, 602 Stantonsburg
  • Purcell, Ruby I., dressmaker, 202 South Vick
  • Purrington, James, cook, 621 South Goldsboro

Where we worked, 1922 — N & O.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the thirteenth in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Nance, Fred, watchman, 904 Mercer
  • Neal, Austin N., barber 219 South Goldsboro, 1214 Wainwright Avenue
  • Neal, Bryant, sign painter, 107 South Railroad
  • Neal, Easley, barber, 915 Mercer
  • Neal, Joshua, porter, 915 Mercer
  • Nelson, Cora, domestic, 110 North Pettigrew
  • Nelson, Winnie, tobacco worker, 110 North Pettigrew
  • Newsome, Ada, domestic, 610 Railroad
  • Newsome, Emma, hair dresser, 900 Atlanta
  • Newsome, Larry H., tobacco worker, 900 Atlanta
  • Newsome, Nancy, domestic, 410 East Jones
  • Newsome, Oliver, laborer, 610 Railroad
  • Newsome, William, carpenter, 900 Atlanta
  • Nicholson, James, porter, 215 Vick
  • No. 1 Pressing Club, 515 East Nash, Preston Smith proprietor
  • Noble, Wiley, laborer, 631 Wiggins
  • Norfleet, James, laborer, 517 Stemmery
  • Norfleet, Josephine, cook, 707 East Green
  • Norfleet, Leroy, baker Gilmer’s Inc., 120 Pender
  • Norwood, Aleck, tobacco worker, 606 Wiggins
  • Norwood, Cecilia, teacher, 205 Pender
  • Norwood, Christine, teacher, 205 Pender
  • Norwood, Fred, tobacco worker, 606 Wiggins
  • Norwood, Gladys, domestic, 400 Whitley
  • Norwood, Hazel, teacher, 205 Pender
  • Norwood, Lula, domestic, 606 Wiggins
  • Norwood, Mary, domestic, 205 Pender
  • Norwood, Minnie, tobacco worker, 400 Whitley
  • Norwood, Richard, tobacco worker, 205 Pender
  • Oaklawn Cemetery, Cemetery Road near Atlantic Coast Line Rail Road
  • Oates, Charles, helper, 119 Ashe
  • Oates, Henry, tobacco worker, Banks near Goldsboro
  • Obey, James, factory hand, 215 East Spruce
  • O’Neill, Nobel, tobacco worker, 208 Manchester

