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201 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I65767)
 
202 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I65768)
 
203 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I65769)
 
204 "My grandfather Thomas Parks Hunter and Thomas Christenbury ran a store in the Upchurch Building in the 1930"s. When the building was sold in the late 70's or early 80's, Norman Upchurch made sure that our family received some of the furnishings that were tied to my grandfather. Who else would have done such a fine deed?"

Source: Jerry Parks Cooper Comment: Posted 3 February 2014 to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.
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He and his wife operated a small store across from the old Bartlett Yancey Elementary and High Schools for many years. It was adjacent to the automotive body shop of Hollis Poteat. Many children remember buying their first penny candy there.
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"Leasburg's rural carriers have been few and served long terms. Edwin Featherston was a horse-and-buggy carrier. John W. Stephens, Sr. [John Warrick Stephens] replaced him by 1924. When he first began he used a horse and buggy also and delivered mail only three times a week. He was the rural carrier for 34 years, retiring about 1960. Voss Stephens [Voss McDaniel Stephens], John's brother, was his substitute. After John's retirement, Charlie Wayne Coleman was substitute rural carrier until Charles N. Briggs was appointed rural carrier Jan 1963. Alex Denny was a star route carrier for a while. His transportation then was horse and buggy. He picked up the mail at Semora and brought it to Leasburg. He served the rural boxes along his line of travel. Later Mr. Christenbury was the star route carrier and brought the mail to Leasburg from Yanceyville. After him there was Marvin Pleasant until star routes were changed about 1968. Lacy Daniel of Pelham is the present star route contractor."

Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 36 ("Leasburg Post Office" by Jeannine D. Whitlow).
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At the time of the 1930 US Census, Thomas Christenbury apparently was operating a boarding house on East Main Street in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina.

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Thomas Christenburg [Thomas Christenbury]
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1890
Birthplace: North Carolina
Race: White
Home in 1930: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Georgia Christenburg
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas Christenburg 40
Georgia Christenburg 28
Thomas Christenburg 4
Joe Powell 26
Mary Hatchett 26
Annie P Carter 22
Bettie Swindell 25
Mabel Alcorn 23
Rubie Scott 22
Annie Newman 32
Madeline Copeland 24
Ralph H Vance 25

1930 US Census
Name: Thomas Christenbury
Age: 40
Estimated birth year: abt 1890
Birthplace: North Carolina
Relation to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's Name: Georgia Christenbury
Race: White
Home in 1930: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina (Main Street)

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Thomas Christenbury
Home in 1930: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
Age: 40
Estimated birth year: abt 1890
Birthplace: North Carolina
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Georgia
Race: White
Occupation: General Farmer
Parents' birthplace: North Carolina
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas Christenbury 40
Georgia Christenbury 28
Thomas Christenbury 4
Joe Powell 26 (brother in-law)

North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975
Name: Thomas Coke Christenbury Sr
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 69
Birth Date: 20 Mar 1890
Birth Place: Burke, North Carolina, United States
Death Date: 9 Apr 1959
Death Location: Chapel Hill, Orange
Spouse's Name: Georgia Christenbury
Father's Name: John D Christenbury
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Cope
Residence: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
 
Christenbury, Thomas Coke (I7390)
 
205 "My mother, Carolyn Moore Thomas, was friends with the Cunningham girls in the 1920's. She would take the train from Milton to the station at Cunningham and meet the family and spend a few nights at the house [Waverly Plantation]. She remained friends with them all their lives." Source: James Bartlett Upchurch, Jr., Comment Posted to the Caswell County Historical Association's Facebook Page 3 January 2014.
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North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000
Name: Ellen Lewis Cuningham
Event Type: Birth
Birth Date: 11 May 1914
Birth County: Person
Roll Number: NCVR_B_C078_66001
Volume: 1
Page: 142

See: 1920 US Census (Cunningham, Person County, North Carolina). 
Cunningham, Ellen Lewis (I11482)
 
206 "My mother, Carolyn Moore Thomas, was friends with the Cunningham girls in the 1920's. She would take the train from Milton to the station at Cunningham and meet the family and spend a few nights at the house [Waverly Plantation]. She remained friends with them all their lives." Source: James Bartlett Upchurch, Jr., Comment Posted to the Caswell County Historical Association's Facebook Page 3 January 2014.
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North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000
Name: Sue Somerville Cuningham
Event Type: Birth
Birth Date: 11 May 1914
Birth County: Person
Roll Number: NCVR_B_C078_66001
Volume: 1
Page: 141

See: 1920 US Census (Cunningham, Person County, North Carolina).

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current
Name: Sue C. Clerici
SSN: 228-01-6643
Last Residence: 30102 Acworth, Cobb, Georgia, USA
Born: 11 May 1914
Died: 9 Feb 1999
State (Year) SSN issued: Virginia (Before 1951)

North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1908-2004
Name: Sue Sommerville Clerici [Sue Sommerville Cunningham]
Gender: Female
Race: White
Hispanic Origin: Non-Hispanic
Marital Status: Widowed
Social Security Number: 228016643
Father's Last Name: Cunningham
Age: 84 Years
Date of Birth: 11 May 1914
Birth County: Person
Residence City: Morehead City
Residence County: Carteret
Residence State: North Carolina
Residence Zip Code: 28557
Education: 12th grade
Date of Death: 9 Feb 1999
Death City: Morehead City
Death County: Carteret
Death State: North Carolina
Autopsy: Autopsy Not Performed
Autopsy Findings: Autopsy findings were not considered in determining cause of death
Institution: Hospital Inpatient
Hospital Name: CARTERET GENERAL HOSP
Attendant: Physician
Burial Location: Burial in-state
Recorded Date: 11 Feb 1999
Source Vendor: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics 
Cunningham, Sue Somerville (I11481)
 
