Friday, February 23, 2018

Caswell County World War I Memorial

Caswell County World War I Memorial

"Lest We Forget"

This memorial is erected by the citizens of Caswell County with pride and grateful appreciation for the services of the Caswell boys who made the supreme sacrifice in the World War. M.K.S.

Benjamin Franklin Brooks
Alvis Julian Chandler
Byrd Edward Fuller
Alexander Harris
Moses Jeffress [Jeffreys]
John Lea
Lawrence Lea
Ruffin Lea
John Lynn
Edwin Moore
Algernon Sidney Neal
Thomas Phelps
Roy A. Pattillo
Gurney Matthew Smith
Henry Anderson Solomon
John Barker Thacker
George Thomas Warren
Willie Warren
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Men from Caswell County how died in World War I but who are not listed on the memorial: John Evans; and Ed Simpson.
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1. Benjamin Franklin Brooks (1897-1918)

World War I Monument

Mary Fannie Brooks and Brothers

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Second Photograph: Benjamin Franklin Brooks is to the right of his sister Mary Fannie Brooks.
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Benjamin Franklin Brooks, a Caswell County soldier who was destined to lose his life in the service of his country, enrolled his name in the ranks of the National Army in the registration of 1918. He attained his twenty-first birthday just a short time before this registration was held. His father, Sam Brooks, married Miss Long, both of these parents being natives of Person County. Young Brooks saw the light of day in that County. This family moved to Caswell several years ago and set up their home in Hightowers Township. Young Brooks received the usual education to be obtained in the Public schools, and at the time of his registration was actively engaged in farming.

On August 5, 1918, he answered the call of his Local Board and was sent to Camp Wadsworth for training. He was given an Infantry assignment, and his comrades tell us that he developed into a very high type of a soldier. In the early days of October 1918 of World War I, he was sent overseas; sailing from Newport News, Virginia, and landing at St. Nazaire. During the voyage across the Atlantic, Jack became ill. His illness developed into pneumonia, and three days after he landed on French soil, he died. Jack was buried with military honors in the Military Cemetery at St. Nazaire, France. This soldier of freedom made the supreme sacrifice. All that is mortal of him remains in a foreign land, but his spirit still abides with us, and through years to come let us hold in reverence the sacrifice of this man.

Source: Caswell County in the World War, 1917-1918: Service Records of Caswell County Men, George A. Anderson, Compiler (1921) at 47-48:

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Benjamin F. Brooks
Private, U.S. Army
4th Pioneer Infantry Regiment
Entered the Service from: North Carolina
Died: October 16, 1918
Buried at: Plot B Row 31 Grave 29
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery
Fere-en-Tardenois, France
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Dedication

God in his mercy and in His unfailing love willed it that but few of the sons of Caswell, should sleep their last dreamless sleep in the land where the Poppies grow. But Caswell had four sons who "went West." Algernon Sidney Neal, Benjamin Franklin Brooks, Roy Patillo, and George Thomas Warren sleep beneath the lilies of France. To their memories I dedicate my humble work. May our County forever hold in constant recollection the memory of their Supreme Sacrifice. In the service flag of Caswell let their golden stars shine with an added lustre through the years.

In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom, which transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, so they died to make men free.
Their souls go marching on.

Source: Anderson, George A., Compiler. Caswell County in the World War, 1917-1918: Service Records of Caswell County Men. Raleigh (North Carolina): Edwards & Broughton Printing Co., 1921.
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World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Benjamin Franklin Brooks
County: Caswell 
State: North Carolina 
Birthplace: North Carolina; United States of America 
Birth Date: 22 Apr 1897

WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings
Name: Benjamin F. Brooks
State Registered: North Carolina 
Death Date: 16 Oct 1918
Cemetery: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery 
Cemetery Burial Plot: Plot B Row 31 Grave 29 
Cemetery City: Fere-En-Tardenois 
Cemetery Country: France 
War: World War I 
Title: Private, U.S. Army 
Rank: Private 
Service: U.S. Army 
Division: 4th Pioneer Infantry Regiment 
Data Source: World War I Honor Roll
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2. Alvis Julian Chandler (1895-1918)

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World War I veteran whose biographical sketch was published in Anderson, George A., Compiler. Caswell County in the World War, 1917-1918: Service Records of Caswell County Men. Raleigh (North Carolina): Edwards & Broughton Printing Co., 1921:

Alvis Julian Chandler was born on the 16th day of August, 1895, near Hamer, in this County. He was a son of T. Y. Chandler and Sallie Elizabeth Chandler. The mother's maiden name was Miss Elizabeth Bohannon. She was a native of Pittsylvania County, Va. The grandfather, George Chandler, saw Service for much of the time during the war between the States and was slightly wounded in one of the battles in Virginia. This young soldier, having completed the Public School Course in Caswell, spent two years at Wallburg. At the time of his Registration, he was actively engaged in farming, and on August 15th 1917, he volunteered for service; his enlistment papers being signed at the Recruiting Office, in the City of Danville, Va. He was sent to Fortress Monroe, and was assigned to service in the Coast Artillery; afterward he was transferred to Ft. Monroe, and there assigned to a company of the Field Artillery.

