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Mrs. Nellie Stewart Buchanan and the Stewart Family

Mrs. Nellie Stewart Buchanan and the Stewart Family

The following story was written by the late Jack L. English in February 2009. It is used with permission from his family. My great grandmother was Nellie Stewart born May 11, 1877. She married Doss Buchanan. They had the first telephone in the county and the rising...

The Lewis Men of Pigeon Roost and their Mustaches

The Lewis Men of Pigeon Roost and their Mustaches

  This photograph, made in 1886, appeared in a Tri-County News article on 2/27/1969.  It shows several men from the Lewis family of Pigeon Roost.  Massey Lewis, who supplied the photo, said that the men all “let the hair grow on their lips” specifically in...

Mrs. Ruby Sisk Gouge

Mrs. Ruby Sisk Gouge

Ruby Juanita Sisk was born December 18, 1898 in Franklin, North Carolina to Ray Dean and Emma Lou Guy Sisk. Her father was a successful attorney, state senator, and highly respected community citizen.She was an honor graduate from Woman’s College, UNC, which is now...

Mrs. Agnes Henry: A Tribute during Women’s History Month

Mrs. Agnes Henry: A Tribute during Women’s History Month

Agnes Mary McDougall was born April 30, 1883 to Charles Archibald and Viola Harwood McDougall near present-day Escondido, California. Her sister, Viola Glenwood, was born two years later. Their mother died in 1891 and her father remarried a woman named Francis N....

Ten Wilson Brothers

Ten Wilson Brothers

Phillip H. Wilson was born Burke County, NC, 4/16/1814, the son of William and Nancy Haney Wilson.  On 5/31/1832 in Burke County, Phillip married Nancy Norman (1817-1880), daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Williams Norman.  They were the parents of at least 12 children...

Lydia Holman – Serving Mitchell County for 58 Years

Lydia Holman – Serving Mitchell County for 58 Years

Lydia Holman came to Mitchell County in 1900 to serve as a private duty nurse for a woman suffering from Typhoid.  The woman got well and moved away. Holman stayed for the next 58 years serving the people of Mitchell County. Holman had graduated from the Philadelphia...

The Mother of Little Switzerland ~ Nancy Buchanan

The Mother of Little Switzerland ~ Nancy Buchanan

Nancy M. DeWeese was born 2/2/1842 in Missouri, where her parents, Louis DeWeese and Rachel Matilda McKinney DeWeese, had moved.  Her father died when she was 5, and her mother took her and her two sisters, Jane Elizabeth (1837-1889) and Mary (1844-1929) back to North...

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