Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Meanwhile Jesse was in a rage. Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church did not have services that morning. Jesse dragged his father over to the churchyard screaming that since the church did not have a cemetery, he would start one with the body of his brother. He demanded that his father choose a place for Pete’s grave. The old man refused and, finally having got Jesse somewhat under control, returned home
Returning home from church Pete stabled his horse and sat on the porch. Jesse was upstairs and ran down the stairs with his pistol screaming. His mother grabbed him and tried to stop him, but he shoved her out of the way. Pete heard the commotion and started into the house. Jesse shot him three times and the bullets slammed him to the floor. He was dead before he hit the floor.
Mr. Edwards, unable to face the insanity of one son and the murder of the other, ran away blindly. Mrs. Edwards screamed in anguish and cradled the body of her murdered son while Jesse stood behind her holding the gun that had killed his brother. Pete’s blood pooled on the porch, dripped through the cracks between the boards and stained the big rock used as a step. It was said that the stains could never be removed from either the porch, the rock or the doorway. Finally the boards were replaced and the rock taken away.
With a return of sanity and overwhelmed by his act, Jesse went to a neighbor’s house and asked him to take him to the sheriff in Anson county.
The elders of Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church the next day laid off lines running east to west for a grave that would begin the new cemetery. Cyrus Field “Pete” Edwards was buried with his head to the west so that on Resurrection Day he would face the dawn.
The judge sentenced Jesse to prison rather than hanging because he probably suspected Jesse’s insanity. His parents, having lost one son, began a campaign to get this son pardoned.
The first one to see Pete’s ghost was the painter. He was hired to paint and get the house ready for Jesse’s return and was staying with the Edwards until he finished. He was awakened the first night by footsteps coming up the stairs. The door creaked open and the drawers on the dresser that Pete used began opening and closing. When the same thing happened the second night, the painter made other arrangements.
Mrs. Edwards died 25 May 1913 shortly after Jesse returned home. His father, who was in failing health, moved in with another relative leaving Jesse alone in the house.
The murder that he had committed began to eat away at Jesse’s soul. He could not rid himself of the awful act and was unable to sleep. He could not get the bloodstains off the doorway.
He began hearing Pete’s ghost. He “felt” it leave the cemetery, walk onto the porch and open and close the front door. He could hear steps on the stairs and footsteps moving around the house. In desperation, Jesse asked his nephew, Wilson Edwards, to come and live with him. But the extra person in the house did not stop the ghost. Wilson heard the footsteps crossing the porch and when he grabbed the knob he felt it turn in his hand.
Finally Jesse and Wilson nailed the door shut and piled furniture against it, leaving them with only a window to enter and leave the house. The ghost still stalked.
In a final move Jesse decided to leave. He joined his brother, Wilson’s father, in operating a feed store in Oakboro. On the weekends he returned to the family place where the ghost still stalked.
After seven years of torment, Jesse came down with pneumonia. He was critically ill and in delirium mumbled that his brother was playing the fiddle from a faraway place. Before he died he said he would rather be a dog sleeping on the doorstep than to be his brother’s murderer. Jesse died 30 April 1917 at the age of 46.
Jesse was buried next to Pete in the Jerusalem cemetery. As the burial detail was shoveling dirt into the grave, they realized Jesse was facing the wrong way. They debated digging the coffin up, but one of them said, “No. Just leave it that way. Pete will have an even chance since Jesse ain’t got no pistol now. They can come out fightin’ face to face when they rise at Judgment.”
Source: The Marshville Home News; Thursday, February 27, 1992. “A Ghost Story The Evil Men Do” by Lee Little.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Jesse was shorter than his brother by 6 inches and was always scowling and looking out of half-hooded eyes over a beaked nose. Pete was a handsome fellow – tall, fun-loving, an accomplished fiddle player and ladies’ man who loved to dance. However, underneath all of his beauty and likeablity, he was a mean man.
The two brothers were the talk of the community with their knock-down, drag-out fights which became more and more violent. The neighbors wagged their heads and remarked that they would end up killing each other.
