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Moorefield, Arthur William Jr.

Moorefield, Arthur William Jr.

Male 1917 - 1975  (57 years)

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  • Name Moorefield, Arthur William  [1
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 25 Oct 1917  Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military World War II Veteran (Technical Sergeant US Army) 
    Name Junnie 
    Reference Number 71 
    Died 11 Jun 1975  Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I71  Caswell County
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 

    Father Moorefield, Arthur William,   b. 11 Aug 1893, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1976, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Smith, Pearl Virginia,   b. 5 Apr 1895,   d. 23 Jun 1969, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 14 Dec 1916  Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 2187 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ferrell, Cordelia Willie,   b. 6 Apr 1922, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 2003, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 20 Nov 1941  Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 2194 
    Children 
     1. Moorefield, Harold Cordell,   b. 16 Sep 1939, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1949, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)  [natural]
    +2. Moorefield, Arthur William III,   b. 7 Oct 1946, Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 2016, Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F66  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Oct 1917 - Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Nov 1941 - Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Jun 1975 - Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Arthur William Moorefield, Jr., and Cordelia Willie Ferrell Moorefield
    Arthur William Moorefield, Jr., and Cordelia Willie Ferrell Moorefield at His Yanceyville Office Feb 1966
    Arthur William Moorefield, Jr., and Cordelia Willie Ferrell

    Documents
    Bartlett Yancey High School Class of 1936 Reunion Letter
    Bartlett Yancey High School Class of 1936 Reunion Letter

    Headstones
    Arthur William Moorefield, Jr.
    Arthur William Moorefield, Jr.
    Arthur William Moorefield, Jr. Grave Marker (footstone)
    Arthur William Moorefield, Jr. Grave Marker (footstone)

    Newspapers
    Arthur William Moorefield, Jr. Obituary 1975
    Arthur William Moorefield, Jr. Obituary 1975

  • Notes 
    • Arthur William Moorefield, Jr. (1917-1975)

      Arthur W. Moorefield, Jr. and Cordelia Ferrell Moorefield

      Arthur W. Moorefield, Jr. and Cordelia Ferrell Moorefield

      Moorefield

      Arthur William Moorefield, Jr. (1917-1975)

      Arthur William Moorefield, Jr. (1917-1975)

      1936 BYHS Class Reunion Letter

      A. W. Moorefield Jr. Obituary_The_Bee_Wed__Jun_11__1975_

      (for larger image, click on photograph)
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      Bartlett Yancey High School Class of 1936
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      The Bee (Danville, Virginia) 20 December 1923

      Yanceyville Women Honor Bride-Elect

      Yanceyville Dec 19 (1923) The lady members of the Bartlett Yancey high school faculty entertained for Miss Bettie May White at the school building last Friday afternoon from 4 to 5 o'clock. Miss White's wedding to W. F. Fitch will take place December 19.

      The guests assembled in the auditorium where a short musical program was rendered. Mrs S. M. Bason sang "Oh Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms," and "In The Gloaming" accompanied at the piano by Miss Ruby Warff. The guests were then invited into an adjoining room which was beautifully decorated with suggestions of Christmastide. A huge white wedding bell was suspended form the center of the ceiling. Miss White was led to a seat beneath the bell and asked to pull the cord and wonderful results would follow. As she did this, a shower of red paper hearts descended, and Miss White, not being able to catch them all, was reprimanded for causing so many broken hearts. About this time a knock was heard at the door and little Arthur Moorefield, Jr., dressed as Santa Claus, came in carrying a large bag on his back, loaded with nice gifts which he gave to Miss White.

      Delicious fruit punch and wafers were served by Miss Blanche Pinchback, Florence and Jessie Huff, Ruby Warff, and Mesdames J. W. Crowell, A. Y. Kerr, and Gary Wendell. About 25 guests were present.

