Caswell County Genealogy

Dillard, Nicholas Longworth

Male 1906 - 1969  (62 years)


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  • Name Dillard, Nicholas Longworth  [1
    Born 7 Mar 1906  Eden, Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 8516 
    Died 21 Feb 1969  Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8374  Caswell County
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2017 

    Father Dillard, James William,   b. Abt 1880, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Carson, Katie,   b. Abt 1885, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Reference Number 59409 
    Family ID F4460  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Motley, Gladys Moore,   b. 12 Oct 1899,   d. 18 Nov 1996, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Reference Number 59342 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F4459  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Mar 1906 - Eden, Rockingham County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Feb 1969 - Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Nicholas Longworth Dillard (1906-1969)

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      Nicholas Longworth Dillard was born March 7, 1906 in Leaksville, now Eden, N.C. He was one of the eight children born to James William and Katie Carson Dilliard. His father was the son of a former slave who was transported from Maryland to North Carolina and served as errand boy to his mistress, who taught him to read and write.

      When N. L. Dillard was 13, the family moved to Reidsville, N.C. where his father continued the barbering trade. Five years later the family moved to Greensboro, N.C. where his father's twin brother operated a barbershop.

      After graduation from high school, he matriculated for two years at Bennett College in Greensboro prior to it becoming an all woman's college. He graduated from Shaw University in 1928 with a B.A. in Science and in 1942 received a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan. One of his great teachers at Shaw University was the late Dr. Benjamin Brawley.

      Prior to entering the teaching profession, he sold insurance. In 1930, he took a teaching position in Yanceyville and in 1932 was named principal of Caswell County Training School. He married the former Gladys Motley of Danville, Va., an elementary school teacher. Born to this marriage were twins, Annette and Anthony in 1936.

      Longworth, as he was called by his family, loved all of his relatives and made sure that his children got to know them. He delighted in piling his family in his 1941 Chevrolet and taking off on a Sunday afternoon after church to visit his parents or other relatives and friends in Eden, Oxford, Reidsville and Greensboro.

      He had a fervent belief in God and while retaining his membership in the St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Greensboro, he was active in the Pearson Chapel AME Church and the Allen Masonic Lodge. He was one of the founders of the local credit union and was active in several community organizations.

      His total commitment was to the advancement of his school. He loved children and people in general. He was blessed with foresight and one of his achievements in which he took pride was the erection and completion in 1951 of the new black elementary and high school in Caswell County. He requested as part of this strategy that they build the auditorium first as he knew that a gymnasium could be added later.

      Despite the shortcomings of his students, he encouraged them to excel. He often told them that it is not the log cabin you came from but where you are going that counts. Convinced that it takes generations to build culture, it was in the Friday school assemblies where his true personality blossomed. He sought to counsel and motivate his students to prepare themselves for the kind of world they would face when they graduated. He challenged them to use their farming background with its virtues of hard work to better themselves and their community. One of his favorite quotations was by George Washington -- "Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the just can repair, the events are in the hands of God."

      Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 179 (Article #170, "Nicholas Longworth Dillard" by Anthony L. Dillard). Note that the author, Anthony Longworth Dillard was the only son of Nicholas Longworth Dillard.
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      For an historical sketch of this notable Caswell County educator go to Nicholas Longworth Dillard (1906-1969)

      He was the oldest of five brothers. His father was a barber who operated his own shop in Reidsville, North Carolina. Source: 1920 US Federal Census.
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      Dillard Hall at Winston-Salem State University

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      Dillard Hall at Winston-Salem State University

      Construction Date: 1971. Named For: Nicholas Longworth Dillard. Dillard Hall, constructed in 1971, is a residence hall for female students. It is named in honor of educator and former Winston-Salem State University Trustee Nicholas L. Dillard. Dillard began his college education at Bennett College, but he completed his A.B. degree from Shaw University and later received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Dillard served as principal of Caswell County High School in Yanceyville, N.C., for 38 years. During his tenure as principal, the teaching faculty increased from 3 to 36 and the student body increased from 80 to 1,100. He also oversaw the opening of a new Caswell County High School in the 1950s.
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      1920 United States Federal Census
      Name: Longworth Dillard
      Home in 1920: Reidsville, Rockingham, North Carolina
      Age: 13 years
      Estimated birth year: abt 1907
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Father's name: William J
      Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Mother's name: Katie L
      Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Marital Status: Single
      Race: Black
      Sex: Male
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
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      Household Members: Name Age
      William J Dillard 40
      Katie L Dillard 35
      Longworth Dillard 13
      Radey J Dillard 12
      Carson H Dillard 8
      William E Dillard 43

      1930 US Census
      Name: N Longworth Dillard
      Age: 24
      Estimated birth year: abt 1906
      Relation to head-of-house: Son
      Father's Name: James W Dillard
      Mother's Name: Kate Dillard
      Home in 1930: Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina
      Occupation: Presser/Pressing Club

      U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
      Name: Nicholas Longworth Dillard
      Race: Negro (Black)
      Birth Date: 7 Mar 1906
      Birth Place: Rockingham, North Carolina
      Residence: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Registration Year: 1940
      Relationship: Self (Head)
      Household Members: Name
      Nicholas Longworth Dillard
      Gladys Motley Dillard

      1940 United States Federal Census
      Name: Nicholas L Dillard
      Age: 32
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1908
      Gender: Male
      Race: Negro (Black)
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Marital Status: Married
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Home in 1940: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Street: School Street
      Farm: No
      Inferred Residence in 1935: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Residence in 1935: Same Place
      Resident on farm in 1935: No
      Sheet Number: 5A
      Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 54
      Occupation: Principal
      House Owned or Rented: Owned
      Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 1500
      Attended School or College: No
      Highest Grade Completed: College, 4th year
      Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 30
      Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in Government work
      Weeks Worked in 1939: 32
      Income: 1200
      Income Other Sources: No
      Household Members: Name Age
      Nicholas L Dillard 32
      Gladys M Dillard 35
      Annette Dillard 4
      Anthony Dillard 4

      North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975
      Name: Nicholas Longworth Dillard
      Gender: Male
      Race: Black
      Age: 62
      Birth Date: 7 Mar 1906
      Birth Place: North Carolina, United States
      Death Date: 21 Feb 1969
      Death Location: Durham, Caswell
      Spouse's Name: Gladys Motley
      Father's Name: Willie Dillard
      Mother's Name: Katie Carson
      Residence: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina

      North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1996
      Name: Nicholas Dillard
      Death Date: 21 Feb 1969
      Death City: Durham (P)
      Date Death Recorded: Feb 1969
      Death Age: 62
      Birth Date: 1907
      Residence County: Durham
      Gender: Male
      Race: Black
      Marital Status: Married
      Autopsy: Yes
      Institution: General Hospital
      Attendant: Physician
      Source: NC Department of Health. North Carolina Deaths, 1968-69

  • Sources 
    1. Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 179 (Article #170, "Nicholas Longworth Dillard" by Anthony L. Dillard).