Location: Caldwell County NC

Slave Narrative of Mattie Curtis

Interviewer: Mary A. Hicks Person Interviewed: Mattie Curtis Location: Raleigh, North Carolina Location of Birth: Orange County NC Age: 98 Occupation: Sewing Before And After The War An interview with Mattie Curtis, 98 years old, of Raleigh, North Carolina, Route # 4. I wus borned on de plantation of Mr. John Hayes in Orange County ninety-eight years ago. Seberal of de chilluns had been sold ‘fore de speculator come an’ buyed mammy, pappy an’ we three chilluns. De speculator wus named Bebus an’ he lived in Henderson, but he meant to sell us in de tobacco country. We come through Raleigh an’ de fust thing dat I ‘members good wus goin’ through de paper mill on Crabtree. We traveled on ter Granville County on de Granville Tobacco path till a preacher named Whitfield buyed us. He lived near de Granville an’ Franklin County line, on de Granville side. Preacher Whitfield, bein’ a preacher, wus supposed to be good, but he ain’t half fed ner clothed his slaves an’ he whupped ’em bad. I’se seen him whup my mammy wid all de clothes offen her back. He’d buck her down on a barrel an’ beat de blood outen her. Dar wus some difference in his beatin’ from de neighbors. De folks round dar ‘ud whup in de back yard, but Marse Whitfield ‘ud have de barrel carried in his parlor...

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William W. Seehorn

Private 1st Class, Btry. E, 30th Div., 113th F. A.; of Caldwell County; son of T. F. and Callie V. Seehorn. Entered service July 4, 1917, at Lenoir, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, S. C. Transferred to Camp Mills. Sailed for France June 15, 1918. Fought at St. Mihiel, Argonne Forest, Sandy Woods, Woevre Sector. Arrived in USA March 9, 1919, Newport News, Va. Mustered out at Camp Jackson March 28,...

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Roy James Moore

Sergt., Med. Corps, 46th U. S. Inf.; of Caldwell County; son of Y. D. and L. C. Moore. Entered service June 21, 1917, at Lenoir. Sent to Ft. Thomas Ky., then to Camp Gordon, Ga., from there to Ben Harrison, Ind., Sheridan, Ala. Transferred to Camp Taylor, Ky., and entered F. A. Central Officers’ Training School. Mustered out at Camp Taylor Nov. 30,...

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Ben N. Montgomery

Sergt., F. A., Btry. C, 14th Regt.; of Caldwell County; son of E. N. and Lydie Montgomery. Husband of Lucille Montgomery. Entered service June 18, 1917, at Lenoir, N.C. Sent to Ft. Thomas, Ky. Transferred to Ft. Sill, Okla. Served in Training School for F. A. Officer. Mustered out at Camp Dodge, Iowa, March 28,...

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Gus Makris

Private 1st Class, Signal Co. C, 81st Div., 306th Reg. Born in Caldwell County; son of Arthur and Mrs. Agnes Makris. Entered service Sept. 4, 1917, at Lenoir, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, then to Camp Mills, going from there to France July, 1918. Fought at Verdun, Meuse-Argonne. Charlie Makris, his brother, was in Co. E, 275th Inf. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, June,...

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B. F. Burris

Sergt., 10th Co., Air Service, 1st Div., 2nd Regt. Son of R. F. and Mrs. R. F. Burris, of Caldwell County. Entered service July 12, 1917, at Norfolk, Va. Was sent to Ft. Thomas, Ky.; transferred to Camp Hancock, Ga.; transferred to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sent to France Sept. 12, 1917. Fought at Chateau Thierry Drive, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne. Wounded at Chateau Thierry, June 11, 1918, shell wound; gassed at Chateau Thierry, June 27, 1918. Sent to hospital at Noy-a-France, Paris, and Brest. Returned to the USA Feb. 8, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., March 28,...

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Robey K. Courtney

Private, Marine Corps, 51st Co., 2nd Div., 5th Reg.; of Caldwell County; son of M. M. Courtney. Entered service May 15, 1918, at Lenoir County, transferred to Quantico, Va., July 1, 1918, then to Philadelphia Aug. 1, 1918. Sailed for Brest Aug. 13, 1918. Fought at St. Mihiel, Mont Blanc, Argonne. Wounded at Mont Blanc, skull fractured Oct. 4, 1918. Sent to Base Hospital, 202 Orleans. Returned to USA Aug. 4, 1919. Mustered out at Quantico, Va., Sept. 1,...

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Wade N. Bryant

1st Sergt., Co. D, 53rd Reg. Inf.; of Caldwell County; son of W. H. and Laura Bryant. Entered service June 17, 1916, (for service in Mexico), at Lenoir, N.C. Sent to Columbus Br., Ohio. Assigned to Co. D, 6th Reg. Inf., at El Valla, Mexico. (Was there six months and five days), there to El Paso, Tex.; in April, 1917, to Chicamauga Park, Ga., there transferred to Co. D, 53rd Reg Inf. (6th Div.), Camp Mills, N. Y., and sailed for France July 6, 1918. Vosges Mt. offensive Sector and Meuse-Argonne defensive. Returned to USA June 12, 1919. From Camp Mills to Camp Grant, Ill., and re-enlisted Jan. 27, 1920, for one year as Private in 21st F. A. at Camp Bragg, N.C. Still in service as a...

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Author N. Alley

1st Class Private, Battery E, 30th Div., 113th Field Artillery. Born Dec. 10, 1897. Son of J. M. and Sallie Alley, of Caldwell County. Husband of Frances Alley. Entered service July 25, 1917, at Lenoir, N.C. Was sent to Camp Sevier, S. C., July 25, 1917. Went to France June 19, 1918. Fought at Argonne, St. Mihiel, Sandy Woods. Landed in the USA March 9, 1919, at Newport News, Va. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., March 28,...

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Caldwell County, North Carolina Cemetery Transcriptions

North Carolina Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the North Carolina 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 Caldwell County, North Carolina Tombstone Transcription Project) Baton Baptist Cemetery Franklin-Estes Cemetery Grace Chapel United Methodist Cemetery...

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