Monday, March 30, 2015

The Other Marshall Herrin

When Joseph Marshall Herrin damaged his reputation and then ditched his name and changed counties in order to rectify that situation, he took on a name that was similar and not his alone.

There were two young men, in the same community as Joe Herrin, around the same age, with similar names, upon whose reputations he seemed to attempt to be banking on.

The first was his first cousin, Marshall Elmond Herrrin.

Marshall Herrin Photo
Marshall E Herrin

This Marshall was born on June 20, 1873 in Stanly County and died on November 14, 1958 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Marshall Elmond Herrin was the son of John Franklin Herrin, younger brother of Eli Ransom Herrin, father of Joseph Marshall Herrin, making them first cousins. Both were grandsons of Wiley Eprhaim Herrin, and both were born in Almond Township in the Herrin's Grove area of Stanly County, near the Cabarrus County line.

Marshall E. Herrin was a very different man than his cousin Joe. He was a businessman and a smart one. He had a very large family, but had no trouble supporting and raising them.

Name:Marshall Herrin
Birth Year:abt 1873
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Almonds, Stanly, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Son
Marital Status:Single
Father's name:J. F. Herrin
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's name:Catherine Herrin
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and Dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:
Household Members:
J. F. Herrin35
Catherine Herrin34
Jonas Herrin14
Luther Herrin9
Marshall Herrin7
Priscella Herrin7
Jane Herrin3

Marshall first shows up in the 1880 census in Almond Township as a 7 year old. His cousin Joe, was also 7.

The Daily Concord Standard gave notice of his first marriage to Minnie Ella (Helen?)  Teeter in their April 4, 1895 issue.

1895 was also the year that Marshall E. Herrin began his professional career, while his cousin was busy going back and forth to jail. He had relocated to area No. 9 in Cabarrus County, in which Townships were known by number and not named, and he was appointed postmaster of a community called "Leading" in No. 9.

Name:Marshall E Herrin
Post Office Location:Leading, Cabarrus, North Carolina
Appointment Date:28 Oct 1895
Volume #:69
Volume Year Range:1889-1930

I can not determine where the Post Office of "Leading" was located, but No. 9 Township was the Georgeville area, and bordering the Almond Township of Stanly County, so I can't help but assume that Leading was probably just across the border from the area that the Herrins all lived in Stanly County. 

Just one year later, in 1896, Marshall was elected magistrate in his district in Cabarrus County. 

1896 would begin well for Marshall and his young wife, as their first child, a daughter named Mamie Estelle Herrin, was born on January 29, 1896. 

However, 1896 would not remain a good year for the young family. The day after Christmas, on December 26, 1896, Marshall would lose his young wife, only 26, would pass away.

Marshall seems to have been close to the Widenhouse family of which several intermarried with the children of John Franklin Herrin.  Marshall married a second time to Mary E Widenhouse on January 11, 1900. 

 First son, Marshall Dewey Herrin  arrived on August 14, 1898. His mother is a mystery. Tombstone records show Minnie Ella Teeter as having passed away in 1896. However, birth indexes give Dewey's mother as Minnie Ella Teeter and his death certificate name Ella as his mother. My best guess is that the tombstone was incorrect and the Ella died in December of 1898, after the birth of Dewey, as Marshall did not remarry until 1900.

NameMarshall Dewey Herrin
FatherMarshall Elmond Herrin
MotherMinnie Ella Teeter
Birth14 Aug 1898 - Cabarrus, North Carolina

NameMarshall Dewey Herrin
SpouseCassie Freeze Herrin
FatherMarshall E Herrin
MotherElla F Herrin
Birth14 Aug 1898 - North Carolina, United States
Death29 Dec 1968 - Concord, Cabarrus - Age: 70
ResidenceConcord, Cabarrus, North Carolina

The 1900 census would show the two children in the home with the newlyweds. 

