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Lane photographs.

My Daniel Artis/Christopher Lane posts have attracted even more fruitful attention. S.C. has researched the John Lane family for her half-brother, who is descended from one of Christopher Lane’s brothers, and has generously shared photos she has collected.

This photo, taken perhaps in the 1980s, depicts the ruins of John Lane’s house in Bullhead, Greene County. It was in and around this house, presumably, that Sylvania Artis‘ children worked during their involuntary apprenticeship to Lane. S.C. says the house has since been pulled down, though some its interior was salvaged. She also said the family’s cemetery is nearby.

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And then this rather leprous image shows Christopher C. Lane, the young soldier who took Daniel Artis with him as a valet when he entered Confederate service.

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Many thanks to S.C. for reaching out and for sharing these photographs.

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Daniel Artis, Union soldier?

Daniel Artis’ pension file arrived today, and I was puzzled. Was this either of “my” Daniels?

As detailed here, Daniel Artis, allegedly went to war as a body servant for Confederate officer Christopher C. Lane. There are two Daniel Artises. One was born about 1820 and would have been well into middle age when he trudged off to battle. On the other hand, his nephew Daniel Artis, Sylvania’s son, was born about 1843, and was in his prime when the Civil War erupted.

What does the file tell us? It’s a slim one, as pension application files go. Daniel’s request for assistance was rejected summarily, so there was no need to interview his neighbors and kin to corroborate his claims. Still, it is useful.

On 2 December 1901, the Board of Review received an application from DANIEL ARTIES, G 14 USCHA, and assigned it claim number 1277226. Milo B. Stevens & Company of Washington, D.C., a firm of attorneys specializing in pension claims, represented the old soldier. Daniel gave his address as P.O. Box 5, Greenville, Pitt Co., NC, and stated that he had enrolled in the Army in an unknown date in 1865 and been discharged on 11 December of the same year. Despite the Pitt County address, Artis granted Stevens power of attorney on a form sworn to in Wayne County — specifically, Eureka — in the presence of W.M. Exum and Philip Forte. I’m not clear on Exum’s identity, but Forte was a prominent African-American in the neighbor and himself a Union veteran.  Further, Forte’s daughter Hannah married Daniel’s cousin Walter S. Artis, son of Adam and Frances Seaberry Artis. Simon S. Strother, the notary public who stamped Daniel’s application, was executor of Adam T. Artis’ estate.) At some point, a commissioner requested “personal description and name of owner” from Artis, but the response — which would have included an assertion of his freeborn status — is not found.

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Daniel’s supporting declaration for invalid pension stated that he was 68 years old, that he had been discharged at Fort Macon, and that he was unable to support himself by manual labor due to “rheumatism in back and hip and piles and affected in the breast.” Daniel signed the document with an X.

And then the downer: “Rejection on the ground that the soldiers name is not borne on the rolls of Co G, 14th U.S.Col.H.A., as alleged, as shown by the report from the War Department.”

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So, which Daniel is this? Several clues help eliminate Daniel the elder. First, he was born circa 1820, well before Daniel the applicant. Second, Daniel the elder owned significant property in Greene County and is not known to have lived in either Wayne or Pitt Counties. Last, and this applies to either, if Daniel served Christopher C. Lane during his time as an officer in Company A, 3rd North Carolina Artillery from about 1861 till his death in 1864, is it likely that he would have trudged home from Georgia, turned around, gone to New Bern, and enlisted in the Colored Troops in 1865?

My money is on Daniel, son of Sylvania Artis and Guy Lane. Here’s the little I know about him:

In the 1850 census of Greene County, next to white farmer John Lane, Silvany Artess is listed with her children Daniel, Mitchell, Meriah, Gui, and Penny Artess. Ten years later, John Lane’s household included Dannel, Mike, Penney, Dyner, Juley, and Washington Artis, who probably were his apprentices.  Next door was 40 year-old Dannel Artis, the children’s uncle.  On the other side, their mother Sylvania Artis.

Around 1861, Daniel went to war with John Lane’s son Christopher and returned home in 1864.  Surely it is he, and not his 45 year-old uncle Daniel, that enlisted in the Union Army in 1865. His service was short-lived, and he apparently returned to Greene County after.

Guy Lane and Sylvania Artis formalized their marriage a year after he was emancipated, and by 1870 the family had moved several miles west into Nahunta district, Wayne County. There, Guy Lane and wife Silvania are shown in the census with children Daniel, Mike [Mitchell], Mariah, Guy, Penny, Dinah, Julie, Washington, and Alford.

