This particular page will take a closer look
at family members who who have died from unexpected
circumstances and usually at a young age. It also includes
older family members who died from "unusual" circumstances. Family members
have been added alphabetically but placed on this page according to family groupings:
Reid Davis Cranford was the
son of Manley Wilson Cranford, Jr., of Davidson, NC, and
the nephew of
Willaim Alexander Loftin's wife,
Laura Rossie Cranford. Reid went to Davidson College
and was in the Glee Club where he sang bass. As the US
entered World War I, Reid enlisted in the Marine Corps
on 15 Dec 1917 where he was attached to Company "N", in
Paris Island, SC. In January of 1918 he was moved
to Company "L". At the age of 22, Reid died
in France on July 19th, as a result of wounds received
in the terrific fighting at the Battle of Soissons.
At the time of his death he was serving with the 83rd
Company 6th Regiment US Marines.
family didn't learn of his death until over six months
YOUTH THROWN FROM VEHICLE:
A 20-year-old Hickory area youth who returned home only
last Saturday after two years service in the Army,
including ten months in Germany, almost instantly was
killed in a one-car accident on the Old Shelby Road
three and one half miles south of Longview at 6:15 p.m.,
Wednesday. Thrown from the 1956 Ford four-door sedan,
which he is reported to have been driving, Ted Franklin
Herman, son of Hickory township Constable Ruel Herman
and Daisy Loftin Herman of 1312 Sixteenth Street, NE,
the Sandy Ridge Road, died of a crushed skull and other
injuries before a Hickory hospital could be reached.
Jimmy Huffman, of the Old Shelby Road, an uncle of Ted
Franklin Herman, escaped injury. State Trooper David
Searcy said the Ford is owned by Mrs. Betty Herman, an
aunt of young Herman, and brought out the fact that some
eight months ago Mrs. Herman's husband lost his life in
a traffic accident in the Shelby section of Cleveland
County. Jimmy Huffman, it is understood, also was a
passenger then and went unhurt. Searcy said the Hermans
were headed north on the winding paved roadway, and that
the vehicle went completely out of control and
overturned two or three times before landing on its
wheels, came to rest alongside Midway Grocery. Mrs.
Eugene Walls and her mother, Mrs. Mae Williams, watched
the crash from their front porch. Searcy siad the Ford
traveled some 350 fee before it stopped beside of the
grocery. One of the tumbles had thrown young Herman
BURIAL RITES SLATED FRIDAY:
Funeral services for Ted Franklin Herman, 20, of 1312
Sixteenth Street, NE, the Sandy Ridge Road, who was
almost instantly killed at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in a
one-car accident on the Old Shelby Road south of
Longview, will be conducted at St. Stephens Lutheran
Church, the Missouri Synod, at 3:00 p.m. Friday by the
pastor, the Rev. Lester A. Wolff. Burial will be in the
church cemetery. The body was taken this afternoon from
Bass-Smith Funeral Home to the residence of the parents,
Hickory Township Constable Ruel Herman and Mrs. Daisy
Loftin Herman, the Sandy Ridge Road section. It will
lie in state at the church from 2:30 until 3:00
o'clock. Young Herman, born in Catawba County Aug 20,
1935, returned home only last Saturday after two years'
service in the Army, including ten months in Germany.
He entered service March 23, 1954, and possessed the
Good Conduct Medal. He was married April 13, 1955, to
the former Elizabeth Friar. Surviving in addition to
the parents and Mrs. Herman, are two sisters Alma dean
and Pamela Herman, both of the home; the paternal
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. K.L. Herman of Hickory Route
One; the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ida Loftin. Young
Herman attended St. Stephens Lutheran Day School and
graduated from St. Stephens High School in June of
1953. He was an outstanding basketball player in high
school. This youth was a member of St. Stephen's
Lutheran Church of the Missouri Synod. He was confirmed
June 5, 1949.
