MERRIMON FEATHERSTONE (cal770 – 1844) and his wife AMELIA (MILLS) FEATHERSTONE (cal771 – cal846)
ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS
(continued from volume 18, page 8)
Generation VII (Grandchildren of Merrimon Featherstone)
2.2.1. Calvin R. “Bob” Featherston – b. ca. 1840 NC (son of William T. Featherston and Mary Emily Edney); m. 5 Jan 1863 HendersonvilIe, Henderson Co., NC to Emily T. Corn – b. ca. 1846 NC, d. by 1910, dau. of Silas Corn and Elisabeth __?. JFH sources: Henderson Co., NC Census records; July 1996 information supplied by Scott R. Featherstone,
37877; 1870 Cocke Co., TN Census; Mrs. I.D. (Elmeree) Oakley, (info probably from Marie Rutledge
collection). Note JFH: marriage record shows Daniel R. Featherston having married Emily T. Corn – was original record transcribed incorrectly?
Issue of Calvin R. “Bob” Featherston:
126.96.36.199. Emily L. Featherston – b. ca. 1865 NC
188.8.131.52. Sallie Featherston – m. Frank Cuicevich
.184.108.40.206. Minnie Featherston – m. __? Dawson
2.2 1 4. Mary Alice Featherston – b. ca. 1876 NC. (See Gen. VIII 220.127.116.11.)
2.2.2. Ambrose Augustus Featherston – was b. 24 Sep 1843 (son of William T. Featherston and Mary Emily
Edney) according to his death certificate in Buncombe Co., NC Court Records. His age was given as 8 years on the June 1860 census for Henderson Co., NC. On his death certificate the name of his mother was given as Emily Edney. He moved to Asheville, NC where he became a grocer, with property at 19 North Main St., (now
Lexington) near Pack Square. His wife was Harriet L. Deaver of Buncombe Co. whose name appears on
numerous items of land transactions recorded in Asheville County. On her death certificate, she was listed as
being divorced. She died of some form of tuberculosis.
Years later her daughter Blanche set up two trust funds:
(1) The Harriet L. Featherston Memorial or Endowment Fund, “in memory of my mother Harriet L. Featherston and said fund shall be used by said Association to comfort the feeble, needy and distressed of the City of Asheville.
(2) The Ambrose A. Featherston, Jr. Memorial or Endowment Fund, “in memory of my brother Ambrose A. Featherston, Jr.” Ambrose died 10 May 1913 Buncombe Co., NC. He m.l) Harriet L. Deaver b. Feb 1853 NC (div.); m.2) 29 Oct 1891 to Mrs. Clara M. (Wilson) Deaver – b. Dec 1857 NC. JFH sources: Buncombe Co., NC Census records; Nov 1911 Henderson Co., NC Superior Court record, Bk. 82, ps. 49-56; Henderson Co., NC
Census records; 1870 McDowell Co., NC Census lists Ambrose Featherston, age 24, clerk in grocery, b. NC.
Issue of Harriet L. Deaver and Ambrose Augustus Featherston:
18.104.22.168. Ernest Cameron Featherston – b. Oct 1872 NC, d. single 12 Dec 1944. Deeded 136 acres to
Elmer L. Biship [Bk 233, p. 63, 1942 – 135 acres in Henderson County, Featherston Mill Creek]. E.
Cam Featherston to Blanche F. Dermitt [Bk 93, page 89, deed 1916. lot.] (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
22.214.171.124. Blanche Featherston – b. May 1875 NC. Inherited land from her father in her own right, which
gave her financial independence. She m. ca, 1903 to Walter Dermitt and they lived on Pearson
Drive in Asheville. On Feb. 16, 1915 she still retained ownership of Henderson County land for
she executed a year’s lease of the farmland to N.B. Featherston. An abstract of the lease
describes the land as: “beginning at a white oak known as the beginning corner of a state grant
to David Miller..running south west course with Mariah C. Alexander’s line where said line
intersects with S.T. Featherston’s line on the south side of Mill Creek… with land formerly owned
by A.M. Featherston …to a stake in the branch below Thomas S. Case’s line…etc…500 acres
…being the same lands known as the old Featherston homestead and owned by the late A.A.
Featherston, father of Blanche F. Dermitt party of the 1st part… “N.B. Featherston…rent of
$100.00 for one year – payable to Blanche F. Dermitt or assigns… Witnesses: Ambrose M.
Featherston, Walter Dermitt.” She wrote her will prior to Feb. 15, 1915…abstracted below:
…devise to my cousin and namesake, Blanche Stepp, daughter of Decatur and Alice F. Stepp –
10 acres… …to husband Walter Dermitt, and brother E. Cam Featherston, land now owned by
me and known as the Featherston Homestead. …my cousins, Mamie E. Featherston and
Emma Featherston, daughters of Columbus Featherston, $1000.00 each. …to Walter Dermitt,
our home on Pearson Drive, AshevilIe. …if childless, to Walter Dermitt and brother E. Cam
Featherston, my store building on Main St., now Broadway, Asheville.
…to E. Cam Featherston, 1/2 interest in East Pack Square property and at their deaths I devise
1/2 interest in the store property on Broadway and West Pack Square Store property …to the
Asheveille Associated Charities of the City of Asheville. The income derived from said property
after the payment of all expenses and charges, be known as The Harriet L. Featherston
Memorial or Endowment Fund in memory of my mother Harriet L. Featherston and said fund
shall be used by said Association to comfort the feeble, needy and distressed of the City of
Asheville. …The other half of said property to …The Asheville Health Seekers Association – a
corporation of the City of Asheville, the remaining one half interest in the North Main Street Store
property and West Pack Square property, and direct that the income derived from it shall be
known as the Ambrose A. Featherston Jr. Memorial or Endowment Fund in memory of my (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
brother Ambrose A. Featherston, Jr. and be used by said Association for the comfort, care and protection of poor and destitute people who come to Asheville, or Buncombe County in
search of health, …property not to be sold for 50 years, …and after that only to be re-invested in other income- producing property or U.S. Government Bonds, income to be used as set forward before. If above Associations cease to exist, then the ministers, or rectors of the following churches be constituted a Board of Trustees: the First Presbyterian Church, Central M.E. Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and First Baptist Church. Thomas Harkins was named executor of the above will. On Feb. 15, 1915 a codicil was executed to reduce the cash
legacies of $1000.00 to $500.00, and the $300.00 legacies to $100.00. [Bk 3, page 577 – Henderson County Court records] She was apparently deceased before June 3, 1915.
126.96.36.199. Ambrose Augustus Featherston, Jr. – b. ca. 1878 NC. Brother of Blanche F. Dermitt, per her will. Was deceased at the time of Blanche’s will in 1915.
2.2.3. William Columbus Featherston – b. ca. 1845/47 NC (son of William T. Featherston and Mary Emily Edney). Apparently known generally as “Columbus” Featherston. The death records of Buncombe Co., NC show that he died there on 30 Aug 1909. Lived in Asheville, NC where his house was at 180 Charlotte St. He m. 7 May 1874 at Knox Co., TN to Lillian Lee “Li 11 ie” Vunck – b. ca. 1852/54 TN/NY. In the 1912 issue of the Asheville City Directory she was listed as widow of W.C. Featherston. Lillian Lee Vunck Featherston was the daughter of Frank Vunck, and she died in Buncombe Co. 9 May 1912 (Bk 03/1182].
Issue of Lillian Lee “Li 11 ie” Vunck and William Columbus Featherston:
188.8.131.52. Mamie E. Featherston – named as dau of Columbus Featherston and her cousin in the will of Blanche F. Dermitt in 1915 who bequeathed her $500.00.
184.108.40.206. Emma Maude Featherston – named as dau of Columbus Featherston and her cousin in the will of Blanche F. Dermitt in 1915 who bequeathed her $500.00. Died in Buncombe Co., NC 26 Nov 1957 (dau of Columbus Featherstone [Bk. 44/158].
220.127.116.11. N.B. Featherston II – Rented the A.A. Featherston homestead farm by legal contract in 1915, which land had formerly been owned by the Ambrose Mills Featherston who had died in 1846.
