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Slave Narrative of Dan Smith

Interviewer: W. W. Dixon Person Interviewed: Dan Smith Location: Winnsboro, South Carolina Place of Birth: Richland County SC Date of Birth: January 11, 1862 Age: 75 Occupation: Construction Dan Smith lives in one room, rent free, of a three-room frame house, the property of his son-in-law, Jim Cason. It is situated on the southeast corner of Garden and Palmer streets in the town of Winnsboro, S.C. He is tall, thin and toothless, with watery eyes and a pained expression of weariness on his face. He is slow and deliberate in movements. He still works, and has just finished a day’s work mixing mortar in the construction of a brick store building for Mr. Lauderdale. His boss says: ‘The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.’ There is nothing organically wrong with Dan but he appears, in human anatomy, as Doctor Holmes’s One Horse Shay must have looked the day before its final collapse. “You been here once befo’ and now here you is again. You say you wanna git additions? Well, I’s told you dat I was born in Richland County, a slave of Marse John Lever and on his plantation, January de 11th day, 1862, when de war was gwine on. How I know? ‘Cause my mammy and pappy told me so. They call my pappy Bob and my mammy Mary. Strange as it seem, my mistress name Mary, just de same as my mammy, tho’ marster wasn’t name Bob, lak pappy. Him name Marster John and de young marster, an only child, was name Marse Jim. You better stop right dere ’til I tell you pappy...

Cabarrus County, North Carolina – Wills 1793-1797

A. 1793 ABENSHINE, CHRISTIAN, Rynhold (son). B. 1793 BARKER, GREENBERRY, Christopher. 1793 BERRY, GEORGE, Mary (wife). 1796 BARRINGER, ROTHIAS, John 1796 BOSHARD, JOHN, Jacob. C. 1793 CLAY, JOSEPH, Mary (wife). 1793 CORPEN, THEDFORD, Joseph. 1793 CORRIGIN, JAMES, Isabella (wife) ; James. D. 1793 DIETRICH, NICHOLAS, Mary (wife). F. 1794 FRANK, JACOB, 1797 FREEMAN, CLAVAN, Patience (wife). G. 1792 GILMORE, JOSEPH, John, Josiah, Nathaniel and William. 1793 GREEN, NATHAN, Elizabeth (wife). 1797 GIBBON, HENRY, H. 1794 HARRIS, JAMES, Elizabeth (wife) ; James, William, Houston and Robert. L. 1794 LINGLE, PETER, Christina (wife). 1794 LUDWIG, CONRAD, 1795 LEOPARD, CATHERINE, John. 1795 LEWIS, CHRISTOPHER, Jacob. N. 1795 NUSSMAN, ADOLPH, wife (not named). R. 1794 RUSSELL, ROBERT, wife (not named). S. 1793 SCONNELL, MIAMICA, Mary (wife). 1793 SHELBY, THOMAS, Sarah (wife). 1794 SEALS, FRANCIS, Mary, Samuel, William, John and Elizabeth. 1794 SELL, PETER, Susanna (wife), Peter. 1794 SHANNON, ROBERT, 1796 SCONNELL, JOHN, 1796 SHINN, BENJAMIN, Joseph, Silas and Samuel. U. 1796 UTE, BERNHARD, Barbara (wife). W. 1794 WEDDING, WILLIAM, 1794 WHITE, WILLIAM, William and Young. 1795 WALLACE, JOHN, Jodaiah (wife). 1795 WESSNER, GEORGE. 1797 WALKER, NICHOLAS, Barbara...

Biography of Capt. Thomas Caldwell

Capt. Thomas Caldwell, of Irish parentage, was born in the eastern part of Mecklenburg county, (now Cabarrus), in 1753. He early espoused the cause of liberty, and entered the service in 1775, in Capt. John Springs’ company as a private, and marched to the protection of the frontier settlements from the murderous and plundering incursions of the Cherokee Indians. He again joined the service in Capt. Ezekiel Polk’s company and marched against the Tories in South Carolina, near the post of Ninety-Six. In 1776, he volunteered under Captain William Alexander, Colonels Adam Alexander and Robert Irwin, General Rutherford commanding; marched to the Quaker Meadows, at the head of the Catawba River, and thence to the Cherokee country, beyond the mountains. After severely chastising the Indians, killing a few, and laying waste their country, causing them to sue for peace, the expedition returned. In 1870, he was appointed Captain by General Thomas Polk to assist in opposing the advance of Lord Cornwallis. After Cornwallis left Charlotte, in October, 1780, he raised a company, placed himself under Colonel Williams, of South Carolina, and fought under him and Colonel Lee, at Pyles’ defeat, on Haw River. He also acted for some time as Quartermaster, at the Hospital, in Charlotte. In 1781 he volunteered under Colonel Davie, and was with him at the battle of Hanging Rock. This was Captain Caldwell’s last important service. The distinguished physician, Dr. Charles Caldwell, also of Irish parentage, and nearly related to Captain Thomas Caldwell, was born in the immediate vicinity of Poplar Tent Church, in Cabarrus county, on land now owned by Colonel Thomas H. Robinson,...

