Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Talented Tuesday: William Henry Jones---African American Postmaster

I don't know this for certain, but something tells me that William Henry Jones, my second great grandfather's brother was a person who had personality and liked to talk. The reason why I say this is that I was amazed to find a brief mention of him in a book called, "A Pictorial Review of Morehead City--History Through 1981". This is a great book detailing the founding of Morehead City, prominent people, homes, etc.


From Page 72:


From February 15, 1890 until June 15, 1893, William H Jones, a negro, was postmaster.  He served in a small wooden building in the 900 block on the north side of Arendell Street next to R. T. Willis' store.

When I saw this for the first time, the first thing I did was said to myself, " Say What?!" A black man, who's postmaster. Back in 1890. That takes someone with some real personality.


On a side note I am so proud of my son another "personality" who will be graduating kindergarten tomorrow. Someone told me when I was pregnant with him, that enjoy being pregnant, because that is the only time they are truly yours.  That statement is so true. :)


2 comments:

  1. Yes, I imagine he must have had a lot a personality...and have been very patient. You would have to be to help some of the yayhoos that come into a post office. On a side note, I have a four-year-old and the idea of him starting kindergarten soon makes my eyes well...I feel your pain/joy!

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  2. When I saw this, It made me laugh, because William Henry Jones had to have a great personality, and a motivated all around likeable person. What a wonderful legacy.

    Re: Side Note: That saying is so true.

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