Where we worked, 1922 — M.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the twelfth in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Mack, Luther, chauffeur, 912 Washington
  • Magette, Oscar, tobacco worker, 713 Stantonsburg Road
  • Malloy, Vance, fireman, 612 Darden Alley
  • Marable, Oliver, gardener, 707 Robinson [Roberson]
  • Marshall, Annie, cook, 507 West Hines
  • Martin, George, electrician, 112 South Reid
  • Martin, James H., porter, 112 South Reid
  • Mason, Melvin, tobacco worker, 110 Manchester
  • Mathay, Maggie, domestic, 406 Maury
  • Mayfield, Ella, tobacco worker, 518 East Nash
  • Mayfield, James, tobacco worker, 518 East Nash
  • Mayflower The, barbers, 109 East Nash, Levi Jones proprietor
  • Melton, Mollie, domestic, 900 Mercer
  • Mercer, Annie, domestic, 104 Manchester
  • Mercer, Caroline, tobacco worker, 300 Stantonsburg Road
  • Mercer, Delia, domestic, 104 Manchester
  • Mercer, Isaac, tobacco worker, 314 Hackney
  • Mercer, LeRoy, driver, 404 Reed [Reid]
  • Mercy, Sarah, tobacco worker, 601 South Spring
  • Merrick, Lee, painter, 527 Church
  • Merrick, Lula, domestic, 527 Church
  • Merritt, Lula, laundress, 201 Stantonsburg Road
  • Mincey, John, tobacco worker, 500 Stantonsburg Road
  • Mincey, Olivia, domestic, 500 Stantonsburg Road
  • Mincheau, Mattie, domestic, 650 Wiggins
  • Mincheau, William, laborer, 650 Wiggins
  • Mitchell, Albert, tobacco worker, 540 East Nash
  • Mitchell, David, mill hand, 408 Whitley
  • Mitchell, Ella, laundress, 310 Mercer
  • Mitchell, Ernest, chauffeur, 501 Warren
  • Mitchell, Eva, dressmaker, 540 East Nash
  • Mitchell, Floyd, butler, 511 Warren
  • Mitchell, Floyd, carpenter, 540 East Nash
  • Mitchell, Judge, laborer, 116 Manchester
  • Mitchell, Lester, student, 540 East Nash
  • Mitchell, Lizzie, laundress, 501 Warren
  • Mitchell, Lucy, laundress, 511 Warren
  • Mitchell, Severine, student, 540 East Nash
  • Mitchell, Walter, laborer, 602 East Green
  • Mitchner, William A., physician 557 East Nash (2nd floor), 533 East Nash
  • Monroe, C.H., barber Five Points Settlement, Pender
  • Moore, Aleck F., barber, 314 Stantonsburg Road
  • Moore, Andrew, porter, 520 Church
  • Moore, Andrew J.C., grocer, 713 South Goldsboro
  • Moore, Ellen, domestic, 610 South Lodge
  • Moore, Emma, domestic, 640 Wiggins
  • Moore, Henry, tobacco worker, 606 Railroad
  • Moore, James, porter, 520 Church
  • Moore, John, farmer, 520 Church
  • Moore, Lelia, tobacco worker, 306 Pender
  • Moore, Lee A., insurance, 803 East Nash
  • Moore, Mary, domestic, 204 West Lee
  • Moore, Mary, laundress, 314 Stantonsburg Road
  • Moore, Mattie, domestic, 520 Church
  • Moore, Mattie E., cook, 702 South Lodge
  • Moore, May, tobacco worker, 606 Railroad
  • Moore, Pearl, hair dresser, 709 Suggs
  • Moore, Samuel, porter, 640 Wiggins
  • Moore, Sidney, laborer, 606 Railroad
  • Moore, Thomas, laborer, 606 Railroad
  • Morning, Della, cook, 516 Banks
  • Morning, Fannie, domestic, 516 Banks
  • Morris, Archie, barber, 607 East Green
  • Morrison, Lula, domestic, 501 South Railroad
  • Moses, Alice, laundress, 105 Manchester
  • Moses, Frank, laborer, 614 Railroad
  • Moses, Minnie, cook, 614 Railroad
  • Moss, Gertrude, domestic, 614 East Green
  • Moss, Walter, carpenter, 614 East Green
  • Mount Zion Holiness Church, Lodge near Walnut, Rev. J.G. Branch pastor
  • Murphy, Bethel, laborer, 317 South Goldsboro
  • Murphy, George, laborer, 214 South East
  • Murphy, Lucinda, laundress, 214 South East
  • Murray, Ella, domestic, 604 Park

