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Monday, April 01, 2013

Amanuensis Monday - William Eli Huneycutt and Eva Malinda Boon(e)

Huneycutts




My Great Grandfather was William Eli Huneycutt (aka William Elias Huneycutt) He was born 7/25/1876 in Stanly County, NC to Ambrose Ervin Huneycutt and Jane Elizabeth Hinson. You can see my earlier posts to learn about Ambrose Ervin and Jane Elizabeth Huneycutt.







































William Eli Honeycutt was a blacksmith and a farmer. My Dad (William Eli's grandson) still has his Grandfather's bellows, anvil and some other blacksmithing tools. The photo above shows them. My Dad remembers his Grandfather, especially his Grandfather taking him to local streams and rivers to go fishing. My Dad has a love for antique farm equipment and tractors and tools due to his Grandfather and his Father. According to some census information William Eli Huneycutt did not go to school but could read and write. I have visited the land that he sharecropped before he was able to own his own farm. That place was called the Holbrooks place near Cottonville Baptist Church. They would pick up 3 out of 4 bales of hay with the 4th going to the property owner. He bought his last piece of property (the old Smith place) in 1937-38 next door to his son, my Grandfather, Oscar Alexander Huneycutt. This was near Aquadale, NC. They built William Eli's house there and built his blacksmith shop across the road. The house is still there but it's pretty overgrown and we were afraid to drive down someone's driveway so I haven't been able to see the house. The shop is gone. As he grew old, he sold most of his land, only keeping where his house and shop were. His mentally handicapped daughter, Vernie, lived with her parents until William Eli died. She kept house for him after her mother died. After her father's death, the siblings found a home for her. They always went to get her for family holidays. She couldn't talk well and I never could really understand her. She dipped snuff. She lived a long life and seemed to be happy. Her siblings and their children kept up with her to make sure she was taken care of.

William Eli Huneycutt married Eva Malinda Boone on 3/2/1898 in Wharf (Ansonville Township), Anson County, NC. She was born 3/15/1873 in Stanly County, NC to William Peter Boon and Mary Jane Smith.



Eva Malinda was a homemaker and they had 6 children.




































1) Oscar Alexander Huneycutt (my Grandfather) was born 12/26/1898 in Anson County, NC. He married Vivian Mae Barnes. He died 1/15/1976 in Stanly County, NC. He was a carpenter and farmer all his life.


2) Clara May Huneycutt (b. 12/27/1900 in Stanly County, NC; d. 11/30/1901 in Stanly County, NC). Her death deeply affected her parents. William Eli could not afford a tombstone for his baby girl so he made one by etching her name and dates into a piece of slate. I have that piece of slate now. He was later able to afford a regular tombstone, probably in the 1930's. He talked about her often.




3) Allie Huneycutt (b. 8/11/1903 in Stanly County, NC; d. 11/19/2005 in Norwood, Stanly County, NC). She married James Henry Hinson and they had 5 children. She was twin sister of Dallie Huneycutt McIntyre.




4) Dallie Huneycutt (b. 8/11/1903 in Stanly County, NC; d. 3/8/1982 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC). She married Roy Frank McIntyre and they had 3 children. She was the twin sister of Allie Huneycutt Hinson.

























5) Grover Cleveland Huneycutt (b. 12/3/1905 in Stanly County, NC; d. 9/26/1950 in Cabarrus County, NC). He married Gatha Young Sides and had 6 children.


6) Vernia Mae Huneycutt (b. 9/12/1908 in Stanly County, NC; d. 7/9/1990 in Stanly County, NC). She never married. She was mentally handicapped. She was well loved by her family until her death.



1900 U.S. Census of Center,  Stanly County,  North Carolina; Roll:  T623_ 1218; Page:  8A; Enumeration District:  124, Lines 38-45, "Alexander Honeycutt" and "Will Honeycutt"
Alexander Honeycutt, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Aug, 1869, 30 yrs old, Married 9 yrs, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Rents farm
Nannie Honeycutt, Wife, W, F, Born April, 1873, 27 yrs old, Married 9 yrs, 4 children with 3 still living, Born NC, Both parents born in NC
Marry J. Honeycutt (sic), Daughter, W, F, Born July, 1892, 8 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Carl R. Honeycutt, Son, W, M, Born May, 1896, 4 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, 
Robbert E. Honeycutt (sic), W, M, Born Nov, 1898, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
William Honeycutt, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born July, 1876, Married 2 yrs, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Rents farm
Malinda Honeycutt, Wife, W, F, Born (blank), 24 yrs old (DOB 1876), Married 2 yrs, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Oscar A. Honeycutt, Son, W, M, Born Dec, 1898, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC



1910 U.S. Census of Winfield Rd., Tyson, Stanly, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1125; Page:; 4A; Enumeration District: 0125; Image: 531; FHL Number: 1375138, Lines 12-18, "Hunley Cuntwill E." (sic, because of the way the census taker wrote Huney cutt with a space between the first and second syllables and his messy handwriting)
Cuntwill E. Hunley, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 33 yrs old (DOB 1876), First marriage, Married 12 yrs (DOM 1898), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer of home farm
Lendy Hunley (sic, should be Malinda), Wife, F, W, 33 yrs old (DOB 1876), First marriage, Married 12 yrs, 6 children with 5 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer on home farm
Oscar A. Hunley, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1899), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer on home farm
Allie Hunley, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1904), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Dellie Hunley (sic, should be Dallie), Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1904), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Grover Hunley, Son, M, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1906), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Emmia Hunley (sic, should be Vernia), Daughter, F, W, 1 yrs 7/12 mos old (DOB 1908), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Bud and
J. and Fannie Linger Harry and Mary Crump
Crett Mary E. Hurrey (sic, should be Mary E. Huneycutt), Head, F, W, 38 yrs old (DOB 1872), Married 19 yrs now Widowed, 10 children with 9 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer on home farm (widow of Alvie S. Huneycutt, brother of William Eli Huneycutt)
Nance Hurrey (sic, should be Vance Huneycutt), Son, M, W, 18 yrs old (DOB 1892), Son, M, W, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer on home farm
Minnie Hurrey, Daughter, F, W, 17 yrs old (DOB 1893), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC I.
Loe Hurrey (sic, should be Iler Pearl Huneycutt), Daughter, F, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1895), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Olla Hurrey (sic), Daughter, F, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1896), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Marshall Hurrey, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1899), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Jenenia Hurrey (sic), Daughter, F, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1903), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Johnnie Hurrey, Son, M, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1904), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Leaured Hurrey, Son, M, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1906), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Launce A. Hunycutt (sic, should be Lawrence A. Huneycutt), Head, M, W, 20 yrs old (DOB 1890), First marriage, Married 1 yr, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer of home farm (Son of Alvie S Huneycutt and Mary Ellen Stafford Huneycutt)
Margarret Hunycutt (sic), Wife, F, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1888), First marriage, Married 1 yr, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Lucy Hunycutt, Daughter, F, W, 7/12 mos old (1909), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC



1920 U.S. Census of Tyson, Stanly County, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1323; Page:; 10A; Enumeration District: 150; Image: 570, Lines 15-30, "Will Honeycutt" (sic) and "Gunny Honeycutt" (sic, should be Gum Huneycutt or Zechariah Montgomery Huneycutt)
Will Honeycutt, Head, Rents farm, M(ale), W(hite), 43 yrs old (DOB 1877), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Malinda Honeycutt, Wife, F, W, 45 yrs old, (DOB 1875), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Oscar Honeycutt, Son, M, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1899), Single, Attended school, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Allie Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1904), Single, Attended school, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Dallie Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1904), Single, Attended school, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Grover Honeycutt, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Attended school, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Vernia Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1909), Single, Attended school, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Gunny Honeycutt (sic), Head, Rents farm, M(ale), W(hite), 40 yrs old (DOB 1880), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer (Will Huneycutt's brother)
Maggie Honeycutt, Wife, F, W, 35 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Valteor Honeycutt (sic, should be Valda Huneycutt), Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1904), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Surgeon Honeycutt (sic, should be Spurgeon Huneycutt), Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1905), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Wilard Honeycutt (sic, should be Millard Huneycutt), Son, M, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1908), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Cora Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 9 yrs old (DOB 1911), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Eddie Honeycutt, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1913), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Clyde Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 3 yrs 7/12 mos old (DOB 1917), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Paul Honeycutt, Son, M, W, 1 yrs 6/12 mos old (DOB 1918), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC



1930 U.S. Census of Unimproved country road, Tyson, Stanly County, North Carolina; Roll: 1721; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 22; Image: 1049.0, Lines 18-20, "Will E. Honeycutt" living next door to George H. Boon and Charlie Boon 
Will E. Honeycutt, Rents farm, no radio set, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 53 yrs old (DOB 1877), Married at age 22 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer of general farm
Malinda Honeycutt, Wife, F, W, 54 yrs old (DOB 1876), Married at age 23 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Vernie M. Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 20 yrs old (DOB 1910), Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC



1940 U.S. Census of New Albemarle Road, Tyson, Stanly County, North Carolina; Roll: T627_2975; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 84-28, Lines 2-3, "William E. Honeycutt", Lines 4-8, "Oscar A. Honeycutt", Lines 9-15, "George R. Honeycutt" (sic, Huneycutt)
William E. Honeycutt, Head, Owns farm valued at $400, M(ale), W(hite), 63 yrs old (DOB 1876), Widowed, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935, Farmer
Vernie M. Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 31 yrs old (DOB 1909), Single, Attended school thru 3rd grade, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935
Oscar A. Honeycutt, Head, Owns farm valued at $250, M(ale), W(hite), 41 yrs old (DOB 1899), Married, Attended high school 3 yrs, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935, Farmer
Vivian M. Honeycutt, Wife, F, W, 36 yrs old (DOB 1904), Married, Attended school thru 8th grade, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935
Ruth A. Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1924), Single, Attends school, Attended high school 3 yrs, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935
Lee W. Honeycutt, Son, M, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1930), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935
W. Avery Honeycutt, Son, M, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1937), Born in NC
George R. Honeycutt, Head, Rents farm for $5, M(ale), W(hite), 46 yrs old (DOB 1894), Married, Attended school thru 7th grade, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935, Farmer
Esther M. Honeycutt, Wife, F, W, 37 yrs old (DOB 1903), Married, Attended high school 3 yrs, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935
Barbara Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1927), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 8th grade, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935
Prudence Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1929), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935
Jane Honeycutt, Daughter, F, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1933), Single, attends school, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935
Calvin J. Honeycutt, Son, M, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1937), Born in NC
Eliza Honeycutt, Mother, F, W, 77 yrs old (DOB 1863), Widowed, Attended school thru 3rd grade, Born in NC, Lived in same place in 1935


























