LANE, Joel, pioneer: b. Halifax county, N. C. 1740; d. Wake county, N. C., 1795. Accompanied by his two brothers, he moved when a young man from Halifax county to Wake county and was among the earliest settlers. Here he acquired much land and amassed a large fortune. In 1775 he was sent to the Provisional Congress that met at Hillsboro, N.C.; in 1781 he was a member of the general assembly which convened in Lane's own house. In 1792 he made a present of one thousand acres of land to the state of North Carolina upon which the capital city, Raleigh, was built.
[Source: THE SOUTH in the Building of the Nation Volume XI; Ed.by James Curtis Ballagh, Walter Lynwood Fleming & Southern Historical Publication Society; Publ. 1909; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.]
WILLIAM LUNSFORD LONG.
(Fourth District.—Counties: Halifax and Edgecombe. Two senators.)
William Lunsford Long, Democrat, of Halifax County, Senator from the Fourth District, was born February 5, 1890, at Garysburg. Son of Lemuel McKinney and Bettie Gray (Mason) Long. A.B. of the University of North Carolina, 1909. Lawyer. Director First National Bank of Roanoke Rapids, N. C. Secretary-Treasurer Roanoke Rapids Building and Loan Association. Director and Vice-President of the Northampton & Hertford Railroad Company. Representative in the General Assembly, 1915. State Senator, 1917. S. A. E. (College Fraternity), Gimghoul, Phi Beta Kappa of University of North Carolina. Mason; K. of P. Married Miss Rosa Arrington Heath. Two children. Address: Roanoke Rapids, N. C.
(Source: North Carolina Manual. 1919. Published by the North Carolina Historical Commission.)
Lynch, George G., general superintendent of the Charleston & Western Carolina railroad, with headquarters in the city of Augusta, Ga., was born in Enfield, Halifax county, N.C. March 8, 1852, being a son of George G. and Emma (Whitaker) Lynch, the former of whom was born in Edgecombe county, and the latter in Halifax county of that state. Prior to the Civil war the father was a special agent of the United States postoffice department, having held the position for many years. At the outbreak of the war he resigned and accepted a similar position with the Confederate government, serving most faithfully in that capacity until the close of the great conflict between the North and South. At the time of his death, which occurred Dec. 28, 1886, he was general agent of the Atlantic Coastline railroad, his death occurring in Weldon, N.C., where his devoted wife also died, in 1883, at the age of sixty-three years. He was a nephew of Green Lynch, who served as a midshipman on the United States warship “Constitution,” in the war of 1812. Of the children of George G. and Emma (Whitaker) Lynch two sons and four daughters are living, namely: George G., subject of this review; Margaret C., wife of Albert L. Pierce, of Halifax, N.C.; Magdaline B., wife of L. B. Tilley, of Manchester, Va.,; Mary Emma, wife of F. Overton, of Little Rock, Ark.; May C., wife of Benjamin F. Arrington, of Wilmington, N.C.; and Adolphus B., paymaster of the Atlantic Coast Line railroad, with residence in Wilmington, N.C.
George G. Lynch, subject of this sketch attended the schools of his native county until he had attained the age of sixteen years, when he initiated his career by the railway service by taking the position of office boy in the employ of the old Wilmington & Weldon railroad at Weldon. His father was at the time, general agent of the road at that point. In 1869, after about a year’s service, Mr. Lynch was promoted to the position of freight clerk in the same office, serving in this capacity until 1872, when he became a freight conductor on the road and two years later he was promoted to the position of passenger conductor, retaining this incumbency until May 20, 1881, when he was sent to Florence, S.C., as assistant master of transportation of the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta and the Cheraw & Darlington railroads. In 1885 he was made trainmaster of the Columbia division of the Atlantic Coast Line, with headquarters at Florence. About five years later he became assistant superintendant of transportation, retaining this office and remaining a resident of Florence until July 1, 1902, when he was transferred to the city of Charleston, S.C., where he became superintendant of the Charleston district of the same system. He held this position until April 1, 1905, when he was promoted to his present responsible office. He has been in continuous railway service for nearly forty years and is a trusted, valued and able executive, popular in a most unqualified sense. Mr. Lynch is a member of the Commercial club of Augusta, is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, is a staunch adherent of the Democratic party, and both he and his wife hold membership in St. John’s church Methodist Episcopal South, in Augusta. On Dec. 18, 1873, Mr. Lynch was united in marriage to Miss Florence Whitaker, of Halifax county, N.C. She died in July, 1886, leaving two children--Deleon and Ida E., the former now a passenger conductor on the Atlantic Coast Line railroad, and the latter the wife of William S. Taylor, of Rocky Mount, N.C. On June 19, 1889, Mr. Lynch married Miss Clara M. Whitaker, a sister of his first wife, and they have two children--James M. and Adolphus B., both of whom are attending school.
(Source: Georgia Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, VOL II, by Candler & Evans, Publ. 1906. Transcribed by Joanne Morgan)