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Moorefield, Jesse James

Moorefield, Jesse James

Male 1920 - 1973  (53 years)

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  • Name Moorefield, Jesse James  [1
    Born 10 Apr 1920  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Military World War II (PFC US Army) 
    Reference Number 72 
    Died 30 Aug 1973  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Cause: Drowning 
    • Drowning
    Buried 1 Sep 1973  First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I72  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 Philpot, Mary Alice,   b. 3 Sep 1920, Smith County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1978, Eden, Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married Aft 1940 
    Reference Number 2833 
    Children 
    +1. Living
     2. Living
    +3. Moorefield, June Marie,   b. 12 Mar 1958, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1994, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)  [natural]
     4. Moorefield, Jack William,   b. 29 Feb 1960, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 2016  (Age 56 years)  [natural]
    +5. Living
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F67  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Apr 1920 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Drowning - 30 Aug 1973 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1 Sep 1973 - First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Jesse James Moorefield
    Violet Bye Moorefield and Jesse James Moorefield
    Mary Alice Philpot and Jesse James Moorefield
    Christmas 1957: Jesse James Moorefield, Frank James Moorefield, Jr., Mary Jane Moorefield, Deborah White Moorefield

    Headstones
    Jesse James Moorefield
    Jesse James Moorefield

    Newspapers
    Jesse James Moorefield Drowns 1973
    Jesse James Moorefield Drowns 30 August 1973

  • Notes 
    • Jesse James Moorefield (1920-1973)

      Jesse James Moorefield 1953

      Jesse James and Mary Alice Moorefield

      Violet Moorefield Smith and Jesse James Moorefieldgscprt

      Jesse James Moorefield Gravestone

      (for larger image, click on photograph)
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      Third photograph: Violet Moorefield Smith (aunt) and Jesse James Moorefield (nephew).
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      Newspaper Death Articles:

      The Danville Register (Danville, Virginia) · 31 Aug 1973, Fri · Page 13
      The Bee (Danville, Virginia) · 31 Aug 1973, Fri · Page 13
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      Jesse James Moorefield is believed to have married Mary Alice Philpot when he was serving in the Army in Texas during WWII. Mary Alice Philpot was from Tyler, Texas. He drowned while taking a bath in Country Line Creek, Caswell County, North Carolina, which was near his home south of Yanceyville, North Carolina. The death certificate states: "While taking a bath in creek, stepped into a hole." North Carolina Death Certificate of Jesse James Moorefield (1920-1973).
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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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      J. J. Moorefield Drowning Victim; Funeral Tomorrow

      Yanceyville, N.C. -- The funeral of Jessie [sic] James Moorefield, Sr., 53, of Yanceyville will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Yanceyville's First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. His death yesterday afternoon while swimming in County [sic] line Creek was listed by authorities as accidental drowning. His body was recovered about 6 p.m. by the Caswell County Rescue Squat.

      A farmer and veteran of World War II, he was born in Caswell County April 10, 1920, a son of A. W. Moorefield Sr. and the late Pearl Smith Moorefield.

      In addition to his father, he leaves his wife, Mrs. Mary Philpott Moorefield of White Oak, Tex.; three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Mary Jane Rowland and Miss June Moorefield of Blanch Rt. 1, Mrs. Jessica Hall of Reidsville, and Jack W. and Jessie [sic] J. Moorefield Jr. of Providence Rt. 1; and two brothers, Frank J. and A. W. Moorefield Jr. of Yanceyville Rt. 1.

      The family will receive friends tonight from 7:30 to 9 o'clock at Hooper Funeral Home in Yanceyville, and at other times will be at the Rowland residence on Blanch Rt. 1.

      The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 31 August 1973, Friday, Page 13.
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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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      Name: Jesse Moorefield
      SSN: 226-44-4554
      Born: 10 Apr 1920
      Died: Aug 1973
      State (Year) SSN issued: Virginia (1952 )
      Source: Ancestry.com; Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc.

      World War II Service Record
      Name: Jesse James Moorefield
      Date of Entrance in Service: December 2, 1942
      Branch of Service: 9201 T.S.U., T.C. Detachment
      Parents' Name: Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Moorefield
      Medals Earned: American Theater, Good Conduct, World War II Victory
      Discharged: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, February 6, 1946
      Rank: Private First Class

      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)

      1930 US Census
      Name: Jessie James Morefield
      Age: 10
      Estimated birth year: abt 1920
      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

      North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975
      Name: Jessie James Moorefield Sr.
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Age: 53
      Birth Date: 10 Apr 1920
      Birth Place: North Carolina, United States
      Death Date: 30 Aug 1973
      Death Location: Yanceyville, Caswell
      Spouse's Name: Mary Philpot
      Father's Name: A W Moorefield Sr.
      Mother's Name: Pearl Smith
      Residence: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina

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

    2. Details: North Carolina Death Certificate of Jesse James Moorefield (1920-1973).