Feature Friday posts will feature relevant information from a chosen online resource. This month, the database is Google Books.
I like to do some in-depth exploration of a chosen database each month, so as I was searching Google Books for information relevant to Lenoir County, I found many interesting things.
One item I found was an obituary for John B. Gaylard in the text The Millennial Harbinger, a book digitized by Google from the collection of the New York Public Library in February of 2007. On pg. 358, his obituary appears:
Died, at his residence in Kinston, Lenoir County, N.C. , on the 11th of January 1852, Bro. John B. Gaylard, in the 36th year of his age, leaving a wife and one lovely daughter, and many friends, to mourn his loss. He was a devoted Christian preacher, and being gifted with a good mind, he labored faithfully for several years in presuading the disciples to continue steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine, and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayer. The Christian minister always found refreshment and rest in his hospitable mansion, where he was ever delighted to converse about the plan of redemption. He was buried, as he had requested, in the Christian Church yard at Kinston.
Dearest brother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But ’tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
I found Bro. Gaylard in the 1850 census right where expected, in Kinston. It looks like his wife’s name was Ann and his occupation at the time was Coach Maker. In the house is an young girl named Elizabeth, whom I surmise may be his daughter.
From the 1850 Slave Schedules, I also see that he owned three slaves – a 30 year old male, a 22 year old male, and a 22 year old female.