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Historic Webster is a newsletter of the Webster Historical Society, Inc., created at the Society’s founding in 1974. The publication helped to serve the Society's mission of collecting and preserving the history of Webster, North Carolina. Webster, established in 1851, was the original county seat for Jackson County.
WEBSTEK. MJKTH l'AK()LJ!\ ,\ FALL, 1976 Mrs. Lillie Cagle Rhinehart Webster lost its oldest and one of its highly respected citizens when Mrs. Lillie Cagle Rhinehart died August 26, 1976. She had celebrated her ninety-fifth birth­day. August 13 with her family and friends at the home built by her husband in 1940 on the site of the old courthouse. There she had continued to live since his death in 1944 with her son Joe and his wife Kate Moore Rhinehart. Mrs. Rhinehart, born August 13, 1881, was the youngest of lhe ten children of Evan Harvey Cagle and Margaret Barker Ca­gle. Six brothers: Allen D., John Wesley, Jason U. , William Cole­man, Candler Collins, and Jesse Columbus; and three sisters: Rachel, Cordelia, and Emma Et­ta, preceded her in the family line-up. She had one half sister, Annie Cagle, through her father's marriage, after the death of his first wife, to Florence Hall Long. Although Mrs. Rhinehart and her immediate family had al­ways lived in Jackson County , her Cagle ancestors were first heard of in the little town of Why­not in Randolph County, North Carolina. Some of those Cagles, like so many families of those early times, moved toward !he western part of the state. We Jearn of a Leonard Cagle in Hay­wood County around 1815. 1n the Haywood census of 1820 he is listed as the head of his house­hold. An old deed shows Leonard Cagle had bought property and settled in the Hemphill section of Jonathan 's Creek in the Ivy Hill Township of Haywood County. John Cagle, son of Leonard and Rachel Fox Cagle, was the father of Evan Harvey Cagle and !he grandfalher of Mrs. Lillie Rhine­hart. Harvey Cagle, born in 1839, came to Jackson County in 1859 to teach , for twenty dollars a month , in a four-month school on Sutton Branch. He must have boarded at the home of Jason Barker who lived on Grasshop­per, a section of Webster Town­ship. Barker owned land there, and it was not long before he and Harvey , as partners , began secu­ring considerable property, most of it through state land grants, in this area. This property, known as Jason 's Branch, was later called Cagle Branch. Jason Barker's daughter Mar­garet, whose mother was Cather­ine Cabe, and Harvey Cagle were married February 21, 1861 by W. C. Buchanan, J . P. Witnesses to the ceremony, according to the marriage certificate preserved by Harvey's granddaughter , Mrs. Margaret Mason of Dills­boro, were George Watkins and Larkin Mooney. Accoramg ro me ttoster ol North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States by John W. Moore, Evan Harvey Cagle was a private in Co. G. 69th N. C. Regi­ment from Jackson County. After his term of service in the Confed­erate Army, he returned to Jack­son County where, like all other white males twenty-one and over, he was required to take the oath of amnesty and swear allegiance to the United States Constitution and the Union of the States before he could regain his citizenship rights. (An account of this ap­peared in Historic Webster, sum­mer issue, 1975.) The Harvey Cagles, then es­tablished themselves in the Web­ster area and devoted their time to farming, to the business of community life, and to the rear- Mrs. Rhinehart At Home In Webster. ing of their family. Their young­est child Lillie gives a delightful account of living in the country in "The Kitchen ," a chapter in The Webster Cookbook. Harvey at one time was a justice of the peace and served for seven years, 1901-1908, as the postmaster at Webster. Accord­ing to Mildred Cowan's article "The Webster Mailbox" (Histor­ic Webster, Volume I, Issue 3) " His daughter Lillie recalled serving as her father's clerk. Her job was to separate, count, and back stamp all incoming first class mail, write money orders, and make up route deliveries. Mrs. Rhinehart states at that time all Little Savannah (then known as Harris), Long Branch , Cullowhee , and Cashiers mail came through the Webster Post Office. On February 18, 1908, Harvey Cagle was succeeded by his son Jesse C. Cagle, who served as postmaster until June 27, 1908." Lillie Cagle and Joseph Wayne Rhinehart, a resident of Webster, were married January 8, 1905 at Webster by the Reverend Alfred Davis. Mrs. Rhinehart was twen­ty- three and her husband, twen­ty- four. The Rhineharts Jived in Web­ster for a number of years where Joe was associated