Continued Efforts on Cemeteries Page

Happy Presidents’ Day Fellow Randolph County Researchers!

I have been continuing my efforts of updating the Cemeteries Page with links to Find-A-Grave and divisions of cemeteries by township. There is still a long list of cemeteries at the bottom that only list addresses as being within Randolph County. If you happen to know the township where they are located or are closest to, please let me know and I can update the page accordingly. I hope to have this page as complete as possible by the end of 2017.

As always, if there is anything you would like to see added to the page, please feel free to send me a message. You can contact me by clicking my name (Brittany Jenkins) under the “Questions/Submissions” section on the right-side of the page.

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Updated Pages

Greetings Fellow Randolph County, North Carolina Researchers!

I wanted to inform you that I have updated the “Families” Page with some of the names I personally research. If you have any families you research or are interested in from Randolph County, or if you see a website related to people from Randolph County, I hope you will share the information with me so I can post it to the page.

I also updated the “Cemeteries” Page. I love visiting the various cemeteries in the county when I get a chance to visit, but I often struggle with knowing which cemeteries are in the townships I am staying. I have included a rough list of locations of cemeteries based on addresses posted by users in Find-A-Grave. There is a long list of cemeteries at the bottom whose addresses only list them as being in Randolph County. If you happen to know a more exact location for any of those cemeteries, please send me a message so I can update the list. I will be working on the list myself for a while to get everything as filtered as possible into the appropriate townships/areas.

And lastly, if there is anything you wish to see added or included in this page, PLEASE send me a message. The more ideas you can send my way, the better this site will be for all of us. You can contact me by clicking on my name (Brittany Jenkins) under the “Questions/Submissions” section on the right-hand side of the page.

Happy Researching!

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Randolph Hornets

As my first contribution to this site as County Coordinator, I thought I would share a(nother) passion of mine: Civil War history. This post will feature the “Randolph Hornets,” also known as Company M, 22nd North Carolina Infantry, Confederate States Army.

Taken from Company Service Records

The Company was mustered in 10 March 1862, but they had been training at camp since at least 10 June 1861. Here’s what the Record of Events shows for the time between 10 June and 31 August 1861:

Taken from Company Service Records

As mentioned in the above muster roll, John Milton Odell was the first elected Captain to the Company. The 28-year-old was Captain from 10 June 1861 to 27 April 1862.

November 1861 to January 1862, he and the Company appear in Evansport, Virginia. In March 1862, he was present at camp near Fredericksburg, Virginia.

On 27 April 1862, John Milton Odell is listed as being “defeated” as Captain causing a vacancy in the position. I’m not sure what that necessarily means, but I know he didn’t die in the War since he lived until 1910. He also doesn’t simply get demoted, as far as I can tell, because he simply disappears from the War records.

Whatever happened to John Milton Odell, his successor as Captain of the Randolph Hornets is listed as his younger brother, Laban Odell.

Taken from John Milton Odell’s Service Records

Laban Odell was promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain upon his brother’s defeat. (Warren B. Kivett was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in Laban’s place.) Laban was Captain from 27 April 1862 until 6 (or 16) March 1863 when he was promoted to Major of entire the 22nd North Carolina Infantry. This was not, however, a good move for Laban. He was killed in action at Chancellorsville on 2 May 1863.

Taken from Laban Odell’s Service Records

Just as when Laban was promoted to Captain and Warren B. Kivett replaced him as 1st Lieutenant, Warren B. Kivett replaced Laban as Captain when he was promoted to Major. (Not bad for a guy that started out as a Private when he enlisted!) Warren didn’t seem suited for the role of Captain though, or maybe the death of his own former Captain affected him on more than one level, or maybe he just didn’t like it, because on 3 May 1863, he resigned from the post.

The final person to fulfill the role of Captain of the Randolph Hornets, and also the youngest person to hold the position in the Company, was Columbus Franklin Siler. This young man may very well be my favorite of all of the soldiers in this Company.

When Columbus enlisted, he was originally elected Sergeant. On the first muster roll I find for him, though, he’s listed as “absent” from the Company. But, instead of being missing from the War, he is merely missing from “action.” It seems he was sent to Fredericksburg to care for the sick being seen there.

