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Re: Bladen Cty, Abbottsburg Schools
Posted by: Margaret Taylor (ID *****1634) Date: August 28, 2002 at 10:14:08
In Reply to: Re: Bladen Cty, Abbottsburg Schools by Hazel Yarbrough of 657

Thank you for your response.
I have called the school system offices and they don't have anything that far back (1870s).

I will get in touch with the newspaper you referred to and will go through their archives. NC was in such a period of stress at that time that perhaps they wern't even thinking of sharing news.

In the meantime, I would be almost appreciative if you would send along the articles to which you referred. 1282 E. Manchester Road Manchester Ctr., VT 05255
Now to answer questions:
GGrandmother Caroline had married Dr. Elwell from Wilmington. She herself was from Washington, NC or Halifax, NC. Her husband died when he was on a trip and was buried in Chadborne along his way home! Since he was a known person as a traveling preacher in the Baptist Church, the Wake Forest Library has considerable information on him.
When he died, GM Caroline just picked up, moved on with her life, moving her two children, Richard Elwell and Hannah Ann Elwell. Subsequently, Richard died but haven't researched his life and death. This left Hannah, my grandmother. She married J.T.Elmore who was a personage with the Southern Railroad.

After Hannah and J.T. Elmore's marriage they all moved on to Maxton. It was in Maxton that my mother and quite a few of her siblings were born. Finally, the family moved to Henderson, NC to a lovely big old house for the 9 children that arrived. (This is now gone--only a gas station was built there in the original site.)
I have the records of the beginning of a Baptist church there in Maxton. My GFather, GMother and GGMother were influential in the organization of the church. The first meeting was held in their home, which was built across from the RR station and tracks!

Note: I tend to try to be complete in my information --hold on!!! My youngest daughter attended St. Andrews College. While there, she and many of her mates were influential in helping the folk of Maxton when that huge tornado did a lot
of damage. They brought clothes, food and comfort to many who had lost their homes and churches. I guess that the adage is pertinent here, "What goes around, comes around."
I know that if my mother had been alive at that time she would have been pleased to know that a granddaughter was helping out meaningfully in her place of birth.

This is much too long, sorry!
Peggy Fountain Taylor (

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