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Oscar Bernice McLemore

Male 1881 - 1949  (68 years)


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  • Name Oscar Bernice McLemore  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 15 Jan 1881  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 May 1949  Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5
    Buried Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Bonnetsville, Sampson County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • 1906 Sampson County, NC Voter Records Little Coharie Twp O.B. McLEMORE age 25 Ancestor: ---------- (Courtesy Robert McLemore Butler)

      When he registered for the draft during World War I, he was listed as a farmer in Roseboro, Sampson County, North Carolina. His nearest relative was his mother, Elizabeth McLemore. He was shown as being of medium heighth and build, with Gray eyes and dark hair.

      Name: Oscar Bernice Mclemore
      Gender: Male
      Burial Date: 20 May 1949
      Burial Place: Rosebaro, N. C. R #1
      Death Date: 20 May 1949
      Death Place: Fayetteville, Cumberland, North Carolina
      Age: 68
      Birth Date: 15 Jan 1881
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Occupation:
      Race: White
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name:
      Father's Name: Lofton Mclemore
      Father's Birthplace:
      Mother's Name: Nancy E. Spell
      Mother's Birthplace:
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B02032-4
      System Origin: North Carolina-EASy
      Source Film Number: 1926699
      Reference Number: v 9B cn 9830
      Collection: North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994
    • (Research):
      Could Oscar have first married Margaret Emaline SESSOMS? Robert McLemore Butler has, in his notes, the following death notice:

      Sampson County, NC Died Roseboro, NC 19 Dec 1956 Margaret Emaline McLemore b. 9 Feb 1861 F John Elson Sessoms M Penny Fisher Spouse OSCAR BERNICE McLEMORE Bk 44 p 251.

      However, I don't think that the Oscar McLemore that Margaret married was Oscar Bernice McLemore, the son of Lofton. I believe this was another Oscar McLemore.

      Oscar Bernice doesn't seem to be a likely fit for at least three reasons three reasons:

      1)       Oscar Bernice (assuming his date of birth is accurate) would have only been about 14 in 1895, when W. Oscar and Margaret got married.

      Marriage record per Robert McLemore Butler:

      * 1895 - Sampson County, NC .. Married .. 9 Mar 1895 .. M.O. McLemore (19) to Margaret E. Sessoms (21) .. Wit. J.W. Underwood, J.O. Johnson, S.B. Sessoms .. married at brides home.

      2) Oscar Bernice was still listed with his parents in 1900, only five years after the date of the marriage, so it was either another Oscar that married Margaret, or Oscar Bernice had already been married and divorced. However, W.O. and Margarett McLemore executed a deed, referenced below, in 1905, so appear to have remained married.

      Sampson County Deed Book Book 139, Page 133 Abstract of Deed W.O. McLEMORE to A. F. FISHER

      Made this first day of September 1905 by W.O. McLEMORE wife Margrett McLEMORE of Sampson County and state of North Carolina of the first part to A.F. FISHER of Sampson County and state of North Carolina of the second part...in consideration of the sum of Three Dollars to them paid by A.F. FISHER....convey to said A.F. FISHER....a certain tract or parcel of land in Little Coharie Township....adjoining the lands of J.L. BULLARD A.F. FISHER house tract, and others....containing one acres of land more or less..

      ...whereof the said W.O. McLEMORE hath hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written W.O. McLEMORE MARGRETT McLEMORE  Attest W.J. FAIRCLOTH, J.P.

      ...North Carolina Sampson County the foregoing certificate of W.J. Faircloth J.P of Sampson County is adjudged to be correct and sufficient Let the instruments with the certificate be registered Witness my hand this 31st day of Oct 1905 W.F. SESSOMS Clerk Superior Court Recorded Oct 31st, 1915 R.A. INGRAM Regr. of Deeds

      3) The Oscar that was married to Margarett was usually listed as W.O. or W. Oscar McLemore. Oscar Bernice is usually listed as O.B. or Bernice McLemore.

      I could not find a W.O. or Oscar or Margaret or Maggie INDEXED in 1900 or 1910. It is possible that I simply overlooked them.

      It appears that W.O. died sometime before 1920, because on the 1920 and 1930 census, I do find Maggie as a widow. In 1920 she was in Little Coharie, and Cordia, Elisha*, Emma May and Ginnie were listed as children. In 1930, she is also in Little Coharie, with only Elisha* and Cordia (the two oldest children) still listed at home PLUS with a 12 year old niece, Mary McLemore.

      Sampson County, NC .. Died .. 8 Jan 1986 .. *Elisha Anderson McLemore [b. 11 May 1900] ..F: Oscar McLemore   M: Maggie Sessoms ..  Bk 74 p 243. .. buried at Williams Cemetery, Sampson County, NC]
    Person ID I22206  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2014 

    Father Lofton Hayes McLemore,   b. 10 Mar 1844, Sampson County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1906, Sampson County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Nancy Elizabeth Spell,   b. 10 Mar 1860, Sampson County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1930, Sampson County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married Abt 1877 
    • Robert McLemore Butler thinks it possible that the mother of Lofton's four youngest children was actually Emily ROYAL, and that "we suspect that after Lofton's death, or their divorce, (his first wife) Elizabeth BULLARD remarried and her new husband was named SPELL"

      The 1900 census indicates that Lofton and his current wife had been married 23 years, and that she was the mother of four children, all living.
    Family ID F7698  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eva Lee Whiley,   b. 7 Dec 1905 
    Married 1 Apr 1932  Salemburg, Sampson County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F7723  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Jan 1881 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Apr 1932 - Salemburg, Sampson County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Bonnetsville, Sampson County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S493] Harrison, Diane McLemore-Family Researcher (harrisontx@sbcglobal.net).

    2. [S487] Ancestry.com - U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

    3. [S847] FamilySearch.org, North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994.

    4. [S873] Find A Grave [database online]; http://www.findagrave.com/, (Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour to the FIND A GRAVE website. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.), # 63717046 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S371] Butler, Robert McLemore--Family Researcher Fuquay Varina, NC 27526 (deceased).