In the 1880 census in Bull Doze [Bull Head] township, Greene County, Daniel Artis appears with his wife Eliza and children Emma D. and James W. I cannot find him in any census thereafter. However, if he is the Daniel Artis who applied for a Civil War pension, he was living in Wayne or Pitt County from 1900 until at least 1904. The notice below also seems to indicate that he was alive as late as 1905, when Dunk Lane and “Miss Dickerson” used his house as a place of assignation. This is the last evidence I have of Daniel Artis’ life.

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Goldsboro Weekly Argus, 1 August 1907.

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They would not have taken them in church.

Part II of Bailham and Hannah Sauls Speight’s pension application file arrived today, and here are some extracts from witnesses deposed 4 June 1904:

  • Hannah Speight – “I claim pension as the widow of Bailham Speight but who served during the Civil War in the U.S. Army under the name of Bailham Edwards.” His brother Lafayette Edwards “lives at Bull Head which is eight miles from Goldsboro.” “I was born on Appletree Swamp near the town of Stauntonberg, Greene County. N.C. and was a slave; was owned by Lawrence Brown. I am the daughter of Rosetta Sauls. My father was Sheppard Sauls. I was known as Hannah Sauls prior to my marriage to Bailham Speight. … [A]fter our marriage we lived as husband and wife till he died December the 21st 1902.” “My husband was born and raised in Greene County. He was about six years older than I was still I knew him before he was grown….” “After his discharge he went to Georgia and was there just twelve months I do not know in what part of Georgia he was. No, I guess it was South Carolina where he went for he went away with Capt. Bill Taylor to work turpentine. … I married my husband about four years after the close of the war and we were married in the month of November in Snow Hill….” Married at Rebecca Bess’ house. She is deceased, as are witnesses Martha Sheppard, Luke Sheppard, and Charles Moseley. Maria Lofton did not witness, but could testify to marriage. She lives on Dr. Parrott’s plantation near Falling Creek. Amos Ellis, Lafayette Edwards, and Violet Edwards would have heard of the marriage, as would Isaac Lynch. … “My husband was raised five miles from Snow Hill on the Betsey Edwards place.” “My husband had a woman before the war. She might be called a slave wife and her name was Jennie. My husband told me she died in Newbern about the close of the war.” “At date of death of my husband I had one child under 16, viz., George Speight and he was fourteen on the 26th of last September. I never had George’s age set down by I remembered it all the same and I have always celebrated the twenty sixth of September as being his birthday and I am absolutely sure that he is now fourteen going on fifteen.” Midwife Mariah Moore lived one mile from Kinston in Harveytown. “After my marriage I lived for twelve months on the place of Dr. John Harvey and then I moved down here; moved here in the Fall of 1870 and have been here ever since. Everybody both white and black know me around here.” Deposition A.
  • Hannah Speight — Sixty-one years of age and lives four miles from Kinston. “I have had eleven children – ten by Bailham Speight and one by Loderick Artist. I never lived with Loderick Artist for during the time he came to see me I was living in the house with my mother and father. We were engaged to be married but after he got me in trouble he went and married another woman. He married her before I married Bailham Speight. He married a woman named Mandy and lived with her till he died ten years ago. He died in the neighborhood of Speights Bridge. No, I never went under the name of Artist nor was I ever known as his wife and never lived with him a day. Our relations were all of a secret nature.” Deposition B.
  • Rosetta Sauls – “I think I am 85; I can do no work and live with my grandson.” “Hannah Speight is my daughter.” … “I did not see her married because she married in Snow Hill and I was living in the country but Bailham come and got her from her my house and took her to Snow Hill where they were married and then they came right back to my house where they lived some three or four months and then they moved in a house to themselves.” “No, my daughter was never married to Loderick Artist and they never did live together but he was the father of her oldest child. He deceived my daughter and got a child by her and then went and married Mandy. All the time he was keeping company with my daughter she was living with me. My daughter never went under the name of Artist nor did she ever go under any name except Sauls and Speight. …” “Bailham Speight and Hannah were both members of the Baptist Church and had they been living improperly and not regularly married they would not have taken them in church.”
  • Lemon Speight – “On the 27th of last April I was 37 years of age.” Farmer four miles from Kinston. “Hannah Speight is my mother. I am the son of Loderick Artist who died ten years go. He never married my mother and I am the only child she ever had except those belonging to Bailham Speight. My father had a wife and her name was Mandy.” “I was married December the 12th 1889 and my brother George was born September the 26th 1889.”