(Note JFH: Is this N.B. Featherston a son of William Columbus or was it Napoleon Bonaparte (son of William T. Featherston and Mary Emily Edney) who rented the A.A. Featherston homestead in 1915? The only census records I have showing this family are: (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
1880 Knox Co., TN Census
Lum Featherston head 35 TN TN TN
Lillie Featherston wife 28 TN TN TN
Emma Featherston dau 2 TN TN TN
Mima(?) Featherston dau 5 TN TN TN
1910 Buncombe Co., NC Census
Emma Featherston head 30 single TN NC NY
Lillian Featherston mother 56 widow NY NY NY
(occupation – dressmaker)
Mamie Featherston sister 34 single TN NC NY
(occupation – dressmaker)
If William Columbus and Lillian had a son, he very well could have been born after 1880. Does anyone have another census showing this family?)
2.2.5. S. Merrimon Featherston – b. Feb 1850 NC (son of William T. Featherston and Mary Emily Edney), d. 30 Dec 1930 Buncombe Co., NC; S.M. Featherston (age 27) of Hendersonville, m. 17 Jan 1879 Hendersonville,
Henderson Co., NC to Mary Garren (age 23) – b. May 1855 NC (dau of William Garren), d. 25 Mar 1931 Buncombe Co., NC. Sources: Index of Register of Marriages (male), p. 16, Henderson Co. Courthouse; S. Merrimon Featherston. given as son of Sebren on his death certificate in Buncombe Co., NC under date of Dec. 30, 1930. (Bk 18/001]. Mary Garren Featherston d. in Buncombe Co., NC on 25 Mar 1931, with father’s name of William Garren (Bk 18/0224]. He was listed in the Asheville City Directory of 1912 (?) with wife Mary, and his
occupation was a clerk at A.A. Featherston (Grocery Store). They lived at 174 South Main St. They all moved from Henderson Co. to Asheville. Buncombe Co., NC after 1900 and before 1910. (JFH: see note at end of family listing for Seaborn T. Featherston – vol. 18, p. 7.) JFH sources: Buncombe Co. and Henderston Co., NC Census records.
Issue of Mary Garren and S. Merrimon Featherston:
18.104.22.168. William Cammie Featherston – b. Mar 1882 NC, d. 6 Aug 1960 Buncombe Co., NC
22.214.171.124. Lillie Featherston – b. Sep 1885 NC
126.96.36.199. Emma Featherston – b. Sep 1888 NC
188.8.131.52. Columbus Featherston – b. Jun 1891 NC
184.108.40.206. Horace N. Featherston – b. Feb 1894 NC (See Gen. VIII 220.127.116.11.)
18.104.22.168. Jennings Gale Featherston – b. Sep 1898 NC. The death record in Buncombe County
for Jennings Gale, gave his father as S.M. Featherston (Bk 45/0543].
2.2.7. Napoleon Bonaparte “Little Bud” Featherston – b. 15 Jan 1858 NC (son of William T. Featherston and Mary Emily Edney), d. 5 Nov 1938 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC, bur. Moore’s Grove Cem., Hendersonville, NC; m. ca. 1890 to (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
Luster Lee Nichols – b. 8 Dec 1860 NC, d. 1 Aug 1936, bur. Moore’s Grove Cem., Hendersonville, NC. JFH sources: July 1996 information supplied by Scott R.Featherstone, ; Mrs. I.D. (Elmeree) Oakley, (loose pages of
cemetery info found in a folder at the Hendersonville Public Library “Done in 1937 by WPA”.)
Issue of Luster Lee Nichols and Napoleon Bonaparte “Little Bud” Featherston:
22.214.171.124. Florence Ethel Featherston – b. 3 Jun 1891 Henderson Co., NC [Vol. 90, p. 218
Delayed Birth Certificates, Henderson Co., NC Courthouse], d. 1973.
126.96.36.199. Kistie Clara Featherston – b. 1892, d. 1895
188.8.131.52. Pare Lee Featherston – b. 1894. (See Gen. VIII 184.108.40.206.)
220.127.116.11. Ambrose Mills Featherston – b. 20 Dec 1896 Henderson Co., NC. (See Gen. VIII
18.104.22.168. Vera Lucile Featherston – b. 31 Oct 1898 Henderson Co., NC. (See Gen. VIII 22.214.171.124.)
126.96.36.199. Franklin Nichols Featherston – b. 1900. (See Gen. VIII 188.8.131.52.)
184.108.40.206. Geneva Dorthy Featherston – b. 1904. (See Gen. VIII 220.127.116.11.)
18.104.22.168. Lavada Louise Featherston – b. 1913.
2.3.1. William Washington Hawkins – (son of Ann Brown Featherston and Robert Washington Hawkins), bur. Enon Cem., Woodstock, GA. (JFH: This is the only name of a child I have for Ann Brown (Featherston) Hawkins. Does anyone have additional information?)
2.4.4. Sarah Eliza Featherston – b. 12 Sep 1839 (dau of Seabron T. Featherston and Sarah Alien), known as “Eliza”. May have been a dau under 5 on the 1840 census. She m. 15 Nov 1859 in Henderson Co., NC to Memory Prince Dermid. She appears in the 1860 census of Henderson Co., NC as Eliza Dermid, age 20, wife of Memory Dermid, age 28 – with no children. The name “Sarah” was included by Reba Dermid in the application she filed for membership in the NSDAR, based on descent from Sarah Eliza. By the 1880 census Sarah and
Memory had a family of nine children.
Issue of Sarah Eliza Featherston and Memory Prince Dermid:
22.214.171.124. Katherine Amanda “Kitty” Dermid – b. abt. 2 Nov 1860 Henderson Co., NC. (See Gen.
126.96.36.199. Edward Dermid – b. 1864 Henderson Co., NC. Lived in Bristol, TN and died there.
Was married and had at least one daughter.
188.8.131.52. John Dermid – b. 1866 Henderson Co., NC
184.108.40.206. Harriet Dermid – b. 1868 Henderson Co., NC
220.127.116.11. Sally Dermid – b. 1870 Henderson Co., NC (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
18.104.22.168. Junious Wells Dermid – b. 1872 Henderson Co., NC, d. 5 Feb 1951 Buncombe Co.,
22.214.171.124. Mary Dermid – b. 1873 Henderson Co., NC
126.96.36.199. Lillian Dermid – b. 1875 Henderson Co., NC
188.8.131.52. Claudius Dermid – b. 1879 Henderson Co., NC, d. 16 Jan 1905 Buncombe Co., NC.
Single. Was working for the Southern Railroad, and was killed in a construction
accident in Balsam, NC.
2.5.1. Harriet C.C. Texana Featherston – b. abt. 1842 SC (illegitimate dau of Mariah Catherine Featherston). Alleged father may have been from Georgia. Was 8 years of age on the 1850 census for Henderson Co.. NC.
(JFH source: South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research Vol. 15 Marriages and Death Notices from the Greenville Patriot and Mountaineer – “Married on the 6th inst. (Nov 1856), by Thomas Dillard, Esq., Col. W.E.
Clyde and Miss Harriet C.C.T. Featherston, daughter of Mrs. Catherine Alexander formerly Featherston, of Hendersonville, NC”.) Was listed as “H.C.T.” in the will of her mother, Mariah Alexander, under date of June 1870, as recipient of a life lease in property willed to Harriet’s daughter Mary Harriet C. Clyde…125 acres of the Mariah Alexander lands. [Part of the original homestead of Merrimon Featherston.] 1870 Henderson Co., NC Census: *50 – Alexander, Maria, age 60 1000 real estate b. NC Alexander, Texana 24 GA Alexander, Susan B. 18 SC Alexander, Auga T. 15 SC Alexander, Mary H.C. 9 SC A different census lists Harriet’s birthplace as S.C.
Issue of Harriet C.C. Texana Featherston and Col. W.E. Clyde
184.108.40.206. Mary Clyde – b. abt. 1860 SC. (see Gen. VIII 220.127.116.11.)
2.5.3. Aurora Talula Alexander – b. 26 Aug 1855 Pickens Co., SC (dau of Mariah Catherine Featherston and Fountain Alexander), d. 30 Apr 1946 Spartanburg, SC. bur. Mountain View Cem., Greer, SC; m. 4 Sep 1880 Spartanburg, SC to Robert Joshua Ellis. (Ref. Research of Ruth Williams Bishop of Greer, SC as of 1983).
