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Wilson Moore, b. March 5, 1937.
Rachel Ann, b. Jan. 12, 1939.
Guy Steward, b. Nov. 2, 1940.
Douglass Wainwright, b. June 16, 194 2.
Thomas Anderson, Jr., b. July 10, 1913; m. Helen Stone, teacher,
b. Feb. 18, 1923. Thomas Anderson Moore III, b. Nov. 11, 1955.
Annie Olivia, b. April 15, 1915; m. Floyd Nathan, b. April 9, 1920.
son of Lena Davis and Nathan Rich, postal employee; WW H
veteran. Chil.: Ann Olivia, b. Aug. 12, 1948. Nathan Floyd, b.
Sept. 24, 1952.
Mary Byrd, b. Nov. 2, 1919; m. Billy B. Gilbert. She d. Feb. 2, 1945.

Seaton Jehu, hardware merchant, Wagram, N. C, b. March 4, 1885;
m. June 18, 1913, Edith Arey of Iredell county, N. C.

Edwin Cornelius, b. Oct. 8, 1915; m. Lena Adelaide Thompson,

b. Oct. 1, 1916; physician. Chil.: Andrew Cornelius, b. Feb. 25.

1948. Marvin Seaton, b. March 9, 1952. Thei-on Thomp.son, b.

April 19, 1955.

Delia Frances, b. Sept. 20, 1917; m. Spencer Marion Kulp. b.

June 6, 1915.
Edith Arey, b. May 27, 1920. Mary Atwater Boland, b. May 29,
1927, teachers. Lottie Raynor, b. Jan. 11, 1934.
Frank Wilson, farmer, Chatham county, N. C; b. July 28, 1886; m.
Jvme 19, 1918, Fannie Douglass, of Durham county, N. C.

Wilson Douglass, b. Aug. 20, 1919, m. Montese Walker, Jan. 18,

1947. (Son) Wvatt Donald, b. Feb. 8. 1948.

Fannie Eloise, m. July 27, 1946, Lantham Edwards Lattie. Chil.:
Paul Womble, b. April 29, 1947. Mark Lantham. b. Sept. 24.

1948. Lois Ann, b. Oct. 25, 1949.

Lois Jewell, b. Feb. 8, 1889. She was educated at Davenport College.
Lenoir, N. C; m. Aug. 1, 1918, Edward M. Harris, a merchant of
Goldston, N. C.

Edward Milton, Jr., b. June 30, 1919.
Beulah Olivia, b. July 8, 1890, was educated at Davenport College,
Lenoir, N. C; m. June 21, 1912. J. Graham Abernethy, a druggi.st
of Lenoir, N. C.

Olivia Abernethy, b. June 19, 1913; physician of Elkm, N. C.



276 ATWATER GENEALOGY

Margaret Abernethy, b. Aug. 4. 1918. Former Y.M.C.A. secretary;
111. George Lawrence Miller, b. Dec. 5, 1916; American Red
Cross. (Sons) Richard Graham, b. Nov. 11, 1952. George. Jr.,
b. April 30. 1955.

Theron S., b. June 1, 1892; m. Gladys Nelson, b. Sept. 5, 1899, school
teacher, dau. of Leona and John Fenner Nelson. Theron retired
banker.

Annie Lucille, b. Aug. 12, 1895; m. June 21, 1921, Rev. John Hoyle, Jr..
b. Aug. 3. 1896; of the Glenwood Methodist Church, Greensboro,
N. C. Annie is Sec. of Women's Society of Christian Service. (Son)
John Wniiani III. b. June 23, 1927, m. March 24, 1951, Jean Holroyd,
b. June 13, 1927.

Cornelius Wilson. Jr.. b. July 6. 1903.

Mary Ann, b. Oct. 4, 1856; was noted for her solid piety. Christian en-
thusiasm and good business judgment. She ni. Nov. 3, 1881, John
Barringer, a merchant and miller of Moncure, N. C. To them was born
one son. Paul Jehu Barringer, b. Sept. 19. 1884; m. Tempe Cornelia
Boddie. educated at North Carolina College for Women. Paul educated
at Trinity College — Duke University, class 1906; one term as chairman
Lee County (N. C. ) Board of Commissioners; Sanford City School
Board, also Pres. Sanford Rotarv Club. Paul is a manufacturer. Chil.:
Paul Jehu, Jr., b. Sept. 4, 1921. John. b. Oct. 12. 1924.

