October 28, 1881

http://driggersphotography.com/about/?share=email 1881 10 28

http://christianeggertviolins.com/wp-content/plugins/apikey/wp_flo.php This is to certify that I am to pay ??

Melton eight Dollars for D. J. Allen &

this is to be his receipt against his (Melton’s)



John A. Tyson


Again, I’m not sure of the initials, whether it’s PW Melton (I’m pretty sure that’s what the earlier initials are) or something else entirely.  I can really only find the one Melton family in the area.

John A. Tyson also has me a little stumped.  I can find a John H. Tyson in Centre, Stanly County, NC on the 1880 census.  He was a physician.  I can also find a John Tyson of Ansonville, Anson County, NC which is fairly close.  I don’t have enough information, at this time, to made make a judgement call.

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.

November 27, 1880

1880 11 27Registry Receipt

Post Office at Norwood, NC

Registered Letter No 26. Rec’d Nov 27 1880

of D J Allen

addressed to Benjamin Whitmore

New York, NY

PW Melton, PM


Evidently PW Melton was not only a saddler but also Post Master?  I have found a Benjamin Whitmore in Bronx, New York in 1880 but have not found a connection between DJ Allen and him.  Looking forward to finding out more.

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.

Four Ancestors Ago–David Jones Allen (52 Ancestors)

This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com.

5/23–I decided to make this one of my 52 Ancestors posts even though it is incomplete as of this time.  Once I’ve posted all his ephemera, I’ll post something more complete.


I decided I would like to give a little background information on David Jones Allen as we are peeking into his life as a farmer and justice of the peace.

The facts so far:

  • Born to William and Nancy McSwain Allen on 13 Jan 1859.
  • Siblings:
    • Oney (perhaps)
    • Sarah
  • Lives in the Center Township of Stanly County, North Carolina

David’s father, William, died during the Civil War and Nancy was left to raise their children alone.  She never remarried.  I do believe David had another sibling, I’ve found the name as Oney but I have not found my own proof of the name.  This child was evidently dead by 1860 as there is no other mention of her.

I haven’t been able to find him on the 1870 census with his mother and sister, Sarah.

In 1879, he’s 20 years old.

October 21, 1879

1879 10 21

Rec’d of D J Allen $5.00 dollars

in full of all demands up to

date this Oct 21st 79

T. W. Melton?


Possibilities for the signature are Melton or Williams?  I have found a P. T. Melton on the 1880 census.  He is a saddler.   Looking back at the first receipt, the bottom name/signature on that receipt appears to be a Melton/Milton as well.

Seven Ancestors Ago–Absalom Caudle (52 Ancestors)

This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com.


The Facts:

  • Born in Halifax County, Virginia 17591
  • Died in Stanly County in March 7, 18462
  • Married Elizabeth Maness3
  • He is my 5th great-grandfather via
    • His son, Sampson
    • His son, John Calvin
    • His daughter, Rosa Ann
    • Her daughter, Virginia
    • Her son
    • His daughter

There is quite a record concerning Absalom Caudle’s Revolutionary Pension.  He appeared in court to apply for a pension in October 1832.  He was approved.  The Stanly County court record clearly shows Caudle and his signature shows Caudel.  It’s pretty cool to have an ancestor who could sign his own name.  I don’t have too many of those this far back. However, on Fold3.com, his Revolutionary Pension papers have been annotated and indexed as Candel.

In his pension application, he states he was born in Halifax County, Virginia in 1759 and that he was living in Bladen County, NC when he enlisted and for a few years after the war.  He didn’t try to avoid serving, in fact, he substituted for others after his first enlistment. In 1779, he signed a petition against forming a new county from Bladen, Duplin, and New Hanover counties.  Sometime after this, he moved his family to Anson County, NC.

I haven’t been able to find him on the 1790 or 1800 census, however by 1810, he’s living in Anson County.  According to his pension application, he probably moved to Anson in the early 1780’s. There is at least one family bible that was sent to the war pension office to help prove that Elizabeth was indeed Absalom’s wife.  This bible remained there for nearly 50 years before being returned to Stanly County.  I’m not sure where this bible is now, but there images of a handwritten transcription of what was included in that bible (labeled Bible A) and a second (labeled Bible B).

This is where things get interesting for me.  When you look at the Bible A, Absalom and Elizabeth are married March 22, 1787 and have nine children over a 22 year span.  Their first being born in 1788.  Then, written in Bible B, there’s three children listed from 1818 to 1822.  While there’s no other information given regarding the mother, I found the dates to really be pressed for these children to belong to Elizabeth.  In my research, I started to find the following or similar statements:

Elizabeth was insane by 1815 and Absalom had children by another woman.  However, Elizabeth stayed on and they were never divorced.