Issue of Aurora Talula Alexander and Robert Joshua Ellis: 18.104.22.168. Cora Eva Ellis – b. 18 May 1882 Pickens Co., SC (See Gen. VIII 22.214.171.124.) (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
Generation VIII (Great-grandchildren of Merrimon Featherstone):
126.96.36.199. Mary Alice Featherston – b. ca. 1876 NC (dau of Calvin R. “Bob” Featherston and Emily T. Corn); m. ca.
1898 to Decatur R. Stepp – b. 1874. JFH sources: 1870 Cocke Co., TN Census; 1910 Henderson Co.,
Issue of Mary Alice Featherston and Decatur R. Stepp:
188.8.131.52.1. Blanche Stepp – She (Blanche Featherston Dermitt) wrote her will prior to Feb. 15, 1915
“…devise to my cousin and namesake, Blanche Stepp, daughter of Decatur and Alice F. Stepp
– 10 acres…”
184.108.40.206. Horace N. Featherston – b. Feb 1894 NC (son of S. Merriman Featherston and Mary Garren), d. 31 Oct
1968 Buncombe Co., NC [Bk 55/1555]; m. ? __?
Issue of __? __? and Horace N. Featherston:
220.127.116.11.1. Jennings Nye Featherston – d. 10 Dec 1989 Buncombe Co., NC. (See Gen. IX 18.104.22.168.1.)
22.214.171.124. Pare Lee Featherston – b. 1894 NC (dau of Napoleon Bonaparte “Little Bud” Featherston and Luster
Lee Nichols). d. 1981; m. David Winfield Robertson – d. 1958. JFH source: July 1996 information
supplied by Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Pare Lee Featherston and David Winfield Robertson:
126.96.36.199.1. Nell Robertson –
188.8.131.52.2. Madeline Robertson –
184.108.40.206.3. Virginia Robertson –
220.127.116.11.4. Frank Robertson –
18.104.22.168. Ambrose Mills Featherston – b. 20 Dec 1896 Henderson Co., NC (son of Napoleon Bonaparte “Little
Bud” Featherston and Luster Lee Nichols). (source: Vol. 6, page 157″ (Delayed Birth Certificates.
Henderson Co., NC Courthouse), d. 12 Mar 1984 at the V.A. Medical Center in Asheville, Buncombe
Co.. NC at the age of 87 years. [Bk 71/0540]. His home was at 960 Brookside Camp Road in
Henderson County. He was a member of the Moore’s Grove United Methodist Church and an Army
Veteran of World War I. He married 11 Feb 1922 at Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC to Eula Evelyn
Anderson – b. 28 Dec 1902 Henderson Co., NC, dau of Waverly Anderson and Grace Love. Ambrose
was bur.in the Moore’s Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery at Hendersonville, NC. JFH source;
July 1996 information supplied by Scott R. Featherstone, (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
Issue of Eula Evelyn Anderson and Ambrose Mills Featherston:
22.214.171.124.1. Anne May Featherstone – b. 1 Jan 1923 Hendersonville. Henderson Co., NC. (See Gen. IX
126.96.36.199.2. Mary Emily Featherstone – b. 1924. Mary Featherstone, dau. of A.M. Featherstone and Eula
Anderson, d. in Hendersonville 25 July 1924. [General Index to Deaths, Henderson Co., NC
1914-1956 Book 1924, p. 55]
188.8.131.52.3. John Harold Featherstone – b. 20 Nov 1926 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC, d. Jun 1941
184.108.40.206.4. David Edward Featherstone – b. 22 Jan 1930 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC; m.
Virginia Prather – b. 1933
220.127.116.11.5. Richard Ambrose Featherstone – b. 8 Dep 1934 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC. (See
Gen. IX 18.104.22.168.5.)
22.214.171.124.6. Shirley Jean Featherstone – b. 10 May 1936 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC (See Gen.
126.96.36.199. Vera Lucile Featherston – b. 31 Oct 1898 (dau of Napoleon Bonaparte “Little Bud” Featherston and
Luster Lee Nichols), d. 1980; m. to Angus G. Sargeant, Sr. Source: Vol. 10. page 280 [Delayed Birth
Certificates. Henderson Co., NC Courthouse]. JFH source; July 1996 information supplied by Scott R.
Issue of Vera Lucile Featherston and Angus G. Sargeant, Sr.:
188.8.131.52.1. Angus G. Sargeant, Jr. –
184.108.40.206.2. Vera Sargeant –
220.127.116.11. Franklin Nichols Featherston – b. May 1900 NC (son of Napoleon Bonaparte “Little Bud” Featherston
and Luster Lee Nichols). d. 1981; m. Dollie Whitaker – d. 1987. JFH source: July 1996 information
supplied by Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Dollie Whitaker and Franklin Nichols Featherston:
18.104.22.168.1. Mary Doris Featherstone – b. 1924
22.214.171.124.2. Syble Featherstone – b. 1927, d. 12 Apr 1928 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC. Record of
Deaths in Henderson Co., NC April 12, 1928 Syble Featherstone, d/o F.W. Featherstone and
Dolly Whitaker. Hendersonville 197/1928.
126.96.36.199. Geneva Dorthy Featherston – b. 1904 (dau of Napoleon Bonaparte “Little Bud” Featherston and Luster
Lee Nichols), d. 1970; m. Robert Van Buren Dalton. JFH source: July 1996 information supplied by
Scott R. Featherstone,
Issue of Geneva Dorthy Featherston and Robert Van Buren Dalton:
188.8.131.52.1. Thelma Doris Dalton – b. 1930 (See Gen. IX 184.108.40.206.1.)
220.127.116.11.2. Joanne Dalton – b. 1935 (See Gen. IX 18.104.22.168.2.)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
22.214.171.124. Katherine Amanda Dermid – b. abt. 2 Nov 1860 in Henderson Co., NC (dau of Memory Prince Dermid and Sarah Eliza Featherston), d. 22 Nov 1958 Asheville, NC; m. William Albert Bunn of Asheville. Known as “Kitty”, she was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Edward Buncombe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Esther Chapter of the Eastern Star, and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union
– a leader in the cultural and charitable movements of her time. Born in England, her husband, William Albert Bunn, was a brickmaker, owned his own brickmaking and brickwork business, having been brought to Asheville
to do the brickwork for the Buncombe County Courthouse that was the immediate forerunner of the Courthouse in use in 1992. He also did the work for the Courthouse in Brevard serving Transylvania County, and the one in Waynesville serving Haywood County.
Issue of Katherine Amanda Dermid and William Albert Bunn:
126.96.36.199.1. William Albert Bunn, Jr. – b. 1 Jun 1890 Asheville, NC. He became a surveyor and operated
his own surveying business. He never married and d. 1 Aug 1960 in Asheville, NC.
188.8.131.52.2. John Gladstone Talmadge Bunn – b. 19 Mar 1894 Asheville, NC; m.l) to Lois Katherine
Patton, dau of Burgin Alexander Patton and Li 11 ie Randall, and they had a family of two
boys before they divorced. He m.2) to Eleanor Jones, and they had two boys. John operated
stables in Pinehurst and Miami, FL. and also directed a number of summer camps in the
Brevard area. He was a registered judge of the American Horse Show Association as well as
being a breeder and trainer of horses. He died at the age of 84 years in hospital in
Henderson County in 1979.
184.108.40.206.3. Robert Dewey Bunn – b. 14 Nov 1899 Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC. Educated in the
Asheville Schools, he worked first as a Real Estate salesman, then in the 30’s during the
depression he worked for Leo Finkelstein in his Pawn Shop on Pack Square. Finally he
became a dealer in antiques, operating his own store at 40 Biltmore Ave. in downtown
Asheville. One of his boyhood chums was Thomas Wolfe who later became Asheville’s most
famous writer. Their homes were only a short distance apart, they were nearly the same age,
and went all through school together before Tom went on to University A first hand account
of some of their experiences together was published by Ralph Roberts in The Original
Carolina Senior Citizen, Vol. 2, Number 20. On three occasions he used his contracting
talents in the service of the movie industry when companies came to Asheville for the location
sites of motion pictures. Through these jobs he met Susan Hayward, who starred in Tap
Roots, the stars of Conquest of Canaan, Thomas Meighan, Doris Kenyon and Diana Alien;
and Grace Kelley and Louis Jourdain who (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
starred in The Swan. For one picture he was delegated the job of rounding up 27 Victorian horse-drawn carriages, in the course of which he had to travel for about two weeks through
Georgia and South Carolina, and even on up to Virginia, looking for ones that were still in good enough condition to be used. He ended up with only sixteen. His brother who was in the horse-breeding business was able to supply a good number of the needed horses.