207 "My Uncle Jim Frederick was the first to come to Arkansas. He built a nice home in Heber Springs. He had a saw mill and was doing well. He later moved to Lone Star and had a saw mill there too. They had four boys and two girls. The oldest girl, Maudie, married a farmer at Brownsville and the other girl, Elizabeth, was an old maid. She was a nurse and worked for Dr. J. T. Matthews near Heber Springs. otto was the oldest son and was married at that time. Audrie, Ottis and Oren were the other boy's names." Source: The Sunbonnet Girl, Irene Frederick Whitehurst (1985). Frederick, James (I2973)
 
208 "My Uncle Jim Frederick was the first to come to Arkansas. He built a nice home in Heber Springs. He had a saw mill and was doing well. He later moved to Lone Star and had a saw mill there too. They had four boys and two girls. The oldest girl, Maudie, married a farmer at Brownsville and the other girl, Elizabeth, was an old maid. She was a nurse and worked for Dr. J. T. Matthews near Heber Springs. otto was the oldest son and was married at that time. Audrie, Ottis and Oren were the other boy's names." Source: The Sunbonnet Girl, Irene Frederick Whitehurst (1985). Frederick, Elizabeth (I50364)
 
209 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I50365)
 
210 "My Uncle Jim Frederick was the first to come to Arkansas. He built a nice home in Heber Springs. He had a saw mill and was doing well. He later moved to Lone Star and had a saw mill there too. They had four boys and two girls. The oldest girl, Maudie, married a farmer at Brownsville and the other girl, Elizabeth, was an old maid. She was a nurse and worked for Dr. J. T. Matthews near Heber Springs. otto was the oldest son and was married at that time. Audrie, Ottis and Oren were the other boy's names." Source: The Sunbonnet Girl, Irene Frederick Whitehurst (1985). Frederick, James Otis (I50366)
 
211 "My Uncle Jim Frederick was the first to come to Arkansas. He built a nice home in Heber Springs. He had a saw mill and was doing well. He later moved to Lone Star and had a saw mill there too. They had four boys and two girls. The oldest girl, Maudie, married a farmer at Brownsville and the other girl, Elizabeth, was an old maid. She was a nurse and worked for Dr. J. T. Matthews near Heber Springs. otto was the oldest son and was married at that time. Audrie, Ottis and Oren were the other boy's names." Source: The Sunbonnet Girl, Irene Frederick Whitehurst (1985). Frederick, August Oren (I50367)
 
212 "Old Dr. Allen Gunn’s first child (son) born April 1866 Sterling Gunn." Source: Bible of Sallie Robertson at 84-85.

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Stirling Gunn
Age in 1910: 44
Birth Year: abt 1866
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1910: Natchez Ward 2, Adams, Mississippi
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Susan Gunn
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Household Members: Name Age
Stirling Gunn 44
Susan Gunn 41
Allen Gunn 17
Stirling Gunn 16
Carter Gunn 14
Susan Gunn 9
George Gunn 6 
Gunn, Reverend Elijah Sterling (I4045)
 
213 "Old Dr. Allen Gunn’s first child (son) born April 1866 Sterling Gunn." Source: Bible of Sallie Robertson at 84-85. This is correct with respect to the second wife of Dr. Allen M. Gunn, M.D., but he did have a son by his first wife.

Frances Ann Hundley married Dr. Allen M. Gunn, M.D., 20 December 1864, an appeared in the 1880 United States Federal Census as F. E. Gunn, age 43. Thus, she was alive on 10 June 1880. When she died and where she is buried are not known. Dr. Allen M. Gunn, M.D., is believed to be buried at the Yanceyville United Methodist Church (Yanceyville, North Carolina) in a grave that no longer is marked.
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1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Frances A Hundley
Age: 13
Birth Year: abt 1837
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1850: Northern District, Halifax, Virginia
Gender: Female
Family Number: 125
Household Members: Name Age
Elizah D Hundley 52
Frances H Hundley 44
Charles Hundley 21
Mary J Hundley 17
Thomas Y Hundley 15
Frances A Hundley 13
Amanda M Hundley 11
Ann C Hundley 9
John F Hundley 6
Elizah D Hundley 4
Alexander Y Hundley 2
Ephraim B Spencer 26
Joseph W Sailor 24

1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Francis A Hundley
Age in 1860: 22
Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1860: Northern District, Halifax, Virginia
Gender: Female
Post Office: Scottsburg
Household Members:
Name Age
Elijah D Hundley 61
Frances H Hundley 56
Francis A Hundley 22
Amanda M Hundley 20
Ann C Hundley 18
John T Hundley 16
E D Hundley 14
Alexander Z Hundley 12

1870 United States Federal Census
Name: Allen Gunn
Age in 1870: 63
Birth Year: abt 1807
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1870: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Yanceyville
Household Members:
Name Age
Allen Gunn 63
Fannie Gunn 32
Sterling Gunn 4
Hattie Williamson 21
Anna Thomas 12

1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Allen Gunn
Home in 1880: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
Age: 73
Estimated birth year: abt 1807
Birthplace: North Carolina
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Father's birthplace: Virginia
Mother's birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Physician
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Allen Gunn 73
F. E. Gunn 43
Sterling Gunn 14
Mattie Harvey 7
Lucy Yuille 12
Thomas B. Yuille 9
Harriet Powell 27 
Hundley, Frances A. (I4044)
 
214 "On motion of Thomas P. Atkinson -- Resolved that the name of Pelham be given to the first Depot on the Piedmont Railroad in honor of the late gallant Major Pelham who lost his life in defense of his country at Kelly's Ford."
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Thomas Poythress Atkinson was born 1797 in Olive Hill, Chesterfield County, Virginia, and died 30 August 1874 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, age 77. He married Mary Harrison Baird 27 January 1820, daughter of William Baird and Jane Henry Gilliam. 
Atkinson, Dr. Thomas Poythress (I55794)
 
215 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I60489)
 
216 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I36912)
 
217 "On yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the home of the bride's aunt, Mrs. W. N. Shelton, 723 Main Street, Danville, VA, Miss Rebecca Lea Henderson, of Yanceyville, and Mr. Dodridge Chichester Nevitt, of Alexandria, VA, were united in the sacred bonds of matrimony, the ceremony being performed by Dr. W. R. Laird, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Danville. . . . The bride entered with, and was given away by her brother, Mr. W. F. Henderson, of Durham. . . . Home will be Petersburg, VA. -- The Sentinel [Yanceyville, NC].

