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Abernethy, Arthur Talmage
by Abernethy, Peter L. Arthur Talmage Abernethy, author, minister, and educator, was born of Scottish and German ancestry in the town of Rutherford College. His father, a Methodist minister and the founder and president of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Abernethy, Arthur Talmage
by Anonymous. ARTHUR TALMAGE ABERNETHY See also: Abernethy, Arthur Talmage 1872 - 1956 Arthur Abernethy was appointed Poet Laureate in November of 1948, just before the end of [...] (from NCpedia.)
Avery, Isaac Thomas
by Avery, Isaac Thomas, Jr. Isaac Thomas Avery, politician, planter, and banker, only son of Waightstill Avery and Leah Probart Avery, was born at Swan Ponds, Burke County. He had little formal education: he received an [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Bowman, Jacob Weaver
by Hightower, Emily K. Jacob Weaver Bowman, legislator and judge, was born in Relief, Burke (now Mitchell) County. His parents were Joseph Bowman, a farmer and justice of the peace, and Sarah Garland. Bowman spent his [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Brown, John
by Holeman, Sarah E. John Brown, Revolutionary War officer and state legislator, was born in County Derry, Ireland. He migrated to Lancaster County, Pa., and taught school there for a while. He married Jane McDowell [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Bryant, Henry Edward Cowan ("Red Buck")
by Farnham, Thomas J. Henry Edward Cowan ("Red Buck") Bryant, journalist and political commentator, was born in lower Providence Township, Mecklenburg County, of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry. His father was Henry [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Caldwell, Tod Robinson
by Harris, William C. Tod Robinson Caldwell, lieutenant governor and governor, was born in Morganton, the son of an Irish immigrant who became a prominent Burke County merchant. He obtained the rudiments of reading and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Carson, Samuel Price
by Mcfarland, Daniel M. Carson, Samuel Price by Daniel M. Mcfarland, 1979 22 Jan. 1798–2 Nov. 1838 Samuel Price Carson, congressman and secretary of state of Texas, was born at Pleasant Gardens, Burke County, the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cobb, Beatrice
by Gatton, T. Harry. Beatrice Cobb, newspaper editor and publisher and Democratic party leader, was born in Morganton, the eldest of six daughters of Theodore Gettys and Martha Kincaid Cobb. Educated first in the local [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Ervin, John Witherspoon
by Ervin, Sam J., Jr. John Witherspoon Ervin, teacher and writer, who was called Witherspoon Ervin, was born at Cheraw, S.C. His parents were Colonel James Robert Ervin, of Cheraw, a lawyer and legislator, who was a [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Ervin, Samuel James, Jr.
by Ducey, Mitchell F. Ervin, Samuel James, Jr. by Mitchell F. Ducey, 1986 27 Sept. 1896–23 Apr. 1985 Samuel James Ervin, Jr., lawyer, jurist, legislator, congressman, and United States senator, was descended from [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Ervin, William Carson
by Hood, Karen S. William Carson Ervin, lawyer, newspaper editor, and financier, was born in Marion. Nicknamed "Buddie" by his family and called "Will" in later years, Ervin was the son of James S. Ervin, a Methodist [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Erwin, Alexander
by Ervin, Sam J., Jr. Alexander Erwin, Revolutionary soldier, public official, and legislator, was born in Bucks County, Pa., of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His parents, Nathaniel and Leah Julian Erwin, moved to Rowan (now [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Erwin, Jesse Harper
by Roberts, B. W. C. Jesse Harper Erwin, textile executive, was born at the family estate, Bellevue, near Morganton, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His father, Joseph J. Erwin, described as a "model of the old-time Southern [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Fortune, Roma Coxey
by London, Lawrence F. Roma Coxey Fortune, Episcopal priest, son of John L. and Mary Coxey Fortune, was born in Black Mountain. Having lost his hearing at age eight after a severe case of scarlet fever, he received his [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Gaither, Burgess Sidney
by Gatton, T. Harry. Burgess Sidney Gaither, lawyer, solicitor, speaker of the North Carolina Senate, member of the Confederate States Congress, and superintendent of the U.S. Mint at Charlotte, was born on Rocky Creek [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Galvez, Marta: We Can Outlast
by Cecelski, David S. I talked with Marta Galvez at her home in Morganton, a small city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I remembered Morganton as a quiet furniture-making town, the sort of place that didn't [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Hall, James King
