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Dora Dalton Letter

(This woman is 28 yrs. old. Mother of 5 children. She is a faithful Adult Student)Letter by Dora Dalton

 

Old Fort, N.C.   Sept. 16, 1936

 

Dear Teacher,

I will write you a few lines telling you about my trip to chimmily Rock to see the President. I enjoyed my trip just fine. I saw thing I haven’t seen before. I see an old fashion looms. I am 28 years old and han’t see one befor. I sure did enjoy see it and all so the President.

Your true friend.

Dora Dalton

Cherry Spring and Jackson Creek Adult Student Letters

Letter Covers
Letter Covers

I found the letters in my mother’s estate, along with the Adult Student newsletter. I have transcribed them for ease of reading. The letters were in a paperclip with a a front and back cover with the following titles

“Letters written by Students”

“Cherry Springs Classes and Jackson Creek Classes”

Click on the links below to review each individual letter by the following students:

Dora Dalton
Mary Davis
Eva Davis
Lurcie Harris
Maggie Price
Wash Price
Nannie Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1901 Pension Applications Online for McDowell County

History for All the People  is a NC State Archives blog that has recently posted a blog about the 1901 Confederate Pensions project.

Through the Digital Access division of the department, they have begun scanning and uploading the Pension Applications Online.

You can access the site at North Carolina Digital Collections 1901 Confederate Pension Application Online. You can browse all the applications or type in surname of interest or McDowell County for results. (Or any of the 100 NC Counties)

Currently there are approximately 200 images for McDowell County, NC. Remember to bookmark and check back often as this is an ongoing project, only about 4,500 0f the 35,000 are completed.

Honor List for Casualties of WWI, WWII and other Wars

As the family story is told, my mother, Eunice Davis Burgin’s eldest brother, Paul L. Davis was killed in Germany during WWII. We do not know the story of his death. We don’t even know if the coffin returned to his parents held his remains.

When his father was ask about not knowing, it is told that his response was…”Guess it’s not for us to know. I’ll treat him as if he is my son and maybe wherever he is, they will treat him the same – with a Christain burial.”

Uncle Lawrence is buried in Salem Baptist Church Cemetry, next to his son and parents.

While searching for items to post on the NCGenweb site for McDowell County, NC, it was suggested to go to the National Archives website. I found the file of “World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from:   North Carolina.”     The original list was published by the War Department, June 1946, with a list of sixty-two McDowell County, NC men. (on page 22 of publication).   Here is a link to the National Archives website, the different branches of the Military are found as well as information on obtaining Veterans’ Service Records. A table below list the 62 men from WWII and was transcribed just as typed in the 1946 published document.

We still do not know the exact circumstances of his death, but we now know Uncle Lawrence was killed in action serving his country. He was part of the long line of Davis men and relatives serving his country in the military.

Of course that raised my curiosity, so I searched for WWI and came up with casualties from NC that included 500+ men listed. Other resources such as WWII casualties for the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps was harder to research, as the publications were scanned, not indexed by county.

Then the casualties list for the Korean War is a searchable file by state then name. The list of men from McDowell County, NC is below in a labeled table.

There are also the Vietnam War Casualties, that is searchable by State, then using a “find” command to locate name or county.