Webster's Weekly (Reidsville, North Carolina, 5 November 1908, Thursday, Page 2. 
Family: Nevitt, Doddridge Chichester / Henderson, Rebecca Lea (F20940)
 
218 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I7506)
 
219 "Phoebe Lea b c 1753 South Hyco Creek Orange Co N.C., is single 1778 when father's will was written."

Source: Amite County, Mississippi 1699-1890 (Volume #3): The Environs, Albert Eugene Casey (1957) at 558. 
Lea, Phoebe (I8502)
 
220 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I66695)
 
221 "Poor Nat Kerr was killed Sunday Sept. 14 1862 & Henry Fowler Wed Sept 17th 1862. Two good boys. Jim Poteat, Felix Neal & Vaden dangerously wounded. Mr. Vaden has since died. Felix Neal married and died." Source: Bible of Sallie Robertson at 154-155.
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The following is from When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County North Carolina 1777-1977, William S. Powell (1977) at 188-190 (paragraph breaks added):

The captain of Company A (Yanceyville Grays) was 38-year-old John A. Graves, a lawyer, who served until the following April when he was promoted to major and transferred to the 47th Regiment. (There seem to have been no other Caswell men in his new unit in which Graves was promoted to lieutenant colonel in January, 1863. He was wounded and taken prisoner at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, and died in Johnson's Island Prison in Lake Erie on March 2, 1864.) Elijah Benton Withers, 25, also a lawyer and an 1859 graduate of the University of North Carolina, succeeded Graves as captain of the company. In 1863 Withers was promoted to major and transferred to regimental headquarters. He was succeeded as captain by Ludolphous B. Henderson 28-year-old former dentist who had risen from private to corporal and to lieutenant.

Lieutenants in the company were Henry B. Fowler, George W. Gunn, David S. Lockett, Bartlett Y. McAden, Marmaduke Williams Norfleet, Felix L. Poteat, Wiley P. Robertson, James N. Williamson, and Walter S. Williamson. There also were 154 noncommissioned officers and privates in the company. Five of the enlisted men were tapped for service at the regimental level: Private John Henry McAden was made Assistant Surgeon and later Surgeon, after which he was transferred from the regiment to brigade headquarters. Private John William Williams was made sergeant major; and Private Robert D. Lawson and Sergeant Daniel C. Hill were made Quartermaster Sergeants. Nathanial K. Roan enlisted as a sergeant but on July 1, 18161, was promoted to Ensign (Color Sergeant) for the regiment.

Another private, Thomas S. Harrison, whose record was of an entirely different character, hired a substitute for himself (a perfectly legal procedure) and was discharged at camp near Richmond on July 27, 1862. His replacement, George Bowers, 35, a citizen of Louisiana, deserted the same day he enlisted, so Harrison was later arrested and confined to jail. Under a writ of habeas corpus he secured a hearing on September 29, 1863, before Supreme Court Justice William H. Battle who ordered Harrison released upon presentation of evidence that he had hired a substitute.

1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Henry B Fowler
Age: 17
Birth Year: abt 1833
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1850: Caswell, North Carolina
Gender: Male
Family Number: 108
Household Members: Name Age
Owen C Fowler 52
Eliza H Fowler 43
Ann E Fowler 18
Henry B Fowler 17
George W Fowler 5
George F Goodson 23

1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Henry C Fowler
Age: 15
Birth Year: abt 1835
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1850: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
Gender: Male
Family Number: 27
Household Members: Name Age
Nancy Fowler 38
William L Fowler 21
Edmond R Fowler 18
Henry C Fowler 15
Eliza R Fowler 13
Rosa D Fowler 11
Charles G Fowler 7
Joseph R Fowler 4
Calantha D Fowler 2 
Fowler, Henry B. (I9021)
 
222 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I76678)
 
223 "Rachel lived to be 103 years old. Some people contend that she lived to be 114 years old. At any rate, Rachel was buried at Brown's Arbor Cemetery in 1920."

Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 134-135 (Article #92 "Madison Brown, Sr." by Julius J. Faucette).

Note death date discrepancy. 
[Hudson], Rachel Elizabeth Unknown (I15917)
 
224 "Rebels and Refugees"

Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina

It appears the Maury family was fleeing Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War. But, the more interesting part is the description of Milton and the Donoho family. If the Maury family took one of the last trains from Richmond this would have been early 1865 on the Danville and Richmond Railroad. It appears the author of the letter already was in Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina. Charles Walker Maury (1857-1910) is a son of William Lewis Maury and Ann Fontaine. He married Emily Louise Flanders, and the couple apparently had two daughters: Annie Fontaine Maury; and Virginia Maury. One of these daughters may be the author of the book that included the above page.
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Anne Fontaine Maury was the president of her senior class and very active in a variety of student activities, especially dramatics. After graduation, Miss Maury attended a school of social work, did some editing, and later wrote a history of the Maury family titled "Intimate Virginiana, A Century of Maury Travels by Land and Sea," before becoming a real estate agent.
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The author of the book was the granddaughter of William Lewis Maury and Anne. Their son, Charlie, pictured in the book, was the author’s father. William Maury’s daughter, Jane, by his first wife, who died, married George Richmond, son of Caleb Richmond, Woodside. William Maury came to pick up his family in Milton, and they went by boat to the Barksdale Train Station. I have a First Edition copy of this book. It’s a treasure. William Lewis Maury’s sword sold in recent years at auction for over $155,000. Mary Hill Beckham, d. 1850, was the first wife of Captain Lewis. Today there is a Maury-Fontaine Society.

