It’s been a while since I’ve researched my family tree let alone
write a blog post. However, today I felt inspired to write something. I
keep this blog active in the off chance that someone outside of my
known family will contact me to help me connect the dots.
I briefly wrote about Alfred Ferebee several years ago
when I found a newspaper article about his murder. It’s jarring to see
your ancestors listed in the paper as murdered. It’s also sad to know
that, because of the era, the killer would most likely not be charged.
I took the time out yesterday to fully transcribe the article as well
as add an additional article regarding this murder. It was published
in The Independent on December 28, 1923. The Independent was a newspaper
for Elizabeth City, NC from Dec. 29, 1922-Sept. 4, 1936.
The Independent – December 28,1923
Mystery About this Killing Friday, December 28, 1923
No One Understands Why Alex Jones Killed This Harmless Negro Tenant.
Continue reading “Alfred Ferebee abt 1875-12/23/1923”
Genealogy is a genuine obsession of mine. My family nor friends quite understand it; however, they all think I should do it professionally. I don’t think I’m there yet. I love sharing my recent ‘finds’ with my family. More than likely, they have no clue whom I’m talking about and constantly get confused about which Aaron Edward Spence I’m referring too or who exactly was William Lowry, etc. But for me, explaining it is easy. I have these ancestors, my family, memorized. I can tell you who had a half sister, how the Ferebee surname got into our tree, what year my 3rd great grandfather passed away, etc. These are my family.
One of the most interesting facts that I found is a relative shared the same birthday as I. He’s the son of Shelton Lowry (Brother to Bessie Lowry-my great grandmother). He was born 11 Mar 1928. Sure there is 50 years difference between our births, but I think it’s awesome that a relative and I share the same b-day and I don’t even know him.
I intend on writing the library in Elizabeth City, NC (which covers several counties in northeastern NC) to see if they can pull an article about Shelton’s drowning. Another great aunt of mine told me that all in the boat died and even gave me the name of the person that rocked the boat. However, the problem that I have is, if everyone died, how did they get the story about rocking the boat and Shelton saying ‘Don’t rock the boat because I can’t swim’? Another tidbit she gave me was that Shelton may have died of a heart attack because he was so frightened about drowning. She said her sister told her that there was no water in his lungs. She didn’t know how true that was but I told her I’d order his death certificate and see what it says.
The facts I got from her were:
- 5 people were on the boat.
- John Adams rocked the boat.
- John said ‘All y’all who can’t swim, shame on you.”
- More than 2 died.
- They begged him not to rock the boat.
I found record for 4 people that died on 10 Sept 1947 in Camden County, NC. I will be ordering these death certificates.
- John Adams
- William K. Barnard
- Shelton Lowry
- Milford Moore
I would think that if so many people died in a drowning in a little city like South Mills, it may be in the papers.