5/29/1997 NOTES From The White County Historical Society Library

White County Historical Society Library
by Charlene Shields!
This article appeared in THE CARMI TIMES
May 29, 1997

A 1922 eighth grade graduation "programme" for the Carmi City Schools lists 21 different talks, songs, etc. on the program for the evening, climaxing with the presentation of diplomas by Mrs. Maud Chalfant. There are probably a few among our readers who remember this well-known school administrator.

The graduates from the South Side School were Robert Boyer, Guy Robert Dietz, Owen Griffin, Clara Maier, Louise Cook, Vetris Carr, John Sanders, Edwin Brown, Curtis Brown Jr., William Barton, Stewart Albert Pearce, Evelyn Frazier, Mertice Pyle, Mabel Schauberger, Pauline Pomeroy, William Thornton, Alice Dosher, Wilma Brockett, Helen Deshler, William Martin, Emily Stokes, Roy Winter, George McCallister, Clifford Newcomb, Esther Doerr and Samuel Stokes

. North Side School graduates were May Voliva, Clarence Shaw, Geneva Waller, Alleene Carey, Hattie Holderby, Martin Morrill, Ernest Boutwell, Louis McGuire, Alice Matz, Melbrose Harper, Mildred Andrews, Ruth Fulkerson, Burchard Hollister, Verna McClure, Iva Mossberger and Eddie Hubele.

From a school scrapbook at the Genealogy Library.

Debby Kenney of Orlando, Fla. is one hard worker when it comes to genealogy. She never seems to tire of researching. Recently, she sent us Slocumb material and pointed out the good material to be found on White County Slocumbs in an 1882 book, entitled "A Short History of the Slocums, Slocumbs and Slocombs of America."

A short bio of the Rev. John Charles Slocumb says he was the son of Joseph Slocumb, a merchant in Atlanta, Ga. in the 1700s. He married first Lavinia Axley and later Mary Beck. He was "a shoemaker, farmer and minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. About 1783, he moved from Georgia to Kentucky, and thence some years later to Concord, White County, Ill., where he died and was buried in Slocumb Cemetery with his second wife." His children were Samuel, Charles, Stephen, Elizaheath (sic) and Fanny. In the account of an early Slocumb, "In September 1711, ther ocurd a horibl masaker ov the colonists in the Neuse and Pamlico Reveer regions by the savaj Aborigines, the tuscaroras being the chief instigators. Many of the colonists who survivd the first onslaut, united in a pathetic petition to Virginia"

The will of an early Slocomb is recorded in 1713 in Bath County, N.C. in which, "all my werin clothes I give to my brother John Slockum. I give to my brother William Smith too coos and calfes and to my brother Sol Smith too coos and calfes and to my sister Soble Smith to coos and calfes more. I give to my mother four cooes and calfes and a bed tick, and one bed tick to Margot Davis. The rest of my estate I gfive to my mother and my brother John Slockum and Margot Davis." (Original spelling retained.)


Last week's visitors to the Genealogy Library included citizens from New Mexico and Oregon, as well as local people. The library is open on Wednesdays from 11 to 5 p.m.
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