Source: Angela Daniel-Upchurch 24 October 2019 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.
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"Tonight, like Great-Great-Aunt Ann, I take pen in hand and so not at all write what I have premeditated. As far back as I can remember "the Little "Black Trunk" stood in a corner of our store-room. As young girls it held little interest for my sister Virginia or me. Compared to the trunks of my mother's trousseau garments of the Gay Nineties, the India shawls, the albums of Mother's trips abroad, and the Chinese treasures brought back by my grandfather, the musty packets of old letters which filled the little trunk looked very dull indeed. That the contents of "the Little Black Trunk" meant a great deal to my father, Charles Walker Maury, we felt sure. He could never speak of the family letters without being visibly moved."

Maury, Annie Fontaine. Intimate Virginiana: A Century of Maury Travels by Land and Sea. Richmond: The Dietz Press, 1941. 
Maury, Anne Fontaine (I77775)
 
225 "Rebels and Refugees"

Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina

It appears the Maury family was fleeing Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War. But, the more interesting part is the description of Milton and the Donoho family. If the Maury family took one of the last trains from Richmond this would have been early 1865 on the Danville and Richmond Railroad. It appears the author of the letter already was in Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina. Charles Walker Maury (1857-1910) is a son of William Lewis Maury and Ann Fontaine. He married Emily Louise Flanders, and the couple apparently had two daughters: Annie Fontaine Maury; and Virginia Maury. One of these daughters may be the author of the book that included the above page.
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The author of the book was the granddaughter of William Lewis Maury and Anne. Their son, Charlie, pictured in the book, was the author’s father. William Maury’s daughter, Jane, by his first wife, who died, married George Richmond, son of Caleb Richmond, Woodside. William Maury came to pick up his family in Milton, and they went by boat to the Barksdale Train Station. I have a First Edition copy of this book. It’s a treasure. William Lewis Maury’s sword sold in recent years at auction for over $155,000. Mary Hill Beckham, d. 1850, was the first wife of Captain Lewis. Today there is a Maury-Fontaine Society.

Source: Angela Daniel-Upchurch 24 October 2019 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.
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Maury, Annie Fontaine. Intimate Virginiana: A Century of Maury Travels by Land and Sea. Richmond: The Dietz Press, 1941.
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William Lewis Maury (1813 - November 27, 1878) was an American explorer and naval officer who served in the United States Navy for over 32 years, assisting Charles Wilkes' exploration of the Pacific Ocean and served in Matthew C. Perry's 1854 naval mission to Japan. Later he served as a Captain in the Confederate States Navy during the American Civil War.

William Lewis Maury was born in Virginia, the son of William Grymes Maury and Ann Hoomes Woolfolk, and became a midshipman in the United States Navy in 1829. Maury served in the United States Naval Observatory under his cousin, superintendent Matthew Fontaine Maury; in charting the seas, cartography, and in recording astronomical observations.

In the famed United States Exploring Expedition then Lieutenant Maury served under Charles Wilkes from 1838-1842. He served on the ships Vincennes; joined the Peacock at Orange Bay, and the Porpoise at Callao.

It was during the Exploring Expedition's survey of Puget Sound that Commodore Wilkes named Maury Island after William Lewis Maury. Maury continued in Navy service serving on the Navy Efficiency Board. In 1860 he served as a member of the Japanese Treaty Commission.

When the American Civil War began he resigned his commission and joined the Confederate States Navy. He was initially assigned to a coastal defense battery at Sewell's Point, Virginia. His talent for coastline defense was recognized early on and he was reassigned to the Confederate Torpedo Service. Serving first at Wilmington Station and Charlotte, North Carolina, he was soon transferred to Charleston Station. Later, as commander of the ship CSS Georgia, a commerce raider, he captured and sank several ships carrying war materials while letting others with commerce not for war go free.

Source: Wikipedia [accessed 25 October 2019]. 
Maury, Captain William Lewis (I77403)
 
226 "Rebels and Refugees"

Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina

It appears the Maury family was fleeing Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War. But, the more interesting part is the description of Milton and the Donoho family. If the Maury family took one of the last trains from Richmond this would have been early 1865 on the Danville and Richmond Railroad. It appears the author of the letter already was in Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina. Charles Walker Maury (1857-1910) is a son of William Lewis Maury and Ann Fontaine. He married Emily Louise Flanders, and the couple apparently had two daughters: Annie Fontaine Maury; and Virginia Maury. One of these daughters may be the author of the book that included the above page.
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The author of the book was the granddaughter of William Lewis Maury and Anne. Their son, Charlie, pictured in the book, was the author’s father. William Maury’s daughter, Jane, by his first wife, who died, married George Richmond, son of Caleb Richmond, Woodside. William Maury came to pick up his family in Milton, and they went by boat to the Barksdale Train Station. I have a First Edition copy of this book. It’s a treasure. William Lewis Maury’s sword sold in recent years at auction for over $155,000. Mary Hill Beckham, d. 1850, was the first wife of Captain Lewis. Today there is a Maury-Fontaine Society.

