Reid

He was waylaid and shot to death.

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Wilson Daily Times, 10 July 1923.

To compound tragedy, the 8 July 1923 homicide of Jim Guess was a family affair. Accused murderer Gray Reid was married to Mary Hagans, daughter of James and Hannah Hagans. (And Gray’s brother Elijah Reid was married to Mary’s sister Ida.) Jim Hagans was Jim Guess’ first cousin; his father Lawrence Hagans was brother to Margaret Hagans Guess.

  • Jim Hagans

In the 1880 census of Saratoga township, Wilson County: Laurence Hagans, 30, wife Mary, 24, and children James, 6, and Elizabeth, 3.

James Hagans, 20, of Gardners, son of Lawrence and Mary Hagans, married Hannah Bynum, 19, of Gardners, daughter of Joe and Hazel Bynum, on 20 November 1895 at Joe Bynum’s in Stantonsburg in the presence of Alber Bardin, Moses Woodard, and Joe Hagans.

In the 1910 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: Jim Haggans, 30; wife Hannah, 30; and children Ida, 13, Tom, 12, Mary, 8, James, 6, Alice, 5, Charles, 3, Etta, 2, and twins Jonas and Joe, 3 months.

Elijah Reid, 21, of Gardners township, son of Gray Reid, married Ida Hagans, 18, of Gardners, daughter of James and Hannah Hagans, on 13 January 1915 on the Old Whitehead farm. Witnesses were Robert Hilliard, Lawrence Hagans and J.B. Owens.

In the 1920 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: James Hagans, 45; wife Annie, 40; and children James, 17, M. Allice, 13, Etta, 11, Joe and Jonah, 9, Nelia, 7, Haggar, 6, and Lawrence, 4; and cousin Will Coley, 25.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: James Hagans, 53; wife Nora, 50; sons John, 18, Joe, 18, and Laurence, 16; daughter Etta, 21; grandchildren Elizabeth, 15, Sudie M., 13, Leeoma, 10, David, 5, Bessie M., 3, Lillie M., 1, and Charlie Reid, 4; and daughter Ida Reid, 32.

James Hagans died 27 June 1936 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born in Wilson County to Lawrence Hagans and Mary Gray; was married to Nora Hagans; and was a farmer. Oscar Hagans, 1114 Atlantic Street, was informant.

  • Grey Read — Gray Reid.

In the 1900 census of Otter Creek township, Edgecombe County: farmer Gray Read, 47; wife Lucy, 37; and children Joseph R., 18, Nancy L., 7, Elija, 5, Mart Eva, 4, Jona, 3, and Lucy, 5 months. [Gray Reid Jr. is missing from this household.]

In the 1910 census of Otter Creek township, Edgecombe County: on Tarboro and Wilson Road, Amos Reid, 64; lodger Gray Reid, 57, widower, and his children Gray, 18, Eligh, 15, Margrett, 13, and John, 12.

On 14 February 1915, Gray Reed Jr., 23, of Gardners township, son of Gray Reed and Lucy [last name not given], married Mary Hagans, 18, of Gardners township, daughter of James and Hannah Hagans, in Stantonsburg, Wilson County. Primitive Baptist minister Ruffin Hyman performed the ceremony at John H. Morgan‘s in the presence of Morgan, Hilliard Reed of Wilson, and John Thomas Reed of Stantonsburg.

In 1917, Gray Reid registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born July 1891 in Edgecombe County; lived in Elm City; worked on the Wilson and Grantham farm near Wilson; had a wife and one child; and had an injured leg.

In the 1920 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Ruff Reed, 28; wife Mary, 19; and daughters Enice, 3, Hannah, 1, and Runcie, 1 month.

In the 1940 census of Burgaw township, Pender County, North Carolina: at North Carolina State Prison Camp, Gray Reid, 48, inmate #29137, who lived in Macclesfield, Edgecombe County, in 1935. [This was evidently pursuant to crime subsequent to the murder of Jim Guest.]

Gray Reid died 11 March 1950 in Wilson, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born 22 November 1891 in Edgecombe County to Gray Reid and Lucy Joyner; was a widower; and worked as a laborer. Elijah Reid, 300 South Reid Street, Wilson, was informant.

  • Jim Guess

On 23 April 1922, James Guess, 49, of Gardners township, married Allice Davis, 46, of Gardners township, in Stantonsburg, Wilson County. Ruffin Hyman, Primitive Baptist minister performed the ceremony in the presence of Emma Hyman, George Hagans, and Bennie Guess.

James Guess died 8 July 1923 in Saratoga township, Wilson County, of “Homicide by Gunshot wound. No doctor in attendance. He was waylaid & Shot to death.” Per his death certificate, he was born about 1879 in Edgecombe County to Luke Guess of Edgecombe County and Margarett Hagans of Wilson County; was a farmer for Albert Harrell; and was married. Alice Guess was informant.

“He was waylaid & Shot to death”

County teachers retire.

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Wilson Daily Times, 27 June 1962.