Where we worked, 1922 — Mc.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the eleventh in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • McBrayer Glenn S., attorney, 525 East Nash R3, 906 East Nash
  • McCadden, Preston, proprietor — The Eatmore, and chauffeur — 201 West Nash
  • McCall, James, driver — V.C. Langley & Co., 306 South
  • McClain, James, laborer, 806 East Nash
  • McClain, Julia, domestic, 806 East Nash
  • McClain, Neal, mill hand, 810 South Lodge
  • McCloud, James, laborer, 302 North East
  • McCormick, Blanche, cook, 304 East South
  • McCowan, William, bricklayer, 513 Church
  • McCoy, Bessie, laundress, 404 South Bruton
  • McCoy, Clyde, tobacco worker, 903 Mercer
  • McCoy, Frank, tobacco worker, 409 East Walnut
  • McCoy, George, tobacco worker, 613 Darden Alley
  • McCoy, Russell, driver, 119 West Walnut
  • McCrain, Frank, mill hand, 408 Maury
  • McCray, Emma, domestic, 808 Robinson [Roberson]
  • McCray, Mack, tobacco worker, 808 Robinson
  • McCray, Mary, domestic, 505 Hines
  • McCray, Susie, domestic, 505 Hines
  • McCrimon, Allen, laborer, 1011 Stantonsburg Road
  • McCrimon, Cicero, farmer 1011 Stantonsburg Road
  • McCrimon, Edwin, porter, 1011 Stantonsburg Road
  • McCullers, Clarence, driver, 118 Pender
  • McCullers, Rosa, cook, 118 Pender
  • McCullers, Edward, upholsterer, 622 Darden Alley
  • McCullom, Rosa, laundress, 622 Darden Alley
  • McDonald, John, laborer, 309 East Jones
  • McDougall, Joseph, tobacco worker, 203 Stantonsburg Road
  • McDuffee, Bettie, cook, 901 East Nash
  • McDuffee, Percy, laborer, 901 East Nash
  • McKeithan, Isaac, porter, 910 Robinson [Roberson]
  • McKinley, John, laborer, 517 South Spring
  • McKnight, Henry, tobacco worker, 110 Manchester
  • McLean, Bessie, domestic, 107 North East
  • McLean, Edith, laundress, 503 East Green
  • McLean, Frank, tobacco worker, 204 Manchester
  • McLean, George, laborer, 410 East Hines
  • McLean, Henry, laborer, 303 North East
  • McLean, Lloyd, tobacco worker, 708 Robinson
  • McManon, Joseph, painter, 412 West Walnut
  • McMillan, Aleck, laborer, 500 Warren
  • McMillan, Annie, domestic, 500 Warren
  • McMillan, Dennis, laborer, 511 Stantonsburg Road
  • McMillan, Hosea, presser, 210 East Hines
  • McMillan, Mack, presser, 210 East Hines
  • McMillan, Sister, millworker, 705 South Lodge
  • McNair, Hubert, laborer, 1022 Robinson [Roberson]
  • McNair, Nora, domestic, 1022 Robinson
  • McNeal, Hassie, tobacco worker, 516 Smith
  • McNeal, Lina, domestic, 516 Smith
  • McNeal, Mary, laundress, 306 Elba
  • McNeal, William, tobacco worker, 306 Elba
  • McNeil, Maggie, maid – Wilson Sanatorium, Viola
  • McNeill, Angus, barber – James H, Barnes, home 610 Viola
  • McNeill, Mary, tobacco stemmer, 306 East South
  • McPhail, Bessie, teacher, 208 South Vick
  • McPhail, David, auto mechanic, 208 South Vick
