Cyclopedia of Eminent Men in North Carolina

Individuals profiled in the Cyclopedia of Eminent and Representative Men of the Carolinas of the Nineteenth Century (published 1892) with connections to Lenoir County.  Click on thier names to read the biography. 

Hon. William Turner Faircloth – born 1829 in Edgecombe County, NC.  Husband of Evelyn Wooten, daughter of Council Wooten of Mosely Hall (now LaGrange).  William & Evelyn were married in Lenoir County on January 10, 1867.  

Dr. Henry Tull – born in 1855 in Lenoir County.  Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1876.  Married to Myrtie Wooten, daughter of W.T. and Elizabeth J. Wooten in 1882. 

Dr. James M. Hodges – born in 1862 in Lenoir County.  Son of Simon E. and Persis S. (Harper) Hodges.  1st married to Nancy Turnage, 2nd married to widower Addie G. Mosely; and thirdly, to Emma E. Fields. 

Dr. John Pollock – born in Onslow County in 1884; practiced medicine and retired in Lenoir County.  Married 1st to Olivia B. Humphrey, 2nd to Annie Loftin, and thirdly to Agnes P. Jones. 

Dr. Jacob M. Hadley – born in Chatham County in 1835, son of William Penn Hadley & Hannah (McPherson) Hadley.  Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1860.  Married Lizzie E. Kirkpatrick of Orange County in 1860. 

Hugh M. McDonald – druggist in LaGrange born in 1840 in Moore County.  Established his business in LaGrange in 1873 .  Married Mattie N. Hall in 1880. 

Hon. George W. Sanderlin — born in 1843 in Camden County, NC.  Was a lawyer, military man, religious leader, and one time an agricultural editor for the Kinston Free Press.  Married Eliza Wooten of Lenoir County, daughter of Council Wooten.

Prof. Joseph Kinsey — principle of the Kinsey female seminary in LaGrange.  Born in 1843 in Jones County. Came to Lenoir County in 1869 and established the seminary in 1886.  In 1868 he married Fannie Kinsey, daughter of J.H. Kinsey of Jones County. 

James F. Taylor – born in 1864 in Lenoir County. Secretary & treasurer of Orion Knitting Mills of Kinston. 

John D. Walters – born in 1858 in Lenoir County, son of Hawyood & Sally (Rouse) Walters.  Established a mercantile business in 1882.  In 1877 married Julia E. Hardy of Lenoir County. In 1886 married Kate E. Woolard of Lenoir County. 

Samuel H. Abbott – born 1839 in Lenoir County, son of Thomas J. and Lucinda (Phillips) Abbott.  Was a leading merchant in the county, owning a general grocery store, a brick and tile factory, manufactured and patented a plow, investor in the Orion Mills and a real estate investor.  Married Nancy Brock in 1873, daughter of Daniel & Caroline Brock. 

William L. Kennedy – born in 1845 in Lenoir County. Married Emily Hardee in 1874.  Was an established farmer and a stockholder in Orion Mill Knitting Co. 

Albert D. Parrott – born 1853 in Lenoir County, son of James M. & Elizabeth (Waters) Parrott.  Graduated from the University of Virginia with a civil engineering degree.  Served as Justice of the Peace. In  1876 married Elizabeth M. Karnegy.

Taylor Gets Four Months

Kinston Free Press
21 Nov 1898

State vs. D.G. TAYLOR, concealed weapons.  Defendent plead guilty. Sentenced to four months in jail and to pay a fine of $200 and costs.

In passing sentence in the above case, Judge ROBINSON referred to the murder trial, and said that the defendant should have been found guilty, even according to his own evidence, of manslaughter at least.  The judge further said that the records of this term of court show that he had sentenced a negro boy to jail fourmonths for carrying a concealed weapon, and another negro to jail twelve months for cutting; and here is a man of superior race, who had been defying the law against concealed weapons ever since the law was passed  – a man of intelligence, who knew better – a man who had not expressed the least contrition for the act.  Under these circumstances, the judge said, he could do no less than sentence him to jail for four months and to pay a fine of $200 and the costs. 

The defendant appealed, on the ground of excessive punishment, and gave bail in the sum of $500 for his appearance at the next term of court. 

Several cases were continued on the criminal docket.

  • State vs. Edward DOVE, contempt. Not guilty. 
  • State vs. James COLLEY and Emma COLLEY, opposing an officer.  Appeal. Not Guilty. 
  • State vs. Green BYRD, abandonment. Nol pros. 

The criminal docket was completed this morning.  None of the cases on the civil docket seem to be ready for trial, and the court is practically over with, and doubtless will be ended by the time this ever reaches our readers.


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Taylor “Not Guilty”

Kinston Free Press
21 Nov 1898

In the case of D.G. TAYLOR, for killing J.D. SUTTON, Judge Robinson finished his charge to the jury about 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon. The jury retired, and in about an hour returned a verdict of “not guilty.” This was equivalent to saying the killing was in self-defense, and that the defendant was blameless in the matter.

A considerable number of people think that the evidence pointed clearly to a case of manslaughter, and that life in becoming too cheap in this community. The speech by C.B. AYCOCK, closing for the prosecution is spoken by all who heard it as powerful, logical and convincing. Mr. TAYLOR was today sentenced to four months in jail, and to pay a fine of $200 for carrying a concealed weapon, an account of which appears on another page.