Just a reminder: These posts are first drafts. I have not included citations, but if you need a citation, please let me know. P.S. Revised 2/26/12. I left Ben out.
Children of Oliver Summerlin and Fannie Albritton
1. Anna "Annie" Summerlin, 18 Aug 1873 - 2 Aug 1955. She married John B. Moore on April 30, 1898. John belonged to a farming family in Turkey, Sampson County. In the 1900 census, they are living with John's parents, Walter and Anna. The elder Moores have been married 31 years and have eight of eight living children. John is listed as a house carpenter. Their first child, Bedford Forest is six months old. Annie and John have been married two years. In 1910, John and Annie have been married 12 years and have three children: Bedford Forest, b. 1900; John P., b. 1905; and Ernest, b. 1907. John is operating a sawmill, and the own the farm where they are living. The next household is John's parents. John's brother, Walter L. is also working in the sawmill. In 1920, John is working their farm, which they own. Forest is 20, but no occupation is listed, and he is not in school. I don't know if they are on the same farm as before or have taken over John's parent's farm. Their neighbors are Claud Moore, Walter Moore the younger and Frank Moore. John died of heart disease when he was 55, on 9 Feb 1928. In 1930, Annie is living with her three sons, Forest, J.C. and Ernest, all operating the farm. Annie died 2 Aug 1955, when she was almost 82 years old. The cause was listed as pneumonia brought on by "general disability".
2. Matthew Oliver Summerlin, 16 Apr 1876 - 11 Jun 1934. In 1900, Matthew is a 24-year-old young man, single, still living with his parents (the norm at the time), work in vehicle repairing with his father Oliver. In 1910, he is newly married to Carrie Jane Sutton, 28. They live in the household with his parents, Oliver and Fannie. Carrie Jane dies in 1913, and by 1918, Matt has married Leslie "Lessie" Perry, 26. When he fills out his WWI Draft Card in 1918, he lists Lessie Perry as his person to contact. His profession is "implement and auto dealer" (Summerlin Brothers). In 1920, they have one child, Frances P., born in late 1918. Matt is working as a merchant in a garage. By 1930, Matt is not working, probably due to his lung problems. He dies in 1934. His death certificate indicates that he has suffered from chronic bronchiolitis (bronchitis) and myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) since 1925. He and Lessie had four children:Francis; Lessie, b.1921; Matthew O., Jr., b.1922; and Caroline, b.1925.
3. Benjamin Albritton Summerlin, 24 Apr 1878 - 11 Dec 1959. In 1900, Ben is 22 and living with his parents. He is "at school" on the census return, no job listed. In 1910, Ben has been married to Katie Welle Kirby for two years. They have a daughter, Lillian, almost 2, and a son William, almost 1. Ben is a rural carrier for the Post Office. In 1920, they have three children - Lillian, 11; Katie K., 7; and Benjamin Jr. 2. I have not found out anything about William, yet. Ben is now Postmaster of Mount Olive. They live at 105 E. James, down the street from 206 E. James, where his younger brother G.E. is living. In 1930, Lillian W., 21; Katie K., 18; and Ben, Jr. 12 are all still living at home and going to school. Ben, 51, is now working in sales of auto supplies.
4. George Edgar Summerlin, my great-grandfather. I'll take him up in a later post.
5. Thomas Bryan Summerlin, 1 Dec 1885 - 12 Feb 1936. Tommie attended North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts - NC State in Raleigh - from 1907-1910. His major was Textiles, he sang bass in the glee club. He and Lula Williford were married in 1913. In his 1918 draft registration, Thomas lists his occupation as Farm Implement [Sales Agent?] In the 1920 census, there is no occupation listed, they are still living in Mount Olive, and Lula's sister Augusta is living with them. She is a bookkeeper at the garage. By 1930, Tommie and Lula had moved to a farm in Duplin Co. They had two children: Thomas Bryan Jr., b. 1915; and Oliver W., b. 1917. Thomas committed suicide in 1936 at age 50. Lula lived until she was 91, and died in Duplin General Hospital in 1974. She had been living in Mount Olive during her widowhood.