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Biographies

 

This page serves as a collection point for information that will be later be incorporated into biographies. In many cases the entries here are references to sources that provide the basis of a short biography in the future. Some individuals already have web pages established and links are provided to those pages.

 

 

  • A. R. Foshee

  • J. A. Beam

    See photograph of historical marker in Heritage I, page 60.

  • Robert Lester Blackwell

  • Aubrey Lee Brooks

    Brooks, Aubrey Lee. A Southern Lawyer, Fifty Years at the Bar. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1950. 214 pages, with index.

    Brooks, Aubrey Lee. Selected Addresses of A Southern Lawyer, Fifty Years at the Bar. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1954. 165 pages.

    See photograph of historical marker in Heritage I, page 52.

  • Albert Parham Clayton

  • John Wilson Cunningham

    For additional information see the Cunningham Cemetery.

    John Wilson Cunningham Papers / Cunningham, John Wilson, 1820-1887. / Papers, 1854-1869. / 180 items. / Agriculturalist and state Democratic Party leader, from Person County, N.C. / Chiefly letters to Cunningham from Calvin Henderson Wiley (1819-1887), a classmate at the University of North Carolina and apparently the real author of Cunningham's political speeches, and copies of political writings. Also included are Cunningham's records as executor of the estate of Dr. Matthew M. Harrison of Brunswick County, Va. / In the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#196).

  • Bessie Heath Daniel

    Items of ancestors of Bessie Heath Daniel (b. 1886) of Person County, N.C.: three account books; a cipher book, 1829-1841; an "album of rememberance," Warrenton Female Collegiate Institute, Warrenton, N.C., 1857-1858; and pages of family data from a family Bible. Two of the account books, 1854-1860, are of J. A. Lunsford and Bros., general merchants of High Hill, Person County. The third account book is apparently of Campbell Barnett, merchant of Person County; it includes a list, 1813-1864, of slave names and birth dates. / Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill. See SHC web page for detailed online finding aid with specifics of the 7 items.

  • R. L. Harris

  • William Walton Kitchin

    (Moved to Roxboro in 1888 to practice law. On December 22, 1892, Kitchin married Musette Satterfield of Roxboro, the daughter of Williams Clement Satterfield. Governor of North Carolina 1909–1913) William Walton Kitchin, see Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Volume 3 H-K by Williams S. Powell, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill and London.

    Hunter, Carey J., Governor Kitchin : the man and the principles that guide him / [North Carolina? : s.n., 1911?] 8 p. ; 23 cm. State Library of North Carolina

    North Carolina. Governor (1909-1913 : Kitchin), Inaugural address of William W. Kitchin, Governor of North Carolina : to the General Assembly, January 12, 1909. Raleigh, N.C. : E.M. Uzzell & Co., State Printers and Binders, 1909. 19 p. ; 23 cm. - State Library of North Carolina

    http://www.visitroxboronc.com/heritage/kitchin_fullhistory.htm
    http://www.itpi.dpi.state.nc.us/governors/Kitchin.html
    http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/person/obits/strfld01.txt
    http://www.nccourts.org/Courts/Appellate/Supreme/Portrait/Portrait.asp?Name=Branch

  • F. D. Long

    See article, "F. D. Long's General Merchandise Store in Heritage I, Article 31.

  • J. A. Long

    Long, James Anderson (b. 1841) — also known as J. A. Long — of Roxboro, Person County, N.C. Born in Person County, N.C., May 23, 1841. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; farmer; bank president; member of North Carolina state house of representatives from Person County, 1885; member of North Carolina state senate, 1889, 1901, 1905, 1909, 1913 (20th District 1889, 17th District 1901, 18th District 1905, 1909, 17th District 1913). Methodist. Member, United Confederate Veterans. Burial location unknown.The Political Graveyard Index to Politicians Long

    Buried in Burchwood Cemetery. Two listings in plot index; one is probably J A Long Sr and the other J A Long Jr.