In the 1900 census of Jackson township, Nash County: farmer Dennis Tabron, 51; wife Harrett, 49; and children Cephus, 18, Theodorie, 16, Anna D., 13, and Arena H., 7.

In the 1910 census of Ferrells township, Nash County: farmer Dennis T. Tabron, 66; wife Harret, 50; and daughters Anna D., 18, and Irena, 15.

Barney Reid, 27, of Wilson, son of Jessie and Sallie Reid, married Elnora Taborn, 21, of Nash County, daughter of Denis and Harrit Tayborn, on 28 May 1912 in Wilson.

Barney Reid registered for the World War I draft in 1918 in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 13 April 1885; lived at 300 Vick Street, Wilson; worked as a mechanic for Boyd-Robertson Construction in Newport News, Virginia; and was married to Anna D. Reid.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 300 Vick Street, building carpenter Barney Reid, 43; wife Anna, 39; children Earl, 4, Piccola, 13, and Fitzhugh, 9; and in-laws Harriot, 69, and John Tayborn, 80.

Anna Dora Reid Hall died 20 April 1969 in Kinston, Lenoir County.

  • Cora Sherrod Barnes

In the 1900 census of Nahunta township, Wayne County: farmer Jack Sherard, 56; wife Cassy; and children Ida, 27, Benjamin, 25, Dalas, 20, Exum, 16, Arthur, 15, and Cora, 11.

Columbus Ward, 26, of Greene County, son of Pearson and Cherry Ward, married Cora Sherrod, 18, of Wayne County, daughter of Jack Sherrod, on 17 April 1907 in Stantonsburg, Wilson County.

In the 1930 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: Cassie Sherrod, 75; grandchildren Zenobia, 25, Doris, 7, and Jeraldine, 6; and daughter Cora Powell, 30, public school teacher, divorced.

John M. Barnes died 27 April 1958 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born in 1870 in Wayne County to Charles and Rebecca Pope Barnes; lived at 500 East Green; worked as a brickmason; was married to Cora Sherrod Barnes [daughter of Jack and Cassie Sherrod]; and was buried at Rest Haven. Thelma Byers was informant.

Cora Sherrod Barnes died 12 June 1972 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 13 December 1888 to Jack and Cassie Sherrod; was a widow; and was a retired teacher. Ralph Sherrod was informant.

Shot at from a mystery car.

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Wilson Daily Times, 6 October 1943.

  • Prince Kornegay — in the 1940 census of Old Fields township, Wilson County: farmer Prince Kornegay, 46; wife Molly, 43; and children Eddie, 21, Otis, 16, Elizabeth, 16, Ramon, 14, Prince Jr., 10, H.B., 7, Bernice, 5, and Richard, 2.
  • Wavis Reid
  • A.Z. Ray

Studio shots, nos. 143 and 144: Henry S. and Laura Wilder Reid.

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Laura Ann Wilder Reid (1870-1936).

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Henry Sampson Reid (1861-1944).

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In the 1870 census of Nahunta township, Wayne County: farmer Washington Reid, 54; wife Penina, 40; and children Louisa, 19, Christian, 16 Sarah, 14, Henry, 9, Elijah, 6, and George W., 8 months.

In the 1880 census of Springhill township, Wilson County: Ishmal Wilder, 44, his mother Classey, 65, his wife Sarah, 36, and children Hinton, 15, Josiah, 13, James, 12, Lorrian, 9, Guilford, 8, Clarian, 7, Henry, 5, and Nancy An, 3.

In the 1880 census of Nahunta township, Wayne County: Wash Reid, 55, farmer; children Louiza, 30, Sarah, 25, Christian, 22, Henry, 20, Elizah, 17, George, 11, Daniel, 9, and Penny, 26; and grandchildren Jonah, 6, and Appie Barnes, 7 months.

On 11 June 1892, Mahala Williamson, daughter of Patrick and Spicey Williamson, married Henry S. Reid, of Nahunta, Wayne County, son of Washington and Penninah Reid, in Wilson in the presence of Samuel H. Vick, Elijah L. Reid, and M.H. Cotton.

On 22 October 1895, Laura Wilder, 25, daughter of Ishmael and Sarah Wilder, married Henry S. Reid, 34, son of Washington and Penina Reid of Wayne County. Samuel H. Vick applied for the couple’s license. (Henry was a brother of veterinarian Elijah Reid and principal J.D. Reid.)

In the 1900 census of Nahunta township, Wilson County: farmer Henry Reid, 39; wife Laura A., 29; and children Minnie N., 4, Lena, 2, Arthur S., 12, and Arnold, 7.

In the 1910 census of Nahunta township, Wilson County: farmer Henry S. Reid, 49; wife Laura A., 39; and children Arnold D., 17, Minnie N., 13, Mary L., 11, Levi J., 8, Hugh C.W., 5, James H.H., 4, Walter M., 2, and Elroye S., 2 months.

