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Wilkinson, Daniel E.

Wilkinson, Daniel E.

Male 1851 - 1931  (79 years)

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  • Name Wilkinson, Daniel E.  [1, 2
    Birth 6 Jul 1851  Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Education Guilford College Graduate 
    Reference Number 13389 
    Death 19 Jan 1931  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Burial Oakwood Cemetery, Mebane, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13133  Caswell County
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

    Father Wilkinson, Samuel McCracken,   b. 3 Feb 1820   d. 12 Dec 1898 (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Cox, Elizabeth Moss,   b. 10 Aug 1827   d. 28 Jun 1905 (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage Jul 1844 
    Reference Number 101611 
    Family ID F6442  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hughes, Eliza Mebane,   b. 13 Oct 1851   d. 19 Dec 1933 (Age 82 years) 
    Marriage 1 Dec 1875  [2
    Reference Number 101459 
    Children 
    +1. Wilkinson, Harvey Ernest,   b. 28 Jun 1877   d. 28 Jan 1968 (Age 90 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +2. Wilkinson, Samuel Clair,   b. 28 Feb 1881   d. 9 Jul 1948 (Age 67 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +3. Wilkinson, Cornelia Moss,   b. 12 Apr 1883   d. 30 Aug 1963 (Age 80 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     4. Wilkinson, Eva Myrtle,   b. 16 Feb 1888   d. 3 Dec 1977 (Age 89 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    Family ID F4338  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 6 Jul 1851 - Orange County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 19 Jan 1931 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Oakwood Cemetery, Mebane, Orange County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Daniel E. Wilkinson and Eliza Mebane Hughes
    Daniel E. Wilkinson House
    Daniel E. Wilkinson House
    Daniel E. Wilkinson Store Advertisement
    Daniel E. Wilkinson
    Wilkinson House in Ruth Little and Tony Wrenn Book
    Wilkinson House in Ruth Little and Tony Wrenn Book
    Wilkins Store
    Wilkinson Store in Ridgeville

    Newspapers
    The Original Nissen Wagon
    The Original Nissen Wagon

  • Notes 
    • Daniel E. Wilkinson (1851-1931)

      Daniel E. Wilkinson and Eliza Mebane Hughes

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      D. E. Wilkinson (The Caswell News, 25 November 1887

      (for larger image, click on photograph)
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      First Photograph: Daniel E. Wilkinson and Eliza Mebane Hughes

      Fifth Photograph: The Caswell News, 25 November 1887
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      Third of four children.

      Operated a store in the Ridgeville Community of Caswell County, North Carolina, associated with the North Carolina Grange that was formed in 1867. See: Wilkinson's Store
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      A prominent country store in the Ridgeville Community of Caswell County (southeast corner), North Carolina, was owned and operated by Daniel E. Wilkinson (1851-1931). In addition to the usual wares expected in a country store, Wilkinson also operated a pharmacy (filling prescriptions under a doctor's supervision) and was an agent for the the Geo. E. Nissen Wagon Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In one year Wilkinson sold over one-hundred wagons.

      Daniel E. Wilkinson, known as "Dan," came from Orange County to Ridgeville, (Pea Ridge at that time), Caswell County, N.C. to clerk in a store "The Grange." He later owned the store and other businesses. People came from great distances to shop at the village of Ridgeville. The businesses consisted of a general store which housed a post office, drug store, piece goods, shoes, groceries, and other items. There was also a gas station, a men's clothing store, millinery . . ., farm equipment including the Geo. E. Nissen Wagon, blacksmith shop, saw mill and grist mill. Mr. Wilkinson went to New York periodically to buy merchandise. Dr. Bedford E. Love from Roxboro roomed over the millinery, taking his meals with the Wilkinsons and working with S. C. [Samuel Claire] Wilkinson dispensing drugs to receive credit towards his education. Dr. Harvey Robinson practiced medicine in the community and his prescriptions were filled at Ridgeville Drug Store.

