Surname: Lassiter

Slave Narrative of Jennylin Dunn

Interviewer: Mary A. Hicks Person Interviewed: Jennylin Dunn Location: 315 Bledsoe Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina Place of Birth: Wake County NC Age: 87 Ex-Slave Story An interview with Jennylin Dunn 87, of 315 Bledsoe Avenue, Raleigh, N. C. I wuz borned hyar in Wake County eighty-seben years ago. Me an’ my folks an’ bout six others belonged ter Mis’ Betsy Lassiter who wuz right good ter us, do’ she sho’ did know dat chilluns needs a little brushin’ now an’ den. My papa wuz named Isaac, my mammy wuz named Liza, an’ my sisters wuz named Lucy, Candice an’ Harriet. Dar wuz one boy what died ‘fore I can ‘member an’ I doan know his name. We ain’t played no games ner sung no songs, but we had fruit ter eat an’ a heap of watermillions ter eat in de season. I seed seberal slabe sales on de block, front of de Raleigh Cou’t house, an’ yo’ can’t think how dese things stuck in my mind. A whole heap o’ times I seed mammies sold from dere little babies, an’ dar wuz no’min’ den, as yo’ knows. De patterollers wuz sumpin dat I wuz skeerd of. I know jist two o’ ’em, Mr. Billy Allen Dunn an’ Mr. Jim Ray, an’ I’se hyard of some scandelous things dat dey done. Dey do say dat dey whupped some of de...

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Slave Narrative of Andrew Boone

Interviewer: T. Pat Matthews Person Interviewed: Andrew Boone Location: Wake County, North Carolina. Harris Farm. Age: 90 years Occupation: Worked in show business I been living in dese backer barns fifteen years. I built this little shelter to cook under. Dey cut me off the WPA cause dey said I wus too ole to work. Dey tole us ole folks we need not put down our walkin’ sticks to git work cause dey jes’ won’t goin’ to put us on. Well, I had some tomatoes cooked widout any grease for my breakfast. I had a loaf of bread yesterday, but I et it. I ain’t got any check from the ole age pension an’ I have nothin’ to eat an’ I am hongry. I jes’ looks to God. I set down by de road thinkin’ bout how to turn an’ what to do to git a meal, when you cum along. I thanks you fer dis dime. I guess God made you give it to me. I wus glad to take you down to my livin’ place to give you my story. Dis shelter, an ole tobacco barn, is better dan no home at all. I is a man to myself an’ I enjoy livin’ out here if I could git enough to eat. Well de big show is coming to town. It’s de Devil’s wurk. Yes sir, it’s...

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Lloyd A. Lassiter

Private, S. A. T. C.; of Section B, of Northampton County; son of E. B. and Mrs. Josie R. Lassiter and husband of Mrs. Josie Parker Lassiter. Entered service Oct. 15, 1918, at Potecasi, N.C. Sent to University of Va., at University, Va. Mustered out at University, Va., Dec. 19,...

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Everett B. Lassiter, Jr.

1st Class Sergt., Q. M. C., Co. Tr. No. 1.; of Northampton County; son of E. B., Sr., and Mrs. Josie R. Lassiter. Entered service Nov. 6, 1917, at Potecasi, N.C. Sent to Camp Johnstone, Fla., Dec. 15, 1917. Sailed for Brest, France, May 10, 1918. Promoted to rank of Sergt. 1st Class April 20, 1918. Arrived in USA Nov. 2, 1919, at Hoboken, N. J. Mustered out at Camp Dix, N. J., Nov. 8,...

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J. E. Lassiter

Private, Inf., Co. M, 30th Div., 119th Regt.; of Northampton County; son of Henry T. and Mrs. Cordelia Lassiter. Husband of Mrs. Clara (Oliver) Lassiter. Entered service March 23, 1918, at Woodland, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier. Sailed for Liverpool, Eng., and Calais, France May 28, 1918. Fought at Kemmel Hill, Belgium. Arrived in USA April 2, 1919, at Charleston, S. C. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 5,...

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Guy V. Lassiter

Corpl., Supply Tr., Co. F, 105th Regt., 30th Div. Born in Greene County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. N. Lassiter. Husband of Genivieve Lassiter. Entered service Sept. 28, 1917, at Snow Hill, N.C. Was sent to Camp Jackson; transferred to Camp Sevier. Sailed for France May 11, 1918. Returned to USA April 11, 1919, and was mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 14,...

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Charlie Lassiter

Mechanic, Inf., Co. I, 119th Regt., 30th Div. Born in Chowan County; son of John and Julie Lassiter. Husband of Mrs. Ethel Lassiter. Entered the service Feb. 29, 1916, at Edenton, N.C. Sent to Camp Glenn, N.C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Sailed for France May 28, 1918. Promoted Mechanic June, 1916. Fought in all engagements of the 30th Div. Had seven months’ service on the Mexican border. Returned to the USA at Charleston, S. C., April 2, 1919, and mustered out of the service at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 24,...

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