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...

Samuel A’Court Ashe

SUBMITTED BY:  JC Knowles (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter) Samuel A’Court Ashe was born on September 13, 1840 at Wrightsville Sound, near Wilmington, North Carolina. His parents were William Shepperd Ashe and Sarah Ann Green. During his youth, Ashe lived on...

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