Basketball Team at St. Stephens High School; Ted
graduated in 1953
Alice Josephine Gilleland was the daughter of
Mitchell Melmouth Gilleland and Delila Ann Catherine
Murphy. Josephine married
Arthur Lee Loftin on 23 Sep 1906. Their
marriage produced ten children, but Josephine died from
complications suffered from a miscarriage on 03 Jun
1928. She was 37 years old.
(Right) Lois, Josephine holding Glenn, and Lee holding
Cornelia Estelle Lowrance Loftin was the daughter of
Henry Durant Lowrance and Sarah Josephine Bost.
Cornelia was born 18 Jul 1875 in Catawba County, NC.
Alonzo Lester Loftin on 23 Dec 1894 at the age of
19. Their marriage produced 5 children:
Nannie May Loftin,
Lillie Stamey Loftin,
Roy Henry Loftin,
Floye Hovis Loftin, and
Verdie Lee Loftin. At the age of 28, Cornelia
got sick and came down with pneumonia. She died on
11 Feb 1904 due to complications from the pneumonia -
just nine days after the death of her mother, Sarah
Lowrance, also from pneumonia. Cornelia's untimely
death left Alonzo with five small children (8 years old
and younger) to tend and still try to make a living.
Verdie Lee was sent to live with her paternal
Laura Loftin, while the rest of the children were
sent away to an orphanage. Alonzo couldn't work
and watch the children at the same time, too, so he did
the best he could. Alonzo married
Ida Lillian Setzer on 05 Nov 1904, six months after
Cornelia's death, and then was able to bring the other
children back home.
(Left to Right)
Nannie, Alonzo, Roy, Cornelia holding Floye, and Lillie,
Foy Max Loftin was the youngest son of
Arthur Lee Loftin & Josephine Gilleland. Foy
was born 24 Jul 1921.
During World War II, Foy had hoped not to get drafted. He had
planned to join the Merchant Marines but was drafted into the
Air Force before he had the opportunity to do so.
Foy's sister Helen Loftin White said of her brother, "He was in
the military less than a year - and ready to go oversees - when
he died in the auto accident while on a date."
According to a story that was passed on to me by James Loftin
(Foy's nephew), there were actually several young people in the
car when the accident occurred. Apparently Foy was thrown
from the car and the others left him unattended while they went
to get help. After a lengthy time, help arrived, but it
was too late for Foy. Foy Max Loftin died 01 Dec 1943 at
11:30 PM when the "auto ran into a telephone pole".
The death certificate lists the cause of death as an
"intra-cranial hemorrhage; shock; fractured skull;
fracture of clavicle". He was 21 years old at the
time of his death.
Loftin was the fifth child born to
William Alexander Loftin and
Rossie Cranford. He was born 23 May 1887 in Catawba
County, NC. According to the 1910 Catawba County Census, Garland was 22 and
working as a salesman at a local grocery store. On 23 Jun
Garland married Rosa N. Wike. Garland was 25 and Rosa
was just 19. This were going well for the young married
couple, until Garland came down with typhoid fever.
He died 6 weeks after his marriage to Rosa on 02 Aug
1912 at the age of 25. According to Garland's
sister Cordie, Rose didn't remarry for a long time,
saying she'd never find another man as wonderful as
Group Photo: Garland
on the right side with his eldest brother Alonzo sitting
James Franklin Loftin was the oldest son of
Thomas Loftin and Sally Lavinia Beatty. He was
born about 1827 in Lincoln County (currently Catawba
County), NC. At the age of 35, Franklin
enlisted as a Private in the Confederate Army during the Civil War
on 03 Mar 1863 in Wilmington, NC. He served with
the 49th Regiment, Company I of NC Infantry and was described in the
Catawba Soldier, p. 306, as “a fine, cheerful and kindly
disposed soldier.” It has been said by the family that when
James Franklin went off to war, his son William Alexander was
just tall enough to harness the horse to the plow. James
Franklin was listed as present with the group of troops from May
thru December 1863, as well as March thru June 1864. After having
lost two half-brothers already during the Civil War, James Franklin
realized that there was a real possibility that he would not
return home from the war. On 13 Feb 1863, he prepared his Last
Will and Testament. According
to his granddaughter, Cordie Loftin Wilson, as he was preparing to leave home after
his last visit home, he remarked that he would never return and did
not want his wife
Frances "Franky" Elizabeth Fisher Loftin to remarry. James Franklin
returned to service and served at Drewry’s Bluff,
located in northeastern Chesterfield County, Virginia. Franklin
was shot during this battle on 16 May 1864.
