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613. Azariah Graves WALTERS was born on 21 June 1871 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He died on 13 February 1961 at the age of 89.

Azariah is buried in the same cemetery as his parents with a matching stone. Greenview, Reidsville, Rockingham Co, NC
Azariah Graves, Son of Archibald Edmund Walters and Mary Elizabeth Richardson
Jun 21, 1871 - Feb 13, 1961

I have not found Azariah in the 1900 Census. He was not yet married to Cora - she was still in Texas, a young widow, and can be found living with her daughter and her father-in-law, James T. Harris, Montague County, Justice Precinct 5.


Sometime before 1910, Azariah married Cora Bickham Harris, widow. She brought her child to the marriage. In November of 1918, she applied for a passport under the auspices of the Red Cross and stated what was apparently her maiden name and that she was married to Azariah Graves Walters.

1910 Census. Reidsville Ward 3, Dist 0166, Hh 440
A. E. Walters, age 64, married once for 42 years, b. NC, retired, own income
Ed. R. son, age 36, b. VA, traveling salesman, tobacco dealer
Cora B. H., dau in law, age 34, married for 7 years, 1 child, b. LA [in 1920 she will be listed as the wife of Azariah - I don't know where he was in 1910. Perhaps just overlooked by the enumerator]
Olive R., grandaughter, age 15, b. TX, father b. TX, mother b. LA [Olivia R. Harris]

1920 Census. Reidsville, Rockingham Co, NC, Main St. South, Hh 312
Azariah G. Walters, age 48, b. NC, father b. VA, mother b. NC, wholesale merchant, groceries
Cora B., wife, 46
Edmund R., brother, 46, tobacco manufacturer
Henrietta Broadnax, servant, Black, age 40, Cook
Jennie Scales, Dau of servant, Black, age 24, Packer, tobacco factory

http://ncccha.blogspot.com/2006/06/walters-mill.html#more
The Walters Mill Seat and 80 acres (that belonged the first Azariah Graves Walters) was to go to son Archibald E. who in turn was to convey the mill and acreage to his grandson Azariah Graves, Jr.
Upon the death of Archibald E. Walters, Azariah Graves Walters, Jr., apparently inherited that property in Caswell County, North Carolina, known as Walters Mill (which included a grist mill and eighty acres of land, more or less). On 2 November 1925, the younger Azariah Graves and his wife Cora Bickham Walters sold the Walters Mill and associated property (eighty acres, more or less) to C. E. Brewer. Actually, this was a deed of trust, apparently to secure a debt.

1930, Reidsville, Rockingham Co, NC, Hh 419
Edmund R. Walters, age 56, b. VA, father b. VA, mother b. NC, Retired
E. J., brother [this has to be A. G.], age 58, b. VA, father b. VA, mother b. NC, Retired.
Note: Cora was living in Washington, DC in 1930.

Azariah Graves WALTERS and Cora BICKHAM were married on 31 December 1902. Cora BICKHAM was born on 10 July 1878 in Texarkana, Miller County, Arkansas.

Cora gave her date of birth in a passport application, and in the 1930 census she stated she was first married at age 17. This was surely when she married Mr. Harris, son of James T. Harris below. If so that would have been about the year 1895.

Montague Co, Justice Prec 5, Texas, Hh 90
James T. Harris, b. Jun 1836, age 63, married for 43 years, b. AL, parents b. GA, no occupation given
Olivia L., wife, b. Apr 1838, age 62, 9 children - 5 living, b. AL, father b. MD, mother b. NC
Mahala E. Drake, dau, b. Feb 1858, age 42, Divorced, 2 children-1 is living, b. AL
Joello, granddaughter, b. Oct 1885, age 16, b. TX, father b. TX, mother b. AL
Tom Stephens - grandson, b. Mar 1882, age 18, b. TX, father b. MO, mother b. AL
Cora Harris, dau in law, b. Jul 1875, age 24, Widow, 1 child, b. AR, father b. LA, mother b. AR
Olivia R. Harris, granddau, b. Jan 1895, age 5, b. TX, parents b. TX

By the 1910 census, Cora was living with Azariah G. Walters as his wife.

