Wilson Advance, 5 January 1888.
Wilson Advance, 5 January 1888.
Joyners Depot NC Dec 26th 1865
Geo. O. Elavis [Glavis], Agt. Freeman Bureau, Goldsboro N.C.
Sir Louis Bearer of a repot ordering me to appear before you in Goldsboro on the 27th of the present inst. for trial has repoted to me. And find me in Verry feble health also short of funs inlily too unwell to come down by the time that you have ordered me to do.
I am one of the Home polease of Wilson Co and have been ever since the surrender of the Army. And had Louis under arest when he left me and carried off my doble Barrel Gunn. Louis now has come & diliverd to me the Gunn and has been given all of his clothing. And myself & Louis are now friendly with each other and Louis tels me that he is coming back soon to work on my land &c.
Louis will sattisfy you inreguards to the former order
Please write me at Joyners Depot & let me know if I can be let off from coming down to see you
I am Verry Respecfully yours &c, J.H. Armstrong
P.S. I will be prepared in afew days if compell to come down
North Carolina Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1863-1872, Goldsboro (subassistant commissioner), Roll 16, Unregistered Letters Received Aug 1865-Feb 1868, http://www.familysearch.org
The mayor of Wilson offered a fifty-dollar reward for the recovery of Carrie Cooper Pettiford’s money.
Wilson Advance, 26 January 1893.
In the 1880 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: Carrie Cooper, 20, school teacher, living alone.
The marriage license of John E. Pettiford and Carrie Cooper.
In 1893, Hampton Normal School Press published Twenty-Two Years’ Work of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute at Hampton, Virginia (Records of Negro and Indian Graduates and Ex-Students with historical and personal sketches and testimony on important race questions from within and without, to which are added, by courtesy Messrs Putnam’s Sons, N.Y., some of the Songs of the Races gathered in the School), which featured an interview of Carrie Cooper.
Carrie Cooper is listed as a teacher in the 1896 edition of Branson’s North Carolina Business Directory.
In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Owens Smith, 49, minister; wife Adora, 30; son Jesse, 19; daughter Flossie, 4; widowed mother Maria Hicks, 78, a midwife; and boarder Carry Pettiford, a widowed teacher.
In 1901, Carrie Pettiford was arrested with Millie Sutton for threatening the life of Adora Smith, wife of Rev. Owen L.W. Smith.
In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Stantonsburg Street, Carrie Pettiford, 46, widow, cook, living alone.
Wilson Advance, 19 January 1888.
Wilson Daily Times, 21 August 1933.
Richard C. Artis and father Robert E. Artis, circa 1950s. Photo courtesy of Melissa Mack.
Pittsburgh Courier, 2 March 1935.
In the 1940 census of Raleigh, Wake County: Alex Morrison, 35, of Wilson was listed as an inmate of North Carolina State Penitentiary.
Alex Morrison died 24 December 1969 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 6 February 1904 to Fannie Bethea; was a widower; resided at 310 Hackney Street; and had worked as a laborer. Katie Farmer of Route 1, Elm City was informant.
Wilson Advance, 11 June 1896.
Neither Davis nor Haskins is found in the 1900 census of Wilson County.
Wilson Times, 2 October 1896.
Wilson Advance, 25 February 1897.
A “tom thumb” is a sausage made with pork shoulder, sage, and red pepper, heavily salted and stuffed into a hog’s stomach. The resulting large lump is either smoked or dry-cured and is a delicacy found — with decreasing frequency — in Virginia and the Carolinas.
On 7 January 1886, John Melton, 28, married Lucey Farmer, 29, at Tobey Farmer‘s in the presence of Thos. Ruffin, J.H. Lassiter and Robert Melton.
In the 1900 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: John Melton, 42, wife Lucy, 45, sons John, 16, and Samuel A., 13.
In the 1910 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: John Melton, 51, wife Lucy, 55, son Johnnie Jr., 24, boarder James Dudley, 20, and grandson Sam Melton, 12.
News & Observer (Raleigh), 28 June 1907.