According to W.A. Day in his book, A True
History of Company I, 49th Regiment NC Troops
in the Great Civil War, published in 1893,
wounded Yankees were suffering for water and while we were
attending to their wants, we found one of our Company, Franklin
Loftin, who was mortally wounded and left at the breast-works
(a temporary fortification) when we fell back that morning. He was lying back in the
field under a board shelter where the enemy had placed him.
He said that they treated him very kind. He was shot
through the bowels." James Franklin Loftin died on
16 May 1864 at the age of 36. His wife, Franky,
Martin Loftin was the son of
Eldridge Edward Loftin & Mary Sherrill. All
three of their sons served in the Civil War.
A. Loftin, Marcus Lafayette Loftin and Martin Loftin.
Martin did not enter the conflict until toward the end of the war.
He enlisted with the 11th N.C. Reg. Co. E on 01 Oct 1864 at the
age of 39. He was captured near Petersburg, Virginia, on
October 27, of the same year. He was confined at Point
Lookout, Maryland, where he died of typhoid fever on 12 Feb
1865 just months before the war was over. Martin left behind a widow and eight children.
Michael "Mikey" Lane Loftin was born 22 Mar 1949, a
little over a month after his father,
Mike Whitner Loftin, was killed in an automobile
Mike's widow, Eleanor, married Robert Rufty three months after
her husband Mike's death, and together she and Robert
raised Mikey. As Mikey grew, his mother and
step-father lived in Chatham County, Georgia, but they
would visit the Rufty family home in Catawba
occasionally. Mikey enjoyed visiting with his
Sam Loftin and his family, who lived less than a
quarter mile from the Rufty home on Robert Rufty Lane,
in Catawba. Mikey would frequently slip off from
home to visit with his Loftin relatives (especially
Billy Ray who was a few years older), but he'd also
frequently get a "whipping" when he got back home
because he had done so. Curtis remembers walking
with Mikey through the woods and back to the Rufty
house, only to hear the scolding and whipping that took
place. Mikey told his mother that the Ruftys were
not his family - the Loftins were. On 25 Jan 1965,
fifteen year old Michael Lane Loftin had been killed in
an automobile accident in Tattnail County, Georgia.
He had been a passenger and was not driving the car.
Surprisingly to his uncles and aunts, his mother and
step-father decided to have a closed-casket service when
his body was brought back to Catawba County for burial
next to his father at Center Methodist Church.
Knowing of the problems between Mikey and his
stepfather, his uncles Sam & Oscar questioned whether or
not he had actually died in the car accident as they
visited with brother Speedo prior to the funeral.
They couldn't understand why his mother and step-father
wouldn't let the Loftin family have a final opportunity
to see him even though they had been told that Mikey's
body was too badly damaged for an open casket.
Mikey was buried beside of his father, Mike Whitener
Loftin, at Center Methodist Church in Catawba.
Even though no evidence of wrong doing was ever proven,
some of the Loftin family still wondered about Mikey's
death and the closed-casket funeral. Years later,
upon their deaths, Robert and Eleanor were buried in
Whitener Loftin was the tenth child born to
Alonzo Lester Loftin
and Ida Lillian Setzer.
He was born 18 Feb 1916 in
Catawba County, NC. Mike married Eleanor Carolyn Irvin on
18 Oct 1947 and she became pregnant half-way through the
next year. He owned and operated a beer-joint
next-door to his home on Hwy 10 in Catawba. The
facility functioned as a dine-and-dance and went by the
name of "The Bamboo Club". Like his brothers
Sam, Mike had illegal slot-machines in his
beer-joint. On the night of 24 Feb 1949, Mike was
killed when the police car in which he was riding
collided with a truck, which skidded into a second truck
in the impact. According to the Statesville
Landmark Newspaper, "It is understood that the truck was in the act of
turning around in the highway when the death car came
over the crest of a hill at considerable speed. Seriously injured were Deputy Sheriffs Ralph Pitts, 28,
and Russell Herman, 60, both of Newton. Catawba
County Hospital attaches reported the men were in
"extremely critical" condition. Occupants of the trucks escaped injury in the crash.
