Caswell County Genealogy

Steed, Thomas Edward

Male 1884 - 1963  (78 years)

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  • Name Steed, Thomas Edward  [1
    Born 15 Dec 1884  Randolph County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Name Edd 
    Reference Number 7704 
    Died 25 May 1963  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Yanceyville Presbyterian Church, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7587  Caswell County
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2022 

    Father Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F4073  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Kelly, Laura Lee,   b. 10 Sep 1897, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1978  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 24 Aug 1913  East Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 53601 
    • Marriage Record
      Name: Laura Lee Kelly
      Gender: Female
      Estimated Birth Year: 1895
      Age: 18
      Race: White
      Spouse: T E Steed
      Spouse Gender: Male
      Spouse Estimated Birth Year : 1888
      Spouse Age: 25
      Spouse Race: White
      Marriage Date: 24 Aug 1913
      Marriage Location: East Sanford
      Marriage County: Lee
      Marriage State: North Carolina
      Source Vendor: North Carolina State Archives
      Source: North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2000 [database online]. Provo, Utah:, Inc., 2005
     1. Steed, Ethyl,   b. 4 Jan 1917,   d. 4 Mar 1987  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F4072  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Dec 1884 - Randolph County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Aug 1913 - East Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 May 1963 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Yanceyville Presbyterian Church, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Thomas Edward (Ed) Steed (1884-1963)


      Yanceyville Rotary Club Members

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      Part owner of Caswell Knitting Mill. Owner of T. E. Steed Lumber Company in Blanche, North Carolina. Charter member of Yanceyville Rotary Club (established 16 June 1937). Mason.

      Rotary Industrial Committee Caswell Messenger Thu 22 Sep 1938

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      Rotary Industrial Committee

      The Rotary Club of Yanceyville took the initiative to begin the industrialization of Caswell County. In 1938, when the club was just in its second year, an industrial committee was appointed under the chairmanship of John O. Gunn, and it reported some specific plans to the club. The result was the organization of the Caswell Development Company with Gunn, T. E. Steed, and S. A. Malloy as incorporators. When the company was organized C. C. Cole became president while T. E. Steed and Hubert H. Page were vice president and secretary-treasurer, respectively.

      An intensive campaign was begun to raise funds to construct an industrial building, and with the full cooperation of the Rotary Club and other citizens in the county a substantial sum of money was raised to begin construction. Additional money was borrowed and construction was completed very early in 1939 so that the Caswell Knitting Mill opened in late February. Artie Glenn Holt of Burlington (Company Shops) had recommended this particular type of industry and he became the operator of the mill, which gave employment to around 150 people. This was a significant beginning and it was symbolic of the future.

      Source: "When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County North Carolina 1777-1977," William S. Powell (1977) at 304.

      Newspaper Article:

      Four members of the Rotary Industrial Committee are pictured above, as follows: Jn. O. Gunn, chairman, upper left; T. E. Steed, upper right. Clarence L. Pemberton, lower left; Dr. S. A. Malloy, lower right. This committee, with the cooperation of the entire club and other county citizens, has been working on plans for the industrial development of Caswell county, and it is expected that an important announcement concerning this activity will be made at an early date.

      The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina), Thursday, 22 September 1938.

      For a mini-biography published by the Rotary Club of Yanceyville in 1942 see Wheel Tracks

      In 1948, Atwater Hosiery Mill was established through the sale of stock by the Caswell Development Company and operated by Roy Vincent Atwater and William Bennett Atwater. Initial financing was provided by T. E. Steed. The debt purportedly was repaid in three years. Presumably the building (across from Cole Chevrolet) dates from 1948. Building construction probably was part of the original financing. The product was ladies’ hosiery (seam up the back). Unknown is whether brothers Roy and Bill Atwater were the sole owners at the time. Presumably the business was organized as a corporation. Around 1955, the Atwater Hosiery Mill was sold to Clyde Caviness Cole, Johnny Oliver Gunn, William Bennett Atwater, and David Johnson, and the name was changed to Cole-Gunn Hosiery Mills, Inc. In 1958, Cole-Gunn Hosiery Mills, Inc. was re-purchased by brothers Roy Vincent Atwater and William Bennett Atwater, and the name was changed to Royal Hosiery Mills, Inc., and production was shifted to ladies' seamless hosiery. William Bennett Atwater may have been continuously part of the ownership from 1948-1974.

      Among his many Caswell County business ventures was a grocery store in Yanceyville, North Carolina. In the 1930s he filled the vacant lot to the north of Walter N. Harrelson's store on the west side of the Yanceyville Square with the T. E. Steed Building. In 1943 the business operating there was "Steed and Price."

      The Price of this partnership was Claude Lee Price (1898-1967), who earlier worked at the grocery store of Henry Writch Hooper (1905-1981), and later opened his own "supermarket" in the Hooper building when Henry Hooper constructed a new building across the street.

      The Steed building later housed Aldridge Grocery, then W&W Grocery, and eventually became part of Watlington's on the Square when that business was expanded. Today a false front covers the building's upper facade, hiding its name.

      Mr. Steed and my father-in-law T. B. Daniel went in together at Dr. Page's airstrip to buy Yanceyville Airways. They had three planes even though they lost money and the business ended sometime in the fifties. Mr. Steed and Mr. Daniel owned a planing mill on the railway in Chatham VA. during this same time period. I believe his farm is now the Mac Baldwin farm on Hwy. 86 across from the old Wrenn's jukebox business.

      Source: Jack Burton 1 January 2015 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.

      New North Carolina Corporations

      Caswell Boat Company, of Yanceyville; to operate boats; authorized capital stock, $100,000, subscribed stock. $3,000 by C. V. McKinney, L. W. Lillard, and T. E. Steed, all of Yanceyville.

      The News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), 3 April 1946, Wednesday, Page 12.

      In 1949, with respect to tax year 1948, Thomas Edward (TE) Steed (1884-1963), received a federal income tax refund of $5,537. The Herald-Sun (Durham, North Carolina), 25 February 1949.

      New North Carolina Corporations: 1954

      T. E. Steed Lumber Company, Incorporated, Yanceyville. Authorized capital stock $125,000, subscribed stock $75,000 by T. E. Steed and Laura Kelly Steed, both of Yanceyville, and Langhorne Jones of Chatham, Va.

      The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina), 2 May 1954.

      North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000
      Name: Thomas Edward Steed
      Event Type: Delayed Birth
      Birth County: Randolph
      Roll number: NCVR_B_C081_68002
      Volume: 5
      Page: 296

      1920 US Census (unconfirmed, but likely)
      Name: Thomas E Steed
      Age: 35 years
      Estimated birth year: abt 1885
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Race: White
      Home in 1920: Rocky Point, Pender, North Carolina
      Home owned: Rent
      Sex: Male
      Marital status: Married
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Occupation: Superintendent Sawmill

      1930 US Census
      Name: Thomas E Steed
      Age: 45
      Estimated birth year: abt 1885
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relation to head-of-house: Head
      Spouse's Name: Laura K. Steed
      Race: White
      Occupation: Saw Mill Operator
      Home in 1930: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina

      Death Record
      Name: Thomas E Steed
      Death Date: 25 May 1963
      Death County: Caswell
      Death State: North Carolina
      Death Age: 78
      Birth Date: abt. 1885
      Race: White
      Source: North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1996

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Wheel Tracks: Biographical Sketches (1942-1943), Service Publication of the Yanceyville North Carolina Rotary Club (1943).