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there came the Hetcot, Hethcota or Hethcote and the forms
Heathcott, Heathcoat, Heathcote and Hathcock are doubtless
simply the more modern variants. The name means, of course,
the cot or house on the heath.

The heaths in Great Britain are covered with the beautiful
heather plant, so called from its growing on this kind of wild,
uncultivated land. A charming sight is a field of blooming
heather. Swaying and rippling in the breeze it has the appear-
ance of a vast sea whose waves of purple glisten in the sunlight
and cast abroad a delicate perfume as of rosemary. Fortunate,
surely, was that first Heathcote who had his dwelling in such an
enviable spot. There is a variety of this delightful plant which
has a white blossom and which is much prized by the maidens of
Great Britain, as there is a tradition among them that no bride
should be without a sprig of white heather in her bridal wreath.
In this country there is only one variety of the heather and that
grows very sparsely in some sections of the Atlantic Coast. The
poor people of Scotland often use the plant itself for thatching
their houses.

In Warwickshire, England, are some of the earliest traces of


Heaihroie. two places bearing that name. In the case of three
other places, however, one of which lies in the parish of Gresley,
a second in that of Staplehill, and a third in that of Hartington,
all in the County of Derby, the claim to have furnished the sur-
name to the greater number of families is considerably stronger,
for at an early period, mention is made of persons called Hethcote
in the surrounding district. By the end of the fifteenth century
the clan, which had spread throughout the Peak district, as well
as in other parts of the county, had established itself in and about
the town of Chesterfield. Other important branches of the family
were centered at Normanton, Hursley, Aylestone, and other places
in the old country.

There are at this time in the Peerage of Great Britain two
families of the name Heathcote. Both are descended from a
common progenitor, Gilbert Heathcote, Esquire, who was an
Alderman of Chesterfield. His eldest son, Gilbert, was one of the
projectors of the Bank of England, and Alderman, representative
in Parliament, and Lord Mayor of the city of London. Queen
Anne conferred the honor of knighthood on him and he was cre-
ated a baronet in 1732. He married Hester, who was a daughter
of Christopher Kayner, Esquire.

Samuel Heathcote, the third son of Gilbert, Alderman of
Chesterfield, made a fortune in Dantzic and, returning to his
native country, married Mary, second daughter of William Daw-
sonne, Esquire, of Hackney. His son William Heathcote, Es-
quire, was member of Parliament for Buckingham. He married
Elizabeth, who was the only daughter of the Earl of Macclesfield,
Lord-High-Chancellor of Great Britain. Mr. Heathcote was cre-
ated a baronet in 1733.

Doctor Hathcock resides in Norwood, North Carolina. He
is a Democrat and has so won the confidence of his fellow-towns-
men that to him have come the honorable distinction of elections
as Mayor of Norwood, member of the City Council, and Chairman
of the County Board of Education. His financial success and
present standing may be gauged by the fact that he is President
of the Stauly Oil Company, President of the River View Milling
Company, President of the Norwood Electric and Water Com-
pany, President of the Norwood Development Company and Presi-
dent of the Bank of Norwood.

Financial standing, however, is not always the best test of a
man's character, but when, with his prominence in financial and
business circles, he takes an interested part in the public work,
is active in philanthropic societies and is a conscientious Chris-
tian gentleman, then is he entitled to the respect and sincere re-
gard of his neighbors.

Doctor Hathcock is a member of the Methodist Church, is
chairman of the Board of Stewards of the local Society, and

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Superintendent of its Sunday School. Besides being affiliated
with the Kush Medical Club and the Stanly County and North
Carolina Medical Society, he is a member of the Knights of
Pythias, the Masons, the Woodmen of the World, and the Junior
Order D. O. K. K.

Doctor Hathcock is reticent when it comes to speaking about
himself or his work or giving advice as to how the best interests
of the State and Nation may be promoted. He has never sought
publicity and has had no aspirations toward authorship. His
literary taste is of the best and he takes most pleasure in reading
the Bible, biography and history.

He has in his possession an old German Bible which was in
his mother's family for years. The entries on the title page and
elsewhere are reminders of the piety of the original owners.