They were identified as Early Reinhardt, 24, Negro, of
Maiden, who was operating a vehicle owned by Bost
Building Supply Company; and Pete Craig, 35, of Vale,
Route 2 and David Leonard, Occupants of the other truck. Loftin was reported to have been
accompanying the deputy sheriffs on an investigation. Authorities declined to disclose nature of the
investigation, but Loftin was involved purely as a
witness, they made clear". A month after Mike's
death, his son Michael "Mikey" Lane Loftin was born.
As fate would have it, Mikey also died in a car accident
when he was 15.
(Left) Mike &
Eleanor; (Right) Mike with Tate and Fred Pope
Loftin, was the son of
Thomas Loftin and Margaret Fisher and the younger
half-brother of James Franklin Loftin. At the age
of 19, Pinkney enlisted as a Private in Company F, 23rd Regiment
of the Confederate Army on 06 June 1861 along with his
brothers William and Eli. The 1850 Catawba County
Census lists Pinkney's age as 6, making his birth year 1844 so
he may have been as young as 17 when he enlisted.
According to "The Catawba Soldier", Pinkney died exactly
months later on 06 Sep 1861 at Fairfax Station, Virginia, from disease. Captain Hilton
of the 23rd Regiment gives Pinkney's death as 15 Sep 1861 of
disease near Manassas, and states that back pay was due his
heirs. Monthly pay for a soldier a the time was $11.
William A. Loftin was the oldest son of
Thomas Loftin and Margaret Fisher and the
half-brother of James Franklin Loftin. At the age
of 28, William enlisted in Company F, 23rd Regiment of
the Confederate Army on 06 Jun 1861 along with his
brothers Pinkney and Eli. In four short months, on
20 Oct 1861, William died from disease, just a month
after his brother Pinkney also died from disease.
Brother Eli Anderson Loftin, another son of
Thomas Loftin and Margaret Fisher, was the only one
to survive his enlistment in the Civil War, but it
wasn't without costs. Eli was 19 when he enlisted
with his brothers Pinkney and William on 06 Jun 1861 and
before the end of the year, both of his brothers had
died from disease and not from battle. Eli was
shot in the knee at the Battle of Gettysburg 01 Jul 1863
and lost his left leg, which was cut off half-way
between the knee and hip. He lay on the
battlefield several days and nights, not being moved
until after the battles of Gettysburg were all over.
The leg was eventually removed by a surgeon on the
field. His was the only limb lost by Company F.
He was the only one of four brothers to survive his
Civil War enlistment.
David Newton McCorkle (son of Francis Marion McCorkle, Jr. and Elizabeth Mariah
Abernathy) enlisted in the 23rd NC Infantry, Company F, during
the Civil War, and served as a Sergeant. David died at
Banner Hospital in Richmond, VA, on 09 Jan 1862 of Typhoid
Fever. His wife, Rhoda Smith, is reported to have traveled
to Virginia to retrieve his body and bring him back to North
Carolina. He was a 1/2 first cousin to
James Franklin Loftin.
Francis Marion McCorkle (son of
Richard McCorkle & Agnes Sherrill) enlisted in the 23rd NC
Regiment, Company F, and died of typhoid in Petersburg on 16 Jun
1862. He was buried at Memorial Hill in Blandford Cemetery
(Petersburg, VA) in a mass grave. A headstone of memorial
was placed at the McCorkle Family Cemetery in Sherrills
Susan/Susannah McCorkle (daughter
of Francis Marion McCorkle, Jr. and Elizabeth Mariah
Abernathy) was born November 12, 1819 and died May 08,
1824 from "drowning". She was
4 Years, 6 Months, 26 Days old.
Barringer was born 30 Oct 1727 to
Wilhelm Barringer/Behringer and Mary Paulina Dekker in
Germany. Mathias came to Pennsylvania, but soon relocated to
North Carolina. Eventually he married Margaret Bushart.
Mathias was a prominent citizen in the community and when a
militia company was organized in the area where he lived, he was
elected militia Captain. British oppression at the time
made such a militia necessary.
