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Location: Guilford County NC

Biography of G. W. Ozmont

G.W. OZMENT. – This gentleman is a veteran of the Indian wars, a survivor of many a bloody fight in Southern Oregon, and a pioneer of 1852. Born at Greensborough, North Carolina, in 1833, he became an orphan at the age of ten, and at fifteen went to Western Virginia with an uncle, and somewhat later was in Tennessee, working on his own account. The far West, however, was the land of his dreams; and he saved his earnings to go to Paducah, and from that point to St. Louis. Three months later he was on his way to St. Joseph by steamer. But ice in the river delayed progress at the Kansas river; and there he was glad to join the train of Mr. William McCown, who was on the way to Oregon. The journey, begun May 7, 1852, was favorable, meeting with only the usual hardships of the way until reaching the Cascade Mountains. There the train met with snow; and the teams were too much exhausted to draw the loaded wagons farther. Mr. McCown pushed on to Oregon City for help, leaving Mr. Ozment two weeks in the mountains to look after the goods. The first months of Oregon life were spent in Clackamas county erecting buildings for Mr. McCown, the winter with Mr. Case on Butte creek, and the following spring with Reverend A.F. Waller...

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Assassination of John Walter Stephens

The year 1870 is one of the years that will go down in history as one of great social and political significance, and it well marks the culmination and the decline of the Ku Klux organization. Never before, nor perhaps since, was there a time when prejudice and feeling, intermingled with crime, ran so rampant along social and political lines. It was a time when the Negro, or the white man who took any part with the Negro in politics, on hearing after Nightfall the clattering of horses’ feet or the loud tap on his door, would feel his blood run cold in his veins for fear there was a raid on foot and perchance he might be the victim. John Walter Stephens was born October 14, 1834, in Guilford County, N. C. His parents were good people, comfortably situated on a farm, and were consistent members of the Methodist church. His father died when he was about 18 years of age, leaving a wife, four sons and two daughters. Walter, with his brothers, lived on the farm and supported the family. A few years later he learned to make harness, and went into the harness business. His education was of a very ordinary sort, for he had only the advantages of the common schools. He studied a great deal at home, however. When he grew into more matured...

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Biography of Leonard S. Weast

LEONARD S. WEAST. For over forty years this gentleman has been an honored resident of Marion County, Arkansas He was born in Guilford County, N. C., October 26, 1845, a son of Adam and Sophia (Fortune) Weast, who were born and reared in North Carolina and Virginia, respectively. The latter went with her parents to North Carolina, and there she met married Mr. Weast, with whom she moved to Arkansas in 1850, entering land where Yellville is now situated, purchasing also an eighty-acre tract in the valley of Crooked Creek, on which he built a log house which is still standing, being on the west end of Main Street, Yellville. He brought with him to this State nine slaves, and being a man of good business judgment he succeeded in accumulating a valuable property, a considerable portion of which was lost during the war. He was a Democrat, a public-spirited citizen and a member of the Baptist Church. He died during the latter part of the war, in which great struggle five of his sons participated, being in the Confederate service. His wife was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and died in May, 1890, at the age of eighty-nine years, having borne him eleven children: Nelson, who died in North Carolina some years ago; Brice, who died in Yellville about nine years ago, was a farmer...

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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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Rollins, Ara – Obituary

Formerly of Union and Cove 1906-2001 Ara Lee Rollins, 94, of High Point, N.C., and formerly of Union and Cove, died May 9 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Cove Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Schlessman of the First Christian Church officiating. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mrs. Rollins was born Sept. 12, 1906, to Jacob Lanier and Alice Doyle Lanius in Gatesville, Texas. She graduated from Union High School in 1926, and on Nov. 14, 1927, she married Oscar G. Rollins in Union. They both worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the Umatilla District and then moved to Cove, where they lived on Antles Lane for over 50 years. She was active in 4-H, PTA, Eastern Star and the Cove Sportsman’s Club. She moved to North Carolina five years ago to be near family. Survivors include her daughter, Lois Jane Rauch of High Point, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the GRH Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel. La Grande Observer, June 2001 Contributed by Hilary...

