Early days in Anson and Union Counties in North Carolina, are recalled in this new 55-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books, the oldest dating from 1851. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina; North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State, a product of the WPA; A New Geography of North Carolina and Sketches of Prominent Living North Carolinians by Jerome Dowd (1888). The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper, with the print enlarged to fit the 8.5" x 11" paper and improve readability. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Anson -- Wadesboro (the county seat), Ansonville, Burnsville, Lilesville, McFarlan, Morven, Peachland, Polkton, and White Store; Union -- Monroe (the county seat) Marshville, Matthews, Mineral Springs, Waxhaw and Wingate. Among the many subjects included are: A 1768 petition from the people of Anson to Gov. Tryon addressing the wrongs done them, complete with the names of those who signed it; Thomas Wade, Samuel Spencer and other delegates from Anson to the 1775 Provincial Congress of North Carolina; Members of the General Assembly from Wayne County before 1851; Cotton and other agricultural and industrial interests; the Great Pee Dee Electric Company; Churches and Schools; old Sneedsborough, a ghost town; Dr. Hugh Mammond Bennett, the father of soil conservation; Patrick Boggan, legendary he-man of the Revolution; Ralph Freeman, a slave preacher; L.L. Polk, founder of the Progressive Farmer; the Ashe brothers; Oliver Clark Hamilton, educator; William Henry Belk, who went from rags to riches; the Carolina Female College; the Waxhaw Indians; Pleasant Grove campground, site of annual revivals; Birthplace of President Andrew Jackson, according to North Carolinians; Wingate College; a patriot killed by a turkey, an unusual epitaph, how Flatheads got their name, a trial for witchcraft, wild hog hunts and many other interesting anecdotes and bits of history. The Dowd excerpt includes biographies of Risden T. Bennett, Leonidas Polk, Henry Adams, David Covington and Hugh Houston.
Anson and Union Countie, NC
Sources: History of Anson County North Carolina / History of Union County North Carolina / Historical Sketches of North Carolina
Authors: John Hill Wheeler, et al
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Original Publisher: The Arkansaw Traveler Publishing Co.
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