And a letter dictated by Bailham Speight himself:

February 11th 1896, Kinston N.C.

Mr. I.S. Kurtz       Dear Sir, Relative to my age and the way that my name has been spelled. Now I wished to informs you that I used to belong to the old man names Edwards before the war (white) Therefore I enlisted in the Military Services of the United states. I enlisted by the name of Bailham Edwards and I answered at roll call. Bailham Edwards. But the Yankees, they called the name some what like this. Balum Edwards. But however you is speaking to the same man after all. …” [The letter is written in a very florid hand, and the signature does not show his “X.” However, other documents reveal that Bailham Speight could not, in fact, read or write.]

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I know they were married by law.

Feverish with malaria, friends and family at his side, Baalam Speight closed his eyes a final time on 21 December 1902, free of the pain that had wracked him for years. He left a widow, Hannah Sauls Speight, and nine children, but little otherwise to show for a lifetime of hard work. Hannah and youngest son, George Speight, just 13, faced uncertain times.

Baalam Speight was born about 1840 in Greene County. In the waning days of the Civil War, he and his brother Lafayette Edwards slipped away from their plantations to make their way to Morehead City, North Carolina. There, in March 1865, they enlisted in Company H, 14th United Stated States Colored Heavy Artillery. Baalam had not yet adopted his father’s surname and joined the army as “Baalam Edwards.” He and his company served garrison duty at Fort Macon until mustered out on 11 December 1865. In 1890 and again in 1892, 1895 and 1896, Baalam applied to the U.S. government for a veteran’s pension. Though he once been a “well developed, powerful built man,” he complained of “fluttering of the heart,” muscle pains, eye disease as a result of measles, rheumatism, lumbago, deafness and “misery in the head” attributable to exposure during his military service. Several doctor’s examinations concluded, however, that Baalam’s troubles were primarily attributable to old age, and his claims were rejected.

Despite Baalam’s failed attempts, Hannah Speight squared her shoulders and filed a widow’s claim in June 1903. It was assigned No. 786,944. Her burden? To prove that she and Baalam were legally married and never divorced. What might have been a straightforward task was complicated by the fact that Greene County’s courthouse had burned down with everything in it and the magistrate who had performed the ceremony was overworked and often drunk. Hannah turned to neighbors and friends to make her case, and nearly a dozen were deposed over the course of several days in August 1904. In addition to corroborating Hannah’s account of her marriage, they present a trove of personal information about the lives of Hannah and Baalam’s circle:

  • Mariah Moore – midwife; 78 years old in 1904;  lives near Kinston, Lenoir County; delivered Baalam and Hannah’s youngest son George Speight; her unnamed husband died in July 14 years ago.
  • Maria Loftin — about 62 years old, wife of Cornelius Loftin; lives near Kinston; lived on Harvey plantation at same time as Balaam Speight and recalled his marriage. “I used to patch his clothes before he was married … I was freed by Lincoln and staid on Bear Creek four years then I went to near Snow Hill on Harvey place where I met Baalam and I staid there two years.”
  • Cain D. Sauls – Lives in Snow Hill, Greene County NC. “I am 40 years of age … merchant. I am second cousin of the claimant Hannah Speight. Her maiden name was Hannah Sauls. I have known her all my life ….[She and Balham] lived in this county but I don’t know where they lived as I saw them only when they visited my people.” [Only witness who signed his own name. All others signed with X.]
  • Viola Edwards – Lives in Bull Head, Greene County. “I don’t know my age, am 50 or more. … Wife of LaFayette Edwards. … I lived just across the creek from [Hanna Sauls] when she married Baalam Speight. … I recollect that they were on the plantation next to the one I lived on at that time. It was the Rawls plantation …. I did not know Jennie the slave wife of Baalam Edwards ….”
  • Grace Harper – about 62 years old, wife of Lewis Harper, lives in Snow Hill. “I knew Balham Speight as a boy before he went away to go into the army. … I had known Hannah Sauls as a girl and lived in two miles of her before she married Balham Speight. … I think they had one child before they lived at Kinston … Yes Hannah had a child by Loderick Artist before her marriage to Balham Speight, but she did not marry or live with him or any other man until she married Balham. …”
  • Mary Shepard – About 70 years old, lives near Snow Hill. Widow of Marcus Shepard. “I knew [Hannah’s] aunt Becca [Best.] … They lived around here about two years after they were married and then moved away to Lenoir Co. … Baalam Speight was a brother of Fate Edwards. He was always called Baalam Speight. I think he was owned by Jim Edwards and that his father was Reddin Speight. … It seems to me that Hannah had a boy by Loderick Artist before her marriage to Baalam Speight …”
  • Lewis Harper – Lives in Snow Hill. “I am about 65 years of age … laborer…. I was born and raised in Greene County and knew Balham Speight as a boy. We lived about 3 miles apart and were right often together before he went away to go into the army. … I knew when Balham Speight was married to Hannah Sauls, it was not mighty long after the war. It may have been two or three years after. … They did not remain near Snow Hill very long until they moved to Kinston where they remained afterwards up to his death. … Hannah had a child by the man Loderick Artist a year and a half before she married Balham while she was living with her parents. … Loderick Artist was my brother and is dead.
  • LaFayette Edwards – 63 years of age, lives in Bull Head, Greene County. “I served as a corporal of Co. H, 14 U.S.C.H.A. and knew Baalam Edwards of that company; he was my brother and our father was Reddin Speight. In slave time I belonged to Ap. Edwards and he belonged to his brother Orfa Edwards. We were raised and enlisted, served and discharged together. After he came out of the army he worked in turpentine one year or so in S.C. or Georgia. … After that he came back and lived on Hill place near Kinston. But for two or three years after he came from the South he lived out near Snow Hill. He was married close to Jno. Harvey plantation to Hannah Sauls daughter of Shepard Sauls. … I know they were married by law as there was no taking up with each other in those days. … Before he married Hannah Baalam had lived with a woman named Jennie Suggs in slave time. She died while we were in the service. I did not go to the burial, but we were at Morehead City not far away when she died and heard of her death at the time.”
  • Peter Hood – 64 years old, farmer and pensioner, lives near Kinston. “I was a pvt. in Co H, 14 U.S.C.H.A. and knew Baalam Edwards. He was in my company and I was witness for him when he was trying to get pension. … He was a sort light complected spare somewhat tall man. I don’t know his height. I reckon he was about as tall as you (about 5 ft. 10 in.)”
  • Isaac Edwards alias Eddis — 67 year-old farmer. “I am not a pensioner but I served as a pvt. in Co. H, 14 U.S.C.H.A from Mch. 8, 1865 to Dec. 11, 1865. I knew a man named Baalam Edwards in my company. I had known him before we went into the army and we had both belonged to Betsy Edwards in slave time and lived not far apart. His father was Reddin Speight. He used the name of his mistress in the army and after he came out of the army he went by the name of his father Speight. … [H]e was married to a woman named Hannah Sauls. This was the first wife of Baalam Edwards except that he had a slave wife named Jennie.” “Baalam Edwards was not sick and did not get hurt in the army, except that he had mumps at Ft. Macon. He was a long slim, not very dark, dark hair and eyes. I am six feet high, he was not quite as tall as I am.”
  • Francis Williams — 70 year-old pensioner. “I was a corporal in Co. I, 14 U.S.C.H.A. and I knew Balham Speight. He was a member of my regiment.” [C.D. Sauls signed as witness.]

The testimony was satisfactory, and Hannah was granted a pension of $10/month.

A document in this pension file lists Baalam’s children as Charles, born 12 April 1870; Nancy Susan, 19 February 1872; Lizzie, 8 March 1874; Claiborn, 30 March 1876; Major, 27 September 1879; James, 8 April 1882; Franklin, 19 June 1885; Luvenia, 5 April 1887; and George Meade Speight, 26 September 1889. Census records reveal a tenth child, who was oldest. Lemon Speight’s Lenoir County death certificate lists his birthdate as 27 April 1867 — about a year-and-a-half before Baalam and Hannah married in late 1869. The certificate also names Baalam as Lemon’s father, but, as several witnesses testified, he was in fact the son of Loderick Artis.

The file reveals other tantalizing tidbits, in italics, related to my family. How were Loderick Artis and Lewis Harper brothers? On their mother’s side? Or through Loderick’s father Daniel Artis? Cain Sauls, who was Loderick’s nephew, testified that he was Hannah’s second cousin. Her parents were Rosetta Best and Sheppard Sauls. Who was Sheppard to Cain?

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Deposition of Cain D. Sauls, 8 August 1904.

File #786944, Application of Hannah Speight for Widow’s Pension, National Archives and Records Administration. Hat tip to Trisha Blount Hewitt for pointing out the mention of Loderick Artis in Baalam Speight’s file, #988961, which is included in Hannah’s file.

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World War I draft registration cards: Aldridge, no. 1.

