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Snaps, no. 82: Artis cousins.

Beulah Artis Exum Best (1909-1972), Helen Carter Greenfield (1916-1994), Margaret Artis Thompson (1910-1981), circa late 1930s.

Beulah and Margaret Artis were daughters of William M. and Etta Diggs Artis, and Helen was the granddaughter of their father’s sister Louvicey Artis Aldridge. Though William M. Artis and family lived primarily just south of Eureka in Wayne County, he owned property a few miles away in Stantonsburg, Wilson County.

Beulah Artis and her first husband, Leslie “Jake” Exum, lived in Wilson from the time they were married in December 1929 until he was killed in July 1934.

Helen Carter Greenfield‘s paternal great-uncle, Jesse A. Jacobs, lived in Wilson, and she and her family lived briefly on Green and Vance Streets in the early 1920s.

Copy of original photo in the collection of the late Helen C. Greenfield.

Snaps, no. 78: Ada Battle Atkinson.

Ada Battle Atkinson (ca.1885-1971) and, perhaps, a grandchild.

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On 27 January 1909, Mark Atkinson, 30, of Gardners township, son of Henry and Joannah Atkinson, married Ada Battle, 24, of Edgecombe County, in Gardners township, Wilson County. 

In the 1910 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Mark Atkinson, 32; wife Ada, 26; and children Silvester, 6, Masy, 4, Emma, 2, and Henry, 4 months. Mark reported having been married twice.

In the 1920 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Mark Atkinson, 40; wife Ada, 35; and children Sylvester, 15, Henry, 10, Mark, 9, Joanna, 7, Bettie, 5, R. George, 3, and Frank, 1.

In the 1930 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Mark Atkinson, 52; wife Ada, 45; and children Sylvester, 25, Henry, 20, Mark, 18, Joanna, 16, Bettie, 15, George, 13, Frank, 11, Fannie, 10, Ophelia, 7, and Willie, 4, and nephew John H., 21.

In the 1940 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: widow Ada Atkinson, 55; children Betty, 25, George, 23, Frank, 21, Della, 21, Ophelia, 16, Willie, 14, and Geraldene, 9; grandchildren Cleo Atkinson, 9, Curtis Edwards, 8, and Thomas, 4, Minnie, 3, and Grey Atkinson, 2.

In 1940, George Rufus Adkinson registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 15 November 1917 in Wilson; his contact was mother Ada Rebecca Adkinson; he resided on Route 2, Macclesfield, Edgecombe County; and he worked for Grady Skinner, Macclesfield.

In 1940, Frank Atkinson registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 18 October 1918 in Wilson; his contact was mother Ada Atkinson; he resided on Route 1, Macclesfield, Wilson County; and he worked for G.R. Skinner, Macclesfield.

In 1944, Willie Mack Roy Atkinson registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 5 March 1926 in Wilson County; his contact was mother Ada Atkinson; he resided on Route 1, Elm City; and he worked for Pattie Thorne, Elm City.

On 31 December 1945, George Atkinson, 29, single, of Wilson, born in Wilson County, son of Mark Atkinson and Ada Battle, married Laura Hines McCray, 24, widowed, of Wilson, born in Edgecombe County, daughter of David Hines and Maggie Station, in Emporia, Virginia.

Henry Atkinson died 21 January 1964 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 14 December 1910 in Wilson County to Mark Atkinson and Ada Battle; was married to Minnie Atkinson; lived at 116 Pender Street, Wilson; was a laborer; and was buried in Well Cemetery, Wilson County.

George Rufus Atkinson died 24 November 1968 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 17 November 1917 to Mark Atkinson and Ada Battle; was married to Laura Atkinson; and had worked as a laborer.

Ada Battle Atkinson died 17 December 1971 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born24 December 1889 to Joe Ellis and Bettie Battle; was a widow; had been a farmer; lived at 120 Narroway Street; and informant was Willie Atkinson. She was buried in Rest Haven cemetery, Wilson.

Fannie Atkinson Wiggins died 18 July 1973 in Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County. Per her death certificate, she was born 13 September 1920 in Edgecombe County to Mark Atkinson and Ada Battle; lived in Rocky Mount; and was a widow. Her daughter Frances Louise Wiggins was informant.

Sylvester Atkinson died 29 December 1985 in Emporia, Virginia. Per his death certificate, he was born 4 July 1905 in North Carolina to Mark Atkinson and Ada Battle; was married to Annie Atkinson; and was a retired millworker.

Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user samjoyatk.

Snaps, no. 76: Isabel Taylor.

Katherine Elks shared several incredible photographs from an old family album. They depict Isabel Taylor, born about 1847 in what was then Nash County. She, her mother Annis, and siblings were the property of Henry Flowers. After Henry’s death, Isabel, her mother, and her brother Alexander “Elick” passed to his daughter Charity Flowers Taylor. Isabel Taylor died in 1929, and this and the other snapshots must have been taken within a few years of her death.

Many thanks to Katherine Elks and family.

Scrapbook chronicles: the return.

I knew we were related somehow to the Sherrods, but I was in college before I figured out how. Of course, I then wanted to visit Josephine Artis Sherrod, who, it turned out, was both my great-great-grandmother’s half-sister and my great-great-grandfather’s niece. (Yes, it was complicated.) My father took me by the house on Viola Street one evening when I was home over the Christmas holidays. We knocked, the door opened, and I stared into baby-blue eyes set in a caramel-brown face. This was Solomon C. Sherrod Jr., who, though just a few years younger than my grandmother, was my great-grandfather’s first cousin. He ushered us into the front room, and I spent a delightful hour or so with Aunt Josephine.

I was in Wilson this past week. Before I left, I knocked on another door on Viola Street. Cousin Solomon’s youngest son answered, and I placed in his hands the scrapbook Rita Elsner found on a Maryland street three weeks ago. As promised, the Sherrod family’s legacy has returned home.

Here are more gems from Alliner Sherrod Davis Randall‘s scrapbook. If you can help me identify the men and women depicted, I’d be grateful.

Alliner and Henry Randall, probably not long after their marriage in 1946. They made their home in Durham, N.C.

Elmer Lee Sherrod (1929-2002), Josephine and Solomon Sherrod’s youngest son. On the reverse: “To Mr. & Mrs. Randall with Love, Elmer Sherrod, 1401 N. 18th St., Phila 21, Pa.”

Minnie Sherrod Parker (1916-1996). [Thank you, Barbara Williams Lewis!]

Studio portrait of unidentified young woman.

Alliner Randall (1908-1992) and dog.

Unidentified snapshot of older man and young girl. Is this Solomon Sherrod Sr. (ca.1880-1948)?

Betty Cooper Sherrod, who married Solomon Sherrod’s eldest son Earnest E. Sherrod. [Thank you, Bonita Sherrod!]

Scene at a graveside funeral service, possibly in the 1950s.

Solomon Sherrod Sr., probably 1940s. [Thank you, Bonita Sherrod!]

Scrapbook chronicles: Jessie Lee Davis.

Alliner Sherrod Davis Randall had a son Jessie, born in 1932, and a daughter Gaynelle, born in 1941. Jessie Lee Davis, my father’s childhood playmate, was 14 years old when he was struck and killed while riding on the handlebars of a bicycle.

Alliner Sherrod Davis and son Jessie Lee, circa 1933.

Jessie Lee Davis, perhaps about 13 years old.

Jessie L. Davis as a drummer in the Darden High School marching band, circa 1945. Jesse A. Henderson lounges beside him. For a photo take just moments before or after this image, see here.

Scrapbook chronicles: the matriarch Josephine A. Sherrod.

Alliner Sherrod Davis Randall‘s scrapbook contained two photos of her mother, Josephine Artis Sherrod (1887-1988). Though not taken on the same day, they were clearly taken within a short span of time and in the same place. They appear to date from the 1950s. (Was the occasion Mother’s Day? Her birthday? Both were in May.) I have not yet identified the two-story house in the background.

Handwritten in pencil on the back of this image: “To my baby, Love Mother.”

Snaps, no. 75: Cornelius Barnes.

Cornelius Barnes (1875-1960).

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In the 1880 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer Richard Barnes, 38; wife Aqulla, 33; and children Edward C., 9, Wm. H.M., 8, Lewis H., 6, Maryland, 5, and Corneleous, 4.

In the 1900 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: farmer Richard Barnes, 58; wife Gracey, 23; children Peter, 23, Cornelius, 21, Mary S., 18, Geneva, 16, John, 14, and Barnie, 7.

On 27 December 1905, Cornelius Barnes, 29, of Stantonsburg, son of Richard and Quilla Barnes, married Maggie Farmer, 22, of Stantonsburg, daughter of Robert and R. Farmer, near Moyeton, N.C. 