While in active training for overseas service, he contracted the measles; complications setting in, of such a serious nature, that on Febuary 28th 1918, he died in the Hospital, at that place. The body of this young soldier was brought back to Caswell, and tenderly buried in the Graveyard at the Presbyterian Church, in the little village of Yanceyville. Of Alvis Julian Chandler, it may truly be said; "His Soul has gone West; He laid his young life on the Altar of his Country; the Great God of Battles accepted the Sacrifice; let the people of Caswell County hold in constant recollection the memory of one of her sons who loved his country, and in loving, made the Supreme Sacrifice: God rest him."
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Killed during World War I (died of complications from measles at Ft. Monroe).

Alvis Julian Chandler, fourth child of Thomas Y. and Sarah E. (Bohannon) Chandler, was born August 16, 1895. He "died Sunday night 10 o'clock, February 25, 1918 at Fort Monroe, Virginia, being a soldier in the 6th Company - C.H.C. Va." Source: Register of Deaths in the Bible of Thomas Yancey and Sarah E. (Bohannon) Chandler: Alvis Chandler died from exposure when he was kept on duty while he had the flue.
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1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Alvis J Chandler
Home in 1900: Dan River, Caswell, North Carolina
Age: 4 
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896 
Birthplace: Virginia 
Relationship to head-of-house: Son 
Father's Name: Thomas G
Mother's Name: Sallie E
Race: White 
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas G Chandler 40 
Sallie E Chandler 31 
Minnie L Chandler 12 
George M Chandler 9 
Clyde Thomas Chandler 7 
Alvis J Chandler 4 
Clarance Chandler 2

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Alvis J Chandler
Age in 1910: 14
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896
Birthplace: North Carolina
Relation to Head of House: Son 
Father's Name: Thomas G
Father's Birth Place: North Carolina 
Mother's Name: Sallie E 
Mother's Birth Place: Virginia 
Home in 1910: Dan River, Caswell, North Carolina
Marital Status: Single 
Race: White
Gender: Male 
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas G Chandler 50 
Sallie E Chandler 41 
Mennie L Chandler 22 
George M Chandler 19 
Clyde T Chandler 17 
Alvis J Chandler 14 
Clarence G Chandler 12 
Eugene I Chandler 9 
Talbatt b Chandler 6 
Delmos D Chandler 3 
Sue H Chandler 2/12

World War I Draft Registration Card
Name: Alvis Julian Chandler
City: Not Stated 
County: Caswell 
State: North Carolina 
Birthplace: North Carolina;United States of America 
Birth Date: Aug 16 1895 
Race: Caucasian 
Roll: 1765626
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 3. Byrd Edward Fuller (1895-1918)

World War I Monument

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1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Biret Fuller [Bird Fuller] 
Age: 5
Birth Date: Apr 1895
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1900: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Grand Nephew [Grand or Great Nephew (Great Nephew)] 
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Household Members: Name Age
Glass Fuller 39
Wood Fuller 56
Mollie Fuller 28
Levis Fuller 7
Biret Fuller 5
Dock Fuller 3
Lemma J Fuller 0
Eugene Long 13

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Bird Fuller
Age in 1910: 16
Birth Year: 1894
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1910: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Name: Mallie Fuller 
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Household Members: Name Age
Mallie Fuller 42
Lewis Fuller 19
Bird Fuller 16
Bandoeph Fuller 14
Jane Fuller 9
Alymer Fuller 7
Frank Fuller 4

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Byrd Edward Fuller
County: Guilford
State: North Carolina
Birthplace: North Carolina,United States of America
Birth Date: 20 Mar 1895
Race: Black
FHL Roll Number: 1765646
Draft Board: 2
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4. Alexander Harris (1893-1918)

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1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Alexander Harris
Age in 1910: 18
Birth Year: 1892
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1910: Dan River, Caswell, North Carolina
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Haygood Harris
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Name: Chloe Harris 
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Household Members: Name Age
Haygood Harris 46
Chloe Harris 35
John Harris 22
Alexander Harris 18
Lucy Harris 10
Sadie Harris 9
Samuel Harris 7
Edward Harris 6
Joylet Harris 4
Wayman Harris 1

