Jan 162012
 

The following article was graciously submitted by James T. Newell.

Robert Boyd, from whom many of the Boyds, Newells, Kizziahs, and others of Tuscaloosa Co., AL and surrounding areas are descended, came from Mecklenburg Co., NC.  He was born about 1781 and was married to Temperance Pitman.  A descendant, James Ernest Boyd, who had Robert Boyd’s old family Bible indicated that he had identified Robert’s father as James Boyd.  Although not proven, there was a James Boyd on the 1800 Mecklenburg Co., NC census with a male in the age category (16-26) that matched Robert’s age.  Robert is identified on the 1810 Mecklenburg census with four young daughters <10 years old.  These would be Polly, Jane, Sarah, and Elizabeth.  The census identifies him, as well as the older James Boyd, as being in CPT Hood’s Co.  Robert was a veteran of the War of 1812 and served in the Creek Indian campaigns in Alabama during his six months of active duty.  According to the NC Archives, he served in the 8th Co Second Mecklenburg Regiment.  He was mustered into service at Salisbury, NC Feb 3, 1814 for six months service.  He was discharged at Salisbury on Aug 12, 1814.  He eventually received two 80-acre Bounty Land Warrants as payment for his service.  Warrant #10395 was entered in Tuscaloosa Co. on Jul 22, 1851 and warrant #5526 was entered in Tuscaloosa Co. on Aug 23, 1855.  However, land records show that Robert had already obtained 40 acres in Tuscaloosa Co. on Dec 30, 1835 near Cedar Cove.  Others holding land and settling nearby included his sons-in law, James Newell (land purchase Jan 25, 1833) and William Kizziah, and a brother-in-law Matthew Pitman (land purchase Apr 17, 1833), and members of the Pierson family.

Other sources indicate that Robert served as a Private in CPT Wood’s Company (this same document later stated it was CPT Robert Hood’s Company) and COL Jesse Pierson’s Militia Regiment.  This would imply that CPT Hood led the 8th Co and COL Pierson was in charge of the Second Mecklenburg Regiment.  The following information has been extracted from an archaeology report by the Alabama Historical Commission in reference to the Creek Indian war campaigns in Alabama:

“General Joseph Graham leading North and South Carolinians advanced westward from Fort Mitchell.  As the Army moved, Forts Bainbridge, Hull and Decatur were erected or improved.  From Ft. Decatur the Carolinians moved to the locale of old Fort Toulouse.  Here they joined Jackson’s militia and the 39th U. S. volunteers on April 17, 1814…  An encampment bearing the name of Andrew Jackson was established southeast of the site of Fort Toulouse and the Carolina units and the 39th Infantry settled in…  From these troops fatigue parties, numbering from 100 to 200 men were mustered each day to raise the fort that General John Coffee states was begun immediately after the troops arrived…

“By May 17th the ditches and moats at the new defenses had been dug…  Preparation began the ninth of June for the withdrawal of Graham’s Brigade.  Their enlistment was nearing expiration and the 3rd Regiment U. S. Infantry was scheduled to arrive soon from the west. Two companies of militia were left to occupy the fort and wait for the regulars to arrive while the main body moved to ‘Tuckabatchee Old Fields’ where they began construction of Fort Burrows opposite Fort Decatur…  Only those posts in Alabama occupied by the Carolinians had earth as the major component in their construction.”

By August 1814, Jackson had begun his descent down the Alabama River, and eventually on to the Battle of New Orleans.  On Aug 15, he landed on the right bank “opposite where Colonel Pearson, of the North Carolina militia, had encamped during the Indian war (‘Colonial Mobile’).”

This foregoing information places the Carolina troops, in which Robert Boyd served, in the Tallapoosa Valley area during the construction of Fort Jackson.  As stated, the Carolinians used earthen works as their primary construction medium.  This was because they were used to constructing Coastal defenses against bombardments from ships at sea.  Fort Jackson was primarily an earthen based fort.  Therefore, Robert may have actually participated in the construction of Fort Jackson.  After his release from service, Robert returned to Mecklenburg Co., NC.   He was on the 1830 Mecklenburg census, but had arrived in Tuscaloosa by 1833.  Sources indicate that the family may have spent some time in TN during this transition.  Robert married 2nd, Lydia Whitaker in Tuscaloosa Co. Nov 20, 1837.  She applied for a pension in Tuscaloosa on Jan 29, 1880 and was listed on the War of 1812 Pension rolls as a resident of Bibb Co.  She may have returned there to live with some of her children.  Robert and several of his descendants had moved to Franklin Co. where he died Jul 14, 1863.  It is unknown at this time where his grave may be located.  Other descendants moved across to Tishomingo Co., MS in the early 1860s where several descendants still reside.

