Set forth below are records from the Caswell County (North Carolina) Family Tree, which can be viewed at:
The Mary Kerr Motz to whom reference is made lived in Yanceyville, North Carolina. She died a few years back. She was a Robertson descendant.
The following document came from the papers of Mary Kerr Motz. Note the others in this database with the Carraway surname. A relationship has not been established.
Tribute of Respect
Killed at Munfordsville, September 14th, 1862, Veston A Carraway aged 22 years 9 months and 4 days Company H 9TH Mississippi Regiment. At the call of his country he bade farewell to his weeping family and enlisted for the war. He leaves a doating Wife a lovely and intelligent child, a wide circle of friends to mourn his loss and embalm his “memory dear” in friendships purest & holiest tears A nobler, a kinder a better man a purer spirit has not been yielded up as an offering upon the alter of
his native country Mississippi. He was a warm zealous patriot amiable in his disposition. Well educated & intelligent. He was a friend indeed none knew him but to
love him. He discharged all the duties imposed upon him with the calmness of Christian patience & fortitude. Nobly and gallantly did he stand amid the sin of battle,
and the missiles of death that sped around him, robbing him of friends right & left. Still no fear assailed his manly heart or caused any wavering there. He was a gallant brave and chivalrous soldier & the best of all he was a Christian. A few days previous to his death he wrote to the loved ones At home saying, “I am a changed and better man.
If I die as I sometimes fear I want you all to meet me in Heaven.” What a glorious consolation is it to think, to hope, yes to feel that his pure spirit has been called home form a world of trouble to a world of eternal peace and that it is basking in the golden sun light of God’s smiling countenance, and swelling the choral strings of the Redeemed, Who have washed and made their robes white in the lamb. The gentleman the scholar the poet the friend the Soldier the affectionate husband and father, the Christian Has gone to his long home, and is now at rest in Heaven.
Death came and he met it face to face;
Met it as only Heaven can;
We are fighting for a free man’s rights,
A free man’s native loved land.
Gentle lady I would have you be of good cheer
And remember that Vess awaits your glad coming on
The peaceful shores of Jordan.
Thank God theres such a promised day;
And such a peaceful Jordan’s shore
When loved ones severed here on earth,
Shall meet to part no more, no more!
Note scratched in pencil on back.
I copied this from the paper I intend to have some copies stamped off & will send you one. I have but one printed copy of it or I would send you one now. I will not have
room to send it this time but will send it the next time I write. I am afraid you can not read this writing my pen and ink are both miserable. From your friend Lizzie, BC
The following records have not been confirmed as applicable to the Veston Caraway of this entry and are placed here for research purposes only:
1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Veston A Carraway
Age in 1860: 22
Birth Year: abt 1838
Home in 1860: Madison, Mississippi
Post Office: Canton
Value of real estate: $8000
Value of personal estate: $$29,300 (presumably mostly slaves)
Household Members: Name Age
Veston A Carraway 22
Note that the age given in the above census record and the age shown in the obituary are not totally inconsistent. Moreover, no subsequent census record is found for Veston Caraway, which is consistent with his having died in 1862.
1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Veston Caraway
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1839
Birth Place: Mississippi
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Madison, Mississippi
Household Members: Name Age
Henry Caraway 35
Martha Caraway 47
Veston Caraway 11
William Caraway 12
The following letter was found in the papers of Mary Kerr Motz (1917-2007):
Clinton Hinds Co.
April 17th 1860
Miss E.A. Robertson
Yanceyville N. C.
Notwithstanding I have been in possession of your kind & very interesting letter for several days past, I have been unable from sickness & impartation duties to reply to it, until I fear you think I am one of those whose delight is not in the law of the heart but whose evil intentions severeth good to the heart, that forgets its only earthly idol, so soon as the king of day sinks to his rest.
(near bottom of page)
I visited the “crescent city- New Orleans”, I did enjoy myself finely while there. Save when I was in the hospital, gazing upon the afflicted & dying. I saw sights there that will haunt me to my grave. Still I am theoretically familiar with such scenes.
I met with one of my childhood friends there, who who had visited South America, Mexico & all the Teritories. Many an interesting story could he tell of fairy Zinzinas, who inhaled at every breath the sick perfumes of the sigareta, that adorned their lips.”like chimneys of paradise”. I spent every night while in the city in his room.
I must say a few things in regard to Miss House. I am grieved to dispute her word and will do so with that courtesy due a lady from a gentleman.
Such, too, is the opinion exemplified by my amable cousin, (Eliza) (Sam refers to his cousin Eliza Baldwin Skidmore future wife of Veston Carraway)
Having sent you my ambrotype, I can but hope you have rec’d it and fear your expectations have been sadly disappointed. It will be depending upon circumstances whether I visit Salem or not. Should my health not impose I shall visit Carolina; and will certainly make Yanceyville my first destination in the State.
My Cousin Eliza is again at home, imparting something of her happiness to all around.
I will close with a little poem I wrote for you one starry night in March. Receive it and treat it as a gift of the heart.
Your friend, Sam West (poem not with letter)
The Caraway family apparently had Caswell County connections, but the details remain elusive.
Caswell County Historical Association
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