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Studio shots, no. 153: Robert David Bynum, Jr.

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Robert D. Bynum Jr. (1918-1994).

In the 1920 census of Cross Roads township, Wilson County: farmer David Bynum, 34; wife Hattie H., 26; and children Eva M., 3, and David Jr., 1.

In the 1940 census of Springhill township, Wilson County: Davaid Bynum, 53; wife Hattie, 46; and children Eva, 23, Daviod, 21, Effie, 17, Ray, 15, Nettie, 13, Olivia, 11, Doris, 8, and Deborah, 6.

In 1940, Robert David Bynum registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 29 July 1918 in Wilson; lived at R.F.D. 1, Lucama; his contact was father David Bynum; and he worked for Howard Watson, Park Avenue, Wilson. The registrar noted that Bynum was “sick in bed with asthma.”

On 18 December 1943, Robert David Bynum Jr., 25, of Lucama, son of David and Hattie Bynum of Lucama, married Ruth Shaw, 21, of Kenly, daughter of Grocer and Nettie Shaw of Kenly, in Smithfield, Johnston County.

Robert David Bynum Jr. died 16 June 1994 in Lucama, Wilson County.

Photo courtesy of Leroy Barnes.

Studio shots, no. 152: Albert F. Hinnant.

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Albert Franklin Hinnant (1909-1988).

In the 1930 census of Springhill township, Wilson County: farmer Atlas Hinnant, 47; wife Hattie, 43; children Albert, 18, Cleo, 15, Mary, 13, and Paul, 9; plus mother Haley Lane, 62, widow.

In 1940, Albert Franklin Hinnant registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 23 March 1909 in Wilson; lived at R.F.D. #1, Lucama, Wilson County; his contact was mother Hattie Hinnant, R.F.D. #3, Kenly, Wilson County; and he worked for Walter Kirby, Lucama. He was described as 6’5″, 205 pounds.

On 28 December 1972, Albert Franklin Hinnant, single, born 23 March 1911, married Lillie Mae Brown, divorced, born 23 June 1915, in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Albert F. Hinnant died 5 May 1988 in Hampton, Virginia. Per his death certificate, he was born 23 March 1911 in Wilson, N.C., to Atlas Hinnant and Hattie Pierce; was married to Lillie M. Hinnant; lived in Portsmouth, Virginia, and was a retired merchant seaman. He was buried in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Virginia.

Photo courtesy of Ancestry user jmt1946808.

Studio shots, no. 148: Cleora H.H. Barnes.

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Cleora Hodge Hagans Barnes (1922-1999).

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In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 809 Mercer Street, Alphonso Hodge, 26, cook at Taylor cafe; wife Lula, 24; and daughter Cleora, 7.

Charles Hagans, 21, son of Isaac and Essie May Hagans, and Cleora Hodge, 18 [actually, she was 14], daughter of Alphonso and Lula Hodge, married 24 October 1936 in Nashville, Nash County. Witnesses were Wilfred McCray and Lula Hodge.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1002 Mercer Street, drugstore delivery boy Charles Hagans, 21; wife Cleora, 19; and daughters Therrol, 3, and Lula Mae, 7 months.

In 1940, Charles Hagans registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 4 August 1919 in Wilson; his contact was wife Cleo Hagans; he lived at 1002 Mercer Street; and he worked for Herring Drug Store, 211 East Nash Street.

Raymond Barnes, born 10 May 1923 in Wilson County to George Barnes and Pattie Williams, married Cleora Hodge Hagans, born 12 July 1922 in Wilson County to Alphonso Hodge and Lula Hunt, both residents of Wilson County, married 30 October 1964 in Nashville, Nash County.

Alfonza Hodge died 11 March 1965 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, Hodge was born 25 December 1902 in Wilson County to Lenwood Hodge and Nannie E. Young; was a widower; lived at 1009 Railroad Street, Wilson; worked as a cook at Star Cafe. Informant was Cleora Barnes, 206 North East Street, Wilson.