Name:Marshall Herrin
[Marshall E Herrin
Birth Date:Jun 1873
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Smith, CabarrusNorth Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Mary E Herrin
Marriage Year:1900
Years Married:0
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Occupation:View on Image
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Marshall Herrin26
Mary E Herrin24
Mamie E Herrin4
Marshall D Herrin1

In 1906, the family was still living in "Leading", Cabarrus County, North Carolina, as Marshall was chosen for a federal juror. 

By 1910, the family size had grown to 8 children, and M. E. Herrin was listed as a farmer. This status would not remain long, as he would seek other and more profitable ways to support his growing family and would go in business with his brother-in-law, Martin Luther Widenhouse. 

Marshall E Henri
[Marshal E Henri] 
[Marshell E Herrin] 
Age in 1910:36
Birth Year:abt 1874
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1910:Township 9, Cabarrus, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Mary E Herrin
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Marshall E Henri36
Mary E Herrin34
Mamie Herrin14
Dewey Herrin11
Ray Herrin9
Franklin Herrin7
Lee Herrin6
May Herrin5
Pearl Herrin4
Not Named Herrin1
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By 1914, M. E. Herrin had began his career in the Lumber Business, in conjunction with partners M. L. Widenhouse and A. E. Furr. Their venture was deemed "The Rocky River Land, Lumber and Mining Company".

In 1911, Marshall lost his father, John F. Herrin. Like his brother Eli R. Herrin, John Franklin was well-loved in his community, and labeled "A Good Man". 

Below is his complimentary obituary. He raised his children well. 

In 1917-1918, Marshall E Herrin registered for the draft, like most other men, however, he had passed the age to serve. The draft card recorded him as being a farmer, tall and stout, with blue eyes and dark brown hair, and on an interesting note, his "right-hand off". How did he lose his hand?

In 1920, M. E. Herrin is still living in Cabarrus County and farming, as well as being involved in the new Rocky River Land, Lumber and Mining business. He now has 9 children and the area is called Smiths. 

Marshal E Herron
[Marshal E Herrin
[Marshal E Herries] 
[Marshal E Heinen] 
Birth Year:abt 1874
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1920:Smiths, Cabarrus, North Carolina
House Number:Farm
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Mary E Herron
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Able to Speak English:Yes
Industry:General Farming
Employment Field:Own Account
Home Free or Mortgaged:Free
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Marshal E Herron46
Mary E Herron43
Mamie E Herron23
Marshal D Herron21
John R Herron19
Albert F Herron17
Luther L Herron15
Maye E Herron14
Martha R Herron12
Carl W Herron11
Lucile V Herron5
By 1927, Marshall E. Herrin began showing up in the Charlotte, NC City Directories. I wonder what led to this move? He was listed as the proprietor of the North Charlotte Lumber Company, and lived on the Salisbury Road. 

Name:Marshall E Herrin
Residence Year:1927
Residence Place:Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Spouse:Mary Herrin
Publication Title:Charlotte, North Carolina, City Directory, 1927

The 1930 census shows the family living in part of the 5th Ward, in Charlotte, NC and Marshall as the owner of a Lumber Company. 

Name:Marshall E Herrin
Birth Year:abt 1875
Birthplace:North Carolina
Marital Status:Married
Relation to Head of House:Head
Home in 1930:Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
Map of Home:View Map
Street address:Salisbury Rd.
Ward of City:Part of 5th
House Number in Cities or Towns:3300
Dwelling Number:519
Family Number:554
Home Owned or Rented:Owned
Home Value:7500
Radio Set:Yes
Lives on Farm:No
Age at First Marriage:26
Attended School:No
Able to Read and Write:Yes
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Able to Speak English:Yes
Industry:Lumber Plant
Class of Worker:Employer
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Marshall E Herrin55
Mary E Herrin55
John R Herrin28
Albert F Herrin26
M Pearl Herrin22
Carl W Herrin21
Lucielle V Herrin15
By 1935, the family had moved on up and relocated to a home at 3300 North Tryon Street in Charlotte, NC. Still the proprietor of a Lumber Yard. Three adult children were living at home and married daughter May Herrin Perry had returned home with her 11 year old son Lawrence. 

