Wilson County man served in Confederate infantry

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Caroline Drewry Farmer was born on May 26, 1926. She married J.J. “Jack” Mullaney of Linden, New Jersey.

Emily Nelson Farmer was born on March 23, 1927. She married James R. Reames of Richmond, Virginia.

James Sebrell Farmer was born on July 16, 1933. In 1961 he was teaching in the Virginian Episcopal High School, at Lynchburg, Virginia. He married Marian Love of Poplarville, Mississippi. She graduated in 1961 from Randolph-Macon College.


On Nov. 12, 1834, Hezekiah Langley sold Enos Norville for $125 a tract of 125 acres on both sides of Ward’s Run adjoining Stephen Howard, a path, a branch, Gillead Thigpen, Pea Branch, William Goff and James E. Moore, witnessed by Benjamin Moore, David Lloyd and John Thigpen.

On Sept. 25, 1835, Providence Vick sold Enos Norville for $137.50 a tract of 62 1/2 acres south of Auter’s Creek adjoining Wilie Whitley, Redding Corbitt and Elizabeth Langley, witnessed by Hezekiah Langley, witnessed by Hezekiah Langley and Benjamin Moore.

On Oct. 1, 1835, Enos Norville sold Burwell Gay of Pitt County for $40 a tract of 33 1/3 acres south of Ward’s Run adjoining William Goff, James E. Moore and Gillead Thigpen, witnessed by Benjamin Moore.

On May 13, 1837, Hezekiah Langley sold Enos Norville for $100 a tract of 100 acres south of the Tar River adjoining Richard Johnson, Goodman Owens and Providence Vick, witnessed by James Lang Cobb and John King. On March 16, 1839, the dower of Elizabeth Norville, widow of Enos Norvill, was laid off by Amos Wooten Jr., Joshua Killette, Redden L. Lewis, James Lewis, William W. Edwards, William B. Phillips, John Cobb, Kinchen Lewis, Henry Brinkley, David Harrell, Lewis Harrell and Jacob Mercer Sr.: 84 2/3 acres adjoining Ephraim Wooten, Charles Vines, Pole Cat Branch, Stirrup Iron Branch, “including the dwelling house, outhouses, orchards and where the said deceased most generally dwelt next before his death.”

Children of Enos Norville Sr.:

1. Enos Norville Jr. — On Dec. 2, 1826, Enos Norville Jr. of Edgecombe County sold James Norville for $400 a tract of 166 acres on John’s Branch adjoining said James Norville, the mouth of Buck Horn Branch, and the Foreman line, witnessed by John F. Hughes and William J. Andrews.

2. James Norville

3. Perhaps two daughters


Stephen Coleman died on April 7, 1826, according to the old Benjamin Simms Boble. What relationship to the Simms family, if any, was not stated. He lived either north or south of Contentnea Creek in the present Wilson County.


James Daniel, apparently a son of Lemuel and Anna Daniel of Edgecombe (now Wilson) County, died on Dec. 3, 1825. He married Temperance Simms, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Simms; she died on July 17, 1827. The births of their children were recorded in the old Benjamin Simms family Bible (Philadelphia, 1818), now in the possession of Mrs. Robert H. Wright of Hampton, Virginia.

Children of Jame and Temperance Daniel:

1. Elizabeth Daniel was born on Nov. 8, 1816.

2. Nancy Daniel was born on Aug. 17, 1818.

3. Lemuel Daniel was born on June 9, 1820.

4.John Daniel was born on May 17, 1822.


Jonathan Tomlinson Jr., son of Jonathan Tomlinson and wife Priscilla Renfrow, was born on April 17, 1834, and died on March 31, 1896.

On Jan. 1, 1856, he married Sarah “Sallie” Daniel. She was born on Feb. 25, 1839, and died on May 3, 1897. In the Wilson County Census of 1860, Black Creek Post Office, they were listed with property valued at $770. During the Civil War, Jonathan Tomlinson served as a private in Company A, 55th N.C. Infantry Regiment, C.S.A.

Children of Jonathan and Sallie Tomlinson:

1. Martha Tomlinson was born on Oct. 9, 1856, and apparently died not long after 1860.

2. William Henry Tomlinson was born on Jan. 1, 1858.

3. Debby Cornelia Ann Tomlinson was born on Dec. 29, 1859. She married John William Riley.

4. Jacob “Jake” Tomlinson married Nannie Davis.

5. Wiley Whitehead Tomlinson was born on June 7, 1881.

6. Louis Staton Tomlinson married Georgia Lucas.

7. Stephen Tomlinson married Martha Ann Mercer.

Hugh Johnston was a Wilson County historian who wrote these historical capsules that previously appeared in The Wilson Daily Times. They are reprinted from a volume of his “Looking Backward” series of books available at the Wilson County Public Library.