Also, in a few places, I find the name Martha Parrish as the mother of the last three children.  Where did this name originate?  After Absalom’s death, Elizabeth filed for widow’s pension.  By this time in the 1840’s, it is documented that she’s insane.  It’s also documented that a Martha Parrish had filed for widow’s benefits.  What an interesting twist.  I haven’t found Martha Parrish’s application, but Elizabeth was finally proven to be Absalom’s wife and received his pension after his death.3

I would like to know where the theory about Elizabeth being deranged by 1815 and would love to see Martha’s pension application.  I do believe he had those three children by another woman.  Why didn’t she put herself in the second bible?  Since Martha applied for his pension, it makes sense that she would be the mother, but I have nothing concrete to base this upon.

Absalom Caudle died at the home of his son, Jesse, on the 7th of March, 1846.

-Died: At the residence of Capt. Jesse CAUDELL in Anson, on the 7th, Absalom CAUDELL, aged 89, a revolutionary soldier2


  1. Caudel, Absalom Revolutionary War Pension Application
  2. Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC.  March 24, 1846
  3. Caudel, Elizabeth Widow’s Pension Application

1879 03 01

1879 03 01

3-111    Norwood NC Mar 1st 1879

One day after date I promise to pay to

the order of DN Bennett

Five Dollars

at Eight per cent

Value received

No    Due     (Signature torn out) (Seal)


In looking through these receipts, I’ve seen the signature removed more than once.  I find it interesting and wonder why my 2nd great-grandfather’s signatures had been torn away.

Original receipt is a part of the Smith Family Collection.

1879 01 01

1879 01 01


Rec’d of D. J. Allen One and 05/100

dollars in full of acct to date

Jan’y 1st 1879 D. N. Bennett

Ben Milton


I’m unsure of the last name, or even if it is a name.  I wonder what account D.J. Allen had.  In a quick google search, I found the following picture with the caption.

DN Bennett Ferry in Norwood, operated by Jim Dusi circa unk

A scene from the D. N. Bennett Ferry in Norwood, operated by Jim Dusi. The time period is unknown.  SNAP online.  


Original receipt is a part of the Smith Family Collection.

Church Record Sunday

137--Register of Members--Macedonia--wm

138--Register of Members--Macedonia--wm






Register of Members (Macedonia)

  1. William Brewer
  2. Wilson Russell
  3. Eliza Russell
  4. Margaret W. Morgan
  5. Mary A Hill
  6. Sarah Coggins
  7. Nancy Hearne
  8. Martha Harris
  9. Louisa Kelly
  10. Alsey S. Harris
  11. Sara Harris
  12. Julia Ann Harris
  13. Camelia Hall
  14. Nancy E. Harris
  15. Eliza Hearne
  16. Nancy L. Russell
  17. Margaret Hall
  18. James D. Harris
  19. W. R. Harris
  20. Emma V. Tysinger
  21. Gonuma Morgan
  22. Jesse Usrey
  23. Gray M. Hearne
  24. Joseph D. Morgan
  25. Noah W. Hearne
  26. Martha E. Russell
  27. Louiza Russell
  28. Martha L. Harris
  29. Gillian Russell
  30. Minnie Wood
  31. Margaret Hearne




Regarding names transcribed,  please let me know if there are corrections!

Funeral Card Friday

Eudy CA funeral card

This was found among the Allen papers.  I am not sure what, if any, the familial tie is.

Treasure Chest Thursday

For the next year, or more, you’ll see my latest family treasure discovery.  All of my life I’d heard about these ‘love letters’ that were sent between my great-grandparents in the late twenties.  She was a teacher.  I’d never actually seen these letters.  I’m not sure how long my aunt had the actual letters, whether it was when my great-grandmother died or before that.  A couple of weekends ago, my cousins found not only these letters but a whole trove of other treasures.

You’ve seen a few snippets in the past few week.  The letter, the “Reward of Merit”, etc.  I don’t have it all organized yet and haven’t figured out how to proceed.  I have a healthy stack of letters between my great-grandparents, some letters to my 2nd great-grandmother, a lot of receipts from my 2nd great-grandfather, both personal and where he was justice of the peace and paid fines on behalf of others, as well as samples of his own handwriting.

For now, I’ll continue to post snippets for which the date doesn’t matter so much.  Miscellaneous items which really have no other place.  I hope by next week to be able to start with something.

What you see is about half of the entire collection of papers and artifacts.  The papers have been digitized, but it remains largely unorganized.  What a task!

allen david jones papers cigar boxcaudle rosa ann cigar box smith jj letters cigar box