In July 1776, Mathias and a small group of militiamen went on a
scouting expedition in the Quaker Meadows area (near Morganton,
Burke County, NC). A Cherokee war party trapped them and
Mathias was killed in the first round of fire. Plilip
Frye, who hid behind a log, was the only survivor and reported
how the Indians scalped Mathias - as well as the others.
Jacob Harvey Setzer was the fifth child born to
Jacob Lanier Setzer and Delila Deal - and the third of
seven sons. He was born 15 May 1837. All seven
of Jake and Delila's sons served in the Civil War. On July 4,
Marcus Elkanah (age 32),
William Able (age 26),
Harvey (age 25),
Noah Monroe (age 24),
Patrick Sylvanus (age 19), and
Henry Theodore (age 16) enlisted
as part of the Confederate army, leaving Jacob with a large farm
and no sons to help run it.
Jacob was hospitalized at Richmond, Virginia, 10 Oct 1862 with
typhoid fever, then furloughed for thirty days on or about
October 18, 1862. He returned to duty in November-December, 1862
and was reported present through October 31, 1863. Like his
brothers, Jacob was in five battles. Jacob was
captured at Rappahannock Station, Virginia on 07 Nov 1863
and confined at Point Lookout, Maryland on 11 Nov 1863. He was
confined for 16 months but was
paroled at Point Lookout on 24 Feb 1865 and received at Aiken's
Landing, James River, Virginia between February 25th and March
2, 1865, for exchange. Jacob ended up in the hospital at
Richmond again on 02 Mar 1865 and was reported still in the hospital
at Richmond on 18 Mar 1865.
Jacob died in the hospital at Richmond but the cause of death was not reported
but was more than likely disease.
(Left) Jacob Harvey
Setzer; (Right) Point Lookout, Maryland - Union Prison
Setzer was born 10 Mar 1830 in Lincoln/Catawba County, NC.
He was the first child born to
Jacob Lanier Setzer and Delilah
Deal. All seven of Jake and Delila's sons served in the Civil War. On July 4,
Marcus Elkanah (age 32),
William Able (age 26),
Harvey (age 25),
Noah Monroe (age 24),
Patrick Sylvanus (age 19), and
(age 16) enlisted as part of the Confederate army.
In order for Marcus to serve, he had to leave behind his
wife, Harriett Yount, and his three children.
Marcus died of disease as a POW on 21 Mar 1865 at Point Lookout,
Maryland, ten days before the death of his brother Jacob. The Civil War ended on 09 Apr 1865 when General
Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse - just 2 1/2
weeks after Marcus' death. Marcus is buried at Point
Lookout, MD, where he died.
Marvin Lee Bunton, Jr.
was the seventh child born to Marvin Lee Bunton, Sr. and
Sarah Catherine Rebecca "Becky" Goble. Marvin Jr. died
08 May 1932 from pneumonia. There is discrepancy on his
age. The 1930 Census lists his age as 1 1/12 when
the Census was taken in April 1930, indicating that he was
probably born early 1929. The problem is that
his death certificate says he was 8 months old when he died in
1932. His age could have been anywhere between 8 months to
BUNTON, Clyde Richard
(14 Dec 1934
- 24 Apr 1975)
Alcohol & Sleeping Pills
Richard Bunton was the eighth child born to Marvin Lee
Bunton, Sr., and Sarah Catherine Rebecca "Becky" Goble.
Clyde was born on 14 Dec 1934. He married Katie
Fox. Clyde died 24 Apr 1975 from an accidental
overdose of alcohol and Butabarbital, a barbiturate
sleeping aid. He was only 40 years old at the
Gordon Goble (son of John &
Sally Drum Goble; grandson of
Goble & Elizabeth Robinson Goble)
was born in Alexander County, NC, 22 Oct 1839. He married
Sarah P. Moose and they had two daughters: Candas
Josephine and Frances Leanah. Corban enlisted
on 29 May 1861 in Mecklenberg County at the age of 22 with
Company A, North Carolina 7th Infantry Regiment, but he
didn't live to see the end of the year. Corban died at Camp Argyle on 27 Oct 1861 of typhoid fever and
gangrene of the bowels.
