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Biography of Maj. Harrison H. Hilton

MAJOR HARRISON H. HILTON. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is one of the prosperous old-time merchants of Arkansas, and is one of the pioneers of the section in which he resides. He has fought the hard battle of life bravely and well, has bent the force of circumstances to his will, and although he began at the bottom round of the ladder, he has attained an enviable place at the top through sheer force of character. He was born in Ashe County, N. C., in 1826, a son of Christopher and Josephine (Wolf) Hilton, who were born in Rockingham County, Virginia, their marriage taking place in the Old North State. After residing there for some time they returned to their native county in Virginia, where the father died in 1831, at about the age of sixty-five years, having been a farmer throughout life. The mother died in Monroe County, Tennessee, and Harrison H. Hilton is her only surviving child, a daughter having died many years ago. At the age of fourteen years the subject of this sketch came West and began farming on the Arkansas River, near Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas In 1850 he took up his residence at Bellefonte, Boone County, where, in 1861, he organized the First Arkansas Battalion of Confederate Cavalry and was at once given the rank of major. He served until captured near Marshfield, Missouri, in 1863, and after being kept a prisoner at St. Louis for a time was paroled. During his service he was on scouting duty the most of the time. At the close of the war he went...

Biography of Andrew J. Coffey

ANDREW J. COFFEY. Ozark County, Missouri, is well known for the richness of its soil, and among those industrious farmers who have assisted in making this section the rich agricultural district that it is may be mentioned Andrew J. Coffey, who was born in Ashe County, N. C., in 1833, of which State his parents, Cleveland and Susan (Hayes) Coffey, were also natives. During the early boyhood of Andrew J. Coffey, he was taken by his parents to Hawkins County, Tennessee, and soon after to Granger County, where the mother died some fifty years ago. Mr. Coffey remarried afterward and then returned to the Old North State, where he died about 1866, having been a farmer and mechanic throughout life. He was a man of much industry, led an active and upright life, and in religion was a Missionary Baptist. His father, Jesse Coffey, was an early settler of North Carolina and breathed his last in Burke County when Andrew J. was a small lad. He was of Irish ancestry, a farmer by occupation, and was a minister of the Primitive Baptist Church. The children born to Cleveland and Susan Coffey are as follows: Andrew J.; William, who was a soldier of the Confederate Army and was killed at Mission Ridge; Thomas was a Federal soldier, but nothing has been heard of him since the war; Martha died young; Susan E. is the wife of Aaron McGinnis, of Ozark County, Missouri The education and rearing which was given the average farmer’s boy of his day was given to Andrew J. Coffey, and in 1849 he came to the conclusion...

Biography of H. R. Dickson

H. R. DICKSON. It seems impossible to think that where are now magnificent fields of corn and thrifty farms, less than half a century ago was a wilderness inhabited by wild animals and savages. Still stranger is it to think that we have in our midst one of those old settlers who spent his best energies in subduing the wilderness and bringing it to the state of perfection apparent to all. H. R. Dickson was born in Ashe County, N. C., July 31, 1824, and was the eldest of twelve children born to the marriage of William and Frances (Cross) Dickson, both natives of the Old North State. William Dickson was the son of Douglas Dickson and the grandson of Thomas Dickson, who was a native of Scotland and who came to this country at an early day. The latter settled in North Carolina, and there followed farming, as also did his sons, in Ashe County. There his death occurred. Douglas Dickson died in that county also. The father of our subject grew to manhood in North Carolina, and about 1856 came to Missouri locating on a farm in Reynolds County. He was a prominent man in the county, a leader in the Baptist Church, and an excellent citizen. Previous to coming to Missouri he was a resident of Scott County, Tennessee, for some time, and while there held the office of justice of the peace. His wife died in this county in 1869. Twelve children were given them: H. R. (subject), Nancy E., Temperance A., Thomas M., Mary A., William D., John W., Sarah J., Malinda C., Rebecca...

Arnold, Ettie Virginia – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Ettie Virginia Arnold of Enterprise died at the University of Oregon Medical Center in Portland on April 21, 1989. She was born April 20, 1921, at West Jefferson, N. C., the daughter of Jesse and Nellie Lewis. On Aug. 5, 1939 she married Quincy A. Arnold at Mount City, Tenn. The Arnold family moved to Enterprise in 1972. She was a homemaker and a member of the Flat Grove Baptist Church. She loved making quilts, gardening, walking, canning, camping and most of all, attending yard sales. Survivors include her husband, Quincy; two sons, J.R. of Enterprise and Jones of Lebanon, Penn.; and Merinda Downing of Enterprise; four brothers, Gwyn Lewis, Enterprise, Gene Lewis, West Jefferson, N.C., Coy Lewis, Cleveland, Ohio; sisters, Ollie Lewis, West Jefferson, N.C., and Clyde Dipple, Acron, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and four...

Lewis, Gwyn – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Gwyn E. Lewis, 65, died at home in Enterprise May 27, 1999. He was born at West Jefferson, N.C. Sept. 12, 1933, to Jesse and Nele Lewis. He moved to Oregon in 1952. Gwyn married Peggy Trump on May 13, 1953. They were married 46 years in May. Gwyn enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and family outings. Gwyn worked in the woods logging most of his life. He retired from Wallowa County Grain Growers as a gas truck driver. He enjoyed attending the grandchildren’s sports events. He was known as Papa to all the children who came through the door a total of 23 years. Peggy has had the daycare in their home. Many a day you would find him holding a child on his lap or teaching them to gold or fish out their driveway. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; sons Carcy Lewis and family of Joseph; daughters, Sandy Beaudoin and family of Enterprise and Linda Shirley and family of La Grande; and a total of 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Nele Lewis; two sisters and two brothers; and infant daughter. A Celebration of Life was held May 28, 1999, at Bollman Funeral Home, with Pastor Doug Williams officiating. Military committal was by the VFW Post 4307, with interment at Enterprise...

