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Slave Narrative of Nan Stewart

Interviewer: Sarah Probst Person Interviewed: Nan Stewart Location: Ohio Place of Birth: Charleston, West Virginia Date of Birth: February 1850 Age: 87 Sarah Probst, Reporter Audrey Meighen, Author-Editor Jun 9, 1937 Folklore Meigs County, District Three [HW: Middeport] “I’se bawned Charl’stun, West Virginia in February 1850.” “My mammy’s name? Hur name wuz Kath’run Paine an’ she wuz bawned down Jackson County, Virginia. My pappy wuz John James, a coopah an’ he wuz bawned at Rock Creek, West Virginia. He cum’d ovah heah with Lightburn’s Retreat. Dey all crossed de ribah at Buffington Island. Yes, I had two bruthahs and three sistahs. Deir wuz Jim, Thomas, he refugeed from Charl’stun to Pum’roy and it tuk him fo’ months, den de wuz sistah Adah, Carrie an’ Ella. When I rite young I wurked as hous’ maid fo’ numbah quality white folks an’ latah on I wuz nurs’ fo’ de chilluns in sum homes, heah abouts.” “Oh, de slaves quartahs, dey wuz undah de sam’ ruf with Marse Hunt’s big hous’ but in de back. When I’se littl’ I sleeped in a trun’l bed. My mammy wuz mighty ‘ticlar an’ clean, why she made us chilluns wash ouah feets ebry night fo’ we git into de bed.” “When Marse Hunt muved up to Charl’stun, my mammy and pappy liv’ in log cabin.” “My gran’ mammy, duz I ‘member hur? Honey chile, I shure duz. She wuz my pappy’s mammy. She wuz one hun’erd and fo’ yeahs ol’ when she die rite in hur cheer. Dat mawhin’ she eat a big hearty brekfast. One day I ‘member she sezs to Marse Hunt, ‘I...

Biographical Sketch of Curtes H. James

James, Curtes H., Cornwall, was born in Weybridge, Vt., on June 21, 1848. His parents were Samuel and Salome (Hurd) James. Samuel James was born in Weybridge, Vt., on the place now owned by his son John A. James. Curtes H. James was educated at the common schools, and also at the Burr and Burton Seminary, at Manchester, Vt., which he attended one or two terms. He was brought up to farming and remained at home until the time of his marriage, which occurred on March 9, 1871, to Catherine C. Jewett, who was a daughter of Philo Jewett, a well-known resident of Weybridge, Vt. In 1871 he purchased the place where he has since resided, and which was the former home of the Rev. Jedediah Bushnell. He occupies a very fine residence, and there are many fine farm buildings in connection with the farm, which consists of 130 acres. Mr. James has been lister several terms. He has one son and three...

Biography of Edward Thomas James

Among the veterans of the great Civil war who came in numbers to Kansas following the end of strife, was Edward Thomas James, whose useful and honorable life closed on December 6, 1915. For almost a half century he was one of the representative men of Shawnee County, an active force in the development of this section and one who will long be remembered for his sterling traits of character. Edward Thomas James was born in Talbot County, Maryland, August 27, 1830. At the time of his death he was the only survivor of his parents’ family of three children. His only sister died in infancy. Between himself and his brother W. Lambert, three years his junior, there existed the closest affection until the latter’s death. In his youth Mr. James had only limited educational opportunities but a love of reading and contact with many phases of life provided him with information on every subject and caused him in later years to be chosen for offices of trust and responsibility in his community. In 1857 he moved with his family to Indiana and shortly after Civil war was declared he enlisted for service in the Union army, becoming a member of the Ninth Indiana Infantry. He fell sick and was- granted a furlough but subsequently re-enlisted and continued in the army until the close of the war. In 1867, accompanied by his own and several other families, Mr. James made the overland trip to Topeka, from Brazil, Indiana, six weeks being consumed in the journey. Mr. James resided near Topeka until 1871 when he moved to a farm west...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph H. James

Joseph H. James, harness dealer, was born in Iowa County, Wis., in 1856, learned his trade at Mineral Point, and in Feb., 1877, moved to Webster City, Ia. In June, 1879, he came to Sac City and purchased the business and stock of Lewis Vanderworker; has since purchased building and lot. He employs three men and carries a full stock of harness, saddles, robes, blankets, whips, etc. In the spring of 1880 he established a branch shop at Newell, Buena Vista County, which is the only one at that...