with his father Will Rhinehart in the mercantile business. Joseph Wayne, Jr. was born in Webster, August 1909. He was an infant when the big fire of 1910 de­stroyed, along with a number of other buildings, Webster's Moun­tain View Hotel. It was at that time owned by a Mr. Brown of Asheville and managed by the J . W. Rhineharts. Mrs. Rhinehart describes vividly in an interview , published in the first issue of His­toric Webster. February, 1974, her traumatic experience of that memorable evening. After that, the Rhineharts man­aged hotels in Sylva and in Bry­son City, and lived for brief periods in Canton and Winston­Salem. On returning to Webster in about 1915, Mrs. Rhinehart settled once more into the com­munity in order that Joe Jr. might enter school. Mr. Rhine­hart, meanwhile worked for a number of years in Bluefield, West Virginia before returning to Webster to operate a general store. He was still engaged in this when he died in 1944. All through those years, Mrs. Rhinehart was quietly active in community affairs. The Webster Methodist Church counted her as one of its faithful members in !he Sunday School, and in the Ladies' Aid - later called the Woman's Missionary Society. She held for years offices in both and was church communion steward until !he day of her death. When the Webster Historical Society celebrated its organiza­tion in July of 1974, Mrs. Rhine­hart was chosen Mrs. Historic Webster, a title she held along with Arlhur Allman, Mr. Historic Webster. The scroll presented to her on this July 4 states: "In respectful recognition of her sen­iority as a citizen of Webster, her quiet dignity and prudence, we are proud to acknowledge this lovely lady as neighbor and appreciate her merits and contri­butions to the community of Webster." Mrs. Rhinehart liked to remin­isce about early Webster but she did not live in !he past. Her alert mind was tuned to current hap­penings on the national and even "Nanniehart" In 1974. international scene. Part of her daily interest was life about her. She exercised her citizen's right to vote until this past summer when she became too ill to take part in !he primary. "Nanniehart," as she was af­fectionately called by her family, was intensely Joyal to its mem­bers and to her friends. There were no finer grandsons than Joe Parker and Jim, and she took great pride in their achieve­ments. The welfare of son Joe, especially when he worked away from home, was her great con­cern. She spent time and money on carefullY. selected gifts for !heir birthdays and special holi­days. Eagerly she looked forward to visits from Jim and Cl~ire, their young daughters Cheryl and Valerie, and Joe Parker and his wife Florence. As long as she was physically able, Mrs. Rhinehart loved to "go." Uncomplainingly she tra­veled in the Sixties to !he wed­dings of both grandsons, one in Georgia and the other in Ken­tucky. "Nanniehart" loved flowers and vegetable gardening and spent many_ years working with both. Even . after her physical strength began to wane, she supervised, or attempted to do so, the planting and cultivation of such. She also enjoyed simple sewing and crocheting. Although in her last years she had to be content with reading, visits from her neighbors, or watching selected television pro­grams (The Little House on the Prairie was her favorite), she never spoke of being bored. Pride in her personal appearance con­tinued to the very last. She loved pretty clothes and frequently ac­quired new ones. When she be­came physically unable to visit the hairdresser's shop in Sylva, the hairdr.esser came at regular intervals to her home in Webster. Independence of mind and body was an outstanding trait of Mrs. Rhinehart. She had enjoyed all her life great physical stamina and, though partially paralyzed from a stroke suffered fifteen months before her death, she was still determined to "do" for her­self. To her family this inde­pendence at times became a quiet stubborness which created some problems. Nevertheless, it was this factor that kept her alert almost to the day of her death. The neighbors miss Mrs. Rhinehart's sitting in her rocker in the living room or in the wheel chair on the porch; but no one will begrudge her her well­earned rest. As granddaughter-in-law Claire remarked, "We shall not mourn "Nanniehart's" death for she lived a long and happy life surrounded by those who loved and cared for her.'' Fortunate indeed was !his good woman who had spent !he greater number of her days in !he warm intimacy of family and small community life. Louise B. Davis Acknowledgements for family background information on Mrs. Rhinehart are due Clarence Ca­gle, Joe Parker Rhinehart, and Mrs. Margaret