Location: Surry County NC

Biography of Robert C. Williams

The subject of this sketch was born in Surry (now Yadkin) county, North Carolina, December 21, 1817. He lived with his father, who was a farmer in moderate circumstances, until nineteen years of age, and than left the farm to engage at school-teaching, and thereby secured the means to complete his education. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now In June, 1839, Mr. Williams immigrated to Missouri and located in Ray county, where he taught school until 1842 and then removed to what is now Harrison county. After living there one year our subject came to Daviess county, and has resided here ever since. On the 31st day of May, 1844, Robert C. Williams was married to Eleanor, daughter of John Gillilan. The issue of this union was seven children, two sons who died in infancy, and five daughters who are married and prosperous. After his marriage Mr. Williams followed the occupation of farming and stock-raising with good success until June, 1872, when he retired from active...

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Slave Narrative of Aunt Laura Bell

Interviewer: Mary A. Hicks Person Interviewed: Laura Bell Location: 2 Bragg Street, Raleigh, North Carolina Age: 73 An interview with Laura Bell, 73 years old, of 2 Bragg Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. Being informed that Laura Bell was an old slavery Negro, I went immediately to the little two-room shack with its fallen roof and shaky steps. As I approached the shack I noticed that the storm had done great damage to the chaney-berry tree in her yard, fallen limbs litterin’ the ground, which was an inch deep in garbage and water. The porch was littered with old planks and huge tubs and barrels of stagnant water. There was only room for one chair and in that sat a tall Negro woman clad in burlap bags and in her lap she held a small white flea-bitten dog which growled meaningly. When I reached the gate, which swings on one rusty hinge, she bade me come in and the Carolina Power and Light Company men, who were at work nearby, laughed as I climbed over the limbs and garbage and finally found room for one foot on the porch and one on the ground. “I wus borned in Mount Airy de year ‘fore de Yankees come, bein’ de fourth of five chilluns. My mammy an’ daddy Minerva Jane an’ Wesley ‘longed ter Mr. Mack Strickland an’ we lived on his...

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Biography of Levi Smith

LEVI SMITH. Among the many agriculturists who have devoted their attention to the occupation of tilling the soil in Howell Township, Howell County, Missouri, Levi Smith is one of the foremost, and he owes the success which has attended his operations in this respect to his own good fighting qualities. He owes his nativity to Surry County, N. C., where he was born in 1838. Son of Rev. Thomas and Candace (Snow) Smith, who were born in Wilkes and Surry Counties, N. C., in 1812 and 1814, respectively. They were reared, educated in a limited way, and married in their native State, and about 1860 made the trip to Howell County, Missouri, by wagon, the journey thither lasting just two months. They located on an unimproved farm, near West Plains, on which Mr. Smith spent the rest of his life, dying August 7, 1879, having been a life-long and industrious farmer, and a justice of the peace in Howell County for a good many years. Although a Union man in principle, he took no active part during the Civil War. He was a local minister of the Methodist Church for many years, was a great reader, was a well posted man on all general topics, and was in every respect self-educated. He was something of an orator also, and made many speeches on topics tending to the advancement of...

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Biography of Hon. Steven L. Wiles

HON. STEVEN L. WILES. Mr. Wiles is a prominent citizen of Polk Township, and one whose constancy to the business in hand and whose thrift have added so greatly to the value of the agricultural region. He is a native of North Carolina, was born in Surry County in the year 1831, and is the son of Steven and Rachel (Steelman) Wiles, also natives of Surry County, N. C. Our subject’s paternal grandfather, Steven Wiles, was born in England and there reared and married. Prior to the Revolutionary War he came to the United States and located in Surry County, N. C., where the remainder of his days were passed in tilling the soil. He served his adopted country six years in the Revolution and was a brave and faithful soldier. He was the father of seven sons and two daughters, among whom were the following: Pierson, John, Luke, Hiram, Gillam and Steven. The name of the other child is forgotten. Our subject’s maternal grandfather, Charles Steelman, also an Englishman, was reared and married in that country. He came to the United States previous to the Revolution but was not a soldier. He was a farmer and passed the remainder of his life in North Carolina. The parents of our subject grew to mature years in their native county and received limited educations in the common schools. They were...

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Biography of Allen Phillips

ALLEN PHILLIPS. The creditable condition of agricultural life in Boone County, Arkansas, is due to a great extent to the enterprise, energy and intelligence of her worthy tillers of the soil, prominent among whom may be mentioned. Allen Phillips, born in Surry County, N. C., February 12, 1847, a son of A. and Susan (Wilburn) Phillips, who were born, reared, married and died in the Old North State. The father was a leading Democrat of his day, was a prosperous farmer, but the late war swept away a considerable portion of his Property. He and wife had the following children: Louisa, who is living in North Carolina; Nancy, who is dead; Robert, who is living in Henry County, Missouri; Richard, who is living in North Carolina; Allen and Sarah E., who also reside in the Old North State. The paternal grandfather, Richard Phillips, was an early pioneer of this State, having been a participant in the Revolutionary War. Allen Phillips was reared on a farm in the State of his birth, received a practical common-school education, but the bursting of the war cloud which had so long hovered over the country put an end to his education. After he had attained his majority he started out to make his own way in the world, and in 1873 emigrated westward, and settled in Boone County, Arkansas, purchasing the farm on...

