Charles Harvey Greenlee

McDOWELL COUNTY, NC - OBITUARIES - Charles Harvey Greenlee, 16 Jun 2005

Charles Harvey Greenlee a lifelong resident of the Woodlawn community of
McDowell County passed away Thursday morning in the Spruce Pine Hospital
following and extended illness.

Charles was married to the late Jane Katherine Gill Greenlee. 

A graduate of Lees McRae College, Mr. Greenlee was a farmer by occupation; he
was also a founding partner of Greenlee Lime and Stone, Inc. and an instructor
who taught farm production to returning servicemen following world War II
under the G.I. Bill. A former elder of Landis Presbyterian Church he was a
prominent community leader throughout his life serving as a member of the
McDowell County School Board and as a member of various organizations and
committees including the Farm and Home Administration, Extension Ag Council
and the ASC Committee. His deep love of the region's history made him a local
authority on McDowell County history and he was cited for his work on the
"Over the Mountain" historical trail. A long time member of the McDowell
Democratic Men's Club he was active in politics at both the local and state

He is survived by three daughters, Loto Greenlee Caviness of Marion; Grace
Gordon Greenlee of Marion; and Charlotte Greenlee Carter of Winston Salem; a
brother, William G. Greenlee of Marion; and a grandson and a niece.

Services were held June 21, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. at Westmoreland Funeral Home &
Crematory. The family received friends from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. prior to the
service at the funeral home.

At other times, the family was to be at the home of Bill Greenlee. In leiu of
flowers, memorials were to be made to American Institute for Cancer Research,
1759 R. Street N. W., Washington, DC 20009 or Hospice of McDowell County, 218
Logan Street, Marion, N.C., or a charity of choice. 

Mitchell News-Journal 6/29/05 


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Davis, Lydia & Martha

I am trying to find some information about the McDowell County poor Farm/Alms house. It may have been in Higgins Township. I am looking for their cemetery or death information on their residence.

I am interested in a Lydia & Martha Davis that lived there in 1900. Martha also lived there in 1910. Her deth record states she died in 1913 & is buried at the Poor farm.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,  Norman Davis


  • June 23, 1900 Census, McDowell Co., NC, Marion, County poor home, House 262-263
  • Lyda Davis, Pauper, F, W, March 1835, 65, Single, NC, NC, NC; Martha Davis, Pauper, W, F, May 1855, Single, NC, NC, NC
  •  April 29, 1910 Census, McDowell Co., NC, Higgins Twp., Page 139, House 46-47
  • Martha Savis, F, W, 47, Single, Pauper, NC, NC, NC.
  • Note: Living in the McDowell County Poor home.
  •  Death Certificate: Martha Davis, b. age 50, d. Dec. 28, 1913, Higgins, McDowell Co., NC. Residence: Inmate of County Home. Burial: County Home. Father: Logan Davis. Mother not listed. (Female, White) Informant: Joseph England, Marion, NC. Recorded: March 27, 1914. Note: There was another death certificate that was not complete with death as Dec. 28, 1914.

Delayed Birth Certificates

Years ago, births were written in family Bibles, on notes of paper, etc. when the government required birth certificates, then people of all ages applied for delayed birth certificates.

A delayed birth certificate is one that is not filed within a set period of time, in North Carolina this is within a year of the child’s birth.

If you are having trouble finding a birth certificate, check out the links below to see if  your great or great-greatgrandparents filed for a delayed certificate

Delayed birth certificates for McDowell County in the USGenWeb Archives:





McEntire, Susan

I have been looking for my great-great grandma for a long time and cont’ find her grave or who her parents are. Any help would be appreciated.

Her name is SUSAN McENTIRE

She married JAMES TURNER, son of Samuel and Fanny Turner.

She was born about 1830

I think they lived in the area of McDowell County, that was once Burke County, Old Fort is where i believe they lived.

Her husband and son are buried in Pleasant Gardens Cemetery, along with other relatives.

She had a sister Malissa McEntire, who married Johnathan Duncan, that’s the only family I know of.

A. Hewitt


I recently found your contact information on the Mcdowell County, NC Genealogy website in regards to the Brooks surname.  My family and I have been searching for information regarding my Great Grandfather Stanley Thomas Brooks.  He was born May 1st, 1898 in McDowell Co, NC.  But, we have been told that his last name was not Brooks at birth.  Stories have been told that the original last name of Stanley Thomas was Hanie.  However, we have never been able to prove it.