About five years after Dianna Alien was in town, he recalled finding a picture of her rolled up and hidden back on a shelf in his mother’s pantry. When he asked his mother about it she admitted that when it had come about five years earlier, she had hidden it without giving it to him, on the grounds that she was afraid he might take off and move out to Hollywood.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the National Society, Sons of the Revolution, and of the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society. In 1992, at the age of 92 years, he published a small book of memoirs, but which was mainly about his father’s and mother’s ancestry, entitled The Life and Ancestry of Robert Dewey Bunn of Asheville, NC.
2.5,1.1. Mary Clyde – b. abt. 1860 SC (dau of Col. W.E. Clyde and Harriet C.C. Texana Featherston); m. William Pinkney Ward
Issue of Mary Clyde and William Pinkney Ward:
220.127.116.11.1. William Joseph Clyde Ward – b. Jul 1882 in Hoopers Creek of Clear Creek
Township, Henderson County, NC according to the 1900 census for Henderson
County, NC. He married Bertha Newman on March 24, 1904 in Henderson Co., NC
with Justice of the Peace J.H. Turley officiating. He died about 1909, at the age of
27, and was buried in Moore’s Grove Cem., Henderson Co., NC. No issue.
18.104.22.168.2. Mary Matilda Ward, known as May/Mame/Mayme/Mammie – b. 30 Jul 1886
Henderson Co., NC. (See Gen. IX 22.214.171.124.2.)
126.96.36.199.3. William Henry Ward – b. 1895. (See Gen. 1X188.8.131.52.3.)
184.108.40.206. Cora Eva Ellis – b. 18 May 1882 Pickens Co., SC (dau of Aurora Talula Alexander and Robert Joshua Ellis), d. 9 Mar 1964 Greer. SC; m. 12 Oct 1902 Pickens Co., SC to William Henry Williams – b. 14 Apr 1878 Pickens Co., SC, d. 3 Aug 1968 Travelers Rest, SC, bur. Wood lawn Mausoleum
Issue of Cora Eva Ellis and William Henry Williams:
2,220.127.116.11. Ruth Williams – b. 25 Mar 1916 Pickens Co., SC; m. 1 Sep 1937 NC to __? Bishop cont-
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
Generation IX (Great-Great-grandchildren of Merrimon Featherstone):
18.104.22.168.1. Jennings Nye Featherston – (son of Horace N. Featherston and __? __?) d. 10 Dec 1989 Buncombe Co., NC [Bk. 76, p. 2287, Buncombe Co., Court Records]; m. Amelia __?. In the 1973 Asheville City Directory he was listed with wife Amelia, and was a District Power Sales Engineer for Carolina Power and Light Co. of 80 Henry Ave. His residence was at 18 Glenview Road. There was a student, Larry Featherstone, living at 18 Glenview Road, obviously his son.
Issue of Amelia __? and Jennings Nye Featherston:
22.214.171.124.1.1. Larry Featherstone –
126.96.36.199.1.2. Jennings Nye Featherstone, Jr. –
188.8.131.52.1. Anne May Featherstone – b. 1 Jan 1923 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC (dau of Ambrose Mills Featherston and Eula Evelyn Anderson); m. 23 Nov 1946 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC to Harry C. Clarke and lived in Hendersonville. JFH source; July 1996 information supplied by Scott R. Featherstone,
Issue of Anne May Featherstone and Harry C. Clarke:
184.108.40.206.1.1. Sammy Clarke –
220.127.116.11.1.2. Stephen Love Clarke – b. 1950; m. Katherine Edwards.
18.104.22.168.1.3. Susan Anne Clarke – b. 1953. (See Gen. X 22.214.171.124.1.3.)
126.96.36.199.1.4. James Harry Clarke – b. 1954. (See Gen. X 188.8.131.52.1.4.)
184.108.40.206.1.5. Shirley Lynn Clarke – b. 1957. (See Gen. X 220.127.116.11.1.5.)
18.104.22.168.5. Richard Ambrose Featherstone – b. 8 Dep 1934 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC (son of Ambrose Mills Featherston and Eula Evelyn Anderson); m. Carole Ruth Weeden – b. 1938. JFH source: July 1996 information supplied by Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Carole Ruth Weeden and Richard Ambrose Featherstone:
22.214.171.124.5.1. Scott Richard Featherstone – b. 1963
126.96.36.199.5.2. Ashley June Featherstone – b. 1971
188.8.131.52.6. Shirley Jean Featherstone – b. 10 May 1936 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC (dau of Ambrose Mills Featherston and Eula Evelyn Anderson); m. Charles Arthur German, Jr. – b. 1934. They settled in Houston, TX. JFH source: Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Shirley Jean Featherstone and Charles Arthur German, Jr.:
184.108.40.206.6.1. Michael Timothy German – b. 1961
220.127.116.11.6.2. Cynthia Anne German – b. 1963 (See Gen. X 18.104.22.168.6.2.)
22.214.171.124.6.3. Christopher Featherstone German – b. 1964 (See Gen. X
126.96.36.199.6.4. Leigh Anne German – b. 1968 ———— (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
188.8.131.52.1. Thelma Doris Dalton – b. 1930 (dau of Geneva Dorthy Featherston and Robert Van Dalton); m. Richard William Jacobson. JFH source: Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Thelma Doris Dalton and Richard William Jacobson:
184.108.40.206.1.1. Hollis Leigh Jacobson – b. 1962
220.127.116.11.1.2. Christine Carol Jacobson – b. 1965
18.104.22.168.2. Joanne Dalton – b. 1935 (dau of Geneva Dorthy Featherston and Robert Van Dalton); m. Joseph Laiklam. JFH source; Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Joanne Dalton and Joseph Laiklam:
22.214.171.124.2.1. Joey Laiklam – b. 1962
126.96.36.199.2.2. Mark Laiklam – b. 1964 (See Gen. X 188.8.131.52.2.2.)
184.108.40.206.2. Mary Matilda Ward, known as May/Mame/Mayme/Mammie – b. 30 Jul 1886 Henderson Co., NC (dau of Mary Clyde and William Pinkney Ward). Her second name may have been Matilda. She m. Jerome Mitchell Freeman of Henderson Co., NC with John H. Turley, Justice of the Peace of Henderson County officiating on November 6, 1904. She inherited property on Zeb Corn Road from her mother, but borrowed on it for cash and eventually the mortgage was foreclosed so the property passed out of the hands of the Featherston/Alexander/Ward family. She and her husband had a family of about five children, according to information gleaned from the Henderson County records. At her death, her address was Cherry St., Hendersonville, and she is buried in the Freeman Cemetery in Henderson County.
Issue of Mary Matilda Ward and Jerome Mitchell Freeman:
220.127.116.11.2.1. Jay Whittington Freeman – b. 14 Nov 1905, d. 19 Dec 1962; m. 17 June 1933 to Naomi Perkins. Lived in Canton, Haywood Co., NC
18.104.22.168.2.2. Joseph Lola “Jim” Freeman – b. 24 July 1907, d. 7 Jul 1976; m. 3 Sep 1927 to __? __?. Lived in Canton, Haywood Co., NC
22.214.171.124.2.3. William Curtis Freeman – b. 26 Dec 1909, date of death not known; m. 16 Dec 1951 to Helen __?
126.96.36.199.2.4. Claude Edward Freeman – b. 1 Nov 1911, d. 3 Aug 1966; m 21 Jan 1933 to __? __?. Lived in Henderson Co., NC.
188.8.131.52.2.5. Velma Lucille Freeman – b. 9 Jul 1914. (See Gen. X 184.108.40.206.2.5.)
220.127.116.11.2.6. Mitchell Jerome Freeman, Jr. – b. 3 Apr 1929; m. to Ettie Belle __? (JFH: ?and) Deborah Bolton.
18.104.22.168.3. William Henry Ward – b. 1895 (son of Mary Clyde and William Pinkney Ward). Married Nellie Carr Byers on Sept. 4, 1915 at the age of 20 (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
years, although the certificate stated that he was 21 years old. T.P. Ward and B.J, Maxwell were the witnesses. They were apparently married early one Sunday morning before the time for the regular church to begin. Nellie was stated on the records as being 18 years of age, but she was actually only 15 years. They worked at various occupations, an early job being cooks for Edward
W. Ward’s road construction crew when they were building roads through the Green River section of Henderson County. They did some farming, but along the way, probably lost the property Henry received from his parents. They eventually moved to Canton, in Haywood County, where Henry worked at the Champion Paper Company, and Nellie ran a boarding house. Their children
attended school in Canton. They had seven children, although they lost one little girl Caroline when she was about two years old. In time, they bought a large house at 73 Merrimon Ave. in Asheville which Nellie operated as a Tourist Home, finding it much easier and more profitable than the boarding house in Canton. Henry continued to work at the Champion Paper Company until his death in 1955. Nellie continued to live in Asheville, and m.2) to Charles F. Schroeder, owner of the Evergreen Motel which was located at 715 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. He died shortly after their marriage and Nellie continued to operate that business until her death in November 1977.
