Thursday, August 29, 2013

The August 2013 of the Stanly County Geneological Society

On Monday, August 26, 2013, The Stanly County Genealogical Society of North Carolina conducted their August meeting. The presentation at this meeting was in two parts and both extremely informative and interesting.

I have been attempting to attend each and every meeting, but sometime life gets in the way. The last meeting, in July, was a special one as well. James Palmer, a young collector of anything Albemarle, presented and shared his love of artifacts and industry with us and part of his impressive collection. I arrived late due to work and left early due to a family emergency, but would have loved to have been able to attend the entire presentation.

This month's meeting was first addressed by Jonathan Underwood, of the Stanly County Museum. Mr. Underwood has been busy making archival materials available to researchers through the digital site, .

This site has everything from maps, photos, club journals and scrapbooks, city directories, and other items valuable to researchers.

Mr. Underwood demonstrated how to use the site and showed some of the documents he had digitized there, including the medical journals of Dr. Francis J. Kron and the market journals of Daniel Freeman.

Daniel Freeman was an early citizen of Albemarle, but he apparently followed the courthouse as his original journals are labeled Lawrenceville, North Carolina, which is no longer in existence, but located on the Montgomery side of the Yadkin/PeeDee rivers. When the counties were divided by the river in 1841, Albemarle, then the small community of Smith's store, and basically a part of the Hearne plantation, became the county seat, the Freemans came along and established his business in Albemarle.

I checked out these journals to see what information I could extract, as the families I am most concerned with at this time hovered close to the Swift Island Ferry, which would have placed them close enough to Lawrenceville to utilize Daniel Freeman's store. And there they were, in the 1830's. I gained a valuable piece of information from these early journals and found more questions. I found a new Melton, William B., who does not appear in any census record, and therefore must have been a dash in one of the older Melton's households. He definately was not the same as William Jones Melton, one of the younger sons of John Melton Sr., who shows up in the 1850 census and migrates later to Missouri. William Jones Melton would have been a child at this time and not making adult purchases. And the entries are very clearly labeled "William B." There are few solitary Williams, but likely the same person as Henry, who shows up in the later journals, is sometimes shown as just Henry and at others as Henry H. Knowing clearly who he is, I would bet there William B and just William are the same person.

Freeman-Marks House, In Situ
Now, it's on to determine what happened to William B Melton. As there was a lot of migration out of the area during the 1830's, he might have caught a wagontrain west to Tennessee or southwest to Alabama or Arkansas. It also calls for an analysis of the other dashes to see who fits where and where he might fit.

I may never find him, yet, he might turn up among the counties of the known family connections who did migrate.
Other available resources at are confederate pension files, newspapers from surrounding counties, and early maps.

The second part of the meeting was a presentation on the Sesquicentennial of Albemarle, and the restored Albemarle landmark known as the Marks house, given by member Janice Mitchner. 

We were presented with a film from 2007 entitled "Beginnings of Stanly County".  It started from the time of the native americans, when many tribes passed through this area, with  the last and most recent being the Pee Dee Tribe, mound builders that had a town centered near Mt. Gilead in Montgomery County, where the Town Creek Indian Mound area has been restored. On January 11, 1841, a new county called Stanly was formed and the town of Albemarle was born on 51 acres donated by the Hearne family. The area was already a post office known as Smith's Store.

Albemarle was incorporated on February 2, 1857.
Newspaper clipping of 1857 Map courtesy of Janice Mitchner. Notice residence of Jim (James R.) Melton and John Howell on 3rd street, two of the families/people I have been researching as of late. 

Just a few years after the incorporation of Albemarle, the Civil War would begin and Stanly County would send a 1000 men to fight. This would be followed by the sad and hard time of reconstruction, which would be followed by the industrial boom of the late 1800's,

In 1880, Albemarle and Stanly Counties first newspaper would be published called "The Second Century, " this paper would endure and today goes by the name "The Stanly News and Press", or affectionately known as the SNAP. 

This era was a time of unprecedented growth:

 Albemarle Telephone Company would open in 1898.

The Yadkin Railroad in 1891 followed soon by the Winston-Salem Southbound.

