January 4, 2013
I keep waiting for someone to ask me why I included all the local and regional news in my book on Rabun County’s earliest newspapers, instead of only the obituaries and death notices as many compilers do.
No one’s asked, but I think it’s an important question, and my answer is this: Newspapers are, in and of themselves, an important resource outside of the fact that they can serve as a substitute for vital and court records. To demonstrate this, let’s look at excerpts from early issues of The Clayton Tribune and The Tallulah Falls Spray pertaining to a gentleman named C. J. Crunkleton.
October 3, 2012
While this record holds wonderful information about John Harvey Derrick, including his date of birth, I wish he had named his allegedly deceased parents!
Minutes of Saturday 28 March 1840…
John Harvey Derrick came into Court alledging that
he is without father or mother living & asking the Court
to bind him to the Tailoring business under Saml. R. Lambert
under the following conditions, that the Sd. Lambert takes
the said Derrick until he arrives at the age of twenty one
years being sixteen on the 14th April next, as an indented
apprentice, that in considerations of the labour & services of
said youth (not to be subject to laborious farming work) the
said Lambert agrees to give the said Apprentice nine
months schooling in a reputable English school, find
him in good & suitable Clothes & Boarding, and teach &
instruct him in all the art & Mystery of the Tailoring
business in its various departments & at the expiration
of said apprenticeship to furnish him with a neat &
new suit of Jeans Clothing Hat shoes &c- the following Justices being
present, viz Johnathan Philips, Jacob Siler, Saul
Smith, & John Wild, John Howard
Source: Macon County, North Carolina, County Court Minutes Book 3, 1838 – 1855: 89; North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh; NCSA micropublication C.061 30001.
August 28, 2012
Born Oct. 26, 1871
Died Nov. 5, 1907