Issue of Nellie Carr Byers and William Henry Ward:
22.214.171.124.3.1. Faye Marie Ward – b. ca. 1916 Hendersonville, Henderson Co.. NC. (See Gen. X 126.96.36.199.3.1.)
188.8.131.52.3.2. Daisy Belle Ward – b. 1 Oct 1918 Tuxedo, Henderson Co., NC; m. James Everett McCarty of Falls Church, VA. She died 11 Oct 1993 Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC. Burial in Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery, Dana, Henderson Co., NC. No children.
184.108.40.206.3.3. Raymond Clifton Ward – b. 11 Dec 1925 Hendersonville, NC; m. 22 Feb 1952 to E. Frances Edwards in Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville. She was born in Ayden, NC, d/o William Holton Edwards and Frances Cox. Three children.
220.127.116.11.3.4. Mildred Bernice Ward – m.l) to Lewis Smith – two children; m.2) to Samuel Hill – no children.
2 18.104.22.168.5. Kenneth Burton Ward, Sr. – b. 1 Mar 1931 Canton, Haywood Co., NC; m.l) to Doris Annette Cline, d/o Carl Gordon Cline and Esther Hansenburg of Niagara Falls, Ont. Canada. Div. Nov 1979 Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC. Had three children. Kenneth m.2) to Viola (__?) McKinney – div. 30 Jul 1983; m.3) 24 Jul 1985 Wilson, Niagara Co., NY to Nadine ——? __? of Asheville, NC – no issue.
22.214.171.124.3.6. Carolyn Ward – b. 1932 Canton, Haywood Co., NC, d. 1933 Canton, Haywood Co., NC
126.96.36.199.3.7. Cecil Maurice Ward – b. Canton, Haywood Co., NC; m.l) at Buffalo, NY to Adele Kiebzac – five children; m.2) to Brenda Woodard of Asheville, NC who had one daughter later adopted by C.M. Ward [aka Bobby]. —— (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
Generation X (Great-Great-Great Grandchildren of Merrimon Featherstone)
188.8.131.52.1.3. Susan Anne Clarke – b. 1953 (dau of Anne May Featherstone and Harry C. Clarke); m, Joseph P. Bailey- b. 1948. JFH source: Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Susan Anne Clarke and Joseph P. Bailey:
184.108.40.206.1.3.1. Bevin Louise Bailey – b. 1982
220.127.116.11.1.3.2. Elizabeth Anne Bailey – b. 1985
18.104.22.168.1.4. James Harry Clarke – b. 1954 (son of Anne May Featherstone and Harry C. Clarke); m. Marie Eleanor Ewbank. JFH source: Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Marie Eleanor Ewbank and James Harry Clarke:
22.214.171.124.1.4.1. Jeffrey Croswell Clarke – b. 1981
126.96.36.199.1.4.2. Brian Covington Clarke – b. 1983
188.8.131.52.1.4.3. David Ambrose Clarke – b. 1986
184.108.40.206.1.5. Shirley Lynn Clarke – b. 1957 (dau of Anne May Featherstone and Harry C. Clarke); m. Matthew Joseph Haun. JFH source: Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Shirley Lynn Clarke and Matthew Joseph Haun:
220.127.116.11.1.5.1. Stephanie Haun – b. 1978
18.104.22.168.1.5.2. Kristen Haun –
22.214.171.124.6.2. Cynthia Anne German – b. 1963 (dau of Shirley Jean Featherstone and Charles Arthur German, Jr.); m. Gregg Alan Watkins – b. 1961. JFH source: Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Cynthia Anne German and Gregg Alan Watkins:
126.96.36.199.6.2.1. Abigail Leigh Watkins – b. 1996
188.8.131.52.6.3. Christopher Featherstone German – b. 1964 (son of Shirley Jean Featherstone and Charles Arthur German, Jr.); m. Catherine Gale Helena Edkins – b. 1966. JFH source: Scott R. Featherstone.
Issue of Catherine Gale Helena Edkins and Christopher Featherstone German
184.108.40.206.6.3.1. Nicholas Allan Charles German – b. 1996
220.127.116.11.2.2. Mark Laiklam – b. 1964 (son of Joanne Dalton and Joseph
Lailkam); m. __? __?. JFH source: Scott R. Featherstone. (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
Issue of __? __? and Mark Laiklam:
18.104.22.168.2.2.1. Laura Laiklam –
22.214.171.124.2.2.2. Luke Laiklam –
126.96.36.199.2.5. Velma Lucille Freeman – b. 9 Jul 1914 (dau of Mary Matilda Ward and Jerome Mitchell Freeman), d. 7 Mar __; m. 26 Nov 1936 to Robert Hoyle Harkins. Lived in Canton, NC and finally in Monck’s Corners, SC where she died. but with burial in Canton, Haywood, Co., NC.
Issue of Velma Lucille Freeman and Robert Hoyle Harkins:
188.8.131.52.2.5.1. Robbie Harkins – m. Anthony Joyce. Live in Monck’s Corners, SC. One son.
184.108.40.206.3.1. Faye Marie Ward – b. ca. 1916 Hendersonville, Henderson Co., NC (dau of William Henry Ward and Nellie Carr Byers). d. 2 Jun 1975 Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC; m. to Jasper Burton McClure (1915-1988), son of Virgil McClure and Berta Pharr of Canton, Haywood Co., NC; div. and m.2) to Robert Benjamin Templeton of Winston-Salem, NC.
Issue of Faye Marie Ward and Jasper Burton McClure:
220.127.116.11.3.1.1. Jean Burton McClure – b. 16 Jun 1939 Canton, Haywood Co., NC; m.l) 28 Aug 1960 Waynesville, Haywood Co.. NC to Clay Jackson Mitchell; m.2) to Dr. Charles Greene – b. Haywood Co., NC. Currently is in Winston-Salem, NC
18.104.22.168.3.1.2. Ward McClure – b. Canton. Haywood Co., NC; m.l) to Lisa Robinson of Canton; m.2) TX to __? __?; m.3) __? __? (Asian descent).
22.214.171.124.3.1.3. Lydia McClure – b. Canton, Haywood Co., NC; m. Los Angeles, CA to Raymond Lee (Chinese). No issue.
126.96.36.199.3.3. Raymond Clifton Ward – b. 11 Dec 1925 Hendersonville, NC (son of Nellie Carr Byers and William Henry Ward); m. 22 Feb 1952 to E. Frances Edwards in Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville. She was born in Ayden, NC, dau of William Holton Edwards and Frances Cox.
Issue of E. Frances Edwards and Raymond Clifton Ward:
188.8.131.52.3.3.1. William Daniel Ward – b. 28 Apr 1953 Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC. (Bk 42, p. 923]
184.108.40.206.3.3.2. Robert Matthew Ward – b. 17 Oct 1955 Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC
220.127.116.11.3.3.3. Catherine Rebecca Ward – b. 5 Apr 1958 Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC
18.104.22.168.3.4. Mildred Bernice Ward – (dau of Nellie Carr Byers and William Henry Ward); m.l) to Lewis Smith; m.2) to Samuel Hill – no children, (con’td)
Merrimon Featherstone (con’td)
Issue of Mildred Bernice Ward and Lewis Smith:
22.214.171.124.3.4.1. David Smith – b. Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC
126.96.36.199.3.4.2. Anita Smith – b. Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC
188.8.131.52.3.5. Kenneth Burton Ward, Sr. – b. 1 Mar 1931 Canton, Haywood Co., NC (son of Nellie Carr Byers and William Henry Ward); m.l) to Doris Annette Cline, dau of Carl Gordon Cline and Esther Hansenburg of Niagara Falls, Ont. Canada, div. Nov 1979 Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC. Had three children. Kenneth m.2) to Viola (__?) McKinney – div. 30 Jul 1983; ro.3) 24 Jul 1985 Wilson, Niagara Co., NY to Nadine __? of Asheville, NC – no issue.
