1906 Industrial Issue - South West Township  

Contributed by Christine Grimes Thacker

This Industrial Issue of the Kinston Free Press was published in 1906 although there was an earlier Industrial Issue published in 1899. The issue is composed of both text and numerous pictures of places and people. This will be a slow project so please be patient.

We are grateful to the Free Press for permission to post anything of historical or genealogical in nature published prior to 1939.


South West is another of the smaller townships. It embraces 13,820 acres of land, most of which is owned by white citizens. The whites own 13,709 acres and Negroes own 111 acres. There are only 98 polls in the township, 59 white and 39 colored.

The township is favorably located for trucking, as it is not far from a shipping point at Kinston and also its center is not further than three miles from Caswell on the Atlantic and North railroad. The land and the climate invite a varied line of agriculture.

The school committee of the township is composed of Dr. R. W. WOOTEN, W. B. SMITH and R. L. WOOTEN. The schools are the Coahoma School, one of the best in the county, enrolling 85 pupils and taught by Misses MARGARET JACKSON of Spartansburg, S. C. and ROSA LOFTIN, of Lenoir.


One of the foremost citizens of the county and a physician of note and of a large practice is Dr. RICHARD WILLIAMS WOOTEN. He has a comfortable and attractive cottage home just opposite the Coahoma School and to preside in it, an ideal wife coming from one of the first families of Virginia.

Dr. WOOTEN was born in Bladen county, February 21,1848. His parents were JOHN COUNCIL and EMELINE WOOTEN. His father was a large farmer and prominent citizen of Lenoir county. He represented this county several times in the General Assembly and was a very active man in politics, being a type of the old school of Jeffersonian Democrats. He was chairman of the inferior court during the reconstruction period and a member of the Presbyterian church.

After taking a literary course at Davidson college Dr. WOOTEN entered the medical department of the University of Virginia, graduating in June 1870. He has been in active practice since that time. He spent a short time in Onslow County and was for a while medical director for the Goldsboro Lumber Company at Dover. But since he become a resident of this county his largest practice has been in Lenoir and Jones.

He is now an elder in the Presbyterian Church; takes a marked interest in education; has served three times as coroner of the county; has been president of the Lenoir County medical society, and is now treasurer of that organization. Dr. WOOTEN is also quite a farmer. He owns some 300 acres, 75 of which are under cultivation and his garden is one of the best to be found anywhere.

The doctor has been married twice. His first wife was Miss CARRIE DUFFY, of Onslow County. The children are Mrs. O. W. MAY, of Pitt county, and Miss KATHLEEN DUFFY WOOTEN, who is attending the Presbyterian college at Charlotte, N. C. Dr. WOOTEN'S second wife was Miss JOSEPHINE MITCHELL PAYNE, daughter of MAJOR WILLIAM PAYNE, of Lynchburg, Va. and latterly of Kinston, prior to his death. There is one child by this marriage, Miss CHARLOTTE BRYCE, a bright little girl of five years.


One of the staunch old farmers of South West township is Mr. E. P. LOFTIN. He is a man who loves his home, who centers his whole thought on his family and their interests, who is a horticulturist of some note, doting on his grove of pecan, his yupon tea orchard, his Japanese persimmons and chestnuts and taking pride in his pigeon cotes, chicken, cattle and swine.

ELIJAH P. LOFTIN was born at the old LOFTIN homestead in South West township, on the 30th of March, 1834. His parents were SHADERACK ELKANOR and SARAH LOFTIN (nee PERRY). His father was a large land owner of this county. During his boyhood days he attended the neighborhood schools and also the private school of GEORGE V. STRONG. He would have continued in this school longer than he did, but over a "question of veracity" he got into a fistficuff with a schoolmate after which he could not exactly decide to go back to school.

Mr. LOFTIN, at present, owns about 1500 acres of land, 500 of which is cleared. He produces corn, cotton, tobacco and home supplies. He has a pecan orchard which is now bearing the finest nuts for size and quality that have ever reached the Kinston Market; and he realizes every season a nice little sum from the sale of the nuts.

For about twenty-five years Mr. LOFTIN was county suveyor and last year his son FELIX was elected to the office. He has been magistrate for fifteen years and more. Mr. LOFTIN married Miss SARAH, daughter of SIMEON BECTON. The child by this union was FRED B., who is now dead, but who during his life was a brilliant member of the State Senate. Mr. LOFTIN'S second wife was Miss SARAH, daughter of JAMES and NANCY HODGES. The children living are Mrs. SARAH NANCY SUTTON, MRS CARRIE C. CRAWFORD, HARDY PERRY, Miss ROSA E., GEORGE F., and CYNTHIA.


ANDREW JACKSON SUTTON, is one of the most active men and progressive farmers of the county. He was born in Buckleberry Section of Mosely Hall township, October 23, 1859. His father, S. I. SUTTON, was for a time postmaster at LaGrange, railroad agent and also took considerable interest in church affairs.

During his boyhood days Mr. SUTTON attended the Kinsey school at LaGrange. Then he clerked for R. B. KINSEY and Co., of the same place. He retained this position for four years and than went to Sumpter, Fla., where he was engaged in the naval stores business for a year. Returning to Lenoir County, N. C., he undertook the mercantile business for himself and located in LaGrange where he remained twelve years. He then sold out and located on the farm, he now occupies in South West township.

In South West township he has a pretty country home and plantation named "Lynwood Farm," near the Caswell station of the A. and N.C. He has 573 acres of land with 57 acres cleared and under cultivation in one tract and in another 300 acres with 180 to 200 acres cleared. He sells fertilizers and American wire fence. His address is Kinston, N.C., R.F.D. No. 5.

Mr. SUTTON married Miss FANNIE, daughter of GEORGE and ELIZA GARDNER. Their children are HUGH I., HORACE L., ROGER N., FANNIE G., MARY ELIZA and a baby girl.

1906 Industrial Issue