Cleora Barnes died 19 April 1999.

Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user PHILLYEVANS44.

Studio shots, no. 147: Alfonza Hodge.

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Alfonza Hodge (1902-1965).

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 309 Factory Street, Nannie Hodge, 40, widowed factory laborer, and children Flora, 12, Mary, 9, both factory laborers, and Alphus, 7.

On 21 August 1923, Alphonso Hodge, 25, married Lula Hunt, 22, daughter of Lem Hunt and Ora Hunt, in Wilson. Missionary Baptist minister W.M. Baker performed the ceremony in the presence of Willie Baker, Darkis Powell, and Henrietta Baker.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 809 Mercer Street, Alphonso Hodge, 26, cook at Taylor cafe; wife Lula, 24; and daughter Cleora, 7.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 410 Jones Street, Alfonzo Hodge, 36, cook at Dixie Inn, and wife Lula, 35, housemaid.

Alfonza Hodge died 11 March 1965 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, Hodge was born 25 December 1902 in Wilson County to Lenwood Hodge and Nannie E. Young; was a widower; lived at 1009 Railroad Street, Wilson; worked as a cook at Star Cafe. Informant was Cleora Barnes, 206 North East Street, Wilson.

Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user PHILLYEVANS44.

Studio shots, no. 146: Richard Artis.

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Richard Artis (1890-1932).

In the 1900 census of Nahunta township, Wilson County: farmer Thomas Artice, 63; wife Bettie, 26; and children James F., 18, Richard, 9, Annah, 15, Lou E., 13, and Francis, 11.

Richard Artis, 23, of Wayne County, N.C., son of Tom and Polly A. Artis, married Sadie Woodard, 24, daughter of Fan Woodard, on 8 February 1914 in Stantonsburg.

In 1917, Richard (Bill) Artis registered for the World War I draft in Wayne County. Per his draft registration card, he was born 24 August 1890 in near Eureka, N.C.; was a self-employed farmer near Eureka, Wayne County; and had a wife and five children.

In the 1920 census of Nahunta township, Wilson County: farmer William Artis, 32; wife Sadie, 33; and children Ida, 15, Willie, 13, Eddie, 10, Walter, 8, Rosa Bell, 6, and Council Odell, 7 months.

In the 1930 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: farmer Bill Artis, 38; wife Sadie, 42; and children Ettie, 20; Walter, 18; Rosa, 16; Richard, 14; Odell, 10; and Agnes, 8.

Sadie Artis died 16 January 1931 in Stantonsburg township, Wilson County. Per her death certificate, she was 42 years old; was born in Greene County, N.C. to Fannie Woodard; was married to Richard Artis; and farmed.

Richard Artis died 29 November 1932 in Stantonsburg township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born in 1888 in Wayne County to Tom Artis and Polly Ann Daniel; was married to Sadie Artis; worked as a laborer; and was buried in Red Hill cemetery. Ida Horne was informant.

Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user Richard Grantham.

Studio shots, no. 145: James and Jenny F. Woodard.

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James and Jenny Farmer Woodard.

In the 1870 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farm laborer Jack Woodard, 25; wife Cherry, 24, farm laborer; and daughter Martha, 2.

In the 1870 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farm laborer Jason Farmer, 33; wife Candas, 29; and children Florance, 9, Isaih, 6, and George, 4.

In the 1880 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Jack Woodard, 36; wife Cherry, 36; and children Martha, 13, Mattie, 8, James, 6, Mary, 4, Fannie, 3, and Nicey, 5 months.

In the 1880 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farmer Jason Farmer, 43; wife Candas, 44; and children Florrence, 17, Isaiah, 13, Geo. W., 11, Jessie, 9, Jason, 6, Jennie, 4, and Mayland, 2.

On 13 January 1897, James Woodard, 22, married Jennie Farmer, 21, at the residence of Jason Farmer in Wilson County.