Biography of Dr. Charles Harris

Dr. Charles Harris was born in the eastern part of Mecklenburg county, (now Cabarrus), on the 23rd of November, 1762. He was distinguished as a patriot, a soldier and a physician. While pursuing his studies in Charlotte, the invasion of the town by the British army, under Lord Cornwallis, caused him to exchange the gown for the sword. Accordingly, when a call was made for troops to resist and hold in check the invaders of his country, he joined the corps of cavalry under Col. William R. Davie, and was with that brave and chivalric officer in much of his daring career. After the war was ended he resumed his studies at Clio Academy, in Iredell county, (then a part of Rowan) under the control of the Rev. James Hall. Soon after this classical preparation he commenced the study of medicine under Dr. Isaac Alexander, at Camden, S.C. and graduated at Philadelphia. On his return home, he settled in Salisbury, and practiced there for some length of time with encouraging success. He then removed to Favoni, his family seat in Cabarrus county, where he ended his days. Devoted to his profession he soon became unrivaled as a physician and surgeon. In a short time his reputation was widely extended over the surrounding country, and his skill and success justified this celebrity. He kept up for many years, a medical school, and instructed “ninety-three” young men in the healing art. In his day and generation, good physicians and surgeons (especially the latter) were remarkably scarce–something like angels’ visits, “few and far between.” He was frequently called upon to perform surgical...

J. C. Austin

Cook, 15th Co., Infantry. Son of J. H. and M. M. Austin. Husband of L. A. Austin, of Rowan County. Entered service June 6, 1918, at Concord, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Was mustered out of service at Camp Sevier, S. C., November 30th,...

DeWitt Broom

Private, Btry. A, 33rd Div., 124th F. A. Son of P. W. and Mat Broom. Husband of Della Broom, of Cabarrus County. Entered service June 24, 1918, at Concord, N.C. Was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C.; transferred to Newport News, Va. Went to France Aug. 22, 1918. Fought at Meuse-Argonne, Oct. 5, 1918, to Nov. 11, 1918. Was in Germany nine months. Returned to the USA May 24, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., June 4,...

J. F. N. Whiteside

41st Div., 162nd Inf. Born in Cabarrus County. Entered the service Aug. 27, 1918, at Concord, N.C. Was sent to Camp Gordon, Ga. Sailed for France Oct. 26, 1918. Went to St. Aignon. Sailed for USA July 7, 1919. Arrived July 13th. Mustered out at Camp Mills July 22,...

H. L. Smith

2nd Lt., Aviation, 39th Aero Squadron. Enlisted May 10, 1917, at Ft. Thomas, Ky. Was sent to Kelly Field, Texas, and from there to Channette Field, Ill. Transferred to Rich Field, Texas, then to S. M. A., Austin, Texas, and to Taylor Field, Ala. From there to Carlstrom Field, Fla. Discharged there as 2nd Lt., Pursuit Pilot, March 26, 1919. Home address, Concord,...

Fred N. Sherrill

Private, Inf., Co. L.; from Cabarrus County, N.C.; son of J. O. and Mattie Blanche Sherrill. Entered the service at Concord, N.C., June 13, 1916, and sent to Camp Sevier, S. C. Served on the Mexican border. Mustered out of the service at Camp Sevier, S. C., Dec. 4,...

William M. Sherrill

Hdqrs. Co., 119th Inf., 30th Div. Born in Cabarrus County. Entered the service June 5, 1917, at Concord, N.C. Was sent to Camp Sevier, S. C. Sailed for France May 8, 1918. Fought at Ypres, Voormizelle, Somme. Returned to the USA April 2, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 7,...
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