MCKEITHAN, (Captain) Henry Holmes (1917)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall 


Captain Henry Holmes McKeithan Was Well Known to People of Anson Special to the Observer 

Wadesboro – March 21 – In the death of Capt. Henry Holmes McKeithan, which occurred at his late home this morning at 3:30, Wadesboro loses one of her most revered citizens. 

Captain McKeithan was born in Brunswick County on the 19th day of January 1839. He came to Wadesboro at the time the Seaboard Air Line Railroad reached this point and was agent for the road for 28 years, in which position he made friends of practically every citizen in Anson and adjoining counties. 

He was married to Miss Catharine A. Bannerman in February, 1870, and after 18 years of happy married life, she was taken from him by death. To this union there were born three children, one of whom survives, Mrs. J. E. McLauchlin, of this place. In February, 1889, Captain McKeithan was wedded to Miss Julia M. Bannerman, whom he survived by 15 months. 

Besides being very popular in the business world, Captain McKeithan was active in religious work. He has long been one of the most honored elders of the Presbyterian Church and always took a keen interest its progress. 

The remains will be taken to Burgaw from which place it will be conveyed to the Bannerman’s burying grounds where the interment will take place, on Wednesday the 21. 

The deceased has been a practical invalid for the past three years, having suffered a stroke of paralysis in 1914.




Source: The Charlotte Observer, Thursday, 22 Mar 1917 (c2, p8)

2 thoughts on “MCKEITHAN, (Captain) Henry Holmes (1917)

  1. Joy DeSmit

    Looking for an obit for Thomas J. Smith (or TJ Smith). He died on July 13, 1930 in Columbia Township of Pender County. I have parents names (Simeon/Simon Smith and Mary Jones), but have run into a dead end. I need further clarification on other family members, such as possible uncles, aunts, and cousins, and I’m hoping his obit might list some of them.

    Also looking for a picture of his and his wife’s (Sarah/Sallie T. (Melvin) Smith) gravestones. According to Sallie & TJ’s death certificates, they are buried in Shelter Neck (sp?) The Find-A-Grave website says Sears Cematary, but no one can locate this place. Sallie/Sarah died in 1917.

    1. Taneya Post author

      Hi Joy – try contacting the Pender County Public Library for help with what old newspapers they may have in their collection – Also, have you found him in all the census records that he would be in? Tracking his family and their marriages may provide you with additional information. For help with the gravestone pictures, you could try requesting it via FindAGrave.


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