Mason. Page 2 HISTORIC WEBSTER, Fall, 1976 This article about her grand­father, Captain James Wharey Terrell, was written many years ago by Annie Lizzie Terrell (now Mrs. Carl Hoyle of Bryson City) only daughter of Joel Keener Terrell and Laura Viola Cooper Terrell . The date of writing was approximately 1929 during the time Annie was a student at Western Carolina Teachers' Col­lege. She submitted it in an essay contest which was being held on the campus at that time. In­formation for the article was supplied by her parents and by her cousin, William Ernest Bird, Dean of WCTC, and also a grand­son of Captain Terrell. that every drop of his blood descended to him through Revo­lutionary soldiers. At the age of three years he moved with his parents to Ruth­erfordton, where, until the age of fifteen , he had the advantage of an academy until he had a fair start in the common school bran­ches. This was practically all he was able to go to school. He was considered in that day and time, a well educated man. His educa­tion , however, did not stop with this. He enjoyed literature and had a love and appreciation for the finer literary productions, which even the so-called educa­ted man did not have. In April 1846, he came to Bethel The s ubject of this sketch , in Haywood County, to his Grand­James Wharey Terrell, was born father Kilpatrick's and began to on the French Broad River in learn the trade of tanner. He Rutherford County, North Caro- spent three years learning the lina, December 31, 1829. He was trade, but in the meantime spent born in the house built by his his spare moments in reading great grandfather, Thomas Wha- and studying books, in which he rey, while Thomas was a paroled made cons iderable improve­prisoner in the Revolutionary ment. War. James W. Terrell was the Six years of his life, from the son of James Orville Terrell. His age of sixteen to twenty-two, in grandfather was Joel Terrell of which he attended school, taught Richmond, Virginia , who was school, and worked at intervals in married , in 1799, to Martha the lanyard were the happiest Williams, daughter of John Wil- years of his life. This happiness Iiams , also a Revolutionary War was probably due to the fact that soldier who followed Washington he was intimately associated from Massachusetts to York with books. The time spent in Town. His great-grandmother on study was not wasted. It was to his father 's side was a Miss prove a stepping stone for the Adams, a relative of John Ad- work which he later carried on. ams. His mother was Ermina R. In January , 1852, J. W. Terrell Kilpatrick and her mother was came to Quallatown , where he Jane Wharey, daughter of Thorn- and Colonel William H. Thomas, as Wharey who was also a then in the State Senate, became Revolutionary War soldier. His partners in the tanning business. great grandfather, Andrew Kil- .. After the Civil War, he was asso­patrick was a Revolutionary ciated with Colonel Thomas at soldier and fought under Morgan Qualla in a general merchandise at Cowpens. His grandfather, store. He remained there for Joel Terrell , enlisted under Col- some time. He was then appoint­one! Lynch of Virginia in 1780 at ed Director of the Western Divi­sixteen years of age. He was sion of the Western North Caro­wounded in the battle of Guilford. !ina Railroad Company, signed Captain J. W. Terrell could boast by Secretary of State, H. J. Captain Terrell In His Early Years. Picture from the archives of Hunter Library, WCU. Menninger and Tod R. Caldwell, October 5, 1871. This certificate is now in the possession of his grandson Professor W. E. Bird, Dean of Western Carolina Teach· ers College. After this appoint­ment Captain Terrell went to Alabama where he took a con· tract for the construction of a railroad. He also constructed a railroad in Georgia. In the Civil War, he served in the Southern regiments. He was mustered into the service of the Confederate Army, April 8, 1862, as Lieutenant in a Company of Cherokees, was promoted to Cap· tain of the Company, but was later given the position of Assis· tant Quarter Master. He was then made Captain in Thomas' Le· gion, which position he held until the end of the war. Several times he was placed in the hands of Federal Troops. He was in the last skirmish of the Civil War. This skirmish took place at White Sulphur Springs near Waynes­ville in Haywood County on May 8, 1865. While Colonel Thomas was camped on Jonathan's Creek and Colonel Love, at Turnpike, Lieutenant Robert Conley and Captain Terrell with a squad of white and Indian soldiers had a combat with the Federals who were stationed in Waynesville. Some believe that Lieutenant Conley fired the last shot in the skirmish , but Captain Terrell states in his own biographical sketch, in one of the early copies of the Jackson County Journal, that he himself fired the last shot. A marker, erected at Waynes­ville by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, indicates the spot where the last gun was fired in the Civil War. Captain Terrell was a brave soldier not shirking his duty even though he was facing bullets. At one time, while the Yankees were attacking , Captain Terrell was moving to safety some valuable papers and office materials. The Yankees were within the radius of the bank shooting at him, and the bullets were glancing on the bank against surrounding walls. He noticed one bullet especially, and he finally found this one which he carried many years as a souvenir of this skirmish. Prior to the Civil War, he held two offices in the U. S. Govern­ment, Postmaster at Quallatown and Disbursing Agent for the Cherokee Indians. An incident that he would sometimes relate was that in carrying the Indians' gold in saddlebags on horseback across the Smoky Mountains , from Knoxville, Tennessee, back to Cherokee, he would be obliged to spend nights at different homes along the road. One dark night he was compelled to spend the night at a strange house. He did not know the character of the people. He was almost afraid to go to bed, feeling the safety of the gold was uncertain. In the night he suddenly awoke to hear deep breathing which seemed to come from under his bed. As he lay breathless trying to think what to do, the person in the adjoining room moved and he found he had only heard this man breathing through the wide cracks in the ceiling. He, at one time, while living at Qualla, had a house burned in which some gold was stored. The family was at church. On return­ing home, they found their home in ashes. The ashes were sifted but no trace of gold could be found. It was believed the house had been robbed and afterwards set on fire. About 1860 the Democrats of Jackson County sent him to the Legislature. His opponents were Jas. M. Candler and William Bumgarner. Captain Terrell re­ceived 451 votes , Candler 402, Bumgarner 94. In 1880-81 Captain Terrell was Representative in the General Assembly. He manifes­ted great interest in the political and educational affairs of Jack· son County ; in fact he wrote and had printed an account of the formation of Jackson County. In 1865 he was elected Chairman of the Board of Education. In a report to the County Commission· ers (the meeting being held in Captain Terrell 's store) the Chairman made a report that the school fund as provided for was $4,943.80. Thirty-six schools were taught at a cost of $3,593.11 and had an average term of fourteen weeks. Three colored schools ran a term of twelve weeks at a cost of $244.80. The office of the Chairman of the Board of Educa­tion was a bonded office. Captain Terrell received school money, paid the teachers, and was chair· man of the committee for exam­ination of teachers. His asso­ciates on that committee were Dr. M. L. Love and Judge R. H. Cannon. He said of his term in office, "During my term of office the schools were regularly held and the teachers paid and no complaint was made on that score so far as I know." Capt3in Terrell was married three times . His first marriage was to Miss Elmina Farley of Quail a. She lived only a few months. Afterwards he was mar­ried to Miss Ann Eliza Keener also of Qualla. To this union were born six children two of whom died in infancy. The four who survive are Mrs. G. L. Teague of Whittier, Mrs .. C. A. Bird of Cullowhee, Mr. W. D. Terrell of Washington, and Mr. J. K. Ter-· rell of Qualla. After the death of his second wife, he married Miss Lula Woodfin of Franklin who still survives. He has twenty­seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and two or three great great grandchildren. (His descendants today would, of course , number many more. This paper was writtm in 1929.) Captain Terrell was a great conversationalist. He enjoyed re­lating incidents that took place during his political career. He would tell incidents which oc­curred during his term as county superintendent or in the legisla­tive halls, or in other offices. Many times he would relate things which had happened dur­ing his school days and in his Civil War career. He was a great lover of poetry. He composed a few poems, one of which was "The Cherry Pie," a humorous selection which he often recited. He memorized sev­eral poems in his youthful days, which he never forgot, and would recite them at times almost to his dying hours. "Enoch Arden" was one of his favorites that he memorized and never forgot. A Western North Carolina History