Textile Manufacturing would become the towns major industry with the Efird Mill opening in 1896 and Wiscassett in 1898.
Wiscassett Mills
Albemarle's first bank would open in 1899 and the Lillian Mill, at Five Points, in 1894. 

In 1900, the population of Albemarle was 1382. A big jump from the few in 1857.

Allstar Flour Mills would open in 1918 and the landscape would be changed with the skyscraping silos that marked the entrance into town until just a few years ago. 

All-Star Mills
Allstar Mills

With industry came culture and Albemarle began to grow in areas of entertainment and recreation. The Albemarle Opera House opened and then the Stanly Theater. 

In 1910, Albemarle had a population of 2166, according to the film. 

Formal education had grown stagnant after the war, and by the early 1900's, small one room schools peppered the landscape. In 1899, Albemarle City Schools were formed and a Normal School was built on Third Street, on the block where Central School now stands. 

Stanly County sent over 1700 of her young men to fight in WWI and over 2 dozen never returned. 

In 1913, Carolina Aluminum Company came to the county, to change its look and industry forever. They were bought by Alcoa in 1915. Narrows dam was built in 1917 and Badin Lake was formed. At the time, the Narrows dam was the tallest concrete structure in America. 

In 1920, Albemarle had a population of 2691.

In 1915, Kingville School would be built in what was then a suburb of Albemarle and is now one of her neighborhoods. Kingville serviced the non-white students until segregation in the early 1970's, when it was closed and is now used as the E. E. Waddell Center. 

The first true hospital was built in 1924  "Stanly" and Yadkin Hospital followed in 1926. They merged in 1950. 

In 1930, Albemarle would have a population of 3493 and in 1940, 4060.

The film went on to tell of the American Legion Junior World Series held in Albemarle in 1940 and the opening of the radio stations, WABZ and WZKY. Soon, Albemarle would have an Airport  in 1947 for Charter flights and privately owned planes. Her population would grow to 11,980 in 1950 and twenty years later, only 11,126. Perhaps the reason for this was more students graduating high school and going on to college during this era, and finding careers in other places, ushering in the era of the traveling grandparents. During the 1970's, Albemarle saw the birth of Stanly Technical Institute, now Stanly Community College. 

In 1972, the new Courthouse and Library would be built and still exist. By 1980, Albemarle had grown to a population of 15,110. The Agri-Civic Center was built in 1988. 

The 1990's began the period of the loss of industry as companies began locating outside of the U.S.  

The film mentioned a newspaper article from up north describing Stanly County as a "Region of Riches" that was losing jobs. It told of the flood of 1997 that shut down Wiscassett Mills for good and of other plant closings. 

It ended on a bright note of the success of local teenager, Kellie Pickler, who has gone on to be a country star and winner of "Dancing with the Stars". 

The Freeman-Marks House before Reconstrcution

After the film, we were given a brief history of the Marks house. It's a pre-Civil War structure that has been relocated 3 times, in 1847, in 1906, and lastly in 1975. It's a small federal style building that housed several of Albemarle's important early citizens. Until 1975, the house was located behind the old Courthouse. It was even used as a store at one time.

Main room of the Freeman-Marks house, trundle bed. 
Archibald C Freeman, a local politician and merchant lived there, and it is believed his father was the one who originally built it. It's original location was outside of the town limits, and Daniel Freeman, Archibald's father, had it move to town. He chose a location near the courthouse ideal for business. Others must have thought so too, as two small back rooms were used as offices.

The Freemans sold the house to Mr. Whitson Marks, who was also a local merchant. He also built a boarding house and used the small house as rental property. Known person's to occupy the house were Dr. Richard Anderson, a marksman with the Stanly County Guards during the Civil War, and Attorney Samuel J. Pemberton who wrote  the book "North Carolina Criminal Codes and Digest".

Dr. William H. Lilly, a surgeon during the war,  who made use of the offices until moving to Concord.

And then the Marks sisters, who dearly loved the house. Sally Marks obtained her PHd from Columbia University  and was the first woman professor at Chapel Hill. Minnie Marks died of thypoid at the age of 19.  Miss Patty Marks donated the house and lived to be 100 years old. She, too, was an educator.
Pattie Marks in her Garden
Miss Patty Marks tends her garden next to the house. 
The presentation ended with a tour of the house, which is decorated with period items, many of them native to the house. A small structure with two chimneys, two rooms and two back offices, it has unique detail in its woodwork and is very well made, to have survived as long as it has. It is first mentioned in records in 1847, but is thought to be much older.