In the 1910 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: Melia Barnes, 33; wife Maggie, 27; and children Clarance, 6, and Cellia, 3.

In the 1920 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: on Stantonsburg & Wilson Road, tenant farmer Nela Barnes, 43; wife Maggie, 35; children Sallie, 13, and Claranc, 16, and nieces and nephew LouEtta, 17, Walter, 16, Flora, 10, Quillie, 8, and Susan A., 5.

In the 1930 census of Saratoga township, Wilson County: Neal Barnes, 55; wife Maggie, 45; and nieces Mary S., 16, and Quillie, 18.

In the 1940 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: Cornelius Barnes, 64; wife Maggie, 55; daughter Sallie, 33; nephew Frank Ellis, 29; and grandchildren Herman Bowden, 12, and Thelma, 9, Corana, 8, William, 5, Josephine, 4, and Dorothy Taylor, 3. 

Cornelius Barnes died 27 June 1960 in Stantonsburg township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born 3 March 1875 in Wilson County to Richard Barnes and Quilla Joyner; had been a farmer; and was married to Maggie Barnes. He was buried in Bethel cemetery.

Photograph courtesy of Ancestry.com user wepurkett.

Snaps, no. 75: Cornelius Barnes.

Cornelius Barnes (1875-1960).

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In the 1880 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer Richard Barnes, 38; wife Aqulla, 33; and children Edward C., 9, Wm. H.M., 8, Lewis H., 6, Maryland, 5, and Corneleous, 4.

In the 1900 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: farmer Richard Barnes, 58; wife Gracey, 23; children Peter, 23, Cornelius, 21, Mary S., 18, Geneva, 16, John, 14, and Barnie, 7.

On 27 December 1905, Cornelius Barnes, 29, of Stantonsburg, son of Richard and Quilla Barnes, married Maggie Farmer, 22, of Stantonsburg, daughter of Robert and R. Farmer, near Moyeton, N.C. 

In the 1920 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: on Stantonsburg & Wilson Road, tenant farmer Nela Barnes, 43; wife Maggie, 35; children Sallie, 13, and Claranc, 16, and nieces and nephew LouEtta, 17, Walter, 16, Flora, 10, Quillie, 8, and Susan A., 5.

In the 1930 census of Saratoga township, Wilson County: Neal Barnes, 55; wife Maggie, 45; and nieces Mary S., 16, and Quillie, 18.

In the 1940 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: Cornelius Barnes, 64; wife Maggie, 55; daughter Sallie, 33; nephew Frank Ellis, 29; and grandchildren Herman Bowden, 12, and Thelma, 9, Corana, 8, William, 5, Josephine, 4, and Dorothy Taylor, 3. 

Cornelius Barnes died 27 June 1960 in Stantonsburg township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born 3 March 1875 in Wilson County to Richard Barnes and Quilla Joyner; had been a farmer; and was married to Maggie Barnes. He was buried in Bethel cemetery.

Photograph courtesy of Ancestry.com user wepurkett.

Snaps, no. 74: Fred Woodard.

Fred Woodard (1861-1935).

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In the 1870 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farm laborer Benj’n Woodard, 32, wife Harriet, 31, and children Edna, 13, Frederick, 9, and Venah, 6.

In the 1880 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer Benjamin Woodard, 42, wife Harriet, 39, children Frederick, 18, Maggie, 15, and Ruth, 10, plus a servant with neuralgia named Merrit Joyner, 23.

On 4 January 1888, Fred Woodard, 25, son of Benj’n and Mary Woodard, married Mary Oneal, 20, daughter of Scott Oneal, in Black Creek township, Wilson County.

In the 1900 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer Fred Woodard, 40; wife Mary L., 32, school teacher; and son Linwood, 2.

In the 1910 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer Fred Woodard, 43; wife Mary L., 36; and children Linwood, 12, Nathanael, 10, Sylvester, 7, Stephen, 5, and Nebraska, 3.

Linwood Woodard registered for the World War I draft in 1918. Per his registration card, he was born 9 September 1898; lived at Route 5, Wilson; farmed for Walter Woodard; and his nearest relative was Fred Woodard.

Fred Woodard died 12 October 1935 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 73 years old; was born in Wilson County to Ben Woodard and Harriet Dawson; was the widower of Mary L. Woodard; was a farmer; and lived at 406 Banks Street, Wilson. Linwood Woodard, Greenville, N.C., was informant.

Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user kelliwoodard21.