Daniel Goble was born 18 Jul 1641. He
was the last child born to
Thomas Goble and Alice Brookman.
Daniel married Hanna (Anna) Brewer on 25 Feb 1663/64 in
Sudbury, Massachusetts and they had four children.
Daniel Goble (as well as Thomas, his brother) and Stephen
(Thomas' son) were involved in the First Indian War - also
called King Philip's War. The war was an armed conflict
between Native American inhabitants of present-day New England
and English colonists and their Native American allies.
Daniel Goble, Stephen Goble, Daniel Hoare and Nathaniel Wilde
were tried tried for the murders of three Indian women and three
Indian children on 07 Aug 1676 - five days before the end of
King Philip's war. Colonists feared these killings could
push them back into war with the local Indians. All four
men were found guilty of the charges.
Daniel Hoare and Nathaniel Wilde were from wealthy families and
after petitioning the court for pardons, they were granted.
Daniel Goble pleaded not guilty to the charge, but he and
Stephen were farmers from less affluent families and both men
were hanged on 26 Sep 1676.
THE LANDMARK: "Two Young Women
Drowned" Tuesday, April 30, 1907 Sunday afternoon about 3 o'clock on the Catawba
River at Lookout Shoals and near the Iredell-Alexander
line, a boat containing two young women, a girl and two
young men, overturned. The young women, one a daughter
Mr. David James Fullbright of this county, and the
other the daughter of
Mr. Jacob Goble of Alexander, were drowned. The
others escaped. Through the courtesy of Rev. W. A.
Lutz, who went to the scene of the tragedy yesterday
morning, and Mr. R.L. Bradford, THE LANDMARK has the
following facts: Mr. Fullbright lives in Shiloh
Township, near the river and near the Alexander County
line. Mr. Goble lives in Alexander County, not far from
Mr. Fullbright. Sunday morning five young ladies,
Misses Sallie C, Odia and Nora E. Fullbright, all
daughters of Mr. Fullbright; Miss Alice Miller, daughter
of Mr. Shuford Miller, and
Miss Eliza Jane Goble, daughter of Mr. Jacob Goble,
left home to attend service at Bethel Lutheran church in
Catawba County. Mr. Will Fox took them safely across
the river in a canoe. After service they started back
home and Messrs. Ben Moose and Boyce Johnson, two young
men inexperienced in handling a boat, undertook to put
them across the river. Misses Odia Fulbright and Alice
Miller decided not to risk crossing, the others named
got in the boat and started over to the Iredell side.
The young men soon lost control of the boat and it was
swept down the swift current, over the shoals and into
water 15 feet deep, where it capsized. Misses Sallie
Fulbright and Eliza Jane Goble were drowned; Nora
Fullbright, about 11 years old, was swept back to the
boat by Mr. Moose and clung to it until rescued by
parties on the bank. The young men managed to save
themselves. Search was made all night for the bodies.
Yesterday morning at 9:30, Miss Fullbright's body was
found. Miss Goble's remains had not been recovered at 5
o'colock yesterday afternoon. Miss Fullbright will be
buried at Sharon Lutheran church today at 11. If Miss
Goble's body is found it will be buried at Sharon
today. Miss Fullbright was 17 years 10 months and 28
days old; Miss Goble was 16 years and 11 days old. Both
were members of Sharon Church and young women of fine
character. The accident was a most distressing one and
there is much sympathy for the bereaved. Mr. Fulbright
is a merchant and magistrate of Shiloh Township and is
well known in Statesville.
LANDMARK: "Miss Goble's Body Found" Friday, May 3, 1907
The body of Miss Eliza Jane Goble, who was drowned in
the Catawba River at Lookout Shoals Sunday afternoon
with Miss Sallie Fullbright, was recovered Tuesday
afternoon about 3 o’clock. The search for the bodies of
the unfortunate young women was begun immediately after
they were drowned and was kept up almost continuously
until Miss Goble’s body was found. Miss Fullbright’s
body was recovered about 9:30 Monday morning and the
remains were buried at Sharon Lutheran church Tuesday at
11 o’clock. Miss Goble’s remains were buried at Sharon
Wednesday at 11 o’clock, beside those of Miss Fullbright,
and the graves of both were covered with flowers. Rev.