      Miss White, whose home is near Blanche, teaches the second grade in the school here, and her many friends in Yanceyville are glad to know that she will make her home here.
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      Dr. H. L. Gwynn and Alvis L. Florance, whose marriages are to take place this month, were honor guests at a dinner given at the Hotel Burton, Danville, last Wednesday evening. About 30 guests were present, including friends from Danville and Yanceyville. Messrs. Robt. W. Isley and W. F. Fitch, whose marriages take place soon, were also given seats of honor.
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      In 1948 and 1949, the owners of land inherited from Sallie Henry Womack Wiggins deeded two parcels for the Caswell County Training School. Below are excerpts describing how Sallie Henry Womack Wiggins obtained the land and how it was passed on to the children of Arthur William Moorefield:

      " . . . and containing 3.15 acres and being a tract of land out of that certain tract or parcel of land conveyed by J. Archie Long to Sallie W. Wiggins by Warranty Deed dated December 24th, 1900, and duly recorded in Book 55, page 460 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Caswell County. The said Long Tract or parcel of land was devised to Arthur Moorefield, Jr. a one-half undivided interest; to Jesse James Moorefield a one-fourth undivided interest; to Sallie W. Moorefield a one-fourth undivided interest by the Last Will and Testament of Sallie W. Wiggins, said Will bearing date of December 13th, 1928, probated February 20th, 1929, and recorded in Will Book D, page 272, in the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court for Caswell County. Also reference is made to a Warranty Deed from Arthur Moorefield, Jr., single to Arthur Moorefield, Sr., and Pearl Moorefield, his wife, dated December 12th, 1938, and recorded in Book 85, page 230 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Caswell County, conveying the same one-half undivided interest devised to the said Arthur Moorefield, Jr., by the Last Will and Testament of Sallie W. Wiggins. . . .

      ". . . containing 9.11 acres, more or less, in the Town of Yanceyville, on the East side of South Montgomery Street, and particularly described as Tract No. 2, according to a Survey and Plat of the campus of the Caswell Training School as made by J. Frank Moorefield, Surveyor, in June, 1949, of record in Plat Book No. 2, at page 389, Caswell County Registry, and being a part of the lands devised to Arthur Moorefield, Jr., et al by Sallie W. Wiggins, by Will dated December 13, 1928, of record in Will Book "D", at page 272, in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court of Caswell County, and as conveyed to Sallie W. Wiggins by J. Arch Long by deed of record in Book 55, page 460, Caswell County Registry, and described by metes and bounds according to the aforesaid Map and Survey of J. Frank Moorefield, as follows: . . . ."
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      Caswell Co. Negress Left Big Estate: Will of Mrs. Sallie Wiggins Presented at Yanceyville for Probate (Special to The Bee)

      Yanceyville, N.C., Feb 23. -- The last will and testament of Mrs. Sallie W. Wiggins, widely known Caswell county resident and a descendant of the Bartlett Yancey family who died recently in a Baltimore hospital was admitted to probate here yesterday. It disposes of an estate which is given a value of about $100,000 and reveals a striking instance in which a colored woman, the daughter of an ante-bellum slave, receives most of the estate for enjoyment during her life time.

      There is unusual interest in the will in Caswell county for in the Wiggins home are antiques which are probably without their peer in this section of the country. They consist of old family furniture imported from abroad during the early pioneering days of Caswell county rich in quality, well preserved and in substantial quantity. All of these valuable antiques have been deeded to five cousins.

      Mrs Wiggins also had fine jewelry, the will listing specific bequests of seven diamond rings and bracelets some of the rings being fine solitaires, which in the aggregate represent a large sum to say nothing of other precious stones. There is no appraisal of the estate but $100,000 is considered a fair figure.

      Mrs. Wiggins also remembered a faithful tenant, Arthur Moorefield, whom she characterized as "sober and industrious." To him goes the farm "Inglewood" to enjoy as long as he lives. He can cultivate it and enjoy all the proceeds that come from it. When his son, Arthur Moorefield, Jr., becomes of age, he will step into a tidy competence for under the will he will get half the estate. One quarter of the estate will then go to Jesse James Moorefield, another son of the original beneficiary and the remaining quarter goes to his sister, Sallie Womack Moorefield who is still in her minority.

      The rest and residue of her estate Mrs. Wiggins left to Sam M. Bason, of Yanceyville, to be held in trust for her colored servant. "For years there has lived with me," she wrote in the will dated December 13, 1928, "a colored woman named Sallie Fannie Graves. She has been a faithful servant and in gratitude for her faithful service I direct that the trustee shall keep this residue of my estate invested in safe, income-bearing securities and the entire income therefrom shall be paid to Sallie Fannie Graves as long as she shall live."

      Mrs. Wiggins further provided that the payments should be made to the colored woman who had tended her through her long final illness in monthly installments. Provision also is made for the distribution of this part of the estate at the time of the colored woman's death. She ordered that the following sums be paid.