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Alexander Harris
County: Caswell
State: North Carolina
Birthplace: Virginia,United States of America
Birth Date: 18 Sep 1893
Race: African (Black)
FHL Roll Number: 1765626
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

North Carolina Highway Patrolmen Who Lived in Caswell County, North Carolina

NC Highway Patrolmen who lived in Caswell County

Bobby Bengston
Jimmy Burns
Mike Dodson
Frank Daniel
Jerry Fields

Wayne Frith
Eddie Gravely
Jimmy Griffin
Greg Ingram
Donald King

Ben Kirby
Bill Lancaster
Austin Lucas
Greg Mitchell
Frank Moody

Pete Norwood
John Pointer
Dan Printz
Sam Riddick
Jim Rowell

Ashton Smith
George Williamson

Tobacco Curing in Caswell County 1929

Tobacco Curing Begins: 1929

A mighty slashing of the superlative bright leaf is on in every section of Caswell this week. In every nook and corner of the county the fires are brightly burning under thousands of barns, and from reports coming in the leaf is being dried in matchless beauty.

While just a little too soon to correctly appraise the 1929 crop, it is indicated that the crop will be a good one, and the dried leaf will fill the demands of the buying eye.

The rain which fell all over the county last week came at a most opportune time, producing a blanket of moisture and just the right sort of a condition to hurry on the graining and maturing period.

Farmers believe, should the rains run true for the next few weeks and the nights grow a little colder, that you may watch out for Caswell to keep alive its reputation of years for the growing of the ultimate leaf.

In the Country Line hills many barns of the matchless Caswell county cutter have been dried, while the news comes from the Pea Ridge section that the Caswell county sunburst wrappers are likely to abound. Excellent cures have been reported from the Gentleman's Ridge section, the high grounds around Pelham, from Semora and other bright areas.

The crop, while likely to be below normal in poundage, is believed will be one of the most saleable in years. Next week the real slashing will be on and it is generally believed that the cures will prove satisfactory.

The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 14 August 1929, Wednesday, Page 3.

Genealogy 101

Genealogy 101

Isaiah 30:8: "Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever."

Are you documenting your family's history?

Are you putting off talking to the elders of your family because you believe there will be time?

Have you recorded their stories with an inexpensive "tape" recorder?

Have you gone through old photos with your family elders?

Have you written on the back of old photographs who the people are and when the photo was taken? Make sure to use archive-safe writing implements.

Have you scanned these photos to make sure later generations could see them?

Have you placed online your family tree and its documents?

Do you care about your family's history?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

World War I Deaths (Caswell County, North Carolina)

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The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina), 31 January 2018.






















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The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina), 14 December 2018.











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The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina), 14 December 2018.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Eugene Stokes Butler (1899-1973)


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Eugene Stokes Butler (1899-1973)

Reidsville -- Eugene Stokes Butler, 73, of Rt. 1, Reidsville [physically in Caswell County], died unexpectedly this morning at 2:45 o'clock in a Reidsville hospital following several years of declining health.

A native of Caswell County, he was the son of the late Mack Neal and Martha Francis Butler, and the husband of the late Florence Saunders Butler who died in 1965. He was a prominent farmer and civic leader of the Camp Springs Community in Caswell County, former chairman of the Caswell County Board of Commissioners and former member of the Caswell County Board of Education. He was a member of Camp Springs United Methodist Church, and a member of the Caswell Brotherhood Masonic Lodge No. 11 A.F. & A.M.

Survivors include two sons, Connie Mach (Tony) Butler of the home, Melvin C. Butler of Rt. 1, Reidsville; nine daughters, Mrs. Wilbert Paschall and Mrs. Frances B. Page, both of Rt. 1, Reidsville, Mrs. Freeman Somers Sr., and Mrs Robert Swift, both of Rt. 2, Elon College, Mrs Boyd Parker of Asheboro, Mrs. Wilbert Aldridge of Rt. 3, Burlington, Mrs. William Compton of Burlington, and Mrs. Jerry Rudd of Miami, Fla.; 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Final rites will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Camp Springs United Methodist Church. The Rev. Allen C. Ridenour, pastor, will officiate. Masonic graveside rites will be held at the church cemetery by Caswell Brotherhood Lodge No. 11 A.F. & A.M. following the service.

The body will remain at Strickland Funeral Home in Burlington until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Visitation will begin Friday morning at 10 o'clock. The family will be at the funeral home Friday night from 7 to 9 o'clock.

The Daily Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina), 3 May 1973, Thursday, Page 12.

Note that two children died very young, and are not mentioned in the obituary: Eugene M. Butler (1920-1920); and Eugene Stokes Butler, Jr. (1933-1934).

