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Abell, Principal Sheffield Horace

Abell, Principal Sheffield Horace

Male 1899 - 1973  (74 years)

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  • Name Abell, Sheffield Horace 
    Title Principal 
    Birth 10 Feb 1899  Stewart County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation School Principal 
    Reference Number 9734 
    Death 3 Jul 1973  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Magnolia Cemetery, Elon, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9565  Caswell County
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2023 

    Father Abell, Curtis Clarence,   b. 25 Jun 1877, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F4983  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Oldham, Ruby Marie,   b. 1 Oct 1908, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 9 Mar 1990, Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 81 years) 
    Reference Number 69016 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Family ID F4982  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2023 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 10 Feb 1899 - Stewart County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 3 Jul 1973 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Bartlett Yancey High School Class of 1929
    Norman Upchurch, Sheffield Abell, Billy Hunt, Johnny Gunn
    Sheffield Horace Abell
    Sheffield Horace Abell
    Sheffield Abell and Bartlett Yancey School

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

  • Notes 
    • Sheffield Horace Abell (1899-1973)

      Bartlett Yancey High School Yan-Tat 1950

      The Caswell Messenger Personals (1973)

      1936 BYHS Class Reunion Letter

      BYHS Teachers 1940s

      (for larger image, click on photograph)

      BYHS Teachers 1940s


      Front row: Unknown Lady, Beulah Cassie Sutton Thompson, Edna Mebane, Dorothy Dean Yarbrough Zimmerman, Unknown Lady, Elizabeth Thompson.

      Second row: Unknown Lady, Maude Faucette, Unknown Lady, Mary Jane Jones, Velma Ruth Humphries Witty, Gladys Marion Osborne Lansdell (apparently between front row and second row, dark dress).

      Third row: Sheffield Horace Abell, Unknown Man, Unknown Man, Unknown Man, Julia Mitchell (light dress, dark scarf or blouse), Unknown Lady (light dress, glasses).

      While the caption accompanying this great image states that it includes Louise Moore and Norman Upchurch, we are informed by family members that these people are not in the photograph.

      Bartlett Yancey School to Open September 14th (1925)

      Yanceyville N.C. Sept 2 -- The Bartlett Yancey High [sic] School will open on Monday September 14th with twelve teachers for the academic subjects and one music teacher. Eight of these teachers are new to the school and five have been in the work before.

      The list of teachers follows:

      S. H. Abell principal Richland Ga., A. B. Elon College

      E. M. Wells science teacher, Teacheys, N.C., B.S. State University
      Mrs. Alma Griffin, history teacher, Raleigh, N.C., Meredith College
      Mrs. Giles Mebane, Blanch, N.C., mathematics teacher, Louisburg College
      Miss Fannie Lea, Ringgold, Va., seventh grade, Randolph Macon College
      Miss Sarah Fogleman, Burlington, N.C., sixth grade, Blackstone College

      Mrs. Alice Goodson, Danville, R.F.D. 5, fifth grade, State College, Greensboro
      Miss Ruth Everett, Edenton, N.C., fourth grade
      Miss Eva Walker, Yanceyville, N.C., third grade, E.C.T. College, Greenville, N.C.
      Mrs. Florence F. Taylor, Milton, N.C., second grade
      Miss Annie H. Murray, Danville, Va., higher first grade, Randolph Macon

      Miss Myrtle Lea, Blanche, N.C., first grade, N.C.C. Women College, Greensboro, N.C.
      Miss Mary L. Stacy, Ruffin, N.C., music, N.C. College Women, Greensboro

      The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 2 September 1925, Wednesday, Page 2.