This months presentation was very informative and educational. I was enraptured.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


In the new, National Geographical Channel series TV show "Diggers", it features two men, "King George" Wyant and Tim "Ringy" Saylor, who have fun with metal detectors and get crazy excited when they find an old coin, or other valuable treasure. When the detector signals a significant object, they call it "juice".
George Wyant pretending to punch Tim Saylor  at the Big Hole location.
National Geographic Channels "Diggers", Wyant and Saylor.
While researching, when I find something, a document or other item, which may lead to answers to some unsolved questions, I call that "juice."

Recently, in my Melton research, I came across some 'juice' while pouring thru records on, the Mormon Church, Utah site, which is full of ancestral treasure.

It's the case of  The State of North Carolina vs Melton & Bird and its an 1852 court case from Stanly County. I had came across the case already, and had read about its outcome and its historical significance. However, I had not yet read the details of the case, the testimony or the players.

I found these summons:

State vs. Harris Melton and Ann Bird

Supoena for defendants, Rowan County:
James Morphis, D W Honeycutt, John Melton, Charles Reeves and Michael Swisegood to Sept Term 1851. Executed on the 25th of July 1851
note: but D. W. Huneycutt is not to be found in my county. 

To the sheriff of Stanly County:

Commanded to summons: Joshua Hearne, James Boysworth, Jarrett Russell, Fanny Russel, Catherine Kirk, Frances Kirk, Charlotte Melton, William Solomon.

Later another supoena of the same list with the name Aaron Saunders added.

Arrest warrant for Ann Bird, Fall Term 1851. Bonded out by James R Melton

March, 1851, Arrest warrant for Harris Melton, Bond signed by Harris Melton and James R. Melton. 
   An odd date of June 4, 1837 added on near the bottom of this document, near the signatures.

Another Stanly County summons with the names: Henry Marshall, Eben Hearne, and Nelson Hathcock. All of those men were important players in the early politics of Stanly County, serving in offices and general 'movers and shakers' of the community.
Already, I am excited about the juice, awaiting the arrival of original documents from the archives in Raleigh. Just the summons tell me a few things.

1) John Melton, Jr. and wife Nancy Boysworth Melton are found in the 1850 cenus of Stanly County. By 1860, Nancy and her daughter Laura J Gill, are living in the town of Gold Hill in Rowan County.

In land records, Nancy Melton is mentioned twice. Once in the division of lands of Jonathan Boysworth, wherein 7 children are named: Almond, Mary, William, Caswell, John, Elizabeth, all Boysworths, and Nancy Melton. Later, sister Mary will marry David Melton. David is one of the sons of John Melton, Sr.

The second time she is mentioned is in a land record dated January 11, 1878, where Nancy Boysworth  and surviving daughters, Laura J. Gill and Missouri Forrest of Rowan sell their share of the lands, 'including the residence of John Melton, deceased, 78 acres on the West side of the Pee Dee adjoining  Winnie Forrest, Louiza Kirk, J T Forrest and others.

J. T. Forrest, or Jesse Tatum Forrest, was the husband of Missouri. Descendants have her as Missouri Bosworth Forrest, because her name is on a document as such. Bosworth, or Boysworth, was her middle name, apparently, as she was the daughter of John Melton and Nancy Boysworth Melton.

This supoena means that John and Nancy had moved to Rowan County by 1852, and took a few of the sons of Charlotte Melton with them, as well as one of the John Solomon's. Elbert Melton (sometimes shown as Edward), was one of them, as well as a "Calvin". Harris Melton and Ann Bird were living together in Gold Hill in the 1850 census.

The Quick and Unfortunate Life of Chester Melton

The Greensboro article states, " A fourth pardon goes to Chester Melton, convicted in Stanly County of assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to eight months on the roads. Melton is 15 and was sentenced in July, and new evidence discovered since the trial seems to establish the innocence of the boy." Greensboro Daily News,  Sunday, August 31, 1913.

Who was Chester Melton of Stanly County? What did he do and how is he tied in to the rest of the Meltons?