The “family story” is that Stanley Thomas Brooks’ father killed a man in NC.  Stanley was sent to an orphanage along with a sister.  He was taken from the orphanage by his grand father.  They moved to South Carolina and changed their last name to Brooks.  There is no information about the sister.

I recently obtained a copy of his Death Certificate and it lists his father’s name as Thomas Brooks and no mother’s name.  The only other “reference” I have for him is a WWI draft card that states that his father was born in McDowell Co, NC.

Being that Madison County is not far from McDowell Co, and you have information about Brooks families, I’m hoping you may be able to help.  I have no other information regarding our family.  Below is a list of pertinent information for Stanley Thomas Brooks.

Stanley Thomas Brooks

Born: 5/1/1898 McDowell Co, NC

Died: 9/29/1965 Pickens Co, SC

Spouse: Bettie Mae Gilstrap (born 1899 Easley, SC)

Children: Edward Stanley Brooks, Joe C Brooks, Charles Stanley Brooks, Claudie Clifton Brooks, Thomas Brooks


Amery Brooks

1782-1982 Membership Lists at Bill’s Creek Baptist Church

Many of McDowell County citizens have their roots in surrounding counties, one of which is Rutherford County where Bill’s Creek Baptist Church is located. A wonderful resource book by Helen Mason Lu of Dallas, Texas is “Bill’s Creek Baptist Church, Two Hundred Year History, 1782-1982“.

I am privileged to have a copy of this wonderful resource and will gladly do a look-up for you. Limit your request to two individuals and include as much information as you have that will be helpful with the look-up. Please take note of complete look-up guidelines on the Look-Up Page.


I’m trying to find out information concerning the first husband(s) of Margaret “Maggie”

Jamison/Jimison/Jamerson/Jimieson/Jimmerson who was born around 1866 in
McDowell County and died in 1933 in Haywood County. She married Doctor Avery
Taylor in 1889 but she had children previously, including my grandmother “Jessie
Clementine” who married Theodore Vance Davis, my great aunt “Cora Bell” who
married Ralph Duncan, and my great uncle “Sam C” whose marital status, residence,
and date of death are unknown.

Maggie’s mother was Malinda “Lindy” C. Webb, daughter of Hiram Webb and Sarah
Hollifield. I am fairly certain Maggie’s father was James Pinckney “Pink” Jamison,
son of Alexander Jamison, but she might have been married to one of James’ brothers
at one point (possibly killed in the Civil War).

Malinda had brothers Pickney Alexander, John Columbus and James.

Email direct at: Richard Davis

Posted September 4, 2008; Reposted: 7/1/2011

Look for Your McDowell County, NC Family in the Surrounding Counties.

Genealogical Societies with contact information. You may find information on McDowell County, NC families at the following locations.

County NCWeb Site





Buncombe Old Buncombe Genealogical Society Mondays: 1p – 4:30pTuesday-Friday: 9:30 – 4:30pSaturday  10:00 AM – 1 PM 128 Bingham Road, Suite 700Asheville, NC 828.253-1894
Cleveland Broad River Genealogical Society, Inc. Open to public:

  • 2nd & 3rd Saturday every month – 9:00 a – 1:00 p.
  • 2nd & 3rd Monday every month – 12:00p. – 4:00 p.
  • Every Tuesday Evening – 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
PO Box 2261, Shelby, NC  28151Location:  1145 County Home Road, Shelby, NC
Henderson Reg. of Deeds M-F: 9-5 200 N. Grove St., Suite 129Hendersonville 828.697.4901
Henderson Gen. & Historical Society M-F: 10 – 4$3 fee/day 400 N. Main St.Hendersonville 828.693.1531
Lincoln West Lincoln Branch Library M: 10a – 8 pTu – Fri: 10a – 6 pSat: 10a – 1 p 5545 West Highway 27Vale, NC 28168 704.276.9946
Lincoln Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library System.Carolina Room M, Tu & Th: 10a – 9 p.m.W & Sa: 10a – 6pFr: 10a – 2p 1555 East Garrison Blvd.Gastonia, NC 704.868.2164
Lincoln The Lincoln County Historical Association Online at
Polk Reg. of Deeds M-F: 8:30 – 5 40 Courthouse St, Columbus, NC 828.894-8450
Rutherford Genealogical Society of Old Tryon M, T, Th, F: 9-2W: 9a – 8pSat: 9a -12n 319 Doggett Rd.Forest City 828.247.8700