Taken from Warren B. Kivett’s Service Records

As far as I can tell, Columbus was not experienced in the medical field. He was still a student before the War, and after the War he was a teacher. Still, I find it honorable that he went to fulfill a need.

Columbus shows up absent once again in July 1862. This time, he is the one wounded. He was wounded in June and sent home on furlough as a result. (Columbus has been promoted to 3rd Lieutenant by this time in the War.) By September though, Columbus had failed to return to duty. I almost got mad at him thinking he was deserting the Company, but he shows back up in October without another mention of it. At some point while on furlough, it seems Columbus was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Columbus made his way up the ranks quickly. I wonder if he was simply that strong of a leader, or if he was simply the result of good fortune. was promoted 16 April 1863 to 1st Lieutenant. Then, just a few weeks later on 3 May 1863, Columbus was promoted to Captain of the Company when Warren resigned his post.

This quick promotion through the ranks didn’t seem to help Columbus much though. On 7 May 1863, he was sent to Raleigh from Richmond having been shot.

Columbus shows up as a Prisoner of War being paroled at Appomattox on 9 April 1865. I’m not sure what really happened to the Company (or to Columbus) during those two years between his being shot and the end of the War, but until I find out otherwise, I imagine it must have been rather uneventful.

This look at the experiences of this unit will definitely require some further work, but here is at least an overview of the people in the Company with their highest ending rank (within the Company).


  • John Milton Odell
  • Laban Odell
  • Warren B Kivett
  • Columbus F Siler

1st Lieutenants

  • Lewis F McMasters
  • James M Robbins

2nd Lieutenants

  • Henry C Allred
  • John M Lawrence
  • James M Pounds


  • James E Campbell
  • William Coble
  • Thomas B Hays
  • William Franklin Hays
  • William A Pounds
  • Henry C Smith
  • Stephen W Trogdon
  • William P Willey


  • M R James
  • William C Jones
  • James M Routh
  • Wesley C Siler
  • John T Turner