On the maternal side Doctor Hathcock is of German origin.
His mother was Sarah Caroline Shaffner, and it is known that
this family came from Pennsylvania. From the year 1710 to the
organization of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, there was a
large inflow of Germans from the Palatinate. Many of these had
been driven from, or had voluntarily left their native country to
escape civil oppression or religious persecution. In the first
census of the United States taken in 1790 there are a number of
families of Shaffners, nearly all in the southeastern section of the
State in Lancaster, Berks and Dauphin Counties, especially.
These German families were among the best settlers of the State.
They went through all the troublous times of the earlier days
and it was natural that they should have been among the first
to espouse the cause of the Colonies in resisting the claims of
Great Britain.

On November 28, 1894, at Norwood, North Carolina, Doctor
Hathcock married Miss Estelle Dunlap, daughter of George T.
and Anna Dunlap, descendants of another early North Carolina
family, represented in the Salisbury district of Guilford County
and in Kockingham, Stokes, Camden, Moore and Lincoln Counties
in 1790. Their children are: Bernard Dunlap, now student at
Trinity College, Durham, North Carolina; James Shaffner; Jo-
seph Weinsteine ; Mary Agnes ; Fannie Myra ; Thomas Alexander,
Junior; Estelle and Sarah Katherine.

The family from which Mrs. Dunlap descends is a very an-
cient one. In the reign of Alexander III, Don Gulielnius de Dun-
lop "sate on an inquest to settle a dispute between Don Godfredus
de Koss and the borough of Irvine." This was in 1260. One of
this family, Alexander Dunlop, Esquire, came to America and
was appointed Sheriff of South Carolina in 1685. This family is
now represented in Great Britain by Lord Dunlop.

The name of Dunlop is of Scotch origin and means the castle
or hill at the bend ; dun, meaning a castle, fort or hill, and lub, a
curvature or bending of the shore, forming the word Dunlop.


TO find the origin of a given surname is oftentimes a dif-
ficult task, for at the outset the changes which a family
name has undergone frequently baffle the genealogical and
etymological student. Then, it must be remembered that
the spelling of a surname was tentative and capricious, and be-
cause of this, names were enrolled in a manner often entirely
unintelligible at the present day. Surnames in old records are
sometimes spelled one way at baptism, another way at marriage,
and a third way when the will is probated. As the pronunciation
of names has never been fixed by rule this is, too, an occasion for
mistakes in the registration of names, and is a source of much
confusion to those uninitiated in such research.

The family name to which the subject of this sketch, John
Edward Blakemore, deceased, belongs, is a case in point. In the
Lancaster County, Virginia, records the name is written Blake-
more and Blackmore. On consulting Old World sources a similar
spelling of the name is found. In the different visitations of the
Heralds the name is recorded Blackmore, Blackemore and Blake-

The name Blackmore belongs to a class of place-names, and
in the consideration of place-names we are usually confronted
with various theories advanced by those who make a careful study
of family names and their stories. According to one authority,
Moor is a name that explains itself, and has given a considerable
number of surnames, as: More, Muir, Delamare and Blackmore.
The interesting fact concerning the Blackmore family is a regu-
lar recurrence of certain given names. In the Harleian Society
records, the Visitation of 1620, mention is made of Thomas Black-
more of Bishop, who married Homer, daughter of William Snow.
In the list of the children of this marriage are Thomas, Edward,
and John, given names which have been retained in the Black-
more family until the present day.

The first mention of the Blackmore name in Virginia is
found in the Lancaster County records, the will of John Edward
Blackemore or Blakemore, recorded May 12, 1738. Every evi-
dence bears out the statement that the Blackmores came to Vir-
ginia from England. That they moved into other colonies is
proved by a careful survey of the Maryland and Pennsylvania
archives. In a list of the number of souls, with names and ages,
of Frederick County, Maryland (section now embraced in Mont-