by Macnicholas, John. James King Hall, psychiatrist, was born in Iredell County, near Statesville, the son of Dr. Eugenius Alexander and Amanda McCullough Howard Hall. Eugenius Alexander's ancestral line derives from [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Happoldt, Christopher
by Neuffer, Claude H. Christopher Happoldt, physician and editor, was born in Charleston, S.C., of German and English ancestry. His father was Christian David Happoldt, a Charleston merchant, and his mother was Sarah [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Harper, James
by Bell, John L., Jr. James Harper, merchant and manufacturer, was the son of John Harper II (1767–1839) and Elizabeth Witherow Harper. Born on Butcher Creek in Cumberland County, Pa., he moved about 1815 with his family [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Huffman, Robert Obediah
by Stroupe, Henry S. Robert Obediah Huffman, industrialist and businessman, was born in Morganton, the son of Samuel and Martha Ann Hildebrand Huffman. His father, a Morganton businessman, was one of five founders and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Ivey, Joseph Benjamin
by Stafford, Garland R. Joseph Benjamin Ivey, merchant and churchman, the fifth child of George Washington and Selina Neal Ivey, was born in Shelby of English and German ancestry. He was the brother of George Franks Ivey. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Johnson, Kate Ancrum Burr
by Davis, Mollie C. Kate Ancrum Burr Johnson, public welfare administrator and civic leader, was born in Morganton. Her father was Frederick Hill Burr, whose American ancestry traced back to 1630 in Massachusetts and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Marshall, Matthias Murray
by Blackburn, George T., II. Marshall, Matthias Murray by George T. Blackburn II, 1991 13 Aug. 1841–22 Oct. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
McDowell, Charles
by Powell, William S. Charles McDowell, Revolutionary War officer, was born in Winchester, Va., the son of Joseph McDowell, who settled at Quaker Meadows, west of present-day Morganton in Burke County, N.C., and his wife [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
McDowell, Joseph
by Inscoe, John. Joseph McDowell, Revolutionary War officer and U.S. congressman, was born in Winchester, Va., the son of Joseph McDowell, who settled at Quaker Meadows, west of present-day Morganton in Burke County, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
McDowell, Joseph Jefferson
by Shelby, Bradford M. Joseph Jefferson McDowell, congressman, was born in Burke (now McDowell) County, the son of Joseph McDowell (of Quaker Meadows)—a native of Winchester, Va., who moved to North Carolina in 1758, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Michaux, André
by Inscoe, John C. Michaux, André by John C. Inscoe, 1991 7 Mar. 1746–November 1802 See also: Oconee Bells André Michaux, French botanist, explorer, and writer, was born at Satory, near Versailles. From an [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Michaux, François André
by Inscoe, John C. François André Michaux, French botanist, explorer, and writer, was the only child of André Michaux. His mother, Cecile Claye Michaux, died just after his birth at Satory, near Versailles. In 1785 he [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Murphy, James Bumgardner
by Stevens, William P. James Bumgardner Murphy, research physician, the son of Dr. Patrick Livingston and Bettie W. Bumgardner Murphy, was born in Morganton, where his father was a psychiatrist at the state hospital. An [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Parker, Joseph
by Stevenson, George. Joseph Parker, general Baptist (now Free Will Baptist) clergyman, founded churches in Halifax, Pitt, Greene, and Lenoir counties. According to tradition, he was a member and probable pastor of the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Payne, Bruce Ryburn
by Copeland, J. Isaac. Bruce Ryburn Payne, college president, was born in the Mull Grove community of Catawba County, the son of Jordan Nathaniel and Barbara Anne Eliza Warlick Payne. The elder Payne was a teacher and a [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Pearson, Robert Caldwell
by Poland, Jean Cameron. Robert Caldwell Pearson, merchant, postmaster, bank and railroad president, Democratic leader, jurist, and gold mine and flour mill owner, was born at the family plantation, Silvercreek, on Silver [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Peele, William Walter
by Carroll, Grady L. E. Peele, William Walter by Grady L. E. Carroll, 1994 26 Nov. 1881–1 July 1959   William Walter Peele, Methodist [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Peter, John Frederick
by Cauble, Frank P. John Frederick Peter, musician, composer, teacher, and minister, was born of German parents in Heerendyck, Holland, where his father, John Frederick Peter, was a Moravian pastor. His mother was [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Phifer, Edward William (Ned), Jr.