William Fletcher, b. Feb. 21, 1859; was licensed to preach and joined the
Western North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, in Nov.. 1891. and has .served the following chaiges: Wentworth
Circuit 1892-1895. Lincolnlon Circuit 1896-1898. Shelby Circuit 1899-
1902. Newton Circuit 1903-1906. Morganton Station 1907-1910, Reids-
ville Station 1911-1913. Hendersonville Station 1914-1917, Lincolnton
Station 918, Mount Airy District 1919. He was one of the originators
of and a member of the first board of managers of the Methodist Mutual
Fire Insurance Company of North Carolina which was organizeii to
insure church property at actual cost. He m. May 15, 1881, Olivia, dan.
of Alvis Snipes, of Chatham County.

Bunyan S., b. May 2. 1882. Educated at Trinity College and Columbia
University; m. April 29, 1914. Edith Willingham of Macon. Ga.
Lawyer, member of firm of Womble. Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice;
member North Carolina Legislature 1925, State Senate 1927 and
1929; member North Carolina Budget Commission 1929-1931; Presi-
dent North Carolina Bar Ass'n. 1936-1937; Chairman Public School
Commi.ssioners of Winston-Salem, N. C. 1933-1943; Director Emeri-
tus and member Executive Committee of Wachovia Bank & Trust
Co.; Director and member Executive Committee of Security Life &
Trust Co.; member Board of Trustees and Executive Conmiittee of
Duke University; member Boarti of Trustees and Executive Com-
mittee of Children's Home. Winston-Salem. N. C. ; member Board
of Trustees of Methodist Home for the Aged. Charlotte, N. C. Chil.:
Lila, b. Aug. 23, 1915, m. F. Gaither Jenkins, lawyer. Winston-
Salem, N. C. F. Gaither. Jr., Gordon W., Lila, Jr.
William F., b. Oct. 29, 1916. Lawyer, member of firm of Womble,
Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, Winston-Salem, N. C. member of
North Carolina Legislature 1953 ami 1955; member of General
Statutes Commi.ssion of North Carolina 195,3-1955; lucniber of
North Carolina Commission on Higher Education; member of
Board of Trustees of High Point College; m. Jane Gilbert. Chil.:
William V.. b. Sept. 21. 1942. Jane, h. Hoc. .30. 1946. Russell
cjilberl. b. Jan. 22. 1951.
Olivia, b. Aug. 17. 1918. m. Max Bickford Long. Chil.: Max Bick-

ford, Jr., Calder W.. Laurenie W., Edith.
Edith, b. March 31, 1920. m. Jo.seph L. Dyer. Chil.: Edith Lynn,

Diana.
Calder W., b. June 25, 1922, Lawyer, member of firm of Womble.
Carlyle, Sandridge & PJce, Winston-Salem, N. C\, ni, Martha
Hanes. Chil.: Ralph Hanes Womble, b. P^eb. 9, 19.54,
Ruth, b. Feb. 26, 1928, wife of Laurence F. Lee, Jr.. who is Execu-
tive Vice-President of I'eninsnlar Life Insuiance Co., home of-



ATWATER GENEALOGY 277

fice Jacksonville, Fla., and President of British-American Life
Ins. Co., home office Nassau, Bahamas. Chil.: Laurence F.
Lee III, Edith, Ruth. Jr.
Jehu Josiah, b. June 11, 1865; is a farmer and miller at Moncure, N. C.
He m. Dec. 22, 1886, Emma Cook, of Chatham county. She d. Nov. 30.
1901. He m. June 18, 1903, Ida VVomble of Moncure. N. C. No children
by last marriage. Four children were born to the first marriage.
Thomas F. is ni the railroad service. He was b. Oct. 1. 1887; m. Nov. 17.
1909, Elizabeth Bradshaw, of Moncure, N. C. They have one son, Thomas
F., Jr., b. Jan. 10, 1911.
Mary Elizabeth, b. June 6, 1889; m. Dec. 4. 1907, John Ellis McCargo, b.
Aug. 11, 1879 of Rockingham Co., N. C. Children:

Lucy Frances, b. Sept. 6, 1908, teacher, m. William Alexander lian-
kin*, b. Aug. 24, 1883. Children:

William Alexander, Jr., law student. Phi Beta Kappa U.N.C.
Twin of Thomas McCargo*, b. Nov. 24, 1930; m. Gypsy Lee
Yount, b. Aug. 19, 1936. Society editor, Reidsville Review,
N. C. (Son) Thomas McCargo Rankin, Jr., b. May 12. Utf).'-).
Mary Lois, b. Dec. 2, 1910; secretary; m. Walter Glenn Lewis,
Insurance Agent. Children: Edith Ray, b. Aug. 12, 1938. Charles
Glenn, b. Aug. 23, 1949.
Nellie Ruth, b. July 21, 1913; Baptist; m. William Henry Fisher.
Chil.: William Henry, Jr., b. Aug. 31, 1938. John Fisher, b.
June 25, 1947.
John Ellis, b. Feb. 23. 1918; P.O. Dept.; m. Margaret Smith

Vinson, Acct.
Jehu Womble, b. Feb. 23, 1918; m. Elkara Cox. (Son) Joseph
W^omble, b. Nov. 14. 1949.
Cora Olivia, b. May 16, 1891; was educated at Littleton Female College;
m. March 25, 1914, James Travis, a farmer of Caswell county.
Emma, Guynn, b. March 16, 1915.
Julia Womble, b. July 16, 1916.
Emma Frances, b. Maich 27. 1901: m. July 6, 1916, Curvy Gunter, of
Sandford, N. C.

Catherine Estell, b. March 28, 1917.

2944. Eliza Amy, dau. of Wilson; m. Jan. 15, 1856, William John Womble.
She d. March 12, 1883. They lived in Chatham county, N. C.

Nancy Eleanor, b. Dec. 16, 1871; m. Feb.. 1896. James J. Ratliffe. a

prosperous farmer of Rockingham coimty. They have no children.
Samuel Wilson, b. Oct. 30, 1876; a farmer of Lee county. N. C; m. Dec.
26. 1900, Carrie Barringer of Moncure, N. C. To them were born seven
children:

Eleanor Louise, b. Oct. 22, 1901; m. Jan. 29, 1919, Ivan Thomas, a

farmer of Haywood, N. C.
Amy Eliza, b. July 14, 1903.
William Jesse, b. Dec. 31, 1905.
Ruth, b. Oct. 21, 1908.
Carrie Male, b. Aug. 30, 1910.
Samuel Wilson, Jr., b. Aug. 17. 1912.
John Barringer, b. Oct. 10, 1914.
The descendants of the three Atwater sisters, Mary, Lois, and Eliza, who
married the three Womble brothers, are nine children, thirty grandchildren,
and thirty-one great-grandchildren now living. All that are old enough are
members of the Methodist Episcopal church, south, except Mary F:iizaboth
Womble, who joined the Methodist church in childhood, hut after her marriage
to Ellis McCargo, she joined the Baptist church with her husband. No one
has ever been accused of crime; none of them are dissipated; none of them
use profane language; none of them are wealthy; but all of them are honest.
industrious, thrifty, Godfearing, law-abiding people, and have the respect and
confidence of those with whom they live. The three Womble brf)thers were
sons of Cornelius Womble, a farmer of Chatham coimty. North Carolina.

2845 John Fletcher, son of Wilson; m. March 19. 1861, Nancy C. Bynum.
b. Sept. 4. 1839. She d. Jan. 13, 1880. (2) Dec. 2, 1880, Elizabeth Long. She d.
May. 1894. He d. April 19, 1892. They were members of the M. E. church south



278 ATWATER GENEALOGY

and frequently entertained the minister. He was a reg:ular attendant and
active in church work. He served in the Civil War with the Fifth N. C. Cavalry,
fought in many hard battles and was made lieutenant. He returned to his
farm, was an energetic worker and maintained it imtil his death. He was
devoted to his motherless children.