Biographical Sketch of E. F. James

E.F. James, dealer in agricultural implements, pumps, windmills, etc., is a native of Pa., lived during youth in Ill.; moved to Missouri Valley, Ia., in 1868. He engaged in railroading, until 1873, when he engaged in his present business; is also proprietor of the James line of drays and express...

Biography of David M. James

DAVID M. JAMES. There are few features of business enterprise which contribute a larger quota to the convenience of the residential and transient public than the well-appointed livery stable, and a valuable acquisition to the town of West Plains, Missouri, is the establishment of this kind owned and conducted by David M. James. This gentleman owes his nativity to Henry County, Kentucky, where he was born in 1833, a son of Dr. Beverly W. and Matilda (Day) James, natives of the old State of Virginia and Kentucky, respectively. When a young man Dr. James removed to Kentucky and was there married to Mary Eubank, who died soon after, and after this event he moved to Kentucky, where he eventually married Miss Matilda Day. He was a man of more than ordinary intellectual ability and learning, and as a physician was very successful and well liked. Prior to the birth of the subject of this sketch he lived for a time in Bloomington, Indiana, where he taught school, but afterward returned to Kentucky and lived in several different counties. He at one time edited a paper in Newcastle, Kentucky, and then one in Charlestown, Indiana, and was for some years associate judge of the Charlestown, (Indiana) Circuit Court. He was a strong Union man during the war, but took no part in the struggle; was a Democrat in politics and socially was a member of the A. F. & A. M. He died at Jeffersonville, Indiana, in 1879, at the ripe old age of eighty-eight years, having long been a worthy member of the Christian Church. His father, Thomas James,...

Biographical Sketch of Benjamin James

Benjamin James married Nancy Fourt, of Kentucky, and settled in (now) Warren County in 1811. He joined the rangers during the Indian war, and saw some active service. His children were William, John, Walter, and Peter. John fell from a mill dam on Charrette creek, and was drowned. Peter lived in St. Louis County, and never married. Walter married Sally Wyatt, and they had Frank, Mary A., William J., John, Elizabeth, Walter R., Joseph, and...

James, Clinton Gilbert – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Clinton Gilbert James, 30, of La Grande died Jan. 5 at his home. Services are planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Assembly of God Christian Life Center, 14th and Alder, Elgin. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel. Mr. James, who was known as C.J., was born Apr. 6, 1976, in Yuba City, Calif., to Donald Scott and Carla Jean Pillow James. He was raised and educated in Olivehurst, Calif. He enjoyed hunting, wildlife, ROTC, drawing, reading, music, movies and hanging out with friends. He also loved dogs, playing X-Box and working on cars. Survivors include his father and step-mother, Donald and Bonnie James of Olivehurst; his fiancée, Amy McGinness of La Grande; one son, Clinton Gilbert James II of Pratt, Kan.; siblings, Jason Gray of Sacramento, Calif., Adam James of La Grande and Chris Woods, Donald James Jr. and Sheila Hankins, all of Olivehurst; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Jan. 13, 2006, Published: January 13,...

James, Barbara Jean – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Barbara Jean “Bobbie” James, 77, of Union, died Sept. 4 at her home. A graveside burial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Union Cemetery. A celebration of life service will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the tent at Buffalo Peak Golf Course. Bobbie was born on May 13, 1930, to Horace W. and Lettie Ima (Woolf) Owen in Del Rio, Texas. On Aug. 2, 1946, she married the love of her life, J.B. “Red” James in Springdale, Ark. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1954. They raised three children together, Roger, Cindie and Chuck. Friends and family say Bobbie was a very active person who loved her family, her work and her town. She enjoyed playing cards, fishing and helping those around her. She served on the city council for several terms and served on many committees for the City of Union. Friends and family say she brought a focused mind to make the city she loved a better place for all. Survivors include her daughter, Cindie and her husband, Bob Stacy, of Boise; son, Chuck James of Union and Boise; daughter-in-law, Carol James Mulvany and her husband, Bruce Mulvany, of Union; seven grandchildren; Bob Stacy’s five children and their families; three great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Shriver of Union; brother, H.V. Owen of Lowell, Ark.; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her son, Roger, and her husband, Red. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Museum or the Bobcat Foundation in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. La Grande Observer –...

Bryant James

1st Class Private, 147th Inf., 37th Div., Co. C. Born in Durham County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. James. Entered the service Aug. 3, 1918, at Durham, N.C. Was sent to Camp Wadsworth, S. C., and from there to Camp Stuart, Va. Sailed for France Sept.. 15, 1918. Returned to the USA March 19, 1919, and was mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., April 3,...
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