The only record of young Chester, was as the nephew of Archie Melton of Albemarle, living with Arch and wife Lundy as a child. He appears in the 1900 and 1910 census records.

Chester Mitton
[Chester Milton] 
Birth Date:abt 1896
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Albermarle, Stanly, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Nephew
Marital Status:Single
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Occupation:View on Image
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Archy Mitton50
Lundy Mitton51
Chester Mitton4
Chester Melton
Age in 1910:14
Birth Year:abt 1896
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1910:Albemarle, Stanly, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Nephew
Marital Status:Single
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Archie Melton61
Landy Melton69
Chester Melton14

And then, no more...

Was Chester vindicated or did the young man die on the chain gang? More research may or may not tell. His story may be one of the many that evaporated away. 

Was he tied in to the Melton family of Stanly County? Yes, as a nephew of Arch Melton, he was. 

Arch Melton was a son of Charlotte Melton and a mystery many "Arving" or "Orange" Calloway. 

Charlotte Melton was living with James R Melton in 1860. She was indicted as the mother of illegitimate child Elbert Melton in 1841. She was called to testify in the case of Harris Melton and Ann Bird in 1852, as the mother of Harris Melton, along with brothers John Melton, Jr. and James R. Melton, and William Solomon, a brother-in-law. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sunday Black Sheep: Charles B Howell

When researching the document that led to my post "An Interesting Find In Salisbury", I discovered that the Howell family that was involved with a Soloman family was the widow and children of Monroe B Howell.
Mrs. Howell was selling property in Salisbury, as well as in the town of Albemarle and out in the county of Stanly. Probably land M. B. Howell hsd inherited from his father, Newton Howell.

Flower Garden at Lakewood Park in Charlotte, NC
The Solomans involved were the children of M. B. Howell's daughter, Cora, who had married a Soloman.
Newton Howell is a study of his own, that I will get more in depth on at some point and quite a bit of a mystery. Some people, descended obviously from a different Newton Howell, have connected him with their ancestor in Newberry, South Carolina, but he could not be the same person. His estate papers were settled in Stanly County and he very plainly died here. He could not have been two places at one time.
Newton Howell was a merchant and citizen of the small town of Albemarle from its inception. His name is writhe in the earliest records of a newborn Stanly County during the 1840's. His son, Monroe Byrd Howell is named as a druggist in the early census records.
Charles Byrd Howell was his son.

Charle B. lived in and around Salisbury and Spencer in Rowan County at the turn of the century. He made a career with the Railroads, of which Spencer, and Salisbury too, were major hubs.
He married Leslie Powell and had two little daughters. But his life was much more complicated than all that. When I read his death certificate which gave cause of death as both drowning and suicide, I knew there had to be a tragic story behind it, and there was.
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The Columbia, SC paper had interviewed an acquaintance of his who said he was an "up and coming" young railroad man, and did not seem "deeply troubled." But he was a married father in his latter thirties, and obviously in love with a teenaged girl.
The Friday, September 11, 1914 edition of The Greensboro Daily News tells it best.
Howell and Lizzie Griffin Found Buckled Together in Lake at Charlotte Yesterday
Charlotte, Sept. 10 - Locked in each others embrace the bodies of Charles B Howell and Miss Lizzie Griffin, of Monroe, were found at 6:25 this morning floating on the surface of the lake at Lakewood, the park suburban resort west of the city. The bodies were near the dance pavillion and were bounded together with a leather belt, worn by Howell around his waist ordinarily. The bodies were floating together, the woman's face upwards, the man's over her right shoulder. The woman's left arm was under the man's left arm and encircling his body, their bodies bound breast to breast together. The woman had had on all her clothing except her coat and hat which was found yesterday in the lake.
On her left arm were two bracelets, apparently of value; on her finger, a signet ring
; a necklace of gold and a gold cresent pin at her waist. The waist was of white lace, her skirt dark blue serge, the same as the coat found in the boat yesterday. The bodies were buckled so tightly together that when the belt was cut, the woman's back scarcely touched the ground where she was lying, it having been pressed in so tightly that the back had sunk in. The man's body was full of water, but there was no water in the woman's body. His body had swollen greatly and pressed against her body so that her back was bent in by forcr of the pressure and belting which had not given away.
     The bodies were found by E. Maynard, who works at Wearn's lumberyard, and who lives just beyond the lake at Lakewood. He was waiting at the streetcar station at the lake for a car, when hecsaw something floating in the lake near the pavillion.