Robert and Tempie Boyd had seven known children:  Polly b Sep 28, 1801 married Robert Lee Kizziah; Jane b Mar 29, 1805 (no further info); Sarah b Jul 8, 1807 married James Newell (my ancestral line); Elizabeth b Oct 10, 1809 married William Kizziah, Jr.; John Alexander b Jan 5, 1812 married Rachel Lawless; Rachel b Sep 27, 1813 (no further info); William Washington b Apr 13, 1817 married (1) Sue Kizziah (2) Primrose Lawless; and Caty Caroline b Jul 15, 1820 married Jesse Prince.

Robert and Liddy Boyd had five known children:  Robert M. bc1838 (no further info); Samuel W. b Mar 1840 married Mildred Vaughn; David Baker b Apr 7, 1843 married (1) Sarah Anne Miller (2) Rebecca A. (?); James Early, b Jul 2, 1851 married (1) Patsy J. Cummings (2) Fanny Jane Hullman; and Sarah Emeline bc1855 (no further info).

 

Written by James T. Newell originally for the “The Heritage of Lamar County, Alabama (2000).”  Revised May 2010.

Sources:

“At Liberty on Bear Creek,” Charles E. Boyd

“Haysop,” Charles E. Boyd

“Fort Toulouse Phase III Completion Report,” The Alabama Historical Commission

“Colonial Mobile,” The University of Alabama Bicentennial Reprint

Jan 162012
 

The North Carolina Digital Collections has an Historical Records Survey of North Carolina available from the Works Projects Administration. Included in these records are cemetery tombstone records that were compiled in the 1930’s. Below is a list of the cemeteries and surnames appearing in the Mecklenburg County compiled records, which you can find at this link. Other counties are also available.

Please keep in mind there may be errors or mistakes in the original transcriptions but the records are valuable nonetheless.

Sharon Cemetery, Charlotte (pp. 2, 3-9)

Surnames: Alexander, Allen, Ashcraft, Baker, Blanchard, Blue, Boatright, Bolick, Brewer, Brown, Caldwell, Clanton, Cook, Culp, Davis, Douglas, Edwards, Elliott, Ferguson, Flanigan, Fleniken, Flenniken, Freeman, Glass, Graham, Griffin, Griffith, Guyer, Hannon, Jessiee, Harkey, Hartis, Hennigan, Henry, Hedge, Helms, Howie, Hutchinson, Jamison, Jerome, Kennedy, Kerr, Kirkpatrick, Lee, Lees, Lilly, Long, Manson, Merritt, Moore, Morris, McAlphin, McCachren, McCall, McDonald, McElhaney, McLelland, McGinn, Orr, Parks, Pender, Pharr, Porter, Rankin, Ray, Rea, Reid, Ross, Russell, Samonds, Sammonds, Shaw, Smith, Stanford, Stephens, Stewart, Sullivan, Thrower, Taylor, Vanderburg, Walker, White, Whitesids, Williams, Williamson, Wilson, Wolfe, Yandle,

Philadelphia Presby. Cemetery, Matthews (pp 2, 10-15)

Allen, Ardry, Ballard, Bain, Barr, Beaver, Biggers, Black, Blair, Blankinship, Boyetts, Burnett, Condor, Craig, Cross, Crowell, Davis, Dearmon, Dennis, Donaldson, Doster, Estridge, Erwin, Faulkner, Flow, Forbis, Forrest, Freeman, Gaither, Griffin, Harris, Hart, Hartis, Henderson, Hood, Hooks, Honeycutt, Hough, Houston, Jerome, Kirk, Kirkman, Laney, Lemmond, Lipe, Little, Long, Loving, McCall, McCombs, McEwen, McStewart, McWiter, McWhirter, Mann, Miller, Moore, Morris, Morrison, Munge, Nayler, Newell, Nisbit, Nivens, Noles, Orr, Pyron, Ray, Robinson, Rodgeram, Russell, Shaffer, Shelby, Stilwell, Todd, Tomberlin, Vanderburg, Wallace, Watson, Watts, Weddington, Wilson, Woods.

