Grigg T. Tyson (1854 - 1922) was a farmer near Ballard's Crossroads, and one of the first to advocate planting cover crops and saving the forests. He organized the Tyson - May Family reunion in 1920. Mrs. Grigg T. Tyson III donated narratives, maps, and other old papers of Grigg T. Tyson to the East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. This column is about Tyson's father, who orphaned when his entire family died from the typhoid fever.