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Blacknall, Oscar William
by Roberts, B. W. C. Oscar William Blacknall, business executive and author, was born on his father's farm near Kittrell. His father, Colonel Charles C. Blacknall, served the Confederacy in the Twenty-third North [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Brown, Charlotte Hawkins
by Anonymous. CHARLOTTE HAWKINS BROWN See also: Brown, Charlotte Hawkins from the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography This essay is adapted from information at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown [...] (from Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum.)
Burgwyn, William Hyslop Sumner
by Sheppard, Juanita Ann. William Hyslop Sumner Burgwyn, lawyer, soldier, and banker, has been described as the most versatile person ever to have lived in Vance County. The son of Anna Greenough of Boston and Henry King [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Burton, Hutchins Gordon
by Mcfarland, Daniel M. Hutchins Gordon Burton, lawyer, congressman, and governor, was the son of John and Mary Gordon Burton. There is disagreement about his birthdate and birthplace, but the weight of evidence seems to [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cheatham, Henry Plummer
by Gatewood, Willard B., Jr. Henry Plummer Cheatham, politician, educator, and racial spokesman, was born to a house slave on a plantation near Henderson. Treated with favor by his white father, a prominent planter, Cheatham [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cooper, David Young
by Blackburn, George T., II. David Young Cooper, tobacconist, industrialist, and financier, the son of Alexander Cooper and Harriet J. Young, was born in Granville County. His grandfather, James Cooper of Glasgow, Scotland, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cooper, John Downey
by Blackburn, George T., II. John Downey Cooper, tobacconist, manufacturer, financier, and public servant, was born at Willow Hill in Granville County, the son of Alexander Cooper, a planter and county official, and Harriet [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Corbitt, Richard Johnson
by Blackburn, George T., II. Richard Johnson Corbitt, founder and director of one of the few automotive manufacturing enterprises in the South, was born in Enfield. His father, Carr Bowers Corbitt, a Confederate veteran and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Crudup, Josiah
by Chestnut, Paul I. Josiah Crudup, clergyman, legislator, and congressman, was born in Wakelon, Wake County, the youngest of the nine children of Josiah Crudup, a Baptist minister, and Elizabeth Battle, daughter of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Eagleson II, Wilson
by Bates, Doris McLean. Wilson Vash Eagleson II A Tuskegee Airman 1920 - 2006 by Doris McLean Bates Reprinted with permission from the Tar Heel Junior Historian, Fall 2003. Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, NC [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Edgar, Patrick Nisbett
by Wilson, Jane. Patrick Nisbett Edgar, the first man to publish a stud book of American racehorses, was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Patrick Edgar. Although his name does not appear in the published list of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Flannagan, Eric Goodyear
by Flannagan, Clara H. Eric Goodyear Flannagan, architect and engineer, was born in Albemarle County, Va., of Irish, Dutch, and English ancestry. His father was Broadus Flannagan, son of Benjamin Collins and Ann Virginia [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Fuller, Thomas Oscar
by Macfie, John. Fuller, Thomas Oscar by John Macfie, 1986 25 Oct. 1867–21 June 1942 Thomas Oscar Fuller, state senator, Baptist minister, and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Graves, Ralph Henry
by Crow, Mildred Martin. Ralph Henry Graves, educator, was born in Granville County, the second son of Henry Lewis and Mary Brown Dickens Graves. His mother was the granddaughter of Colonel Robert Dickens, a soldier in the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Harris, Caroline (Carrie) Aiken Jenkins
by Macfie, John. Caroline (Carrie) Aiken Jenkins Harris, writer and editor, is believed to have been born at Buena Vista, the Jenkins family plantation on the edge of Williamsboro, a then thriving village in what is [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Harris, Hunter Lee
by Walser, Richard. Hunter Lee Harris, geologist and poet, was born at Sassafras Fork (Stem) in Granville County, son of Adam Clarke and Martha Hunter Harris and the youngest of six. He had two sisters and three [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hawkins, Benjamin
by Maupin, Armistead Jones. Benjamin Hawkins, Revolutionary soldier, U.S. senator, and Indian agent, was born at Pleasant Hill plantation in present Vance County, one of four sons of Philemon and Delia Martin Hawkins. All of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hawkins, John Davis
by Maupin, Armistead Jones. Hawkins, John Davis by Armistead Jones Maupin, 1988 15 Apr. 1781–5 Dec. 1858 John Davis Hawkins, lawyer, legislator, and planter, was born at Pleasant Hill plantation in Granville (now [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hawkins, William
by Maupin, Armistead Jones. William Hawkins, lawyer and governor of North Carolina, was born at Pleasant Hill in Granville (now Vance) County, the oldest of seven sons of Philemon III and Lucy Davis Hawkins. He was the grandson [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hawkins, William J.
by Yearns, Buck. William Joseph Hawkins, physician and railroad official, was born on his father's plantation in Franklin (now Vance) County. His grandfather was Revolutionary War Colonel Philemon Hawkins II and his [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Henderson, William B.
by Macfie, John. William B. Henderson, African-American state senator, farmer, and resident of Middleburg, was elected to the North Carolina General Assembly in 1892 as a Republican representative from the Eleventh [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Holt, Jacob W.
