Location: McDowell County NC

Slave Narrative of Robert Falls

Interviewer: Della Yoe Person Interviewed: Robert Falls Location: Knoxville, Tennessee Place of Birth: Claiborne County, North Carolina Date of Birth: December 14, 1840 Place of Residence: 608 South Broadway, Knoxville, Tennessee Robert Falls was born on December 14, 1840, in the rambling one-story shack that accomodated the fifteen slaves of his Old Marster, [HW: Harry] Beattie Goforth, on a farm in Claiborne County, North Carolina. His tall frame is slightly stooped, but he is not subjected to the customary infirmities of the aged, other than poor vision and hearing. Fairly comfortable, he is spending his declining years in contentment, for he is now the first consideration of his daughter, Mrs. Lola Reed, with whom he lives at #608 S. Broadway, Knoxville, Tennessee. His cushioned rocking chair is the honor seat of the household. His apology for not offering it to visitors, is that he is “not so fast on his feet as he used to be.” Despite Uncle Robert’s protest that his “mind comes and goes”, his memory is keen, and his sense of humor unimpaired. His reminiscences of slave days are enriched by his ability to recreate scenes and incidents in few words, and by his powers of mimicry. “If I had my life to live over,” he declares, “I would die fighting rather than be a slave again. I want no man’s yoke on my shoulders no...

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Slave Narrative of Mary Barbour

Interviewer: Mary A. Hicks Person Interviewed: Mary Barbour Location: 801 S. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh, North Carolina Place of Birth: McDowell County NC Age: 81 Ex-Slave Story An interview with Mary Barbour 81 of 801 S. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh, N. C. I reckon dat I wuz borned in McDowell County, case dat’s whar my mammy, Edith, lived. She ‘longed ter Mr. Jefferson Mitchel dar, an’ my pappy ‘longed ter er Mr. Jordan in Avery County, so he said. ‘Fore de war, I doan know nothin’ much ‘cept dat we lived on a big plantation an’ dat my mammy wucked hard, but wuz treated pretty good. We had our little log cabin off ter one side, an’ my mammy had sixteen chilluns. Fas’ as dey got three years old de marster sol’ ’em till we las’ four dat she had wid her durin’ de war. I wuz de oldes’ o’ dese four; den dar wuz Henry an’ den de twins, Liza an’ Charlie. One of de fust things dat I ‘members wuz my pappy wakin’ me up in de middle o’ de night, dressin’ me in de dark, all de time tellin’ me ter keep quiet. One o’ de twins hollered some an’ pappy put his hand ober its mouth ter keep it quiet. Atter we wuz dressed he went outside an’ peeped roun’ fer a minute den he comed back...

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J. W. Streetman, Jr.

Private, Guard Co. Born in McDowell County; the son of J. W. Streetman, Sr., and Mrs. Catherine Mary Streetman. Entered service Sept. 11, 1918, at Marion, N.C., and sent to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Mustered out at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., Jan. 25,...

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William McFalls

Private Co. C, 30th Div., 115th M. G.; of McDowell County; son of S. M. and Mrs. Sarah McFalls; husband of Mrs. Inias McFalls. Entered service Aug. 14, 1916, at Old Fort. Sent to Camp Glenn, N.C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, then to Camp Mills. Sailed for France May 9, 1918. Was in all engagements with 115th M. G. until gassed Oct. 7, 1919. Was on Mexican border six months. Returned to USA March 26, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 2,...

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Biography of Alonzo D. Haight

Alonzo D. Haight, who is one of the earlier settlers of Riverside, has been identified with the growth of the colony since April, 1876. At that time he purchased a Government claim for forty acres of land located on Palm avenue, about two and a half miles south of Riverside, and commenced its improvement. Later he was compelled to purchase the same land from the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, it being claimed under their land grants from the Government. At first Mr. Haight planted largely of deciduous fruits and vines, but as experience showed the value of citrus fruits he replaced his deciduous trees with orange trees. He now has a fine orange grove of twenty-five acres in extent, about eight acres of which are in good bearing, having been planted in 1877-’78. The remainder of his trees vary in age from two to ten years. Mr, Haight is a thorough horticulturist,, and has been successful in producing and building up one of the finest groves of his section. The building improvements on his place are first-class. His residence is a substantial two-story house of modern design and finish, and has been built and fitted with all the conveniences that characterize a well-ordered house, and has not spared expense in adding to its comforts. Spacious grounds adorned with ornamental trees, palms, floral productions, and commodious outbuildings, attest the successful...

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McDowell 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 McDowell County, North Carolina Tombstone Transcription Project) Chapel Hill Cemetery Cross Mill Cemetery Drucilla Presbyterian Cemetery Dysartville Baptist Cemetery Ebenezer United Methodist Cemetery Ebenezer United Methodist Cemetery Epps Family Cemetery Gardin-Haney Cemetery Glenwood Cemetery Halltown Cemetery Hicks Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery Part 1 Part 2 Macedonia Missionary Baptist Cemetery Neal Cemetery Nebo Cemetery Old Brackett Town Cemetery Pine Cove Cemetery Pinnacle Methodist Cemetery Proctor Cemetery Providence United Methodist Cemetery Providence United Methodist Cemetery Sprouse Cemetery Sugar Hill Baptist Cemetery Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery...

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