Saturday, September 25, 2004

Census Research: Part 1

I was up till almost two this morning combing through census transcripts online. I came away with a confirmation of the sinking feeling that the Matherleys have never been prolific. I feel great gratitude toward those who labor without fanfare.

Here is a link to some Matherley/Matherly census information:

It lists a John D. Matherly born around the time my ancestor would have been in the county he may have been born in.

Email from another Matherley researcher:
". . . I know someone who spells it Matherley, my father. I am trying to trace my father's family. He was Wilbert Lee Matherley. His father was Christopher Jackson Matherley. Most of the family spell the name Matherly. If you have any thing on this line I would love to hear from you. I only know of them living in the Danville, Va., area. My uncle will only say that they came from over on the mountain. I have no idea what he means. Thanks."

Matherley's Obit.
A Tribute published in the pages of Danville Register, Danville, VA., May 7, 1975


Entered Into Eternal Rest, Monday, May 5, 1975.

Funeral Rites For Mrs. Bragg

A funeral service for Mrs. Lou Anna Bessie Barber Matherley Bragg will be held today at 2 p.m. at Volger's Main Street Chapel in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The body will be brought to Danville this evening in preparation for rites to be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Swicegood Chapel. Burial will be in Leemont Cemetery.

Mrs. Bragg, 76 of 2244 Tryon St., Winston-Salem, N.C., died Monday in a Winston-Salem hospital.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1898 in Danville to the late Preston Green Barber and Kathleen Young Barber. Mrs. Bragg had resided in Winston-Salem, N.C., since 1928. She belonged to First Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Mrs. Bragg was first married to the late J.D. Matherley and later married the late Clarence Edgar Bragg.

Surviving Mrs. Bragg are a daughter, Mrs. Louise Smith of Winston-Salem, N.C.: three sons: Percy D. Matherley, Clarence E. Bragg, Jr., and Lonnie G. Bragg, all of Winston-Salem, N.C., a brother, Richard Barber of Danville, two sisters, Mrs. Rosa Lovelace of Pelham, N.C. and Mrs. Lizzie Cook of Martinsville; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Additional Obit. info from me:
All three sons of Mrs. Bragg have passed on (and I believe all are burried in N.C.). The J.D. Matherley was John David Matherley (died of pneumonia, buried in the same Leemont Cemetery of Danville, VA, as Mrs. Bessie Bragg). The Percy D. Matherley (born 8/5/1924) was Percy David Matherley, Sr. who passed away October 2003 in a hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Mrs. Bragg's name on her marriage certificate differs from the information in the Obit. I will post the marriage certificate when I find a copy of it again.