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Slave Narrative of J. H. Beckwith

Interviewer: Bernice Bowden Person Interviewed: J. H. Beckwith Age: 68 Location: 619 North Spruce Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas “No ma’m I was not born in the time of slavery. I was sixty-eight last Friday. I was born November 18, 1870 in Johnson County, North Carolina. “My mother was born in Georgia and her name was Gracie Barum. Father was born in North Carolina. His name was Rufus Beckwith. He belonged to Doctor Beckwith and mother, I think, belonged to Tom Barum. Barum was just an ordinary farmer. He was just a second or third class farmer—just poor white folks. I think my mother was the only slave he owned. “My father had to walk seven miles every Saturday night to see my mother, and be back before sunrise Monday. “My parents had at least three or four children born in slavery. I know my father said he worked at night and made shoes for his family. “My father was a mulatto. He had a negro mother and a white father. He had a mechanical talent. He seemed to be somewhat of a genius. He had a productive mind. He could do blacksmithing, carpenter work, brick work and shoe work. “Father was married twice. He raised ten children by each wife. I think my mother had fifteen children and I was the the thirteenth child. I am the only boy among the first set, called to the ministry. And there was one in the second set. Father learned to read and write after freedom. “After freedom he sent my oldest brother and sister to Hampton, Virginia and they were graduated...

Biography of John E. White

One of the prominent merchants of Lenapah, Nowata county, is John E. White, who was born at Boyds Creek, Tennessee, on the 21st of March, 1875. His paternal great-grandfather came to America from England and was a missionary to the Indians in North Carolina. His father, N. B. White, was a farmer and is now deceased. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Charlotte Huffaker, is still living and is residing on the home farm John E. White was named for his mother’s half-brother who died in the prison at Andersonville while serving in the Civil war. In the acquirement of an education John E. White attended the public schools of Tennessee and later enrolled in a prep school, after which he became a student in the Carson & Newman College, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1898. In the latter part of that same year he came to Indian Territory and located at Lenapah, where for three years he was engaged in teaching school. He was instrumental in building the first schoolhouse here and was for many years a member of the board of education. On the 23d of January, 1904, he was appointed postmaster of Lenapah, in which office he was active for nearly ten years. From 1914 to 1917 he worked in the post office at Nowata and for a time in 1908 was active in railroad mail service but resigned after a few trips. Subsequently he was offered a position in the post office at Muskogee but declined and returned to Lenapah, where be established a mercantile business, in the...

Sevier County, Tennessee Cemetery Transcriptions

Tennessee Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Tennessee 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 Sevier County, Tennessee Tombstone Transcription Project) Allen Cemetery Bachelor Rolen Cemetery Boyds Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Brabson Cemetery Chilhowee Cemetery Civil War Veterans (hosted at Tennessee and The Civil War) Eledge Cemetery Ellejoy Cemetery Gatlinburg Cemetery Gists Creek Cemetery Headricks Chapel Cemetery Huskey Grove Cemetery Knob Creek Cemetery Laurel Grove Cemetery Little Greenbriar Schoolhouse Cemetery Millican Grove Cemetery Murphy’s Chapel Cemetery Old Gists Creek Cemetery Pigeon Forge Cemetery Plemmons Cemetery Proffitt Cemetery Rolen Family Cemetery Rollen Cemetery Sims Cemetery St. Paul Church Cemetery Stinnett Cemetery Thomas Cemetery Trundle’s Crossroads Underwood Cemetery Williams Cemetery Following Cemeteries (hosted at Interment) Beech Springs Cemetery Madison Cate Cemetery Pollard Cemetery...

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