Maternal Kin, Paternal Kin, Vocation

Where we worked: morticians and embalmers.

Isham Smith, Goldsboro NC – husband of Nancy Henderson Smith; undertaker, circa 1900-1914.

William T. Abrams Jr., Union SC — husband of Mamie Aldridge Abrams Rochelle; undertaker in family business, circa 1930.

William J. Allen, Newport News VA – embalmer, 1930s-1970s?

James N. Guess Sr., Goldsboro NC —  husband of Annie Smith Guess; owner and operator of funeral home, Pine between James and Center Streets, 1910s-1950s.

Guess Fun Hom 6 22 1940 Af Am

The Afro-American, 22 June 1940.

James N. Guess, Jr., Goldsboro NC – worked for father’s funeral business.

Columbus E. Artis, Wilson NC – owner and operator of Artis & Freeman Funeral Home, 1920s; C.E. Artis Funeral Home, 1920s-1950s.

Concord Daily Tribune 5 24 1921

Concord Daily Tribune, 24 May 1921.

The twelfth in an occasional series exploring the ways in which my kinfolk made their livings in the 19th and early 20th centuries.