      Mr. Wilkinson was postmaster of Ridgeville Post Office for fifty-one years having served eight years as assistant postmaster of Pea Ridge Post Office and Ridgeville Post Office. "Uncle Sam" expressed the opinion that in actual tenure of service Mr. Wilkinson has a record which stands out uniquely in the Postal Service of the United States. He was the oldest postmaster in the U.S. at the time of his death both in point of service and age. His son, Samuel Clair Wilkinson, was sworn in as postmaster at the death of Daniel E. Wilkinson in 1931. He [Samuel Clair Wilkinson] served until his death in 1948, with his daughter, Elizabeth M. Wilkinson, serving as assistant post mistress during his illness and until the post office was closed in 1948. S. C. [Samuel Claire] Wilkinson also owned and operated the store after his father's death.
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      According to the "The Caswell Messenger" (7 December 2022):

      In 2017, Ed Dougherty and Dawn Leith Dougherty moved to the Prospect Hill/Ridgeville area of Caswell County, purchasing a Queen Ann Victorian house built in 1890. From that property they operate "Tree of Life Designs," which specializes in hand-made flutes: https://www.treeoflifedesigns.com/
      This is the Daniel E. Wilkinson (1851-1931) house, described as follows:

      "Built ca. 1890, large Queen Anne style 2 1/2 story frame house with picturesque cross gables with ornate barge board and king posts, two-story bay windows with overhanging eaves with barge board and small front shed porch. Octagonal hipped roof conservatory in side yard. One of the most academic Victorian designs in the county, and one of the finest late 19th century farms in a county where few new dwellings were erected during this period. Built for D. E. Wilkinson, Ridgeville postmaster."

      Source: Little-Stokes, Ruth. Wrenn, Tony. "An Inventory of Historic Architecture: Caswell County, North Carolina." Waynesville (North Carolina): Don Mills, Inc., 1979, p. 65 (including the photograph shown above).
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      Daniel E. Wilkinson is the grandfather of, among others, Edith Cooper Wilkinson (1915-1996), who married Robert White Wilson (1913-1988), and Katherine Booker Wilkinson (1924-1994), who married Felix Walters Allen (1923-1979). The property once was owned by Philip Walters Allen (1946-2008).
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      For Barn Burner: Governor Offers Reward of $100 for Incendiary Who Did Damage in Caswell County

      "A reward of $100 was yesterday authorized by Governor Kitchin for the arrest and delivery of the unknown person or persons who in January last set fire to the stables, barn and other property of Mrs. D. E. Wilkerson of Ridgeville, Caswell County."

      The News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), Friday, July 01, 1910.
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      Who is Mrs. D. E. Wilkerson? Is this Mrs. Daniel E. Wilkinson, Eliza Mebane Hughes Wilkinson?
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      1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: D. E. Wilkinson
      Age: 28
      Birth Year: abt 1852
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1880: Hightowers, Caswell, North Carolina
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: E. M. Wilkinson
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Occupation: Farmer
      Household Members: Name Age
      D. E. Wilkinson 28
      E. M. Wilkinson 26
      H. E. Wilkinson 2

      1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Daniel E Welkinson [Daniel E Wilkinson]
      Age: 48
      Birth Date: Jul 1851
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1900: High Towers, Caswell, North Carolina
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Elisah M Welkinson
      Marriage Year: 1875
      Years Married: 25
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Household Members: Name Age
      Daniel E Welkinson 48
      Elisah M Welkinson 47
      Harvey E Welkinson 22
      Samuel C Welkinson 19
      Cornelia M Welkinson 17
      Eva M Welkinson 12
      Martha Graves 22
      Harvey Ralinson 32

      1920 United States Federal Census
      Name: Daniel E Wilkinson
      Age: 68
      Birth Year: abt 1852
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1920: Hightowers, Caswell, North Carolina
      House Number: Farm
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Eliza M Wilkinson
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Occupation: Merchant
      Industry: General Store
      Employment Field: Employer
      Home Free or Mortgaged: Free
      Household Members: Name Age
      Daniel E Wilkinson 68
      Eliza M Wilkinson 68
      Myrtle Wilkinson 31

      North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975
      Name: Daniel E Werkinson [Daniel E Wilkinson]
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Age: 79
      Birth Date: 6 Jul 1851
      Birth Place: Orange
      Death Date: 19 Jan 1931
      Death Location: Hightowers, Caswell
      Father's Name: Samuel Mc Crathers Werkinson
      Mother's name: Elizabeth Coxe

  • Sources 
    1. Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 588-589 (Article #807 "Wilkinson Family" by Edith Wilkinson Wilson).

    2. Details: The Wilkinson Family: A Genealogy Beginning with Thomas Wilkinson and Catharine Wilkinson of Antrim County, Ireland, Mrs. Myrtle Wilkinson Smith and Mrs. Edith Wilkinson Wilson, Compilers (1960, 1978).