      Yanceyville Presbyterian church, $2,500; Barium Springs orphanage, $100; Mrs. Mattie Allison, $2,500; May Mebane Donoho, $1,000; Caroline Mebane Parker, $1,000; Mrs. Nannie Mebane Donoho, $2,500; Mrs. S. E. Gwynn, $1,000; Glade Valley Mission school (Presbyterian), $1,000; S. M. Bason, $500; Arthur Moorefield, Sr., $100; Pearl Smith Moorefield, $100; Woman's auxiliary of the Yanceyville Presbyterian church, $100; the remainder to be divided between Nannie Donoho and Nannie Mebane Parker.

      All of the family silver, understood to be of considerable value, was left to Mr. Bason, who is named executor of the estate. The diamond rings and jewelry, as well as the household effects including the valuable antiques, are to be divided between her following cousins: Nannie Donoho, Mary Parker, Mrs. Mattie Allison, Mrs. S. E. Gwynn and children, and Mrs. Mollie Turner and children. The whole estate is represented by land, securities and jewelry. The will was drawn by Harris, Harvey and Brown, in Danville, prior to Mrs. Wiggins' removal to a Baltimore hospital.

      Source: The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 23 February 1929, Saturday, Page 1.
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      North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000
      Name: Arthur Wm Moorefield
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Event Type: Birth
      Birth Date: 26 Oct 1917
      Birth County: Catawba [Caswell]
      Parent1 Name: Arthur Wm Moorefield
      Parent2 Name: Pearl Virginia Moorefield
      Roll number: NCVR_B_C021_68003
      Volume: 2
      Page: 1433

      1920 United States Federal Census
      about J C Morefield Name: J C Morefield [J C Moorefield]
      Age: 1 [1 8/12]
      Birth Year: abt 1919 [abt 1918]
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1920: Dan River, Caswell, North Carolina
      Street: Yanceyville Danville Road
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Marital Status: Single
      Father's Name: Arthur Morefield
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's name: Pearl Morefield
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Household Members: Name Age
      Arthur Morefield 21
      Pearl Morefield 21
      J C Morefield 1 [1 8/12]

      1930 US Census
      Name: Arthur W Morefield
      Age: 12
      Estimated birth year: abt 1918
      Relation to head-of-house: Son
      Father's Name: Arthur W Morefield
      Mother's Name: Pearl V Morefield
      Home in 1930: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina

      1940 United States Federal Census
      Name: Arthur Morefield Jr
      Age: 23
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1917
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Marital Status: Single
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Home in 1940: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Map of Home in 1940: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Street: Bigelow Road
      Inferred Residence in 1935: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Residence in 1935: Yanceyville
      Resident on farm in 1935: Yes
      Sheet Number: 6A
      Occupation: Farming
      Attended School or College: No
      Highest Grade Completed: High School, 4th year
      Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 60
      Class of Worker: Working on own account
      Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
      Income: 0
      Income Other Sources: Yes
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members Age Relationship
      Arthur Moorefield 46 Head
      Pearl Moorefield 45 Wife
      Arthur Moorefield Jr 23 Son
      Jesse Moorefield 20 Son
      Sallie Womack Moorefield 16 Daughter
      Frank Moorefield 9 Adopted Son

      World War II Service Record
      Name: A. W. Moorefield, Jr.
      Date of Entrance in Service: March 16, 1942
      Branch of Service: Company C., 543rd Engineers Boat and Ship Regiment
      Parents' Name: A. W. Moorefield, Sr.
      Theater of Operations: South Pacific, European, Bismarck, Archipelago, New Guinea, South France
      Medals Earned: Asiatic-Pacific with three Stars, Philippine Liberation with one Star, Good Conduct, Victory
      Date Returned to United States:
      Discharged: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, December 12, 1945
      Rank: Technical Sergeant

      Source: Service Record Book of Men and Women of Yanceyville, N.C., and Community, Sponsored by the V.F.W. Post No. 7316 (1947-1949)

      Name: Arthur William Moorefield, Jr.
      Death Date: 11 June 1975
      Marriage: Married
      Residence: Caswell, North Carolina
      Institution: General Hospital
      Attendant: Physician
      Method of Burial: Yanceyville, North Carilina
      Source Information:
      North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. North Carolina Death Records, 1975. Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1998

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Gravestone at First Baptist Church of Yanceyville (Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina).