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51 "Book Antiqua": Purley Hall appears to have undergone substantial alterations in 1719 when a third storey is said to have been removed because the weight was too much for the walls to bear. This was just prior to the sale of the house to the Hawes family. The Hawes' arms can be seen on Dining Room ceiling and in the heraldic glass of the Drawing Room.
Unfortunately they became embroiled, with a cousin, in the South Sea Bubble Crisis but, though they lost the Hall, they were able to maintain residence through a creditor's agreement. Being short of cash, however, they did rent the Hall out, for many years, to Warren Hastings, the disgraced Governor of India, while he awaited his trial. His unhappy time here was enlightened by the Indian menagerie that he kept about him! His ghost is still said to haunt the house. In 1773, the hall was purchased by the Wilders of Sulham who lived there throughout the 19th century. 
Hawes, Benjamin (I25069)

"Charles J. Rhodes, 66, retired St. Elmo postal carrier and farmer, died at 9:10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 1983, at Lutheran Care Center, Altamont."

""He was born Jan. 7, 1917 in Avena township to Joseph L. and Barbara Vogel Rhodes. A veteran of services with the U. S. Army in World War Two, he was a 30 year member of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 7676, Altamont, serving as quartermaster for 25 years. He was a member of St. Elmo American Legion post, treasurer of Fayette County Association for Mental Health, member of board of directors, HIA (Blue Cross/Blue Shield), and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus. He was also a retired farmer."

"Surviving are his father, Joseph L., of St. Elmo; brother, Francis L. Rhodes, Peoria; three sisters, Margaret M. Rhodes of St. Elmo; Mary E. Bender of St. Louis, and Rachel N. Caudle, Tolleson, Ariz."

"Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at St. Mary's Catholic church, St. Elmo, with Father Vincent Worland officiating. Visitation was scheduled from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont. A Knights of Columbus Rosary was scheduled for 7 p.m. and parish Rosary, 8:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Clare's cemetery, Altamont."

"Memorials to Luthean Care Center or Lou Gehrig Disease Foundation, 819 Seventh Ave., New York City, 10019."

Burial: November 10, 1983, St. Clare Catholic Cemetery
Misc. Fact: Never Married, NO DESCENDANTS 
Rhodes, Charles Joseph (I41859)
53 "Finzel, Sarah Catherine of Henry Finzel and Catherine McKenzie, b. March 14, 1890, christianed November 22, 1890,. Sponsor: Katherine Birmingham. Rev. P. Emmeram, OFM, CAP." St. Michael's Catholic Church, Frostburg, Md.

FINZEL—Mrs. Sarah C. Knepp, 73, wife of Henry Knepp, died this morning at their home here following an illness of three years. Born in Finzel, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Sarah McKenzie Finzel. Mrs. Knepp was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pocahontas, Pa. Surviving, besides her husband, are two sisters, Mrs. Lou Hawkins, Cumberland, and Mrs. Doll Baer, Finzel, a grandchild and three great-grandchildren. The Cumberland Evening Times, October 25, 1963 
Finzel, Sarah Catherine (I06614)

"Francis Rhodes, 77, of West Peoria, formerly of St. Elmo, died at 1:36 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 1996, at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria."

"Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Clare Catholic Church, Altamont, with burial in St. Clare Catholic Church Cemetery, Altamont, with military rites. Visitation was from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont, with a 5 p.m. Rosary."

"Mr. Rhodes was born April 21, 1919, in Fayette County, the son of Joseph L. and Barbara (Vogel) Rhodes."

"He was retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co., Peoria; Knights of Columbus; Spalding Council #427; and a WWII Army Veteran."

"Survivors include his sisters, Mary Bender of St. Louis, Margaret Rhodes of St. Elmo, and Rachel Caudel of Tolleson, Ariz."

"He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers."

Burial: May 06, 1996, St. Clare Catholic Cemetery
Misc. Fact: Never Married, NO DESCENDANTS 
Rhodes, Francis Louis (I41860)
55 "John Phifer" was born in Cabarrus county (when a part of Bladen) in 1745. He was the son of Martin Phifer, a native of Switzerland, and of Margaret Blackwelder. He raised a numerous family, who inherited the patriotic spirit of their ancestors. The original spelling of the name was "Pfeifer". He resided on "Dutch Buffalo" Creek, at the Red Hill, known to this day as "Phifer's Hill." He was the father of General Paul Phifer, grandfather of General John N. Phifer of Mississippi, and great grandfather of General Charles H. Phifer, a distinguished officer in the battle of "Shiloh," in the late war between the States. At the Provincial Council, held at Johnston Court House in December, 1775, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the first battalion of "Minute Men," in the Salisbury District; General Griffith Rutherford, Colonel, and John Paisley, Major. He was a member of the Provincial Congress which met at Hillsboro on the 21st of August, 1775, associated with Thomas Polk, Waightstill Avery, James Houston, Samuel Martin and John McKnitt Alexander; and also of the Congress which met at Halifax on the 4th of April, 1776, with Robert Irwin and John McKnitt Alexander.

By this latter body, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment commanded by Colonel Adam Alexander. He was also a member of the Provincial Congress which met at Halifax in November, 1776, which formed our first Constitution, associated with Hezekiah Alexander, Waightstill Avery, Robert Irwin and Zaccheus Wilson, as colleagues. He married Catharine Barringer, which latter name was originally spelled "Behringer".

It was on the plantation of John Phifer, three mile west of Concord, that the gallant band of "Black Boys," headed by Captain 'Black Bill Alexander' of Sugar Creek, aided by the Whites and others from the neighboring congregation of Rocky River, effected their memorable achievement in 1771, of destroying the king's powder, which was on its way from Charleston to Hillsboro to be used by a tyrannical Governor. The reader should bear in mind this "blackening of faces", to prevent detection, was in the spring of 1771, when the patriotic sentiment of this country had not ripened into that state of almost entire unanimity which characterized it, and the State generally, four years later. John Phifer filled an early grave, and lies buried at the "Red Hill," on the Salisbury road, where a decaying headstone, scarcely legible, marks the last resting-place of this true patriot.
bSource: Sketches Of Western North Carolina, Historical And Biographical, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

/b•tabbMecklenburg Declaration of Indepenence
tabbJohn Phifer (March 25,1747 - 1778) /b
John Phifer was one of the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. He was the son of Martin Phifer, a Swiss emigrant, who came to America in the late 1730s.

Phifer was a planter and prosperous land owner. His land included two State grants that were given after the state was organized. In 1768, he married Catherine Barringer, the daughter of Mecklenburg Declaration signer, Paul Barringer.

Though his historic significance is associated with Mecklenburg County, Phifer is buried in Cabarrus County, a county formed from Mecklenburg County. 
Phifer, John (I23353)
56 "September 24, 1928, McKenzie, William Ellis, 33, white, Midland, single, rubberworker. Mary Elizabeth Grabenstein, 37, white, Cumberland, maid. 25 September, 1928, Fr. Pius Larlin, SS Peter and Paul, Cumberland, Md." Allegany County, Md. Marriage License Grabenstein, Mary Elizabeth (I06463)
57 "Virginia Ruth Turberville, 82, a resident of Belen, New Mexico for the past eight months, and former resident of Corrales, New Mexico for 36 years, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2008. Virginia was born October 9, 1925 the daughter of Edward Young and Minnie Lois Hudman Billups in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Derwin Turberville in 1981. She is survived by four children, David C. Turberville and wife, Laura of Edgewood, NM, Debra Jo Byars and husband, Gary of Canyon, TX, Bruce E. Turberville of Tularosa, NM, and Richard W. Turberville and fiancee, Holly Fassler of Belen, NM; and seven grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 892­9920 "
Young, Virginia Ruth (I39797)
58 $1000.
Biggs, John Fletcher (I21462)
59 $12,000.
occupation: keeping house. 
Pope, Mary Scriven (I24362)
60 $1200. Jones, Penelope (I22906)
61 $150. Biggs, Robert Alexander (I21566)
62 $1500.
Biggs, Reuben N. (I21421)
63 $200.
occupation: keeping house.
Loomis, Mary (I25173)
64 $2500.
Hunt, Adeline Sidney (I24560)
65 $28,000.
Brown, Bezaleel (I26195)
66 $3200. Smith, Mary (I20090)
67 $400.
Co A, 1st Battalion, North Carolina Heavy Artillery. CSA.
Newspaper artice in The Landmark, Statesville, NC, stating that Mr. Biggs was a Democrat and had never voted anything but the Democratic ticket. 
Biggs, Absalom D. (I23757)
68 $4000.
Long, Mark (I26237)
69 $4300.
Brown, Willis William (I18649)
70 $48,000.
Brown, William Thompson (I26198)
71 $50.
occupation: shoemaker.
occupation: shoemaker.
occupation: farmer.
bWilliam Biggs/b, son of William Biggs and Eda Biggs, was probably born in the early 1800s in Martin Co NC. iThere was a William W Biggs in the 1840 Martin Co census living next door to William's brother Harry. This William W Biggs was was born in the 1810s, was not married, and his mother, aged in her 60s, was living with him. /i 
Biggs, William (I21532)
72 $50. McCall, Caroline (I28584)
73 $500.
Joseph Daniel Biggs, b 29 May 1808 in Martin Co NC, and died on 18 May 1889 in Martin Co. He married Elizabeth Davis, daughter of Colonel Durham Davis. She apparently died between 1849 and 1860; there was no wife living with him in 1860, so Joseph's marriage to Sarah Frances Crawford must have been after 1860. He had at least two children. 
Biggs, Joseph Daniel (I22671)
74 $5000.
West, James Pemberton (I19753)
75 $5000.
Brown, Lucy V. (I26263)
76 $7650.
Cader Biggs, b abt 1813, died after 3 January 1884. He married Lucy Ann _____. They were not living in Martin Co in 1860 or in 1870. In 1840 a male of about the same age as Cader's brother Asa's was living with Asa and his family in Williamston in 1840. This was probably Cader.

He was the brother of Asa Biggs, and also a very successful merchant in Norfolk Co. Virginia. 
Biggs, Kader (I21692)
77 (as Genevieve Hyatt Wilkin Foss) Hyatt, Genevieve (I12722)
78 (as of 1910 in Humboldt, Nevada). Hyatt, Ellsworth J. (I12674)
79 (as Wilma I. Ogg). Hyatt, Wilma I. (I12723)
80 (ID’d in birth record as Edwin C. Hurd??) Hurd, Ralph E. (I12713)
81 (listed in 1850 Census as 11 years old; in a letter to William Hyatt, husband of Martha Hyatt, the children of John Hyatt and Catherine McKinsie are listed as William T., Mary, Martha, John, Joseph, Sarah, Anna B. and Henry A. It is possible that Elizabeth A. and Anna B. are the same person). Hyatt, John Hancock (I03745)
82 (listed in 1850 Census as 11 years old; in a letter to William Hyatt, husband of Martha Hyatt, the children of John Hyatt and Catherine McKinsie are listed as William T., Mary, Martha, John, Joseph, Sarah, Anna B. and Henry A. It is possible that Elizabeth A. and Anna B. are the same person). Hyatt, Elizabeth A. (I12672)
83 (Medical):A memorial stone was erected by the Groton Historical Society in 1946 for the family of William Longley, his second wife, Deliverance Crisp.

The Memorial read: "Near this spot dwelt William and Deliverance Longley with their eight children. On the 27th of July 1694, the Indians killed the father and mother and five of the children and carried into captivity the other three."

While the inscription reads five children were killed, we know of four who would be at this site: William, Joseph, and two infants. Jemima was scalped and left for dead. There is disagreement whether she died at the scene or later. No further records of this Jemima have been found in town records after 1694.

The location of the burial site of the Longley family is based, in part, on the following: "The house where the massacre was perpetrated was made of hewn logs and was standing at the beginning of the nineteenth century about two miles north of Groton Centre. The family were buried a few rods northwest of the house. A small apple tree marks the spot." 
Crisp, Deliverance (I25669)
84 (Medical):A severe hemolytic disease of a fetus or newborn infant caused by the production of maternal antibodies against the fetal red blood cells, usually involving Rh incompatibility between the mother and fetus. Mace, Joe Howard (I21378)
85 (Medical):Bo, as Bolton was called, was a sales engineer during his working life, mostly in the area around New Haven, CT. He was a 1938 graduate of the Yale Drama School, and served his country with the Army Corps of Engineers during the second World War. For many years, he was a member of the lay readers group and of the church vestry at St. Peter Episcopal Church in Milford, CT. Bo was an active member of the community serving as lay reader for 20 years at Pond Point Convalescent hospital. In 1960, Bo and Becky, his wife, sponsored a newly arrived immigrant family to US citizenship. Bo's hobby was working with wood and he produced many fine pieces. Wilder, Bolton (I25234)
86 (Medical):Body was turned over to Baylor Medical College for scientific research. Biggs, Infant (I18287)
87 (Medical):Born in 1885 to Gilbert and Exie Gentry in Bluff Springs, FL, Walter Gentry married Mamie McClammy in Bluff Springs; they moved to Pensacola then into the house into which they would live for 50 years in 1914. Walter was a partner in Gentry Bros located in downtown Pensacola. He and Mamie had five children, fourteen grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. He died aged niney---and went hunting the day before he died. Gentry, Walter Henry (I27121)
88 (Medical):Cecil Biggs was the Only Son of Benjamin French Biggs and Mary Ann Rife. He Married Mary Nan Manning on 5 Feb 1942 in Teague Tx. Together they Had one son, Cecil William Biggs on 23 Dec 1942. He Loved flying and worked as a crop duster for his future father-in-law in Mexia Tx. He went to Texas Tech in 1939 to pursue a career as an electrical engineer. However that all changed after Pearl Harbor. Cecil desperatly wanted to join the Air Corps. Being the only son he had to have written permission from one of his parents. His father was very, very protective of him and would not sign for him. He finally convinced his mother to sign after many attempts. His father never forgave her for that. He Joined the Air Corps in 1942 and became aid to General Mark Clark. Cecil died near Arnheim Holland during Operation Market Garden on 21 Sep 1944 when the plane he was piloting was shot down. Small group remains of his and his four crew members where recoverd and eventually buried in Zachery Taylor National Cemetary in Louisville Kentucky in 1952. These remains where never identified because of the lack of technology in that day. Larger Individual remains where not recoverd until September of 1994 and later identified through DNA testing in Jan 2007. His long awaited interment in Salem Cemetary was on June 9, 2007 next to his father. All of his crew members were identified through DNA testing and one through process of elimination. They all where given military funerals. One was buried in Zachery Taylor and the other three in Arlington National Cemetery. Cecil was the only with imediate family and other family members that knew him. Biggs, Cecil Willard (I21446)
89 (Medical):daughter of John H. Bulger and his wife Harriet Marie (Herron) Bulger. Aphe (as her name was often spelled) and her sister, Ernestine, were adopted by their mother's second husband, Charles Ripley, and took his name. Ripley, Aphia (I25230)
90 (Medical):Hal worked in the family businesses during most of his life, first, and for many years, with his father in Lawrence, MA, and finally with his uncle in boston. He and his wife Aphe, raised their family in Newton Centre, MA. Wilder, Harold Bancroft (I25225)
91 (Medical):Henry Brown fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War; he was a member of D Company, 16th Alabama Infantry. He died of injuries received in the Battle of Shiloh. Brown, C. Henry (I17848)
92 (Medical):In a biographical sketch written for Burke COUNTY HERITAGE I, Anne Abernethy Connelly (her daughter) recalls that Elizabeth's mother died when she was three months old. Her aunts Margaret Erwin and Elizabeth Craige McDowell took on the responsibility of rearing the little girl.