gomery County) August, 1776, recently compiled in a volume en-
titled, "Maryland Records," by Doctor Gains Marcus Brumbaugh,
is the following mention of the family in Frederick County.
Samuel Blackmore, age 40; James Blackmore, age 12; Samuel
Blackmore, Junior, age 5; William Blackmore, age 2; Abriller
Blackmore, age 35; Ellenner Blackmore, age 17; Mary Black-
more, age 16 ; Elizabeth Blackmore, age 14 ; Ann Blackmore, age
10 ; Emma Blackmore, age 8 ; an infant 1 month ; John Heughes,
age 34; Patrick Hennabon, age 19; Michel Lockton, age 18;
Clear a Negro, age 35 ; Cass, age 11 ; Lidia, age 6 ; Dillila, age 4 ;
Lettes, age 2. The above gives an estimate of Samuel Blackmore's
household and servants. In the census taken by Samuel Black-
more, giving the number of souls in Sugar Land Hundred, Sep-
tember 2, 1776, the following record is given of the household of
William Blackmore, age 31: Dawson Blackmore, age 4; Sary
Blackmore, age 28; Sary Blackmore, age 4 months. Servants
Halford Burch, age 48 ; James Dixon, age 30 ; Joseph Brubly, age
26 ; Andrew Frahser, age 23 ; Jeae Bowers, age 9 ; Jean a Negro,
age 27 ; Siss, age 10 ; Ned, age 6 months. In the Lower Potomack
Hundred, Frederick County, Maryland, in the list of white fe-
males appears the name of Rachel Blackmore, age 28, and Eliza-
beth Blackmore, age 26. In the list of George Town Hundred,
Frederick County, taken August 22, 1776, in the list of white
males, is the name Loyd Beall Blacamore. In the Lower Poto-
mack Hundred in the list of number of souls taken and given in
to the Committee of Observation, is James Blackmore, age 33 ;
Lawrence Owen Blackmore, age 8; Samuel Blackmore, age 4;
James Blackmore, age 2.

By consulting the Pennsylvania Archives, we learn that the
Blackmores came up into Pennsylvania during and after the
Revolutionary War. In the Pennsylvania Archives, Vol. XXIII,
in the list of Rangers on the Frontiers, 1778-1783, appear the
names of William and James Blackmore. There are also records
of the Revolutionary services of James, Joh, Nathaniel, Samuel
and William Blackmore. Also the service of Captain Thomas
Blackmore, the son of John Edward Blackmore, the founder of
the family in Virginia. The patriotic record of the Blackmore
family is shown by the inclusion of the name in the Revolutionary
Roster. They were true and valiant soldiers. And as soldiers
of peace they manifested the same courage and industry. There
is a tradition in the family that in time of war the Blackemores
were typical "Fire-eaters" and in time of peace, home lovers and
home builders, noted always for generosity in thought, and deed.

John Edward Blackmore, the first of the name, on record in
Virginia, according to a statement current in the family, married
Ann Newsom, a granddaughter of William Newsom, the patentee,
who owned extensive acreage along the Rappahannock River.


The Newsom or Neasom family was long resident in Surrey and
the adjoining counties. The will of William Xewsoin, the son of
the patentee, was dated, June 10, and proven in Surrey, Septem-
ber 1, 1091. In his will he mentions his sons William, John, Rob-
ert, Thomas, and daughters Elizabeth and Ann.

John Edward Blackmore, who married Ann Newsom, lived
on her estate and this estate remains in the Blackmore family
to-day. The stream of water running through the Blackmore
plantation was formerly known as Newsom's Creek. In the will
of John Edward Blackmore, recorded May 12, 1738, there is men-
tion of the following children: Thomas, Sarah, Hannah, Edward,
John and Joseph. Of these children there are many distinguished
descendants, who are widely scattered over the States.

Thomas Blackmore, the eldest son of John Edward Black-
more, then grown to manhood, married Ann Neville, youngest
daughter of Captain George and Ann Burroughs Neville. George
Neville according to tradition was the first of the name who caine
to this country. He had been kidnapped when quite young. He
married Ann Burras or Burroughs, an inmate of Lord Fairfax's
family, and a relative. Among the children of George Neville
and Ann Burroughs, were Presely Neville, who was Major and
Aide-de-Camp to Lafayette in 1778, commissioned Brevet Lieu-
tenant-Colonel, October 27, 1778, captured at Charleston, ex-
changed in 1781, served to the end of the war, died December 1,
1818; Joseph Neville, who was a member of the House of Bur-
gesses for Hampshire County at sessions of March, 1773, May,
1774, June, 1775, and of the convention of December, 1775. Dur-
ing the latter part of the Revolution he was County Lieutenant
of Hampshire and later was a Brigadier-General of Virginia
Militia. He died March 4, 1819.

Thomas Blackmore and Ann Neville Blackmore moved from
Fauquier County to Clarke County, settling about two miles from
Berryville. At this time Thomas Blackmore was known as Cap-
tain Blackmore, having earned his title in the Revolutionary War.
He died October 26, 1808. His children were George, John, Lucy,
Sarah, Thomas, James, Anne and Hannah.

