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Branson's North Carolina 
Business Directory - 1889
Alleghany County, NC 


Branson's North Carolina Business Directory
By Levi Branson

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Alleghany County

Area 300 Square Miles

Population: 5,486; White: 4, 967, Colored: 519


This county was formed in 1859 from a portion of Ashe County and derives its name from the mountains in which it is situated. It borders on the State of Virginia.

Sparta, the county seat, is about 180 miles northwest from Raleigh. Population about 100.

Surface -- Hilly and in places mountainous.

Staples -- Corn, wheat, oats, rye and livestock.

Fruits -- Apples, peaches, pears, cherries.

Timbers -- Oak, chestnut, walnut, poplar, white pine, maple.


Towns and Post Offices

Cherry Lane -- population 20
Delphi -- population 20
Edmonds -- population 20
Edwards Cross Roads -- population 10
Elk Creek -- population 50
Glade Creek -- population 25
Gray -- population 55
Hooker -- population 10
Laurel Branch -- population 10
New River -- population 40
Norman -- population 20
Piney Creek -- population 75
Prather's Creek -- population 25
Sparta -- population 148


Clerk Superior Court -- R. S. Carson.

Commissioners -- M. E. Harden, chairman, D. C. Edwards, W. E. Cox, J. F. Roberts.

Coroner -- None.

Register of Deeds -- J. C. Roup.

Sheriff -- William F. Thompson.

Solicitor 7th District -- Thomas Settle.

Solicitor of County -- W. C. Fields.

Surveyor -- J. H. Williams.

Treasurer -- William F. Thompson.

Standard Keeper -- James Bozer.

Sup't Public Schools -- T. J. Carson, Jr.

Board of Education -- Rev. S. M. Brown, chairman.



Superior Court -- First Monday after third Monday in March and September.

Inferior Court -- Meets on first Monday in March and September.



Cherry Lane -- A. A. Woodruff, H. A. Duncan, Ch's Crouse, R. H. Gentry, S. W. Smith, J. F, Roberts (Cherry Lane)

Cranberry -- W. B. Cheek, J. Hampton, C. J. Taylor, H. Daughton, Josiah Caudill, John S. Miller, Terrill Caudill, Tobias Blevins, Jesse Atwood (Sparta)

Gap Civil -- John Whitehead, H. M. Crouse, C. J. Edwards, J. M. Gambill. A. J. Wagoner, John Choat, George McReaves (Sparta)

Glade Creek -- Wm. Evins, M. P. Carico, S. C. Douglass, Thos. C. Douglas, Fielding Carico, Thos. J. Douglas, W. H. Joiner, P. C. Higgins (Glade Creek)

Piney Creek- C. Parsons, Wm. Halsey, J. S. Parsons, J. C. Fields, W. W. Nash (Piney Creek)

Prather's -- Haywood Estep, Julius L. Smith, W. E. Cox, Allen Jones. A. W. Long (Prather's Creek)



Names, Post offices, Pastors and Denomination.

Macedonia -- Glade Creek, , Methodist

Mt. Pleasant -- Mouth of Wilson, Va., , Methodist

Mt. Zion -- Scottsville, , Methodist

Shiloh -- Sparta, , Methodist

Selma -- Cherry Lane, , Methodist

Antioch -- Sparta, R. E. Caudill, Primitive Baptist 

Elk Creek -- Sparta, B. E. Caudill, Primitive Baptist 

Little River -- Sparta, , Primitive Baptist 

Piney Creek -- Piney Creek. Wm. Halsey, Primitive Baptist 

Zion -- Sparta, Com. Collins, Primitive Baptist 

Sparta -- , T. M. Honney, Baptist 

Union -- Sparta, A. J. Taylor, Baptist 

Mt. Carmel -- Piney Creek, Baldwin, Union Baptist 

New Salem -- Sparta, Calaway Blevins, Union Baptist 

Shelter -- New River , Union Baptist 



Names, Post offices and Denomination.

Pugh, John L., Mouth of Wilson, Va., Methodist

Roberts, F. B., Cherry Lane, Methodist

Caudill, B. E., Sparta, Primitive Baptist

Collins, Commodore, Sparta, Primitive Baptist 

Halsey, Wm.. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Primitive Baptist

Myatt, J. M., New River, Prim. Baptist

Taylor, A. J., Sparta, Prim. Baptist

Blevins, Calaway, Spaita, Union Baptist

Landreth, J. W., Sparta, Union Baptist



Names, Post-office and Proprietors. 

