November 17, 1888

1888-11-21

1888-11-21

Received Nov. 17 1888 of Dd. Allen

the sum of Five  + 45/100 dollars

in full of my ??? against

him to date.

A. Whitley

November 21, 1888

1888-11-21

1888-11-21

Rec’ of DJ Allen JP Six 60/100 dollars

fine state vs E D Colson & Sidney Horne

Nov 21st 1888

A.H. Hearne CT

October 27, 1888–Taxes

1882 10 27

 

No  8     Center Township, Stanly County

27 Oct, 1888

Received of D. J. Allen

His Taxes for 1888, as follows:

For State Tax,                            $2.80

For County and School Tax,        1.19

Poll Tax,                                       2.00

$5.99

B. C. Blalock, Sherriff.

$__________    Per  __________________, D. S.

 

 

I originally thought this was 1882 until I actually paid attention and saw that it clearly says Taxes for the year 1888.  I’m not entirely sure if the year is 1888 or 1889 or if that scribble is something else entirely!

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

Sallie Thompson

The facts:

  • Born 1818.
  • Died 1903
  • Children (from 1880 Census):
    • Emma
    • John
    • Betsy M
  • Lived in the Pee Dee Community of Montgomery County, North Carolina

Yesterday as we gathered at my grandfather’s, there had been talk of visiting one of the local cemeteries we all remembered from our childhood.  One aunt suggested we visit another.  One none of us were familiar with.  So, the girls piled in the vehicle for a short road trip and then a short trip through the woods.

The Thompson Cemetery is now in the middle of the woods.  Trees felled, laying over graves and markers. Markers broken and some illegible.

Sallie Thompson lies pretty much in the middle.  She was my great-great-great grandfather’s mistress and evidently fathered four children with him and another three with a different man.  Seven illegitimate children.

In 1850, I find a Sally Thompson, age 31, living with Patrick and Elizabeth (ages 53 and 54) along with Martin (11), Sydney W (6), and Margaret J (1).  I have no idea if those three children belong to Patrick and Elizabeth or if they are the first of Sally’s illegitimate children.  Ages indicate she could be their daughter and the three children their grandchildren.

According to the 1880 Census, Sallie, age 61, was head of house.  Living with her was Emma (26), John (24), and Betsy M (21). Sallie’s occupation was keeping house.  Neither John nor Betsy could read or write.

I had not done much research on her, but found the story interesting.  I asked my grandfather if it was widely known.  He grinned in his usual way and said that the only thing he ever heard was that if someone misbehaved or ‘cut a fit’ someone would threaten to to send them to live with the other family.

I wonder how my grandfather and his siblings felt to know they had half-siblings.  These siblings were likely just through the woods.  Were they friends?  Or did they snub one another?  How were these seven children treated?

Was Sallie the sister to Martha, mother of Elizabeth?  According to Findagrave.com, both Martha and Elizabeth both are buried at the Thompson Cemetery.  Elizabeth was the illegitimate child of Martha and perhaps Collin McRae.  Elizabeth married Absalom Strother. However, this is another story for another day.

Sources:

October 17, 1888

1888 10 17 copy

 

Rec’d of DJ Allen J.O. Five dollars fine

State v. I M Flake (Col)

Oct 17 1888   S. H. Hearne C.T.

September 5, 1887 — A fine collected

1887 09 05

Rec’d of DJ Allen J.P. $4.00 it being a fine collected

State vs. Wm Gaines (col) I am to bring this money

to the county treasurer and take his receipt for same.

Sept 5 1887                                        S.H. Milton

 

Yet again, I’m unsure of the name.  My best guess is SH Milton, but I cannot find anyone like that on an 1880 or 1900 census.  The person for whom the fine is due looks to be Wm Gaines, colored.  I’ve found a William Gaines, 48, on the 1900 census living in Lilesville.  I’m not certain, of course, that it’s the same person and need to see if I can find any court records to document.  A $4 fine back then seems to indicate, at least to me, a more serious crime.

January 21, 1883–Eternal Bliss

1882 08 14--allen david jones letter lizzie mcswain envelop back

When this you all oh think

of me, though in eternal

bliss I may be.  David J. Allen

Sunday, Jan 21st 1883

Norwood NC

 

When I can

reach my ?? door

 

This is the back side of the envelope in which Lizzie’s letter came.  The handwriting is similar to DJ’s.  I need to look at the envelope again as my scanning leaves much to be desired.

An Update

On November 28, 1883, David Jones Allen married Rosa Ann Caudle, daughter of John Calvin and Judith Parker Caudle.  Perhaps the statement from DN Bennett was regarding purchasing materials to build a house.  I would be very likely to believe that if it weren’t for his mother, Nancy, living with him.  Maybe he made some improvements to their existing home.

With their marriage came children, the first (Albert B, October 1884) being born within the year.  In 1886, their second child Sopherina is born.

By 1887, DJ is a Justice of the Peace for Stanly County, NC.

November 18, 1883 — DN Bennett General Merchandise

1883 11 18

By 1883, DN Bennett has a ledger and a stamp for his store.  His location is Polkton, which is just across the county line from Center (Norwood).  The trip would be about 30 miles, which is some distance in 1882.

I can’t read the handwriting well enough to figure out what DJ had purchased.  However, $42 for anything back then was an expensive item!

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

December 9, 1882

1882 09 12Rec’d of D J Allen Five + 30/100 Dollars in full

of acct for 1882 to date

Dec’n 9th 1882

H C Turner

 

On the 1880 census, there is a Henry C Turner who is a merchant in Center, Stanly County.  I wonder exactly what he sold.