Arnold, Ettie Virginia – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Ettie Virginia Arnold of Enterprise died at the University of Oregon Medical Center in Portland on April 21, 1989. She was born April 20, 1921, at West Jefferson, N.C., the daughter of Jessie and Nellie Lewis. On Aug. 5, 1939, she married Quincy A. Arnold at Mount City, Tenn. The Arnold family moved to Enterprise in 1972. She was a homemaker and a member of the Flat grove Baptist Church. She loved making quilts, gardening, walking, canning, camping and most of all attending yard sales. Survivors include her husband Quincy; two sons, J.R. of Enterprise and Jones of Lebanon, Penn.; two daughters, Joyce Weidman of Peach Bottom, Penn., and Merinda Downing of Enterprise; four brothers, Gwyn Lewis, Enterprise, Gene Lewis, West Jefferson, N.C., Coy Lewis, Lenore, N.C., and James Lewis, Cleveland, Ohio; sisters, Ollie Lewis, West Jefferson, N.C., and Clyde Dipple, Acron, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be today (Thursday) at the Bollman Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with Jerry Raedeke officiating. Music will be furnished by Wanda Sorweide, organist, and Tillie Johnson, vocalist. Pallbearers will be James Yost, Jack Morton, Scott Crane, Allen Estes, Kim Neth and Richard Halverson. Internment will be in the Enterprise cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Heart fund in care of the Bollman Funeral Home, Main at West 3rd,...

Arnold, Quincy Albert – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Quincy Albert Arnold Quincy Albert Arnold Sr., 86, died Nov. 9, 2004, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. He was born to Alvin and Cora Arnold in West Jefferson, N.C., in 1918. He married Ettie Virginia Arnold in 1939, who passed away in 1989. They lived in North Carolina before settling in Enterprise. He served in the Army in 1944, and was in construction as a carpenter until retirement. During retirement he loved building furniture, going to yard sales and getting wood for winter. He also enjoyed sitting on his swing and looking at the mountains while telling jokes. Survivors include two sons, Quincy Arnold Jr. and his wife Lana of Joseph, and Jones Arnold and his wife Carol of Jonestown, Pa.; and two daughters. Joyce Weidman of Peach Bottom, Pa., and Merinda Jensen and her husband Ron of Enterprise. He is also survived by a sister, Beryl Bumgardner of West Jefferson, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and companion Opal Patton. Three brothers and five sisters preceded him in death. Services were held on Nov. 15, 2004, with internment at Enterprise Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation, in care of Bollman Funeral Home. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, November 18, 2004 1918-2004 Quincy Albert Arnold, 86, of Joseph died Nov. 9 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Burial was at Enterprise Cemetery. Mr. Arnold was born in 1918 to Alvin and Cora Arnold in West Jefferson, N.C., and married in 1939. He served in the Army in 1944 and worked as a carpenter until his retirement. He enjoyed building furniture, going to yard sales, cutting...

Charlie C. Watson

1st Class Private, Co. K, 4th Div., 47th Inf. Born Sept. 21, 1893; son of R. and Emma Watson, of Ashe County. Husband of Mrs. Maud Watson. Entered service Dec. 14, 1917, at Charlotte, N.C. Was sent to Camp Greene, N.C.; transferred to Camp Mills, N. J. Sent overseas May 23, 1918. Fought at Chateau Thierry. Gassed at Fismes, France, Aug. 7, 1918. Sent to Base Hospital No. 19, at Vichy, France. Landed in the USA Feb. 14, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Wadsworth, S. C., March 7,...

Adams, Charles M. “Chuck” – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Charles M. “Chuck” Adams, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 29, 2005, at his home. His graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Chuck was born on June 28, 1926, at Todd, N.C., to Wiley Lee and Hollie Wagner Adams. He graduated from high school and entered the U.S. Army serving in World War II. After he was discharged from the service, he married his wife, Charlene, on Sept. 26, 1947. He loved automobiles and his entire career centered around them. He worked as a mechanic at the Ford garage, in auto-parts sales for Basche-Sage Hardware Store, owned and operated Bridge Street Richfield Gas Station, worked as an auto-parts salesman for McNeil Auto Parts, and owned and operated Charles Adams Part House at Burns. He retired and he and his wife made their home at Baker City. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking, and photography. He won many awards for his photos. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Charlene Adams of Baker City; his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Doreen Adams of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Michaela and Colleen Brown and Benjamin Adams; great-grandchildren, Michael Brown and Jeffrey Brown; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Lee Adams and Hollie Ward. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Youth Ministry of the Methodist Church. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 5,...

Ashe County, North Carolina Cemetery Transcriptions

North Carolina Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the North Carolina county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Following Cemeteries (hosted at Ashe County, North Carolina Tombstone Transcription Project) Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery John Graybeal, Sr. Family Cemetery Joseph Graybeal Cemetery Following Cemeteries (hosted at Interment) Laurance Cemetery Zion Methodist Cemetery...

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