  • Stephen Adkerson
  • Simon E Allen
  • Benjamin F Allred
  • Calvin C Allred
  • Emsley Allred
  • James A Allred
  • Samuel H Allred
  • William F Allred
  • William Aldridge
  • Alfred Norman Arnold
  • Thomas Arnold
  • John Henry Baker
  • Nathan David Barker
  • William C Birne
  • York Braxton
  • Abraham Breedlove
  • Henry Breedlove
  • Joseph Breedlove
  • Newman Breedlove
  • Henry Brewer
  • James B Brown
  • Peter P Brown
  • Riley J Brown
  • W P Bryant
  • Franklin F Burgess
  • John P Burgess
  • Samuel M Burgess
  • W Burgis
  • Jackson Cannon
  • James Cannon
  • H Spain Carroll
  • Wesley E Caudle
  • John A Caviness
  • David O Coble
  • John R Coble
  • Riley Coble
  • J G Conley
  • William L Cook
  • James M Cox
  • Enoch S Craven
  • Henry Craven
  • Jacob Franklin Craven
  • James Cross
  • Thomas F Cross
  • Samuel Darr
  • Marcus Deal
  • William H Dean
  • J E Dollinger
  • Alex P Ellington
  • Grandison Euliss
  • Andrew J Fields
  • Jesse Fields
  • William Fields
  • Jacob Flinchum
  • Josiah F Foster
  • Levi Foster
  • Christian Foust
  • Jacob Foust
  • James M Foust
  • Peter Foust
  • T P French
  • James Furgerson
  • John D Gatewood
  • Jefferson Gentry
  • John W Glasco
  • William M Glasco
  • Calvin Gray
  • William R Hardin
  • John Hart
  • Elias W Hays
  • James Madison Hays
  • Oliver P Hays
  • William A Hays
  • Joseph A Henson
  • James R Hix
  • Lewis F Holder
  • Nelson Hulin
  • Henry M Hutson
  • Stephen W Ivy
  • John Jackson
  • Peter Jennings
  • James Johnson
  • Willis Johnson
  • Craven Jones
  • George Kinney
  • J M M Kivett
  • Jacob Kivett
  • James F Kivett
  • Joel Kivett
  • John Wesley Kivett, Jr
  • John W Kivett, Sr
  • K M Kivett
  • Stanley Kivett
  • Talton Kivett
  • Troy Kivett
  • John C Lane
  • Bartley Yancey Langley
  • E Tyson Langley
  • William T Laughlin
  • Austin W Lawrence
  • William A Lingle
  • James P Lowe
  • A Green McDaniel
  • Calvin McLemore
  • William McNeil
  • A Manis
  • E P Miller, Jr
  • James Oda
  • William O’Dear
  • W A Oseley
  • Alvens Pen
  • James Perry
  • Alpheus Pugh
  • Daniel P Pulley
  • Marshall S Ranes
  • William D Reece
  • Joseph M Reese
  • S M Robbins
  • William Thomas Robbins
  • Aaron Routh
  • George E Routh
  • Jesse Routh
  • Joseph Alson Routh
  • Joshua M Routh
  • Wesley P Routh
  • William C Routh
  • William R Routh
  • Enoch P Scott
  • James M Scotton
  • Edmond T Shouse
  • Howard E Smith
  • Madison Smith
  • J D Spinks
  • J G Spronce
  • Abner B Steel
  • Thomas Stewart
  • Wesley A Stewart
  • Lorenzo D Stout
  • W G Stout
  • William O Strickland
  • W S Sudderth
  • John R Sumner
  • Spencer Thompson
  • H C Trogden
  • Jeremiah F Trogden
  • Lyndon A Trogdon
  • Samuel Trogdon
  • Solomon Trogdon
  • Andrew J Turner
  • M S Turner
  • Thomas Turner
  • William B Wall
  • James A Webster
  • Daniel C Wilkerson
  • James M Wilkerson
  • William J Wilkins
  • Adam O Williams
  • Benjamin Williams
  • D E Williams
  • J R Williams
  • James M Williams
  • Joel Williams
  • Lindsey Williams
  • William M Williams
  • William A Woosley
  • David Wright
  • Doris Wright
  • Isaac Wright
  • Daniel Yergin
  • Draxon York
  • Clarkson York
  • Darius York
  • J L York
  • Joseph York
  • Larkin C York
  • Lindsy J York
  • William J York


  • 1850 North Carolina U.S. Federal Census (accessed on Ancestry)
  • 1860 North Carolina U.S. Federal Census (accessed on Ancestry)
  • 1870 North Carolina U.S. Federal Census (accessed on Ancestry)
  • 1880 North Carolina U.S. Federal Census (accessed on Ancestry)
  • 1900 North Carolina U.S. Federal Census (accessed on Ancestry)
  • Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of North Carolina (accessed on Fold3)
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LUTHER, James – (d. 1890)

In Union township, Randolph county, N.C., D.H. MILLER killed James LUTHER, having shot him three times with a revolver in the doorway of George LUTHER‘s house after a quarrel and struggle.  There was a feud between MILLER and LUTHER, and MILLER had gone to George LUTHER’s house, which he was endeavoring to enter.  He made his escape just after LUTHER fell dead.  Four shots were fired at MILLER as he fled.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 21 February 1890. Available online at

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History of Jordan Memorial UMC

A link to an online history of Jordan Memorial UMC has been added to the Publications page under “E-books.”

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Asheboro Courier

Early issues of the Asheboro Courier are now online: Digital North Carolina.

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Lookup Volunteer

Jean Covington LaCoss has kindly offered to do limited look-ups at the Randolph Room in Asheboro. This is limited to search and retrieval of three documents at a time; it is not an offer to do research. Further details are on the Query & Lookups page of this website, which has a link to her email address. Please do remember to tell her thank-you, and offer to pay any costs involved. Thank you, Jean!

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North Carolina Digital Heritage Center histories

The NC Digital Heritage Center has a number of Randolph County histories online.  I added a link to them on the home page.

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Seagrove Area (1976) e-book

An e-book link has been added to the Publications page.

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African-American Quaker

This newspaper article is about a woman who has written a book about her African-American ancestor, a Quaker, from Randolph County.

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