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Biography of James M. Parker

JAMES M. PARKER. – There is no more worthy subject for the pen of the writer than the sturdy, faithful pioneer. Little will ever be said concerning that life compared with the amount that might really be mentioned in praise of this noble class of individuals. We are pleased to announce that the man whose name appears at the head of this article belonged to that number of praiseworthy men who opened this country, doing work here before the middle of the last century, and from that time until the present maintaining an upright demeanor, displaying good ability to properly fill the stations of life where he has wrought, and constantly laboring for the development of the country and for the welfare of all, while his priceless qualities of moral worth and intrinsic value have been a light to many on the pilgrim road. James M. Parker was born in Surry county, North Carolina, on September 20, 1826, being the son of John Parker, a noted farmer of that region, and a prominent citizen of his state. There our subject was educated and at the tender age of fourteen years his adventurous spirit led him to begin the journey to the west, landing in Buchanan county, Missouri, in that year. He at once set to work for wages and six eyars were spent in steady employment in that county....

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Biography of Micajah H. Phillips

For over half a century Micajah H. Phillips has made his home in Oklahoma and for many years he was an active factor in the agricultural development of the state, but is now living retired on his farm near Delaware, in Nowata county, having reached the age of seventy-eight years. He was born in Surry county, North Carolina, April 30, 1843, and in May, 1870, when a young man of twenty-seven years, he came to Indian Territory casting in U-10 lot with its pioneer settlers. He acquired land seven miles south of Tahlequah and for eight years there engaged in farming and stock raising, removing at the end of that. period to Beatty’s Prairie, where he also followed agricultural pursuits, devoting considerable attention to the raising of horses, mules and cattle. In 1891 he purchased his present place of two hundred and seventy-five acres, situated near Delaware, in Nowata County and continued active in its management until failing health obliged him to relinquish the arduous cares of business. Here he followed farming and also engaged in the raising of stock, of which broad practical experience had given him a comprehensive knowledge, and, his labors were conducted along the most scientific lines, being productive of excellent results. In 1916 oil was discovered on his property and he now has four wells, all of which are good producers and contribute substantially...

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Roy Charles Snow

Private, Inf., M. G., Co. G, 30th Div., 19th Regt. Born in Surry County Jan. 6, 1894; son of Joseph A. Snow and Elizabeth Cora Key Snow. Entered service April, 1917, at Mount Airy, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, S. C. Sailed for Calais, France, May, 1917. Killed Oct. 11,...

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George Key Snow

Capt., Q. M. C., Co. B, 304th Regt., 310th Service Btn. Born in Surry County May 5, 1891; son of Joseph A. Snow and Cora Elizabeth Key Snow. Husband of Tula Nina Waller. Entered service May 2, 1917, at Mount Airy, N.C., and sent to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., May 2, 1917. Transferred to Camp Jackson, S. C., Aug. 29, 1917. Sailed for France Jan. 12, 1918. Promoted to rank of 2nd Lt. Aug. 15, 1917. On Nov. 1, 1917, was promoted to 1st Lt. Promoted to rank of Capt. Feb. 13, 1919. Returned to USA July 9, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., Aug. 7,...

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H. K. Swanson

Sergt., P. M. G. Born in Surry County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Swanson. Entered the service at Mt. Airy, N.C., Sept. 7, 1917. Was sent to Camp Greene, N.C. Mustered out at Camp Greene, N.C., Dec. 12, 1919. Served with P. M. G. Dept., N.C....

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Dixie Lee Griffith

Sergt., 1st Co., 3rd M. M.; son of J. W. and M. B. Griffith; of Surry County. Entered service Dec. 12, 1917, at Greensboro, N.C. Sent to Fort Thomas, Ky. Transferred to Camp Hancock, Ga.; transferred to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France March 4, 1918. Was training for Air Gunner at St. Jean De Mon, France, at time peace was declared. Returned to United States June 29, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., July 14,...

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James D. Hale

Corpl., Sup. Tr., 30th Div., 105th Regt.; of Surry County; son of S. M. and Emma Hale. Entered service May, 1917, at Mt. Airy, N.C. Sent to Camp Surry, S. C. Transferred to Chicago, from there to Camp Mills, N. Y. Sailed for France June 12, 1918. Promoted to rank of Corpl. Sept., 1917. Returned to USA April 10, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 12,...

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William F. George

Educational Director, Navy, Bureau of Navigaton; of Surry County; son of T. M. and Mary (Critz) George. Husband of Frances (Sedberry) George. Entered service Nov. 1, 1918, at Washington, D. C. Sent to Quantico, Va. Received Serbian Medal of Merit. Mustered out at Camp Quantico, Va., May 10,...

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Frederick F. Fallenstein

Private 1st Class, Co. D, 30th Div., Inf. Son of F. T. and Eliza Fallenstein. Husband of Frances M. Coleman Fallenstein, of Surry County. Entered service Oct. 2, 1917, at High Point, N.C. Was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier. Sailed for France May 12, 1918. Fought at Ypres Front, Western Front. Wounded in hip by shell Sept. 29, 1918, at St. Quentin. Sent to Fifth Southern General British Hospital. Returned to United States Dec. 21, 1918. Mustered out at Camp Greene, Jan. 19,...

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William R. Snow

Sergt. Art., Baty. B, 81st Div., 317 Reg.; of Surry County; son of P. H. and Alice Snow. Entered service Sept. 20, 1917, at Mt. Airy, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Mills, N. Y. Sailed for Liverpool, Eng., then to France, July 24, 1918. Promoted to Corpl. September, 1917, then to Sergt. November, 1918. Returned to USA June 20, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 26,...

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