     He went nearer and saw that it was two bodies fastened together. He phoned the coroner of the find. The news spread rapidly and in a short time their was an immense crowd surrounding the lake. W. S. Orr, manager of Lakewood and others rowed out to where the bodies were abd pulled them into shallow water thence lifted them to the bank. The dragging of the bodies caused the woman's hair to be disheveled and caused a bruise on her right cheek, which gave rise to the report that she had been forced into the suicidal back, but this latter Mr. Orr and others say is not true, as it would have bern impossible for anyone to be forced into the position  in which the bodies were found together had he or she been unwilling.
     Said Mr. Orr: "The man and woman stood facing each other while he bound and buckled them together. They then jumped into the lake." The act was committed Monday night. Beside the bodies rising on the third day, as is the case in drowning, a conductor on one of the Chadwick-Hoskins cars which pass Lakewood, recalls that Howell and Miss Griffin, whom he knew, went out on his car Monday night about 11 o'clock and got off at Reisman's Avenue this side of the lake. The boats had all been locked up after the Labor Day Celebration, but Howell secured a boat, and in it he and the girl kept their death pact.
     Mr. Howell left home Saturday morning on the 8 o'clock train. He said he was going to Salisbury to spend Labor Day with his mother. As soon as he reached Charlotte, he went to the Powell home. He was in a good humor when he left.
     When Howell left the Powell home, he went to the Central hotel and registered thus: J J Hinson and wife, Atlanta, Georgia. He said he was looking for his wife. He was given room 76, the key to which room was found in his coat in the boat. The girl did not go to the hotel. She came to Charlotte Saturday at 1 o'clock and went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Williams, the latter her aunt, being a sister of her father. She stayed their until Monday morning at 9 o'clock. She left telling her aunt and the family that she was going up the street to shop, that she intended becoming a trained nurse and was going to Fayetteville to take her training, and that she was going to buy some goods for uniforms and would then take the 20 o'clock train for Monroe, but met Howell uptown, and they were together from that time on, the last being seen of them was when they disembarked from the car at Lakewood Monday night. There seems to be no doubt that they agreed to die together and as he said "End everything".
The article did not mention a suicide note, but C. B. Howell must have left one to be quoted "End everything."

After finding such a tragic end to these two, I wanted to know more about who Lizzie Griffin was and what may have happened in the mind of Charles Byrd Howell.
Lakewood Park at night - Charlotte, NC
From 1910. The Lakewood Park site states that "Strings of lights were placed around the lake giving couples a well lit stroll along the walkway at night. The amusement rides were placed on the southern side of the trolley line which divided the park. A tunnel was built under the tracks so patrons could easily access the amusement park or the lake side without crossing the tracks. If you look closely towards the center of the postcard above, you can see the stairway that led from the parks main trolley station to this tunnel."

It was not difficult to find the Death Certificate of Lizzie Griffin. There were several Lizzie Griffins in and around Charlotte, and Union County, NC. Monroe is Griffin Central. But only one who died the same day as Charles B. Howell.

Her name was given as Elizabeth Griffin and she was single, and only 18 years old. Her employment was given as "Household", her education as "Common School", and her parents as H. F. Griffin and Mattie Edwards. The informant was R. E. Bishop of Charlotte.
This is a postcard of the lake where the bodies were found. 

Research found out that H. F. Griffin was Henry Fulton Griffin of Monroe, North Carolina. H. F. Griffin was the son of Jacob Kindley Griffin and Elizabeth Davis Griffin. He was the grandson of the locally reknown minister, Rev. Edmund Lilly Davis and his wife Mary Newsome Davis, of the old Rocky River Baptist Church.
Henry Fulton Griffin
Henry Fulton Griffin was born on Aug. 27, 1867 and died on September 14 1893. He had married Martha D "Mattie" Edwards on December 29, 1891. He is buried in the old Griffin - Davis cemetery in Polkton, Anson County, North Carolina.