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Eugene Stokes Butler's store on the Cherry Grove Road in southern Caswell County, North Carolina. No longer in operation. May have housed a church after the death of Eugene Stokes Butler, but not confirmed.

Ancestry

1. Elijah Butler m. Linsey Unknown
2. John Thomas Butler m. Martha Carolina Parker
3. Mack Neal Butler m. Martha Susan Francis
4. Eugene Stokes Butler m. Florence Iona Saunders

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Burch"

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"Burch" by Dale Williams

John "Burch" Blaylock is well-known in Caswell County and will be well-remembered after he is gone also. He will be remembered because of his kindness to people but also for the valuable and helpful records that he is leaving behind.

Mr. Blaylock was elected to the Office of Register of Deeds in 1934. He held that office until 1976 when he retired. His duties in that office were to record births, deaths, and marriages but he went much farther than that. "Beginning in 1945, I started collecting and recording in four deed-book size books about 675 Family Bible records and hundreds of other records that dealt with people, such as cemetery records for the county." These records are located in the Register of Deeds office in the Caswell County Courthouse. There is a wealth of information to be found in these books, everything from death and birth certificates to articles about Caswell County and the people of the county.

The books are a valuable asset to the Caswell Register of Deeds office, Mrs Mary Lee Carter, current Register of Deeds, tells of the usefulness of these books. "We are very lucky to have these books. You can't find other records like these. They are valuable records because many times Family Bibles are lost and cemeteries get vandalized. These records are the only place to go to find out about their families." She added that people use Blaylock's research frequently.

Carter also remembers an occasion when Mr. Blaylock rescued school records that were about to be burned. "Before there was a law that said the schools had to keep the records, the school decided to burn old school records. They brought them to the courthouse to be burned. Mr. Blaylock realized they were valuable. He salvaged them and stored them. We have the school records here now. They are very important records for finding birth dates and parent's names."

There is also a large collection of delayed birth certificates for people who had no record of their birth. To obtain a delayed birth certificate, a person had to have two proofs of birthplace and one for parents' names. Blaylock tells that making the delayed birth certificates led him to a lot of research. "In 1945 the idea came to me these records are here so why not record it. There are a lot of things in them for future generations."

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Blaylock noted that the job was filled with long hours but was enjoyable. "I tried to be as accurate as I could I worked a lot at night. For the first 25 years I worked night and day with no help except for a few hours. It was hard but it was pleasant. It was not a chore, time went by fast."

Blaylock explained that he collected family histories and information for future generations. "Whatever I have recorded is available to anyone who wants it. I don't get a penny for it. I did it for two reasons. One was to save records for future generations. The other reason was by way of thanks to people for being so good to me."

Even though Mr. Blaylock has retired from office, he is still actively working on his books. "My main job since I have retired is indexing all of the material I collected." He has already over 40,000 index cards on file and is still not finished.

Blaylock was born on June 6, 1909 in Hightower township of Caswell County where he lived until he moved to Yanceyville to take the job of Register of Deeds. In October of 1917, Mr. Blaylock's legs became diseased and were removed. He tells of being pushed to school in a wagon by cousins. "I have not forgotten these boys for it meant a lot to me. My father would have carried me if the boys had not wanted to push me. The children in the neighborhood accepted me as a playmate as if I had two feet."

He graduated from Bartlett Yancey High School in 1928 and then attended Elon College to study business for one year.

In 1937 Blaylock met Miss Isla Mae Coward, who came to work at the Welfare Department of Caswell County. They were married in December of 1941. She died in February of 1963. In 1964 Mr. Blaylock met Mary Ethel Gordon from Greensboro and on November 6, 1966, they were married. He feels that he has been luck in his choices. "I have been blessed with two wonderful wives."

Blaylock tells that he likes meeting and talking to people. "People would come to talk. I like people. I don't know anybody I don't like. I just appreciate living. If you put all my friends in one group and gold in another pile. I don't think I would look at the gold. I value the friendship of lots of people. After all we're all kin when you go back to Noah."

Mary Lee Carter commented that people still stop by the office and ask about him. "Nearly everyday someone comes by and asks about him. He will never be forgotten. He has helped so many people through the years."

In addition to the family records, Blaylock has collected and recorded church histories of many of the Primitive Baptist churches. Both he and his wife are Primitive Baptists.

In talking about his years as Register of Deeds and his life in Caswell, Blaylock feels that it has been good. "When I grew up and came before people for office they were wonderful in electing me. They permitted me to work there 42 years without anyone running against me. Caswell County has and is full of warm-hearted people. I'm just thankful to the Lord for letting me live this long."

Williams, Dale. "Burch," The County Magazine, May-June 1984. Courtesy Frank G. Carter, Jr.