by Arthur says, "Captain Terrell was led to give attention to the customs and mythology of the Cherokees, and to accumulate a fund of information on the subject seldom possessed by a white man." These myths are in the hands of his daughter, Mrs. C. A. Bird. Another trait of character es­pecially noticeable in Captain Terrell was his interest in and love for children. When he would visit his grandchildren they, at first sight of him, would rush to meet him, almost carry him into Continued On Page 3 Mrs. Ann Eliza Keener Terrell, Second Wife Of Captain Terrell And Mother Of His Children. Captain J. W. Terrell ... Continued From Page 2 the home, crowd around him, climb upon his knees, comb his hair, stroke his beard, (he had very fine sandy hair and a long, well kept red beard) and say their speeches for him. He in turn would recite poems for them. He enjoyed their pranks and was amused at their witty sayings. In his hometown it was a common sight to see him going along the street with a group of children, all enjoying themselves together. Captain T..-rell was not only a leader in educational and political affairs , but he was also a leader in religious matters. Although his forebears were for the most of them Presbyterians, he united with the Methodist Church in his youthful days and always took great interest in chUrch and Sunday School work wherever he lived. He was Sunday School Superintendent for many years at Webster where he had moved with his family in 1878 to enter the mercantile business. (He also owned and operated a mill there.) He paid liberally of his means to the church. His house was the preacher's home. They often visited him and shared his hospitality and profited by his kind fatherly advice. Bishop Mc­Tyer once came from a distance, visited Captain Terrell and had him accompany him to the Indian school at Cherokee. Captain Ter­rell was Chairman of the Board of Stewards in the Webster church. He and Mrs. Terrell were the second members of that church. Captain Terrell was present at the first Quarterly Conference held in Webster, December 22, 1860. He, as Chairman of the Board of Stewards, aided in col­lecting a brief historical sketch of each of the churches in the Web­ster Circuit. These facts were put into pamphlet form and are in the hands of his relatives now. An incident which one of his neighbors at Webster relates in regard to Captain Terrell's so­called "absent mindedness" is rather amusing. Captain Terrell always sat near the front during the preaching .service. Often, it was said of him, that he·, while the preacher preached, would sit motionless with his head bowed, his chin resting on his breast, and his eyes closed. People of the congregation would say, " Well, Captain Terrell is taking his Sunday nap." But at the close of the sermon, the preacher often called on him to pray. As he prayed, he would give almost an analysis of the preacher's ser­mon or rather he brought out points in praying that proved this was his own peculiar way of thinking through Uie sermon. As mentioned before, Captain Terrell was a lover of books. His love for good stories never abated even in his old age . He remarked during his last days that the Bible was the Rock upon which his hopes were built. He was in declining· health two or three years prior to his death. Skilled physicians did their best for him. He finally came to visit at Mr. C. A. Bird's at Qualla, where, after a few weeks, he passed away December 26, 1908. He is buried in the Thomas Memorial Cemetery at Qualla. Acknowledgements to Mrs. Elise Terrell and Henry Bird. :;:;::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ~~~~ Mrs. Elizabeth Warren ~~~~ ;:;:: Patton tells us that her :;:;. ;:;:: father , Walter Warren , was :;:;: :;:; the postmaster at Sylva ;:;:: ;:;: who received the letter :;:;: ;:;: from Mr. Sylva for whom :;:;: ;:;: the town was named. (His- :;:;: ;:;; to ric Webster, Winter , :;:;: :;:; 1976). The letter was given ;:;:: :;:; by Mr. Warren to Dan ;:;:: ;:;: Tompkins, editor of the :;:;: :;:; Jackson County Journal, ::;:; :;:; who published it in that ;:;:; ~!lt:;:::::::;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;::lll\ Captain Terrell During His Later Years At Webster . Page 3 HISTORIC WEBSTER, Fall 1976 Captain Terrell Shares Command With Will Thomas I set in with the late William H. Thomas as partner in a tannery on the eighth day of April 1852. I was then 22 years old. At the end of the first year of the running of the tanyard, I sold my interest in it to Mr. Thomas and hired to him as clerk in the story and manager of his entire business at Qualla­town, the business center of the North Carolina Cherokee Indians