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Monday, December 19, 2016

Mystery Monday - Cecil Christy Patrick, Sr. and Lean Marie Allen


This family is NOT related to me by blood but I came across their story while working on one of my Reese lines. Here is how I came into it:

William "Billy" Reese (DOB About 1800 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 5/29/1863 in Madison County, NC) married Mary "Polly" Jane Freeman (DOB About 1801 in Henderson County, NC; DOD 2/1884 in Madison County, NC) had a daughter named Alsey M. Reese (aka Alcey Reese, Aisley Reese and Elsie M. Reese). This is my common ancestor being my 4th great grandfather and I was following up on all his children and their lines when I came across this story.

Alsey M. Reese (DOB About 1832 in Buncombe Couty, NC; DOD About 1898 in Buncombe County, NC) married Andrew Jackson Massey (DOB About 1825 in NC; DOD About 1898 in NC). They had a son named Wallace Reese.

Wallace H. Massey (aka Wallace N. Massey) was born About 1871 in NC.

1880 U.S. Census of Bull Creek, Madison County, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: 971; Family History Film: 1254971; Page: 43C; Enumeration District: 125; Image: 0260, Taken 6/1880, Family #18, Lines 1-6, "Andrew J. Massey"
Andrew J. Massey, W(hite), M(ale), 55 yrs old (DOB 1825), Head, Married, Laborer, Can read and write, Born in NC, Bsth parents born in (blank)
Alsey M. Massey, W, F, 48 yrs old (DOB 1832), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Can read, Cannot write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Elizabeth Massey, W, F, 16 yrs old (DOB 1864), Daughter, Single, At home, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Jacob Massey, W, M, 12 yrs old (DOB 1868), Son, Single, Laborer, Cannot read or write, Does not attend school, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Wallace Massey, W, M, 9 yrs old (DOB 1871), Son, Single, Cannot read or write, Does not attend school, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Mary Reece, W, F, 82 (DOB 1798), Mother in law, Widowed, Superanuated (means retired, removed as too old, obsolete), Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

He married his first wife on 6/2/1890 in Madison County, NC at the age of 19 years old. He married Jane Moore. Jane was born About 1871 in Tennessee to Anderson Moore (1847-1949) and Biddie E. Riddle (1852-1917).

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: W N Massey
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 20
Birth Year: abt 1870
Marriage Date: 2 Jun 1890
Marriage Place: Madison, North Carolina, USA
Spouse: Jane Moore
Spouse Gender: Female
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 19
Event Type: Marriage

Wallace and Jane Moore had 3 children:

1) Lillian Ann Massey (DOB 3/24/1889 in NC; DOD 12/12/1984 in San Joaquin County, CA) married Marcus Samuel Gaddy (DOB 9/30/1885 in NC; DOD 2/4/1942 in CA). Lillie was born in 1889, a year before they married so I wonder if she really WAS Massey's daughter. I assume she was Jane Moore's daughter as Jane's parents raised Lillie after Jane died and she went by Lillian Massey.

2) Andrew Massey (DOB 6/1894 in NC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

3) Bohmas Massey (DOB 1/1899 in NC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

Jane Moore died sometime between the birth of her last son, Bohmas in January, 1899 and the 1900 U.S. Census taken in June, 1900. She may have died in childbirth. I could not find Wallace H. Massey in the 1900 U.S. Census but I found his three children living with his wife's parents. I was not able to follow Andrew and Bohmas Massey any further so I don't know if they lived to adulthood.

1900 U.S. Census of Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina; Roll: 1184; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0132; FHL microfilm: 1241184, Taken 6/14/1900, Family #194, Lines 91-98, "Anuson Moore" (sic, Anderson Moore)
Anuson Moore, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Jan, 1847, 53 yrs old, Married 29 yrs, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Chicken tender, Can read and write, Rents home
Biddie E. Moore, Wife, W, F, Born Aug, 1852, 47 yrs old, Married 29 yrs, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Locky M. Moore, Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1888, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Biddie O. Moore, Daughter, W, F, Born Mar, 1894, 6 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Mary D. Moore, Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1896, 4 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Lilly B. Massy (sic), Granddaughter, W, F, Born Feb, 1894, 6 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Andrew Massy, Grandson, W, M, Born June 1894, 5 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Bohmas Massy (sic), Grandson, W, M, Born Jan, 1899, 2 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

Wallace Massey married his second wife, Dora Carter, on 11/7/1901 in Madison County, NC. Dora Carter was born About 1883 in NC to Ed and Sallie Carter.

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: Wallace Massey
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 28
Birth Year: abt 1873
Marriage Date: 7 Nov 1901
Marriage Place: Madison, North Carolina, USA
Spouse: Dora Coxter (sic)
Spouse Gender: Female
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 18
Event Type: Marriage

Wallace and Dora Carter had 3 children. I was not able to follow the twins, Walter and Willie Massey, after the 1910 U. S. Census so I don't know if they lived to adulthood.

