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Cleveland County North Carolina Colored Apprentices

A list of Colored Apprentices that have been indentured in the County Court of Cleveland County since May 1866 Underage children who were not or could not be supported by their parents or were orphans were apprenticed by Freedmen’s Bureau officials to persons who would be responsible for their upbringing and welfare. YearTermMasters NamesApprentices Names 1866May 7Eliza WeberMary McAfee 1866May 8J. W. TracySarah Jane Watts 1866Aug 11Elisha McBrayerJoe McBrayer 1866Aug 11Elisha McBrayerEdmund Birchett 1866Aug 11Elisha McBrayerHenry Birchett 1866Aug 11Elisha McBrayerSusa Birchett 1866Nov 7Samuel PostenHarris Posten 1866Nov 7James LondonCephas Grigg 1866Nov 7Daniel PostenHorace Posten 1866Nov 9Elijah EskridgeAlbert Eskridge 1866Nov 10L. N. DurhamWill Culver 1866Nov 10L. N. DurhamFanny Culver 1866Nov 10Tom McSwainJerry McSwain 1867Feb 4W. J. T. MillerMartin Miller 1867Feb 4David EvansJulian Cline (female) 1867Feb 5J. G. WebbHilliary Thompson 1867Feb 7R. M. RoarkRufus Suford 1867May 6J. W. TracyRhoda & Donna Bordley 1867May 8F. L. HokeLucy Bordley 1867Aug 5D. WhisnantDick Hall 1867Aug 5James A. WrayCharlotte Hall 1867Aug 9W. W. GreenL. B. F. Green 1867Aug 9W. W. GreenRiley W. Green North Carolina Cleveland County I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true list contains the names of all colored children that have been indentured by the County Court for the County aforesaid. S. Williams, Clk. Per M. F. Williams, D. C. D. Whisnant Chm. County Court [Box]Source: National Archives Microfilm Publication M843 Roll 35. “Indentures Sept. 1865 – Aug. 1867”[/box]...

Biography of George F. Elam, M. D.

The physician is a man who inspires confidence because he is worthy of it. His humanity is expressed and his interest in his patients is intensified by reason of the concern he has for them, as well as for the experience he may gain that may be for the benefit of future sufferers. A student who loves knowledge and a physician devoted to his profession, he is a careful investigator, and gives all the time he can find in his busy life to books and periodicals devoted to medicine and surgery. Such a man cannot fail to grow steadily in experience, usefulness and in public confidence. Among the eminent physicians of Marion County Arkansas, Dr. George F. Elam is well worthy of mention, for he is such a man as has been described. He was born in Cleveland County, N. C., April 15, 1847, a son of William T. and Cornelia (Royster) Elam, of North Carolina, and grandson of Dr. Anderson Elam, of Virginia. The latter rose to eminence in his profession, became a soldier of the Mexican War, and died in the Old North State at the extreme old age of ninety years. He was of Irish extraction and became the father of a large family. William T. Elam was reared in the State of his birth, was married there, and in 1851 emigrated to Arkansas, settling on a good farm in the vicinity of Yellville, where he successfully tilled the soil and raised stock. He came thither by wagon, became extremely well known, and was elected to the office of justice of the peace ten years and...

Biography of Arthur Bourne Smith Ph. B., B. L. S.

Arthur Bourne Smith, Ph. B., B. L. S. The degree following Mr. Smith’s name means Bachelor of Library Science. He is librarian for the Kansas State Agricultural College at Manhattan. That position he has held since 1911 and is a librarian of wide experience and has done much to make the library at Manhattan accessible and useful not only to the students of the Agricultural College but to all who use it for reference purposes. Mr. Smith was born at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, August 2, 1873. He is a son of Charles Wesley Smith, now deceased, and Hester (Bourne) Smith, who now resides with her youngest son at Seattle, Washington. The father, who was born in Pennsylvania of German lineage, at the age of seventeen enlisted in a Pennsylvania regiment in defense of the Union. He gave four of the best years of his early life to that cause. After the war he located at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and became head of a lumber and mercantile corporation which he had helped organize. It was a very successful business but ill health compelled him to resign his place there, and on leaving the South he removed to Elmira, New York, where he was a merchant until his death at the early age of thirty-five. He left a widow and four children. The children are Walter L.; Winnogene; Arthur B. and Charles Wesley Smith. Their mother was born in Pennsylvania, and comes of an old New England family of English lineage. Soon after the father’s death the widowed mother and her children moved to a farm in Tioga County,...