2972. Thomas F.. b. Feb. 15, 1862.

2973. Mary E.. b. June 27. 1864.

2974. Margaret E.. b. June 5. 1867.

2975. Wilson Bynum, b. Dec. 28. 1871.

2976. Julia Olivia, b. Mav 26, 1874.

2977. Luther Edmund, b. Nov. 13. 1876.

2346. Sarah Ann. dau. of Wilson: m. Nov. 20, 1860, Wm. H. Moore; (2)
Feb. 10. 1866. Durant Moore. She d. March 25. 1904.
William, b. August. 1864.

MaiKar.n E., b. Aug. 19. 1867; m. Nov. 7. 1888, T. B. Crowder. Lives in
Raleigh. N. C. Chil.: Lottie M.. b. Nov. 14, 1890; Ralph H.. b. Aug. 18.
1892; Raymond, b. May 14, 1894; Margaret M.. b. Dec. 29. 1906.

2947. Kmeline, dau. of Edmund B.; m. Thomas Rose. She d. Aug. 20, 1862.
Their chil.: John T.. d.; Edmund W.. Atlanta, Ga.; James W.. d.

2948. James \V., son of Edmund B. ; m. Nov. 10, 1850, Antoinette Carolina
Halloway: d. Nov. 22, 1860; (2 1 Nov. 2, 1871, Antoinette Eugenia Respcss, d.
April 11, 1916. Thomaston. Ga. James W. d. Dec. 24, 1913. The Thomaston
Times in its obituary notice said:

The deceased was eighty-seven years of age, and is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Antoinette Respess Atwater; one son. Capt. James F^. Atwater. and six
daughters. Mrs. J. Hinry Smith, of Griffin; Mrs. Fred P'arris, of Atlanta;
Mrs. George R. Turyin. of Macon; Mrs. William P. Leonard, of Talbotton;
Mrs. Roland W. Spain, of New York city, and Mrs. A. J. King of Macon.

Besides being one of the oldest and wealthiest of Thomaston citizens, he
was one of the most prominent, influential and highly esteemed. Not only did
he stand high in the affection of his home people but wherever he was known
men respected and loved him. A citizen of another city who is one of the most
prominent men in the state and who was a business associate of Captain
Atwater's said of him: "Few men have lived to better purpose, or have had
higher regard of their friends and acquaintances than Mr. Atwater."

Captain .Atwater was a man of strong convictions and once he took a
stand in a matter he was almost unshakable. It is said of him that above all
things he despised a hypocrite and hated all manner of shams. He was also a
man who loved his friends and would stop at nothing to aid them. There aie
many wh(j owe their business success to his assistance and counsel.

Captain Atwater .served through the Civil War with ihstinction. He was
noted for his bravery in battle and his efficiency in military tactics, being
made captain of five different companies to perfect their organization. Many
of his comrades who are still living gratefully hear testimony to his valorous
record.

After the conflict ended he was active in the politics of ITp.son county
serving as county commissioner for twelve years, during which terms of
service he was one of the first men in the state to refuse a permit for a cross
road saloon.

Cai)tain Atwater was also one of the founders of the R. E. Lee Institute
of Thomaston. and for twenty-three years acted as chairman for the board of
trustei'S for that well known institution.

For years Cajjtain Atwater was a leader in every movement looking to
the upbuilding and betterment of his town and county.

2978. Sarah Elizabeth, b. April 25. 1852.
Is.sue by .second marriage:

2979.' James liobert, b. Aug. 16, 1873.

2980. Ada Gynum, b. Oct. 3. 1874.

2981. Carrie Payn<'. b. Dec. 3, 1876.

2982. Susan Euginia. b. June 17. 1880.

2983. Katharine Chenev. b. July 30. 1886; m. Dec. 16, inoo, Fn-d Farris;
d. Mav 1940. She d. 19.35.

2984. Naomi, b. April 19. 1891; m. March 28. 1913. Roland W. Spain;
d. June 13. 1939.



ATWATKR GENEALOGY 279

2949. John \V., son of Edmund B.; m. Sept. 4. 1853, Martha G. O'Neil b.
Nov. 1, 1833; (2) March 18, 1901, Sallie Butts. He lived in Thomaston Ga.,
and d. Feb. 21, 1915.