1) Walter Massey (DOB About 1906 in NC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

2) Willie Massey (DOB About 1906 in NC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

3) Rosa Lee Massey (DOB 6/4/1908 in NC; DOD 5/16/1967 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC) married Albert Hall Townsend, Sr. They had Albert Hall Townsend, Jr. and Ernest Jim Townsend.

Walter and Dora Carter Massey are NOT living together in the 1910 U.S. Census.

1910 U.S. Census of Civil District 1, Greene County, Tennessee; Ancestry.com, Roll: T624_1501; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0067; FHL microfilm: 1375514, Taken 4/26/1910, Family #79, Lines 30-39, "Motem Gentry" (sic)*
Motem Gentry, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 39 yrs old, 1st Marriage, Married 14 yrs, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Can read and write, Owns farm
Lillie A. Gentry, Wife, F, W, 35 yrs old (DOB 1875), 2nd Marriage, Married 14 yrs, 9 children with 9 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Alfred Gentry, Stepson, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1895), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer, Can read and write
Willard Gentry, Son, M, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1897), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Connie Gentry, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Mary S. Gentry, Daughter, F, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1902), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in NC
Edgar A. Gentry, Son, M, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in NC
Georgia M. Gentry, Daughter, F, W, 2 yrs old (DOB 1908), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in NC
William G. Gentry, Son, M, W, 8/12 mos old (DOB 1909), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in NC
Wallace Massey, Uncle, M, W, 37 yrs old (DOB 1877), 2nd Marriage, Married (blank), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer, Can read and write
*Wallace Massey is living with his niece and her 2nd husband, Theodore Elmodan GentryLillie Augusta Massey was the daughter of Laura Matilda Massey and Unknown Father and Laura was Wallace's oldest sister.

1910 U.S. Census Asheville Ward 4, Buncombe County, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1099; Page: 23B; Enumeration District: 0016; FHL microfilm: 1375112, Taken 4/30/1910, Family #411, Lines 60-64, "Sallie Carter" (Dora's mother)
Sallie Carter, Head, F(emale), W(hite), 55 yrs old, Widowed, Married 32 yrs, 7 children with 3 still living, Born in NC, Father born in VA, Mother born in SC, No occupation, Can read and write, Rents home
Dora Massey, Daughter, F, W, 28 yrs old (DOB 1882), Married, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Picker Washer in Mica Factory, Cannot read or write
Willie Massey, Grandson, M, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1906), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Walter Massey, Grandson, M, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1906), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Rosa L. Massey, Granddaughter, F, W, 2 yrs old (DOB 1908), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

I have not been able to establish Dora Carter Massey's death. It's possible they divorced and she remarried but she may have died between 1910-1920. Rosa Massey was living with her father and his third wife in the 1920 U.S. Census. Since he married a third time and Rosa is with him, it seems to indicate that Dora Carter and the twin boys died between 1910 U.S. Census and his third marriage in 1916.

Wallace Massey married his third wife, Mary Emma Best, on 5/28/1916 in Buncombe County, NC. Mary Emma Best was born About 1871 in NC. I couldn't determine her parents.

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: Wallace Massey
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 44
Birth Year: abt 1872
Marriage Date: 28 May 1916
Marriage Place: Buncombe, North Carolina, USA
Spouse: Emma Petrick
Spouse Gender: Female
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 45
Event Type: Marriage

Mary Emma Best had been married prior to Wallace Massey to William M. Patrick (DOB 2/4/1867 in Haywood County, NC; DOD 2/6/1914 in Haywood County, NC). She and her first husband had 2 children:

1) Minnie Lee Patrick (DOB About 1900 in NC; DOD ? in ? ) married Roland Mannas Miller (DOB 8/11/1894 in Chreokee County, SC; DOD 6/1973 in Richmond County, GA) and they had Hazel Margarette Miller and Charles Wesley Miller, Sr.

2) Cecil Christy Patrick, Sr. (DOB 3/10/1909 in NC; DOD 3/31/1955 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC) married Lena Marie Allen (DOB 6/18/1912 in SC; DOD 6/19/1986 in Union County, SC).


And here is where the story occurs! We are finally there!


Cecil Christy Patrick, Sr. married Lena Marie Allen and they had six children:

1) Cecil Christy Patrick, Jr. (DOB 12/9/1928 in Gaffney, Cherokee County, SC; DOD 12/20/1978 in Union County, SC) married Carol Carter.

2) Margaret Patrick (DOB 7/5/1930 in SC; DOD 3/23/2008 in Moore, Spartanburg County, SC) married James J. Freeman.

3) Carl Patrick (DOB 9/17/1932 in SC; DOD 10/7/2010 in Union, Union County, SC) married Anne Lawson.

4) Paul Dean Patrick (DOB 6/27/1934 in Union County, SC; DOD 7/27/2014 in Spartanburg County, SC) married Joyce Farr.

5) Patrick (living)

6) Patrick (living)

What caught my attention was that Cecil Christy Patrick, Sr. died fairly young at 46 years old. He lived in Union County, SC but died in Asheville, NC. Then I saw the death certificate and I had to try to find out what happened.

