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Edmund Brinkley was a Chowan County farmer, who owned several plots of agricultural land along the Virginia Road and Bear Swamp Road near Deep Run and the Pocosin Swamp. In his last will and testament (page one shown above) Brinkley reveals almost as much about rural life in mid-19th century North Carolina as he does about his own character and strength of mind. Brinkley writes, for example, that although on his death bed and “very sick” he is still “of sound and disposing mind and merry”. Brinkley, who owned houses, farm equipment, crops, and two slaves, disposes of this property apparently equitably between his wife, three sons, and four daughters, only one of whom was yet married. He also indicated how he intended the property he bequeathed to his wife should be be divided after her death. Brinkley named his son, Miles C. Brinkley, to be the executor and guardian of his older daughters Susan M. and Martha J. Brinkley and his son William T. Brinkley; he named his wife Susannah Brinkley to be guardian of his younger daughters Rosannah Brinkley and Ann E. Brinkley, and of his son Albert E. Brinkley. He named no guardian for his married daughter, Sarah E. Creecy presumably because he felt that she was being well protected by her husband. He authorized Miles to run his farm and dispose of certain property to benefit his heirs. Among the property Brinkley divided among his heirs, Edmund lists the contents of a work house, cook room, smokehouse, and a store room, which held 50 barrels of corn, 30 bushels of wheat, 3,000 lbs. of fodder, 20 bushels of peas, 1,500 lbs. of pork, 1,000 lbs. of herring and 6 bushels of salt indicating that he derived much of his income from rearing cows, sheep, and pigs, rather than from the crops he raised, and from the herring fishery. In describing his property, Edmund lists the boundaries as running along an extensive system of drainage ditches, showing him to be an active and “improving” farmer. His property, lying as it did near streams and swamps, must have been low-lying and waterlogged during most of the year, and would have been much less productive without such close attention to drainage. Brinkley must have been among the more successful farmers in the Chowan County area. He was, however, clearly not among the wealthiest or greatest landowners in the region. His land holdings may have amounted to several hundred acres but he certainly did not own thousands of acres of farm land and there is no indication that he grew cotton or tobacco, the crops favored by the great landowners who owned large numbers of slaves. Brinkley, himself, was a slave owner, but not on a scale required to run a plantation. He disposed of only two slaves by his will, one of whom was a girl and the other of whom was a boy not yet sixteen years of age. Brinkley and his family must have done most of the farm and fishing work by themselves or with hired slave labor. The balance of the Albert Morris Collection consists of deeds for property that belonged to Edmund Brinkley and an account book that lists some of his purchases and sales during the last few years of his life. It also lists sums paid for the rental of slaves and fees paid for membership in the local Grange organization.
That is indeed Betty Speir. A cousin of min. My grandfather, Julian Smith, and her father, Jasper Smith, were brothers. She is a Duke grad, past chair of the NC Democratic Party and currently lives in Greenville at Cypress Glen.
Betty Speir is a cousin of mine. She is past Chair of the NC Democratic Party. Currently lives in Greenville at Cypress Glen. A Bethel native.
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This is presently JJ's on 903 and Oakley Road outside of stokes. At one time my grandparents(Mollie and John W. Harris as well as my parents Russell and Shirley Brown) ran this local store. During the 70's the Holloman's ran this store. It was a place to get candy, drinks and other items for your home.
iN 1948 I SERVED IN VF14A, LT. COMMANER CROMMELIN WAS THE CO , IN EARLY 1949 THE SQUADRON WENT TO JACKSONVILLE AS VF132 AND I DIDNT SEE HIM AFTER THAT , I WAS THE SQUADRON STOREKEEPER AND HE WAS ALWAYS NICE TO ME.
This barn and silo was part of the Best family dairy farm which was located off of Hooker Road.
The USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) was laid down by the New York Ship Building Corporation in Camden, New Jersey on 27 December 1956 and launched 21 May 1960. She first joined the US 7th Fleet on 7 October 1962. The Kitty Hawk was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for her service during the Vietnam war 26 November 1965 to 14 May 1966. She flew over 10,000 sorties and dropped 10,700 tons of ordnance against enemy forces. The vessel was decommissioned on 12 May 2009 and is currently in the US Strategic Reserve Fleet at Bremerton, Washington. A group in North Carolina would like to bring her to Wilmington in 2015 when she is schedule to be removed from reserve status and stricken from the fleet.
I, too recall seeing Amityville Horror the night before the theater burned . . . just like the house in the movie. Yes, that was 1979, and the Quad opened at Carolina East Center Dec. 1980.
This is a picture of Mattie Cotton Smith. It was taking in her back yard at 307 South Eastern St.
Car is a 1948 Studebaker.
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Edmund Brinkley was a Chowan County farmer, who owned several plots of agricultural land along the Virginia Ro...
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