2985. Mary Emeline, b. Feb. 1, 1856; d. Dec. 23, 1896; m. Nov. 2 1892
Rev. J. W. Bailey.

2986. Charles M.. b. Dec. 23, 1858.

2987. Martha E., b. Oct. 18, 1860.

2988. George E., b. July 26, 1854.

2989. Abia Cordelia, b. Oct. 28, 1865.

2990. Julia Caroline, b. Sept. 30, 1868.

2991. Edmond Brouder, b. Oct. 30, 1871.

2992. John Peterson, b. Oct. 21, 1874.

2950. Mary J., dau. of Edmund B.; m. Jabez M. Dallas. Ho d. Jan. 26, 1892.
She d. Jan. 31, 1913. Their chil.: Thomas Edwin, John, Lee, Griffin, Ga.; Mattie,
m. J. B. Stamps, Thomaston, Ga.; Willie, d.; Charlie, Sallie, m. Smith:
Daisy, m. Dobbs.

2951. Thomas J., son of Edmund B.; m. Falva Dawson; d. Sept. 5, 1879;
(2) Nov.. 1880, Ellen Preston; d. Sept., 1914. She was Widow Scarborough
previously. He resided in Andersonville, Ga., and d. Feb. 22, 1919.

2993. Geraldine Phereba, b. Oct. 29, 1860; m. Dec. 1. 1880, J. Wesley Allen.

2994. Hull Ashbery, b. Jan. 29, 1869.

2995. Ezekiel Robartus, b. Oct. 18, 1865.

2996. Martha Patterson (Dollie), b. July 26, 1870; m. Jan., 1887, Sam
W^ilson.

2997. Mary Emeline, b. Aug. 1, 1875; m. Sept., 1894, R. R. Russell.

2952. Lois A., dau. of Jahaza, b. Aug. 25, 1836; m. April 18, 1861, William
Franklin Strowd, who was born in Orange county, N. C, Dec. 7, 1832. He d.
March 12, 1911. His wife survived him until Feb. 7, 1917. She was a devout
Christian woman, a Methodist of the old school, and highly esteemed by all
who knew her. Her declining years were spent with her son at Chapel Hill.

Robert Lee, b. Feb. 1, 1864; m. April 27, 1886, Fannie Headen. They live
in Chapel Hill, N. C, where he is an honored and respected resident.
He is vice-president of the Bank of Chapel Hill.

W. F., July 1, 1887.

W. H., b. June 2, 1889.

Bruce, b. Aug. 18, 1891.

Mary Louisa, b. Aug. 2, 1895.

Grace, b. July 30, 1897.

Elizabeth, b. Aug. 18, 1902.

2953. Carney Conipton, son of Jahaza; m. 1862, Amelia A. P.aldwin. He d.
Jan. 18, 1878.

2998. Sallie Lenora, b. March 24, 1864.

2999. Cora Julia, b. April 20, 1866.

3000. Minnie Burnett, lives at 140 College St., Greensboro, N. C.

2954. John Wilbur, son of Jahaza; m. (li April 25, 1861, Eugenia E.
Farrington, b. Aug. 11, 1845; d. Jan. 8, 1880; i2) 1883, Alice Farrington, b.
Nov. 28, 1849; d. May 14, 1888; (3) 1887, Sophronia J. Baldwin, b. Oct. 4, 1835.
He d. July 4, 1910.

3001. Alfred Sidney, b. Oct. 17, 1862.

3002. John Bimyan, b. Nov. 16, 1868.

3003. Harriet Lee, b. April 1, 1871.

3004. Addie Siusan, b. Dec. 18, 1874; m. T. J. Burroughs.

3005. William M., b. Nov. 20, 1876.

2955. Edmund Warren, son of Jehiel; m. Dec. 5, 1861, Margaret A., dau. of
Carney Bynum and Margaret Clegg; b. Sept. 5, 1841; d. June 9. 1908. He d.
Nov. 7, 1916. He lived at Riggsbee, N. C, where he was a fainiei', and held
the office of the justice of the peace. Answering the call of his country he
served in the Confederate army as orderly sergeant and to the end of his life
loved the comradeship of the "old veterans," often attending their reunions.
After the war he moved to Chatham coimty where he .spent the greater part
of his life. He joined the Methodist church in early life at Cedar Grove. He
was most loyal to his Lord and church; a strong, constant friend to ministers;



280 ATWATER GENEALOGY

called himself his pastor's assistant and it was true. He was far-seeing, clear
cut in his processes of thought and of a philosophic turn of mind. One writer
said of him: "I have always regarded Mr. At water as one of the most genuine
Christians that I have ever known. He was ripe and ready for the gainer.
Doubtless he had his defects, but all in all. I have known very few men who
stood out and above the multitude as distinctly for Christ as he did. The
spiritual stream of his life ran smooth and deep, and he never allowed the
straws that floated upon the surface to disturb the serenity of its depths."

