Location: Davidson County NC

Slave Narrative of Bill Crump

Interviewer: Mary A. Hicks Person Interviewed: Bill Crump Location: Raleigh, North Carolina Age: 82 I reckon dat I wus borned in Davidson County on de plantation of Mr. Whitman Smith, my mammy’s marster. My daddy wus named Tom an’ he ‘longed ter Mr. Ben Murry fust an’ later ter Mr. Jimmy Crump. Daddy wus named atter his young marster. Dey lived in Randolph, de county next ter Davidson whar me mammy an’ de rest of de chilluns, Alt, George, Harriet, Sarah, Mary an’ de baby libed. Both of de marsters wus good ter us, an’ dar wus plenty ter eat an’ w’ar, an’ right many jubilees. We ain’t none of de dozen er so of us eber got a whuppin’, case we ain’t desarved no whuppin’; why, dar wusn’t eben a cowhide whup anywhar on de place. We wucked in de fie’ls from sunup ter sundown mos’ o’ de time, but we had a couple of hours at dinner time ter swim or lay on de banks uv de little crick an’ sleep. Ober ’bout sundown marster let us go swim ag’in iff’en we wanted ter do it. De marster let us have some chickens, a shoat an’ a gyarden, an’ ‘tater patch, an’ we had time off ter wuck ’em. In season we preserved our own fruits fer de winter an’ so we larned not ter be so...

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Biography of Hon. Winfield Scott Pope

For many years Winfield Scott Pope was rated as one of the most highly respected residents and most prominent attorneys of Jefferson City. As lawyer and lawmaker he left the impress of his individuality upon the history of city and state when he was called to his final rest at the age of seventy-four years. He always held to the highest standards and ethics of the profession, his success being attributable at all times to his marked capability and merit. The story of his professional rise and progress is an interesting one. He was born in Davidson county, North Carolina, July 20, 1847, his birthplace being a farm near Thomasville. His parents, Thomas and Mary Ann (Hale) Pope, were also natives of the Old North state, where their ancestors had lived for several generations. His grandfather in the paternal line was a noted Baptist preacher of North Carolina, while his great-grandfather Pope was a native of England and on coming to America landed at Nantucket, Rhode Island, but gradually made his way southward into Virginia. W infield S. Pope of this review was a descendant of George Whitefield Pope, who was a famous Baptist preacher at the time of the Revolutionary war, and of James Pope, a cousin of Alexander Pope. George Whitefield Pope was a very outspoken man who before the colonies entered upon armed conflict with England...

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Keyauwee Indians

Keyauwee Tribe: Meaning unknown. Keyauwee Connections. From the historical affiliations of Keyauwee, they are presumed to have been of the Siouan linguistic family. Keyauwee Location. About the points of meeting of the present Guilford, Davidson, and Randolph Counties. (See also South Carolina.) Keyauwee Villages. No separately named villages are known. Keyauwee History. The Keyauwee do not appear to have been noted by white men before 1701 when Lawson (1860) found them in a palisaded village about 30 miles northeast of Yadkin River near the present Highpoint, Guilford County. At that time they were preparing to join the Saponi and Tutelo Indians for better protection against their enemies, and, shortly afterward, together with the last mentioned tribes, the Occaneechi, and the Shakori, they moved toward the settlements about Albemarle Sound. As mentioned already, Governor Spotswood’s project to settle this tribe together with the Eno and Cheraw at Enotown on the frontier of North Carolina was foiled by the opposition of the latter colony. The Keyauwee then moved southward to the Pee Dee along with the Cheraw, and perhaps the Eno and Shakori. In the Jefferys Atlas of 1761 their town appears close to the boundary line between the two Carolinas. They do not reappear in any the historical records but probably united ultimately in part with the Catawba, while some of their descendants are represented among the Robeson County Indians,...

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Biography of Charles L. Heitman

The influence of culture and broad professional and worldly experience upon a new community is visible in Idaho as the result of the work and the example of high-minded men like Charles L. Heitman of Rathdrum, Kootenai county, a lawyer who does honor to the law, to the courts, to himself and to the people among whom he lives and whose interests it devolves upon him to serve from day to day. Charles L. Heitman comes of an old North Carolina family, and is a son of Henry N. and Eve (McCrary) Heitman. His father was for sixty years a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church, south, and for twenty years was clerk of the superior court of Davidson County. He died at the age of eighty-three years, his wife at sixty-five, and they are buried in the land of their birth and life. Charles L. Heitman was educated at Trinity College, in Randolph County, North Carolina, and was graduated at the head of his class, in 1876. During the succeeding two years he read law under the preceptorship of Chief Justice Pearson, at Richmond Hill, North Carolina. He was admitted to the bar of his native state in 1878 and practiced his profession at Lexington nine years. In 1890 he went to Idaho and located at Rathdrum, which then had a history covering nine years more or...

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James G. Ayers

Private, Supply Co., F. A., 81st Div., 317th F. A. Born in Davidson County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Ayers. Entered the service at Statesville, N.C., April 1, 1918. Was sent to Camp Jackson, and sailed for France June, 1918. Returned to USA Oct. 1, 1918, and died at Lakewood, N. J., May 9, 1919. Buried at Lexington at Ebenezer...