Both carried guns. Jesse was quick to fire in Pete’s direction, just for fun. One morning Pete was late for breakfast; Jesse slammed open his door and fired several rounds just above Pete’s head into the headboard of the bed. Another time Pete was in the yard talking to a neighbor when Jesse put up an upstairs window and began firing several shots around Pete’s feet. Not to be outdone, Pete fired back breaking several window panes while Jesse jumped out of the way to avoid getting hit.
The Edwards boys had such a bad reputation that, when Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church burned, a committee set out to call on them as prime suspects. Word got to the committee that an ambush was awaiting them in a cotton field and that the Edwards boys had new Winchesters.
Jesse’s moods grew progressively darker and even Pete began to avoid him. But in the end, Jesse’s behavior turned on Pete. Jesse got word that Pete was involved with a female that Jesse had marked as his property. On the third Sunday morning of August in 1910, while Pete saddled his horse to go to church, Jesse rushed back to the house in in a maddened state.
The congregation at Rocky Mount Baptist Church must have been astonished to see Pete attending services. They were even more astonished when Pete walked down the aisle after the service to ask the preacher to pray for his soul.
…….to be continued
Friday, December 27, 2013
Eliza Ann Hill was the daughter of Julius Hill and his first wife Mary Hudson. She was born about 1827 and died 11 August 1904. Not a lot is known about Eliza. She married James M Wilkerson and had two children. The first child, James M Wilkerson, Jr., died at birth. The second child – Mary Caroline Wilkerson – was born 6 Oct 1847, married Atlas Dugin Deese, and died 6 Nov 1930 in Tyson, Stanly Co NC.
Eliza was mentioned in several deeds between James M Wilkerson and others. Besides that her slate is blank.
Here is a copy of her will:
Transcription: Eliza A Wilkerson Last Will & Testament
North Carolina, Stanly County
I Eliza A Wilkerson of the aforesaid county and state being of sound mind, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament.
First. My executor hereinafter named shall give my body a decent burial and place nice marble grave stones to mark my resting place to the wishes of my friends and relatives and pay all funeral expenses together with all my just debts out of the first moneys which may come into his hands belonging to my estate.
Second. I give and devise to my beloved daughter, Mary Caroline Deese during her natural life then to her heirs all my real and personal property.
Third. I hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friend, Adolphus A. Thompson my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament, according to the true intent and meaning of the same, and every part and clause thereof, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof, I the said Eliza A Wilkerson do hereunto set my hand and seal, this 15th day July 1904 A. D.
Eliza A. Wilkerson (Seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Eliza A. Wilkerson to be her last will and testament in the presence of us, who at her request and in her presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
W. F. Crump
A. A. Thompson
The State of North Carolina
Stanly County. In the Superior Court
I, R. A. Crowell, Clerk of the Superior Court, in and for the aforesaid State and County, do hereby certify that the attached is a true copy of the last will and testament of Eliza A. Wilkerson as on file and recorded in this office.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court, at office in Albemarle, this the 27th day of August A. D. 1904.
Clerk of Superior Court, Stanly County
"North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1941-20079-20197-23?cc=1867501&wc=10923415 : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Stanly > Wills, 1868-1907, Vol. 2 > image 266 of 359.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Ellen Elizabeth Allen 26 Nov 1854-18 Mar 1938
Ellen Elizabeth Curlee was the daughter of James F Curlee and Margaret Efird. She was born in Anson County North Carolina in 1854. At the age of 20 years, she married William Henry Allen in 1874, and in the 1880 Federal Census was living in Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina with her mother Margaret Curlee and her brother and sister.
1880 Federal Census: North Carolina, Anson, Wadesboro
House # 254, Family #254 Curlee, Margaret 44 year old white female
“ , Millard F 20 year old white male, son
“ , Mary M 16 year old white female, daughter
Allen, Henry 26 year old white male, son-in-law
“ , Elisabeth 23 year old white female, daughter
“ , Addie M 5 year old white female, granddaughter
“ , Thomas 2 year old white male, grandson
“ , Robert 1 year old white male, grandson
Allen, Faiton 20 year old mulatto male, servant
“ , John 24 year old black male, servant
In the 1910 census she is living in Stanly County North Carolina where she lived until her death in 1938.