Her early education was at Miss Marbut's private school; at Claremont Academy; and at the University of Tennessee.

In 1912, she married Edgar Lafayette Abernethy, son of Alilce Shuford and Adolphus Abernethy of Hickory, NC. They had three daughters, Ruth, Margaret, and Anne. 
McDowell, Elizabeth Milne (I23908)
93 (Medical):John and Martha seperated in 1884. Martha and Thad moved to Alabama to her sister Helen's home. John W. George died with Typhoid fever. His mother raised Claudia and Dora. Magnolia was born in Alabama. Lawson, Martha Ann (I23603)
94 (Medical):John M. Brown fought for the Confederacy during the American CivilWar; he was a member of D Company, 16th Alabama Infantry. He died of disease during the war. Brown, John Matthew (I18215)
95 (Medical):Lowell was a good baseball player and played for his high school team as well as that of MIT, from which he graduated as a mining engineer. His work took him to the State of Utah mining country. Unfortunately, his life was cut short when he was killed by lightning as he stood in the doorway of his cabin in Minersville, UT. Wilder, Lowell Bosworth (I25227)
96 (Medical):Luke Cooper
Residence: Sampson County, North Carolina
Enlistment Date: 10 Jun 1861 Enlistment
Place: Sampson County, North Carolina
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: North Carolina
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 10 June 1861 at the age of 18.
Enlisted in uCompany I, 20th Infantry Regiment North Carolina/u on 10 Jun 1861.
Killed uCompany I, 20th Infantry Regiment North Carolina /u on 1 Jul 1862 at Malvern Hill, VA.
Sources: 16 
Cooper, Luke (I20427)
97 (Medical):Mamie McClammy Gentry was born in Evergreen, Alabama, and moved to Bluff Springs, Florida when she was about nine. She married Walter H. Gentry of Bluff Springs on December 10, 1909. She and Walt had five children. Both lived long lives after moving to Pensacola in about 1914. Mamie kept an immaculate house, was a superb cook, and an irreplacable grandmother. McClammy, Mamie Gilard (I28637)
98 (Medical):Marcia had a lovely voice although she did not sing professionally after her marriage. She spent much of her youth at the home of her uncle, Congressman William Russell, who was a founder of the International Paper Co. and whose estate became the original campus of the Brooks School in Andover, MA. Marcia and her husband Will Wilder lived in Newton Centre, MA, and had a summer home in Surry, ME. Sawyer, Marcia Russell (I25242)
99 (Medical):Margaret's mother died before she was a year old. Her name appears in 1900 census records in the household of her grandmother, Sarah Erwin (Mrs. John Calhoun) McDowell. Newland, Margaret McDowell (I23927)
100 (Medical):Marvin Truman Bayles was born on December 12, 1930 and departed this life on August 6, 2010. He was 79 years old. He was born to Samuel and Alma Bayles in Grove Hill, AL. He had 6 siblings. Curtis Bayles, Willard Bayles, Alfred Bayles, Jimmy Bayles, Mary Bayles Skipper, and Bernice Bayles Hicks.
He was a lifelong resident of Eight Mile, AL with his loving wife of 56 years Bobbie Louise Johns Bayles. He had three daughters Marilyn Lorraine Bayles who departed this life on November 18, 1993, Betty Sue Bayles Floyes, and Tonya Donnette Bayles. One Grandson Eric Truman Floyes and one granddaughter Amber Louise Floyes Taphorn. And 6 Great grandchildren Sommer Elise Floyes, Parker Truman Floyes, Landun Tyler Taphorn, Kayly Taylor Taphorn, who departed this life on January 24, 2007, Preston Riley Taphorn, and Kaylyn McKenzie Taphorn. He was a loving husband and a devoted father, and a doting grandfather and great grandfather. There was never anything more important to him that the health and happiness of his family. There are no words to describe the love and devotion that he gave to his family. He was a truck driver for for 25 plus years. He last drove for Carolina Motor Freight and retired in 1991.The world has truly lost one of the greatest men that has ever lived. 
Bayles, Marvin Thurman (I24650)

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