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Heritage of Lenoir County

The Heritage of Lenoir County was conceived in the spring of 1980. Jane Langley Bass (a former Kinstonian and employee of Hunter Publishing Company) called and announced: "We are going to help you write the History of Lenoir County". Little did we realize the extent of the adventure! The Book Committee of the Lenoir County Historical Association began gathering information about the community. But the real task of writing the book was shouldered by the five hundred authors who decided to record, in their own words, the history of their families.

Below is an example of the kind of information you might find in this WONDERFUL book.

Also coming soon, A full name index of the book. This should help family history enthusiasts in deciding whether to purchase this book.


Example of Family History


Franklin Dail Family Left to right: Franklin, Ruth, Mother Sue, Baby Benjamin, Jacob F, Naomi, and Annie
Lemon Dail September 25, 1811 — April 1865
Mary Elizabeth Wilson 1803— September 23, 1888

Lemon Dail married Mary Elizabeth Wilson in 1836.
Four children were born to this union:
Franklin, b. February 9,1837, d. April 10, 1917; Elizabeth, b. July 26, 1838, d. August 13, 1897; Susan, b. November 15, 1840, d. May 7, 1859; Thomas Pinkney, July 28, 1843, d. September 9,1895.

Franklin was born during an era of prosperity referred to as the "Age of Progress". Between 1839 and 1860, the state had established a reputable school system. Franklin was tutored by his mother and attended the local schools.

Franklin Dail, at the age of twenty four, was conscripted in the Confederate Army at Kinston in Company E 61st Regiment. He served around Kinston and near-by counties. Near the end of the war, he was transferred to Clingman's Brigade, Hoke's Division which was sent to Virginia to aid in the defense of Richmond. He was wounded at Petersburg (the Crater) in 1865. After a convalescence, he walked home by way of Goldsboro. On arrival, he learned that his father died April 19th. His mother, sister and a companion welcomed him home to a desolate, bleak future. The home and the land, that his father had purchased, were intact but there were no tools. Only one mule "Old Kit" was left.

The Lemon Dail estate was passed to his grand and great grand children. In 1867 it was divided between Franklin, Thomas Pinkney and Elizabeth Dail Rouse; Susan, the other daughter died in 1859.

On May 29, 1873, Franklin married Mary Ella Pridgen, daughter of Jesse and Tessie
Bruton Pridgen of Greene County. Three children were born to this union:
Jesse Lemon b, December 36, 1874, d. January 21, 1875.
Jacob Franklin, b. January 29, 1876, d. November 13,1959.
Tessie Bruton, b. February 15, 1878, d. August 25, 1880.

Mary Ella died September 7, She along with her two deceased children is buried in the Jesse Pridgen Cemetery near Glenfield, Greene County.

After Mary Ella's death, Franklin married Sarah Jane Pate Murphy, widow of Drewry Aldridge Murphy and daughter of Robert Avery Pate and Clara Jones. Besides his widow Drewry Murphy, left two surviving children Molly and Zeb. Molly married Lovitt Hines, Zeb lived with his mother and step-father until his mother died June 23, 1888. Sarah Jane
Pate Murphy Dail is buried in the James Madison Hines graveyard near the Franklin Dail home.

On January 12, 1892, Franklin Dail married Lula Susan Hill, b. June 4, 1868 d. June 28
1936, daughter of Pinkney and Sallie Bryant Hill of Lenoir County. Annie Lee, Mary Ruth
Susan Naomi, Benjamin Franklin, John Pinkney, Leah and Rachel (twins) and
Kathleen Dail were born to this union.

As we view the life of Franklin Dail, we witness a person who was interested in local, state and national issues.

The state school system closed during and after the war and was not re-established until Governor Aycock was elected in 1900. In the meantime, committees were appointed for local schools. In 1891, Franklin Dail gave a land deed, consisting of an acre or more to a committee, consisting of M.B. Creech, Elias Sullivan and T.J. Emerson on which to build a school. This building was constructed almost in front of Franklin Dail's home and became known as the Dail school. About 1905, he gave a portion of land on which to build the Oak View School. The Dail family has continued its interest in schools.

Franklin Dail was promoted to sergeant when entering the service, received the Maltese Cross for bravery, served as civil magistrate, postmaster at Institute, Elder and Clerk of the local church board. As long as he lived, he attended the Confederate Reunions held in Richmond. During the last weeks of his life he read the daily newspaper with fear that we might enter the war. Woodrow Wilson was elected President on the Slogan "to keep us out of war" he was inaugurated March 4th 1917 and declared war April 6th, 1917. Franklin Dail died April 10, 1917 of apoplexy. He never realized the beginning of the struggle. HE is buried beside his mother and father in the private graveyard near his home; his "Holographic Will" states that this one-half acre is to continue as a permanent family burial ground.

By Naomi Dail Holder, Daughter

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