Issue of Doris Annette Cline and Kenneth Burton Ward, Sr.:
184.108.40.206.3.5.1. Kenneth Burton Ward, Jr. – b. 1 Mar 1951 Buffalo, Erie Co., NY; m.l) Kalamazoo, MI to Gwenna Westbrook, div. m.2) Allegan, MI to Bonnie Page VanHorn. Two children –
1. Brian David Matthew Ward – b. Allegan, MI, d. young.
2. Casey Douglas Ward – b. 1981.
220.127.116.11.3.5.2. Valerie Scott Ward – b. 30 Sep 1952 Buffalo, Erie Co., NY
18.104.22.168.3.5.3. Jacqueline Anne Ward – b. 8 Feb 1956 Buffalo, Erie Co., NY; m. 1 Aug 1981 Asheville. Buncombe Co., NC to Jeffrey Alien Britton of Candler. Buncombe Co., NC. One dau. JFH: Unless otherwise noted, all info supplied on this BRANCH #5 by: Doris Cline Ward
BROWNSBORO – Services for Sid Featherston, 76, Brownsboro, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Carrol1-Lehr Funeral Home chapel, Athens, with the Revs. Bill Hamilton and Danny Martin officiating. Burial will be in Ash Cemetery, Henderson County.
Mr. Featherston died Saturday morning in a Tyier hospital. He was born Nov. 2. 1914. in Brownsboro to the late Thomas Alexander and Alice Green Featherston. He lived in Brownsboro most of his life and was a foreman for Cotton Belt Railroad for 32 years. He was a member of Union Hill Baptist Church, Brownsboro.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evie Beatrice Ewing Featherston, in 1988, and a son Modon Featherston, in 1986. Survivors include his wife, Mary Dickens Featherston, Brownsboro, sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Johnnie Featherston, Chandler, Robert and Sondra Featherston, Mesquite, and Eddie and Phillis Featherston, Tyier; daughters and sons-in-law. Sue and Kenneth Calhoun, Brownsboro, Louise Cooper. Athens, and Carolyn and Keith Attaway, Mineola; brothers, Louis Featherston, Chandler, Vernon Featherston, Billy Featherston and Pete Featherston, all of Brownsboro; (con’td)
Sid Featherston (con’td)
sisters. Belle Perry, Brownsboro, Cleo Palmer, Tyier, Mozell Blackledge, Dallas, and Martha Willingham, LaRue; and numerous grandchildren, great-grand-children and great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers include Dudley Calhoun, Scott Featherston, Tommy Featherston, Wayne Cooper, Rodney Featherston, Rob Featherston, Austin Featherston and Thomas Dickens.
James Stephenson, J.C. Moffeit and Boots McClain will serve as honorary palIbearers.
Family will receive friends 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Tyier (TX) Courier-Times-Telegraph Sunday, May 12, 1996
submitted by: Mrs. I.V. Crawford
JFH: Can anyone identify Sid Featherston?
1910 VIRGINIA CENSUS
Charles T.(?) Featherston head 60 widower VA VA NC
James W. Featherston son 19 VA VA VA
Nana D. Featherston dau 21 VA VA VA
Howard Featherston son 16 VA VA VA
(JFH: Charles Henry Featherston, s/o Edward A. Featherstone/Mary Howlette; was m. 1 Nov 1870 Amelia Co., VA to Lillian “Lillie” F. Quarles – BRANCH #3)
Eddie A. Featherston head 39 m. 13 yrs. VA VA VA
Mary A. Featherston wife 32 5 ch/5 Ivg. VA VA VA
El am G. Featherston son 12 VA VA VA
Robert F. Featherston son 11 VA VA VA
Edward Featherston son 8 VA VA VA
Will ie Featherston son 6 VA VA VA
Ella L. Featherston dau 2 VA VA VA
Henrietta E. Craddock mo-in-law 58 wid. 4 ch/2 Ivg. VA VA VA
Ottie 0. Craddock sis-in-law 21 VA VA VA
(JFH: Edward A. Featherston, s/o Charles Henry Featherston/LiI1ian “Lillie” F. Quarles; m. Mary A. Craddock – BRANCH #3)
Walter E. Coleman head 59 m. 33 yrs. VA VA Va
Mary F. Coleman wife 57 7 ch/5 Ivg. VA VA VA
Mary B. Coleman dau 28 single VA VA VA
Annie B. Coleman dau 26 single VA VA VA
1910 Amelia Co
., VA census – household of Walter E. Coleman (con’td)
Chamberlain E. Coleman son 23 VA VA VA
Lewis A. Coleman son 21 VA VA VA
Oblm(?) L. Coleman dau 19 VA VA VA
Everard M. Featherstone bro-in-law 63 single VA VA VA
Lewis H. Featherstone bro-in-law 48 single VA VA VA
(JFH: Mary Coleman, Everard M., and Lewis Harvey Featherston – children of Edward A. Featherston/Mary Howlette – BRANCH #3
W.R. Featherstone head 36 m. 2 yrs. VA VA VA
Anna M. Featherstone wife 40 0 ch. VA VA VA
(JFH: Can anyone identify W.R. Featherstone? Is this an error in reading the census and he is Nathaniel Ragland Featherston, age 26 on the 1900 Appamattox Co. census, s/o James Henry Featherston/Sallie E. Massie Ragland, BRANCH #3?)
Alfsa A. Featherston boarder 39 single teacher VA VA VA
(JFH: Alfra Agee Featherston, d/o James Henry Featherston/Sallie E. Massie Ragland – BRANCH *3)
Joseph Featherston boarder 40 m. 10 yrs. NC NC NC (occupation – tobacco auctioneer)
(JFH: Joseph Wesley Featherston. s/o James Wiley Featherston/Nancy J. Walton of Person & Caswell Cos., NC – BRANCH not identified in FFs.)
Zeb T. Featherston boarder 36 m. 3 yrs. NC NC MS (occupation – commercial trade)
Nannie P. Featherston boarder 30 2 ch/2 Ivg. AR TN AR
Hugh B. Featherston 2 AR NC AR
Thomas D. Featherston 7/12 NC NC AR
(JFH: Zebulon Thomas Featherston, s/o Thomas Wiley Featherston/Virginia C. Richmond of Caswell Co., NC – BRANCH not identified in FFs.)
James J. Featherston boarder 26 single VA VA VA (occupation – hardware store salesman)
(JFH: s/o Joshua James Featherston/Jane “Jennie” Wilkinson – BRANCH #5)
M.L. Featherston boarder 77 VA VA VA
(JFH: Martha Louise Featherston, d/o Joshua Featherston/Anne Wilkinson – BRANCH #5) cont-
1910 Lunenburg Co., VA Census (con’td)
William M. Featherston head 37 single VA VA VA
Jane W. Featherston moth 64 wid. 4 ch/3 Ivg. VA VA VA
Robert Featherston bro 23 single VA VA VA
(JFH: William Morris Featherston, s/o Joshua James Featherston/Jane “Jennie” Wilkinson – BRANCH #5)
John C. Featherston head 72 m. 43 yrs. AL SC NC
Laetitia F. Featherston wife 67 2 ch/2 Ivg. VA VA VA
(JFH: John Charles Featherston, s/o Howell Colston Featherston/Delaney Odom. b. Limestone Co., AL; m. Letitia Preston Floyd – BRANCH *8)
Albert Fatterson head 74 single VA VA VA living alone – occupation: Merchant country store
(JFH: Albert, possibly not a Featherston. Any comment?)
William Featherston head 34 m. 10 yrs. VA VA VA
Annie W. Featherston wife 27 3 ch/3 Ivg. VA VA VA
Annie W. Featherston dau 8 VA VA VA
Mary L. Featherston dau 4 VA VA VA
Winfield I. Featherston son 7/12 VA VA VA ^
(JFH: William Q. Featherston, s/o Charles Henry Featherston/Lillian Lillie F. Quarles – BRANCH *3)
Sallie Featherston head 53 wid. 6 ch/6 Ivg. VA VA VA
Martha Featherston dau 28 single teacher VA VA VA
(JFH; Sallie E. Massie Ragland. widow of James Henry Featherston, s/o Montgomery Featherstone/Emily Ann Agee – BRANCH #3)
Sallie Featherston head 74 wid. 6 ch/3 Ivg. VA US OH
Tena Cross dau 30 single VA VA VA
Cora Smith gr.dau 28
Sarah R. Cross g.gr.dau 3
Elva Smith g.gr.dau 9
Alfred J. Smith g.gr.son 6
Roy Smith g.gr.son 3
Bessie Smith g.gr.dau 11/12
(JFH: Can anyone idenify this Sallie Featherston?)
submitted by: Mrs. I.D. (Elmeree) Oakley,
Floyd K. Martin
Floyd K. “Slappy” Martin, 58, of Route 1, Fleming, died Dec. 1, 1995, at his residence. He was born on Fleeman’s Run, Noble County. Ohio. a son of the late Roy and Almeda Featherston Martin. He attended Elk Township schools. He had been employed at the Chrysler plant in Trenton, Mich. and at Marietta Concrete Co.
before being associated with William Blacktop Co. and was a supervisor at the time of his death. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and boating and was a member of the Washington County Fish and Game Association, Marietta Aerie 458 Fraternal Order of Eagles. Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1823 and B.P.O.E. Lodge 477.
