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.

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1916 NC Yearbook

A fellow member of one of the genealogy societies I belong to shared a link tonight to a site with all kind of state directories. One of them, the 1916 North Carolina yearbook had the following items related to Lenoir & Craven counties:

  • 5 Jan 1915 — Mutual Aid Banking Company, of New Bern, negro institution, was closed.
  • 27 Feb 1915 – Emmet R. Wooten, of Kinston, Speaker of the House of Representatives,  died in Rex Hospital, Raleigh, as a result of an automobile accident on road near Raleigh in which William Aycock was killed.
  • 28 Feb 1915 – Late speaker Emmet R. Wooten buried at his home in Kinston, a great crowd in attendance at his funeral.
  • 25 Mar 1915 – Carter-Abernathy committee took up sitting in New Bern to hear other evidence in case
  • 29 Mar 1915 – Carter-Abernathy committee attached no importance to immorality charges, Chairman Doughton announced when Judge Frank Carter goes on stand in own behalf
  • 30 Mar 1915 – Carter-Abernathy committee heard oral argument and adjourned until April 26, when report will be formulated
  • 11 May 1915 – New Bern fire company tendered wholesale resignation
  • 12 May 1915 – N J Rouse, of Kinston, announced he will not be candidate for Attorney General against Judge Frank Carter
  • 31 May 1915 – Baugham case, which started the Carter-Abernathy controversy, discussed at New Bern.
  • 3 Jun 1915 – Judge George W. Connor, ordered at New Bern court, all records against Solicitor Abernathy explained.
  • 26 Jul 1915 – Kinston visited by $50,000 fire.
  • 31 Oct 1915 – Chief of Police,  C. M. Walters, of Raleigh, died on the day terminating his service of the city in that capacity, and C. F. Koonce, who was elected on the sixteenth of the month took charge.
  • 16 Nov 1915 – Fire destoryed Norfolk Southern shop at New Bern
  • 4 Dec 1915 – Mrs. Julia French, a real daughter of the revolution, died at Kinston