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New Paper for Kinston

By request we announce that Mr. Josephus DANIELS, of the Wilson Advance, will commence next week a paper in Kinston to be called the Kinston Free Press.

We take pleasure in saying to Mr. DANIELS that he will find the people of Kinston and of Lenoir county kind, courteous and appreciative of his efforts in commencing a paper in their midst; and we take equal pleasure in saying to the people of our native town and county that from our acquaintance with Mr. DANIELS we feel satisfied that they will find him in every respect worthy of their esteem and regard.

Source: New Berne Weekly Journal , 30 March 1882, page 3. 

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Anderson R. Miller

The following biographical profile appeared in the September 2, 1899 issue of the Kinston Free Press.

A.R. MILLER – Dry Goods, Notions, Millinery, Etc.

Dr. Anderson R. MILLER was born May 8, 1830 about 12 miles south of Kinston, on Joshua’s Creek.  He is a direct descendant of the first English and German settlers of Lenoir, then part of Craven county. He was educated in the local schools and in Cincinnati, where he spent two years, 1852-53, in study.  In 1853 he matriculated in the Baltimore Dental College and graduated from that institution in 1854.

He was married September 19, 1867, to Miss Delia Maria HENRY, of Waterbury, Vt.  The HENRY family were among the first settlers of Massachusetts and Virginia.  Soon after his marriage Dr. MILLER moved west and settled in La Crosse, Wis., in a colony that was established in that then frontier town by Judge George GALE, an uncle of Mrs. MILLER.  The climate proved too severe for them and they returned to North Carolina in 1858, with their baby girl, Sybil.  In March, 1859, they located in Kinston, where the doctor has remained ever since.

Dr. MILLER served in the war as a commissary sergeant on duty in Kinston; joined the 66th regiment in 1866, was sent to Virginia, but was soon detailed in the hospitals as steward in Starr’s battery stationed here.  This battery soon took part in the engagement at Wise’s Fork, which was the most deadly and hardest fought battle on North Carolina soil.

Mrs. MILLER was a northern woman, with two brothers in the Union army.  The hospital work was a test of the tenderness and liberality of this good wife, who knew no north or south where acts of humanity were concerned, and with other Kinston women she went to the places where her services were most needed, helping the wounded and dying.  Starr’s battery retreated to Bentonsville and took part in that battle, the last of the war.

Dr. MILLER returned to the practice of dentistry after the war.  His wife, desiring to aid him financialy, bought a small stock in 1865 and sold it out quickly, using of the front rooms for store-room.  Several additions were made to the hosue for store purposes from time to time, until finally in 1879 they bought lots and built on the west side of Queen street, between Caswell and King streets, a large brick two-story double store with dwelling upstairs and in the rear.  Later two one-story brick stores were built for rent, adjoining their handsome store building on the south.  Mrs. MILLER was a remarkable woman and built up a successful business.  In 1884, March 9, she died.  The children by the marriage were Sybil, now wife of Dr. H.O. HYATT, of Kinston; Maud, wife of Geo. S. LUCE, of Wisconsin; E. Lawrence, now a resident of Kansas, and William Roscoe, who died in 1898.

Dr. MILLER gave up his profession and devoted himself to the growing demands of his business in 1885. He carries a large stock of dry goods, shoes, notions and millinery. He employs an up-to-date milliner each season and his millinery and spring and fall openings are beautiful displays of hat, trimmings, and fancy dress goods.

On September 10, 1889, Dr. MILLER married Mrs. Eliza (Everet) MIDYETTE, who is now assisting him in the management of the store.  They are Methodists.  Dr. MILLER is one of the oldest Odd Fellows in Kinston.  He has been honored by being made city alderman several times.  He is progressive and is a man of good business qualification.  His character and standing in the community is recognized by all.


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Lantrec Crammer Brodgen

The following biographical profile appeared in the September 2, 1899 issue of the Kinston Free Press

L.C. BROGDEN – Superintendent Kinston Public Schools

Lautrec Crammer BROGDEN was born in Goldsboro, NC, December 9, 1872.  His father is W.H. BROGDEN and his mother’s maiden name was Virginia E. ROBINSON.  They moved to the country when he was only one year old and he spent a large part of his life, until he was 21 years old, on the farm at hard labor. He attended the neighborhood free schools until 15 years old and then entered the Goldsboro public graded schools, where he was prepared for college.

In September, 1891, he entered the freshman class in the State University and graduated in 1895 with the degree of Ph. B.  He was then elected principal of Sparta Institute, Alleghany county, for the session of 1895-’96.  From there he went to Dunn High School, Harnett county, which he conducted with great success during the session of 1896-’97.  He was called in 1897 to teach English and mathematics in the high school department of the Greensboro graded schools.  In 1898 he came to Kinston and was employed by the school committee of this township to teach a private school in the public school building until January 1, 1899. He was then elected superintendent of the public schools of Kinston for the spring session.

His conduct of the schools was very successful and met with the approval of the people.  If the school had not been a success perhaps it would have been more difficult to carry the graded schools position. The trustees of the graded schools at their second meeting, on June 1st, elected Prof. BROGDEN superintendent of the Kinston public schools for the session of 1899-1900.

Prof. BROGDEN is a young man of much promise as an educator.  He is thoroughly trained in the science of teaching and loves his work.  He seems gifted with good judgement and has the faculty of controlling the student body with the ease of a trained disciplinarian.  He is not harsh, but firm in his command.  We look forward to a very successful year’s work.


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Woodington Methodist Church Cemetery: Waller Family Headstones

The following are tombstone records and pictures for Waller family members buried in Woodington Methodist Church Cemetery.  Contributed by Joshua Waller.

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James Bell Letterhead (1907)

Many thanks to Joshua Waller for submitting this letterhead from his ancestor’s shop in Kinston.  This is letterhead for Bells’s General Repair Shops on 810 East Blount Street.   The letter is signed for pension purposes by men of the 27th Company of NC Troops to prove that John W. Burket served. It appears to be dated 1907?


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Lenoir County Confederate Veteran Burials

The NCGenWeb has a new database online – the result of a project of the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. You can read more background about the database on the NCGenWeb blog.  For those with Lenoir county research interests, you may be interested in the list of burials from Lenoir county specifically here.   Happy hunting!

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HOWARD, S. (d. 1851)

The following death notice for Mr. S. HOWARD appeared in the August 9, 1851 issue of the Raleigh Register.

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COBB, John W. (1849)

The following death notice for John W. COBB appeared in the October 10, 1849 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper.  Mr. COBB died at the home of his brother-in-law, John H. PEEBLES.


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DAVIS, Windal (d. 1848)

The following death notice appeared in the May 13, 1848 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper.  Mr. Windal DAVIS was 48 years old.

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WASHINGTON, James Augustus (d. 1847)

The following obituary appeared in the September 15, 1847 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper.  Dr. James Augustus WASHINGTON was 45 years old and the son of John WASHINGTON, a native of Kinston. 

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