Surviving are his wife. Donna Zimmerman Martin; two sons. Tony Martin of Fleming and Richard Martin of South Rockwood, Mich.; three daughters, Cynthia Martin of Marietta, Candace Adams of Adrian, Mich. and Charlene Martin of the home; seven grandchildren; one brother, Malcolm Martin of Lancaster, Ohio; three sisters. Bonnie Miller of Lowell, Patty Hilverding of Stafford. Ohio and Clarice Smith of Warner, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers. Wayne Martin, Earl Martin, Veri Martin and Marvin Martin.
Services 1 p.m. Tuesday, McClure-Schafer Funeral Home, Marietta, the Rev. Gary Fitzgerald officiating. Burial Gravel Bank Cemetery. Visitation from 2 p.m. today until 1 p.m. Tuesday.
From: The Parkersburg News (Marietta, OH), Sunday, December 3, 1995
submitted by: Mr. Kelly L. Elmore, Jr.
(JFH: Almeda Featherston, b. 14 Sep 1904 OH. d/o James W. Featherston/Clara Phillips – BRANCH not identified in FFs.)
Old Doughboy is buried in same uniform he wore home in 1918
by Tom Hennessy
They buried Ernest Featherston Monday. Whatever cosmic formulas determine the number of years assigned to each of us they had allocated nearly 95 of them to Ernest before darkness closed in on him New Year’s Day.
He had been a Doughboy. in grateful remembrance of that. Ski Demski marked the day of Ernest’s burial by flying Long Beach’s most celebrated flag at half mast. And Ernest’s family marked it by carrying his lean and elegant shell to the graveyard in the same uniform he had worn home after the Armistice in 1918.
It girded a size 32 waist back then, and the size of that waist had not changed much in the nearly seven decades since Ernest joined the Fourth Division, U.S. Army, and shipped over to fight the war against Kaiser Bill.
“Eat little, walk a lot,” had been his regimen. (con’td)
Old Doughboy (con’td)
Though a farmboy, himself, he was no Arkansas version of World War I’s fabled Tennessean, Sgt. Alvin York, propelled to fame by heroics and circumstance. Ernest, in fact, was quick to note that his arrival in the trenches had not sent the Huns scurrying in panic from the combat fields of France and Belgium. And when he got down to details, it was to acknowledge that his entire World War I output consisted of four shots, all fired in the space of a few seconds at – but not into – a primitive German biplane.
“That pilot just flew right on past us,” Ernest told me one morning back in 1984. We were sitting in the living room of his Long Beach home, and we speculated a bit on whether that pilot was still alive and, perhaps, sitting in his living room, telling a time-enlarged story of how he had once flown through a hailstorm of Yank bullets.
If Ernest’s chronicles were less than monumental. World War I nevertheless remained “the most exciting part of his life,” says his daughter. Karen Col tins, of Lakewood.
Moreover, his war was not without its terrifying moments. This was the dawn of the technological revolution in warfare. Young men who had faced nothing more complex than barbershop harmony were suddenly being thrown
against tanks and machine guns. aerial bombardments and Poison gas. And more than 100,000 of them never came home.
Ernest did. He took the life that had been spared and used it as a good man should. Moving to Long Beach in 1920, he made a career in engineering. And he fathered four children. They gave him 15 grandchildren, and the latter gave him great-grandchildren in numbers which Ernest, in his twilight, gave up trying to calculate.
He had retired to a rocking chair, but decided he did not like that and began showing up once a week at the Veterans Administration Hospital. The idea was not to see what he could get from the VA, but to see what he could do for those who had fought in his war and in the wars that followed.
Long past his 90th birthday he was still turning in a weekly seven-hour volunteer shift when a hip injury put him in bed for the rest of his days.
When he died, we lost another link in the fragile chain that binds us to the past, for he had a faculty for recalling events of yesteryear as if he had emerged from them only hours ago. Take the Armistice: “I know exactly where I was when I heard about it. We were going up to the next front, near a town that wasn’t a town any more; just a pile of rubble. Before we got in there, we heard French soldiers, ‘La guerre est finie.’ Some were laughing and some were crying and some were drinking.”
Ernest Featherston deserves a better tribute than some lines in a news-paper column. Alas, he and those brave Doughboys who fought with him are vanishing too quickly now, like so many dry leaves tumbling out beyond
history’s horizon. The day is not far off when we will awaken to find they are all gone.
But instead of tribute, he would probably like it known that World War I did not whet his taste for more conflict. When it ended, he took his place in the ranks of the vast majority of soldiers who find that one war is more than
Old Doughboy (con’td)
He gave his testimonial on that theme to a television reporter who once asked what Ernest thought of war.
“Everybody loses.” he said. “Why have a war? We should learn to live together in peace.”
Ernest said that two years ago. Now he has shipped out again, billeted to eternity in an olive drab uniform which was given to him by his country but seems scant payment for what he and the others gave in return.
La guerre est finie.
This newspaper clipping was submitted by: Ellen Featherston Edwards
(JFH: No date or name of paper is shown. Can anyone identify Ernest?)
Polk County. Georgia Cemeteries “In the Corners of Forever” Volume I
Compiled by Ralph and Jane Ayers – 1986
p. 83 – Greenwood Cemetery – Cedartown, Polk Co., GA – Section I
Giles Winfield Featherston – June 10, 1842 – October 20. 1905
Rosaline Richardson, wife of G.W. Featherston – March 13, 1844 – June 28, 1893
(JFH: Giles Winfield Featherston, s/o Lucius Horace Featherston/Maria Ann Thompkins – BRANCH #3)
p. 103 – Section IV
Eugene, wife of W.S. Featherston – January 8, 1856 – August 2. 1884
(JFH: William Steagall Featherston. s/o Lucius Horace Featherston/Maria Ann Thompkins; m.l) to Eugene Harris Mann – BRANCH *3)
Polk County. Georgia Cemeteries “In the Corners of Forever” Volume II
Compiled by Ralph and Jane Ayers – 1986
ps. 159 & 164
South View Cemetery – N. Powell Drive, Cedartown, GA Section II
Nancy Featherstone – October 27, 1863 – October 14, 1926 “Magnolia Chambers 1075, Cedartown, GA”
(JFH: Can anyone identify Nancy?)
submitted by: C.R. Featherston
KENNETH EUGENE BREES
We have been informed that Kenneth Eugene Brees of Seymour, Iowa died 24 Oct 1996. (See BRANCH #1, FFs vol. 2, p. 15). Our deepest sympathy is extended to Mavis, their family and friends.
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Joyce Featherston Hawkins
BRANCH #5 – updates & corrections – see Volume 4, p. 23
Shown as Generation V (should read VI)
Amanda Anne Featherston – b. 21 Oct 1849 Lincoln Co.. NC, d. 10 Jan 1925 Columbus, Lowndes Co., MS; m. 20 Sep 1866 Noxubee Co., MS to William James Morton – b. 7 May 1847 Noxubee Co., MS (s/o Josiah Morton/Martha Young), d. 21 Jul 1931 Columbus, Lowndes Co., MS.
