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Colored farmers meet. The Charlotte Observer, October 9, 1904, p. 6. [Rev. Dr. G.V. Clark; J.S. Leary; J.F. Lyttle (John Frank Lytle); John D. McCall; J.T. Sanders; Rev. Dr. C.C. Summerville; Col. C.S.L.A. Taylor]

Colored farmers meet: Hold annual conference. The Charlotte Observer, August 19, 1905, p. 6. [Prof. W.F. Massey; Prof. C.W. Burkett; R.W. Scott; D.J. Sanders; C.C. Moore;  D.O. Sanders; Oliver Peeler; Jno. Lyttle (Lytle); T.C.C. Foster; J.J. Graham]

Rally for colored folks. The Charlotte Observer, September 2, 1910, p.7 [J. Frank Lyttle (Lytle); W.H. Stinson; Dr. H.S. McCrorey; Dr. J.B. Dudley; Carey McCrorey; Annie P. Logan; Mary Lyttle (Lytle); Emma Dockery]

Interesting methods of farming are discussed. The Greensboro Daily News, February 26, 1911, p. 16. [Prof. Conover; Dr. J.M. Stedman; Prof. Sherman; J.F. Lyttle (Lytle); Oliver Peeler; Prof. Stinson; W.A. Richardson of Anson County; R.A. Alexander; L.W. White; Al. Russell; S.W.R. Slade; Thomas Harris; J.R. Quick]

Colored farmers meet at Biddle. The Charlotte News, September 1, 1911, p. 2. 

Colored Farmers in Mecklenburg: Frank Lytle's Story. The Charlotte Observer, September 26, 1912, p. 8. [J.M. Gray; (John) Frank Lytle; F.T. Meacham; Ben Powell]

Negro farmers' union holds annual meeting: Negroes are urged to stick to their jobs and make friends with white neighbors. The Charlotte Observer, September 5, 1919, p. 14.

Farmers agree to hold cotton off the market. The Charlotte News, September 13, 1920, p. 1. 

Officers named for new bank: Auten heads Huntersville institution which is to open doors soon. The Charlotte News, October 20, 1920, p. 15. [B.J. Alexander; C.F. Alexander; W.E. Alexander Jr.; C.S. Alston; T.D. Arledge; J.W. Auten Jr.; C.B. Barkley; E.C. Barkley; N.G. Beard; T.M. Beatty; J.M. Bingham; G.A. Boatwright; A.L. Boyle; J.L. Blythe; R.S. Blythe; S.C. Choate; Claude A. Cochrane; Joe G. Davidson; Ernest Ellison; R.L. Goode; Torrence Hemby; W.O. Henderson; A.A. Honeycutt; L.W. Johnston; J.A. Kerns; J.B. Kidd; Paris Kidd; R.M. Kidd; J.G. Long; J. Frank Lyttle (Lytle); W.C. McAuley; J.E. McIlwaine; C.E. Mooney; J.L. Parks; Thomas Pegram; Troy Peters; E.W. Pharr; H.A. Quickel; John W. Sheppard; F.A. Smith; J.W. Stevens; J.O. Walker; A.W. Wallace; Will Weill; Howard Wilson; W.P. Wilson]

Prize list announced for Lytle Grove Fair. The Charlotte Observer, November 12, 1920, p. 11. [Barbara Alexander; Katie Alexander; M.J. Alexander; Mary J. Alexander; Sam Alexander; Hattie Allison; Katie Allison; M.J. Allison; Ida Black; C.M. Cornor; Sylvia Cornor; Dora Davidson; Gladys Davidson; Mayne Davidson; Zeb Flowe; George Forney; Mayne Forney; C.E. Graham; Carrie Harris; Mable Harris; W.M. Howard; Hattie Kerns; John Kerns; Amanda Lytle; Cannie Lytle; Carrie Lytle; Connie Lytle; C.W. Lytle; E.C. Lytle; Ed Lytle; Elizabeth Lytle; Eva Lytle; J.C. Lytle; (John) Frank Lytle;  Lizzie Lytle; Mary Lytle; Naoma Lytle; Nancy Lytle; Roberta Lytle; Rosa Lytle; Ida McCorkle; Maggie McCorkle; Ida McElrath; Odell McElrath; S.W. McElrath; Nettie Miller; Betty Phifer; Mary Potts; Ada Reid; Lula Russell; Hattie Sherrill; Nance Sherrill; Mary Smith; Willie Smith; Carrie Torrence; Naoma Williams; R.T. Williams]

Negro fair held this week. The Charlotte News, October 26, 1921, p.15.