Ernest S. Putman

Private 1st Class, Engrs., Hdqrs. Co., 30th Div., 105th Regt.; of Cleveland County; son of Eli and Julie Putman. Entered service Sept. 1, 1917, at Shelby, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier. Transferred to Camp Mills. Sailed for France April, 1918. Fought at St. Quentin, Meuse-Argonne, Cambrai, Ypres. Gassed at Bellicourt Sept. 29, 1919. Sent to Field Hospital. Returned to USA April, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, April,...

Samuel M. Poston

1st Class Private, Co. F, 30th Div., 119th Inf. Regt.; of Cleveland County; son of P. B. and Mrs. Eugenia Poston. Husband of Isabel Poston. Entered service Sept. 8, 1917, at Shelby, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C., then to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France May 11, 1918. Was in all engagements with his regiment. Wounded at Ypres and Hindenburg Line by shell and gas. Sent to Hospital, 1st Canadian Genl. Returned to USA April 2, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson April 8,...

John Lowery

Corpl., Co. I, 28th Inf., 1st Div. Born in Cleveland County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Lowery. Was sent to Ft. Scriven, Ga., from there was sent to Ft. Ringo, Texas. Sailed for France June 14, 1917. Fought in all battles with 1st Div. Arrived in USA April 12, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Merritt March 31,...

Franklin H. Glenn

Cook, Co. 4, 306th Supply Train; son of J. S. and Mrs. L. Glenn; of Cleveland County. Entered service Nov. 17, 1917, at Shelby, N.C., sent to Camp Jackson. Transferred to Sevier. Sailed for France Aug. 9, 1918. Returned to USA June, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., July 9,...

Palmer D. Fulton

Private, 144th Machine Gun; son of J. D. and Margaret Fulton; of Cleveland County. Husband of Emma Fulton. Entered service July 22, 1918, at Kings Mountain, N.C. Sent to Camp Hancock, Ga. Transferred to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France Nov. 10, 1918. Returned to USA April 17, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., April 27,...

Ben Franklin Dixon

Capt., Inf., Co. K, 30th Div., 120th Regt.; of Cleveland County. Born May 29, 1879; son of Ben Franklin Dixon and Mrs. Leonora Tracy Dixon. Entered service July 25, 1917, at Asheboro, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, Greenville, S. C. Transferred to Camp Dix, N. J. Sailed for France May 17, 1918. Fought at Canal Sector, Ypres, Belgium, Hindenburg Line Offensive. Wounded at Hindenburg Line Sept. 29, 1918; 1st in leg, 2nd in throat, 3rd in upper arm and back before being mortally wounded. Advanced 150 yards after third wound, then mortally wounded by shell fire. Killed at Hindenburg Line on battlefield Sept. 29, 1918. Buried at Boney, France. Awarded American D. S. C. and recommended for British D. S. O. and Military...

Tracy Wright Dixon

1st Lt., Inf., Machine Gun Co., 30th Div., 120th Regt.; of Cleveland County; son of Ben F. and Mrs. Leonora Tracy Dixon. Husband of Mrs. Marion Homes Dixon. Entered service July 25, 1917, at Raleigh, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, Greenville, S. C. Transferred to Camp Dix, N. J. Sailed for France May 8, 1918. Fought at Canal Sector, Ypres, Hindenburg Line, Montbrehain Offensive and La Salle River Offensive. Citations 30th Division. Returned to USA Aug. 25, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Gordon, Ga., Oct. 28,...
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