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Slave Narrative of Aunt Betty Cofer

Interviewer: Esther S. Pinnix Person Interviewed: Betty Cofer Location: North Carolina Date of Birth: 1856 Age: 81 Negro Folk Lore Of The Piedmont. Sources of Information: Aunt Betty Cofer–ex-slave of Dr. Beverly Jones The ranks of negro ex-slaves are rapidly thinning out, but, scattered here and there among the ante-bellum families of the South, may be found a few of these picturesque old characters. Three miles north of Bethania, the second oldest settlement of the “Unitas Fratrum” in Wachovia, lies the 1500 acre Jones plantation. It has been owned for several generations by the one family, descendants of Abraham Conrad. Conrad’s daughter, Julia, married a physician of note, Dr. Beverly Jones, whose family occupied the old homestead at the time of the Civil War. Here, in 1856, was born a negro girl, Betty, to a slave mother. Here, today, under the friendly protection of this same Jones family, surrounded by her sons and her sons’ sons, lives this same Betty in her own little weather-stained cottage. Encircling her house are lilacs, althea, and flowering trees that soften the bleak outlines of unpainted out-buildings. A varied collection of old-fashioned plants and flowers crowd the neatly swept dooryard. A friendly German-shepherd puppy rouses from his nap on the sunny porch to greet visitors enthusiastically. In answer to our knock a gentle voice calls, “Come in.” The door opens directly into a small, low-ceilinged room almost filled by two double beds. These beds are conspicuously clean and covered by homemade crocheted spreads. Wide bands of hand-made insertion ornament the stiffly starched pillow slips. Against the wall is a plain oak dresser. Although...

Biographical Sketch of Arthur Winfield Thomas

Thomas, Arthur Winfield; bond broker; born, East Liverpool, O., May 24, 1880; son of William and Mary Shannon Thomas; educated, public and private schools; married, Cleveland, Nov. 1, 1905, Jennie H. Lucas; issue, one son, William A.; since 1900, has represented large bond houses in Cleveland; at present mgr. Colonial Securities Co., of Cleveland; industrial corporation bonds a specialty; editor Photo-Play Magazine; vice pres. The Colonial Securities Co.; director The Dreman Cleaning Co., and The Warwick Glass Co.; member Marion Lodge, No. 70, F. & A. M., Lodge No. 50, I. O. O. F.; member Sons of Veterans, Independent Order of Heptassphs; member Screen Club, N. Y. City, City and Author’s Clubs, Cleveland. Author of “Two Hundred Women,” and a number of short stories; his father, William H. Thomas, for a number of years was mgr. of the Dresden Pottery Co., of East Liverpool, and pres. R. Thomas & Sons Potteries; served through the Civil War in 14th Ohio Vol....

Biographical Sketch of Rev. William A. Scullen

Scullen, William A. Rev.; Ph. D., S. T. D., J. C. D.; sec’y Diocese of Cleveland; born, Oct. 2, 1879, East Liverpool, O.; son of Patrick and Joanna Scullen; Parochial and public high schools, East Liverpool; St. Charles College, Ellicott City Md., 1898-1902; St. Mary’s Seminary, Cleveland, 1902-1903; American College, Rome, 1903-1909; Ph. D., from the Propaganda University, Rome, 1904; S. T. D., same university 1908; J. C. D., Apollonaris University, Rome, 1909; ordained priest by Cardinal Respighi, Sept. 21, 1907, in the Lateran Basilica, Rome; appointed sec’y of Cleveland diocese, June 14, 1909; member Alumni American College, Rome, (historian, 1912); Alumni St. Charles College, Alumni, East Liverpool High...

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