Caswell County Genealogy

Anderson, James Ezekiel

Anderson, James Ezekiel

Male 1914 - 2005  (90 years)

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  • Name Anderson, James Ezekiel  [1
    Born 2 Dec 1914  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Zeke 
    Reference Number 5545 
    Died 5 Jul 2005  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Harrison Family Cemetery, Purley, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5469  Caswell County
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 

    Father Anderson, George Andrew,   b. 30 Nov 1869, Anderson, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1945, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Slade, Mary Elizabeth,   b. 21 Jul 1873, Purley, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1939, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 26 May 1897 
    Reference Number 39690 
    Family ID F2665  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Pridgen, Sallie Gibbs,   b. 1 Jun 1915, Warsaw, Duplin County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 2012, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Married 1943 
    Reference Number 56623 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
     4. Anderson, Samuel Harrison,   b. 16 Nov 1954,   d. 19 Aug 1983  (Age 28 years)  [natural]
     5. Living
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F2828  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Dec 1914 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Jul 2005 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Harrison Family Cemetery, Purley, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    James Ezekiel Anderson and Sallie Gibbs Pridgen
    Sallie Gibbs Pridgen and James Ezekiel Anderson
    Sallie and Zeke Anderson
    Anderson Family Group Photograph

  • Notes 
    • James Ezekiel (Zeke) Anderson (1914-2005)

      Sallie and Zeke Anderson

      Anderson, James Ezekiel


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      Page Dunn identified last week's old photo as Sally and Zeke Anderson; and the gentleman in the center as Wallace Burke, father of Linda Bray, of Providence. However, Bill Ray of Eno River Farms, Cedar Grove said the man in the center was D.L. (Bowe) Wells and the item that the woman is holding is a stack of old tobacco bills of long ago.

      Source: The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina), 25 July 2012.

      Yanceyville (07-07-2005) - James Ezekiel (Zeke) Anderson, 90, of 135 Fire Department Drive, died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at his residence, following a two year period of declining health.

      The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Yanceyville Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Bruce Wheeler. Interment will follow in the Harrison Family Cemetery on Old Hwy. 86 North, Purley.

      Born in Yanceyville on Dec. 2, 1914, he was the son of George Andrew Anderson and Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Slade Anderson, both deceased. Mr. Anderson was a graduate of Appalachian State Teachers College, taught school and was a long-term employee of the N.C. Department of Probation and Paroles, retiring as district supervisor in 1979 and returning to his home county. He was a member of Yanceyville Presbyterian Church and Floyd, Va. Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Dan River Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He was a charter member of the Caswell County Historical Association and held several offices.

      Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Sallie Gibbs Pridgen Anderson and son Albert Gallatin Anderson, of the home; daughters, Bettie Slade A. Kreplick and husband Dr. Joseph Kreplick of Dunedin, Fla., Anne Harriet A. Whitfield and husband R.L. Whitfield Jr., of Beulah, Colo., and Julie Lawrence A. Smith and husband Stan Smith of Elon College; sister Mrs. Ruth Anderson Howze of Charlottesville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Samuel Harrison Anderson predeceased him.

      The family will receive friends and relatives 30 minutes prior to the service at the church and other times at the residence. The family will be assisted by the Harrelson Funeral Service.

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      1930 US Census
      Name: James E Anderson
      Age: 15
      Estimated birth year: abt 1915
      Relation to head-of-house: Son
      Father's Name: George A Anderson
      Mother's Name: Mary E Anderson
      Home in 1930: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina

      Anderson Family 1928

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      Anderson Family of Caswell County North Carolina, About 1928

      Bottom Row L to R: James Ezekiel Anderson, Ruth Byrd Anderson Howze, George Andrew Anderson Jr

      Top Row L to R: John Quintin Anderson, George Andrew Anderson, Mary Elizabeth Slade Anderson,

      Kenneth Gordon Anderson, Myrtle Lee Smith Anderson, Mary Slade Anderson Horton, William Banks Horton

      The following is from the Caswell County Historical Association Newsletter of September 2008 and is reprinted here with permission, all rights reserved:

      Words are supposed to be my business but I find that they fail me when I try to tell you how much I appreciate the surprise birthday party thrown in with the regular meeting but much, much more. I believe I can say that it was the nicest birthday gift I ever got - worth waiting 93 years for. Genealogically speaking, I was born June 1, 1915 and historically speaking I was born in a cottage on Hill Street in the little railroad stop named Warsaw, probably, because as my father said, Old Man Hill had read the then popular novel Thaddeus of Warsaw. Incredible as it may seem Mr. William L. Hill had attended college at Oxford in England and was the heir to many acres and had many slaves freed by the Civil War. My father, Robert C. Pridgen and mother, the former Sallie Viola Gibbs of Lynchburg, S.C. ran the country newspaper until his brother went to war and Daddy had to move back to the family farm to help his father and brother to raise produce for the country during World War One. We farmed for several years and then moved back to Warsaw so my little brother and I could attend grammar school without having to be transported by horse and buggy every day. There were no school buses in our county until 1923 or 4. I was to graduate there in 1931 and subsequently attend Flora Macdonald College, dropping out to take a job at the Courthouse in Kenansville, the County Seat 9 miles from Warsaw where I was a deputy Clerk of Court where I met and married County Sanitarian Zeke Anderson of Caswell County in 1943. We married and moved to Little Washington, then back to Yanceyville, then to North Wilkesboro, back to Yanceyville, back to North Wilkesboro, back to Yanceyville then to Elon College, then to Hillsborough and finally back to Yanceyville where Zeke died July 5, 2005.


      "Museum Looking for Artifacts"

      By Angel Solomon (The Caswell Messenger, 22 June 2016)

      Sallie Smith, President of the Caswell County Historical Association (CCHA), extends an invitation to visit the Richmond-Miles History Museum in Yanceyville. Sallie explained that the Museum was founded in the early 1980s by the CCHA and is operated by unpaid volunteers. Initially, the museum was housed in the historic Caswell County Courthouse. Later, using a generous donation from heirs of the Museum's namesakes (Richmond and Miles families), the current building on the Yanceyville Square was purchased and converted into today's Museum. That building, the Graves-Florance-Gatewood House, is itself historic.

      Sallie Smith credited Sally Anderson (1915-2002) and husband Zeke Anderson (1914-2005) as being the first volunteer curators at the Museum. The Andersons lived in the Paul A. Haralson House (the "Clerk's House) just southeast of the Courthouse. Not only were they active in Museum matters, but they also helped increase CCHA membership and created the Genealogical Research Room at the Museum. And, for years Sallie Anderson edited the CCHA Newsletter.

      Sallie Smith has been a member of the CCHA for many years. Since retiring from the Caswell County Finance Department three years ago (working in the Old Courthouse), she has been an active CCHA board member, now serving as CCHA President.

      Sallie says that Paula Seamster (CCHA Treasurer) recruited her for the CCHA board. “I just followed her lead. And now I am very much involved. Which is a good thing, it keeps me busy. We have a lot of older folks in Caswell, and their stories just need to be told. We have a lot of history in Caswell.” Caswell County residents can share their stories by donating/lending memorabilia to the museum. “Any artifact or memorabilia that they can loan us or they can gift it to us as a permanent item for the museum. We have the African American room, the sports room, and the Maud Gatewood exhibit upstairs. We need anything from kitchen items to military items, and even things from now; in time they are going to be history. We can rotate items when we get more. We also could use donations of display cabinets and mannequins to show off these historical items.” Family histories always are welcome.

      Sallie explained that along with donations or historical items, the museum can also use financial donations. The CCHA runs the museum with funds gained through membership dues, donations, fund raisers, sales at the Museum Gift Shop, online sales, and some county funds. “It does cost quite a bit to operate the museum, so any moneys we get, we deeply appreciate.”

      Sallie invites all to visit the Museum during the Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 25th. That day, Helen Ledford, author of "Helen Jean Stories," will be on the front porch of the Museum from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. signing copies of her book. According to the publisher, Helen’s book is “a nostalgic look into slower times well remembered, Helen’s prose, poetry, and pictures invite warm contemplation of an era gone by.”

      During the Heritage Festival, the Museum will have a Terrell Chair Display upstairs and a Jar Display on the front lawn. Mildred Walton will be presenting the Jar Display, and Sallie Smith says, “I’ve never realized there are so many jars to pickle and can jellies and vegetables in”.

      Sallie also invites those interested to volunteer at the Museum. Volunteers on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons would lead Museum tours, explain displays, and help visitors with family research in the Museum’s Genealogical Research Room. Sallie explains, “You don’t need to be a member of the association to volunteer, but we would like for you to be. An individual or a family membership is $25.00. Applications are available at the museum or can be filled out at the CCHA website. Membership dues come due in January. We have over 100 members right now.” To learn more about the CCHA, to join, and to purchase books related to the history of Caswell County and the genealogy of its people, visit the CCHA website at

      When asked about what she thinks the future holds for the Museum, Sallie says, “I’d like to see the museum grow. The main thing is more involvement with our citizens with the history in our county.” To learn more about the Museum, call (336) 694-4965 or visit the Museum on the Yanceyville Square (15 Main Street East, Yanceyville, NC).

  • Sources 
    1. Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 89 (Article #16 "George A. Anderson" by George A. Anderson, Jr.).