I have recently had several inquiries regarding Charlie Poole and Daner Johnson from people who have read my previous posts. I purposefully didn’t include a lot of genealogical material there, but as usual, many of the interesting details of the lives of local people relate to their families.
Since Daner is supposed to have been the teacher of Charlie, I decided to go back and unearth as many facts about their family connections as I could find.
There are a couple of direct entries on Charlie Poole in ancestry.com, but all entries have issues, especially with dates of birth and death. I prefer to fall back on what census takers recorded first hand at the time.
There is a lot of understandable confusion over when Charlie Poole’s mother may have died, stemming largely from the fact that his father John Philip Poole supposedly married two sisters with very similar names.
John Phillip Poole and wife appear in both the 1900 census of Randolph County and the 1910 census of Alamance as just “John Poole” and spouse “Bettie.” Ancestry.com entries list his birth year as 1853, but the 1900 census says he was born in March 1850 in NC, and his father was born in NC.
John Poole’s occupation in 1900 is listed as “Cotton Mill Spinner;” in 1910 it is listed as “Cotton Mill Lapper.” [The Lapper Room was part of the process of opening bales of cotton and making flat sheets or laps of cotton which would then be sent to the Carding Room. From the Carding Room, roving bobbins would go to the Spinning Room.] Both censuses says that John Poole cannot read or write, and is a renter of a house (not a farm) in each place. Franklinville Township included the mill villages of Franklinsville, Island Ford, Cedar Falls, Central Falls and Worthville, all within a 9-mile stretch of Deep River.
1900 Census Randolph (Fville)
Bettie Poole is listed in both censuses as a house keeper. The 1900 census says she is the mother of 9 children, 8 of whom are living. The 1910 census says she is the mother of 13 children, 8 of whom are living. The 1910 census says that only she and her son “Ralf” can read and write. In the 1900 census, only son Lea had attended school that year.
The following children of John and Bettie Poole are listed in 1900 (birth dates from census; death dates from ancestry.com)
Sarah E (b Oct 1878) d 1933 (occupation 1900, “Cotton Mill Spinner”)
Leroy (Lea) R (Jan 1884- 1957) (1900- “Cotton Mill Spinner”)
Ralph (Aug 1889- ) (1900- “Cotton Mill Spinner”)
Charlie C (March 1891) (different birth year from most listings) (no occupation)
James (Feb 1894) (no occupation)
Giles (Jiley) M. (Aug 1896) (no occupation)
Henry M (Aug 1897) (no occupation)
In the 1910 Census the family has moved from Franklinville TS in Randolph County to Faucette TS in Alamance County [The Haw River mill village is partially in Faucette TS and partly in Haw River TS. The villages of Glencoe and Hopedale are also in Faucette TS]. Sarah is no longer listed in the family, and Lea lives in a neighboring house with his wife Julia, age 21, whom he married in 1906. They have a daughter Mary E., age 2. Lea’s occupation is listed as “Cotton Mill Spinner” in 1900 and “Cotton Mill Slubber” in 1910. [A Slubber was one of 3 different roving frames used in the Carding Room preparing cotton for spinning].
In 1901 Ralph’s occupation has changed to “Carder,” so he worked in the Card Room with Lea. “Charley”’s occupation in 1910 is “Cotton Mill Oiler.” This was necessary to keep the machinery in good operating condition, and there may have been oilers in each separate “Room,” or they may have been sent where ever they were needed. In 1910, James, “Jiley” and Henry all worked as “Cotton Mill Doffers.” Charlie’s job as an oiler could be seen as a step up from doffer, but didn’t require particular speed or skill, as a doffer might.
In 1910 the Pooles obviously live in an Alamance County mill village, as they are surrounded by mill occupations. In 1900 one neighbor, Anderson Diffee, is a “Cotton Mill Bailer” [i.e., employed in the Cloth Room, baling cloth for shipping]. The next neighbor, Jessie Bonkemeyer, is a farmer. On the pages before and after the Poole entry, there are 5 weavers and two spinners listed in 4 families among numerous farmers.
1910 Census Alamance
Sorting out the Johnson family is not so straight-forward, but I think I have put something together from assorted ancestry.com records and census records.