  • McPhail, Mary, domestic, 208 South Vick
  • McPhail, Rayford J., janitor, 208 South Vick
  • McPherson, Ethel, domestic, 627 Wiggins
  • McPherson, Eula, tobacco worker, 503 Stantonsburg Road
  • McRay, Minnie, hairdresser, 807 East Nash

Where we worked, 1922 — L.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the tenth in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Lafter, John, painter, 514 East Spruce
  • Lamb, William, laborer, 519 South Lodge
  • Lane, Frederick, laborer, 407 North Lane
  • Lane, Lula, domestic, 501 South Railroad
  • Lane, Rosa, domestic, 407 North Pine
  • Langley, Jerry J., grocer, 901 Viola
  • Lassiter, Dempsey, fireman, 106 South East
  • Lassiter, Henry, carpenter, 518 East Nash
  • Lassiter, Matilda, laundress, 415 South Railroad
  • Lassiter, Sylvester, farmer, 415 South Railroad
  • Leach, Bessie, domestic, 403 Spring Street alley
  • Leach, Louisa, cook, 403 Spring Street alley
  • Leavister, Bradford, helper, 404 East Bank[s]
  • Leavister, Rayford, helper, 404 East Bank[s]
  • Lee, Ada, tobacco worker, 514 Smith
  • Lee, Fletcher, horseshoer — J.Y. Buchanan, 114 Manchester
  • Lee, James, laborer, 402 South Daniel
  • Lee, James, laborer, 531 Smith
  • Lee, Mamie, domestic, 401 Viola
  • Lee, Mary, domestic, 413 South Railroad
  • Lee, Octavia, domestic, 114 Manchester
  • Leggett, John, waiter, 121 Ashe
  • Legion, Dicey, tobacco worker, 605 East Nash
  • Lenzy, George, barber, 504 East Goldsboro
  • Leonard, Annie, trained nurse, 117 Darden Alley
  • Leonard, Samuel, laborer, 117 Darden Alley
  • Lewis, Jane, laundress, 102 Pender
  • Lewis, John, carpenter, 411 North Vick
  • Lewis, John H., carpenter, 411 North Vick
  • Lewis, Turner, laborer, 211 South Railroad
  • Lewis, William, tobacco worker, 118 Ashe
  • Lilly, Charles, laborer, 505 East Hines
  • Lilly, Edna, domestic, 505 East Hines
  • Lindsay, George, barber, 504 South Goldsboro
  • Lindsay, Myrtle, laundress, 504 South Goldsboro
  • Little, James, laborer, 618 East Vance
  • Little, Lula, tobacco worker, 414 South Spring
  • Lloyd, Henrietta, laundress, 102 Ashe
  • Lovitt, Almus A., horseshoer — G.T. Pervis, 301 North Vick
  • Lovitt, Letitia, dressmaker, 301 North Vick
  • Lucas, Gertie, cook, 406 South Bruton
  • Lucas, Henry, drayman, 307 East Jones
  • Lucas, James, shoe polisher, 307 East Jones
  • Lucas, John, porter, 114 South East
  • Lucas, LeRoy, driver, 307 East Jones
  • Lucas, Lucille, hair dresser — Carrie Strickland, East Jones
  • Lucas, Luther, laborer, 1108 Wainwright Avenue
  • Lucas, Polly, tobacco worker, 107 Manchester
  • Lucas, Sarah, private secretary — Amos Batts, Elm City
  • Lucas, Stanley, tobacco worker, 114 South East
  • Lucas, Susan, cook, 316 Pender
  • Lumsden, Creecy, domestic, 614 Wiggins
  • Lyons, Lonnie, tobacco worker, 603 South Spring