William Eli and Eva Malinda were members of Cottonville Baptist Church until they moved near Aquadale. Then they joined the Aquadale Baptist Church which was where his son, Oscar, my Grandfather, also attended. They were very active in their church often serving as deacons and teachers.






































Eva Malinda died 2/19/1939 in Stanly County, NC. She was a tall, thin woman who was sick a lot. She had tuberculosis.


NC Death Certificate #176, Registration District #80-09, Certificate #1, Mrs. Malinda Huneycutt, DOD: 2/19/1939 in RFD #1, Norwood, Tyson, Stanly County, NC (at home)
Female, White, Married to W.E. Huneycutt, DOB: 3/15/1973 in Stanly County, NC, 65 yrs, 11 mos, 4 days old
Occupation: Housework at home
Father: William Boone, born in Alamance County, NC
Mother: Mary Smith, born in Stanly County, NC
Informant: W.E. Huneycutt, RFD #1, Norwood, NC
DOD: 2/19/1939 at 6pm
Cause of death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis, diagnosed via x-ray and sputum
Burial: 2/21/1939 at Cottonville


Her grandson remembers her cooking possum and sweeping their dirt front yard with branches.

Her parents were Peter William Boon (aka William Peter Boone) (DOB 5/20/1834 in Alamance County, NC to Andrew Boone and Jane Hobbs; DOD 7/27/1911 in Oakboro, Stanly County, NC). William Peter Boon married Mary Jane Smith (DOB 5/3/1839 in ? to Joseph Smith and ? Gilbert; DOD 10/30/1887 or 1/10/1915 in Stanly County, NC) on 11/12/1857. They are both buried at Smith's Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Stanly County, NC. They had 11 children.





































William Eli had a great sense of humor, despite his stoic photographs. He played many a prank on his children and grandchildren. He loved the children and grandchildren. He loved possum hunting. He had a dog named Jiggs that was trained to possum hunt. He would let Jiggs out after dark and sit on the porch until he heard Jiggs baying that he had treed a possum. Then he would set out with his gun and his sons or grandsons.

He also loved fishing especially for catfish and carp. That was one of the things that contributed to his death. he wanted to go fishing one last time just a month before his death. He wanted to get the "big one" and he was hungry for fish. He made his usual bait for carp (made of dough) and went down to Rocky River below the Crump Mill Place and put his bait in a small cove below the bridge. He went by himself. He hooked one suddenly and it jerked the pole out of his hand and into the middle of the river. Even though it was November in 1948 and was cold, he jumped in the river and retrieved the pole. He swam downstream to a point where he could get out and landed a carp that was heavier than 8 lbs. He put the carp in the trunk of his Model A coupe and went home in his unheated car. When he got home he was shaking all over from the cold but he was smiling from ear to ear. His daughter-in-law dressed and fried the fish for dinner and he got what he called "one more good bait of river carp."


























Those last weeks, he knew his heart was giving out and the doctor warned him against doing any strenuous activities but he never gave in. On Sunday of his final week, he got down his old fiddle, played several tunes on it and then stood in front of the fireplace and did a "Buck Dance" like they did in his younger days. He also made the remark that heaven was filled with children, one of them his little girl, Clara May. He said that he didn't want a mansion up in heaven but would just ask the Lord for a shade tree and lots of little children to love and play with, quoting a verse in the Bible which says "and of such is the kingdom of Heaven." He quietly died that week.  (Thanks to Bill Honeycutt for all his work on the Huneycutt family. He and my Dad are first cousins. He was the one who told me these stories. He has done 2 books on the Huneycutts and I have them both.)


William Elias Huneycutt died 12/20/1948 in Stanly County, NC. No one can find his death certificate. Evidently he didn't have one.




































I have the kitchen table that William Eli made for his son, my Grandfather, and his new bride. He made it for Oscar Alexander and Vivian Mae Barnes Huneycutt. He made the nails that put it together. It's a large table since it was made in the days before they had built-in kitchen cabinets. You had limited work top space. You may have had some shelves, a Hoover cabinet and a kitchen table to work on. I don't know where to put the table in our new house. It's such a large table and yet has such family history. I have it in our garage now. It was stored in a barn for years so I guess the garage is OK, but I wish I had a better place for it.

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