Mattie Edwards was the daughter of  James Henry "Big Henry" Edwards and Sarah Arminta "Minta" Curlee. She grew up in the New Salem area of Union County. Like her husband, H. F. Griffin, Mattie was also doomed to a brief life.  She was born August 27, 1873 and died January 5, 1897.
Casino at Lakewood Park in Charlotte, NC
This picture is from 1915, the year after the double suicide from a play of passion. 
Mattie was the mother of three children. She named her oldest for her mother, Sarah Arminta. She was born in April of 1893. Next came Elizabeth in 1896 and lastly Myers Vance Griffin in 1897. It is tragic enough that these children were orphaned at such a young age, but laid out on a timeline, you notice something else.
The Ad for Lakewood park said that 'new steel boats were purchased for the 1910 season and that row-boating was one of the favorite activities of park visitors. 
H. F. and Mattie married in 1891. He was 24 and Mattie was 18. Minta came along a year and a half later in April of 1893. H. F. died in September of the same year. Elizabeth was born in 1896, two years later. Myers draft card says that he was born on Feb. 1 1897. Only Minta could have been the child of H. F. Griffin. The other two took his name, however, and lost their mother shortly after the birth of Myers, probably. Either his birth record on the draft card was wrong, which was often the case, or the death date on her tombstone was wrong, because it has that he was born nearly a month after she died. More likely she died shortly after his birth or at his birth, and as he was an orphan, no one kept up with the date very well. That of Lizzie either. One census has her being born in Dec. of 1894, in which case, she could have been the posthumous  child of H. F. Griffin, and likely was. But her date of birth was not well recorded.

Whether they were the children of H. F. Griffin, or not, and Myers most obviously was not, the Griffin family took them in. In 1900, Cornelia Ellen Griffin Jerome and husband had them along with their ever expanding brood. She was the sister of H. F. Griffin.

Myres Griffin
Birth Date:Feb 1896
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Monroe, Union, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Boarder
Marital Status:Single
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Occupation:View on Image
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Jno E Jerome37
Ellin Jerome34
Marry Jerome9
Elvin Jerome7
Jamie Jerome6
David Jerome5
Sallie Jerome10/12
Minter Griffin7
Lizzie Griffin5
Myres Griffin4
Ten years later, Fulton and Ellen's brother Edmund, or Edward, would take them in and refer to them as his children. He must have loved them, as they were counted not as nieces and nephews, or boarders, as in Ellen's household, but as children of...
Name:Meta Griffin
Age in 1910:16
Birth Year:abt 1894
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1910:South Monroe, Union, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Daughter
Marital Status:Single
Father's Name:Edmond W Griffin
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Name:Mary J Griffin
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Edmond W Griffin58
Mary J Griffin47
John F Griffin25
Ulaie Griffin23
Meta Griffin16
Elizabeth Griffin14
Myrse Griffin12
Two years later, Sarah Arminta Griffin would marry Alexander Edwards Bishop, son of Rev. Samuel Bishop of Virginia, and Mary McQueen of Scotland. He would die at 51. They had 3 children together and moved around a bit.
Alex E Bishop
Birth Year:abt 1887
Birthplace:South Carolina
Home in 1920:Ellenboro, Rutherford, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Menta G Bishop
Father's Birthplace:Virginia
Mother's Birthplace:Scotland
[South Carolina] 
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Alex E Bishop33
Menta G Bishop26
Mattie E Bishop6
Evelyn M Bishop4
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ame:B A Bishop
Birth Year:abt 1890
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1930:Lincolnton, Lincoln, North Carolina
Map of Home:View Map
Marital Status:Married
Relation to Head of House:Head
Spouse's Name:Menta H Bishop
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina


Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace:
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Household Members:
B A Bishop40
Menta H Bishop33
Mattie E Bishop16
Evelyn M Bishop14
Junior Bishop9
First in Rutherford County, and then in Lincoln County. Alex would die in 1937 and Minta would move to Gastonia and become a dress maker. She would die there in 1956.

Myers would serve in the U. S. Army in WW I and afterwards, work as a brakeman for the Railroad. He moved to Harrisburg, PA and married Clara V. Walters. He would die prior to 1930, as his wife is shown as a widow in that census living with her sister. 

And Lizzie, the most ill-fated of all of the 3 orphans would meet Charles Byrd Howell.