 

 

 

Where we worked, 1922 — J and K.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the ninth in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Jackson, Annie S., domestic, 618 East Green
  • Jackson, Benjamin H., barber — W.M. Hines, 721 East Green
  • Jackson, Elise, teacher, 618 East Green
  • Jackson, Joseph S., laborer, 618 East Green
  • Jacobs, Elizabeth, domestic, 302 North East
  • Jacobs, Jesse, janitor, 303 Elba
  • Jacobs, Lillie B., cook, 705 South Lodge
  • Jacobs, Sarah, domestic, 303 Elba
  • James, Mary, tobacco worker, 307 Stantonsburg Road
  • James, Robert, tobacco worker, 307 Stantonsburg Road
  • James, William, laborer, 201 Stantonsburg Road
  • Jarvin, Clinton, laborer, 407 North Pine
  • Jefferson, Charles, tobacco worker, 213 Stantonsburg Road
  • Jefferson, John, carpenter, 521 South Spring
  • Jefferson, Maggie, tobacco worker, 627 Wiggins
  • Jefferson, Robert, laborer, 706 Walnut
  • Jeffrey, Ethel, domestic, 912 Washington
  • Jeffreys, Addie, cook, 310 Spring Street Alley
  • Jeffries, Janie, laundress, 607 Spruce
  • Jeffries, Kate, laundress, 600 South Daniel
  • Jeffries, Mary, domestic, 507 Stantonsburg Road
  • Jeffries, Nathan, drayman, 607 Spruce
  • Jenkins, Frank, blacksmith, 404 East Hines
  • Jenkins, Frank, tobacco worker, 317 South Goldsboro
  • Jenkins, Tessie, tobacco worker, 306 Stantonsburg Road
  • Jennings, Mary M., teacher, 307 Pender
  • Johnson, Amos, laborer 609 East Nash
  • Johnson, Beatrice, cook, 529 South Lodge
  • Johnson, Bertha, tobacco worker, 510 South Goldsboro
  • Johnson, Edward, grocer 708 South Goldsboro, 406 East Hines
  • Johnson, Ella, laundress, 316 South Lodge
  • Johnson, Frank, laborer, 515 Railroad
  • Johnson, Jake, proprietor — Busy Bee Shoe Shine Parlor, 513 East Nash
  • Johnson, Lee, shoemaker 517 East Nash, 206 North East
  • Johnson, Lula, domestic, 506 Smith
  • Johnson, Marjorie, tobacco worker, 207 South Railroad
  • Johnson, Richmond, gardener, 911 East Vance
  • Johnson, William, laborer, 506 Smith
  • Johnson, William A., cook, 910 Mercer
  • Johnson, Winnie, laundress, 529 South Lodge
  • Jones, Charles, barber 914 East Nash, 912 East Nash
  • Jones, Christine, tobacco worker, 1009 Mercer
  • Jones, Edward, bricklayer, 202 Pender
  • Jones, Edward, laborer, 107 West Walnut
  • Jones, Elmira, tobacco worker, 1009 Mercer
  • Jones, Estella, laundress, 513 Railroad
  • Jones, Frank, laborer, 509 South Bruton
  • Jones, Geneva, laundress, 506 Grace
  • Jones, Harriet, domestic, 1000 Robinson [Roberson]
  • Jones, Isaiah, butcher, 500 East Vance
  • Jones, Levi H., proprietor — The Mayflower, 114 Pender
  • Jones, Mack, drayman, 502 South Lodge
  • Jones, Martha, domestic, 901 Stantonsburg Road
  • Jones, Maud, cook, 207 South Bruton
  • Jones, Melvin, tobacco worker, 708 East Vance
  • Jones, Nannie, domestic, 621 East Vance
  • Jones, Noel, farmer, 1009 Mercer
  • Jones, Noel, tobacco stemmer, 409 Bank [Banks]
  • Jones, Pearl, cook, 311 East Jones
  • Jones, Roberta, cook, 404 South Bruton
  • Jones, Sadie, domestic, 202 Pender
  • Jones, Samuel, barber — The Mayflower, 500 East Vance
  • Jones, Vicey, laborer, 505 Stantonsburg Road
  • Jones, Walter, driver, 507 Grace
  • Jones, Wesley, laborer, 901 Stantonsburg Road
  • Jones, William H., teacher, 307 Hackney
  • Jordan, Delia, domestic, 614 Wiggins
  • Jordan, Mollie, tobacco worker, 628 Wiggins
  • Joyner, Farrar, fireman, 418 Walnut Alley
  • Joyner, George H., shoe repairer, 529 East Nash
  • Joyner, Lou, tobacco worker, 406 South Goldsboro
  • Joyner, Mazie, tobacco worker, 496 South Goldsboro
  • Joyner, Thomas, porter, Atlantic extended
  • Kenner, George, drayman, 528 East Barnes
  • Kenner, James, driver, 528 East Barnes
  • Key, Clarence, porter, 621 Suggs
  • Killebrew, Needham, driver, 311 Hackney
  • Kindell, Charles, janitor, 121 Pender
  • Kindell, Jessie, domestic, 121 Pender
  • King, Alberta, domestic, 203 North East
  • King, Andrew, tobacco worker, 205 South Spruce
  • King, Chaney, laundress, 205 South Spruce
  • King, Ernest, driver, 316 Pender
  • King, Henrietta, cook, 651 Wiggins
  • King, Ludie, laborer, 203 North East
  • King, Martha, tobacco worker, 649 Wiggins
  • King, Mary, domestic, 203 East Spruce
  • King, Mary H., laundress, 205 East Spruce
  • King, William, farmer, 203 East Spruce
  • King, William, laborer, 111 West Gold
  • Kittrell, Letta, domestic, 807 Viola
  • Kittrell, Mary, domestic, 708 East Green
  • Kittrell, William H., brick layer, 708 East Green
  • Knight, Ada, clerk — Nelson Green, 607 South Lodge
  • Knight, Elsie, domestic, 112 Pender
  • Knight, Frank, chauffeur, 112 Pender
  • Knight, Frederick, laborer, 402 South Daniel
  • Knight, James H., blacksmith — Thomas & Barnes, 607 South Lodge
  • Knight, John, teacher, 704 Suggs
  • Knight, Nancy, laundress, 607 South Lodge
  • Knight, Rosa, tobacco worker, 209 North East
  • Knights of King Solomon Inc., 205 South Stantonsburg Road, W.M. Pierce G.H.P., Amos Potts G.S.
  • Kornegy, Bryant, pastor — Christ Disciples Church, Kinston N.C.
  • Korney, Elbert, tobacco worker, 203 South Stantonburg Road

