PULLEN, Lena Sparkman (1959)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

Friends Mourn Passing of Mrs. Lena Pullen; Final Rites Held Monday

Mrs. Lena Sparkman Pullen, one of Burgaw most loved residents, died Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. F. Davis, Sr., in Burgaw.

A native of Rocky Point, she was born October 19, 1877 the daughter of the late Charles and Ella Sparkman.  She was the widow of E. T. Pullen, Sr., who died in March of this year.  They were married fifty-nine years ago.

Mrs. Pullen was one of the oldest members of the Burgaw Methodist Church.  She organized and was a charter member of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service of her Church.  She was a strong member of the Pender Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  She was active in many phases of civic life during her past years and was known for her love and interest in beautification of gardens.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at 11 o’clock from the Burgaw Methodist Church, with the Revs. C. F. Grill and P. L. Clark officiating. Burial followed in the Burgaw Cemetery.  Her husband was buried on the same day and hour just six months ago.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. C. F. Davis, Sr., of Burgaw, and Mrs. J. M. Pringle of Fayetteville; two sons, E. T., Jr., of Winston-Salem, and C. T. of Burgaw; three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Mathis and Mrs. Eloise Johnson, both of Wilmington, and Mrs. Mary Bell Pearsall of Rocky Point; one brother, John Thomas Sparkman of Savannah, Georgia; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Source: The Pender Chronicle, Burgaw, NC, September 30, 1959

McKEITHAN, Julia (Mrs. H.H.) – 1915

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

Mrs. H. H. McKeithan

Wadesboro, Nov. 28 – Special. After a brief but very aggressive illness from pneumonia, Mrs. Julia McKeithan, wife of Capt. H. H. McKeithan, died here at 12 o’clock today. Before her marriage she was Miss Bannerman. She was reared in Pender County, and leaves her husband and a step-daughters, Mrs. J. E. McLauchlin, three sisters, Mrs. R. L. Williams of Burgaw, Mrs. R. H. Murphy of Atkinson, and Mrs. L. G. Henry of Dublin, Ga. Also one brother, John R. Bannerman of Burgaw.

She was in her sixty-eighth year. The body will be taken to Bannerman’s, where interment will take place Monday afternoon.

Source: Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC, Monday, 29 Nov 1915 (p3, c3)

MILLER Sr., Joseph Roger (1963)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

Funeral for J. R. Miller Set Today

Joseph Roger Miller, Sr., died Sunday night at his residence near Castle Hayne, in Pender County.

He was born in New Hanover County April 15, 1892; the son of Annie Johnson Miller and the late Christopher Jesse Miller.  Mr. Miller was a veteran of World War 1 and was a member of American Legion Post NO. 10, Veterans of Foreign Wars Manley Reece Post No. 2573, and the Veterans of World War I, Wilmington Barracks 722.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Annie Johnston Miller of Rocky Point, a son, Joseph Roger Miller II, of Wilmington; a daughters, Mrs. Margaret Ann Fore of Latta, S. C.; a brother, C. James Miller of Rocky Point; two sisters, Mrs. H. J. Speir of Rocky Point and Mrs. C. B. Morris of Wilmington; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were to be conducted today (Wednesday) at 1:30 in the Chapel of Andrews Mortuary by the Rev. Fred Albright.  Burial was in the National Cemetery.

Source:  Pender Chronicle, Burgaw, NC, December 11, 1963

Address off Rte 117

My name is Floyd Mattoon doing research on surnames GRIMES, EVANS and BLOODWORTH.  I am looking for the physical address of a Patent of David Evans made in 1736 of 640 acres in present Pender County, probably on rt 117 headed toward Duplin county line. Below are listed the names of persons who occupied lots in what was South Washington. This was a village of 62 lots where residences were built and about 7 stores were located. It was located off rt 117 where the present Riverview cemetery is located, a mile before Rockfish creek. The names are located below to the best of my ability.

Bloodworth,Morgan Swiney, Mathew Johnston, Nehemiah Williams, Blyth, Edward Pearsall [1793] , John James, Thomas James, Owen Keenan [1791], James Phoebus, William Jones, James Wright, James K………, Thomas Bloodworth, John Allen [1793], James Bloodworth [1784], Wimbark Boney [1784], Elanor Kinnes?

Email direct at: Floyd Mattoon
Submitted January 2008

Bowen, Annie Helen – Looking for Parents

My uncle John “Graham” Vernon was b. 18 July 1901 Grady TWP, Pender Co.,
Vernon’s Homestead m. a BOWEN girl, Annie Helen Bowen b. 24 Sep 1891 she
died 22 Oct 1956 in Burgaw, NC (Pender Co. ?) and she was buried at Bethny
Presby Cem. Castle Hayne, NC, if anyone else is researching BOWEN’s, I would
love to know who her parents were.

Email direct at: Jerry Vernon
Submitted Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Costin Surname Research

I found my in my Mother’s Bible the following information:

My mother Corrine Elizabeth Costin Newell :Her Mother Elma Corrine Costin and
sister Nellie Dean Costin were born to Dulie Costin and Stewart Costin. (Dulie
Costin died 06-24-1941). From what I learned Dulie Costin and Stewart were
cousins, and he died at an early age. Dulie Costin were the children of Chancey
Costin and Mary Moore. I can not locate any information on Stewart Costin.