Charles Byrd Howell was the oldest son, and third child of seven of Albemarle, Stanly County Druggest, Monroe Byrd Howell and his wife, Laura Frances "Fannie" Austin Howell. He was the grandson of early Albemarle merchant, Newton Howell and wife Rebecca Pennington Howell.

ame:M. B. Howell
Birth Year:abt 1839
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Albemarle, Stanly, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Self (Head)
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Fannie Howell
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:
Household Members:
M. B. Howell41
Fannie Howell32
Sallie Howell6
Cora Howell4
Charley Howell2
Photo: Looking north toward the Square from Second Street's intersection with South Street, ca. 1910.He grew up on the dirt streets of old Albemarle and lived in a house in town. 

Twenty years later, in 1900, Fannie had moved her family, including married daughter Cora, her husband James Nicholas Solomon and two children, Lucille, and James N. Jr., to Salisbury, North Carolina. Charley would get a job with the railroad, which reined in old Salisbury and Spencer. 
Name:Charlie Howell
Birth Date:Apr 1889
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Son
Marital Status:Single
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Name:Julia F Howell
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Occupation:View on Image
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Julia F Howell49
Charlie Howell22
Patrick H Howell19
Jessie Howell16
James V Howell14
James N Sollamon25
Cora M Sollamon24
Claudie L Sollamon4
James Sollamon1
Shortly afterwards, Charlie would marry Leslie Pinkney Powell, daughter of  Pinkney Shuford Powell and Louisa Regina Roarke Powell, from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. 

Charles B Howell
Residence Year:1904
Street Address:900 X Graham
Residence Place:Charlotte, North Carolina
Spouse:Leslie Howell 
Publication Title:Charlotte, North Carolina, City Directory, 1904
1904 would show the young couple living on Graham Street in Charlotte. 
The current view of 900 Graham Street brings up a spot of foliage next to a bridge crossing a railroad track across the road from a narrow park in shadows of the Charlotte skyscrapers. 
Charles B Howell
Residence Year:1907
Street Address:900 X Graham
Residence Place:Charlotte, North Carolina
Spouse:Leslie Howell 
Publication Title:Charlotte, North Carolina, City Directory, 1907
harles B Howell
Residence Year:1909
Street Address:800 N Graham
Residence Place:Charlotte, North Carolina
Spouse:Leslie Howell 
Publication Title:Charlotte, North Carolina, City Directory, 1909
By 1909, they had moved their small family, which included two small daughters, a few blocks down to 800 N Graham Street, which is now just a clump of bushes next to an overpass. 
Name:Charles B Howell
Age in 1910:31
Birth Year:abt 1879
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1910:Charlotte Ward 4, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Pinkie L Howell
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Charles B Howell31
Pinkie L Howell28
Leslie C Howell7
Elsie M Howell3
By the 1910 census, Charlie and Pinkie are living right next door to her parents, the Powells. Charlie is listed as a machinist for the railroad, his father-in-law, as a machinist at the "Shops". His brother-in-law, John T. Powell, was living with his parents, and managing a 'moving picture theater'. They were living a city life.
ame:Pink S Powell
Age in 1910:50
Birth Year:abt 1860
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1910:Charlotte Ward 4, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Louisa R Powell
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Pink S Powell50
Louisa R Powell
It is unknown when or how Charlie Howell met Lizzie Griffin, but doubtful their relationship had began in the way it was by 1910, as she would have been a mere child. It may, however, had something to do with her Aunt and Uncle, Katie and Noah Williams, who lived in Charlotte by 1910, and whom she had visited the morning before her death. Perhaps Noah Williams was a friend of Charlie Howell, and Charlie had made the girl's acquaintance at their home, or perhaps he had just found her riding the street cars of town, a fragile looking and dewy adolescent, an orphan in search of that forever lost father figure she never had, except perhaps in her Uncle Edmond. 

This photo is of the streetcar tracks to Lakewood park, circa 1911
1910 electric trolley Charlotte, NC
A Streetcar like this one was the last ride for Charlie and Lizzie. It may have been this very one, from Lakewood Park circa 1911

The Mystery remains: did young Lizzie know of Charlie's plans? Was she a victim or a willing participant?