Collection of Raymond B. Hooker|
These papers belonged to Mr. Hooker's mother and he graciously allowed them to be copied for Heritage Place upon her death. They have been bound and placed on the shelf. Transcribed by Martha Mewborn Marble.
FAMILY RECD. BIRTHS
NOTE: These records appear to have been copied from a Bible
Frederick G. Taylor born April 6th 1820
Joseph H. Taylor Deid Aug 12th 1857
NOTE: The below entry appears to have been on a separate slip of paper and placed on the main page when copied
Mrs. Mary Kilpatrick born March 13th 1824 died Jan. 27th, 1909
Statesville, NC May 12th, 1940
My dear Cousin Mary,
I was go glad to have a letter from you again an learn that you were not feeling so well. I hope you are much better by now, since the weather is warming up some. We have had such funny weather lately - one day you are burning up and the next day it is like winter again. We had such a day as that yesterday and ha to make a fire in the furnace again last night, as it was too cool to be without fire. I reckon we will get enough hot weather later on and will wish for this cool weather. My health is very good now, although I have to use a cane for safety. I think I told you I had a general break down 5 years ago, and while I am pretty strong now, my feet are still a little unsteady, and as I can't see so well now on account of a cataract, I feel safer with the cane when I am walking and can measure just how far I have to step down on the street. (a description of her eye problems follows) I have my grandfather's family bible and looked up the information you asked for. His name was Pinckney Bruton Taylor and he married Elizabeth Ham, who I believe was a widow with one daughter, as I visited her in LaGrange when I visited down there 53 years ago. She was married twice, first to a Mr. Wooten and had one son, John Wooten, who also lives in LaGrange. I guess Aunt Bettie was named for her mother who was a widow when she married grandfather. He was born in 1816 and died in 1877 - 61 years of age. After my grandmother's death, he moved with my father, who was a little boy up to Thomasville, or High Point I don't recall which place, so you see my father knew very little of his people, and never took the trouble to find out anything about them, or very little, so of course, I never knew any of them until I went down there to visit in 1895 I think it was. I do hope to get down to see you this summer if I am able. My daughter Helen and I are leaving tomorrow night for St. Petersburg, Fla to visit my daughter there for two weeks and I know we will enjoy the short stay there. When you feel like it write me again as I am always glad to hear from you. When you see Bessie Phillips, give her my best love. Do you know where Bruce Dixon is living now? With lots of love for you, I am
November 23rd, 1949 My dear Cousin Mary, (Note: Most of the first part of this letter deals with her health problems and is omitted) I had hoped to get down to Kinston last summer, but it was so very hot and I could not see well, so I gave it up. I am still in hope if I live I will get down there next summer if some one will take me. I was sorry to hear Bruce Dixon was not well. I was sorry to hear of Ora losing her husband. You asked about my grandfather Taylor. Well, I was quite small when he died and don't remember him at all. My father told me his mother who was Elizabeth Ham, died when he was small and he and his father moved to High Point when he was about 12 years old. He died at my mother's home in Charlotte and I think was buried in High Point. His wife, Elizabeth Ham was a widow with one daughter who Married a Wooten the first time and he died and she married George Best in LaGrange whom I visited when I was down there. They are both dead and I don't know anything about their daughter who married a Benson from Concord and they were living at Seven Springs I heard when he died, but I don't know what ever become of her. My father's father was named Pinkney Bruton Taylor. He was born December 14, 1816 and died February 2, 1877 - I was only 2 years old at that time. My mother's name was Nellie Stewart and was born in Mecklenburg county, about 8 miles from Charlotte. She was a widow McEachren with one daughter when she married my father who was living in Charlotte at that time. Please give my love to Bessie when you see her, and write to me when you feel like it, as I am always glad to hear from you. With lots of love, I am Your cousin, Julia T. Johnson (Mrs. E. S. Johnson) NOTE: Pinckney Bruton Taylor was a son of Stanton Taylor -mmm
We, the Women's Society of Christian service of Queen Street Church, wish to pay tribute of love and respect to the memory of Mrs. Alice Taylor Funchess whose death occurred January 12, 1947. Mrs. Funchess was the daughter of the late Frederick and Jane Hooker Taylor. Early in life she joined the Methodist Church and always gave herself freely and beautifully to the Church that she loved so dearly. As an evidence of her life and service although she had been away from Wilmington where she lived for a number of years, the church of which she was a member through its Society of Christian service recently honored her memory. Mrs. Funchess was the widow of J. S. Funchess of Wilmington. The Christian life, the sweet unassuming manner of Mrs. Funchess will always be remembered by those who knew her. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Frank Hooker and a brother, J. L. Taylor and several nieces and nephews. In appreciation of her life we ask that this tribute be placed in our records and that a copy be sent to the North Carolina Advocate and to the family Mrs. H. L. Glan ?? Mrs. T. W. surname not readable
OBIT OF FREDERICK G. TAYLOR
There are two, one from the Kinston Semi-weekly - no date and the other one not noted. This is the latter one as it has more information.
TAYLOR. Bro. Fred. G. Taylor was born April 6, 1820 and died June 3, 1909, aged eighty-nine years, one month and twenty-seven days. During a visit to Tennessee he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1846, and on his return to North Carolina had his name transferred to Rainbow Church in Greene County, where he remained a faithful and devoted member until his death. He was always in attendance and had been a trustee of the church for many years.
He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge at Hookerton, where he will be missed as one of their most faithful members. On July 24, 1850, he was happily married to Miss Jane Hooker who preceded him to the better land seventeen years ago. He is survived by four daughters - Mrs. J. J. Moore, Mrs. D. H. Taylor, Mrs. J. S. Furches, and Mrs. F. C. Hooker - and three sons - Messrs. S. H., J. L. and J. F. Taylor. One son William H. Taylor, died several years ago.
Brother Taylor served as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. We will not say that his life is at an end, for his children (lovable characters they are) will reap, as they already have much of his sowing. He was kind and gentle in his disposition, given to hospitality, and respected by his neighbors. He was temperate in all things, a fine Christian character, and lived a life pure and simple. In his noble countenance could be seen the mild, sweet light of a pure, serene heart and a trusting and sanctified soul. He came as near keeping his Church vows as any man. He never winked at evil of any kind, but always stood boldly or righteousness. Look up, children, father is gone where the "wicked cease to trouble and the weary are at rest."
This writer held the burial service at the home of the deceased, and the Masonic fraternity then took charge of the remains and performed the last sad rites, the burial. M. D. Miles