    Long J. A. 2 19
    Long J. A. 8 79

     

 

  • Montford McGhee

    Montford McGhee Papers / Montford McGehee, 1822-1895. / Papers, 1827-1890. / 40 items (0.5 linear ft.)./ Person County, N.C., planter, legislator, and North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, 1880-1887. / Albums and recipe books of women relatives; poems and Greek translations by Lucius Polk McGehee (1868-1923), University of North Carolina professor; and a few scattered deeds and legal papers of Montford McGehee. / In the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#1125).

  • Dempsey Moore

    "Dempsey Moore, son of Stephen Moore, had donated six acres of land located in almost the exact center of the county, a spot called Moccasin Gap, as a site for the new courthouse."
    The Heritage of Person County, 1981(Volume I) / Madeline Hall Eaker, editor. / Published: Winston-Salem, N.C. / Person County Historical Society, c1981. Page vii.
    [Check to see if a deed for this gift is recorded.]

  • Stephen Moore

    Stephen Moore (1734-1799), born in New York City, was a merchant in Quebec, Canada, in the 1760s, owned property at West Point, N.Y., bought an estate, Mt. Tirzah, on the Flat River in Person County, N.C., in 1777, and was a U.S. congressman from North Carolina in 1793. His son Phillips Moore was a surveyor and farmer in Person County. Phillips Moore's son Stephen Moore (b. 1801) was a general merchant and shoe shop operator in Hillsborough, N.C. Chiefly scattered letters, 1805-1851, most of which are addressed to Phillips Moore and concern family finances and related matters; miscellaneous bills, receipts, and tax records, 1769-1869, including some concerning slaves, chiefly of Phillips Moore and Stephen Moore (b. 1801); Moore family farm and household account books, 1782-1816; and account books, 1831-1867, of Stephen Moore's general store and a shoe shop in Hillsborough, N.C. Other items include a shipping and general merchandise ledger, 1767-1770, Quebec (City), Canada, probably from an enterprise of Stephen Moore (1734-1799), some items relating to Moore's property at West Point, N.Y., records of Moore's estate, shipping accounts, 1807-1809, from Chestertown, Md., and early 19th-century instructions for constructing grist mills. / In the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#2205).

    Moore, Stephen, 1734-1799. Papers, 1761-1894 [manuscript]. Duke University Special Collections Library | Sec. A, L:2999-3000, Ovsz. Box 7. Description: 73 items. Summary: Papers of Moore, a New York resident who had migrated to Canada with British troops during the French and Indian War and later settled in Orange County, now Person County, N.C.; and papers of his family. Included are deeds and other material relating to lands in Orange, now Person, County from 1770s and later; business letters, legal papers, and financial records of Stephen, his son Phillips Moore, and his grandson Stephen Moore, estate papers, and three items concerning the medical treatment of one of the first Stephen Moore's daughters by Benjamin Rush. There is an account book concerning the elder Moore's business as an outfitter for ships in Quebec, 1757-1770, and the administration of his estate of North Carolina, 1799-1813. A daybook, 1845-1852, relates to the family mercantile business at Mt. Tirzah plantation, Person Co. There is also a genealogical table and a biographical sketch of the family.

    Served with the first group of commissioners for the newly formed Person County along with John Paine and John Womack.
    The Heritage of Person County, 1981(Volume I) / Madeline Hall Eaker, editor. / Published: Winston-Salem, N.C. / Person County Historical Society, c1981. Page vii.

  • J. W. Noel

  • Thomas Person

  • Edwin Goodwin Reade

    Reade, Edwin Godwin (1812-1894) — of North Carolina. Born in Mt. Tirzah, Person County, N.C., November 13, 1812. U.S. Representative from North Carolina 5th District, 1855-57; Senator from North Carolina in the Confederate Congress, 1864; associate justice of North Carolina state supreme court, 1865-79. Died in Raleigh, Wake County, N.C., October 18, 1894. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, N.C.The Political Graveyard Index to Politicians Reade to Rector

     

  • READE, Edwin Godwin, a Representative from North Carolina; born on a farm in Person County, N.C., November 13, 1812; completed preparatory studies; engaged in agricultural pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced practice in Roxboro, Person County, N.C.; elected as the candidate of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1856; served in the Confederate Senate in 1863 by appointment of Governor Vance; president of the reconstruction convention which met in Raleigh in 1865; associate justice of the supreme court of North Carolina 1868-1879; engaged in banking in Raleigh, N.C., and died there October 18, 1894; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
    READE, Edwin Godwin - Biographical Information
    http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000095
  • Dr. John C. Terrell

    See "Dr. John C. Terrell Home," Heritage I, Article 37-A.

