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Letter to Letitia Gwyn from her uncle S.H. Helsaback

Letter to Letitia Gwyn from her uncle S.H. Helsaback in Rural Hall NC
Rural Hall, North Carolina, February 18th, 1908, Letitia Gwyn, Mt. Airy, North Carolina, My Dear Niece, Yes I can tell you where your great Father Charles Banner lived for I lived there when I went to school at Germanton. That is why I fell in love with your aunt Margaret Junes Banner. He lived about one mile from Germanton on the planatation adjoining the Poindexter place. No, your great great grandfather Joseph Banner did not live at the Poindexter place, but Constantine Banner lived there a good many years. Joseph Banner lived on a high hill opposite the Poindexter place across ?lin?lor Creek. I often visited his aged widow when I was going to school. She and her husband were ardent Methodists and traveled horeseback all over the country to Methodist meetings. Their home was a home for "circuit riders". Henry Banner I know nothin about. I know not where the Banner family came from. But think they came from Wales. Father Banner had three sons and four daughters: John, Constantine and Elisha, Sally R., Cynthia, Margaret Junes and and ?Ruhawer? A. They all married and had children except my wife and the children are scattered in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma . I have no family records. I think that perhaps Charles B. ?Doub? (you see the family name) has the family Bible. He is ?Ruhawer? A's youngest child and lives in Lewisville, Forsyth County, North Carolina. R. A. ?Doub's? other children John, Margaret and ?Joda? are in Kansas and Oklahoma. Would I could help you more. I see so badly I can scarcely write all. Yours in love, Love to all the kin. S. H. Helsabeck
-Hugh Gwyn, born 1804, died 1885, wife - Rosamond Dickerson
-Moved to Mount Airy in 1850
-Home was on the Piper's Gap Road four miles from Mount Airy
-Home was called Idle Wilde
-Hugh and Rosamond had ten children
-One of Hugh's sons was Richard Littleton Gwyn
-Richard Littleton Gwyn was the only child that stayed in Mount Airy
-Richard married Letitia Hollingsworth Gwyn and stayed at Idle Wilde
-Richard and Letitia had eight children
- Imogene (Genie) Gwyn (single),
-Joseph (Joe) Hollingsworth Gwyn who married Blanche Holt, as a young man he operated Gwyn Drug store and ran the nearby White Sulphur Springs Hotel, he died in 1975 at the age of 93,
-Annie Gwyn who married Thomas D. Gilliam and they had three children Nancy Gilliam, Betsy Gilliam and Thomas D. Gilliam Jr.,
-Hugh Gwyn,
-Letitia Gwyn who married William Simpson,
-Richard Reginald Gwyn,
-May Gwyn who married William Ashby,
-Elma Gwyn who married Robert E. Ashby and they had two children
-Next Idle Wilde's ownership fell to Richard Reginald Gwyn and Robert and Emma Gwyn Ashby and Genie Gwyn
-In the 1970's the house stood empty for the first time in 120 years
-It later burned

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