Name:Marshal E Herrin
Estimated Birth Year:abt 1874
Birthplace:North Carolina
Marital Status:Married
Relation to Head of House:Head
Home in 1940:Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
Map of Home in 1940:View Map
Street:N Tryon Street
House Number:3300
Inferred Residence in 1935:Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
Residence in 1935:Same House
Resident on farm in 1935:No
Sheet Number:1A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation:12
Industry:Lumber Yard
House Owned or Rented:Owned
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented:8000
Attended School or College:No
Highest Grade Completed:High School, 3rd year
Class of Worker:Working on own account
Weeks Worked in 1939:52
Income Other Sources:Yes
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Marshal E Herrin66
Mary Herrin64
Jon R Herrin39
Carl W Herrin30
Lucille Herrin25
May Herrin Perry32
Lowell C Perry11

Today 3300 N. Tyron is a corner lot near some old cottage style homes and diverse small businesses at the Intersection of Tryon and East 36th Street. It is just down the street from the historic Rosedale Plantation and not far off of Little Sugar Creek. Marshall is said to have had a farm there, which probably extended to the creek. 

Property Address3300 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC
Parcel ID09111501
NeighborhoodRetail - Northeast Submarket
Fire DistrictCity Of Charlotte

He left a legacy for his children, however and the Lumber Company lived on. 

The location of the Lumber Company spawned a road of its own called Herrin Avenue, located in the North Davdison area and today runs from its intersection with North Davidson, crosses The Plaza and ends on Shamrock Drive. 

Hurricane Hugo hit Charlotte in 1989, just before Grace Herrin’s first birthday. Her parents worked around the clock giving bags of ice to the lines of people who stood outside their store. Now 25, Grace hopes to be the fourth generation in her family to run the company.
From Charlotte Magazine, September 2014 edition

This picture of Lee Herrin and daughter Grace, standing in front of Herrin Bros Coal and Ice Co. The article on this historic building can be found at this link:

In the article it states, "Grace’s great-grandfather, Luther Lee Herrin, lived on a farm with his father on nearby Herrin Avenue, and together they ran the North Charlotte Lumber Company. In 1929, Luther Lee branched out on his own and launched a delivery service for the North Charlotte textile mills, trucking over blocks of ice in the summer and lumps of coal in the winter."

Luther Lee was the fifth of Marshall E. Herrin's 9 children. The list goes:

A) Mamie Estelle Herrin Morgan 1896-1900 Married Eben C Morgan and died in Charlotte, NC. 
B) Marshall Dewey Herrin 1898-1968 Married Cassie Freeze and lived in Concord, NC. 

These two were the children of first wife, Minnie Ella Teeter.

C) John Ray Herrin was born October 30, 1900, 10 months after his parents married and was a Police Officer in Charlotte.  He recieved training in the military at Camp Croft, South Carolina, and an article appeared in the October 18, 1933 edition of "The Charlotte Observer", announcing his appointment as a Charlotte officer. He passed away in Charlotte in 1972.

D) Albert Franklin Herrin 1902-1972 in Concord, NC. Married Willie Miller. He worked at the Lumber Company with his father in Charlotte, but was later listed as a Retired Grocery Merchant and died in Cabarrus County. 

E) Luther Lee Herrin 1904-1971 Married Willie Jamie Thomas. President Herrin Coal and Ice Co. 

F) May Elizabeth Herrin Perry  1905-1991 Married and Divorced Lowell Covington Perry Sr. Operated a Charlotte Beauty Shop.

G) Martha Pearl Herrin 1906-1993 Never Married. Worked as an Insurance Agent. Relocated to Greensboro, Retired back to Charlotte. 

H) Carl Wilson Herrin 1908-1984 Married Bertha Elizabeth Hough. Worked for the US Post Office in Charlotte. 

I) Lucille Virginia Herrin Posey 1914- 1997. Worked as a Bookeeper/ Financial Records. Married Vester C Posey. 

Marshall E. Herrin died on November 14, 1958. He left a much different legacy than his similarly named cousin. 
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