Also in talking with my Mother over the years they lived and own a farm in Watha
or surround area of Watha, and there were several uncles she mention. Uncle
Oscar, Uncle Early, Uncle Mike who married Aunt Laura, and several other names,
one being a sister who I think moved up North. I have listed on some paper work that
is filed away.

I’ve been working on this information for several years here and there. I am not very
good at this, however I fine it very interesting. My plans were to go to Burgaw and
look up data, and visit the cemetery.

Email direct at: Barbara Lewis McFatter
Submitted April 4, 2008

BROTHERS, John David (1943)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

J. D. Brothers Dies, Aged 65, At His Home

John David Brothers, 65, died Wednesday afternoon at his home on Evelyn Byrd Road, Westover Hills, Richmond, following a long illness. More than a year ago he was critically injured when he fell from a ladder while supervising some work in the city.

Mr. Brothers had been an active member of Berryman Methodist Church for 17 years and a member of its board of stewards for more than 10 years. A member of the men’s Bible class of the Sunday school, he was, despite his injuries, a regular attendant.

A native of Burgaw, N. C., he was later employed as a young man in the Norfolk section. For 35 years he was active in business in Richmond.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tidie M. Brothers; two brothers, H. H. and W. H. Brothers, of Burgaw. Children living in Richmond are J. David Brothers, Mrs. Robert L. Cleveland, Miss Grace E. Brothers.

In the armed services and elsewhere are Colonel Clyde L. Brothers, Tampa, Fla.; Private Percy M. Brothers, San Antonio, Texas; Mrs. Catherine B. Yunkers, Washington, Air Force members are Herbert H. Brothers, at Muskogee, Okla.; Walter R. Brothers, Valdosta, Ga., and Earl T. Brothers, Bainbridge, VFa., and four step-children, William R. and G. H. Kirks, Richmond, J. R. Kirks, United States Naval Training School, Bainbridge, Md., and Mrs. Roy S. Kegley, Hopewell, and four grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Additional Comments:

John David Brothers was the son of Henry G. Brothers and Kate Catherine Penny of Burgaw, NC. He married 1st on 9 Jun 1901 in Norfolk, Va; Hattie C. Gardner. He married 2nd on 21 Aug 1916 in Richmond, VA; Tidie May Johnson Kirks, widow of George H. Kirks.

Source: The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Thursday, September 16, 1943 (p17, c1)

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)

SPARKMAN, Frederick (1959)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall 

Pender Chronicle, Burgaw, NC, June 17, 1959  

Funeral Services for F. Sparkman at Rocky Point 

Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Rocky Point Presbyterian Church for Frederick Sparkman, of Rocky Point, 58, who died at his home Friday after a brief illness. Burial was in Burgaw Cemetery. 

He was the son of the late Ella Nixon and Charles N. Sparkman

He is survived by his wife, Bennie Sidbury Sparkman; three children, Frederick J. and Tilden of Rocky Point, and Mrs. Gerald L. Beaverson of Jacksonville; four sisters, Mrs. E. T. Pullen of Burgaw, Mrs. W. W. Pearsall of Fayetteville, Mrs. C. N. Mathis, Sr. and Mrs. A. T. Johnson of Wilmington; and one brother, John Thomas Sparkman of Savannah, Ga.; and two grandchildren.  

Pallbearers were R. L. Wright, Elgin Langston, R. L. Batts, John R. Armstrong, John W. James, and Everett Durham

Honorary pallbearers were Arnold Rhodes, James Hayes, John Best, Dr. Ivey Taylor, Sparkman Sidbury, Dr. John Dees, George Lucas, R. Von Biberstein, Dr. N. C. Wolfe, Norman Batts, and the Elders and Deacons of the Rocky Point Presbyterian Church.

WHITE, Franklin Charles (1933)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall 


Funeral Services Tomorrow Afternoon at 2:30 From His Home 

Franklin Charles White died at his home in South Henderson last night shortly before 10:30 o’clock following a very short illness and funeral service be be conducted tomorrow afternnon from the home at 2:30 o’clock with Rev. L. B. Reavis in charge. Interment will be in Rock Bridge Cemetery. 

Mr. White has been living in this county for the past 20 years, being a native of Person county. He worked in the South Henderson mills. 

He leaves a wife and four children. P. A. White, Ed White, Mrs. John K. Brown, all of this city, and Mrs. B. L. Gupton, of Route 2 Pittsboro. He has one brother, Montie White, of Currie, and one sister, Mrs. Alice Brinson, of Currie. 

Pallbearers were announced today as follows: Bob Gupton, C. T. Mitchell, Joy Banes, Henry Boone D. S. Forsythe, I. G. Hedgepeth. 

Note: Franklin Charles White was born in Pender County (then New Hanover County) on 29 Nov 1872 to Charles (Charlie) White and Margaret Ann Eakins. He died on 11 Apr 1933 in Henderson, Vance, County, NC. On 7 Feb 1894 in Pender County, NC, he married at the home of Timothy Gurganus, Jessie Lucas Gurganus. Searching for descendants and siblings of Franklin Charles White. 

Source: The Daily Dispatch, Henderson, NC, Wednesday, April 12, 1933.