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Location: Randolph County NC

Biography of William H. Branson

Very few American families can trace their ancestry beyond three or four generations. This is due to the lack of a historical spirit among the early settlers of a country. They make no records, and only vague traditions carry their histories down to other generations. When the Branson family came to America cannot be accurately determined. It is, however, certain that early in the eighteenth century Thomas Branson came from England and settled in Chatham County, N. C. This makes the Branson family one of the old families of North Carolina, and identifies them with all the periods of the State’s growth. William Henry Branson belonged to the fifth generation from Thomas Branson. William’s father was named Thomas, doubtless for the original Branson, and was born in Randolph County, near Asheboro, in the year 1800. For four generations the Branson family remained in this section of the State, a fact which indicates an indisposition to rove from point to point in search of easier fortunes. Thomas Branson, the father of William H. Branson, was twice married; the first time to Miss Mary Lewellyn, the second time to Mrs. Prescott, who was a Miss Buck. William was the only child by this second wife. He was born near Cedar Falls, Randolph County, May 23, 1860. His father was a blacksmith, a vocation of large importance in the first half of...

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Slave Narrative of Martha Allen

Interviewer: Mary A. Hicks Person Interviewed: Martha Allen Location: 1318 South Person Street, Raleigh, North Carolina Place of Birth: Craven County NC Age: 78 Ex-Slave Story An interview with Martha Allen, 78, of 1318 South Person Street, Raleigh. I wuz borned in Craven County seventy eight years ago. My pappa wuz named Andrew Bryant an’ my mammy wuz named Harriet. My brothers wuz John Franklin, Alfred, an’ Andrew. I ain’t had no sisters. I reckon dat we is what yo’ call a general mixture case I am part Injun, part white, an’ part nigger. My mammy belonged ter Tom Edward Gaskin an’ she wuzn’t half fed. De cook nussed de babies while she cooked, so dat de mammies could wuck in de fiel’s, an’ all de mammies done wuz stick de babies in at de kitchen do’ on dere way ter de fiel’s. I’se hyard mammy say dat dey went ter wuck widout breakfast, an’ dat when she put her baby in de kitchen she’d go by de slop bucket an’ drink de slops from a long handled gourd. De slave driver wuz bad as he could be, an’ de slaves got awful beatin’s. De young marster sorta wanted my mammy, but she tells him no, so he chunks a lightwood knot an’ hits her on de haid wid it. Dese white mens what had babies by nigger wimmens...

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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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Trinity College Historical Society Papers

The following sketches represents for the most part work done by the students in the upper classes of Trinity College. It has not been thought wise to be to stringent in reforming the style of these pieces, but pains have been taken to ensure the reliability of the facts presented. The work of collecting them was begun with some hesitation, but it is now an assured fact that they will appear regularly in the future. They are the outgrowth of the devotion of young men to the neglected field of Southern history.

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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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Joseph H. Redding, Jr.

Private, Inf., Co. H, 81st Div., 323rd Regt., Inf.; of Randolph County; son of J. H. and Mrs. Ellen Redding. Entered service May 29, 1917, at Ashboro, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier. Sailed for France. Landed at Liverpool Aug. 11, 1918. Fought at Meuse-Argonne. Returned to USA June 14, 1919, Newport News, Va. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 26,...

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Wayman A. Ridge

Private 1st Class, Inf., Co. I, 322nd Regt., 81st Div. Born in Randolph County July 28, 1892; son of J. A. and Orie Ridge. Entered service at Ashboro, N.C., May 29, 1918. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C., then to Camp Upton, N. Y. Sailed for France Aug. 11, 1918. Fought at Meuse-Argonne. Returned to the USA June 18, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 26,...

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Bryson N. Richardson

Private, Engrs., Co. F, 147th Regt.; of Randolph County; son of William R. and Mrs. Ella Richardson. Entered service August 27, 1918, at Carthage, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, then to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. Mustered out at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind., Dec. 11,...

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A. R. Pierce

Cook, Med. Dept. Born in Randolph County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Pierce. Entered the service Dec. 10, 1917, at Asheboro, N.C. Was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., and from there to Camp Mills, L. I. Sailed for France July 14, 1918. Was under shell fire at Meuse-Argonne Front. Returned to USA Aug. 1, 1919; landed at Hoboken, N. J. Served with Army of Occupation in Germany for five months. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., Aug. 11,...

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John E. Kearns

1st Class Private, 120th Inf., Co. A, 30th Div. Born in Randolph County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Kearns. Entered the service May 26, 1917, at Lexington, S. C. Was sent to Camp Sevier, S. C., and from there to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sailed for France June 5, 1918. Fought at Ypres, Bellicourt, Nauroy, Busigny, Joncourt, Hindenburg Line. Returned to the USA April 13, 1919. Landed at Charleston, S. C. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 17,...

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John A. Hussey

Sergt., Utility Co. No. 1, Const. Div.; son of Eli and Mrs. W. A. Hussey; of Randolph County. Entered service Dec. 24, 1916, at Greensboro, N.C. Sent to Columbus, Ohio. Transferred to San Francisco, and from there to Honolulu, and then to Kerney, Cal. Served in Second Inf., 32nd Inf., and 82nd Inf., and last with the Const. Div. Mustered in reserve at Kerney, Cal., July 23, 1919; served in Construction Div. throughout entire...

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Joseph T. Lewallen

Private, Base Hospital No. 65. Born in Randolph County; son of Z. A. and Mrs. Sarah Lane Lewallen. Husband of Lilly Richardson. Entered service June 5, 1918, at Ashebroo, N.C. Sent to Ft. McPherson. Transferred to Camp Upton. Sailed for France Aug. 30, 1918. Stationed at Base Hospital, Brest, France. “Carry On.” Mustered out at Camp Greene Feb. 28,...

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Gurney A. Lewallen

Private, Inf., Co. E, 30th Div.; of Randolph County; son of Frank and Mrs. Louzna Lewallen. Entered service July 25, 1917, at High Point, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, S. C. Transferred to Camp Mills, N. Y. Sailed for Calais, France, May 25, 1918. Fought at Hindenburg Line, Mount Bohain, Ypres Sector. Wounded slightly by shell at Battle of Hindenburg Line Oct. 17, 1918. Gassed at Lozelle River Oct. 18, 1918. Sent to Base Hospital No. 3, Rouen. Enlisted in N. G., Co. M, 1st N.C. Inf. Set sail from Brest March 15th; landed in USA March 27, 1919, at Charleston, S. C. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., March 31,...

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Ernest Linthicum

Corpl., Co. K, 30th Div., 120th Inf.; of Randolph County; son of W. S. and Mrs. L. Linthicum. Entered service June 21, 1916, at Asheboro. Sent to Camp Glenn, N.C.; later to Camp Stewart, Texas. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C., then to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sailed for France; landed June 5, 1918. Fought at Ypres, St. Quentin, Bellicourt, Nauroy, Busigny, Vaux-Andigny, Joncourt, Cambrai, Hindenburg Line. Served on Mexican border five months and 13 days. Returned to USA April 13, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 28,...

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