Corn for the poor.

Among the supplies the Wayne County Commissioners bought in 1884 to feed residents of the county poorhouse was $22 worth of corn from Napoleon Hagans. Goldsboro Messenger, 14 August 1884.

Corn for the poor.

Among the supplies the Wayne County Commissioners bought in 1884 to feed residents of the county poorhouse was $22 worth of corn from Napoleon Hagans. Goldsboro Messenger, 14 August 1884.


The case for the Carters.

The case for the Carters.

Were Walter “Wat” and Nancy Carter the step-father and mother of Joseph and Jasper Holmes? Here is the evidence:

  • Per my great-aunt, Julia Allen Maclin, her grandfather Jasper Holmes and Joseph R. Holmes were brothers.
  • According to historian Luther Porter Jackson, Joseph had a brother “Watt,” who was a shoemaker like Joseph.
  • Jasper Holmes and Joseph Holmes were born in Charlotte County, Virginia,…

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He should have been hung.

He should have been hung.

A pardoned villain. A fellow named Carroll, a free negro, has been arrested and imprisoned for horse-stealing in Wake county, N.C. This is the third offence. According to law he should have been hung for the second offence, but escaped, in consequence of some technical discrepancy in the proceedings. – He runs a slim chance of escape in the present instance; and surely if the penalty is strictly…

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$100 reward for Lewis.

Tarboro’ Press, 1 March 1845. I first thought that the Kinchen Taylor in this ad was one of other Kinchen Taylors in Nash County in the antebellum period.

$100 reward for Lewis.

Tarboro’ Press, 1 March 1845. I first thought that the Kinchen Taylor in this ad was one of other Kinchen Taylors in Nash County in the antebellum period.


Confederate dead and wounded.

Confederate dead and wounded.

When the call came, Nancy Balkcum’s grandsons answered. And paid.

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James Lucian Balkcum, born about 1839, son of Mariah Balkcum and William L. Robinson. Lucian was a Sampson County farmer when he enlisted as a private on 9 May 1861 in Company F, 20th North Carolina Infantry.  He was captured 20 July 1864 at Stephenson’s Depot, Virginia, and confined at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio, where he died…

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He is guilty of assault; she, of murder.

He is guilty of assault; she, of murder.

On Tuesday, therefore, the criminal docket was taken up, when Lewis Chavers, a free man of color, was put upon his trial for an assault and battery on Mr. Drury Kemp, a white man. Chavers was found guilty of the assault, which was of an aggravated nature, and fined one hundred dollars, and ordered to be sold for the payment of the fine. …

On Thursday, Harriet Durham, (a free woman of color,)…

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The proof was point-blank.

The proof was point-blank.

Grandison, a free boy of color, was out upon trial charged with larceny for entering in the night-time and robbing a store of Mr. S.J. Rickert, of this place, of money and merchandise a few months ago. The proof was point-blank, and Grandison was sentenced to receive thirty-nine lashes on his bare-back at this time, be imprisoned ‘till May term, and then receive thirty-nine lashes and be…

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Not a drop.

SKETCH OF THE SIMMONS FAMILY

William Simmons, the father of most all of the Simmons of Sampson County, was born in the eastern part of Sampson County, near Faison, N.C. In early life he married one Penny Winn, of Wayne County, N.C. William Simmons is now dead, but he has often often told the writer that he was of purse white and Indian descent, and judging from his features and general…

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The Balkcum women.

In the name of God, Amen, I Hester Balkcumof the State of North Carolina and County of Sampson, being of sound mind & memory, but of feeble health, and knowing that all must die; do make & ordain this my Last Will & Testament. And first I give my body to the dust, to be buried in a decent manner and commend my spirit to the care of God who gave it, as a being infinitely wise & good. As for my…

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Has the old fuss died out yet?

Has the old fuss died out yet?

Here’s another account of Joseph Holmes‘ murder, presented as a pivot point in the romanticized life of the author’s father:

When Jim Wilkes rode into Raft River Valley in 1870, he had two pasts behind him though he was barely twenty-one. His real name was Griffin Seth Marshall. He had called himself Jim Wilkes only since a spring evening in 1867 when an incident in a Virginia village had sent…

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