and where Mr. Thomas carried on the largest and most varied business anywhere west of Ashe­ville consisting of store, tanyard, boot and shoe shop, blacksmith­ing and wagon making. On the eighth day of April , just ten years from the day I sat in with him, Mr. Thomas and I were both mustered into the service of the Confederate states with a company of something over 100 Indians and about a dozen white men ; he as captain and I as first lieutenant. We were mustered in by Major Washington Morgan who had been sent over from Knoxville, Tennessee, for that purpose by General Kirby Smith. On the afternoon of that day we started to Knoxville and made our first camp at the mouth of Dicks Creek six miles below Webster. Passing Webster on the ninth we camped on Savannah Creek five and a half miles from Webster on the road to Franklin. Passing through Franklin on the tenth , we camped on Silers Mill Creek five miles from the latter place on the road to Murphy. Next day we crossed the Nanta­hala Mountain and camped on the river of that name at Aquone. At about one o'clock that night we were rained out of our camp, took up the march, and got to Valley­town before breakfast. In the meantime, men had been sent near where the town of Robbins­ville now is to gather recruits. Some went to the Indian Sand­town settlement on Cartoogajay­ah and still others to various families of Indians in Cherokee County inviting all the young Indian men who wished to unite with us at Valleytown. Here, between waiting for recruits and being detained by rain and high waters, we remained four or five days. After leaving Valleytown, we camped the first night at Captain George W. Hayes', the Indians taking shelter from the rain in his large barns . The weather the next day cleared off. We resumed the march but had much trouble not unmixed with danger on account of Hiwassee River overflowing the road and the heights of Hanging Dog Creek where we had to take the wagon to pieces and carry it and the load over on a high foot log. The horses, some ten or twelve, swam across . However we got every­thing over safe and camped on a piece of ground high and dry for the night. Major Morgan, Captain Thomas and I putting up, by invitation, with Mr. Andy Colvert for the night. Major Morgan bought a very fine large brown horse that we put in the lead of the team in place of one not so well broken. The next night we camped on top of Unicy Mountain on the Tennessee line and the next near the town of Madison, Tennessee, and the next day by 12 o'clock we reached the little town of Sweet Water on the railroad where we went into camp. Major Morgan here detached three white men, Joseph Galbreath, Hiram Dunkin, and Alfred Cline, and started them with the empty wagon and all the horses to Knoxville, and he and Captain Thomas mounted a passing train for Knoxville , leaving me in charge of the company of volun­teers. A string of freight cars and one small passenger coach car, pret­ty well filled, stopped for us. I put the men in the freight cars for Knoxville which was the first railroad ride for at least 19-20 of them . By invitation, I got a seat in the ramshackle passenger car. In due time we reached the depot at Knoxville where we found Major Morgan and Captain Tho­mas on the lookout for us. We formed the men in some sort of order by twos and marched down Gay Street to, I believe they called it, Broad Street or Main Street, I forget which is the right name, where we were halted. We seemed to be the object of a grand curiosity , a large crowd followed or pass on the side walks all the way from the depot, increasing at every step of the way, and when we were halted the crowd pressed around us on every side so dense that one could not get through it. We proceeded to take the north branch to the top of the hill beyond where we were halted and went into camps ; which as a compliment to Major Morgan we named it Camp Ogonstoka, his Indian name. I believe I have hitherto omitted to state that while a fair skinned man with red beard and sandy hair, he was part Indian--his father the late Gideon Morgan having married a woman who was one-fourth of Cherokee blood. Here at Camp Ogonstaka, we remained some ten days or perhaps two weeks, where all the time we were the wonder of all the city and were often visited by the elite of the place. Among our visitors was Mrs. McElrath, wife of General Kerby Smith's Quar­termaster, and also Major Mor­gan's sister. She seemed proud of her Indian blood, claimed our Indians as her "people" and on one occasion, through our inter­preter, told them to bring home with them the scalps of the enemy. Thoin-as interrupted her and requested her not to name scalp­ing to th..