North Carolina Death Certificate
Stanly County, Center Township
Mrs. W. H. Allen (Ellen)
Residence: home of son Clyde Allen Norwood NC
Date of Death: 3-17-1938
Female White Widow
Wife of William H Allen
Date of birth: Nov 26 1854
84 years 3 months 21 days
Father: James Curlee born in NC
Mother: Margaret Efird born in Stanly Co
Informant: Mrs. Clyde Allen
Burial: Norwood 3-18-1938
Undertaker: Morton Furniture Co Norwood NC
Cause of Death: Cardiovascular Renal Disease
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Marshville – Mrs. Mary Jane Polk Hill, 74, died at her home here at 2:20 p.m. Sunday after a three week’s illness.
She was the daughter of the late James and Mary Mullis Rushing. She was born in Union County on March 23, 1882, and had made her home in the Marshville community all her life.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. L. W. Oxendine of Marshville; six sons, Floyd and Judge Polk of Marshville, Grady, Leo and Boyce Polk of Winter Haven, Fla. and Johnny B Polk with the U. S. Air Force in Guam; 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; four sisters, including Mrs. Rena Huggins of Charlotte; a brother; two stepdaughters including Mrs. L D. Phifer of Charlotte; five stepsons.
Funeral services will be held at Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church at 3 p.m. today, conducted by Elder C. M. Mills. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friday, December 13, 2013
I remember her as a tiny, frail lady who smiled and gave lots of hugs. She made my grandfather’s life comfortable and happy for a while. His first wife, Sophronia Mae Curlee, died in 1935, and he raised all his children alone. My father, Lonnie Clinton Hill Sr, told stories of how all the older children worked on the farm and did many outside chores while he, being the baby of the family, took care of the house and cooked the meals. In fact, when he and my mother, Clara Geneva Wilson, married, he taught her how to cook. She was the baby of her family and she was babied so didn’t know the first thing about keeping house.
Meanwhile, I was assisting someone in Charlotte NC in obtaining obituaries from the Richland County Public LIbrary in Columbia SC. We talked back and forth and found we had some ancestors in common. Finally yesterday she said she wanted to take a break from the obituaries and start getting ready for Christmas. On a whim, since my father’s family is from Anson, Stanly and Union counties, I asked her if she would look for Miss Mollie. To my amazement, she found her!! (Thanks, Jean!) With just the information I gave her, she called the Charlotte NC library and told the librarian who she was looking for – Mollie Polk. The librarian was able to find an obituary and a death certificate for – Mary Jane Polk. So my Miss Mollie is Mary Jane.
Armed with the information she sent me, I was able to find Miss Mollie. Here is one of the records.
Certificate of Death
Place of Death: Union Co – Marshville
Died at home on Rt 2
Name of Deceased: Mary Jane Hill Date of death: Nov 25 1956
Female, white, widowed, Date of birth: 23 March 1882 Age at death: 74y8m2d
Occupation: Domestic Birthplace: Union County NC
Father’s Name: James Rushing Mother’s Name: Mary Mullis Name of Husband: MD Hill
Informant: Judge Polk, Marshville NC
Immediate cause of death: Acute Lymphatic Leukemia
Interval between onset and death: 3 months
Treated by M D: 1/24/56 – 11/25/56
C T Poole? M D Marshville NC 11/27/56
Burial 11/26/56 Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church Union Co. NC
Date received by local reg. 12/3/56 BJP
Funeral Director: McEwen Funeral Home Monroe NC
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Edmund L Hill (1957)
County of Union
Estate of Edmund L Hill Thomas and Griffin, Atts., Box 157, Marshville, N.C.
C P and W H Hill, Adms.