Three sons of John W. Aldridge and their first cousins, sons of George W. Aldridge:

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George’s son Prince A. Aldridge appears on a list titled “Negroes Certified” (US Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty 1917-1918, ancestry.com), but it is not clear whether he ever enlisted and served.  He moved to Wilson NC after the war and worked as a plasterer and occasional tobacco factory worker. Prince died 15 May 1953.

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Prince’s brother Blanchard (“Blancher”) Aldridge was called up in July 1918 and ordered to Florida A&M’s Tallahassee, Florida campus. His gravestone indicates that he served in 78th Division, Provision Outpost, Machine Gun Training Center.

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From his discharge papers: Blanchard Aldridge.  #3022528.  Priv, 78th Prov Co, 7th Prov Tr Gr MTDMGTC.  Honorably discharged.  Born in Goldsboro NC.  Enlisted at 22 years of age.  Occupation: Presser.  Brown eyes, black hair, brown complexion.  5’8″.  Camp Hannah GA, 6 Jan 1919.  Enlisted 1 Jul 1918, Goldsboro NC.  Not rated, marksmanship.  No battles, no wounds, normal physical condition.  Single. Excellent character. Entitled to travel pay from Camp Hannah GA to Goldsboro NC.

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Johnnie Aldridge was the only one of John Aldridge’s sons to remain a farmer in the Dudley area. He was newly married in 1917. I wish I knew the story of the broken skull. Johnnie died 13 April 1964.

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Though, as a medical student, he probably had fewer resources than his brothers John and Zebedee, Tom Aldridge claimed responsibility for the support of his widowed mother and unmarried sisters. He also asserted that his own health was poor. He had already begun to shave years off his age — he was born in 1886, in fact — but had not yet changed the spelling of his surname to “Aldrich.”  Tom was enrolled at Meharry School of Medicine at the time he registered, and his obituary reports that he served in the Army Medical Corps in 1918. Tom died in Saint Louis MO in February 1968.

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Zebedee Aldridge, the oldest of John Aldridge’s sons, had been living in Virginia for nearly 20 years by time he registered. He was in his late 30s and was not called to serve.  Zebedee died August 1958.

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Ordered to report.

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This roster of African-American men from Iredell County inducted on March 30, 1918, and ordered to report to Camp Grant, Rockford, Illinois, included my grandmother’s maternal uncle, Ed McNeely, and brother-in-law William Bradshaw. (Bradshaw married Golar Colvert eight days after his induction.)

[War Department, Office of the Provost Marshal General, Selective Service System, 1917– 07/15/1919. Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Service, 1917–1918. Records of the Selective Service System (World War I), Record Group 163. National Archives, Atlanta, Georgia.]

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Col. Oscar Randall.

There were surely many more veterans than that, I thought, and I started poking around my files, looking for men and women I might have missed. Oscar Randall was a possible World War I veteran, but his draft card cast doubt — he claimed a service exemption on the basis that he was “rejected by recruiting officer.”

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Nonetheless, I Googled Randall and was stunned to find that not only did he serve, he led troops in battle in France during World War I, received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Italy during the Second World War, and achieved the rank of colonel. The most amazing find: two photos of Randall from the Chicago Sun-Times archives for sale on eBay!  I ordered them immediately, and they arrived in yesterday’s mail.

The first photo, taken after the First World War, depicts a smooth-faced, heavy-jowled man in officer’s uniform. Its reverse carries a scrap of newspaper article, as well as a note that the photo was copied from a portrait hanging in Randall’s living room.

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The second photo, taken in 1982, shows a solemn-faced old man, silver hair swept back from his forehead, his eyes rheumy but mouth set firmly. Light from a window creates a dramatic chiaroscuro. On the back: a slightly longer clipping from the same article, detailing the colonel’s military achievements.

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Oscar Randall was born 30 November 1896 in Washington DC, the first of George and Fannie Aldridge Randall‘s children born after their migration from Wayne County, North Carolina. After the War, he returned to college and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. (He served as president of Tau chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, while there.) Randall taught mathematics at Chicago’s DuSable High School for many years and also worked as a civil engineer for the city’s sanitation department. In the 1950’s, he served as Chief of the U.S. Military Mission to Liberia, which advised that country’s military on training and defense. He married twice, but had no children.

Oscar Randall died three years after his Chicago Sun-Times interview. He was 88 years old.

