A photo of Frank J Essman, 1893 - 1963
According to "OLD HOMES IN AND AROUND VANCE COUNTY", Samuel Henderson, 1700-1783, married, in 1732, Elizabeth Williams, who was eighteen years old and an aunt of Judge John Williams of Montpelier. They moved to Granville Co, NC abt 1740.
Samuel Henderson was the first Sheriff of Granville County in 1746, and had a "Red Travern" in Williamsboro, which was modeled after an English Coffee House. Also, before 1750, he started a Mill just beyond Flemingtown, and the old dam there can be seen today. It is just above where the road crosses Henderson Mill Creek.
Asheland was built by Samuel Henderson probably when he came over from Hanover County, Virginia and, as far as I know, it is the oldest house in Vance County. It has a small hall, with a side stairway, and a large room back of this, all on one side, with two rooms about the same size on the other side. The same arrangement was upstairs. There were two large chimneys at the back, all facing the south. There probably was a porch in the front.
After Judge Richard Henderson's death, Asheland was sold to his son, Archibald Henderson of Salisbury, who probably sold it to Richard Bullock, who is said was the richest man in Granville County around 1820. He was the only son of Len Henley Bullock. In 1820, Archibald Henderson, a son of Chief Justice Leonard Henderson, married the only daughter of Richard Bullock, "Annie Bullock" and this Richard Bullock gave Asheland to them, so his daughter could live near him.
Archibald Henderson took off the front porch and added a hall and a large 'ballroom', in which he put a glass pendant chandalier. He was 7 years doing this, and this turned the house to face the east, instead of the south. After the death of the widow of Archibald Henderson, Asheland was sold, and the late Thomas F. Wiggins lived there. Later it was sold to the late Eugene White, whose widow and children live there now.
I have received a picture and trying to ID it. I can ID only the older woman, Margaret Boyd Smith. She married Lee Jesse Smith and I think these may be her children and their spouses. Lee Jesse Smith is son of Ericus Smyth III and Ann Kincaid.
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Morgantown Road, Greenwood, Johnston Co, IN.
This is the Headstone for Jonah Hoke, b. November 20, 1830, Elizabethville, Dauphin Co, PA. He was married to Caroline 'Lovina' Moyer, December 08, 1864, Dauphin Co, PA. Shortly after giving birth to two sons, William (1865) and John Henry (1867), Lovina Hoke died and I believe the two sons died soon after birth or around the same time their mother died. This wiped out Jonah's entire family so he moved to the Valley View area of Hegins Township, in Schuylkill Co, PA, to start over. He married Carolina Gable, May 15, 1870, Schuylkill Co, PA. To this union was given 5 children. Jonah Hoke died December 18, 1901, in Valley View, Hegins Twp. Schuylkill Co, PA, and is buried in the Valley View Church of God Cemetery. He served in Civil War, Co. A, 172 Regt, PA Vol Inf Militia Union as a Private. His Headstone says he also was in the 176th Reg but his pension papers does not mention this. He was a member of GAR.