Mother and son.

The heartbreaking record of burial preparations by Oliver H. Bair Company for William S. Hagans‘ wife and infant son. First the arrangements for little Henry:

Henry E Hagans Funeral Record 1914

Then for his mother:

Lizzie E Hagans Funeral Record 1914

 Source: Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985,

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Higher learning.

A running list of pioneers in education among my kin.

Cain D. Sauls, Tuskegee Institute?

Henry E. Hagans, Howard University, prep.; Shaw University, BA 1890.

William S. Hagans, Howard University, prep. 1889; college division, 1893; BA, law department, 1898.

Julia B. Morton Hagans, Howard University, Normal School, 1888.

Mack D. Coley, Hampton Institute, prep. 1890; Lincoln University, BA 1895.


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Registered nurses.

Many thanks to Renate Yarborough Sanders for bringing to my attention to “Early African American Registered Nurses in NC,” The page lists all known African-American nurses in the state, including my grandmother’s paternal aunt Henrietta Colvert and three other relatives.

The number presumably refers to…

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William Scarlett Hagans.

William Scarlett Hagans, born about 1869, was the second of Napoleon and Appie Ward Hagans‘ sons. He is first found as “Snowbee” in the 1870 census of Nahunta, Wayne County, North Carolina, in a household headed by “Poland Hagans” with wife Apcilla.  (Next door was Jonah Williams, brother of Adam Artis.  Artis and Napoleon’s half-sister Frances Seaberrywere my great-great-great-grandparents.) Two…

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Honest and sober.

First this:


Charlotte Observer, 1 January 1907.

Then, perforce, this:


Charlotte Observer, 7 March 1907.

Lon W. Colvert ran this ad in Charlotte, 40 miles south, at least through July 1907. Good help, apparently, was hard to come by.

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To my ….

To my ….

Abstracts of wills filed in Wayne County Superior Court, Goldsboro, North Carolina:

Lizzie E. Hagans — (1) to my beloved husband Will S. Hagansand his heirs in fee simple my house and lot in the town of Goldsboro, situated on Oak Street between West Center and James Streets and known as 104 West Oak Street; (2) to my husband $5000 with all benefits from life insurance policy #190279, Phoenix…

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Crop liens & chattel mortgages.

Crop liens & chattel mortgages.

The following abstracts are taken from agreements recorded at the Wayne County Register of Deeds office in Goldsboro, North Carolina:

Ira Henderson (1885-1946) was the son of James H. and Frances Sauls Henderson.On 11 March 1922, to secure payment of a $200 loan from B.W. Southerland Company of Duplin County, due 15 June 1922, Ira pledged: one bay mare about 8 years old known as the Parker mare;…

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They fear he met with foul play.

They fear he met with foul play.

75 years ago today, this brief article appeared on the front page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Richmond Times Dispatch 8 22 1939

Richmond Times-Dispatch, 22 August 1939.

What the –?

My great-uncle J. Maxwell Allen survived this incident, but what in the world happened? (If anything.) I can’t find any foolw-up in newspaper archives, and no one in my family has ever mentioned the disappearance of Uncle Mac.

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Pig club promoters.

Cleveland Gazette, 19 December 1914. C.D. Sauls, uplifting as he climbed.

Pig club promoters.

Cleveland Gazette, 19 December 1914. C.D. Sauls, uplifting as he climbed.

Artis in Arkansas, follow-up.

Artis in Arkansas, follow-up.

Shortly after posting on the migration to Arkansas of Gus Artis and Eliza Artis Everett, I contacted the Lonoke County Museum.  After brief and helpful phone conversation with a staff member named Sheryll, I sent a letter requesting any information about my Artises along with a donation to the museum.  (Put your money where your mouth is with these grassroots organizations, folks.)

Yesterday, I…

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