An Interview with John C. Becton

SUBMITTED BY:  Sarah Foster (edited by Cheri Todd Molter) Editor’s Notes: According to the information shared during T. Pat Matthew’s interview with John C. Becton [his name was misspelled “Bectom” on that record], Mr. Becton was born on October 7, 1862, near...

The Lynching of Archibald Beebe

AUTHOR:  Leisa Greathouse; edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter Archibald Beebe, known as Archie by relatives (even today), was born enslaved. When and where he was born is unknown. A wealthy plantation owner, Asa Beebe, bequeathed “Archy” to his young daughter...

Frying Pan Goes to War

AUTHOR:  Shari Holden (edited by Cheri Todd Molter) An Oral Tradition: The story I have been told was that when my great-great-grandfather, Wiley B. Matthews (Mathis) left with his brother to join the Confederate Army, he carried his own iron frying pan with him...

George Lauder: Set in Stone

AUTHOR:  Daniel Whiting (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) On January 24, 1810, George Lauder was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. While reliable records have not been discovered to confirm who Lauder’s parents were, it is believed he was born to John L. and...

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