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James Shaw

Private, Co. F, 53rd Pioneer Inf. Son of E. C. and L. Shaw. Husband of Mrs. Nannie Shaw, of Davidson County. Entered service May 29, 1918, at Lexington, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C.; transferred to Camp Wadsworth, S. C.; transferred to Camp Upton, N. Y. Sent to France, landed Aug. 18, 1918. Fought at St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne. Landed in the USA May 4, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., May 12,...

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C. R. Welch

Sergt., Inf., Co. A, 30th Div., 120th Regt.; of Davidson County; son of M. M. and Mrs. M. E. Welch. Entered service March 2, 1914, at Lexington, N.C. Sent to Camp Stewart, Tex. Sailed for Calais, France, May 24, 1918. Promoted to rank of Sergt. Nov. 27, 1916. Fought at Ypres. Wounded in both legs at the battle of Vaux-Andigny Oct. 10, 1918. Was sent to No. 21 Red Cross Hospital in Devon, Eng. Returned to USA March 19, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson April 9,...

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Fred Welch

1st Class Private, Co. D, 30th Div., 119th Regt. Born March, 1889; son of M. M. and Mrs. Mary E. Welch, of Davidson County. Entered service Aug. 26, 1918, at Lexington, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Overseas to France May 28, 1918. Fought at Ypres Sector, Hindenburg Drive. Killed during Hindenburg Drive, Sept. 29, 1918. Buried in Roscell,...

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Lawrence O. Warser

Sergt., Inf., Co. A, 30th Div., 120th Regt.; of Davidson County; son of D. L. and Mrs. Noella Warser. Entered service April 14, 1916, at Lexington. Served on border. Entered Federal service Oct. 2, 1917, at Lexington. Transferred to Camp Sevier, to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sailed for France May 28, 1918. Fought at Hindenburg Drive, Ypres, Belgium, two months. Wounded by shrapnel at the Hindenburg Line Sept. 29, 1918. Sent to 1st Southern Gen. Hospital, Birmingham, Eng., U. S. Hospital Gen. No. 20, Ft. McHenry, Md., nine months. Landed in USA Dec. 16, 1918. Mustered out at Ft. McHenry Dec. 12,...

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Ray Williams

Musician, Inf., Co. A, 30th Div., 120th Regt.; of Davidson County; son of M. F. and Mrs. L. D. Williams. Husband of Mrs. Callie McNeill Williams. Entered service May 1, 1916, at Lexington, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, Greenville, S. C. Sailed for France May 12, 1918. Gassed at Vaux-Andigny, Oct. 10, 1918. Fought at Ypres-Lys offensive July 2nd to 4th; Somme offensive Sept. 9th to Oct. 18th; Bellicourt, Premont, Bohain, Montbrehain, Busigny, St. Martin’s River. Returned to USA April 11, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson April 17,...

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R. B. Talbert

Sup. Sergt., Co. L, 30th Div., 120th Regt. Son of R. L. and Mrs. M. D. Talbert, of Davidson County. Entered service June 16, 1916, at Thomasville, N.C. Sent to Camp Glenn, N.C., later to Mexican border from Oct. 2, 1916, to March 15, 1917. Transferred to Camp Sevier, then to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sailed from Boston harbor May 17, 1918, for Calais, France; landed June 5th. Was in all engagements with 120th Inf., 30th Div. Landed in the USA April 13, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 17,...

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Sam J. Tesh

Fireman, U. S. S. Utah (Naval). Born in Davidson County; the son of E. Tesh and Mrs. Lula Tesh. Entered service Dec. 8, 1917, at Winston-Salem, N.C. Sent to Berkley, Va., and sailed for France Aug. 28, 1918, convoying troop ships in and out of Base Bantry Bay, Ireland. Mustered out at New York City Jan. 20,...

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Clay Teague

Private, Med. Corps, General Hospital No. 5; of Davidson County; son of J. C. and Mrs. Betty Teague. Entered service July 6, 1918, at High Point, N.C. Sent to Camp Greenleaf, Ga., transferred to Ft. Ontario, N. Y. Also in Med. Motor Corps. Mustered out at Ft. Ontario, N. Y., Sept. 5,...

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Ray S. Smith

Corpl., 119th Inf., 30th Div., Co. H. Born in Davidson County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Smith. Entered the service at Lexington, N.C., Sept. 21, 1917. Was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., and from there to Camp Sevier, S. C. Transferred to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France May 28, 1918. Fought at Ypres Front. Gassed at Cambrai Hill Aug. 25, 1918. Sent to American Hospital. Landed in the USA April 2nd and was mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 9,...

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F. Lee Smith

Private 1st Class, Trench Artly., Btry. D, 6th Btry.; from Davidson County; son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Smith. Entered the service at Lexington, N.C., July 15, 1918, and sent to Clemson College, S. C., and then transferred to Ft. Caswell and then to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sailed for France Nov. 9, 1918. Trained at Clemson College, S. C., for mechanic. Mustered out of the service at Fortress Monroe, Va., Jan. 19,...

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