Carson House, Sparta, A. J. Carson.



Names and Post-offices.

Boyer, J. R , Sparta. 
Doughton, R. A., Sparta. 
Fields, W. C., Sparta. 
Vaughn, E. L. Sparta. 



Kinds, Post-offices and Proprietors.

Brooms, Edmonds, A. G., Carico. 

Brooms, Edmonds, A. O., Carico. 

Cabinet, Sparta, Miles Smith. 

Carriages, Sparta, W. M. Burhett. 

Coopering, Edmonds, Isaac Holt. 

Saddles and Harness, Sparta, W. K. Holbrook.

Tannery, Sparta, Wesley Gilham. 

Blacksmith, Edmonds, A. McKnight. 

Blacksmith, Edmunds, Tim Murphy. 



Names, Post-offices, Line of Business. 


Carico, A. C., Live Stock

Carico, F. H., Live Stock

Higgins, Martin, Live Stock

Higgins, P. C., Live Stock


Absher & Jones, G S


Edwards, D. C., G S


Daughton, J. H., Live Stock

Grier, J. F., Live Stock

Miller. John S., Live Stock

Reeves, John, Live Stock


McMillan, F. J., Live Stock and G S


Norman, W. S., G S


Weaver, W. C., G S


Jones, J. C., G S


Edwards, H., GS

Fields, Hackler & Co.. GS

Gambill. W. S., Cattle Dealer 

Gentry, D. B., Live Stock

Thompson, William, Live Stock



Kinds, Post-offices and Proprietors.

Copper, Sparta, Noah Long. 

Iron, Edmonds, Hester Collins. 

Iron, Edmonds, James Galion. 



Kinds, Post-offices and Proprietors.

Flour, com and saw, Cherry Lane, M. Woodruff.

Corn and saw, Cherry Lane, S. Bryan. 

Corn, Gap Civil, Lydia Jains. 

Corn, Gap Civil, S. Edwards. 

Flour and corn, Gap Civil, Duncan & Son. 

Flour, corn and saw, Glade Creek, Wm. Higgins. 

Flour and corn. Glade Creek, Richard Edwards. 

Flour, corn and saw, Glade Creek, H. S. Edwards.

Corn and Flour, Piney Cr'k,.W.W. Nash. 

Corn and saw. Prattlers Creek, John Grubb. 

Flour, corn and saw, Scottsville, N. H. Van hoy. 

Flour and corn, Scottsville, John A. Jones. 

Corn and saw, Sparta, H. F. Jones and John Gambill. 

Flour, corn and saw, Sparta, Osborn & Fields. 

Flour, corn and saw, Sparta, Maxwell & Son.

Flour, corn and saw, Sparta, A. Moxley. 

Flour, corn and saw, Sparta, Franklin Duncan.



Names and Post-offices.

Draughon, George, Sparta. 

Fowlkes, C. G.. Scottsville (Ashe Co.) 

Landreth, Stephen. Sparta. 

McSmith, O.. Sparta. 

Smith, John 1. . Sparta. 



Names, Post-offices and Principals.

Collegiate Institute, Sparta. 

Brown, S. W., Laurel Spring (Ashe Co,) 

Public schools -- twenty-six for whites, three for colored. 


Names and Post-offlces. 


Brown, Rev. S. W., Sparla. 

Cox, W. E., Elk Creek. 

Cheek, J. M., Whitehead. 

Connett, E. C., Laurel Springs. 

Doughton, R. L., Piney Creek. 

Fowler, R. J., Sparta. 

Gentry, A. M., Piney Creek. 

Hackler, F. L., Sparta. 

Jones, Miss Jessie, leather's Creek, 

Jones, W. R., Sparta. 

Kirk, W. M., Laurel Springs. 

Long, Mat lie vr, Laurel Springs. 

Long, Miss Bettie. Laurel Springs. 

Reeves, Eveutt, Laurel Springs. 

Reeves, L. F., Sparta. 

Whittington, Miss Nora, Scottville. 



Names and Post-office*.