Value of Real Estate $15 300.00
Value of Personal Property 14 313.32
Value of Stocks and Bonds 3 324.00
Insurance to Estate __________
Advancement to Children and others __________
Total Gross Value $ 32 917.32
Deductions 2 803.42
Total Value Liable to Tax 30 133.90
|Name||Relationship||Gross Value of Interest||Specific Exemption||Net Value of Interest||Tax|
|Ella T Hill||Widow||3722.07||10000.00||None|
|Cora Hill||Daughter||3301.48||2 000.00||1301.48||13.01|
|Ruth H Presslar||“||3301.48||2000.00||1301.48||13.01|
|C P Hill||Son||3301.48||2000.00||1301.48||13.01|
|Myrtle H Carpenter||Daughter||3301.48||2000.00||1301.48||13.01|
|Blanche H Taylor||“||3301.48||2000.00||1301.48||13.01|
|W H Hill||Son||3301.48||2000.00||1301.48||13.01|
|M K Hill||“||3301.48||2000.00||1301.48||13.01|
|Clara H Prather||Daughter||3301.47||2000.00||1301.47||13.01|
Department of Revenue
Monroe, N C
Department of Revenue
Friday, December 6, 2013
Elizabeth Ann Curlee, 29 Nov 1846-5 Feb 1935, was the daughter of Enoch Millard Curlee, 1815-5 May 1866, and Lucy Eudy, Oct 1819-1900. She was born in Anson County, North Carolina.
In the 1850 Federal Census she is living in Burnsville, Anson County, North Carolina, with her father Enoch, her mother, Lucy, and her brothers John, William, and Davidson.
1850 Federal Census: North Carolina, Anson, Burnsville
House #747, Family #747
Enoch Curlee, 34 year old male, farmer, value of real estate 400, born in North Carolina
Lucy Curlee, 29 year old female, born in North Carolina
John Curlee, 8 year old male, born in North Carolina
William Curlee, 7 year old male, born in North Carolina
Davidson Curlee, 6 year old male, born in North Carolina
Elizabeth Curlee, 4 year old female, born in North Carolina
In the 1870 Federal Census, she is unmarried and living with her mother Lucy and Frank Ramsay, 15 years old, and John A Thomas, 21 years old, both of whom were workers on the farm.
1870 Federal Census: North Carolina, Anson, Burnsville
House #142, Family #133
Curlee, Lucy 59 year old white female, housekeeper, value of real estate 160, value of personal estate 150 born in North Carolina
Curlee, Elizabeth 23 year old white female, no occupation, born in North Carolina
Ramsay, Frank 15 year old white male, work on farm, born in North Carolina
Thomas, John A 21 year old white male, work on farm, born in North Carolina
John A(shley) Thomas later becomes her husband. In 1880 she is still living in Burnsville with her husband and family and is next door to her brother Davidson and his wife Adeline.
1880 Federal Census: North Carolina, Anson, Burnsville
House #19, Family #19
Thomas, John A 30 year old white male, married, farmer, born in North Carolina, parents born in North Carolina
Thomas, Elizabeth 32 year old white female, married, keeping house, born in North Carolina, parents born in North Carolina
Thomas, James H 9 year old white male, born in North Carolina, parents born in North Carolina
Thomas, Enoch M 7 year old white male, born in North Carolina, parents born in North Carolina
Thomas, Joseph A 5 year old white male, born in North Carolina, parents born in North Carolina
Thomas, Samuel P 3 year old white male, born in North Carolina, parents born in North Carolina
Thomas, Jonah L 9 month old white male, born in North Carolina, parents born in North Carolina
In the years until her death, she lived in Burnsville. She died 5 Feb 1935 and was buried at Rocky Mount Baptist Church, Polkton, Anson, North Carolina. Her memorial can be seen on Find A Grave along with a photograph of her tombstone and her obituary.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
1755 Bertie County NC – 1818 Anson County NC
son of William Curlee & Mary Richardson
married 1772 Dorcas Roberts b.1751 Barnwell County SC
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16 3
Free White Persons – Males – 16 and over 1
Free White Persons – Female 4
Number of Household Members 8
Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16-25 1
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over 1
Number of Household Members over 25 1
Number of Household Members 4
Children of William Curlee & Dorcas Roberts:
John Curlee 1774 Anson County NC – 17 Jan 1847 Anson County NC
Obediah Curlee 1775 Anson County NC – 1835 Union County NC
Earven Curlee 1784 Anson County NC – 7 Nov 1854 Anson County NC
Jesse Pinky Curlee 1788 Anson County NC – 16 Dec 1854 Anson County NC