Paw Creek Presby. Cemetery, Paw Creek (pp. 2, 16-31)

Abernathy, Adams, Alexander, Ausband, Auten, Bailes, Baker, Barnbill, Beaty, Blackmon, Buchanan, Bynum, Campbell, Cathey, Cashion, Chapman, Childers, Clanton, Cross, Crouch, Cuin, Davenport, Dunn, Fite, Frazier, Freasure, Freeman, Gatewood, Gibson, Graham, Grass, Gray, Green, Hearn, Henderson, Hinson, Hipp, Hoover, Hope, Hovis, Hudson, Hutchinson, Jamison, Johnson, Johnston, Kenley, King, Kistler, Lawing, Lee, Love, McArver, McCoard, McCord, McCorkle, McDonald, McGee, McGinn, McKenley, McKnight, McLeary, Means, Mills, Montgomery, Mulwee, Neal, Neel, Neil, Ramler, Reid, Rhyne, Robinson, Rodgers, Rosich, Sandifer, Scott, Sharpe, Smity, Smith, Sommerville, Stephens, Suggs, Summerville, Thompson, Todd, Tucker, Underwood, Van Pelt, Wallace, White, Williamson, William, Wilson, Wingate.

 

Jan 122012
 

Authorized by the General Assembly in 1935, the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program is now administered cooperatively among numerous state agencies. The website allows for search by county. There are numerous results for MecklenburgCounty, complete with historic sites, maps of historical trails,  and essays for each marker. To access these results go to http://ncmarkers.com/search.aspx, highlight Mecklenburg in the list of counties,  and click on the search button below the counties list.

Jan 042012
 

Lcpl Charles Russell Jerone Menton

Birth: Jun. 1, 1948 Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Death: May 16, 1968 Quang Tri Province, Vietnam.

US Marine Lcpl Charles Russell Jerone Menton, native of Charlotte, NC was 19 years old and was not married. It was reported that Charles died from artillery fire. His body was recovered.

CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE VIETNAMESE MERIT MEDAL: Servicemen of courage and rare self-sacrifice, they displayed at all times the most tactful cooperation while aiding the Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam to repel the Red wave undermining South Vietnam and Southeast Asia. With ready zeal and commendable response, they fought on to the end in every mission and set a brilliant example for their fellow soldiers. They died in the performance of their duty. Behind them they leave the abiding grief of their former comrade-in-arms.

He was the son of Dorothy Mae Menton & Grandson of Mrs. Annie S. Menton of Charlotte, NC. He served with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd MAF. He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnamese Merit Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

Burial: York Memorial Park Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC.

Plot: Section 1-A, Block 6, Lot 20, Space B

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)

Jan 042012
 

Corporal Gary McCollough

Birth: Sep. 28, 1948 Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co.

Death: May 25, 1969 Quang Tri Province, Vietnam.

CPL Gary McCollough native of Charlotte, NC was 20 years old and was married. It was reported that Gary died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered.

He is the Husband of Mrs Irish A. McCollough, 1713 MacDonald Street, Charlotte, NC 28208.He had a son named Andreze. He was born three months after his dad’s death. Andreze is a Chef. He is the Son of Mrs Mollie Adams, 2219 Bancroft Street, Charlotte, NC 28206. Gary was a very hard worker, worked all the time. He was in church when he was supposed to be and Sunday School was special for him. He was planning a career with the U.S.Postal service when he came back from Nam. His first goal was to teach his mom how to drive. she was the world to him. She could move mountains.

He served with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 77th Armored Regiment (Tankers), 5th Infantry Division. He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

Burial: Unknown.

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)

Jan 042012
 

LCPL Whilton Anthony “Tony” McCarthy

Birth: Sep. 12, 1946 Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Death: May 16, 1967 Quang Tri, Vietnam.

USMC LCPL Whilton Anthony McCarthy, Vietnam Veteran native of Charlotte, NC was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that Whilton died from artillery fire. His body was recovered.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Whilton H. McCarthy of Drive, Charlotte, NC. He served with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion 26th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 3rd MAF. He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal and The National Defense Service Medal.

Burial: Carolina Memorial Park Concord, Cabarrus Co., NC

Plot: Garden of Seasons, Lot # 22, Space #4.

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)

Nov 162011
 

PFC Harry Allen Kelly

Birth: Dec. 7, 1945

Death: Jul. 15, 1967, Vietnam.

Private First Class Harry Allen Kelly served with the 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry. He was killed in action from multiple fragmentation wounds while serving in Phuoc Tuy, South Vietnam.

Burial: Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery Cornelius, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Plot: Old Section Row J.

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; “finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites”; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)

Nov 162011
 

SP4 Donald Larry Keeter

Birth:  Jul. 22, 1945 Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Death:  Nov. 13, 1968 Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam.

SP4 Donald Larry Keeter native of Charlotte, NC was a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, 23 years old and was married. It was reported that Donald died from artillery fire. His body was recovered.

He served with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, “Cacti Forever”, 4th Infantry Division.  The decorations earned by SP4 Donald L. Keeter include: The Combat Infantryman’s Badge, The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart medal for his combat wounds, The National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

Burial: Sharon Memorial Park Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC.

(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)