Intimate look into a Greene and Wilson County, NC family

Luby Alexander Harper

Luby Alexander Harper (1843-1899) the patriarch of the Harper family. Enlisted as a Sergeant in Company A, North Carolina 8th Cavalry Battalion on 29 Jun 1862. Promoted to full 3rd Lieutenant on 24 Sep 1863.


Sally Hooks Harper and Luby A. Harper (long-time Sheriff of Green County) with their daughter Stella Maria. Stella would eventually marry Elbert A. Darden and live in Wilson. Sally would  die before she was forty after having nine children and her arm amputated. Luby would remarry Alice Shepherd Carr and they would have two children together.

harper family

Luby is in the back holding his son David from his second wife Alice Carr who is to his right holding their youngest son Zan. In front of Luby is his two daughters Sally Canary and Hattie Letitia. Stella is to his left with her husband Bert Darden. The four boys in the fron from left to right are Stuart Carr, Albert Titus Harper (lived in Wilson and never married), Robert Carr and Charles Harper (later lived at 606 W. Nash Street). ca. 1890’s, Snow Hill, NC

Monday I received a package in the mail containing  a treasure trove of artifacts of the Harper family.  The package was sent to me from one of their descendants who thought that the Wilson County Public Library would be a fitting place for the collection to reside, even though she lives hundreds of miles away in upstate New York.

The Harpers were originally from Greene County, but many of them moved to Wilson near the turn of the twentieth century.

Wilson Times Harper reunion

Unfortunately I don’t have the date of this article from the Wilson Times about the Harper family reunion.  Bert Darden was a VP for BB&T.

Harper reunion

Front row from left to right. Titus Harper (son of Luby), Lillian Carr (daughter of Hattie and Henry Lawrence Carr-who was also Hattie’s stepbrother ), Alice Carr Harper (2nd wife of Luby) Ernest Brown (husband of Sally Canary) with his daughter Miriam on his back.


Luby and Sally Harper’s daughters: Lalla (married Dr. William S. Anderson of Wilson and lived at 316 W. Green St.), Sally Canary (married Ernest Brown and lived in California and Texas), Stella Maria (married EA “Bert” Darden and lived on 315 W. Green Street in Wilson), Hattie (married Lawrence Carr and lived in Greenville, NC)

BB&T founder Alpheus Branch Dies


Alpheus Branch, founder of BB&T, died on January 3, 1893 at the age of 50. He served in the Confederacy with the Scotland Neck Cavalry during the Civil War.

Well 121 years ago last Saturday.  The fun and informative NC Department of Cultural Resorces blog, This day in North Carolina Historyposted an article on BB&T last Saturday.  This Wilson institution that would become Branch Banking and Trust was originally founded in 1872 as the Branch and Hadley bank and didn’t get the name we know of it today until 1912.  Read more here.