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Slave Narrative of Reverend Squire Dowd

Interviewer: T. Pat Matthews Person Interviewed: Rev. Squire Dowd Location: 202 Battle Street, Raleigh, North Carolina Date of Birth: April 3, 1855 [HW: language not negro, very senternous & interesting.] [TR: The above comment is crossed out.] Reverend Squire Dowd 202 Battle Street Raleigh, N. C. My name is Squire Dowd, and I was born April 3, 1855. My mother’s name was Jennie Dowd. My father’s name was Elias Kennedy. My mother died in Georgia at the age of 70, and my father died in Moore County at the age of 82. I attended his funeral. My sister and her husband had carried my mother to Georgia, when my sister’s husband went there to work in turpentine. My mother’s husband was dead. She had married a man named Stewart. You could hardly keep up with your father during slavery time. It was a hard thing to do. There were few legal marriages. When a young man from one plantation courted a young girl on the plantation, the master married them, sometimes hardly knowing what he was saying. My master was General W. D. Dowd. He lived three miles from Carthage, in Moore County, North Carolina. He owned fifty slaves. The conditions were good. I had only ten years’ experience, but it was a good experience. No man is fool enough to buy slaves to kill. I have never known a real slave owner to abuse his slaves. The abuse was done by patterollers and overseers. I have a conservative view of slavery. I taught school for four years and I have been in the ministry fifty years. I was...

Biography of Hon. Benjamin F. Williamson

HON. BENJAMIN F. WILLIAMSON. A man’s life-work is the measure of his success, and he is truly the most successful man who, turning his powers into the channel of an honorable purpose, accomplishes the object of his endeavor. In the study of every man’s life we find some main-spring of action, something that he lives for, and in Benjamin F. Williamson it seems to have been an ambition to make the best use of his native and acquired powers and develop in himself a true manhood. He was born in Moore County, N. C., near Carthage, in 1856, to William W. and Molsie A. (Cravens) Williamson, the former of whom was a tiller of the soil, and during the great Civil War was a member of an Arkansas regiment of the Confederate Army. He died while in the Federal prison at St. Louis in 1863, and his widow in 1871. To their union two sons and two daughters were born, and upon the death of the husband and father they were left in very destitute circumstances. Wyatt, one of the younger members of the family, is a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of St. Louis and of the Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee, his way through these institutions being paid with money which he himself had earned by the sweat of his brow and by some help from his brother, Benjamin F. The latter grew up in Stone County, near Mountain View, and during his boyhood and early manhood he worked on farms or at anything honorable he could find to do, and when opportunity presented...

Chalie C. Cleaver

Sergt., Inf., Regimental Sup. Co. Born in Moore County, N.C., June 20, 1892. Son of Isaac and Julia L. Cleaver. Entered the service at Southern Pines, N.C., July 12, 1916, and sent to Camp Glenn, N.C. Transferred to Ft. Bliss, Texas, and then to Camp Royster, N.C., and then to Camp Sevier, S. C. Sailed for France May 27, 1918. Promoted to Sergt. Nov. 1, 1916. On Mexican border Oct. 11, 1916, to March 21, 1917. Fought at Ypres July 27, to Aug. 2, Ypres Aug. 21st to 26th, Voormizelle Aug. 31st to Sept. 2nd. Bellicourt Sept. 27th to Oct. 1st., Premont, Busigny, Oct. 9th, Escaufourt, St. Benin Oct. 10th to 12th. Rebeauville Oct. 17th to 20th. Drafted out of N. G. to Regular Army same date as National Guard was so drafted. Mustered out of the service at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 7,...

J. D. Wicker

Private, Inf., Co. C, 119th Regt., 30th Div. Born in Moore County, N.C., Oct. 22, 1893; son of John and Mrs. Margaret Wicker. Entered the service at Carthage, N.C., Oct. 2, 1917, and sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Mustered out of the service at Camp Sevier, S. C., May 16,...

W. E. Thomas

1st Class Private, 166th Inf., 42nd Div., Co. B. Born in Moore County; son of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Thomas. Entered the service June 24, 1918, at Fort Smith, Ark. Was sent to Camp Pike, Ark., from there to Camp Marritt, N. J. Overseas to France Aug. 24, 1918. Fought at Argonne-Meuse, St. Mihiel. Returned to USA April 25, 1919. Landed at New York. Mustered out at Camp Pike, Ark., May 15,...

Carl Earnest Seawell

Private, F. A.; of Moore County; son of Jno. W. and Mrs. Emily L. Seawell. Husband of Mrs. Donna B. Cecil Seawell. Entered service April 26, 1918, at High Point, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., April 26, 1918. Mustered out at Camp Jackson Feb. 6, 1919.

James B. Ritter

Private, Med. Corps, Field Hospital Div. Born in Moore County; son of Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Ritter. Entered service July 6, 1918, at Carthage, N.C. Sent to Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., then to St. Standish, Mass. Transferred to Commonwealth Pier, Mass. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 22,...

Duncan C. Ritter

Wagoner, Medical Corps, 320th Amb. Co., 80th Div., 305th San. Tr. Born in Moore County; son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Ritter. Entered the service March 21, 1918, at Raleigh, N.C. Was sent to Camp Lee, Va. Sailed for France May 25, 1918. Promoted from Private to 1st Class Wagoner. Fought at Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel-Artois. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 12,...

James T. Omohundro, Jr.

Corpl., Engineers, Co. C, 105th Reg., 30th Div. Born in Moore County, Dec. 2, 1898; son of James T. and Maggie W. Omohundro. Entered the service at Greensboro, N.C., April 10, 1917, and sent to Camp Sevier, S. C., then transferred to Camp Mills. Sailed for France, 1918. Promoted Corpl. July 9, 1918. Fought at Voormizelle, Bellicourt, Brancourt, Premont, Busigny, Laselle River, Vaux Andigny and Masingheim. Wounded at the battle of Busigny, Oct. 10, 1918, by shrapnel and gassed at Busigny, Oct. 10, 1918. Returned to the USA April 18, 1919, and mustered out of the service at Camp Jackson, S. C., May 2, 1919. Was a patient at Camp Sevier, S. C., where he met with an automobile accident on Feb. 6th and died at Camp Sevier, S. C., Feb. 17, 1920. Buried at Beaver Dam,...

Allison M. Page

Sergt., Marines, 47th Co., 5th Regt., 2nd Division. Born in Moore County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Allison. Entered the service April, 1918, at Durham, N.C. Was sent to Paris Island, S. C., April 18, 1918. Sailed for France June 22, 1918. Fought at Chateau Thierry, Belleau Woods, Soissons. Killed at Belleau Woods June 25, 1918, and buried there. Received French Croix de Guerre and American citation. One of the first killed from Moore County; first man enlisted from Trinity...
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