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The “Burleson” of “Burleson Hill”

The “Burleson” of “Burleson Hill”

  J.E. Burleson operated this mica house atop Burleson Hill, the location of the current Spruce Pine Town Cemetery. Burleson began opening mica mines in 1894 and ground mica beginning in the 1900s. He was the largest individual mica operator in the region. His...

Three Baptist Preachers

Three Baptist Preachers

Charles Arnold Carpenter was born 7/1/1898 and died 9/26/1980.  He was the son of Henry F. and Dona Willis Carpenter; his wife was Agnes Gunter, and they had 6 children.  Rev. Carpenter was pastor at Beaver Creek and Hall’s Chapel Baptist Churches.  He was...

Charles A. Murphy – In Memoriam

Charles A. Murphy – In Memoriam

Charles Augustus Murphy was born in Mitchell County on 5 April 1924.  His parents were Joseph Ellis Murphy (1888-1964) and Hester Pendley (1887-1984). Charles graduated from Harris High School in Spruce Pine in 1941 and registered for the draft in 1942, when he was...

Mitchell County’s Reverend Stephen Morgan Greene

Mitchell County’s Reverend Stephen Morgan Greene

Stephen Morgan Greene was born March 22, 1838, to Joseph S. and Mary “Polly” Collis Greene in the Greene Cove area on Cane Creek, Yancey County at the time and now Mitchell. He was named Stephen Morgan after his uncle Rev. Stephen Morgan Collis, his mother’s brother....

Mitchell County and the May Fresh of 1901

Mitchell County and the May Fresh of 1901

David Crockett described the flood of the Nolichucky in 1791 as “the second epistle to Noah’s fresh.” Most likely, since the Toe River feeds the Nolichucky and Cane Creek feeds the Toe River, the folks in what’s now Mitchell County also had to deal with high water....

Stylish Clothing for Mitchell County Boys One Hundred Years Ago

Stylish Clothing for Mitchell County Boys One Hundred Years Ago

Ernest McKinney was born April 6, 1903, in the McKinney Cove.  He was the son of William Alfonso “Fonzer” McKinney (1877-1963) and Maggie Wilson McKinney (1881-1916.)  In one of these photos he is with his parents, while the other pic shows him about age 8.  You may...

The Sad Story of Zeb McCurry

The Sad Story of Zeb McCurry

Zeb’s WWI service record card gives his name as Zeb McCurry with an address of Relief in Yancey County and age of 22 6/12. He reported to the Mitchell County Draft Board on September 19, 1917 and was listed as Zeb McCourry. His military service record card with the...

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