Source: Angela Daniel-Upchurch 24 October 2019 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.
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Maury, Annie Fontaine. Intimate Virginiana: A Century of Maury Travels by Land and Sea. Richmond: The Dietz Press, 1941.
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1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Rutson Maury
Age: 75
Birth Date: Abt 1805
Birthplace: England
Home in 1880: New York City, New York, New York, USA
Street: East Fourth Street
House Number: 17
Dwelling Number: 3
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Cotton Merchant
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Rutson Maury 75
Ann F. Maury 46
Tobin Maury 38
Charles W. Maury 21
Leonard T. Maury 17
Rutson Maury 14
Henry T. Maury 12
 
Maury, Charles Walker (I77771)
 
227 "Rebels and Refugees"

Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina

It appears the Maury family was fleeing Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War. But, the more interesting part is the description of Milton and the Donoho family. If the Maury family took one of the last trains from Richmond this would have been early 1865 on the Danville and Richmond Railroad. It appears the author of the letter already was in Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina. Charles Walker Maury (1857-1910) is a son of William Lewis Maury and Ann Fontaine. He married Emily Louise Flanders, and the couple apparently had two daughters: Annie Fontaine Maury; and Virginia Maury. One of these daughters may be the author of the book that included the above page.
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The author of the book was the granddaughter of William Lewis Maury and Anne. Their son, Charlie, pictured in the book, was the author’s father. William Maury’s daughter, Jane, by his first wife, who died, married George Richmond, son of Caleb Richmond, Woodside. William Maury came to pick up his family in Milton, and they went by boat to the Barksdale Train Station. I have a First Edition copy of this book. It’s a treasure. William Lewis Maury’s sword sold in recent years at auction for over $155,000. Mary Hill Beckham, d. 1850, was the first wife of Captain Lewis. Today there is a Maury-Fontaine Society.

Source: Angela Daniel-Upchurch 24 October 2019 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.
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Maury, Annie Fontaine. Intimate Virginiana: A Century of Maury Travels by Land and Sea. Richmond: The Dietz Press, 1941.
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1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Rutson Maury
Age: 75
Birth Date: Abt 1805
Birthplace: England
Home in 1880: New York City, New York, New York, USA
Street: East Fourth Street
House Number: 17
Dwelling Number: 3
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Cotton Merchant
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Rutson Maury 75
Ann F. Maury 46
Tobin Maury 38
Charles W. Maury 21
Leonard T. Maury 17
Rutson Maury 14
Henry T. Maury 12
 
Fontaine, Ann (I77773)
 
228 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I77774)
 
229 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I77776)
 
230 "Reid Watlington, died at his residence near Yanceyville, N.C., May 10th, 1882, in the eighty-second year of his age. He had been for nearly forty years a member of the Methodist Church, and will be remembered as one of the faithful at Old Prospect."

Raleigh Christian Advocate (Raleigh, North Carolina), 7 June 1882.
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1850 US Census
Name: Reed Watlington
Age: 45
Estimated birth year: abt 1805
Birth place: North Carolina
Gender: Male
Home in 1850
(City,County,State): Not Stated, Caswell, North Carolina

Included in his household for the 1850 US Census was 30-year-old Nancy Singleton, who probably is related to the wife of Reid Watlington, Catherine Singleton.
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Hi, I just started looking at the Watlington message board and saw your query. Did you ever find the info on Eliza? She was Eliza Cryer and married Edward R. Watlington on April 17, 1852 in Rockingham County, NC (see NC Marriage Collection 1741-2004). They are in the 1860 Census for Rockingham County, NC, but listed as Wadlington and in the 1870 Census for Arkansas also listed as Wadlington. It looks like Edward may be the son of Reed Watlington and Catherine Singleton of Caswell County, NC. Reed may possibly be the son of Edward Watlington (son of Francis and Rebecca Watlington of VA). My husband's family are Watlingtons from Caswell County and I ran across this when researching them. Becky (13 March 2010 Post to Ancestr.com Caswell County Message Board)
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232 "Rev. John W. Lea, who was my 1st cousin, has a grandson -- his namesake -- living in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He is the son of Ernest Lea, who died in Norfolk, Va. a few years after his son's birth. His widow married again. Cousin John is so much interested in the native place of his forefathers that he has been here several times. The first time he came was on his honeymoon trip. The second time, he bought an acre of land that once belonged to his g.g.g.grandfather Gabriel Lea, the property now owned by Voss Stephens, also a descendant, saying that as a matter of sentiment, he wanted to own a bit of land that belonged to one of his ancestors. He was here again in March this year, as buoyant as ever -- he is only 24 -- and full of interest about all ancestral matters. He is as affectionate in his disposition as was his generous hearted grandfather, who was born in Leasburg in 1838."

Source: Lea, Wilhelmina. Reminiscences of Miss Willie Lea. Copied from Manuscript in Possession of Mrs. M. H. Moore (Weaverville, North Carolina). Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, North Carolina). June 1943. Mostly a narrative account of her family, with biographical data, dates, and relationships, written in the 1930s. Typescript was made in 1943 from a manuscript lent by Mrs. W. S. Dixon.
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U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
Name: John Willis Lea
SAR Membership: 52892
Birth Date: 20 Oct 1906
Birth Place: Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia
Father: Ernest Durfey Lea
Mother: Mary Herbert Bell

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: John Willis Gea [John Willis Lea]
Age in 1910: 4
Birth Year: 1906
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1910: Norfolk Ward 3, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Ernest Gea
Father's Birthplace: West Virginia
Mother's Name: Mary H Gea
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Household Members: Name Age
Ernest Gea 30
Mary H Gea 23
John Willis Gea 4
Elsie S Hannah 30
Mary E Hannah 25
W D Morrison 35

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: John W Lea
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1907
Birthplace: Virginia
Race: White
Home in 1930: East Orange, Essex, New Jersey
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Stepson
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Name: Mary H String
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Household Members: Name Age
Joseph S String 49
Mary H String 42
John W Lea 23 
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234 "Sallie Bets Lindsey very sick with consumption January 9th 1873." Source: Bible of Sallie Robertson at 191.

"Sallie Bets Lindsays funeral text preached by Mr. James?Thursday January 16th1873(St.John Chapter11 verse 25." Source: Bible of Sallie Robertson at 88-89.

See: Ruth Poteat Bender's Story
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235 "Sarah Kerr born 12 Oct. 1755 and deceased before 1832 married William Gooch Jr. Their children as taken from his will probated January 1833 were Abner, Martha, William, James, Nathaniel, John, Francis Gooch; Mary Rice wife of Francis Rice who removed to Logan Co. KY; Susannah Boswell wife of Howell Boswell; Cecily Hightower wife of Devereau Hightower who removed after 1850 to Missouri."

Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 332-333 (Article #412, "Alexander Kerr" by George Yancey Kerr). 
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236 "Sarah Lea b c 1740 m George Penn."

Source: Amite County, Mississippi 1699-1890 (Volume #3): The Environs, Albert Eugene Casey (1957) at 557.
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To the Court of Charlotte County, sitting in Chancery, your Orator, Martin Elliott, administrator of the goods and chattels of John Elliott, deceased, and William Elliott and James Elliott humbly show that in or about the year 1783, a certain John Lea departed this life, having first made and duly published his last will and testament which is recorded in the Court and is hereby prayed to be held and taken as part of this Bill, that among other clauses in the said testament there is the following, to wit:

"Item. My will and desire is that my three Negroes and my two horses and my feather bed, likewise eight thousand weight of tobacco in the hands of my brother Joseph Lea and saddle should be sold to the highest bidder and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided among my three brothers and six sisters, to wit, William Lea, Joseph Lea, and Andrew Lea, Elizabeth Clark, Mary Walden, Ann Bennett, Sarah Penn, Milly Elliott, and Lucy Green all which I give to them and the heirs of their body forever. But if my sister Lucy Green should die without heirs of her body, my desire is that her part should be equally divided among the eight aforementioned brothers and sisters."

And the said testator appointed his brothers William and Joseph Lea executors of this last will and testament, of whom the said Joseph Lea qualified according to law, and undertook the burthen of the said executorship; and your orator states that John Elliott, now deceased, (who having died intestate your Orator, Martin Elliott, has Legally qualified as his administrator) and your Orators William Elliott and James Elliott were children of Milly Elliott, deceased, and were entitled to the said Milly Elliott's share of the said estate, that on a partial settlement of the claim of the said John Elliott on the 17th of July 1795 he was entitled to 3574# of tob. that the said John Elliott received 1847# of tob. in part of the same and the balance amounting to 1727# of tob. is now justly due to the estate of the said John Elliot, that your Orators William and James Elliott are also entitled to their shares of the estate of the said John Lea, deceased which have never been settled and paid to them and fore as much as your Orators are without remedy at common law, To the end therefore that the said Joseph Lea, executor of John Lea, deceased, may be held as defendant to this Bill to answer the same on oath and may be compelled to render a true Account of his transactions in his Executorship and to pay to your Orators whatever sums of Tobacco and money shall appear to be justly due to your Orators the commonwealth Writ of Subpoena commanding the defendant &c and to grant your Orators such relief as the rules of Equity may require.

Wm Mumford Attorney for Complainants

[It is interesting that the children of brother Ambrose Lee (decd) are not named and shows that as of 1800, sister Milly is now Milly Elliott with two children James Elliott and William Elliot. It's all one sentence so it's difficult to read and I can't tell if Martin Elliott is also a son?. A Capt Thomas Dudley died about 1778-1779 as two men Robert B Dudley and Thomas Dudley are advertising for claimants in august 26, 1779 in the issue of Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, Virginia) Published September 4, 1779 Since the death date of John Lee is 1783, it is probable that Milly's sons are not of age until 1800. She would have married John Elliott abt 1779-1780.] 
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237 "Sarah Lea b c 1740 m George Penn."

Source: Amite County, Mississippi 1699-1890 (Volume #3): The Environs, Albert Eugene Casey (1957) at 557. 
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238 "She must have died some time during the 1860s." Source: The Florance/Florance/Florences: A Family History, James L. Florence, Jr. (1989) at 39. Cape, Patsy (I12812)
 
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240 "She [Elizabeth T. (Betty) Hatchett] fell and broke her hip, spent some time in a wheelchair, and later died. Son Robert Bruce Hatchett, teaching at Trinity College (later Duke University), had to come home to help sister Alvena Hatchett with home affairs." Source: Richard Wharton Jones (son of Robert L. and Henry Ruth Hatchett Jones) 27 August 2010, Hatchett, Helen Ruth (I9291)
 
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244 "So begins the history that subsequently leads to CCTS (Caswell County Training School). Church schools for Negroes that were organized just after the Civil War and met for an hour or two a day are reported to have been the earliest Negro schools in the county. The first documented forerunner to CCTS, however, was the Yanceyville Colored School, chartered in the North Carolina Session Laws of 1897. Remembered in contemporary accounts as the Stephens House, this school represents the first evidence of the role parents and community leaders played in the education of Negro children."

Source: Their Highest Potential: An African American School Community in the Segregated South, Vanessa Siddle Walker (1996) at 14.
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"The North Carolina Session Laws of 1897 incorporated the Yanceyville Colored Graded School 'for the education of colored people.' The charter provided that W. H. Burwell, W. L. Malone, G. A. Currie, L. Bigelow, A. Bigelow, R. R. Graves, Clem. Williamson, John L. Hill, F. R. Terry, and R. C. Covington might make whatever rules and regulations were necessary. They also might 'confer all such Degrees as are usually conferred in academies of like character.'"

Source: When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County North Carolina 1777-1977, William S. Powell (1977) at 387.
 
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247 "Some Farrar's Island descendants," Holmes, at p. 57, "The will of William Farrar IV of St. James Parish, Goochland Co., dated 11.14.1743, was witnessed by George Payne, Robert Burton, Christian Burton, Mary Womack; sons Thomas and William Farrar exors. The will was proved by Robert Burton, Jr. and Mary Womack, 6.10.1744."

It is probable that Sarah Jordan was married to this Robert Burton, his second marriage. Other researchers have placed her husband as a Robert Burton of Buckingham Co. but that is not likely. She and Robert Burton Jr. were both residents of Goochland Co., he was the only Robert Burton in Goochland at the time of the marriage, they lived within 10 miles of each other, and had many relatives, by blood and by marriage, in common. By preponderance of evidence, I am placing this Sarah with this Robert. Research continues.