Notes:

  • The Grand Scribe of the Knights of King Solomon was Amos Batts, not Potts.

Where we worked, 1922 — H and I.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the eighth in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Hadley, Hattie, laundress, 607 East Nash
  • Hagan, Cora, tobacco worker, 1205 Carolina
  • Hagan, Dicey, domestic, 212 South East
  • Hagan, Henry, laborer, 404 Spring Street Alley
  • Hagan, Isaac, laborer, 409 Young’s Alley
  • Hagan, John, farmer, 212 South East
  • Hagan, Jonah, cook, 1205 Carolina
  • Hagan, May, laundress, 409 Young’s Alley
  • Hall, Bettie, tobacco worker, 901 Atlanta
  • Hall, Chester, tobacco worker, 404 Spring Street Alley
  • Hall, Jerre H., carpenter, 901 Atlanta [Atlantic]
  • Hall, Luther, dairyman, 408 Whitley
  • Hall, Purley, orderly — Wilson Sanatorium [see below]
  • Hall, Rosa, laundress, 212 East Hines
  • Hall, Victoria, maid, 125 Ashe
  • Hanesworth, Charles, tobacco worker, 203 Stantonsburg Road
  • Haney, Essie, tobacco worker, 313 Stantonsburg Road
  • Haney, Minnie, tobacco worker, 313 Stantonsburg Road
  • Haney, Rufus, tobacco worker, 313 Stantonsburg Road
  • Haney, Sing, tobacco worker, 313 Stantonsburg Road
  • Hardy, Carrie, laundress, 209 South Reid
  • Hardy, Cornelius, tobacco worker, 209 South Reid
  • Hargrave, Frank S., physician, 624 East Green
  • Hargrave, Willie, domestic, 605 East Green
  • Hargraves, Donald, barber, 1110 Carolina
  • Hargraves, Duncan, carpenter, 1110 Carolina
  • Hargrove, Elias S., Rev., 803 Viola
  • Harper, Charles, carpenter, 1106 East Nash
  • Harper, Luicinda, domestic, 1106 East Nash
  • Harrell, Charles T., bricklayer, 503 Railroad
  • Harrell, Grady, bellman, 411 East Green
  • Harrell, Thomas, laborer, 802 South Lodge
  • Harrington, Edward, section hand, 412 East Jones
  • Harrington, Sarah, laundress, 514 East Nash
  • Harris, Alus, grocer, 1009 Carolina, 1007 Carolina
  • Harris, Bessie, laundress, 411 Young’s Alley
  • Harris, David, laborer, 411 Young’s Alley
  • Harris, Emma, tobacco worker, 208 East Hines
  • Harris, George, laborer, 613 Stantonsburg Road
  • Harris, Henry, bricklayer, 208 East Hines
  • Harris, James, laborer, 208 East Hines
  • Harris, James, tobacco worker, 407 East Walnut
  • Harris, John, tobacco worker, 208 Manchester
  • Harris, Pearl, cook, 703 East Nash
  • Harrison, Lillie, cook, 531 Smith
  • Harrison, Zeke, laborer, 117 Manchester
  • Harvey, Love, barber, 114 East Barnes, 410 East Walnut
  • Harvey, Roscoe L., barber – Love Harvey, 410 East Walnut
  • Haskins, Annie, laundress, 404 South Daniel
  • Haskins, Gertrude, laundress, 508 Warren
  • Haskins, James, porter, 530 East Barnes
  • Haskins, Lester, tobacco worker, 404 South Daniel
  • Haskins, Martha, cook, 505 West Nash
  • Haskins, Robert, bottler, 508 Warren
  • Haskins, Sarah, laundress, 507 Hadley
  • Hatcher, Thomas, bricklayer, 1002 Mercer
  • Hawkins, George, laborer, 902 Viola
  • Hawkins, Otha, bricklayer, 307 Elba
  • Hawkins, Robert, factory hand, 215 East Spruce
  • Hayes, Edward J., principal – Stantonsburg Street Public School 613 East Green
  • Hayes, Ella, laundress, 505 Railroad
  • Hedgepeth, Fannie, laundress, 310 East Walnut
  • Hedgepeth, Jennie, cook, 104 Ashe
  • Hennett, Henry, tobacco worker, 402 Spring Street Alley
  • Henry, Daniel, laborer, 407 East Green
  • Henry, Robert, bricklayer, 141 East Bank[s]
  • Herring, Amos, laborer, 705 South Lodge
  • Herring, Arthur, farmer, 616 Railroad
  • Herring, Ella, laundress, 616 Railroad
  • Herring, Jane, tobacco worker, 616 Railroad
  • Herring, Jesse, laborer, 416 Whitley
