Wilson man served in World War I, retired to Florida orange grove

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On Oct. 18, 1809, Joshua B. Eason of Edgecombe County sold Enos Norville Sr., for 225 current N.C. money 382 acres on both sides of Ward’s Run, adjoining Amos Johnston, William Owens, John Owens, Nathan L. Davis, Isaac Thigpen, Gillenad Thigpen, Sharrod Gay and “the land that was given to Bennet Eason by his Father Cobern Eason, Deceased,” all of which had been bequeathed by his deceased father Coburn Eason:

(1) 191 acres bought by Isaac Eason Sr., on Dec. 13, 1795

(2) 50 acres bought from Thomas Shepard on Oct. 17, 1796, and

(3) 141 acres granted to the late Coburn Eason on Nov. 19, 1797; witnessed by John Hearn and John Weaver.

On Feb. 18, 1813, Enos Norville deeded to Enos Norville Jr., for love 96 acres (a) adjoining John Edwards, John’s Branch, Simon Edwards, Buck Horn Branch, and Thomas Dupree and (b) adjoining Buck Branch, Henry Holland and Thomas Dupree (bought from Thomas Dupree), witnessed by Samuel Ruffin and William J. Ruffin.

On Sept. 30, 1826, Enos Norville Sr., deeded to Enos Norville Jr., for love 70 acres on John’s Branch, Buck Horn Branch, Benjamin Dupree, Henry Holland, and James Norville, witnessed by L. Wooten and Benjamin Moore.

Enos Norville apparently married secondly Elizabeth Langley, sister of Hezekiah Langley. On Oct. 10, 1818, the minute book of Lower Town Creek Primitive Baptist Church shows that Enos Norville and Elizabeth Norville were dismissed by letter, presumably to become members of the Autrey’s (now Otter’s) Creek Baptist Church. They may have moved their membership back to Lower Town Creek Church, because the minutes of Nov. 11, 1826, show that Enos Norville and wife were dismissed by letter (but this could have referred to Enos Norville Jr., who apparently left Edgecombe County about this time). The minute book of Lower Town Creek also shows a Charity Johnson “now Norville” dismissed by letter on June 9, 1832. (She was presumably a daughter-in-law of Enos Norville Sr.)

On Sept. 29, 1828, Enos Norville of Edgecombe County sold Hezekiah Langley for $550 a tract of 382 acres on both sides of Ward’s Run (the Joshua B. Eason purchase), witnessed by Jonathan Gay and Levi Mayo. On Sept. 29, 1828, Hezekiah Langley sold Enos Norville for $500 a tract of 100 acres south of Aughtrie’s Creek, east of Hurican Branch, adjoining Ephraim Wooten, Charles Vines, Willy Whitley, Pole Cat Branch and Stirrup Iron Branch, witnessed by Jonathan Gay and Levi Mayo.

On Aug. 15, 1829, Hezekiah Langley deeded to Enos Norville for love “his life estate in the Land belonging to his wife at present but hence forth to Hezekiah Langley,” 100 acres adjoining the heirs of Charles Vines, Goodman Owens and Prudence Vick, “it being the land of sister Elizabeth I only give him his life estate in this land it is understood at Enos Norville’s death this is a void,” witnessed by David Norville and Frederick W. Cobb.


On April 25, 1881, Hilliard and Feraby Ellis deeded to commissioners H. Mathews, Berry Winstead and Joseph Johnson, “Trustees for the Church at Ellis Chapel” in Wilson County, for $1.50, and “for the use of said church,” a half-acre adjoining Rountree, W. 35 yards, N. 70 yards, E. 35 yards, and S. 70 yards, witnessed by T.J. Thompson, J.P.


Dr. R.A. Moore was born on Feb. 17, 1834, and died on May 22, 1881. He was a farmer by occupation. He is probably the man who married Margaret Griffin in Edgecombe County on Oct. 12, 1853, with W.J. Armstrong, J.P., officiating. She was born in July, 1832, and died on Nov. 19, 1910.

Children (probably incomplete)

1. Charlie Walter Moore was born on Oct. 10, 1873.

2. Millie Ann Moore


Isaac Herbert Farmer, son of Joshua Barnes Farmer and wife Annie Emily Nelson, was born in Wilson County on Nov. 16, 1886, and died on July 13, 1959, at Bay Pines, Florida. He graduated from A. and N. College with a degree in civil engineering. In December 1917, he was commissioned first lieutenant and assigned to the 317th Infantry, 80th Division, from the 2nd Officers’ Training Camp; he received an honorable discharge on April 27, 1919, after completing his service overseas. For many years he was a civil engineer with the Seaboard Railroad, but at the time of his death he lived in retirement on his orange grove at Thomastosassa, Florida.

On Jan. 20, 1920, he married Anne Belle Sebrell, daughter of William James Sebrell and wife Nettie Kindred of Courtland, Virginia. She was born on Feb. 22, 1894, and died in September 1959.

Children of Herbert and Anne Farmer:

1. Infant daughter was born and died in the summer of 1921.

2. Isaac Herbert Farmer Jr. was born on April 23, 1923. In 1961 his whereabouts were unknown and he was presumed to be dead.

3. Mary Ann Farmer was born on July 9, 1924. She married Russell Lloyd Shackleford of Lutherville, Maryland.

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.