In the 1920 census of Springhill township, Wilson County: on the avenue between Lucama and Old Raleigh Road, farmer Henry S. Reid, 58; wife Laura, 50; and children Arthur A., 32, Minnie N., 23, Levi J., 18, Hugh C., 15, Harvey J., 14, Walter M., 12, Cary C., 10, Penina, 8, Mittie, 6, and Sarah C., 4.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Henry Reid, 69, farmer; wife Lara A., 59; and children Walter, 22, Cary, 20, Pinina, 19, Mittie, 16, and Sarah, 14.

In the 1940 census of Springhill township, Wilson County: farm laborer Bud Creech, 51; wife Minnie, 42; father-in-law Henry Reid, 79; and sister-in-law Sara Reid, 24.

Laura Reid died 14 April 1936 in Wilson. Per her death certification, she was born 1 July 1870 in Wilson to Ishman and Laura Wilder; was married to Henry Reid; and lived at 307 North Reid. Penina Barnes was informant.

Henry Sampson Reid died 16 April 1944 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 83 years old; was born in Wayne County to Washington Reid and Penina [maiden name unknown]; was a widower; and was a farmer. Informant was Levi Reid, 25 Logan Circle, Washington, D.C.

Photos courtesy of Ancestry user Joyce Rucker-Barnes.

Green Street lot for sale at auction.

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Wilson Daily Times, 4 January 1922.

  • Jonah Reid and wife — Wayne County native Jonah Reid was a son of Jonah Williams below. Jonah married his first cousin Magnolia Artis, daughter of Thomas and Louisa Artis Artis, on 30 August 1892 in Wayne County, North Carolina.
  • J.D. Reid — principal and banker.
  • Jonah Williams — Jonah Williams established several Primitive Baptist churches in Wayne, Wilson and Edgecombe Counties.
  • B.R. Winstead — Educator Braswell R. Winstead was a close associate of Samuel H. Vick, serving for a while as assistant postmaster. He lived at 415 East Green at the time of his death in 1926.

Cemeteries, no. 27: the Sutton-Newsome cemetery.

I was making a U-turn to leave another graveyard near Lucama when I spotted this one at the woodline across a field. The gate is marked by these hand-decorated blocks of concrete.

There are only a handful of gravestones, but the space enclosed within the chain-link fence suggests many more burials.

  • James Walter Sutton and Ida Reid Sutton

Ida and Walter Sutton’s double gravestone. It’s a machine-cut marker not available in the 1950s, and I suspect the shell-decorated cement markers above headed the graves until this monument was placed decades later.

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In the 1900 census of Springhill township, Wilson County: Calvin Sutton, 45; wife Silvania, 49; and children George, 18, Walter, 16, Mary, 13, and Roscoe, 10.

In the 1900 census of Pikeville township, Wayne County: Isiah Reid, 47; wife Eidie, 44; and children John W., 17, Ida L., 15, Oscar, 8, Bessie J., 5, Wade J., 4, and Parthenia, 2.

On 20 January 1904, Ida Reid, 18, daughter of Isaiah Reid, married James W. Sutton, 21, son of Calvin and Marenda Sutton, in Wayne County. [Sidenote: Isaiah Reid, son of John and Mozana Hall Reid, was first cousin to veterinarian Elijah Reid and school principal J.D. Reid.]

In the 1910 census of Cross Roads township, Wilson County: on Goldsboro Road, James W. Sutton, 28; wife Ida, 25; and daughter Irene, 4.

In the 1920 census of Cross Roads township, Wilson County: farmer Walter Sutton, 36; wife Ida, 34; and children Irene, 15, Camillus, 9, Ethel, 6, and James, 1.

Annanias Sutton died 6 September 1925 in Lucama, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born 7 September 1918 in Wilson County to Walter Sutton and Ida Reid; was a schoolboy; died of “edema of larynx — post tonsil abscess”; and was buried in Wayne County.

In the 1930 census of Cross Roads township, Wilson County: farmer James W. Sutton, 48; wife Ida, 44; and children Irene, 23, Comillus, 18, Ethel, 16, Pocahontas, 9, Johnie, 6, and Elijah, 3.

In the 1940 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer Walter Sutton, 58; wife Ida, 54; and children Irene, 34, Pocahontas, 19, Johnie, 16, and Elijah, 13.

Ida Sutton died 5 June 1957 in Cross Roads township. Per her death certificate, she was born 22 November 1889 in Wayne County to Isaiah Reid and Elizabeth Evans; was married to James Walter Sutton; was a farmer; and was buried in Sutton & Newsome cemetery. Informant was Commillus Sutton.

James Walter Sutton died 4 November 1957 in Black Creek township. Per his death certificate, he was born 9 April 1885 in Wayne County to Calvin and Marinda Sutton.

Irene Sutton died 9 July 1971 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 22 November 1907 in Wilson County to Walter Sutton and Ida Reid; lived at 501 Spaulding Street; was never married; and was buried in Sutton cemetery. Informant was Ethel Newsome, 1024 Faison Street, Wilson.

Photos by Lisa Y. Henderson, December 2019.