Officers for colored fair are selected. The Concord Daily Tribune, August 9, 1923, p. 2. [Nat Alexander; M.C. Boger; S.C. Boger; W.D. Connor; Waller Gilmer; J.D. Gordon; L.H. Handy; Will Harris; C.R. Johnson; E.W. Lawings; Frank Lytle; Bill Pharr; John Shankle; Silas White]  

North Carolina. The Modern Farmer 1(3), May 15, 1929, p. 15 (second column). [J.F. Lyle, Huntersville, owns between 7 and 8 hundred acres in Mecklenburg county.]      

Ante-bellum negress dies full of years and honors. The Charlotte Observer, August 17, 1930, p. 21. [Mary Lytle (Nance); Jerry Lytle; Capt. William Caldwell; (John) Frank Lytle; Emanuel Lytle; Rev. Levy J. Melton]

Aged farmer succumbs. The Carolina Times, December 9, 1939, p. 8. [John Frank Lytle; Lizzie (Elizabeth) Lytle; Anna Lytle (Litaker); Ed (Edward) Lytle; John Lytle; Willie Lytle; Dorothy Lytle]


The following books include the family surnames and the names of individuals I am researching. Many include the names of family members who were enslaved.


  • Pattillo, Edward. Carolina Planters on the Alabama Frontier: The Spencer-McKenzie Family Papers. NewSouth Books, 2011.


  • Bailey, Cornelia Walker. God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man. Anchor, 2001.
  • Cooper, Melissa. Making Gullah A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination. University of North Carolina Press, 2017. 
  • Crook, Ray, Harris, Norma, Smith, Karen, and Bailey, Cornelia Walker. Sapelo Voices: Historical Anthropology and the Oral Traditions of Gullah-Geechee Communities on Sapelo Island. University of West Georgia, 2002.
  • Johnson, Michele Nicole. Sapelo Island's Hog Hammock. Arcadia Publishing, 2007.

North Carolina

  • Cannon, Katie Geneva. Katie's Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community. Continuum, 1998.
  • Flono, Fannie. Thriving in the Shadows. Novello Festival Press, 2007.
  • Torrence, Robert McIlvaine. Torrence and Allied Families. The Wickersham Press, 1938. Online Access.
  • Williams, Ann. Your Affectionate Daughter, Isabella. Historical Images, 2001.
  • Williams, James H., Williams, Ann. The Davidsons of Rural Hill: The First Three Generations on a Piedmont Plantation. McFarland, 2020.

South Carolina

  • Cousar, J. Down the Waxhaw Road: The Life Story of the Rev. John Cousar, a Plain, Practical, Presbyterian Preacher. 1953 
  • Johnson, Robert Brown. Genealogy of the McWillie and Cunningham Families. R.L. Bryan Co., 1938. Online Access 
  • Moore, P. N., World of Toil and Strife: Community Transformation in Backcountry South Carolina, 1750-1805. Classic Reprint, 2018. (Waxhaws, SC Crawford, Cousar/Cousart). Dissertation:
  • Myers, Virginia Peay. The Family History of Nicholas Peay. Self-Published.
  • Myers, Virginia Peay. Mt. Carmel Memories Through Stories, Pictures, and Poetry. Self-Published, 1998.
  • Pattillo, Edward. Carolina Planters on the Alabama Frontier: The Spencer-McKenzie Family Papers. NewSouth Books, 2011.


South Carolina

  • Selkirk Farm - Former home of Rev. James A. Cousar in Latta, S.C. -- National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form. Mentions Case Cousar whom the reverend enslaved. Online Access

Oral History Projects

North Carolina

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