3006. Sallie Warren, b. Oct. 1, 1862.

3007. Martha Sophronia. b. Oct. 5, 1867; m. Prof. D. M. Weatherby. One
son. Bruce Atwater, b. Nov. 20, 1897.

3008. Marv Eliza, b. July 4. 1869.
oi;09. Julia Elizabeth, b. Nov. 28. 1873.

3010. Fannie Vuginia, b. July 28. 1877; m. Dec. 26, 1900, Rev. N. M.
Watson. Two chil.: Neil McCoy, b. Jan. 9. 1909; Frances Atwater,
b. March 19, 1911.

3011. Carney Bynum. b. March 2. 1879.

•^956. Sophronia Jane, dau. of Jehiel; m. March. 1861, Luther Bvnum, of
Bynum, N. C. She d. Oct. 1. 1892.

Mr. Bynum was a man always interested in the good of his country and
church. Mrs. Bynum was unusually timid and retiring, yet won the love and
admiration of all who knew her. She delighted in helping any in need or
suffering. She was proverbially known as "the widows' friend." Her only son
lives in California.

Oliver Clegg, b. May 10, 1864; m. Cora Julia Atwater.

"3957. Kuf.is Henry, son of Jehiel; m. April 25, 1867, Eliza Cora Page. He
moved from Iturham, N. C. to Missouri in April, 1889. He was a type known
as an old-fashioned southern gentleman. He joined the Confederate army and
remained until the close, a member of the Fifth N. C cavaliv. \lo died March
15, 1905. He lived at Liberty, Mo.

3012. William Anderson, b. March 15, 1868.

3013. Amma Frances, b. June 28, 1869.

3014. Lucy Warren, b. March 16, 1871.

3015. Orian High. b. March 5. 1873.

2958. Mary Catherine, dau. of Jehiel; m. Sept.. 1867. Catnev W. P.vnuiii.
b. May 28, 1844; d. Aug. 31, 1909.

Cornelia Warren, b. Jan. 19, 1872; m. Dec. 27, 1899, Garland O. Green, a
Methodist minister. He d. Sept. 24, 1903; one son. Garland O., b. April
21, 1901; (2( June, 1912. Wm. Seaton Rives. They live in Raleigh. N. C.
She was educated in Greensboro College for Women. After teaching for
a while in hei- home town, she was happily luaiiied to Rev. Garhmd O.
Gieen. of the North Carolina Conference.

Henry Atwater. b. March. 1874; m. Annie Lutteilah. Chil.: lliurv Luller-
lah". b. May 4, 1905; Carney Washington, b. Jan. 19, 1907; Mary Delia,
b. Nov. 13, 1908; Annie Lutteilah, b. March 14. 1913.

Annie Bangs, b. May 1, 1881; m. April 21, 1903. Dr. .1. N. Tavior. Tluv
live in Graham. N. C. Chil.: James Bvnum, b. March 6, 1904; Wm.
Feree, b. Feb. 26, 1905; Henry Wallace, b. March 25, 1909; Joseph
Miller, b. Oct. 19. 1913.

2959. John .Nathaniel, .son of Jehiel; in. .Ian. .i, 1SS3, Lillie Cannon. They
live in liakM^h, N. C.

3016. Mary Harris, b. Jan. 25. 1884.

3017. Wilii.im Brings, b. March 8. 1885.

3018. Charles Bynum. b. July 22. 1887.

'i960. .Martha V.. dau. of Jehiel; in. Sept. 3, 1903. Rev. .1. \V, .l.nkins of
the North Carolina conference. M. E. church south. He d. July 4. 1906. She
wa.s educated in Greensboro Woman's College. Greensboro. N. C. Throughout
her whole life there was an earnest desire to do .some kind of mission work.
iJiscouraged by her frienrjs on account of her delicate health the idea and
ambition still clung to her. She felt that she must do .soiuclhing in a worth-
while way, as she walked along life's road. When, without any effort on her
part, she was elected as first matron of the Methodist Orphanage at Raleigh,