      Bartlett Yancey School Faculty (1929)
      The Bee (Danville, Virginia) 14 August 1929 (Page 3)

      Faculty of High School Is Named

      With S. H. Abell, as principal, the local committee of the Yanceyville high school, has announced the following faculty for the coming term - N. S. Upchurch, Yanceyville, assistant principal; Mrs. Giles Mebane, Caswell county, mathematics; Ralph Vance, High Point, science; Miss Laura Oliver, Caswell county, English; Miss Annie Newman, Caswell county, seventh grade; Mrs. Madeline Copeland, Durham, sixth grade; Miss Fannie Lea, Ringgold, Virginia, fifth grade; Mrs. Mabel Alcorn, Rockingham county, fourth grade; Mrs. Ermine Poteat, Yanceyville, third grade; Miss Myrtle Lea, Caswell county, second grade; Miss Bettie Swindell, Lake Landing, N.C., high first grade, and Miss Annie Carter, Caswell county, first grade.

      Bartlett Yancey High School Principal

      Yanceyville Baptists Have New Building

      Baptists of Yanceyville entered their new church building for the first time on March 25 [1951], Easter Sunday. The structure is one of which the congregation is justly proud. It is of red brick veneer construction. The auditorium, with extra chairs, can seat 500 people, and under it is a full basement recreation room.

      The educational part of the building is of two-story construction and contains departments for each of the Sunday school divisions, including a nursery. The educational unit can acommodate 500 people. Connecting with the recreation room is a fully equipped kitchen. Some 250 persons can be served at one time in the recreation dining room.

      All windows in the building were donated as memorials, as were a goodly number of the pews, pulpit stand, table, and desk for pastor's study.

      The young people's department is to be named in honor of the Poteat family. The Poteat children and grandchildren made substantial donations for this purpose. (Dr. William Louis Poteat, Dr. Edwin McNeill Poteat, and Miss Ida Poteat, all so well known among Baptists, were reared in the old home at Yanceyvill.)

      The First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem gave $1,000 in honor of Dr. H. A. Brown, who was ordained in Yanceyville Church. The pastor's study is being named in his honor.

      Many members made great sacrifices to effect the completion of the new building, so many that it would be impossible to name them all. A few who can be named for special services are the pastor, W. T. Baucom, who made untiring efforts to raise money; E. O. Foster, chairman of the building committee, who gave hours of labor and sacrifice in keeping the construction going; and A. H. Motz, who handled the money faithfully and conscientiously from the beginning in the completion of the program.

      The Yanceyville Church has an interesting history. From an article written by R. S. Graves [Robert Sterling Graves], which appeared in the Caswell Messenger on June 24, 1926, we learn that the church was organized in 1840 and the first building was erected in 1841 on a lot donated by Col. Thomas Graves of Georgia, probably a former resident of Caswell County. The deed, dated 1839, was made to the first trustees, Thomas W. Graves, Jeremiah Graves, Phillip Hodnett, and Calvin Graves.

      Members of the church were formerly connected with a church known as Country Line Church, situated in the same general vicinity. There were arguments as to church doctrines and policies affecting missionary work, ministerial education, etc., and the congretation was divided.

      Among the early pastors, prior to the Civil War, was Mr. Tobey, an able preacher and scholarly gentleman. His wife was buried in the church cemetery. Mr. Mason, who was pastor in 1860 and some years after, married and baptized most of the parents of the present generation. He baptized both white and colored members, as both races belonged to the same church.

      Like many of the churches of that time, the building originally had galleries at the side and to the rear and the colored members, all slaves, worshipped in the galleries. During the pastorate of Mr. Murchison 1911-1918, the galleries were taken down, the building was remodeled, and a large Sunday school room erected, almost doubling the seating capacity.

      Among the former pastors named by Mr. Graves [Robert Sterling Graves] are: F. H. Jones, J. J. James, J. R. Jones, Mr. Chappell, C. A. G. Thomas, S. B. Wilson, O. A. Keller, D. W. Overby, M. C. Murchison, J. A. Hackney, R. W. Prevost, and C. W. Hood, who was pastor at the time the article was written [24 June 1926]. Mr. Hood resigned in December, 1927, and the next June P. T. Worrell was called. He served until May, 1944, and in December, 1944, the present pastor, W. H. Baucom, was called. He began his work in 1945. The plans for a new building were first projected about 1940, but the fund grew slowly at first. Mr. Baucom worked energetically at increasing the fund, and by the end of 1950 there was $42,185.00 on hand. Work was begun in March 1950, and completed in time for the first service on March 25, 1951. Total cost of the building, including $15,000 borrowed and labor and material donated, is estimated at $72,000.