Robert's brother, William, was bondsman for the Burton/LaForce marriage. (Goochland Co., VA, marriage bonds, 1730-1854, Gen. Soc. of Utah, 1936)

Dates of birth of most of the LaForce children from Douglas Register. Not all were included.

It is probable that this Robert Burton owned property and lived in Bedford Co., VA, from about 1764 until about 1769-70. Timeline from Bob Burton of Gainesville, interspersed with other records:

24 July 1764, Power of attorney from William Stamps to Robert Burton. Wit: Wm Mead, Rich. Doggett, Edw. Donoho. Recorded in Bedford Co., VA, Deed Bk 2, p.460.

6 Sep 1764, Mortgage from Robert Burton, of Bedford Co., given to Alex Baine of Henrico Co., on 300 acres in Goochland Co. on Dover Mill Creek, bounded by the lands of William W......, John Leprad, and William Miller, it being land and plantation that said Robert Burton formerly lived upon and purchased from Capt. William Stamps, plus slaves & other property. Wit: Gross Scruggs, John Turnley, Susanna Burton, John Fleming, David Ross. Recorded in Bedford Co., VA, Deed Bk 2, p. 493.

25 Sep 1764, Robert Burton, of Bedford Co. sold to John Payne, of Goochland Co., for 100 pds, 1 negro woman and 2 negro boys. Wit: Chas. Burton, Elizabeth Burton, Susanna Burton. Recorded in Bedford Co., VA, Deed Bk 2, p. 463.

The "Burton chronicles of colonial Virginia," at p. 189, refers to the Baine transaction (above) and subsequent lawsuit in Chancery where Robert ("of the county of Goochland (alias Bedford)) was security to Baine("Merchant of Henrico") for Stamps ("Late of Bedford"), Goochland Co., Deed Bk 8, p. 485, 3 Mar 1765, and where he was putting up property to cover the security for the mortgage, if it was not paid.

Orange Co., NC, Deed Bk 2, p. 493, 7 Feb 1769, James Armstrong & Judith his wife of Orange to Noel Burton of Goochland County, Virginia, four hundred pounds, 375 acres, whereon the sd. James Armstrong now lives, on S side of Dan R., begin at a cor. on the S side of Dan R. where the county line crosseth, along the County line 80 p. to several cor. trees on the line, along the line 50 ch. 75 lk. to a hickory, S to old Kesson's line crossing Hogans Cr below the old mill, along Earl Granvillle's line to a pine on Mayo's line, N to Hogans Cr, down creek to the mouth, up Dan R. to first station; signed: James Armstrong, Judith Armstrong. Witness: Robt. Pane, Robt Burton, Hugh Armstrong; proved by Robert Burton 23 March 1769.

7/22/1769: William Armstrong, of Orange Co, NC, sold to Robert Payne, of Pittsylvania Co, VA, for 55 pds, 65 acres on south side of Dan River...beginning at Lewis Green Criswell's corner...on the county line. Wit: Jno Dix, Thomas Dudley, John Hamilton, Dudley Gatewood, Benj Mosby, Robert Burton. Recorded in Pittsylvania Co, VA Deed Book 1, page 273.

It is not known if Jacob was a son of Robert & Christian Burton but circumstantially, he could fit very easily. Research is still being done. The preponderance of evidence, including probable year of birth, proximity to other Burtons in Henrico and Bedford counties, and DNA all point toward this relationship.

It is possible that Judith Burton Coleman was a child of Sarah, Robert's probable second wife. We do not know exactly when Christian, his first wife, died. Rev. Douglas did add entries to his record years after the event but he did not start keeping his Register until 1756. Judith's birth was not recorded in the Douglas Register, but neither were the births of Charles and Anne, known children of Christian. However, Judith's Pittsylvania Co. wedding bond to Spilsbe Coleman in 1771 clearly states that she was a daughter of Robert Burton and her grandmother Priscilla Burton's will bequeaths "to my granddaughter Judah Coleman" her feather bed and furniture. (Orange Co., NC, probated May Court 1774).

I have not been able to determine to whom Peter Smith was married nor even which Peter Smith this was. He was a legatee of Robert's estate and it has to have been for a previously unidentified daughter of Robert or, perhaps, for Robert's daughter Sarah.

Orange Co., NC Court Minutes, 1777-1786, Bk 3: no. 1053, May Term 1777. Issd. ordered that James SANDERS, William MOORE, David HART, Nathaniel HART, and Richard SIMPSON or a majority of them make an equal distribution of the personal Estate of Robert BURTON decd. among the widow [Judith LaForce] and Children of the said decedant agreeable to Law, and also that the Sheriff with the Surveyor of the County lay off and assign the thirds of the said Widow in the Lands of the said Robert Burton deceased.

No. 1059, May Term 1777. Charles BURTON administrator of Robert BURTON decd exhibited an account of sales of the Estate of the deceased on oath, which was ordered to be recorded.

No. 1117, Feb. Term 1778. The Commissioners appointed at last August Court to make a division of the Estate of Robert BURTON decd. returned their proceedings thereon which was admitted to Record.

Legatees of Robert Burton's estate, divided 20 Jan. 1778, probated in Orange Co., NC, Feb. Court, 1778:

Judith Burton (widow)
Charles Burton [his son by Christian]
Robert Payne [son-in-law accepting for Anne, his daughter by Christian]
Peter Smith [?son-in-law accepting for ?]
Priscilla Burton [his daughter by Judith]
Spill Coleman [son-in-law accepting for Judith, daughter by Sarah?]
Jane Burton [his daughter by Judith]
Molley Burton [his daughter by Judith]
Betsy Burton [his daughter by Judith and another birth not recorded in the Douglas Register]

Robert Burton Approximate Death Date Timeline

Dec. 17, 1771 Robert signs consent form for Judith's marriage to Spilsbe Coleman in Pittsylvania Co. VA (image at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vapittsy/COLEM.html)

May 1774 Priscilla Burton's will probated in Orange Co., NC , not by Robert the named executor, but by his eldest child, Charles.