A memorial service for Oscar Randall, 88, a civil engineer, will be held at 11 a.m. June 9 in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 3301 S. Wabash Ave. Mr. Randall, of the South Side, died April 8 in Veterans Administration Lakeside Medical Center. A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Randall graduated from the University of Illinois and worked for the Chicago Sanitary District for nine years. Mr. Randall also taught mathematics at Du Sable High School. In 1918 he joined the 8th Illinois infantry regiment, one of the nation’s first black-led military units. He also served in World War II. Survivors include his wife, Hilda; a stepdaughter, Vera Levy; two stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother.  

— Chicago Tribune, 23 May 1985.

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[Sidenote: Pete Souza, who photographed Cousin Oscar, is now Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and Director of the White House Photography Office.]

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In honor and recognition.

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John C. Allen Jr., U.S. Army, circa 1943.

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In honor of my family’s veterans, living and dead.

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ALDRIDGE, ANTHONY, SR., Army

ALDRIDGE, BLANCHARD K. (1894-1965), Pvt., 78 PROV OP MG TNG CTR, World War I

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ALDRIDGE, EDISON M., Army

ALDRIDGE, FITZGERALD W. (1917-1962), World War II

ALDRIDGE, FREEMAN L., SR. (1932-2008), Cpl., Army, Korean War

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ALDRIDGE, JAMES E. (1919-1975)

ALDRIDGE [ALDRICH], Dr. JAMES T. (1886-1968), Army Medical Corps, World War I

ALDRIDGE, JOSEPH E. (1915-1988), S.Sgt., Army, World War II

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ALDRIDGE, QUINTIN, Army

ALDRIDGE, RICHARD B. (1939-2013), Air Force

ARMSTRONG, HARVEY G., Army, Vietnam War

ARMSTRONG, IVEY L. (-2013), Army, Vietnam War

ARMSTRONG, JACKIE R., SR., Army, Vietnam War

ARTIS, ADAM H. (1920-1963), World War II

ARTIS, ADAM T., III (1911-2000), Pvt., Army, World War II

ARTIS, COLUMBUS E., II, Corp., Army, World War II

ARTIS, DANIEL (1841-??), Co. G, 14th US Colored Heavy Artillery, Civil War

ARTIS, FREDERICK J. (1890-1954), World War I

ARTIS, GEORGE R. (1931-2011), Sgt., Army

ARTIS, JESSE L. (1919-1960), TEC5, Army, World War II

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ARTIS, LAMONT D. (1952-1972), Air Force, Vietnam War

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BARFIELD, JOHN, Army

BARFIELD, JOSEPH F. (1933-2014), Army

BARFIELD, RICHARD J., Army

BARFIELD, RICHARD M., Air Force

BARNES, BENSON N., Cpl. (1921-2004), Army, World War II

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BARNES, Dr. LEROY T., Capt., Army Medical Corps, World War II

BARNES, NED R. (1924-2002), T5, Army, World War II

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BARNES, SYLVESTER (1893-1936), Army, World War I

BEASLEY, RONALD K., Army

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BOSTICK, CODEY, Air Force

BRASWELL, DAVID N., Army

BRASWELL, IRA III, Marines

BRASWELL, KEITH, Army

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BRASWELL, RANDOLPH (1923-1989), PFC, Army, World War II

BROWN, NATHANIEL (1921-2004), Tec 5, Army, World War II

CARTER, CLARENCE M. (1927-2005), CMSgt, Army, Air Force

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CARTER, M. ELMER, JR., PFC, 184th MP Company, Army, World War II

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CLAIBORNE, CLAY T., JR., Vietnam War

CLAIBORNE, MACY ALDRIDGE (1923-1999), Women’s Army Corps, World War II

COOPER, JAMES W., Army, World War I

COOPER, WILLARD M. (1925-2006), Army, World War II

DARDEN, DAVIS C., SR., Navy

DAVIS, GEORGE E. (1921-1964), SSgt, 578th Field Artillery, World War II

DAVIS, STATON JR., Major, (1935-2018), Air Force

DAVIS, THOMAS, Col., West Point, Army, Vietnam

DePUY, CRAIG, Army, Iraq

DERICOTTE, Dr. EUGENE (1926-), Army, Tuskegee Airmen, Vietnam

DILLARD, TYRONE, Marines
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DIVERS, WAYNE A., Navy

DIVERS, PATRICK, SR., Air Force

DIVERS, PATRICK, JR., Army

DRAINES, ANTOINE, Air Force

ELLIS, T. ROOSEVELT, JR. (1934-2010), Navy

ENNIS, EARL E., Army, World War II

FOSTER, DEE, Army

GILLIAM, ALYSHA, Army

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GUESS, JAMES, JR. (1923-1955), Cpl., Co. A, 529th QM (Ser) Bn., Army, EAMET Cam., World War II, recipient of 15 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal

HAGENS, CH’REE, S.Sgt., Marines

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HALL, LOUIS, SR. (1920-1997), Cpl., Army Air Corps, World War II

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HALL, LOUIS, JR., Sgt., Air Force, Vietnam War

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HALL, MARY BRADLEY, Major, Army

HALL, R. ANDREW, SR., 1st Sgt., Army, Vietnam War

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HALL, R. ANDREW, JR., Lt. Cpl., Marines

HANEY, JOHN E. (1949-1993), Sgt., Army, Vietnam War

HARDY, LARRY, Navy

HARGROVE, ELLIS RAY (1933-2018), Army

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HARRIS, BENJAMIN A., SR. (1894-1955), Sgt., Army, World War I

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HARRIS, BENJAMIN A., JR. (1935-1981), Army

HENDERSON, DEMPSEY L. (1927-2003), Navy, World War II & Korean War, recipient of three-star Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Purple Heart, and one-star Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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HENDERSON, FREDERICK V., Army

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HENDERSON, HAL F., SR., Army

HENDERSON, HORACE B., SR. (1923-1984), Army

HENDERSON, HORACE B., JR., Army

HENDERSON, IRA J. (1911-1984)

HENDERSON, JAMES H. (1906-1947)

HENDERSON, JAMES I. (1922-1966)

HENDERSON, JANEE, Army

HENDERSON, JAZELL W., SR. (1924-2004), World War II

HENDERSON, JAZELL W., JR., Army

HENDERSON, JESSE A., SR. (1929-2005), Army, Korean War

HENDERSON, JESSE A., JR. (1952-1979), Army, Vietnam War

HENDERSON, JOHNNY D. (1925-1992), Navy, World War II

HENDERSON, LUCIAN J., SR. (1926-2003), Army

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HENDERSON, LUCIAN J., JR., Army, Vietnam War

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HENDERSON, MICHAEL D., Army

HENDERSON, REDERICK C., Air Force

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HENDERSON, TERRELL A., SR., Army

HENDERSON, WILLIAM H. (1902-1974)

HILL, ELLIOTT W., Marines

HILL, JAMES W., Army

HILL, WILLIAM G., Marines

HINES, ALVIS H., World War II

HOLT, JOHN J. (1923-2016), Army, World War II

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HOLT, J. DENNIS (1951-1973), Navy

HOWARD, CHARLES L., Army, Vietnam War

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HOWARD, LAQUITA, Army

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JOHNSON, SHOMA, Army

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KEITH, ANDREW, Navy, World War II

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KNOX, ROBERT (1923-1996), Army, World War II

LEWIS, TERENCE, Lt. Col., Army

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LEWIS, URBAN, War of 1812

LINDENMUTH, COURTNEY ROYAL, Air Force

MANUEL, WILLIAM, SMSgt., Air Force

MARTIN, LEWIS H., Co. I, 62 Georgia Cavalry, 8 Georgia Cavalry, Confederate Army, Civil War

MUHAMMAD, PATRICIA SMITH, Army

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MUSGRAVE, YANCY O., JR. (1946-2010), Army, Vietnam War

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NEWSOME, OLLEY V. (1920-1999), 1st Sgt., Army Air Forces, World War II

ALDRIDGE -- Olley Newsome headstone

PEARSON, GLENN, Army

PEARSON, SHERMAN, Army

PERKINS, MAURICE N., Army

PERKINS, WILLIE, Army, World War II

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POUNDS, PATRYCE M., Army, Afghanistan

POUNDS, SHALIA N., Army

RANDALL, OSCAR (1896-1985), Col., Army, World War I, World War II

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RANDALL, ROBERT S. (1915-1992), World War II

RANDOLPH, ELISHA B. (1879-1940), Fireman 1st cl., Navy

REAVES, JIMMIE R. (1890-1962), Army, World War I

REID, ALLEN T. (1919-1949), TEC5, Army, World War II

REID, BRODIE (1893-1942), World War I

REID, COUNCIL, Pvt., Army, World War I

REID, HADY (1919-2000), Army, World War II

ROBERTS, ERSKINE W. (1945-2013), Air Force

ROCHELLE, VIRGIL, World War II

ROYAL, GILBERT D., Air Force

ROYAL, WILBERT B., Army

SIMMONS, GEORGE G. (1895-1962), World War I

SIMMONS, HILLARY B., II (1926-2010), Navy, World War II

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SUTTON, ROSS M., Sr. (1935-2013), Army, Korea