In the 1900 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farmer James Woodard, 25; wife Jennie, 26; and children Dophin, 3, Mary, 2, and Rosa, 1.

In the 1910 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farmer James Woodard, 35; wife Gennie, 34; and children Dorthy Lee and Mary, 11, Rosa, 10, Minnie, 6, James Jr., 5, Walter, 3, Jonie, 2, and George D., 10 months; and niece Athena Adkins, 15.

In the 1920 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: on Black Creek Road, James Woodard, 45; wife Jennie, 44; and children Rosa, 19, Mary, 21, Minnie, 16, James Jr., 14, Walter, 13, John, 12, George D., 10, Cherry, 8, Saphronnia, 7, Ed, 5, Jennie Lee, 3, and Martha, 1.

Jannie Woodard died 22 September 1922 in Wilson township, Wilson County. Per her death certificate, she was born 10 May 1874 in Wilson to Jaison and Candas Farmer and was a farmer on her own land.

James Woodard died 4 February 1937 in Wilson township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was 63 years old; was a widower; was a farmer; and was born in Wilson County to Jack and Charity Woodard.

Minnie Woodard, 22, of Wilson County, [daughter of James and Jennie Farmer Woodard,] married James Ellis, 22, of Wilson County, [son of William and Sarah Barnes Ellis,] on 22 March 1928 in Wilson County. Missionary Baptist minister Geo. Cooper performed the ceremony.

This post honors Minnie Doris Ellis Cummings, born in 1931 to James C. and Minnie Virginia Woodard Ellis. Mrs. Cummings, who passed away 22 March 2020, was one of the mothers of my childhood village. Rest in peace.

Top photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user ziggazigga; photo of Mrs. Cummings courtesy of Edwards Funeral Home, Wilson.

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.

Studio shots, no. 142: Minnie Locus Winstead.

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Minnie Locus Winstead (1895-1985).

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In the 1900 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: tenant farmer Henry Locus, 36; wife Ida, 30; and children Minnie, 13, Joseph, 11, Lou, 9, Davis, 7, and Willie, 5.

Clarence Winstead, 20, of Nash County, son of Will and Mattie Winstead, married Minnie Locus, 18, daughter of Henry and Ida Locus, on 3 December 1914 in Taylors township. Baptist minister William Rodgers performed the ceremony in the presence of J.T. White, Eddie Farmer and Rosa B. White.

In the 1920 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: Clance Winstead, 22; wife Minnie, 23; and children William, 4, and Madie, 1.

In the 1930 census of Taylors township, Wilson County: farm laborer Clarence Winstead, 35; wife Minnie, 38; and children William, 15, and Madie, 11.

In the 1940 census of Taylors township, Wilson County: farmer Clarence Winstead, 42; wife Minnie, 44; and adopted son Robert Featherson, 14.

Photo courtesy of Ancestry user cclemmiles.

Studio shots, no. 141: Alex Creech.

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Alex “Boy” Creech (1909-1980).

In the 1920 census of Springhill township, Wilson County: on New Wilson and Raleigh Road, farmer Right Creech, 48; wife Sallie, 37; and children Willie, 19, James O., 17, Maomie, 18, Luther, 14, Lillie May, 11, Alex, 9, Elizabeth, 8, Beulah, 6, Gertrude, 3, and David, 1.

In the 1930 census of Springhill township, Wilson County: farmer Wright Creech, 56; wife Sallie A., 47; and children Lillie M., 22, Elex, 20, Elizabeth, 18, Gertrude, 13, David, 11, Sallie, 8, Genava, 6, Addie L., 3.

On 7 April 1934, Alex Creech, 24, of Wilson, son of Wright and Sallie Creech, married Anna Ham, 22, of Lucama, son of Louis and Nelie Ham, at the courthouse in Smithfield, Johnston County. Luther Creech applied for the license.

Thanks to Edith Jones Garnett for sharing this photo of her uncle.