W. A. Lutz of Statesville, who went to the scene of the
accident Monday morning, conducted the funeral services
of both the young ladies, they being members at Sharon.
A large crowd of people were present at Sharon both on
Tuesday and Wednesday. The community is deeply stirred
on account of the tragedy and there is much sympathy for
the distressed families. Miss Goble’s body was found by
her brother, Mr. Martin Goble, about a half mile below
the point where Miss Fullbright’s body was found.
Hundreds of people have participated in the search for
the missing bodies, and after almost two days of
continuous search, were about ready to despair of
finding Miss Goble’s body. Her brother, however, was
determined that his sister’s remains should be found,
and he was on the river in a canoe when he saw her
clothes floating in the water.
Wonda Christine Sigmon was the first child born to
Floyd Eugene Sigmon and
Mary Helen Goble. She was the granddaughter of
Martin Luther Goble and
Beulah Vernesta "Nessie" Johnson. Wonda was
born on 16 Nov 1946, but shortly after turning
3-weeks-old, her parents found that Wonda had died
during the night. The medical examiner stated on
Wonda's Death Certificate, "Baby was found dead in bed.
I have no idea what killed this child - could have
smothered)". The time of death was 3:50 a.m.
Today, we call this type of crib death, Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome or SIDS. Wonda was Floyd and
Helen's first child, and in less than a year they would
have a set of twin boys. But the family tragedy
doesn't end here.
Larry Eugene Sigmon and Harry Everette Sigmon were
the next children born to Floyd Eugene Sigmon and
Mary Helen Goble. The twin boys were born on
06 Oct 1947 - just 10 months after the death of Floyd &
Helen's first child, Wonda, from SIDS (Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome) or Crib Death. When Larry was just
3 months old he became ill and his parents had to take
him to the old hospital in Newton, NC. He was
there only one day when he died around 7:00 p.m. in the
evening. I had long heard that he died from
whooping cough, but his Death Certificate lists his
cause of death as "Gastro Intestinal Infant - Probably a
Toxemia". There appears to have been a problem
with Larry's stomach or intestinal track. Of Floyd
and Helen's three children, two have now died.
Harry Everette Sigmon was the twin brother of Larry
Eugene Sigmon - twins sons of Floyd Eugene Sigmon and
Mary Helen Goble. Harry's older sister had
died from SIDS at the age of 3 weeks, and then his twin
brother Larry died from a gastrointestinal problem at
the age of 3 months old. Floyd and Helen were
thrilled to see their last child grow and mature.
But the old belief that misfortunes come in threes
definitely came true concerning the Sigmon children.
While Harry was at school on the morning of Friday, O8
Apr 1955, Helen and her sister Willie had spent the
morning waxing Helen's floors and then had gone over to
Willie's house to wax Willie's floors, too. Helen
made sure that she was at home when Harry got out of
school that afternoon. While Helen was fixing
supper, Harry and his cousin from across the street went
up into the woods to play. Harry's cousin had gone
home but when Harry didn't come home for supper they
went to check on him and found that he had accidentally
hanged himself. Harry's Death Certificate says,
"Accidentally Hanged himself by the neck with a rope -
suffocation or choke". The time of death was
listed as 5:30 p.m. As time passed, Helen tried to
convince Floyd to adopt a child, but he said, "If the
Lord wanted us to have a youngin', He'd have allowed
them to keep one of their own".
(Left) Intense grief
on Floyd & Helen's faces after the loss of three
children; (Right) Gravestones are added for the children
Daniel Monrow Fink
was born 01 May 1834 to Daniel Fink and Elizabeth Broyer/Beaver.
The 1860 Census shows him working as a "Miller".
Daniel enlisted as a Private on 26 February 1862 at the
age of 28 in Company A, 33rd Infantry Regiment North
Carolina. He died from wounds, Company A, 33rd
Infantry Regiment North Carolina, on 2 Jun 1864 at
George Washington Hamilton
was born 28 Jan
1844 in Washington County, Indiana. He was the last child
born to Ninian Beall Hamilton (b. 1789) and Mary Margaret Wilfong.