Cherry Lane—F. Bryan, H. Bryan, Frank Bryan, Stephen Johnson, M. Jennings, Thompson Kenaday, Wm. Kenaday, J. Woodruff, M. Woodruff, A. J. Woodruff.

Edmonds—A. O. Carico, A. G. Carico, F. H. Carico, S. Robards.

Edwards Cross Roads—James Adres, J. R. Cox, Reeves Cox. B. F. Edwards, M. Edwards, C. McGrady, Wm. Jones, M. T. Norman.

Elk Creek—}. Atwood, AlIie Black. Alex. Black, Wm. Black, D. Black, J. Boyers, Cloyd Cox, J. Crause, A. J. Carson, Thos. Carson, C. Cox, W. E. Cox, S. G. Earmin, Lige Earmin, O. Edwards, D. C. Edwards, S. O. Edwards, Hiram Estep, H. D. Estep, J. J. Gambrill, R. Gambrill, A. Hampton, H. Hill, Norman Jones, Millard Jones, D. T. Jones, Allen Jones, Wm. Jones, D. C. Jones, M. T. Jones, Franklin McMillan. Alex. McMillan, A. M. McMillan, Caleb Osborne, John Roup, Wiley Reeves. Alvin Richardson, A. D. Reeves, G. T. Keeves, H. S. Reeves, Richard Sanders, John Smith, James F. South.

Laurel Springs (Ashe County)—Josiah Blevins, Tobias Blevins, W. B. Cheek, J. H. Doughton, R. L. Doughton, Calvin Long, John S. Miller, J. A. Osborne, C. Osborne. Joseph Phillips, W. B. Reeves, J. H. Stamper, C. J. Taylor, A. J. Taylor, Ben. Taylor, Dock Taylor.

Laurel Branch—T. M. Caudill, C. Cruise, T. L. Harris, H. Harris, J. G. Harris, Wm. Harris, M. V. B. Norman, D. J. Roberts. J. F. Roberis. E. Simmons, A. M. Smith, M. Woodruff.

New River— L. J. Caudill, S. F. Halsley, M. F. Osborne, L. Z. Osborne, S. C. Paisons, Joshua Pritchett, J. M. Parsons. Floyd Parsons, Freeling Parsons, Cleven Parsons, F. N. Roup, D. Sturgill. 

Norman—M. Edwards P. C. Higgins. 

Piney Creek—Ira Halsey, J. K. Hyatt, Caleb Parsons. John S. Parsons, John Weaver.

Sparta—Thomas Atwood, Marshall Brown. F. B. Cheek, W. B, Cheek, Henderson Cheek, Henderson Crown, J. F. Caudill, B. E. Caudill, A. Carson, A. J. Carson. R. S. Carson, T. J. Carson, D. A. Duncan, Wesley Duncan, G. W. Duncan, C. H. Doughton. F. S. Doughton, R. A. Doughton, J. B. Doughton, C. J. i Edwards, Thomas Edwards, J. C. Edwards, H. J. Estep, David Evans, Wm. Evans, Reeves Edwards, Richard Edwards. Jr., Morris Edwards, Edwards, Cheek & Co., H. S. Edwards, Isham Fender, Allen Fender, W. C. Fields, Sol. Fender, Wesley Gilham, Robert Gambill, J. J. Gambill, John Gambill, William Gambill, James Gambill, R. C. Gentry, Thompson Gambill, John Gambill, Jr., W. E. Hardin. William Hoppers, W. R. Holbrook, David Holbrook, J. T. Hawthorn, Alex Hampton, H. F. Jones, Thomas Jarvis, Thomas Moxley, Alex. Moxley, Sr., George McRieves, W. L. Norman. J. H. Parks, Mrs. C. A. Parks, M. B. Reeves, Richard Rector, J. L. Smith, Joseph Shumate, T. H. Southerland, Richard Senders. G. W. Sexton, L. D. Sexton, J. L. Smith, S. H. Thompson, J. T. Thompson, John Teder, Silas Tedar. A. H. Toliver, Jesse Toliver, M. B. Toliver, Wm. F. Thompson, J. I. Thompson, Robert Thompson, A. C. Underwood, E. F. Vaughn, E. L. Vaughn, W. B. Woodruff, A. J. Waggoner, Jacob Waggoner, John Whited, Wim. Whited, Sam'l Wiley, Wm. Whitt.


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