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Nancy Caroline Leslie

 
 

Born: 07 Nov 1858
Died:  22 Sep 1905, Lincoln County, NC

 

 

                           

Nancy Caroline Leslie was the first child born to James Q. Leslie and Sarah C. Fink on 07 Nov 1858. 

 

James Leslie married Sarah (Sallie) C. Fink on 10-5-1852 in Iredell County, NC.  This was his second marriage.  He was 25 years older than Sarah.

 

According to the 1860 Iredell County Census, James & Sarah were living in Statesville, NC.  His three children from a previous marriage (Margaret, James & Martha) were living with them, as well as their daughter Nancy Caroline.

 
1860 Iredell County Census
 
First Name Last name Age Sex Occupation Real
Estate
Personal
Estate
Birth
James Leslie 53 M Farmer $800 $400 NC
Sarah C. " 28 F        
Margaret E. " 23 F        
James O. " 19 M        
Martha J. " 17 F        
Nancy C. " 1 F        
 
 
 

By 1870, James's three older children had left home.  The 1870 Census had his name spelled as "Lasley" instead of "LeslieJames and Sarah had three more children in addition to Nancy Caroline.  They were Lillia, Laura and SophiaNancy was 11 years old.

 

1870 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First name Age Sex Race Occupation Birth Male
> 21
Lasley (Leslie) James 63 M W Works on Farm NC X
------ Sarah C. 38 F W Keeping House "  
------ Nancy 11 F W At Home "  
------ Lillia 8 F W   "  
----- Laura 5 F W   "  
------ Sophia 7/12 F W   "  
 
 
 
By 1880, Nancy was 21 and no longer living at home.  She was a border with Jacob Parker
 

1880 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Race Sex Age Relation Single
Married
Occupation
Parker Jacob W M 72   M Farmer
Sherrill Hannah W F 60 Sister-in-Law S Keeping House
Leslie Nancy W F 21 Boarder S  
 
 
 
 

(Left) Nancy Caroline Leslie

Nancy Caroline Leslie married a 7-year younger John Henry Johnson on 03 September 1885 in Iredell County, NC. 

Henry was born on 12 April 1865 to Pinkney C. Johnson and Levina C. SherrillPinkney C. died in the Civil War on April 3, 1865 and never saw his son John Henry who was born April 12, 1865.

John Henry had been a cripple from childhood and used a wooden leg.   Henry was a lumber jack and when he was 24 years old, a tree fell on him and killed him.

 

 
 
The 1900 Iredell County Census for Shiloh Township shows Nancy living with her two children Vernesta (Beulah Vernesta), age 14, and Henry P. (Henry Pinkney) age 11.  They lived near Nancy's mother-in-law, Levina Sherrill Johnson.  This Census states that Nancy was born Nov 1860.
 

1900 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First name Relation Race Sex Birth Age SMW Yrs
Md
Kid Kids
Living
Birth
Mth Year
Johnson Nancy Head W M Nov 1860 39 Wd   2 2 NC
----- Vernesta Daughter W F Jan 18886 14 S       NC
----- Henry P. Son W M Apr 1889 11 S       NC
                         
Johnson Levina C. Head W F Mar 1832 68 Wd   8 5 NC
Blankenship James Son-in-Law W M Dec 1865 34 M 7     NC
----- Eliza J. Daughter W F Apr 1854 46 M 7 1 1 NC
Idson Carlie E. G.Daugh. W F May 1893 7 S       NC
 
 
 
Nancy had been mentally unstable for years.  After several suicide attempts, she died after setting herself on fire on 22 September 1905 at the age of 47.
 

The Landmark

Statesville Record Landmark

OBITUARY

 

Johnson, Nancy, Mrs. - Died Sept. 22, 1905, in Shiloh Township from burns she received when her clothing caught fire.  She was the wife of the late Henry Johnson who was killed by a falling tree 16 years ago.  She was a daughter of Mrs. Sallie Leslie.  Survived by several children and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Vine Johnson.  Burial at New Sterling Church.

 

 

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Subscription Price:  One Year…..$2.00,  Six Months…$1.00,  Three Months…$0.50

 Tuesday, September 26, 1905

 

Mrs. Johnson Burned to Death

Mrs. Nancy Johnson was horribly burned about 10 o’clock Friday and died two hours later.  Mrs. Johnson had been failing mentally for some time and had made threats to take her own life.  At one time attempted to drown herself and at another time to hang herself. 

It is thought she fired her clothes purposely.  Three matches were found about fifty yards from where she was lying when those who heard her screams reached her.  The trail of fire from her burning clothes lead where the matches were lying by a rock and two of the matches had been struck.  Mrs. Johnson was found about 150 yards from her house. 

Nessie&Henry001a.jpgShe had been left alone; her children were in the field picking cotton.  Her son, about 16 years old, was the first to arrive at the scene.  Dr. Yount was nearby and was called, but could do nothing.  The woman’s clothes were all burned off and she died after terrible suffering.

Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of Mrs. Sallie Leslie and widow of Henry Johnson, who was killed by a falling tree 16 years ago.  She had since lived with her two children on her mother-in-law’s place, Mrs. Vine Johnson, near New Stirling Church. 

The remains were buried at New Stirling on Saturday.  Rev. Mr. Beaver preached the funeral at New Stirling, N.C., Sept 25, 1905.

 
 
 

Text Box: Nancy Caroline Leslie Johnson
John Henry Johnson and Nancy Caroline Leslie Johnson were both buried at New Sterling ARP Church Cemetery in Iredell County. Henry’s grave stone says “Son of L. C. Johnson”. Nancy’s grave stone says “Daughter of Sallie Leslie”. 

 

(Right)  Beulah Vernesta Johnson Goble and Henry Pinkney Johnson were the only two children of Henry and Nancy Caroline

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
SOURCES
 
A special thanks to Boyd & Becky Goble for the photo of Nancy Caroline.
 
Thanks to Alisha Story for the Hart's Square Photo
 
 
If you have additional photos and information on Nancy Caroline Leslie, please contact me.