1. Carrie B. Morton – b. 8 Aug 1867 Noxubee Co., MS, d. 4 Aug 1898 Columbus, Lowndes Co., MS; m. 2 Nov 1889 Columbus, Lowndes Co., MS to Martin Tompkins
2. Lillian L. Morton – b. 27 Feb 1870 Fayette Co., TN, d. 15 Aug 1953 Columbus, Lowndes Co., MS; m. ca. 1893 Lowndes Co., MS to Arthur J. Lussey
3. James M. Morton – b. ca. 1874 TN; m. ca. 1895 prob. MS to Mary E. “Dinkie” Burrage
*4. John Asbury Morton – b. 17 Feb 1876 Noxubee Co., MS, d. 18 May 1954 Columbus, Lowndes Co.. MS; m1) ca. 1905 Columbus, Lowndes Co., MS to Alice Bradly; m.2) 10 Aug 1910 Columbus, Lowndes Co., MS to
Elizabeth Jane Richardson
5. Mollie Elizabeth Morton – b. 17 Feb 1876 Noxubee Co., MS, d. 4 Nov 1930 Columbus, Lowndes Co., MS; m. ca. 1895 Noxubee Co., MS to Percy E. Hines
6. Emma Morton – b. 12 Dec 1878 Noxubee Co., MS, d. 9 Nov 1969 Columbus. Lowndes Co.. MS; m. 30 Dec 1896 to Jester Merriwether Laws
7. Walter Morton – b. May 1882 Noxubee Co., MS; m. ca. 1899 prob. NC to Bonnie Smith
8. OHie Morton – b. Nov 1887 Noxubee Co., MS
submitted Oct. 1995 by: James W. Callahan
BRANCH *5 – updated info – see Volume 14, ps. 26-32
VI Wesley William Wells – b. 14 Dec 1829 Lincoln Co., NC, d. 27 Mar 1916 East Point, Fulton Co., GA; m. 8 Sep 1854 to Sabre (Celia or Cecelia) Irby -b. 3 Apr 1835 Lincoln Co., NC, d. 27 Sep 1921 East Point, Fulton Co., GA.
Issue (only one):
*1. James Thomas Wells – b. 17 Jul 1857 Lincolnton, Lincoln Co.. NC
VII James Thomas Wells – b. 17 Jul 1857 Lincolnton, Lincoln Co., NC; m. 25 Dec 1878 Lincoln Co., NC to Mary Jane Lutz – b. 3 Nov 1855/56 Northbrook Twn. Lincoln/Cleveland Co.. NC. d. 1924 Lincolnton. Lincoln Co., NC.
*1. Grace Lee Wells – b. 21 Jan 1880 Cherryville, Gaston Co., NC
(previously shown as Grace Cecelia Wells) (con’td)
BRANCH *5 – updated info (con’td)
VIII Grace Lee Wells – b. 21 Jan 1880 Cherryville, Gaston Co., NC, d. 16 Apr 1923 Lowell Gaston Co., NC; m. 13 Jan 1898 Gaston Co., NC to Charles Wallas Elmore – b. 3 Dec 1866 Gaston Co., NC, d. 14 Apr 1938 Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC.
*1. Kelly Lee Elmore – b. 23 Feb 1899 Lowell, Gaston Co., NC
2 Edna Earl Elmore – b. 14 Aug 1900 South Point Twn, Gaston Co., NC (Lowell). d. 7 Mar 1995 Gastonia, Gaston Co., NC; m. 1 Mar 1948 Washington, DC at res. of Gen. George Marshall to Frank Huyler
3. George Roy Elmore – b. 3 Sep 1902 South Point Twn., Gaston Co.. NC (Lowell), d. 30 Jan 1991 Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL; m. 11 Jun 1932 Durham. Durham Co., NC to May Alice Smith
4. Lena Jane Elmore – b. 4 Sep 1904 South Point Twn.. Gaston Co.. NC (Lowell), d. May 1983 Gastonia, Gaston Co., NC; m. to Eugene “Gene” Summers
5 Charles Everette Elmore – b. 16 Nov 1906 South Point Twn., Gaston Co., NC (Lowell), d. 29 Jan 1989 Washington. DC; m. 28 Feb 1942 Fort Mills, York Co., SC to Corrie Patterson – d. 17 Mar 1996 MD
1. Sarah Lee “Sally” Elmore –
6 Irvin Hall Elmore – b. 16 May 1908 South Point Twn., Gaston Co.. NC (Lowell); m. 29 Nov 1932 Kent, Summit Co., OH to Gladys McPeak – b. 9 Jun 1910 Stowe/Akron. Summit Co., OH
7. Geneva Dare Elmore – b. 12 Jun 1911 South Point Twn., Gaston Co., NC (Lowell); m.l) 26 Sep 1935 Gastonia, Gaston Co., NC to Morris Herbert Clarke – b. 10 Jul 1903 Washington, DC, d. 3 Jul 1978 South Charles Co., MD; m.2) 22 Jun 1985 MD to William Thornton – b. 2 Jul 1905 Hillsborough, TN, d. May 1995 MD
8. Mildred Elizabeth Elmore – b. 12 Apr 1913 South Point Twn., Gaston Co., NC (Lowell)
9. Willis Clarence Elmore – b. 6 Jul 1915 South Point Twn., Gaston Co.. NC (Lowell). d. Washington. DC (Veterans Hosp.)
10. Mary Elsie Elmore – b. 3 Jun 1917 South Point Twn., Gaston Co., NC (Lowell). d. 15 Apr 1996 North Charleston, Charleston Co., SC; m. 29 Jun 1934 Cherokee Falls, Cherokee Co., SC to Benjamin “Ben” Everette
Baber – b. 1 Feb 1915 Cherokee Falls, Cherokee Co., SC
11 Vera Myrtle Elmore – b. 4 Sep 1918 South Point Twn., Gaston Co., NC
(Lowell); m. 15 Mar 1936 York. York Co., SC to Ernest McLean Campbell – b. 24 Dec 1914 Laurinburg, Scotland Co., SC, d. 27 Jun 1984 Gastonia, Gaston Co., NC
12. Cecil Franklin Elmore – b. 16 Aug 1921 South Point Twn., Gaston Co., NC (Lowell); m. 17 Mar 1956 Washington, DC to Emily Runnel Hearon – b. 11 Jan 1921 Rock Hill, York Co., SC
13. Infant Elmore – b. & d. 16 Apr 1923 South Point Twn., Gaston Co.. NC (Lowell)
BRANCH *5 – updated info (con’td)
XI Kelly Lee Elmore – b. 23 Feb 1899 Lowell, Gaston Co., NC. d. 25 Jul 1981Sheffield, Colbert Co., AL; m. 19 Aug 1925 Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC to Isabella Wood McDowell – b. 21 Dec 1899 Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC, d. 1 May 1980 Sheffield, Colbert Co., AL.
*1. Kelly Lee Elmore, Jr. – b. 10 Jun 1926 Durham, Durham Co., NC 2. Isabella Josselyn Elmore – b. 3 Oct 1928 Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC; m. 14 Feb 1953 Sheffield Colbert Co., AL to John Miller Bradley, Jr.
1. John Miller Bradley III – b. 29 May 1955 Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL, d. 18 Oct 1992 (suicide) Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL
2. Ann Elmore Bradley – b. & d. 13 Nov 1957 Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL
3. Isabella Jocelyn Bradley – b. 5 May 1959 Birmingham. Jefferson Co.. AL
3. Stanley McDowell Elmore MD – b. 17 Dec 1933 Raleigh, Wake Co., NC; m. 20 Jun 1958 Nashville, TN to Emily Ruth Rustin – b. 14 Sep 1936 Norfork, VA
1. Kelly Rustin Elmore- b. 19 Mar 1959 Nashville. Davidson Co., TN
2. Stephen Mark Elmore- b. 15 Mar 1960 Nashville, Davidson Co., TN
3. Andrew Glenn Elmore- b. 16 Nov 1962 Nashville, Davidson Co., TN
4. Peter Sean Elmore – b. 20 Jan 1964 Nashville, Davidson Co., TN
X Kelly Lee Elmore, Jr. – b. 10 Jun 1926 Durham. Durham Co., NC; m. 6 Oct 1951 Tuscumbia. Colbert Co.. AL to Meda Nell Sanders – b. 30 Oct 1926 Sheffield, Colbert Co.. AL.
1. Kelly Lee Elmore III – b. 24 Sep 1953 Marietta, Washington Co., OH
2. Phil lip Sanders Elmore – b. 5 Dec 1955 Sheffield, Colbert Co., AL
3. Charles McDowell Elmore – b. 2 Jun 1958 Marietta, Washington Co., OH
submitted Oct. 1996 by: Kelly Lee Elmore, Jr.
19-01. Would be interested in contact with other Featherston researchers in the Central & Tidewater areas of Virginia.
submitted by: Charles A. Featherston