Location: Vance County NC

Slave Narrative of Reverend Squire Dowd

Interviewer: T. Pat Matthews Person Interviewed: Rev. Squire Dowd Location: 202 Battle Street, Raleigh, North Carolina Date of Birth: April 3, 1855 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 [HW: language not negro, very senternous & interesting.] [TR: The above comment is crossed out.] Reverend Squire Dowd 202 Battle Street Raleigh, N. C. My name is Squire Dowd, and I was born April 3, 1855. My mother’s name was Jennie Dowd. My father’s name was Elias Kennedy. My mother died in Georgia at the age of 70, and my father died in Moore County at the age of 82. I attended his funeral. My sister and her husband had carried my mother to Georgia, when my sister’s husband went there to work in turpentine. My mother’s husband was dead. She had married a man named Stewart. You could hardly keep up with your father during slavery time. It was a hard thing to do. There were few legal marriages. When a young man from one plantation courted...

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Shakori Indians

Shakori Tribe: A native name but its significance unknown, though perhaps the same as Sugari, “stingy or spoiled people,” or “of the river whose-water-cannot-be drunk.” Also called: Cacores, a misprint. Shakori Connections. The Shakori belonged to the Siouan linguistic family, their closest connections being evidently with the southern division of the Siouan tribes of the East. Barnwell (1908) identified them with the Sissipahaw. Shakori Location. The Shakori moved so frequently and there is so much uncertainty regarding their early history, that this is hard to give, but, as they usually kept company with the Eno, tenancy of the courses of Shocco and Big Shocco Creeks in the present Vance, Warren, and Franklin Counties is perhaps the location most closely connected with them in historic times. (See South Carolina and Virginia.) Shakori History. It is possible that the Shakori gave their name to the province of Chicora visited by Ayllon and his companions in 1521. If so, we must suppose that they moved north later in the sixteenth century or early in the seventeenth, perhaps as a result of the Pardo expeditions. In 1650 Edward Blande and his associates found the “Nottoway and Schockoores old fields” between Meherrin and Nottoway Rivers, but the Indians were not there. In 1654 Governor Yeardley of Virginia was told by a Tuscarora Indian of an inland people called the “Cacores,” probably an attempt to...

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William E. Woodlief

Private 1st Class, Inf., Co. B, 30th Div., 119th Regt.; of Vance County; son of J. M. and Mrs. Mary Woodlief. Entered service Sept. 21, 1917, at Henderson, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C., then to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France. Fought at Ypres, Meuse-Argonne. Gassed at Bellicourt. Sent to British Hospital Base No. 73. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 1,...

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Bennett Hester Perry

Capt., Motor Trans. Corps; of Vance County; son of Redding and Mrs. Fannie C. Perry. Entered service May 15, 1917, at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., Transferred to Hoboken, N. J. Sailed for France January, 1918. Promoted to rank of 2nd Lt. at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.; 1st Lt. October, 1918; to Capt. January, 1919. With Motor Trans. Corps. Mustered out at Camp Mills, N. Y., Jan. 24,...

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Henry S. Moss

Private, Replacement, 3rd Casual, 41st Div. Born in Vance County; the son of B. H. and Katie Moss. Entered service Aug. 27, 1918, at Henderson, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Newport News, Va. Overseas to France Nov. 9, 1918. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., May 26,...

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Frank E. Marston

Private 1st Class, Med. Corps, San. Det., 30th Div., 120th Regt.; of Vance County; son of R. J. and Mrs. Maggie A. Marston. Entered service July 25, 1917, at Henderson, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, S. C. Transferred to New York. Sailed for France May 28, 1918. Was in all battles in which 30th was engaged. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 15,...

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John Lee Wester

Sergt., Adjt. Gen. Dept. Born in Vance County; son of W. H. and Lena W. Wester. Entered service at Henderson, N.C., Sept. 6, 1918. Sent to Camp Jackson, Sept. 7, 1918. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., March 7, 1919.