The other members of John Edward Blackmore's family are
as follows: Hannah, who married William Biscoe and moved to
Fauquier County. John who went to the parish of Hamilton, in
Prince William County, and Edward Blackmore. Owing to the
imperfect records and the separation of families, by the lack of
preservation of the family records, it is impossible to say posi-
tively what became of the others.

Edward Blackmore, the son of John Edward Blackmore, the
ancestor of Mr. Blakemore of this sketch remained at the old
homestead. He married Jemima Bristow, a relative of Major
Bristow, of London, and that he possessed not only high social


position, but also great wealth, is shown clearly by an inventory
of his property, and vast estates, which were divided among his
heirs. His children were one son, Edward, and five daughters,
Bridget, Hannah, Elizabeth, Sarah and Nancy. He died in Janu-
ary, 1778.

The original Blackmores owned immense acreage. Their
property included lands in what is now the District of Columbia,
Maryland and Virginia. Edward Blakemore's will, recorded
November 15, 1819, mentions three children, William, Molly who
married a Hutchings, and Lucinda, who married a Wayman of
Culpeper County.

William Blakemore's will made and recorded March 18, 1833,
mentions five children, William, Elizabeth, Sarah, John Edward
and Jane. He married Tomzie Chowning, daughter of William
Chowning, keeper of public money and accounts, who lived on
Towles Point, one mile from the Blakemore home. William
Blakemore was born October 2, 1779, and died October 20, 1820.
He lived and died and was buried at his ancestral home. Eliza
married Thomas Callahan. Sallie Blakemore married Henry
Biscoe, whose children were Lawson Biscoe of Richmond County,
Major Henry Biscoe of Washington, Doctor John Biscoe of Little
Rock, Arkansas, and daughter Jeter, who married a Mr. Raines
of Richmond County, Virginia. Jane Blakemore married Thomas

John Edward Blakemore married first, Elizabeth Hudnall
Anderson, and the children of that union were John Edward and
Elfranyal Tomzie. He married secondly Mary Travers and had
one son, William Seneca Blakemore. Of his third marriage to
Elizabeth Pearson there was no issue.

John Edward Blakemore, Senior, the son of William and
Tomzie Chowning Blakemore, was born March 14, 1815. He
possessed numerous slaves, living the pleasant and active life of
a prosperous planter, on the plantation, a worthy representative
of his family. Besides the plantation which he inherited he
owned several other farms, but, like the majority of wealthy
planters in the South, his estates suffered greatly from the war
between the States. As his death occurred February 8, 1866, his
guiding hand was sadly missed during the difficult period that
followed the great strife and, unfortunately, his family endured
many deprivations. This sad bereavement forced heavy respon-
sibilities upon the shoulders of young John Edward Blakemore,
who was only thirteen years of age at the time. The slaves were
free, Southern money was valueless, and the means to provide an
education for the children of the family were not forthcoming.
It required a courage equal to that shown in the battlefield by
the "heroes in gray," for the Blakemore family, as in the case of


numerous others in the South, to face the tasks of daily life
under such conditions.

John Edward Blakemore, the subject of this sketch, was
born June 16, 1853. He possessed the greatest asset a child can
have, the influence of an environment of culture and refinement.
Although his education suffered on account of the losses sus-
tained during the war he was the happy possessor of unusually
fine home training, and the guidance of wise and loving relatives.

It is interesting to note that his first efforts after reaching
maturity were directed towards the restoration of his ancestral
home. Possessing a talent for finance, he also engaged in several
business enterprises. He was a successful merchant, oyster
planter, and the owner of a private canning plant. He was also
successful in the management of lumber industries. Among busi-
ness men, he was noted for the indefatigable manner in which he
managed his own plants. This was the secret of his success.

In political circles John Edward Blakemore was a Democrat
and his influence and sound judgment regarding political matters
were conspicuous. Being of a retiring disposition, he never
sought public office, though his ability to serve in this capacity
was attested on several occasions, when sent as delegate to various
Democratic Conventions. If he had desired political preferment,
he could have exerted a strong influence in behalf of his party,
for his ideals were high and his motives pure. He belonged to
that high type of manhood, numerous in the old South, and
known familiarly as : "the Southern Gentleman."