Hiram Johnson, age 55, is listed as a Miller in the 1870 census of Surry Co, NC (Mt. Airy vicinity). His wife is Lydia Shields, age 54, born in Moore County, NC, near Carthage. The 1870 census lists their children as follows:
Elizabeth, age 24, “House Keeper” [born circa 1846]
Lydia, age 23, “At home”
Elizabeth, age 15, “At home” [born circa 1855)
Hiram, age 15, “At school”
Cindee, age 10, “at home”
Louisa, age 4, “At home”
The Charlie Poole listings on ancestry.com list what may be the two Elizabeths as-
“Betsy Ann, 1850-1896)” and
“Bettie Ellen, 1850-1911”
Obviously these dates don’t fit, but the nicknames might.
Ancestry.com lists the father of Hiram Johnson as Ransom Johnson, c1790-1852
Ransom is listed as having two children with Susan (unk. Last name)-
Acquilla (3-3-1813 in Alamance County -1869)
Acquilla Johnsonmarried Philipena Cornelia Moser (1815-1910) in Alamance County.
They had at least seven children (one of which, another Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Johnson, married Samson Bunting in 1861 and died in 1876, so thankfully doesn’t muddy the already murky Bettie/Betsy Johnson waters).
One of their daughters, Nancy Lou Johnson, apparently had 4 children, at least 3 of whom are listed as “unknown father.”
Dora E. Johnson (1864-1958, father David Breedlove)
William Arthur Johnson, 1883-1948 (he later had 13 children of his own)
Napoleon P. Lusien Johnson (1870-1955), who married twice and may still have living children)
Daner Gordon Johnson, 1879-1955.
So, Daner Johnson’s paternal grandfather Acquilla Johnson and Charlie Poole’s maternal grandfather Hiram Johnson were brothers.
That means their parents (Bettie Johnson, whichever one, and Nancy Lou Johnson) were first cousins, and Daner and Charlie were second cousins. (Not first cousins, as I said in my original blog post)
Here is what I have found specifically regarding Daner in the public records:
In 1870 census takers found Nancy Johnson, a “seamstress” aged 30, living in the home of her sister Harriet Johnson, age 34. Her daughter Dora E., 6 and Thomas, age 2, were “at home.” The Johnson sisters lived next door to Anthony Moser, age 46, a farmer with 7 children, who was also their uncle, brother of their mother Philapena.
In the 1880 Census Nancy Johnson, aged 41, is listed as a single head of household living in “Randleman Mills” NC. Her daughter Dora E., age 16, is employed in a cotton mill. Nancy has sons Napoleon P., aged 9; William A., aged 4, and Danie G., 8 months.
The 1900 census shows 62-year-old Nancy as the head of her household, a farm in Cedar Grove township of Randolph County. She owned the land subject to a mortgage, and had 15 animals. Her son Napoleon L. Johnson, 29 and single, farmed the land. Her son Dannier G. Johnson, single, had “no occupation.” Daner and his mother could not read or write, though Napoleon (known as “Nep,”) could.
In 1910 Napoleon, 39, is married to Jennie, 34, and they have a daughter Lora, 6 months old. Jennie Trotter is listed in genealogy indexes as dying in 1915.
The 1910 census found Daner Johnson living in Siler City, NC, boarding in the home of John J. Foster, age 54. Johnson, aged 29, is living there with his wife Lilian, age 18. They have been married one year. Daner’s occupation is listed as “self-employed automobile mechanic,” and he had been out of work for 8 weeks in the previous year. According to the census, he can read and write.
In 1920, Napoleon, 49, is single and Minnie Underwood, 32, is living in his house with daughter lora, 10, and James Johnson, age 8. Minnie (1887-1965) at some point married Napoleon and they are both buried in the Holiness Church cemetery in Randleman. Their daughter Lora or “Loray” never married and was still living with them at the time of the 1940 census. Loray Johnson was the informant providing information for the death certificates of both her father and her uncle Daner in 1955.
Daner and his mother Nancy are both buried in the Melanchthon Lutheran cemetery west of Liberty in Randolph County.
Mac Whatley, 7-15-14