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Biography of Joseph Knight

JOSEPH A. KNIGHT. – A capable and enterprising citizen of Union county who has labored for the advancement of the county for many years, displaying both ability and integrity in these efforts as in all his career, the subject of this article is deserving of representation in ths volume, and it is with pleasure that we accord to him such, being assured that he is one of the substantial men of the county. Caswell county, North Carolina, is his native place and September 19, 1838, the date of his birth, his parents being William and Susan R. (Harrison(, natives of North Carolina, the father being a farmer there until 1843, in which year he removed to adair county, Misouri, in that place also being numbered with the agriculturists until the time of his death, which occurred September 19, 1865, the mother passing away in October of the same year. They sleep quietly in Macon county, Missouri. Until the age of majority our subject remained with his parents and then started on the path of independent action in life, going first to Kansas, where for six months he was engaged in farming and then returned to Missouri, remaining there until 1865. In this last year he came overland to the Grande Ronde valley, purchasing a farm of two hundred acres near Summerville from the state and settling down to farming and raising stock. Ten years were spent in this place and then he sold his property and took a homestead at his present place, four miles northeast from Elgin. He has increased his holding of real estate until at the...

Biography of Jacob Thompson

North Carolina has contributed much to the history of other States. Many of our promising youths have gone to add their lives and talents to increasing the honor rolls of other sections of the Union. Upon all such she looks with pride and pleasure. But she is not willing that all the honor coming from such lives be claimed by the States of their adoption. It is a circumstance of no small consideration for one to have been a true, native North Carolinian. There is a solidity and strength of character in the general tenor of our good old State that will make itself felt wherever you find it. The mother takes some credit to herself for the achievements of her sons. One life we should not fail to lay great claims to is that of Jacob Thompson, a native North Carolinian, who gave his life work to the State of Mississippi. He served twelve years as Congressman from that State during one of the most trying periods of the Nation’s history, and filled the office of Secretary of Interior in the cabinet of James Buchanan. He was one of the strongest men of his time and exerted a powerful influence in the Nation’s capital in the days when Webster, Clay, and Calhoun were crossing swords in the Senatorial arena. His life is worth considering. He was born in the beautiful little village of Leasburg, in Caswell County, North Carolina, in 1810. His father was Nicholas Thompson, who moved from Orange County and settled in Leasburg about 1801. He was of Scottish descent, and inherited much of the energy...

Slave Narrative of William Williams

Interviewer: Chas. McCullough Person Interviewed: William Williams Location: Canton, Ohio Place of Birth: Caswell County, North Carolina Date of Birth: April 14, 1857 Place of ResidenceL 1227 Rex Ave. S.E. Canton, Ohio Ex-Slaves Stark County, District 5 Aug 13, 1937 WILLIAM WILLIAMS, Ex-Slave Interview with William Williams, 1227 Rex Ave. S.E. Canton, O. “I was born a slave in Caswell County, North Carolina, April 14, 1857. My mother’s name was Sarah Hunt and her master’s name was Taz Hunt. I did not know who my father was until after the war. When I was about 11 years old I went to work on a farm for Thomas Williams and he told me he was my father. When I was born he was a slave on the plantation next to Hunt’s place and was owned by John Jefferson. Jefferson sold my father after I was born but I do not know his last master’s name. My father and mother were never married. They just had the permission of the two slave owners to live together and I became the property of my father’s master, John Jefferson until I was sold. After the war my mother joined my father on his little farm and it was then I first learned he was my father. I was sold when I was 3 years old but I don’t remember the name of the man that bought me. After the war my father got 100 acres and a team of mules to farm on shares, the master furnishing the food for the first year and at the end of the second year he had...