-n , that he had carefully refrained from using or even alluding to the term, that his aim was they were to become Christ­ian, not savage soldiers. While this interruption occ·urred before the interpreter had time to translate the sentence, still e­nough of them caught on to her meaning to infuse her meaning amongst the rest; and I may here anticipate and say that through­out the war they did scalp every man they killed if they could get to him, which they generaily managed to do , about the only thing in which Thomas could not control them. And while they operated where they were but scantily reported at the end of the war they had at least as many scalps as there survivors among them. This account is one of the many papers of Captain Terrell which are housed in the Hunter Library Archives of Western Carotin~ University. Captain Terrell's vol­uminous collection of papers were in the possession of his grandson, William Ernest Bird of Cullowhee, until Mr. Bird's death. Dr. Richard Iobst, coor· dinator of special collections for Western Carolina University, made access to the papers possi­ble. L.B. D. The Norton Family By Harry R. Wright July 21 , 1973 The name NORTON is said to have been of Anglo-Norman ori· gin and to have been the angli­cized form of the Norman name norville, meaning "North Town." It was taken , probably, by its original bearer from the name of his place of residence and used with the prefix de meaning "of." It is found on ancient records in the various forms of Norville, Nortown, Nortone, Nortun, and Norton, of which the last is the most generally accepted today. The family of Norton is be­lieved to have descended from Seigneur de Norville, who went to England as Constable to William the Conqueror in the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066. In the sixth generation of descent from Seigneur de Norville, the direct male line assumed the English form of Nortown or Norton , the translation of the name which was brought from Normandy. One of the early histories states , "Thomas Norton, son and heire , Lord of the Manor of Sharpenhoe, lineal from Norval , the French from of Norville, later anglecized to Norton that mar-ried into the house of Valois and came to England with King Wil­liam , the Conqueror, and was his constable." I. Thomas Norton , married Margaret Cranmer, and had a son: II. Henry Norton of Sharpen­hoe, son and heir of Thomas and Margaret (Cranmer ) Norton, livErl in the manor house. He married and his wife died, and he married 2nd on June 29, 1613 at Streatley, Bedfordshire, England to Sarah Lawson. Ill. Henry Norton 0618-1658) was baptized at Stepney, London, England. He removed to York, Maine , U.S.A. about 1639. In America, Henry Norton, the son of Henry I and Sarah (Lawson) Norton, lived on the Norton lands at York, Maine, which had been patmtErl to a weatlhy relative, the Colonel Walter Norton, who was Provost Marshall of the Province in 1646 and later held many important offices. It is a matt..- of record that Hmry Norton, Jr. on Octob..- 2, 1657 statErl he was "intmding a viage (voyage) for England," which he took and was nev..- heard from again. History does not state if he was lost at sea Continued On Page 4 Page 4 HISTORIC WEBSTER, Fall, 1976 The Norton Family • • • Continued From Page 3 or in England. On August14, 1659 at a court held in York, Maine he was declared dmd, and the record states, "Mr. Henry Norton is conceived to be dead" and the court granted administration pa­pers on his estate to his wife <Widow l Margaret. IV. Henry III , son of Henry Norton, Jr. and his wife Margaret I' l Norton were the fi rst of the line to go into the Southeastern part of Virginia. They settled in the general area of Norfolk­Princess Anne Counties of Vir­ginia where they had several children , including William the father of the Colonial sold ier Col. John Norton . V. William Norton , son of Henry III was born according to tradition in the Norfolk-Princess Anne area of Va. Among their children we find Col. John Nor­ton. VI. John Norton, son of Wil­liam , was born in the Norfolk­Princess Anne area of Virginia about 1685, married about 1710 Margaret Jennings of Currituck County, N. C., only a few miles away from his place of birth <Currituck County, N.C. borders Va.). Margaret was the daughter of William and Mary Jennings of Currituck County, N. C. John Norton was a colonel in the Colonial Wars and was a brave Indian fighter. We find him in N. C. when his father-in-law , William Jennings, made his will. John had a brother Charley and a brother William, according to traditional records. These bro­thers are sai

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