by Bishir, Catherine W. Jacob W. Holt, contractor, architect, and builder, the oldest son of David and Elizabeth ("Betsy") McGehee Holt, was born in Prince Edward County, Va. When he was still quite young his mother died [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hunt, Memucan
by Allen, Walser H., Jr. Memucan Hunt, planter, state senator, and first treasurer of North Carolina, was born in Virginia, the third son of Ralph and Dinah Anderson Hunt. The ancestors of Ralph Hunt had emigrated from [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Jones, Armistead
by Maupin, Armistead Jones. Armistead Jones, lawyer, was born in Vance County, the son of Protheus Epps Armistead and Mary Francis Hawkins Jones. Through his father he was descended from Matthew Jones who lived in Warwick [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Joyner, Edmund Noah
by Malone, E. T., Jr. Edmund Noah Joyner, Episcopal priest, missionary, soldier, poet, and newspaper editor, was born in the Marlboro community near Farmville in Pitt County, the son of Dr. Noah and Emily Adelaide [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Kittrell, Pleasant Williams
by Goree, Langston James, V. Kittrell, Pleasant Williams by Langston James Goree V, 1988 13 Apr. 1805–25 Sept. [...] (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.)
Newell, Hodge
by Peek, Matthew M. Hodge Albert Newell was born on August 22, 1883, in Franklin County, North Carolina, to Rev. George W. and Sarah Coppedge Newell. By 1900, the Newell family was living in Louisburg, North [...] (from NC Office of Archives and History.)
Peace, Samuel Thomas
by Blackburn, George T., II. Peace received his preparatory education at Horner School in Oxford in 1893 and 1897. Between these terms, he was employed as bookkeeper with the firm of J. C. Cooper and Son. In 1899 Peace [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Pettigrew, William
by Eagles, Brenda Marks. William Shepard Pettigrew, planter and clergyman, was born at Bonarva plantation on Lake Scuppernong (now Lake Phelps) in Tyrrell County, the son of Ebenezer and Ann Blount Shepard Pettigrew. He was [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Pittman, Thomas Merritt
by Eagles, Brenda Marks. Thomas Merritt Pittman, lawyer and judge, was born in Franklin County near the town of Louisburg to Alfred H. and Elizabeth Alston Neathery Pittman. He attended the local common schools and Belford [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Pogue, Joseph Ezekiel, Sr.
by . Joseph Ezekiel Pogue, Sr., tobacco manufacturer and Raleigh public official, was born September 13, 1851 in Rogersville Junction, Tennessee in Jefferson County, to Reverend John Pogue, a Methodist [...] (from North Carolina State University.)
Rose, Paul Howard
by Rose, Thomas B., Jr. Paul Howard Rose, founder of the chain of Roses Stores, was born in Jackson of Scottish and English ancestry. He was the son of Thomas Bragg Rose, a cabinetmaker and wheelwright, and his wife, Andrew [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Royster, Fred Stovall
by Massengill, Stephen E. Fred Stovall Royster, tobacco warehouseman, legislator, and tobacco industry promoter, was born in the community of Dabney in western Vance County. His parents were John Stovall (24 May 1869–23 Oct. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Shanks, Henry Thomas
by Smith, Maud Thomas. Henry Thomas Shanks, historian, author, and teacher, was born in Vance County, the son of Henry Taylor and Maude Jenkins Shanks. He was educated at Buies Creek Academy and at Wake Forest College, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Shipp, Catherine (Kate) Cameron
by Stoops, Martha S. Catherine (Kate) Cameron Shipp, teacher and administrator, was born in Hendersonville, the daughter of William Marcus and Catherine Cameron Shipp. After attending the preparatory school in Lincolnton [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Sims, George
by Menius, Arthur C. George Sims, schoolmaster and Regulator spokesman, thrust himself into the limelight with a timely appeal to the agitated people of western North Carolina and then just as suddenly disappeared from [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Smith, Orren Randolph
by York, Maury. Orren Randolph Smith, soldier, son of Louis Farrar and Olive Huff Sims Smith, was born near Manson in Warren County but moved to Louisburg as a teenager. On 1 Oct. 1846 he enlisted as a private in [...] (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.)
Turner, Henry Gray
by Fant, H. B. Henry Gray Turner, congressman, legislator, and Confederate officer, was born near the young community of Henderson in the part of Franklin County that became Vance County in 1881. He was the son of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wheeler, John Hervey
by Weare, Walter B. John Harvey Wheeler, black businessman and civil rights leader, was born in Kittrell on the campus of Kittrell College, an African Methodist Episcopal church school of which his father was president. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wyche, Benjamin
by Powell, William S. Wyche, Benjamin by William S. Powell, 1996 12 Sept. 1869–6 May [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wyche, Mary Lewis
by Powell, William S. Mary Lewis Wyche, nurse, was born near Williamsboro in present Vance County, the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Hunter Wyche. In 1889 she was graduated from Henderson College, where she had taught in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Wyche, Richard Thomas
by Powell, William S. Wyche, Richard Thomas by William S. Powell, 1996 25 July 1867–5 May 1930 Richard Thomas Wyche, lecturer and storyteller, was born in Henderson, the son of Benjamin and Sarah Elizabeth [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Young, James Hunter
by Gatewood, Willard B., Jr. James Hunter Young, politician, editor, businessman, and racial spokesman, was born near Henderson. His mother was a slave belonging to Captain D. E. Young, and his father was "a prominent white man [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
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