15 Sept. 1775 Robert's estate inventoried in Orange Co., NC

20 Dec. 1776 dates of property sales of Robert's estate

May 1777 Charles BURTON administrator of Robert BURTON decd. exhibited an account of sales of the estate of the deceased on oath, which was Ordered to be recorded.

May 1777 distribution of Robert Burton's personal estate to widow and heirs is ordered

Feb. 1778 distribution takes place (includes youngest daughter Betsy Burton, child not named in Douglas Register)

May 1778 Sales recorded

(Dates and records above from "Orange County Records, Inventories, and Accounts of sales, 1758-1785," v.XIII, Bennett, and "Orange County North Carolina court minutes, 1777-1786," Book III, Haub.)

Recorded in "Caswell County 1777-1877 Historical abstracts of minutes of Caswell County North Carolina," Kendall: Sept. 1777 Spillby Coleman, guardian for Betsy Burton.

Record found in estate file for Robert Burton: On 10 Sept. 1777, Caswell County, William Moore was named guardian of Priscilla Burton, orphan of Robert Burton.

Source: Burton and Allied Families.
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Woods Reveal Ruins of Landmark
By Bernard (Staff Writer)
The Register/Bee (Danville, Virginia)

A walk in the woods near the Wood Fiber Industries plant reveals what remains of one of Danville's landmark homes. Local historian Danny Ricketts called a few weeks ago and said he had found something I would really like. I took the bait. Don't get me wrong. I love history, but it's a walk in the woods this time of year that improves other sensory skills.

When Danny calls, I know it's not going to be a wild-goose chase. Danny spends a lot of his time in the courthouse in Chatham looking up information about old families in the area. Danny's not going to say he discovered that Jimmy Hoffa is buried at Whitmell, and he knows where. No, when Danny calls, it's certain he's done his homework. So, he takes me out to the spot off Gypsum Road to take a look at the old Broadnax House. The first part of the hike is easy. A utility road makes for easy walking. Then, the woods get thick. The briars are like machetes, cutting through clothes and skin. It's snaky. The ruffle of an occasional shotgun blast can be heard in the air. I feel like Ronny Cox to his Jon Voight -- and we're not 500 years from the road.

Founder's Property

Records from Chatham show that the site of the house originally belonged to Danville's founder, William Wynne. Wynne received the property from a land grant March 16, 1771. Wynne sold the property to Thomas Fearn on April 17, 1778. The property totaled about 165 acres at that time. Wynne, along with a Thomas Fearne, signed the petition to ask the legislature to create the tobacco inspection station which became Danville in October 1793, according to Maud Carter Clement's The History of Pittsylvania County.

In 1797, Fearn was named one of Pittsylvania County's justices of the peace. Fearn died in 1805, and the property was transferred to his wife, Mary. After his death, Mary married a man identified only as Mr. Dodson. Mary, and her son, George, sold two-fifths interest in the property to James D. Patton in 1823 for $5,150.

When Patton sold or to whom is unclear. However, the next owner appears to be Francis Williams. Williams sold the property to John W. Broadnax Oct. 17, 1843. By now, the acreage had grown to 1,050 acres through purchases of surrounding property.

In December 1858, Broadnax sold two tracts of land -- totaling about 1,000 acres -- to Capt. Azariah Graves Walters for $40,000. A lot of money in those days.

18th-Century Remains

However, walk farther down what probably used to be an old carriage road, and two rows of boxwoods seem to appear out of nowhere. Follow the 10-foot high shrubs, and there stands what's left of the old Broadnax House, built well before 1800, according to courthouse records.

A pile of old chimney bricks greets visitors to the spot. The growth of the woods seems to stand guard over the fallen buildings that were probably used to cure tobacco -- or hams -- during those days. The stones look like they were placed there just a few days ago.

It would be easy to fall into one of the numerous wells found on the property. Danny advises me to watch where I walk. To make his point, Danny dropped a stone down one of the walls we approached. The fresh cool water seemed deeper that the slope going to North Main Hill. I paid more attention from then on.
Walking around the complex, Danny appoints out a swarm of periwinkle on the ground beneath some pine trees. Historical buffs say that periwinkle is usually a sign of an old cemetery in the vicinity. However, a close examination provides no proof of headstones or grave markers. Just a lot of periwinkle.

Another smaller house is located down from the main building. The briars aren't as bad, but its snakier-looking. This structure was probably built later than the main house. More of the house boards are intact. The ever-present chimney looks like it did more cooking than the other home. The inside of the house is filled with strewn boards and other equipment. Similar to the main house old pieces of lumber are numbered. Danny said that was a technique used to make construction easier.

Danny said no one has lived in the house for at least 30 or 40 years. The last known occupants were two elderly bachelors who raised chickens and kept their doors open year-round.

Long-Lost Ancestor

A few days later, Danny comes into the office to share more information he has gathered about the family. Any additional information will help make the story interesting, so we discuss his latest find.

While Danny is telling me about the lineage of the families who owned the property, I notice a name listed on one of his folders. Rene LaForce, my fifth great-grandfather, had a daughter named Judith. It appears Judith married a man named Robert Burton. The Burtons had a daughter, Mary. Mary married Thomas Fearn who lived at the home.

Judith came to live with Mary here. About 1820, Judith died at about age 90. Any distant cousins out there? Call me at the newspaper, extension 3088.

I'm not making a claim on the property, it's just interesting to see where your ancestors were living about 200 years ago.

During the celebration of Danville's 200th birthday, we should not forget the homes where no one lives. These structures are a symbol of this community's heritage that have almost been erased by time.
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