14 Nov 1918 - Cora B. Walters of Guilford Co, NC applied for a passport [Ancestry.com]
She was born at Texarkana in Arkansas, 10 Jul 1878. Her husband was A. G. Walters, born Danville, VA. Cora was residing in Reidsville, NC She was planning to go to Great Britain and France, in the Hospital Hut Service and would return within 12 months. New York was the port of departure. Signed as: Cora B. Walters on 29 Oct 1918 at the District Court at Greensboro, NC
Her description was age 40 years, She was 5' 4", blue eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion.
A letter from the War Department, dated 7 Nov 1918, stated that the "War Department has no objection". Mrs. Cora Bickham Walters was being sent for duty with the AEF [American Expeditionary Forces] in connection with the Red Cross.

In 1920, Cora was living with her husband, but in 1930, they appeared to have been living apart.

1930 Census. District of Columbia;, Hotel Roosevelt, Hh 15
Cora B. Walters, b. 1878 LA, married - age at first marriage was 17. Father b. LA; mother b. AR. Occupation: Personnel, Life Insurance. She rented.

Greensboro Daily News; 21 Dec 1941
Leaksville, Dec 20. Mrs. Cora Walters, 66, died at Baptist hospital, Winston-Salem, this morning at 10 o'clock after a week's serious illness. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Harris Nelson and one grandson, Harris Nelson, Jr. Funeral service will be at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Nelson home, Spray. Interment will be in Lawson cemetery.

The Bee ;22 DEC 1941 page 8
Final Rites Held For Mrs. Walters
Funeral service for Mrs. Cora Walters were conducted yesterday afternoon
at 3 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Harris Nelson, Spray, N. C.
The Rev. W. J. Gordon officiated at the rites and burial followed in the Morehead
plot at Lawson cemetery.
Pallbearers were C. P. Wall, W. T. Combs, A. G. Irvin, Marion Watt,
Eugene Irvin and Richard Wray.
Mrs. Walters, 68, who was well known in Danville, as a visitor here, died
Saturday at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N. C., where she had
been in critical condition for a week.
She had lived with her daughter and son-in-law for the past 20 years
and served Spray as librarian and leader in community affairs. Before
taking up residence with her daughter, she spent several years in Washington,
D. C.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a grandson, William Harris
Nelson, Jr., of Cleveland, Ohio.

Her grave stone is pictured on FindAGrave.com: "Cora B. Walters", b. 1876, d. 1941.
Buried Lawson Cemetery, Eden, Rockingham Co, NC. Memorial #28320115


Following are records of Cora's duaghter Lady Olive Harris, b. Jan 1895.

The Morehead Family of North Carolina & Virginia; Gov. John Motley Morehead 1796-1866; privately published 1921. Digital copy Found on Archive.org.
William Harris Nelson was born June 18, 1891, at Danville, Vir-
ginia, and was educated in Woodbury Forrest School, Orange, Vir-
ginia, from which he graduated in 1910, to enter at once the School
of Chemistry and Engineering at the University of Virginia. Grad-
uating in 1913, he entered the service of the St. Paul (Minnesota)
Gas Light Company as cadet engineer, serving until the spring of
1918, when he resigned from the engineering staff to enter the gov-
ernment service. On August 7 of that year he was commissioned
Second Lieutenant, Q.M.C., Construction Division, U.S.A., and was
ordered to Gamp Lee, Virginia. He was soon transferred to Camp
Travis, Texas, serving in the Utilities Detachment until his dis-
charge on February 7, 1919. He was married October 10, 1914, to
Lady Olive Harris of Reidsville, North Carolina, and they have
one son, William Harris Nelson, Jr., born December 29, 1915. Lieu-
tenant Nelson is engaged in brokerage at Houston, Texas.


1920 Census. Houston, Harris Co, TX, Mt. Vernon (St), Hh 105 [the enumerator wrote down specific places of birth, then crossed old the city name which was still quite easy to read]
William H. Nelson, 28, b. Danville, VA, father b. Richmond, VA, mother, b. NC; Chemistry, Gas
Lady Harris, Wife, 24, b. Ringgold, TX [Montague Co], father b. Gainesville, TX, mother b. Cato Parish, LA
William H., Jr., son, 4, b. St. Paul, Minn.
Columbus Welch, Servant, Male, Black, age 27, b. Montgomery Co, TX

1930 Census. Leaksville, Rockingham Co, NC, Chestnut Street, Hh142
W. Harris Nelson, age 34, married at 23, b. VA, father b. VA, mother b. NC, Estate Manager
Lady, wife, 34, married at 19, b. TX, father b. TX, mother b. LA
W. H. Jr., son, age 14, b. Minnesota, father b. VA, mother b. TX
Sarah Hawkins, servant, Neg. age 52, married at age 31, b. NC, parents b. NC