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Re: North Carolina Wilfongs
Posted by: Neal D. Wilfong Date: January 01, 2002 at 19:31:07
In Reply to: North Carolina Wilfongs by Rebecca W. Wood of 354

Hi, Rebecca: Your grandfather, William Donald Wilfong(1902-1949) was the eighth of nine children born to William Henry Wilfong(1859-1933) and Mary Elizabeth Kluttz(1867-1933) of Hickory, NC. Willie and Lizzie Wilfong were buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Hickory. Willie was the fourth of 10 children born to Henry George Wilfong by his first wife, Delia C. Shuford. Henry(1829-ca. 1901-1909) was mayor of Hickory in 1883. Henry was married a second time in 1880 to Mattie Baskin and produced one child, a daughter, Ermine B. Willfong, who was a music instructor at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC, for around 50 years. I have copies of her handwriting (provided by the alumni office at Winthrop) and she favored spelling her surname with two ''L's''. I don't know the reason. Your grandfather's brother, Henry Bryan Wilfong, told me that Henry George Wilfong was buried in Memphis, TN. My wife and I checked four or five cemeteries in Memphis and could find no record of his burial. There is a Wilfong road on the Memphis city map, however, and there are Wilfongs buried in some of the Memphis cemeteries. Henry G. Wilfong was the second of 12 children born to John Wilfong, Jr.(1793-1883) and Barbara Eva Lavinia Summey(1809-1888) of Newton and Hickory. John Wilfong was the older son of John Wilfong(1762-1838) and Hannah Sigman(1767-1834). John Wilfong (Sr.) was the older son of Major George Wilfong(1740-1818) and Mrs. Mary Poffh Mull(1744-1816), who lived west of the present town of Newton, NC. Among the Wilfongs buried at Old St. Paul's Union Church (Lutheran and Reformed) at Newton are Major and Mrs. George Wilfong and John Wilfong, Sr., and his wife, Hannah. John Wilfong, Jr., and his wife, Lavinia, are buried in Eastview Cemetery in Newton. Henry G. Wilfong's wife, Delia, is buried probably in Oakwood Cemetery in Hickory; however, the grave is unmarked. She was originally buried in the Robinson Cemetery in Hickory, but most of those interments were removed to Oakwood Cemetery when the new cemetery was established in the 1880's. I have other information about your family, if you wish to know more. I have a picture of you which appeared in the Hickory Daily Record when you were a little girl. I would be a third cousin to your father. I am descended from Henry G. Wilfong's brother, James Elles Wilfong(1851-1934) who resided at the historic Rock House plantation.

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