by Mitchell, Memory F. Edward William (Ned) Phifer, Jr., surgeon and historian, was born in Morganton, the son of Edward William and Susan Presnell Phifer. Following graduation from Morganton High School in 1928, he [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Pickens, Israel
by Parker, Roy, Jr. Pickens, Israel by Roy Parker, Jr., 1994 30 Jan. 1780–24 Apr. 1827 Israel Pickens, lawyer, congressman, governor of Alabama, and senator, was born in Mecklenburg (now Cabarrus) County near [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Randall, William George
by Bivins, Caroline Holmes. William George Randall, artist, was born near Table Rock in Upper Creek Township, Burke County, to John and Susan Webb Randall. John was from Buncombe County, where he and Susan lived for some time [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Reynolds, Alonzo Carlton
by Fox, Charlesanna L. Alonzo Carlton Reynolds, educator, was born in the Sandy Mush community of Buncombe County, the son of John Haskew and Sarah Ann Ferguson Reynolds. After attending local schools and Weaver College, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Rhodes, John Melancthon
by Cauble, Frank P. John Melancthon Rhodes, textile manufacturer, temperance leader, and patron of education, was born in Gaston County, four miles north of the town of Dallas. Of German ancestry, he was the son of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Ross, Robert Alexander
by Berryhill, Reece. Robert Alexander Ross, nationally known obstetrician and gynecologist, professor of obstetrics at Duke University, and first chairman of the Department of Obstetrics at The University of North [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Silver, Frances [Frankie]
by Spell, Richard S. Silver, Frances [Frankie] by Richard S. Spell, 1994 d. 12 July 1833 See also: Silver, Frankie, Murder Case; Silver, Francis [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Sims, Leonard Henly
by Sims, E. Thomas. Leonard Henly Sims, congressman and farmer, was born in Burke County, the son of Dr. Swepson and Jane Meriwether Lewis Sims. The younger Sims, who received a limited amount of schooling, moved to [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Skiles, William West
by London, Lawrence F. William West Skiles, Episcopal missionary and teacher, was born in Hertford, Perquimans County. Following a few years of formal schooling in the local schools, he worked as a mechanic and later as [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Spilman, John Barham
by Green, C. Sylvester. John Barham Spilman, business educator and college administrator, was born in Weldon, the son of Bushrod Washington and Helva Roxanna Barham Spilman. His father, a native of Westmoreland County, Va., [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Stedman, Andrew Jackson
by Gaddy, David Winifred. Andrew Jackson Stedman, journalist, lawyer, minister, and Confederate officer, was born in Gatesville, the fifth son of William Winship (1798–1836) and Rebecca Walton Stedman (1794–1873) of Chatham [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Storch, Carl August Gottlieb
by Carpenter, Robert C. Carl August Gottlieb Storch, the third Lutheran minister to serve in North Carolina, was the son of Georg Friedrich Storch, a German merchant, and the former Miss von Asseburg. Carl A. G. Storch was [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Tate, Samuel McDowell
by Pruitt, Elaine Doerschuk. Tate, Samuel McDowell by Elaine Doerschuk Pruitt, 1996 6 Sept. 1830–25 June 1897 Samuel McDowell Tate, merchant, soldier, railroad official, and legislator, was born in Morganton. Of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Walker, John
by Riddle, H. L., Jr. John Walker, Indian fighter and Revolutionary officer, was born in Appoquinimink Hundred, New Castle County, Del., the son of John Walker of Derry, Ireland, who immigrated to Delaware in 1720. The [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Weaver, Charles Clinton
by Stafford, Garland R. Charles Clinton Weaver, Methodist clergyman, educator, and church administrator, was born in Ashe County of Scots-Irish ancestry, the son of James Harvey and Jennie Burkett Weaver. His mother was a [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wilson, Alexander Erwin
by Shiels, R. A. Alexander Erwin Wilson, missionary and physician, was born in Mecklenburg County, the son of the Reverend John Makemie and Mary Erwin Wilson. He attended Rocky River Academy in Cabarrus County and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wilson, James William
by Bromberg, Alan B. James William Wilson, engineer, was born in Granville County, the son of the Reverend Alexander, a noted Presbyterian clergyman and educator, and Mary Willis Wilson. He grew up in Alamance County, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wilson, John Makemie
by Spence, Thomas H., Jr. John Makemie Wilson, Presbyterian minister and schoolman, was the son of James and Margaret Makemie Wilson. Born in Mecklenburg County, about six miles east of Charlotte, he was a relative of Andrew [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Winston, Laura Annie Ballinger
by Green, C. Sylvester. Laura Annie Ballinger Winston, temperance leader and educator of the deaf, was born at Swinton Lodge in Guilford County, the daughter of Yancey and Naomi Coffin Ballinger. Her father was of a line of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wright, Marion Allen
by Copeland, J. Isaac. Wright, Marion Allen by J. Isaac Copeland, 1996 18 Jan. 1894–14 Feb. 1983 Marion Allen Wright, attorney, citizen of the two Carolinas, and firm supporter of civil rights, was born in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Yount, George Calvert
by Puckett, Robin A. George Calvert Yount, trapper and pioneer settler of California, was born near Dowden Creek in Burke County. His grandfather, John Jundt, a native of Alsace, moved to Lancaster County, Pa., in the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
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