WWII Casualties

Surname

Name

Rank

Casualty*

Allison

William H

TEC5

DNB

Anderson

Harold E

PFC

KIA

Arrowood

Elmore R

TEC5

KIA

Bradley

John A

SCT

DNB

Bradley

J D

PVT

KIA

Byrd

Fred L

SCT

DNB

Carpenter

Hoyt B

PVT

KIA

Carr

John A

PFC

KIA

Carter

Richard C

PVT

DOW

Davis

Fred

TEC5

DNB

Davis

Paul L

PFC

KIA

Day

Clifford C Sr

S SG

DNB

Dixon

Dewey W

PFC

KIA

Duncan

Thomas F

PFC

DNB

Eller

Earl

PVT

DNB

Ellington

Roy NMI

PFC

KIA

Evans

William A

PVT

KIA

Freeman

Virgle C

PFC

DNB

Freshour

James E

PFC

DNB

Gibson

Robert L

TEC5

KIA

Grant

Carroll W

CPL

KIA

Greene

Everett D

SGT

DNB

Greene

Garland A

S SG

KIA

Gregory

Warren

PFC

KIA

Hicks

Edward C

PFC

KIA

Hogan

Lester J

PFC

KIA

Hunter

Claude J

S SG

KIA

Isenhour

Bascom M

SGT

KIA

Johnson

William S

PVT

DNB

Kincaid

William J

SGT

KIA

Kirksey

Pat A

S SG

KIA

Lewis

Charles

SGT

DNB

Little

Creel M

S SG

KIA

Loftis

Howard D

S SG

KIA

Lytle

Charles C

PVT

DNB

Manick

Albert A

PFC

DNB

Mashburn

George L

CPL

DNB

Mason

Charles A

PFC

DNB

McCormick

John W

PVT

KIA

Morgan

Clarence

PVT

DNB

Mull

Harrison B

SGT

KIA

Nesbitt

Clyde B

PVT

DOW

Padgett

Delos A

PFC

KIA

Parker

Roy L

PVT

KIA

Parkins

Walter C

S SG

KIA

Perkins

Clifton

PFC

DNB

Plemons

Hubert J

PVT

DNB

Poteat

Bruce B

PVT

KIA

Raby

Eugene M

PFC

KIA

Riddle

Luther A

PVT

DNB

Robbins

Turner L

PVT

KIA

Shufford

James L

PFC

KIA

Simmons

Willie

PVT

DNB

Sinclair

Charles S

PVT

KIA

Sparks

Claude R

PFC

KIA

Swan

James H

PVT

DNB

Thomas

Albert

PFC

DNB

Walker

Howard L

PVT

DNB

Wall

Herbert E

PVT

KIA

Washburn

Samuel L

PFC

DNB

Wilson

Jabaze

PVT

DNB

Young

Ernest E Jr

PVT

KIA

*Type of Casualty:

  • KIA – Killed in action, whether at the front or by enemy action in the rear areas, or if a prisoner of war, whether by air bombardment of his prison camp or by being shot while escaping.
  • DOW – wounded and later died of wounds
  • DOI – Died of Injuries. Suffered fatal battle injuries as opposed to wounds, in combat or in combat areas, and died in a line of duty status
  • DNB – Died, Non-Battle are line-of-duty deaths, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide or accidents outside combat area (including training and maneuver deaths.
  • FOD – Find of Death, dead under Public Law 490
  • M – missing.

 

 

Korean War:

 

Name

Service

Rank/

Rate

Home of Record:

Incident or Death Date (YYYYMMDD)

Remains Recovered

City

County

BIGGERSTAFF GUY K ARMY PVT UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19511128

Y

BRADLEY FLOYD JR ARMY PVT UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19520927

Y

GREEN WILLIAM S JR ARMY SFC UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19520112

N

MORGAN DONALD ARMY CPL UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19520711

Y

PITMAN ARNOLD ARMY CPL UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19501212

N

WHITE NOEL EDWIN ARMY PVT OLD FORT MCDOWELL 19500927

N

 

 

Craig, John Wilkie

I am trying to find obituaries and wills for John Wilkie Craig and Elizabeth Mary Gillespie who are probably my 2nd great grandparents.  They lived and died in McDowell County in Marion Township.  I believe they lived about 4 miles northwest of Marion near Tom’s Creek.  They are buried in the Craig Family Cemetery that is (at least in 1995) located near where their farm was located on Tom’s Creek. Following is info about them:

John Wilkie Craig (b. 8 May 1797 in Burke (now McDowell), Co. — d. 23 Nov 1884 in McDowell, Co)

Elizabeth Mary Gillespie (b. 6 May 1799 in Burke (now McDowell) Co. – d. 3 Sep 1877 in McDowell County, Co.)

I am also trying to prove that Martha Caroline Craig (b. 1820 in McDowell County – d. 27 Dec 1892 in Fremont County, CO) was their daughter.

I would appreciate any information about how to obtain obituaries and wills or other information about this family.  If I can arrange it, my wife and I may travel to McDowell County in the next year or so for research, but for now I was hoping I could obtain this information on the Internet or by mail.  Thanks for any help.

Thank you, Stan Walker                     Walnut Creek, CA

Sullivan, William

We are researching William H Sullivan and Wife Elizabeth Ernest. Sullivan, William married Elizabeth Ernest in Marion, McDowell July 19, 1845, the “bondsman” was Edward Sullivan. I would love to know if this is our William H. Sullivan and who Edward was, a brother a father? Any suggestions? We have no other back records only forward ones from Louisiana where William and Elizabeth lived.  We are not even sure Elizabeth Ernest is the correct name of William’s wife, but records do indicate he lived or was born in North Carolina

Contact Sylvia Tucker

Charles Harvey Greenlee

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

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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