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Moses Stone (ca. 1795-1844) m. Catharine Smith (1798-1875)
Regina Minerva Stone (1824-1894) m. James W. Tracy (1819-1896)
Catharine Leonora Tracy (1845-1933) m. Plato Durham (1840-1875)
Plato Tracy Durham (1873-1930) m. Lucy Cole (1882-1958)
Lucy Cole Durham (1925-2008) m. Roscoe Lee Strickland, Jr. (1917-1997)
Roscoe Lee Strickland III
|Moses Stone was living in
Spartanburg District, South Carolina, as early as 1823. Many of Moses Stone's
papers were passed down through the family, including personal family letters
and business records. It is from the letters that we have put together several
names and family relationships, but the names of Moses' parents are not
identified. The business records indicate that he was a hat maker and also sold
clothing, shoes, tobacco, leather, cloth, etc.
Among the old family papers are numerous notes and business receipts involving Moses Stone up until August, 1844. There is a debt for Moses Stone to Jesse Cleveland in the amount of $7.00, dated October 17, 1844, labeled "Cleveland's funeral bill," that includes velvet, cotton flannel, and a pair of white gloves. Beginning in February, 1845, there are some receipts having to do with Moses Stone's estate. His wife, Catharine Stone, was the administratrix.
I transcribed many of the old letters and will be happy to share them with anyone who has ties to this family. In 1998 and 1999, I gave all of the Stone Family Papers (1804-1876) to the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to be preserved for future generations. Click here for information about the collection on the library's website.
The following is a letter written in 1826 by Moses Stone to Hillory and Matildy Stone of Franklin County, Georgia:
"South Carolina Spartan burgh district der brother and Sister I take my pen in hand one more time to let you know that I am well at this time and I hope these few loins will find you in the same state of heth. I did receve your letter that was dated in May with a grate deal of pleasure. I am now at James bredeloves with in 5 mile of the corthous and I am paying one dollar per week and the reason that I am a liveing her is that I did try some of my near friends to borde me and they would not unles I would pay them eight dollars per week and another reson is that I am here is be caus ther has note one of my friends paide one cent of money and for John Stones part I have not herd from him but one time since I left him and I do not know what to think of him and if him nor no other man will pay me I do not know what I shal do for I am gone pecees and makes but little in the shop for times is hard here I under stand that you do lay of to come in this fall and if you do come in a bright cort I do think if I can meete my arangements aside think I shal go a longe home with you but how long I shal stay with you hit is uncertain for the probability is that I may have catharine with me when I do come and if I do and was to go on to the alabama I shal bee in a hurry you may know and if I donte go on ther I may stay a fiw days with you and if John Stone does not come in I dont think I shal go all the way this insuing year and if hit will sute your coveniang to come in I shal be vary glad to see you come in this fall and your friends wuld all be glad to see you come in one more time I think for if you do not come in they wil not see you some for they are all here in this pore contry and cant spare the time to go to see you and there is not one of them that will move some if ever for they talk but avary little about moveing enaway they ar all in thrald a little in debt Samuel Stone has purcht two negroes one man and one woman and aron Stone is in debt $50 dollar to the doctor for tende on him last winter I will tel you wher all the brothers is tilmon Stone is alive ing with me at James breedlove but we shall quit ther in a short time I do think with out time dos git better pharis Stone has taken up shop at tollisons old place and dos bord abve ham lemaster and henry Stone he did set in with coloniel collins to over see and did stay 2 month and then did quit now is a doing nothing worth mutch he dos talk some times like he will go and see you but he has got no hors and I dont think he will go unles some one dos go with him out there if then the brothers is all a liveing a single life yet and ther is no talk of there marring at this time as I here I will tel you a little concerning the crops they wheat crops is better here this year than they have bean for some tim but corn in this settlement is wors than they have bean in a good many years back I have nothing that is worth your atte at this as I know of but I want you to send me word whether you will come in this fall or not and I want you to send me word how you are a come ing on in the shop and the rest of your concers and if you do send I want you to send me word buy the first chance if you pleas I am at this time in the shop at breedloves on the sabbath evening and I feal a good deal like John a matthes at this time you may be shore but if I had the chance I would bet one barriel of corn on the rose pathe buy granna so I shal conclud my letter so no more wishes you not to forgit me hillory stone and matildy stone all inquiring friends this 20th day of august 1826 Mos. Stone to Hillory Stone and matildy Stone"
|Regina Minerva Stone, the
eldest of the five daughters of Moses Stone and Catharine Smith Stone, was born
January 6, 1824, in the Stone home at Cedar Springs, Spartanburg District, South
Carolina. She was described by her grandson, Robert Lee Durham, as being "tall,
comely, and aristocratic." Her father died in 1844, and her mother, apparently
an able businesswoman, managed his affairs and remained in South Carolina for
Regina married James Wright Tracy in 1844, and moved to Cleveland County, North Carolina. She stayed in close touch with her mother and sisters and apparently was a devoted mother and wife to her husband, Dr. Tracy. The exchange of letters between her and her husband while he was serving in the Confederate army indicates their continuing affection after a long marriage.
The Tracy's long-time home in Cleveland County was near the Southern railroad line. While surveying in the area in 1870, the locating engineers boarded for several weeks at the Tracy home. Mrs. Tracy was, at that time, the postmistress of the existing White Plains post office, which was in her home. In 1872, when the railroad company decided to place a railroad station three hundred yards east of the Tracy home, Mrs. Tracy was given the privilege of selecting a new name for the permanent town. The railroad engineers suggested that the new town be named Tracy, but Mrs. Tracy's patriotism outweighed her family pride and she chose Kings Mountain as the name for the new town. She chose it not in honor of the mountain on which the battle was fought but in honor of the brave colonial mountaineers who fought for victory in the decisive battle just eight miles away. The town of Kings Mountain was chartered February 11, 1874.
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