$100 Reward for the Return of Jerry

SUBMITTED BY:  Lisa Y. Henderson (edited by Cheri Todd Molter) On February 28, 1863, Edmund Moore of Wilson advertised in the Tarborough Southerner for the return of Jerry, a thirty-year-old man who formerly belonged to Howell G. Whitehead of Pactolus township in...

William Burton “Burt” Joyner

AUTHOR:  James Marshall Joyner (Click image to enlarge) In 1838, Hilliard and Penninah (spelled “Penina” in some records) Johnston Joyner had a son, William Burton “Burt” Joyner. Burt and his parents resided in the eastern portion of Nash County, which became Wilson...

A Deserter’s Story

A Deserter’s Story George Deans (1831-1839), a Wayne County farmer, was a loyal Union man and bitterly opposed to the war between the states. In May 1862 he was conscripted by the Confederate army and taken from his home by about 15 armed men and sent to...

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