United States Navy

News of Seaman Christian.

Wilson Daily Times, 20 August 1945.

Seaman 1st Class Charles Christian was stationed in the Southwest Pacific in 1945.


In the 1930 census of South Union township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania: on Leith Road, Geraldine Christian, 28, born in Virginia, housework; son Charles, 13, born in West Virginia; sister-in-law Carrie, 21, born in West Virginia; and parents Alan Sowers, 43, coal miner, born in West Virginia, and Helen Sowers, 42, born in Virginia.

Charles Christian, 24, married Ada Odell Harris, 26, on 6 March 1940 in Wilson.

In October 1940, Charles Wesley Christian registered for the World War II draft in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina. Per his registration card, he was born 15 July 1915 in Grant Town, West Virginia; lived at 816 East 4th Street, Winston-Salem; his contact was wife Ada Odelle Christian; and he worked for R.J. Reynolds.

In the 1950 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 304 Reid Street, city school janitor Charles Christian, 34; wife Ada O., 36; and children Jacqueline A., 5, Vernon W., 3, and Charles H., 2.

Ship’s Cook Carl Dudley is somewhere in the South Pacific.

Wilson Daily Times, 15 May 1945.


In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: carpenter John Dudley, 32; wife Della, 27; children Carl D., 7, James H., 5, and Minnie, 2; and niece Fanie Farmer, 22.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: carpenter Henry Dudley, 42; wife Della, 38, housekeeper; and children Carl, 17, delivery boy for grocery store; James, 14, Minnie, 12, and Robert, 9.

Carl Douglas Dudley registered for the World War II draft in 1942.

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

Lewis, former sailor, hangs himself.

Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), 2 July 1910.


Possibly, in the 1900 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: Clarisea Lewis, 43, widow, farmer; and children Emma, 18,, 15, Gertrude, 12, Whit, 10, George, 8, Mattie, 6, and Hattie, 3.

In the 1910 census of Connecticut State Prison, Wethersfield town, Hartford County, Connecticut: Edward Lewis, 25, prisoner, born in N.C., does not work; “This man is insane.”

The Government Hospital for the Insane was later known as Saint Elizabeths Hospital.