      R. S. Graves, who wrote the article about the early history of the church, served as clerk from May 1897, until January, 1935. P. F. Sutton succeeded him and served until January, 1946. Since that time S. H. Abell has been clerk.

      Source: Article dated 19 May 1951 (may have been published in the Biblical Recorder).

      Probably remembered more for his educational contributions to Caswell County as principal and teacher, Sheffield Horace Abell (1899-1973) in the 1950s operated a men's clothing store in Yanceyville, North Carolina (Quality Men's Shop).

      "As I recall, it was beside the Caswell Messenger office. My mother, Ann Abell Watkins, and Aunt Marie ran the store for a while in the mid-50s. I don't believe it lasted long -- can't imagine selling a large quantity of suits in such a small town. In recent years my brother, Jimmy, owned the same building for a while and used for storage. While waiting for customers, mother and Aunt Marie would do "handwork." I believe I still have a doll bed quilt they made by crocheting together samples of suit fabrics."

      "These two were just as devoted to each other the day he died as in 1926. They always sat as close as possible, with his arm around her. Uncle Sheffield always took Aunt Marie shopping for clothes, since she didn't drive. He liked her in black, so she must have had dozens of black dresses. I don't remember seeing her in anything else. Christmastime at their house was magical. Aunt Marie's holiday meals were something to look forward to all year -- especially her baking."

      Source: JoAnn Watkins Warn 27 October 2018 Post to Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.

      Caswell County Trivia: Quality Men's Shop

      In 1954, Sheffield Horace Abell (1899-1973), better known as an educator, owned Quality Men's Shop in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina.

      "A back window at Quality Men's Shop was opened and the thieves took an estimated $275 worth of merchandise, according to S. H. Abell, owner."

      The Herald-Sun (Durham, North Carolina), 22 October 1954.

      "I bought his house after he passed away and she went to live close to her children.... Been living in it for over 40 years.." Source: Judy Shelton Williamson 27 October 2018 Post to Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page. [Editor's Note: The house is on Highway 62N just outside Yanceyville.]

      Find A Grave Memorial

      WWI Civilian Draft Registrations
      Name: Abell, Sheffield Horace
      Birth Date: 10 Feb 1899
      City/County: Stewart
      State: GA
      Ethnicity: W

      World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
      Name: Sheffield Horace Abell
      County: Stewart
      State: Georgia
      Birth Date: 10 Feb 1899
      Race: White
      FHL Roll Number: 1558568
      DraftBoard: 0

      See: 1930 US Census (Yanceyville Township, Caswell County, North Carolina).

      North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975
      Name: Sheffield Horace Abell Sr.
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Age: 74
      Birth Date: 10 Feb 1899
      Birth Place: Georgia
      Death Date: 3 Jul 1973
      Death Location: Blanch, Caswell
      Spouse's Name: Marie Oldham
      Father's name: Curtis Clarence Abell
      Mother's name: Josephene Gordon
      Residence: Blanch, Caswell, North Carolina

      North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-2004
      Name: Sheffield Abell
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Marital Status: Married
      Age: 74
      Date of Birth: 1899
      Residence County: Caswell
      Date of Death: 3 Jul 1973
      Death County: Caswell
      Death State: North Carolina
      Autopsy: No
      Institution: Home
      Attendant: Physician
      Recorded Date: Jul 1963
      Source Vendor: NC Department of Health. North Carolina Deaths, 1970-74

      Social Security Death Index
      Name: Sheffield Abell
      SSN: 243-54-5334
      Last Residence: 27212 Blanch, Caswell, North Carolina, United States of America
      Born: 10 Feb 1899
      Died: Jul 1973
      State (Year) SSN issued: North Carolina (1954)

  • Sources 
    1. Details: 1930 US Federal Census.