  • Henry McGilbert Wagstaff

    History Professor at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

    "Wagstaff Library Fund helps preserve NC historical & natural heritage
    ," Carolina Connections - Fall 2002
    http://carolinafirst.unc.edu/connections/fall2002/wagstaff.html

    Henry McGilbert Wagstaff Papers / Family and personal papers of Wagstaff, author, editor, and professor of history at the University of North Carolina, 1907-1945, consisting principally of correspondence, 1915-1945. Correspondence relates to Wagstaff's life and study in England, 1921-1923; his work for the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 1928-1940; University of North Carolina affairs; and the management of his Person County, N.C., tobacco farms, which were leased to tenants. Also included are manuscripts and typed drafts of published and unpublished writings by Wagstaff, and material related to his incomplete history of the University of North Carolina. Volumes include fragmentary accounts for general merchandise, 1804-1831, and three ledgers of tobacco farm accounts, 1932- 1953. / 600 items (2.0 linear ft.). / In the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#3903).

    Wagstaff, Henry McGilbert. The Concord community; a retrospect, by H. M. Wagstaff. Roxboro, [N.C.], n.p., 1945. Location: Duke University Perkins Library | Pamphlet Collection | 45691. Description: 12 p. 19 cm. Notes: "Reprint from the sesquicentennial edition of the Roxboro courier, August 5th, 1941."

    Wagstaff, Henry McGilbert. Wiley Buck and other stories of the Concord community. With an editorial note by Louis R. Wilson. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press [1953]/ Duke University Perkins Library | Stacks | 975.682 W135W. Description: 118 p. 23 cm.

    Wagstaff, Henry McGilbert. Impressions of Men and Movements at the University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1950.


    From http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/ref/unc/faculty.html,
    Register of the Officers and Faculty of the University of North Carolina 1795 - 1945

    Name Title Years Department Degrees Notes
    Wagstaff, Henry McGilbert Assoc. Professor 1907/08-1908/09 History Ph.D.  
    Wagstaff, Henry McGilbert Professor 1909/10-1944/45 History Ph.D. absent on leave on Kenan Foundation 1921/22North Carolina Collection-UNC Faculty 1795-1945

     

  • William Robert Webb


    Webb, William Robert
    (1842-1926)
    — of Tennessee. Born in Mt. Tirzah, Person County, N.C., November 11, 1842. Grandson of Richard Stanford. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1913. Methodist. Died in 1926. Interment at Hazelwood Cemetery, Bell Buckle, Tenn.The Political Graveyard Index to Politicians Webb

    Senate Years of Service: 1913-1913
    Party: Democrat

    WEBB, William Robert, (grandson of Richard Stanford), a Senator from Tennessee; born near Mount Tirzah, Person County, N.C., November 11, 1842; attended private schools and was a student in Bingham School, Oaks, N.C., 1856-1860; entered the University of North Carolina in 1860 but left to enlist in the Confederate Army; returned to North Carolina in 1865; graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1868; taught at Horner’s School, Oxford, N.C., 1868-1870; founded the Webb School, a preparatory school, at Culleoka, Tenn., in 1870; moved the school to Bell Buckle, Tenn., in 1886; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert L. Taylor and served from January 24, 1913, to March 3, 1913; was not a candidate for reelection in 1913; continued teaching until his death in Bell Buckle, Tenn., December 19, 1926; interment in Hazelwood Cemetery.

    Bibliography

    Dictionary of American Biography; McMillin, Laurence. The Schoolmaker: Sawney Webb and the Bell Buckle Story. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1971; Parks, E.W. “Sawney Webb: Tennessee’s Schoolmaster.” North Carolina Historical Review 12 (July 1935): 233-51.WEBB, William Robert - Biographical Information
    http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000232

  • John Gustavus Williamson

 


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