NC Death Certificant #5467, Registration District #11-95, Cecil Christy Patrick, Sr., DOD 3/31/1955 in Walnut St. Parking Lot, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC
Usual residence: R.F.D. #5, Union, Union County, SC
Male, White, Married, DOB 3/10/1908 in TN, 45 yrs old
Occupation: Textile worker in cotton mill
Father: William Patrick, Mother: Emma Best, Informant: Cecil C. Patrick, Jr., Union, SC
DOD 3/31/1955 at 11:45pm
Cause of death: Brain injured due to pistol wound of head (sudden death)
Homicide in parking lot, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC on 3/31/1955 at 11:45pm. Was shot by woman while in auto
Removal 4/1/1955 to Union County, SC

He was shot in the head by a woman in a parking lot!?! That had to be in the newspapers. So I looked it up and here is what I found:

Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC, 4/3/1955, Pg 7, "Woman Charged With Murder in Fatal Shooting"
A Buncombe coroner's jury today recommended that Mrs. Nita Kathleen Worley, 31, of Union, S.C., be held for grand jury action in the death Thursday night of Cecil C. Patrick, 46, of Union, S.C.
Detective Capt. Harold F. Brownlee said Mrs. Worley has been charged with murder and is being held without bond. The coroner's jury found Patrick died of a bullet wound in the head. Patrick was shot about 11:45 p.m. with a .38 cal. revolver while seated in his car with Mrs. Worley, a police report said.
Following the inquest yesterday W.G. Rush, who had been registered at Hotel Asheville at the same time of Patrick, was released as a material witness by Dr. P.R. Terry, Buncombe County coroner, and told he could return to South Carolina.
Rush had testified at the inquest that he and Patrick checked into the hotel and that Patrick went immediately to bed. Rush left with two dollars of Patrick's money to buy a pint of whisky, he told the jury. Returning to the hotel, Rush said, he went to bed and went to sleep. When he woke up three or four hours later, he said Patrick was dressed and said he was going out.
He returned with a third man Rush said he did not know and the three drank about half the pint.
Later, Patrick went out, Rush said saying he was going to get a woman and Rush refused an invitation to join him. "That's the last I saw of the pint of whisky. It was the last time I saw him, too, until a little while ago." (The jury and witnesses had viewed Patrick's body at Berryman's Funeral Home during the day.)
Detective E.F. Chesley of the Asheville Police Department, testified a statement he read was given by Mrs. Worley. It said she met Patrick in the hotel corridor and they went to her room, had some drinks and he showed her his pistol, saying he had several thousand dollars on him.
According to the statement, Patrick put the gun under the woman's pillow while they were in the room. Then they went out, Patrick taking the gun, and went down the elevator to a restaurant in the hotel.
Then they went to Patrick's car in the hotel lot and drove out on N.C. Highway 81 where Patrick fired the gun out of the car window.
Then they drove to the Silver Slipper eating place and Patrick asked her to put the gun in her dress pocket and she did. They had some beer, according to the statement, and the woman did not remember how long they were there. She said Patrick asked her to put the gun in her pocket because he couldn't lock his car.
Then they drove to the Haywood Street Grill and had some more beers, Patrick having put the gun in the glove compartment. This was about 11:30 p.m., she said in the statement.
The two then drove to the hotel parking lot again and Patrick "fooled" with the gun and then handed it to her and said "You're chicken if you don't pull the trigger." She said she pulled the trigger with the gun pointing at him just the way he'd handed it to her, pointing at his head.
"I did what he told me to do," her statement read.
Patrick's body was sent yesterday to Union, S.C. for funeral services and burial.

Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville, NC, 4/27/1955, Pg 13, "Woman Gets 3-5 Years In Death"
Mrs. Nita Kathleen Worley, 31, of Inman, S.C., received three-to-five years in State Prison after pleading guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter yesterday in Buncombe Superior Court.
Mrs. Worley had been indicted on a murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting last March 1 of Cecil C. Patrick, 46, of Union, S.C., in Patrick's parked automobile.
The lesser plea was accepted by District Solicitor Robert S. Swain and evidence was heard during the afternoon session of court by Judge Zeb. V. Nettles.
Investigating officers had reported that Patrick was shot through the head with a foreign-made automatic pistol as he and Mrs. Worley were seated in his automobile in the Hotel Asheville parking lot on Walnut St.
Witnesses testifying yesterday said Mrs. Worley told them following the shooting that Patrick held the gun toward her, handle first, and said she was "chicken" if she didn't pull the trigger.

Despite being married with six children (the youngest was a young teen), Cecil C. Patrick, Sr. had gone out "looking for a woman". He found one and was drinking with her and, for some reason, seemed fixated on his gun. The only two who had knowledge of what happened was his buddy who says he went and bought the whiskey, they drank and he "went to bed". Then there is the woman. We only have her statement about what happened. Was it just due to drinking and an accident? Or was it more? We don't know but the end result was Patrick was killed in an embarrassing incident that had to add to his family's distress. So sad for Lena and their children!

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