  • Herring, Mattie, domestic, 616 Railroad
  • Hicks, Dolly, attendant – Dr. M.E. DuBrisette [DuBissette], East Green extended
  • Higgins, Martha, laundress, 910 East Nash
  • Highsmith, Neal, barber – The Mayflower, 717 Viola
  • Highsmith, William J., barber – W.M. Hines, 802 East Vance
  • Hill, Anna, cook, 306 Pender
  • Hill, Edward, plasterer, 308 North Reid
  • Hill, Henrietta, maid, 205 Pender
  • Hill, James A., laborer, 610 Railroad
  • Hill, John, tobacco worker, 610 Railroad
  • Hill, Joseph, carpenter, 117 Ashe
  • Hill, Lillie, tobacco worker, 610 Railroad
  • Hill, Lula, domestic, 631 Wiggins
  • Hill, Maude, laundress, 117 Ashe
  • Hines, Allie, laundress, 631 Suggs
  • Hines, Amos, fish [market?], 609 Stantonsburg Road
  • Hines, Amos, fish, 631 Suggs
  • Hines, Charles, grocer E Nash extended, 643 Wiggins
  • Hines, George, porter, 631 Suggs
  • Hines, Harvey, laborer, 631 Suggs
  • Hines, Henry, laborer, 404 South Goldsboro
  • Hines, John, laborer, 502 South Daniel
  • Hines, Mary, tobacco worker, 504 Grace
  • Hines, Robert, helper, 546 East Nash
  • Hines, Sarah, laundress, 631 Suggs
  • Hines, Sylvester, machinist, 409 Viola
  • Hines, Walter S., barber 215 East Nash, 617 East Green
  • Hines, William M., barber 113 South Tarboro, 615 East Green
  • Hinnant, Annie, domestic, 903 Stantonsburg Road
  • Hinnant, Arthur, laborer, 903 Stantonsburg Road
  • Hinnant, Cora, domestic, 903 Stantonsburg Road
  • Hinnant, Edward, soft drinks 825 Stantonsburg Road, 903 Stantonsburg Road
  • Hinnant, Edwin L., cashier city clerk, 301 Whitehead Avenue
  • Hinnant, Frank, porter — Dildy & Agnew, Pender corner Viola
  • Hinton, Hardy, cooper, 817 Mercer
  • Hinton, Maggie, maid, 107 South Carroll
  • Hinton, Massie, cook, 107 South Carroll
  • Hinton, Matthew, plasterer, 603 South Lodge
  • Hinton, Moses, laborer 516 Smith
  • Hinton, Ola, laundress, 516 Smith
  • Hocutt, Ella, domestic, 616 Darden Alley
  • Hodge, Frank, driver, 520 Carroll
  • Hodge, Harriet, laundress, 520 Carroll
  • Hodge, Isaac, tobacco worker, 407 East Green
  • Hodge, Rena, domestic, 109 North East
  • Horn, Arthur, laborer, 406 Spring Street Alley
  • Horne, Missouri, laundress — Wilson Sanatorium, 214 Manchester
  • Hoskin, Joseph, tobacco worker, 524 East Barnes
  • Hotel Lynnhaven, 537 East Nash, Gertrude Adams proprietor
  • Howard, Ada, domestic, 402 Whitley
  • Howard, Charles, tobacco worker, Bank near Goldsboro
  • Howard, John, fireman, 701 South Spring
  • Howard, Lula, domestic, 906 Atlanta
  • Howard, Walter, laborer, 902 East Nash
  • Howell, Annie, domestic, 304 North East
  • Howell, Howard, laborer, 304 North East
  • Howell, William, laborer, 525 Stemmery
  • Huggins, Mary, tobacco worker, 611 Gay
  • Humphrey, Edward D., cooper, 707 South Goldsboro
  • Hunt, Linn, helper, 510 Railroad
  • Hunter, Annie, tobacco worker, 402 South Bruton
  • Hunter, Edward, bottler, 1201 Washington Avenue
  • Hunter, Lossie, maid, 1201 Washington Avenue
  • Hurst, William M., cook – A.M. Lewis, 908 Atlantic
  • Hussey, Florence, laundress, 707 East Nash
  • Hutchins, Levi, tobacco worker, 513 Warren
  • Hutchins, Tillie, domestic, 513 Warren
  • Hyman, Bessie, domestic, 600 South Daniel
  • Hyman, James, tobacco worker, 905 Robinson
  • Hyman, Lea, domestic, 414 Whitley
  • Hyman, Louvenia, domestic, 600 South Daniel
  • Hyman, Samuel, butler, 600 South Daniel
  • Ideal Pharmacy, 557 East Nash, D.C. Yancey proprietor
  • Ingram, Edward, laborer 505 South Mercer
  • Ingram, Jessie, cook, 111 North Rountree
  • Isam, Roy, laborer, 604 South Daniel