TANKSLEY, VIENARY ARTIS, M.Sgt., Army

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TATE, CHRISTOPHER, Navy

WARD, Dr. JOSEPH H. (1870-1957), Major, Army Medical Corps, World War I

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WARD, KERRY L., Navy

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WARD, LINWOOD R., Vietnam War

WARD, MORRIS, Navy, Vietnam War

WARD, WANDA A., Army

WILSON, SUMMER, Navy

WOODS, FARRAH M., Army, Iraq

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WRIGHT, ANTHONY, Navy

WYNN, ANTHONY D., Army

WYNN, DANZIE J. (1895-1918), Army, World War I

WYNN, GEORGE E. (1941-1987), Army

WYNN, ISRAEL H. (1892-1967), World War I

WYNN, REGINALD D., Army

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ALLEN, CHARLES C., Capt. (1935-2017), Army

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ALLEN, EDWARD N., Pvt., 153 DEPOT BRIG, Army, World War I

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ALLEN, JOHN C., JR. (1906-1948), Pvt., Army, World War II

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ALLEN, JOHN C., III, Army

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ALLEN, WILLIAM J., S.Sgt., Army, World War II

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ALLISON, THOMAS, French & Indian War

BRADSHAW, WILLIAM (1894-1944), Pvt., Co I 365 Infantry, Army, World War I

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BRADSHAW, WILLIAM C. (1921-1988), Cpl., Army, World War II

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CHRISTIAN, CAREY E., Sgt., Army

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CHRISTIAN, MARION A. (1932-2011), Women of the Air Force, Korean War

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CLEMONS, J. BRISTOL, Navy, World War II

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COLVERT, GEORGE R. (1917-1959)

GIBBS, QUADARIS, Army

HOUSER, GARY, Army

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HOUSER, IRVING, JR. (1920-2001), Navy, World War II

HOUSER-GREEN, KEISHA, Army

HOUSER, MELROY, SR., Army

HOUSER, MELROY, JR., Army

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HOUSER, MICHAEL, SR., Navy

HOUSER, SHANICE, Navy

JAMES, CHARLES W., JR. (1917-2002), Navy, World War II

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JAMES, EDWARD R., III, Navy

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JAMES, GARY A., SR., Army

JAMES, SHELTON H. (1919-1973), Pvt., Army, World War II

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JAMES, WILLIS H., Navy, World War II

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Le BON, IMANI, Army.

LOMANS, GILLESPIE G., Army, World War I

McCONNAUGHEY, JAMES W., World War II

McNEELY, EDWARD M., Army, World War I

McNEELY, JOHN (1873-1947), CO G 3 NC INF, Army, Spanish-American War

McNEELY, WILLIAM LUTHER (1875-~1945), CO G 3 NC INF, Army, Spanish-American War

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MEYERS, MARCELLUS W. (1909-1973), Navy

MILLER, GOLER L., Pvt., Army, World War I

NICHOLSON, JOHN S., Revolutionary War

RAMSEUR, E. CHAUNCY, Navy

RAMSEUR, STEVEN R., Army, Vietnam War

RENWICK, CHRISTOPHER C., Petty Officer 1st Class, Navy

RENWICK, DONALD, S.Sgt., Army, Korean War

RENWICK, HAYDEN B. (1935-2009), Army

RENWICK, ROY E., SR. (1938-2010), Air Force

SAWYER, SHAWN S., Army

STOCKTON, ALONZO P. (1917-1982), T/5, Army, World War II

STOCKTON, EUGENE A., JR. (1924-2016), Marines, World War II

STOCKTON -- Eugene Stockton Jr

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Edward N. Allen.

After John C. Allen‘s birth in 1876, Graham and Mary Brown Allen had four children together. Emma, their only daughter, was followed by Willie, Alexander and Edward Noble.

Edward N. Allen grew up in Charles City County, but followed his half-brother John to Newport News some time after 1910. He was working there as a laborer for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad when he registered for the draft at the outbreak of World War I. (And had had a tough life, as he reported missing three fingers on his right hand.)

ImageEdward survived the war, but his life over the next 15 years is hidden from history. He apparently never married or had children. Unless he is the Virginia-born Edward Allen that is listed as a farmhand in upstate New York in 1920, he appears in neither that nor the 1930 census. He was back in Charles City County by the early 1930s, though, and died in early 1933 at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Norfolk. He was only in his early 40’s, but beset with an old man’s diseases.

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Edward Noble Allen is buried in Hampton National Cemetery.

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