Mr. Blakemore never affiliated himself with any club or so-
ciety, though he was noted for his generosity to charitable insti-
tutions, and was loved and respected by his community, regard-
less of class or color. His gentle nature and the integrity of his
life endeared him to every one. In church affiliation he was a
member of Corrattoman Baptist Church, serving as Deacon for a
period of thirty years.

He married January 14, 1888, Mary Virginia Fallin, born
October 8, 1857, the daughter of Joseph and Virginia Kice Fallin,
of Northumberland County, Virginia.

The children of this marriage were as follows: Virginia
Irene, who married Doctor George H. Stewart, of Southern Mary-
land ; John Edward ; Grover Seneca ; Wayman Fallin and Arthur
Henley; Mary Elizabeth, who married Doctor William Chown-
ing and lives in Florida ; Alice Katherine, who married Koland
Ives and lives in Princess Anne County, and Fannie who lives
at home with her mother.

John Edward Blakemore died in 1914. His widow, who
warmly cherishes the memory and the heroic deeds of his life,
still lives, loved by many, at Senora, Virginia.


In summing up the life of John Edward Blakeniore it is
fitting to call attention to the fact that, though he came of a line
of soldiers, he is best remembered by those who knew him as a
hero of peace, a man of constructive, not of destructive ability.
The highest achievements of mankind are not exhibited on the
battlefield, but in the quiet, faithful and intelligent discharge
of daily duty in work beneficial to one's fellows. Hence the
career of John Edward Blakeniore is well worthy of emulation
by all who aspire to peaceful, honorable and useful pursuits of


SCATTERED through the broad expanse of the American
republic have been thousands of patriots who in national
emergencies have stepped from the quiet routine of their
daily lives and fought bravely for principles, have followed
the flag in battle or supported a great leader in a vital campaign
for the advancement of the people, and then when the crisis which
demanded their services has passed, have modestly returned to
the farm or the marts of trade, there to resume the productive
labor that is just as necessary to the welfare of the land as the
more conspicuous action to which they were temporarily called.
Like Cincinnatus they have been content to meet the require-
ments of a moment of stress, and with equal zeal to return to
private citizenship with its opportunities of leadership in the
paths of integrity and community interests.

Among the citizens of North Carolina who have maintained
the best traditions of that State is Moses Street Jones, veteran
of the Civil War, a prosperous tiller of the soil. Inheriting his
skill as an agriculturist from a father who was equally efficient
in that occupation he has added to the family acres and, by intel-
ligence and industry, has evolved those methods of cultivation
that have caused the land to yield its best to his efforts. In these


clays when the cry "back to the soil" is echoing from one end of
the land to the other, it is the success of such men as Mr. Jones
that is an inspiration to those who believe that the most honor-
able occupation in which any man can engage is that of producing
the food that is needed to support the life of the nation. Few,
if any, have demonstrated more convincingly than this citizen of
the old Xorth State the wholesome contentment that is to be thus

Besides the proud distinction of being an honored resident of
the State in which his broad acres are located, Mr. Jones, through
his paternal descent, may claim a share in the history of the Old
Dominion, for his father was born in Mecklenburg County, Vir-
ginia, where the Jones family has been prominent for many gen-
erations, and traces its lineage back to the old world leaders who
have taken their places in the records of the past.

Wales has been the cradle of many a line of distinguished
men among the English speaking peoples of the world for many
centuries. The race was of that branch of the ancient stock of
Britons w T ho escaped the Roman and Saxon conquests and main-




tained their freedom through all the changing scenes that accom-
panied the welding of the British nation. It was only when the
destiny of the growing empire made Welsh independence impos-
sible that those freedom-loving people finally surrendered to the
inevitable, their bravery as great in defeat as it had ever been in

The name of Jones will ever be associated with the story of
Wales, and the representatives of the family who have contrib-
uted their share to the greatness of America, hold in special rever-
ence the name of their common ancestor, the great warrior and
crusader, Sir Hugh Johnys, whose story has been handed down
through the centuries. Until quite modern times the people of
that little kingdom scorned all surnames and distinguished them-
selves by employing "ap" between the names of father and son.
Thus Thomas ap John meant Thomas the son of John. The
British Parliament found it desirable to establish a uniform
practice and therefore ordered the use of surnames with the result
that it became necessary to change the entire Welsh system. Ac-

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