Thomas Robert Albea by Helen Laws Parker, The Heritage of Iredell County, 1980, published by the Genealogical Society of Iredell County, PO Box 946, Statesville, North Carolina 28677
Thomas Robert "Bob" Albea (1838 - 1924) was born, not too long before the War Between the States, to Benjamin (1813 - 1895) and Emily Colvert Albea at Harmony, N. C. in Iredell County. He was one of five children and always lived in the Harmony area, owning, at one time, a large tract of land.
He fought in the Civil Way, being in Virginia when the war ended. After returning home to Iredell County, he continued to farm at his parent's homestead about 3 miles east of Harmony off Highway 901 in the Clarksbury Community. He told my Mom, his grand-daughter, that on the return trip from Virginia (on foot), he and several other soldiers stopped at a farm house and asked for food.
The woman of the house was so frightened of the ragged, dirty men, she began to cry and beg them not to hurt her. "Pa" assured her they would not harm her but that they would pay her for her food. She cooked them eggs, and they gave her ^60.00 for them and for her kindness.
Sometime in the early 1870's he married Sarah Elizabeth Dingler (1852-1939) who also resided in the Harmony area. She was the daughter of William Franklin Dingler (1827-1905) and Almedia Gatton Dingler. Great-great grandpa Dingler also fought in the Civil War.
In May 1868 Great-grandma Albea saw the hanging of Tom Dula of Statesville, N. C. Her dad took her and her brothers to this event. No movies or television but a drama in real life! My great-Grandma entertained us many times with this story of how "old mean Tom Dully" killed his sweetheart. Laura Foster, and buried her in a shallow grave. Zebulon Vance, the Civil War Governor of North Carolina came to Statesville to defend Tom. He lost his case, and Tom lost his life.
My great-grandparents has one son, my granddad, William Marcus Albea (1880 - 1958) and four daughters to survive infancy: Sally A. Turner (1876 - 1964), Margaret "Mollie" A. Jenkins (1884 - 1957), Glennie A. Gaither (1890 - 1976), and Onie A. Campbell (1893-), the only surviving child.
My Granddad married Sarah Elizabeth Edwards (1887 - 1963) from Davie County in 1903, and they were the parents of 12 children, six boys and six girls of which my Mom is the oldest. They are: Betty Octavia (Laws) (1904), Othis Edwards (1906 - 1975), Osheal A. (Galliher) (1908), Leon (1910 - 1969), Eursey A. (Mayes) (1912 - 1960), Buford (1914 - 1972), Lewis (1971), Lorene Albea (Beck) (1921), Ralph (1919 - 1971), Lottie A. (Padgett) (1922 - 1962), Leatha A. (Summers) (Ryan) (1924), and Thomas (1926 - 1961)
Aunt Sallie first married John Campbell and had one daughter, Lois. She later married Marvin Turner (1881). They had one son, Robert.
Aunt Mollie was married to Ed Jenkins. Aunt Glennie married N. Sankey Gaither, Sr. and had four children: Tony (1913 - 1951), N. Sankey, Jr. (1919), F. Glen (1922), and Kathleen G. Keller (1926).
Aunt Onie married Ernest Campbell (1889 - 1951) and had eight children: Wilfred (1911), Ophelia C. Gaither (1914), Woodrow (1918), Ernest Jr. (1921), Dwight (1924), Robert Glen (1927), Peggy C. Lamberth Carter (1931) and Carolyn C. Wooten Campbell (1934).
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