Early days in Halifax County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new 58-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina (1851); Sketches of Prominent Living North Carolinians by Jerome Dowd (1888), North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State (1939), a product of the WPA; A New Geography of North Carolina (1954-65). 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. Places mentioned in the booklet include: Halifax (county seat), Enfield, Hobgood, Garysburg Littleton, Roanoke Rapids, Rosemary, Scotland Neck, Tillery and Weldon. Among the many subjects included are: the Committee of Safety (1774) -- William (Wilie) Jones, Nicholas Long, John Bradford, James Hogan, Benjamin McCullock, Joseph John Williams, William Alston, Egbert Haywood, David Sumner, Samuel Weldon, Thomas Haynes, and declining to participate, Andrew Miller; other early patriots; Women of the Revolution; the tale of a young girl and her stolen pony; William Richardson Davie; the Battle of Hanging Rock and other Revolutionary War incidents; the Crowell family, John Haywood ("he was a firm believer in spirits and ghosts; the great weakness of a great mind"), Joseph Daniel, Hutchins G. Burton, John Branch, Jesse A. Bynum, John Daniel, Bartholomew Moore, Spear Whitaker, William H. Day, and Walter Clark; Physical features such as Fishing Creek and Mt. Medoc; Schools and Churches; Peanuts and other crops; Hunting and fishing; the Mighty Roanoke; John Chaloner and the phrase "Who's looney now?", Buzzard Town and Dumpling Town, an Indian dream story; and many other fascinating bits of history and trivia. The Dowd excerpt has biographies of Thomas Norfleet Hill and James E. O'Hara. The WPA excerpt offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering historical notes and sightseeing possibilities, such as the Courthouse Green, the old jail, the Masonic Temple, and "the Grove" where John Paul Jones was once in hiding.
Halifax County, NC
Sources: History of Halifax 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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