On 13 Feb 1862, George enlisted in the Union army at the
age of 18. Three months
later, George was dead - having died from the effects of measles.
George was actually in transit to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri,
and died on the boat - the boat arrived on
May 17th. There are several Civil War letters both
from George and pertaining to him that have been
preserved by the Hamilton Family. They can be seen
George Washington Hamilton
webpage. He was buried at Jefferson Barracks
National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis MO
Part of A Letter From George's
brother, David Wilfong Hamilton, to their sister,
Candace Hamilton Martin
Letter Dated: June 13, (Friday) 1862
From: George Washington Hamilton's brother - David Wilfong Hamilton (age 23)
To: Isaac & Candace Hamilton Martin (age 20) (Brother-in-Law
Living In: Pekin P. O., Washington Co., Indiana
Dear Bro. and Sister:
At home again tired with the days labor. O dear,
teaching is so perplexing. But, that does not weigh so heavily
as the news your letter brought me yesterday. It
struck me with extreme anguish to hear of his
(George Washington Hamilton)
dying far from home, and the
tender words of a kind father, which he inferred, so
much longed for during his illness. I weep while writing and
can only find relief in out- gushing tears - I weep because he
was young, far from home and friends, and I fear without any
hope of immortality beyond the grave. God only knows, I don't. And I weep because of the grief of father. His comforts were few
at most and to have a son far away, languishing and dying, is
more than he can bear. Last Saturday I was at
Geneseo - saw the last letter he wrote to Dove
(Delilah Ann Hamilton,
the last any of us got. I got his address last Sunday (June 8, 1862)
and wrote him a letter. But one thing
is left us, we have the comfort that he died in defense of his
liberty. This war is dire and thousands of hearts among the
living are wrung by it's consequences. But the instigators will
reap their reward.
My dear sister comfort our dear father. I
long to see him. I hope George's body can be brought home and
interred by mother. You could find out by writing to the captain
of his company where he was buried, or if you write to the
hospital surgeon at St. Louis, they have the names, the
regiment, the company, and the residence of each soldier.
If I had the means I would go myself and get it.
Pinkney Johnso IIwas born on 12 Apr 1865 to
Pinkney C. Johnson and
Lavina C. Sherrill.
Henry's father, Pinkney, died as a result of injuries sustained
in the Civil War. Henry was born 9 days after his father's
death. John Henry Johnson married
Leslie on 03 Sep 1885 in Iredell County and their marriage
produced two children: Beulah Vernesta "Nessie" Johnson
and John Henry Johnson.
had been a cripple from childhood. He
was a lumber jack and when he was 24 years old, a tree fell on
him and killed him. His death date is 09 Jun 1889.
Leslie was the first child born to
Q. Leslie and
Fink. She was born on 07 Nov 1858. Nancy Caroline
Leslie married John Henry Johnson on 03
September 1885 in Iredell County, NC. She was twenty seven
years old and he was 20. Henry was a lumber jack
and when he was 24 years old, a tree fell on him and
killed him. The lost of Henry had unsettling effects on
Nancy and as time passed she became more and more
unstable. After several suicide attempts, Nancy
died from setting herself on fire on 22 September 1905
at the age of 47.
LANDMARK NEWSPAPER: 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. She
had been left alone; her children,
Henry, 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
Johnson was born about 1827, the son of
Johnson and Mary Wilkinson. Pinkney married
Levina C. Sherrill. Levina was born
1832. Pinkney enlisted in the
Civil War on 01 Aug 1862,
in Company C, 48th Infantry Regiment and was promoted to full
Corporal during his service. He was
wounded in the hand at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 Dec 1862 and was
allowed some time off.
He returned to duty prior to 01 Mar 1863. He was reported present
in March - June 1863, March - April 1864, and Sept - Oct 1864. Pinkney was admitted to a federal hospital on 01 Apr 1865 with a gunshot
wound to the right leg that he had received at Appomattox. His right leg had to be amputated.
Pinkney died in a federal hospital at Point of Rocks, VA on 03 Apr
1865 from his wounds. He never saw his youngest son
John Henry Johnson who
was born 12 Apr 1865 - less than two weeks after Pinkney's death.