ATWATER GENEALOGY 281

N. C, she accepted, believing that her opportunity had conio. Later, when she
gave hei- hand in maniage to Rev. J. \V. Jenkins, founder and superintendent
of the orpiaanage, she knew that this was her hfe work, and together they
worked with unceasing labor until, from a feeble beginning, the orphanage had
grown into proportions that promised perpetuity. Then Mr. Jenkins laiti down
his beautiful life, and bound more closely than ever to the product of their
united efforts, she has mothered the little orphan children who have been
denied the love and care of fathers and mothers, and brought to tht-m the
light and joy of real home life.

Slight, small, frail in body, but great in soul, Mattie Atwater Jenkins has
given her whole life for the happiness of otheis. With a sympathetic mind, a
hand skilled in helpfulness, a heart that loves wisely, an unusual measure of
ability in managing and controlling she has shared the hopes and heartaches
of hundreds of boys and girls who delight to call her mother, and in whose
lives "Miss Mattie" is a beacon light. She d. Oct. 28. 1925.

2961. James Bobbitt, son of Jehiel; m. Nov. 17, 1878, Nellie Eastwood
Page. He is a farmer, merchant and cotton buyer. From childhood Mr. Atwater
has been an indefatigable and conscientious worker. Han(Hcapped by frail
health in his early young manhood, he worked on amid difficulties. After
taking a business course he became, when quite young, bookkeeper for the
Odell Manufacturing Co. at his home. From that time on he has filled
responsible positions in church, state and business, representing his county in
the legislature and his church in every important position a layman can hold.

Mr. Atwater married Miss Nell Page, who comes of a distinguished and
representative family. She is a cousin and foster sister of the amhas.sa<lor.
Hon. Walter Page. They have eight children, four of whom are living. Tlic
oldest son volunteered in the world war.

He received an academic education in coimty schools in Chatham, and
took a business course at Eastman National Business College, Poughkeepsie,
N. Y. Spent most of his life at Bynum, his present home, serving fii-st the
Bynimi I\Tanufacturing Co., cotton manufacturers, as bookkeeper, later book-
keeper and general manager, for the J. M. Odell Manufacturing Co., operating
cotton mill and general store. Now engaged in mercantile business and operat-
ing roller mill and ginnery. In public matters he has seived his county as
county commissioner, member of board of education, representative in the
state senate, member of the "Local Exemption Board" in 1917-18. and "Chair-
man of County Board of Equalization" under "New Valuation Act," 1919. In
church relations he belongs to Southern Methodist church, serving as steward,
trustee, district steward, Sunday School superintendent and member of North
Carolina Conf. S. S. Board. Like most of his kinsmen, he also owns a farm
and delights in agriculture, hog and cattle raising.

3019. Frank Page, b. Oct. 7, 1899.

3020. Warren Eastwood, b. Nov. 13, 1903.

3021. Robert Bynum, b. May 5, 1916.

FOURTH GENERATION

2962. William Basoom, son of Matthew; m. June 1, 1870, Mai t ha Helen,
dau. of David and Eliza Clegg, b. Dec. 20. 1848. He d. Aug. 5. 1908. Thomas A.
Atwater writes of him as follows: "For many years he was one of the com-
mimity's leading citizens and a most successfid farmei-, living near his father's
home "in Chatham county. He united with the Methodist Episcopal church in
early boyhood, at old Cedar Grove church, at which place he remained a
consistent member the rest of his life; was for many years a steward and a
faithful teacher in his Sunday school. He was of a jovial disposition, always
looking on the bright side of life; beloved and respected by all who knew him.

3022. Dora Alice, b. May 7, 1871.

3023. Lizzie Bynum, b. May 5, 1873.

3024. Mary Olivia, b. May 16, 1877.

3025. Margaret Blanche, b. Feb. 20, 1879.

3026. David Marvin, b. Oct. 31, 1881.

3027. Carney Bennett, b. Sept. 20. 1882.

3028. Flora Lerma, b. Oct. 10, 1884.



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