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Blackwell, Robert Lester
by Tuttle, Marcia. Robert Lester Blackwell, Congressional Medal of Honor winner, was born in Hurdle Mills in the Bushy Fork Community of Person County. He was the second son and youngest of six children of James B. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Brooks, Aubrey Lee
by Robinson, Blackwell P. Aubrey Lee Brooks, lawyer, politician, and author, was born at Bethel Hill near Roxboro, in Person County, of English and Ulster Scot ancestry. His father was Zachary Taylor Brooks, a physician, and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cochran, James
by Powell, William S. James Cochran, planter and congressman, was born in or near the community of Mount Tirzah, Orange (now Person) County. He attended local schools and engaged in farming near the present Timberlake. At [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cunningham, John Wilson
by Gass, W. Conard. John Wilson Cunningham, planter, merchant, and political leader, was born in Petersburg, Va. His parents were Alexander Cunningham, a wholesale merchant of Petersburg, and Mattie Wilson Cunningham; [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Darby, John Fletcher
by Green, C. Sylvester. John Fletcher Darby, congressman and banker, was born in Person County, near Roxboro, but the names of his parents do not appear to be recorded. At the age of fifteen, he moved with his family to [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Dickins, Samuel
by Holeman, Sarah E. Dickins, Samuel by Sarah E. Holeman, 1986 ca. 1775–22 July 1840 Samuel Dickins, surveyor and congressman, was born in Person County near Roxboro, the son of Robert and Mary Dickins. His [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Epps, Lois: Zan Epps' Daughter
by Cecelski, David S. I visited Lois Epps Jones in High Plains, an Indian community north of Roxboro, in Person County. Her great-grandfather found refuge in High Plains during the Cherokee Removal. Now she is one of the [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Green, John Ruffin
by Russell, Mattie U. John Ruffin Green, tobacco manufacturer, whose pioneering efforts in the production of bright-leaf smoking tobacco helped lay the economic foundation of the city of Durham, was the second of seven [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Haralson, Herndon
by Harrelson, Ronald. Herndon Haralson, soldier, politician, and planter, was born in what is now Person County, one of thirteen children of Paul and Nancy Lea Haralson. His grandfather had immigrated from Holland to [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Harris, Reginald Lee
by Burns, A. M., III. Reginald Lee Harris, lieutenant governor of North Carolina, politician, industrialist, and community leader, was born in Roxboro, one of eight children of William Henry and Rosa Lee Jordan Harris. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hubbard, Jeremiah
by Newlin, Algie I. Jeremiah Hubbard, educator and Quaker leader, was born in Mecklenburg County, Va., the son of Joseph and Ann Crews Hubbard. He was the grandson of Hardiman Crews and his Indian wife, whose name has [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Jeffreys, George Washington
by Neville, John D. George Washington Jeffreys, clergyman, agriculturalist, and author, of Person County, entered The University of North Carolina in 1813 and remained there for one academic year. In 1817 he married [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Jones, Thomas McKissick
by Parris, Richard W. Thomas McKissick Jones, lawyer, judge, legislator, and Confederate congressman, was born in Person County, the son of Wilson and Rebecca McKissick Jones. When Thomas was an infant, the family moved [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Kitchin, William Walton
by Green, C. Sylvester. William Walton Kitchin, lawyer, congressman, and governor of North Carolina, was born in rural Halifax County near Scotland Neck, the son of William Hodge and Maria Figus Arrington Kitchin. His [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
McGehee, Lucius Polk
by Cheshire, William Polk. Lucius Polk McGehee, lawyer and educator, was born at Woodburn, his father's plantation in Person County. He was the youngest of four sons of Montford (1822–95) and Sally Polk Badger McGehee [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
McGehee, Montford
by Cheshire, William Polk. Montford McGehee, lawyer, planter, legislator, and public official, was born at Woodburn, his father's plantation in Person County, the youngest child of Thomas (1784–1867) and Elizabeth M. Jeffreys [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Moore, Stephen
by Anderson, Jean Bradley. Colonel John Moore chose a mercantile career and moved to New York, where he amassed a fortune in real estate while following his father's lead in public service. He was a member of His Majesty's [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Newbold, Nathan Carter
by Burns, A. M., III. Nathan Carter Newbold, educator, public servant, and longtime director of the Division of Negro Education in North Carolina, was born in Pasquotank County, near Elizabeth City, and lived his entire [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Paine, Robert
by Carroll, Grady L. E. Robert Paine, Methodist Episcopal clergyman, was born in Person County, the son of James Paine, who was educated at The University of North Carolina and served as clerk of the Person County Court, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Pelham, Charles
by Fant, H. B. Charles Pelham, Confederate officer, Alabama judge, Republican congressman, and District of Columbia lawyer, was born in Person County. His grandparents, Major Charles and Isabella Atkinson Pelham, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Reade, Edwin Godwin
by Yearns, Buck. Edwin Godwin Reade, jurist and Confederate senator, was born at Mount Tirzah, Person County, the son of Robert R. and Judith A. Gooch Reade. The father, a yeoman farmer, died early and the children [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Royster, Frank Sheppard, Sr.
by Edmondson, M. D. Frank Sheppard Royster, Sr., industrialist and philanthropist, was born in Granville County on the farm of his father, Marcus D., near Oxford. Marcus, the son of Francis and Elizabeth Sheppard [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Scott, Ralph James
by Jolly, Benjamin A. Ralph James Scott, congressman, state legislator, and district attorney, was born on a farm in southeastern Surry County's Shoals Township, the son of Samuel Martin and Daisy Murphy (Cook) Scott. His [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Slaughter, Enos "Country"
by Case, Steven. Enos "Country" Slaughter by Steven Case, 2010. NC Government & Heritage Library. April 27, 1916 - August 12, 2002 Enos "Country" Slaughter is a well known [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Umstead, John Wesley, Jr.
by Pleasants, Julian M. John Wesley Umstead, Jr., legislator and advocate of education and mental health, was born in Durham County, the son of John Wesley, a Confederate veteran, farmer, and politician, and Lulie Elizabeth [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wagstaff, Henry McGilbert
by Pegg, Carl Hamilton. Wagstaff, Henry McGilbert by Carl Hamilton Pegg, 1996 27 Jan. 1876–28 May 1945 Henry McGilbert Wagstaff, historian and university professor, was born on a [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Webb, William Robert (Sawney)
by Hodgson, Matthew. William Robert (Sawney) Webb, educator and U.S. senator, was born near Mount Tirzah, Person County, of Scots-Irish ancestry, the son of Alexander Smith and Cornelia Adeline Stanford Webb. He was the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Williamson, James Monroe
by Powell, William S. James Monroe Williamson, businessman and legislator, was born in Roxboro, the son of James and Susan Payne Williamson. His given name (James Monroe), his mother's maiden name (Payne), and the fact [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Williamson, John Gustavus Adolphus
by Mcarver, Charles H., Jr. John Gustavus Adolphus Williamson, diplomat and legislator, was the son of James Williamson, a large landowner and slave master in Person County. His mother, whose first name is unknown, was the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Woody, Oscar Scott
by Childs, T. Mike. Oscar Scott Woody was a postal clerk from North Carolina on board the ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic when it sank April 15, 1912. He was likely born in Holloways Township near Roxboro, on April 15, [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Young, Richard Knox
by Powell, William S. Richard Knox Young, clergyman and pioneer in pastoral care for the ill, was born on a farm in Person County, the son of Ernest Moore and Ethel Pugh Young. He became ill as an infant, and the family [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
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