Notes:

  • Asterisk notwithstanding, Edwin Hinnant was certainly not “colored,” and was likely deeply unhappy to find himself so designated in the city directory.
  • The Hotel Lynnhaven was located where Artis’ Barbershop later stood for several decades.

At right, the old Wilson Sanatorium Annex in October 2018. Its marquee is just visible above the roof of the adjacent building.

 

Where we worked: 1922 — G.

City directories offer fine-grained looks at a city’s residents at short intervals. The 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., directory reveals the types of work available to African-Americans during the booming tobacco era. This post is the seventh in an alphabetical series listing all “colored” directory entries for whom an occupation was listed. The address is the resident’s home, unless a business address is noted.

  • Gaines, Charles, elevator operator, 203 Stantonsburg Road
  • Gaines, Dora, domestic, 528 Smith
  • Gardner, Alice, maid — Wilson Sanatorium, Sunshine Alley
  • Gardner, George, farmer, Spring Street Alley
  • Gardner, Preston, clerk — Peter Artis, Wiggins Street
  • Gardner, William, tobacco worker, 602 South Lodge
  • Garrity, Mary, teacher, 400 Stantonsburg Road
  • Gaston, Lorenzo, tobacco worker, 118 Manchester
  • Gaston, Mancie, barber — W.S. Hines, Elm City
  • Gaston, Sattena, dressmaker, 118 Manchester
  • Gay, Albert, porter, 623 East Green
  • Gay, Charles, tobacco worker, 625 East Green
  • Gay, Rachel, tobacco worker, 812 Robinson [Roberson]
  • Gay, William, tobacco worker, 713 Stantonsburg Road
  • Gear, Cora, maid, 505 East Nash
  • George, Arthur H., teacher, 401 North Vick
  • Gerald, Edgar, tobacco worker, 108 South Vick
  • Gibbs, James, tobacco worker, 604 Park Avenue
  • Gibbs, Priscilla, domestic, 604 Park Avenue
  • Gilchrist, Harrison, tobacco worker, 904 Mercer
  • Gilliam Cafe, 509 E Nash, Rachel Gilliam proprietor
  • Gilliam, Mary, domestic, 646 Wiggins
  • Gilliam, Matthew S., physician — 516 East Nash, 805 East Nash
  • Gilliam, Rachel, proprietor — Gilliam Cafe, 228 Smith
  • Gillis, Walter, helper, 411 South Goldsboro
  • Glenn, Price, laborer, 800 South Lodge
  • Globe Theatre (moving pictures), 543 East Nash
  • Godwin, Robert, laborer, 903 Robinson
  • Goffney, Clinton F., tobacco worker, 704 Suggs
  • Goffney, Joseph, tobacco worker, 206 Manchester
  • Goolsby, Kirby, helper, 536 East Nash
  • Gordon, Elmer, barber — W.S. Hines, 721 East Green
  • Gordon, Oscar C., hairdresser, 511 East Nash
  • Gorham, Ernest, laborer, 405 East Bank[s]
  • Gorham, George, tobacco worker, 417 South Goldsboro
  • Gowen, Walter, tobacco worker, 203 Stantonsburg Road
  • Graham, Henry, tobacco worker, 414 East Walnut
  • Grant, Mary, trained nurse, 203 Pender
  • Grantham, Dessimore, barber, 309 Forbes
  • Grantham, Garfield, carpenter, 908 Viola
  • Gray, Albert, tobacco worker, 606 South Lodge
  • Gray, Mattie, laundress, 606 South Lodge
  • Gray, Sam, tobacco worker, 105 Manchester
  • Green, Arthur, laborer, 202 Pender
  • Green, Edwin, tobacco worker, 13 Stantonsburg Road
  • Green, James, tobacco worker, 546 East Green
  • Green, Marion, laborer, 314 Pender
  • Green, Mary, domestic, 518 East Nash
  • Green, Minnie, laundress, 135 Narroway
  • Green, Missouri, laundress, 507 Grace
  • Green, Naomi, domestic, 202 Pender
  • Green, Nelson, grocer, 420 South Spring, 502 South Lodge
  • Green, Oscar, tobacco worker, 606 South Lodge
  • Green, Richard, Laborer, 314 Pender
  • Green, Walter, tobacco worker, 314 Pender
  • Green, Wash, laborer, 518 East Nash
  • Greenfield, Clarence, driver, 203 Stantonsburg Road
  • Greenfield, Luvenia, cook, 522 South Lodge
  • Griffin, Boston, tobacco worker, 503 Viola
  • Griffin, Mary, tobacco worker, 705 South Lodge
  • Griffis, Delia, laundress, 310 North East
  • Griffis, Donald, blacksmith, 310 North East
  • Griffis, John H., farmer, 310 North East
  • Grimes, Carrie, tobacco worker, 306 East Walnut
  • Grissom, Hattie, domestic, 201 North Vick
  • Grissom, Lydia, hairdresser, 201 North Vick
  • Gunn, Daniel, tobacco grader, 512 South Lodge, 514 South Lodge

Notes:

  • Peter Artis was a confectioner with a shop at 502 East Green.
  • Dessimore Grantham’s Forbes Street? I have never heard of it, and it’s not listed in the directory’s Guide to Streets.