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L. A. Jackson

Sergt., Inf., Co. C, 120th Regt., 30th Div.; from Vance County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Jackson Husband of Mrs. Zelma Jackson. Entered the service April, 1916, at Henderson, N.C. Was sent to El Paso, Texas. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C., and from there to Camp Mills, N. Y. Sailed for France May 28, 1918. Fought at Meuse-Argonne. Received shrapnel wound at Bellicourt Sept. 29th and was sent to British General Hospital No. 73. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 15,...

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David Britt Grissom

Private., Inf., Hdqrs. Co., 81st Div., 324th Regt.; of Vance County; son of R. G. and Mrs. Mary Grissom. Entered service May 25, 1918, at Henderson, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C., then to Camp Mills, N. Y. Sailed for France Aug., 1918. Fought at Meusce-Argonne, Vosges. Held Line at Vosges. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., Jan. 25,...

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Edward C. Harris

2nd Lt., M. G. Co., 81st Div. 321st Inf. Born in Vance County; son of Edward W. and Meta Earl Harris. Entered service April, 1917, at Wendell, N.C. Went to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Sailed for France Aug. 5, 1918. Wounded in France Nov. 11, 1918. Died Nov. 12, 1918. An exceptionally brave officer. Carried his machine gun through wire entanglement and put it in position under violent fire from three enemy machine guns. Fatally wounded, but commanded his men to leave him and continue fighting. Received Croix de Guerre with Palm and D. S. Cross for heroism at Grimancourt, France. Graduated from Trinity College,...

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Talton E. Harris

Sergt., Artly., Hdqrs. Co., 30th Div., F. A., 113th Regt. Born in Vance County; son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Harris. Entered service July 25, 1917, at Raleigh, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, S. C., Aug., 1917. Sailed for France May, 1918. Promoted to rank of Corpl. July 25, 1917, to rank of Sergt. Sept., 1918. Fought at Toul Sector, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Woevre. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, March,...

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Claude C. Evans

1st Sergt., Inf., Co. C, 30th Div., 120th Reg.; of Vance County; son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Evans. Husband of Mrs. C. C. Evans. Entered service May 7, 1915, at Henderson, N.C. Sent to Ft. Bliss, El Paso. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C., then to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sailed for France May 12, 1918. Promoted to Corpl., then to Sergt., then to 1st Sergt., Jan. 1, 1918. In all engagements of the 119th until wounded slightly by shrapnel Oct. 18, 1918. Sent to Hospital at South Devon, Eng. American Red Cross No. 21. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 18,...

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William B. Daniel

Sergt., Inf., Co. C, 81st Div., 324th Regt.; of Vance County; son of Mr. W. B., Sr., and Mrs. Ada Daniel. Husband of Mrs. Frances Daniel. Entered service May 25, 1918, at Henderson, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, then to Camp Mills, N. Y. Sailed for France Aug. 12, 1918. Promoted to rank of Corpl. Sept. 5, 1918, to Sergt. April, 1919. Fought at Meuse-Argonne Nov. 9th to 11th. Cited for Bravery by Regimental Commander. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., June 25,...

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James Crawford Cooper

2nd Lt., Inf., Marines, 74th Co., 2nd Div., 6th Regt.; of Vance County; son of C. J. and Mrs. M. A. F. Cooper. Husband of Mrs. Lucy Parham Cooper. Entered service April 11, 1917, at Henderson, N.C. Sent to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Transferred to Hoboken, N. Y. Sailed for France Sept. 15, 1917. Fought at Verdun Front, two months, March to June, 1918. Chateau Thierry June and July, 1917. Gassed at Verdun. Instructor Inf. Tactics 61st Brigade, Camp Wheeler, Ga. Instructor 20th Div., 48th Inf. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., Jan. 13,...

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Joel T. Cheatham

Seaman 2nd Class, U. S. Navy, Hdqrs. Co., 5th Naval Dist. Born in Vance County; son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Cheatham. Husband of Mrs. Belle Davis Cheatham. Entered service at Norfolk, Va., June 11, 1918. Was sent to U. S. S. Pamlico. From ship to O. M. S. Naval Operating Base, Hampton Roads,...

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