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Franklin E. White

Private 1st Class, 317th F. A. Co., Bty. E, 81st Div.; of Guilford Co.; son of R. F. and Mrs. Mollie B. White. Entered service March 30, 1918, at High Point, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson April 1, 1918. Sailed for Brest, France, Aug. 7, 1918. Was in Signal Corps. Landed in USA June 8, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., July 8,...

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Charles W. Thompson

Private, Med. Corps, Base Hosp. No. 65; of Guilford County; son of David and Mrs. Margaret Thompson. Entered service April 8, 1918, at High Point, N.C. Sent to Fort McPherson. Transferred to Camp Upton, N. Y. Sailed for Brest, France, Sept. 13, 1918. Returned to USA May 27, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 1,...

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F. P. Thomas

Private, 323rd Amb. Co., 81st Div., 306th San. Tr. Born in Guilford County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Thomas. Entered service May 28, 1918, at Greensboro, N.C. Was sent to Camp Jackson, transferred to Camp Sevier and from there was sent to Camp Mills. Went to France Aug. 8, 1918. Fought at St. Die, Meuse-Argonne. Returned to the USA June 20, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 29,...

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Carl William Venable

Sergt., Inf., Supply Co., 13th Inf. Regt.; of Guilford County; son of J. A. and Mrs. Julia Venable. Entered service July 17, at High Point, N.C. Sent to Columbus, Ohio, transferred to El Paso, Texas, transferred to Camp Custer, Mich. Sailed for England July 20, 1918, then to Russia Sept. 4, 1918; to defense of Sector 466 Sept. 16th to 17th; offensive of Kodish Sept. 27 to Oct. 12, 1918; second offensive of Kodish Oct. 13 to 14, 1919; offensive of Avda Oct. 15th to 16th; offensive of Bolshoi Ozersky March 23, 1919. He received British Military Medal for service in Russia. Returned to USA June 30, 1919, at Hoboken. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., Sept. 2,...

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Earl D. Smith

Private, Inf., Officers’ Training Camp. Born in Guilford County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Smith. Entered the service at Plattsburg, N. Y., July 16, 1918. Was sent to Plattsburg Barracks, N. Y. Then to Trinity College, Durham, N.C. Acting 1st Sergt. at Trinity College. Mustered out at Trinity College Dec. 11,...

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O. L. Smith

Private, Btry. B, Heavy Artly., 81st Div., 316th Regt.; of Guilford County; son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Smith. Husband of Mrs. Bessie Gurley Smith. Entered service May 28, 1918, at High Point, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson. Sailed for France Aug. 5, 1918. Returned to USA June 9, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 20,...

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Clyde Smith

1st Class Private, 322nd M. G. Btn., 81st Div. Born in Guilford County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Smith. Entered the service Sept. 17, 1917, at High Point, N.C. Was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., and from there to Oteen, N.C. Mustered out at Oteen, N.C., June 20,...

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D. R. Smith

1st Class Private, 118th Inf., 30th Div., Co. E. Born in Guilford County; the son of and Mrs. J. L. Smith. Entered the service Aug. 5, 1917, at High Point, N.C. Was sent to Camp Sevier, S. C., and from there to Camp Mills, L. I. Sailed for France May 5, 1918. Fought on the Hindenburg Line. Gassed at St. Martin’s, France, Sept. 19, 1918. Sent to Hospital at Rouen, France, later to Savona, France. Landed in the USA Dec. 12, 1918. Mustered out at Plattsburg, N. Y., Jan. 31,...

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R. E. Snow

Private, Central Officers’ Training Camp. Born in Guilford County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Snow. Husband of Mrs. V. H. Snow. Entered the service at Raleigh, N.C., May 15, 1918. Served as instructor at A. & E. College, Raleigh, N.C., for four months. Mustered out at Camp Taylor Nov. 22,...

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Ben B. Stockard

Master Engr., 30th Div., 105th Engrs., Hdqrs. Co. Born in Guilford County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Stockard. Husband of Mrs. Leone Blanchard Stockard. Entered the service April 17, 1917, at Greensboro, N.C. Was sent to Camp Sevier, S. C., and from there to Camp Mills. Sailed for France May 27, 1918. Promoted to rank of Master Engr. Sept. 16, 1917. Was in all engagements with his company until Oct. 1st, at which time he went to school in Southern France. Returned to the USA April 13, 1919, and was mustered out at Camp Jackson April 18,...

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