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Slave Narrative of Uncle Willis Williams

Interviewer: Genevieve W. Chandler Person Interviewed: Willis Williams Location: Conway, South Carolina “When wuz I born? Born in August. When I wuz born been August. I wuz a man grown pulling boxes, (turpentine boxes) when the shake wuz. I know the very night the shake come——on a Wednesday night. I wuz on door step loosing my shoe string. There wuz more religion then than they is now. Praying and prayer meeting for a month. Everybody tend meeting. “I been with the Yankee. I kin tell you bout the Yankee. They come home there to Rock Creek when the war wuz breaking up and carried me to Fayetteville. (N.C.) Kept me with ’em till Johnson surrendered in Raleigh,——then they kept me in Goldsboro and took me on to Petersburg. After everything over they give me free transportation back home. Free on train back to Fayetteville. They had put all the Yankee clothes on me,——all the blue shirt, blue coat and bumps on the shoulder,—and when they start me home took all the Yankee clothes way from me. Put gray clothes on me and sent me back. I member they took me up in a way-up-yonder building—to Richmond. Couldn’t tell you the depth of it. Man on the ground looked like boy. “The man I belonged to been Mass John A. Williams. (Born on the Cape Fear.) I goes by Mass John name—Williams. His sons been John, James, Charlie, Wallis, William, James. James come home from army sick. Had the mumps; thirty days furlough. “Member when the Yankees come. Been Sunday morning. Ride up to the gate on horses. Old Boss...

Biography of Wade Hampton Kornegay

For three decades Wade Hampton Kornegay has been a representative of the Vinita bar and with the passing years his clientele has steadily increased in volume and importance. as he has demonstrated his ability to cope with the intricate problems of the law, while he is also recognized as one of the most progressive agriculturists and stock raisers of Craig county. He was born in Duplin county, North Carolina, April 17, 1865, and was named for General Wade Hampton, the noted Confederate leader. His parents were Henry and Jeannette (Williams) Kornegay, who were also natives of North Carolina, the former born in Duplin county and the latter in Wayne county. The father was a veteran of the Civil war and his boyhood was spent upon a farm. He afterward took up the study of law and after winning his admission to the bar followed the profession in North Carolina until his demise, while he also engaged in cultivating a farm, being successful in both lines of activity. He was called to public office, rendering excellent service as county sheriff, and throughout his life devotion to duty was one of his marked characteristics. Reared upon his father’s farm, Wade Hampton Kornegay attended the public schools and afterward was a student at Wake Forrest College, which conferred upon him the Master of Arts degree in 1884. For the next four years he devoted his attention to the profession of teaching at Richland, North Carolina, and then attended the summer law school of the University of Virginia for a year, later completing the course in Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee, from which...

John D. Warlick

1st Lt., Inf., Co. B, 81st Div., 316th Regt.; of Onslow County; son of Robt. L. and Mrs. Dora Warlick. Entered service May 4, 1917, at Jacksonville. Sent to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., transferred to Camp Jackson, then to Camp Hancock. Sailed for France July 29, 1918. Promoted to rank of 1st Lt. Dec. 31, 1917. Fought at Argonne Front, Vosges Mtns., Verdun. Returned to USA June 20, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., Aug. 15,...

Frank Strange

1st Sergt., Inf., Co. M, 81st Div., 324th Regt.; of Onslow County; son of James D. and Mrs. Rebecca Strange. Entered service Oct. 19, 1917, at Jacksonville, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, transferred to Camp Sevier, then to Camp Mills. Sailed for France Aug. 5, 1918. Promoted to rank of Corpl. Jan. 15, 1918; to Sergt. Aug. 15, 1918. Fought at Vosges Mtns., Meuse-Argonne. 1st Sergt. Dec. 3, 1918. Returned to USA June 18, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., June 26,...

Thomas Cyrus Scott

Corpl., F. A., Btry A, 30th Div., 113th F. A. Born in Onslow County; son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Scott. Entered service July 2, 1917, at Jacksonville, and sent to Camp Sevier, transferred to Camp Mills and sailed from there for France May 2, 1918. Promoted to rank of Corpl. December, 1918, Fought at St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and all other engagements. Gassed at Argonne Nov. 6, 1918. Sent to Base Hospital 39. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., March 28,...

John C. Patteway

Private Engineers, 42nd Div., 117th Regt. Tr. Born in Onslow County; son of J. B. and Mrs. Annie Petteway. Entered service June 25, 1917, at Jacksonville, N.C. Sent to Wilmington. Transferred to Camp Mills. Sailed for France Oct. 18, 1917. Fought at Chateau Thierry, Alsace, Baccarat Sector, Champagne. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., April 16,...

Wyatt V. Morton

Private, Spruce Div., 4th Co. Born in Onslow County; son of D. B. and Mrs. Johnnie Morton. Entered service September, 1918, at Jacksonville, N.C. Sent to Vancouver Barracks, Wash. Transferred to Camp Gordon. Mustered out at Camp Gordon January, 1919.

J. A. Kellum

1st Class Private, Q. M. C. Born in Onslow County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Kellum. Entered the service Feb. 4, 1918, at Durham, N.C. Was sent to Ft. Scriven, Ga., and from there to Washington, D. C. Transferred to Camp Merritt, Hoboken, N. J., and to Newport News, Va., then to Porto Rico. Was sent from Porto Rico to Balboy, Canal Zone, from there to Gattun, Canal Zone. Was in charge of Q. M. C. boats during the war. Boats were J. W. McKey, Convoy Q. M. No. 1, and the Buck. Had charge of all the Q. M. C. boats on Panama Canal during the war. Left Panama April 10, 1919. Landed at New Orleans April 18, 1919. Was sent from there to Camp Shelby. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 27,...

Leon Ward Humphrey

Corpl. F. Artly., Btrv. A, 30th Div., 113th Regt.; of Onslow County; son of Hill and Georgie Humphrey. Entered service Aug., 1917, at New Bern, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier. Transferred to Camp Mills. Sailed for France May 26, 1918. Fought in all battles with 113th. Gassed at Argonne Nov. 7, 1918. Returned to USA June 12, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, June,...

George Leo Hatsell

Corpl., ,Co. B, 30th Div. 113th F. Artly. Born in Onslow County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. George G. Hatsell. Husband of Rosalie Hatsell. Entered service Aug. 6, 1917, at Washington, N.C. Was sent to Camp Sevier, S. C. From there to Camp Mills, L. I. Sailed for France May 26, 1918. Was in all battles with 113th F. Artly. Wounded in Argonne Forest Oct. 5, 1918. Returned to USA March 19, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, March 28,...
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