Caswell County, North Carolina – Wills 1777-1799

A. 1784 March. ALLEN, ROBERT, Hannah (wife); Josiah Allen (grandson). 1784 September. ATKINSON, ROBERT, Ransom, Patsy, Mary and Jane. 1788 July. ANTHONY, JOHN, Ursula (wife); Jonathan, Elijah, John, William, Joseph, Elizabeth (children); Nancy Stone, Sarah Boney and Jane Carder (daughters). B. 1777 June. BARNETT, ROBERT, Sarah (wife); Robert and Andrew. 1777 June. BUMPAS, SAMUEL, Mary (wife); Robert, Nathaniel, John, Samuel, Elizabeth and Mary. 1777 June. BUMPASS, ROBERT, Sarah (wife); John, (son) Lucy Van Hook, Elizabeth Davey, Agnes Pratt, Winifred Cozart and Martha Williams (daughters). 1777 June. BUMPASS, ROBERT, Sarah (wife); John, (son) Lucy Van Hook, Elizabeth Davey, and Sugreston. 1781 April. BLACK, ROBERT, Elizabeth (wife); George, Henry, John, Thomas, Elizabeth Fulkerson (daughter). 1784 March. BOWLES, SARAH, John and Mary. 1786 October. BURTON, CHARLES, Jean (wife) ; George, Edward, Robert, Charles, Theodorick and Dolly. 1787 April. BRADLEY, JAMES, Thomas, John, James, Edward and Mary. 1787 January. BROWING, NICHOLAS, Sarah (wife); Jean, Sarah and Enos. 1788 October. BARKER, GEORGE, John, Israel, James, George, David, William, Isabel and Susanna. 1789 January. BLACK, HENRY, Mary (wife); eight children (not named). 1790 April. BAXTER, THOMAS, Rachel (wife); Frances, Thomas and Philip. 1790 April. BROOKS, RICHARD, Ann (wife); William, Betsy, Frances and John (children); Ann S. Graves (daughter). 1791 July. BOMAN, ROYAL, Elizabeth (wife). C. 1782 March. CARTIN, RICHARD, Mary (wife); John Carter (brother). 1782 September. CORDER, WILLIAM, Phoebe (wife); children (not named). 1784 July. CUMMINS, WILLIAM, Martha (wife); children (not named). 1785 July. CATE, JOHN, Thomas (son); John Cate (grandson). 1789 July. CARNAL, PATRICK, Mary (wife); Richard, Fanny, Patrick, Hubbard, Archibald and Fleming (children); Nancy Mitchell, Mary White and Mildred Oliver (daughters). 1790 January....

Biography of John M. Mason

John M. Mason, a well-known farmer of the Fifteenth District, was born October 22, 1819, in North Carolina, and came to Smith (now Dekalb) County in 1827. He was the seventh of thirteen children born to Wiley and Nancy (Bensy) Mason. The father was born January 31, 1785, in Virginia. He served in the war of 1812, and was mustered out at the close of the war at Norfolk, Virginia. He moved to Caswell County, N. C., and from there to Smith County in 1827. He was a man of considerable intelligence, well versed in the Bible, in which he took a deep interest. He was also thoroughly posted on all political subjects. His death occurred in 1840. His father was a native of Whales. Mrs. Nancy Mason was born October 4, 1783, and died in North Carolina. Our subject had but limited educational advantages until after his majority. He attended the common schools of the county. He worked as an overseer and manager for several years. He then farmed on rented land until he was able to purchase forty-two acres near Riddleton, Smith County. From time to time he has added to his place, and now owns 400 acres, well cultivated and improved, and a house and lot in Smithville. For nine years he has been magistrate, and trustee of the Earl Academy two years. From 1859 to 1880 he was engaged in the tanning business, also in general merchandising, always meeting with success. He is a life-long Democrat; cast his first presidential vote for Martin Van Buren. In 1849 he married miss Eliza, the youngest of six...

Biography of Joseph M. Shelton

JOSEPH M. SHELTON. – “Present misfortune is our future weal,” wrote the old homilist; and in human experience it has been well enough proved that in adversity is the power of a man’s character developed. Joseph M. Shelton, the subject of this sketch, had lived in comfort and prosperity on the family plantation in Caswell County, in North Carolina; but, in common with so many of the foremost Southern families, the Sheltons sustained heavy losses in the war, and by the liberation of the slaves of which Joseph’s father was a large owner. It was then that Joseph showed the force of character and sturdy determination which, in later years, have made him one of the leading men of the Northwest. He determined to be no longer dependent on his father, and, leaving the old plantation, crossed the plains with an ox-team, arriving in Denver, Colorado, in 1865. The Godfrey train, with which he traveled, was several times attacked by hostile Indians; and Mr. Shelton distinguished himself during these skirmishes by his bravery and ability as a leader of men. In Colorado he engaged in stock-raising in Boulder county, where he remained for seventeen years. it was during his residence there that he found his lifelong companion. In March, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Missouri C. Jones. Mrs. Shelton is one of those women who in ancient times were accounted the mothers of heroes. With the sweetness and gentleness of the truly refined lady, she combines the nobility of mind and the force of character that distinguish the typical women of the West. She was born...

J. A. Newman

Sergt., M. G. Co., 49th, 5th Group; of Caswell County; son of R. I. and Mrs. D. G. Newman. Entered servcie July 24, 1918, at Yanceyville, N.C. Sent to Camp Hancock, Ga. Returned to USA account of evident ability as Machine Gun Instructor. Was recommended as hand to hand combat and qualified for such position. Mustered out at Camp Hancock, Ga., Dec. 20,...

Caswell 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 Caswell County, North Carolina Tombstone Transcription Project) Anderson-Harrison-Slade-Wilkerson Cemetery Blalock Family Cemetery Cedars Cemetery John and James J. Harrison Cemetery Luke Pendergast Cemetery Malone Family Cemetery Old Griers Presbyterian Church Cemetery Old Griers Presbyterian Church Cemetery Red House Presbyterian Church Cemetery Part 1 Part 2 Satterfield Family Cemetery...

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