Fay Webb Gardner
This text, compiled by Fay Webb Gardner, provides accounts, recollections, and family data concerning her family history. The memoir consist primarily of information on Mrs. Gardner's maternal side of the family with the exception of brief information concerning her siblings and father. It includes accounts of William Watson's and Samuel Andrews's participation in the Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Kings Mountain. The memoir gives family data, such as birth dates, death dates, marriages, children, and burial sites, and it outlines the immigration and settlement of certain family members. The accounts of the lives of Dr. William Perry Andrews, Samuel Andrews, and his son, Benjamin Franklin Andrews, contain the most information. The homes of Dr. William Andrews and Samuel Andrews are described in detail. Land transactions are briefly mentioned. C.G. Love’s involvement in the Mexican-American war also is mentioned. Additionally, two images of the Webb family, are included. In addition to family information, the memoir provides insight into life during the reconstruction. This includes an account of reconciliation in Shelby and recollections of everyday life and old school houses. Most of this can be found in the sections detailing the flag return and detailing the life of Benjamin Franklin Andrews. Furthermore, history of Cleveland County is presented along with history of specific areas such as Tryon. The information included in the memoir comes from sources on the Revolutionary War, state and county history resources, and personal accounts and recollections of Mrs. Gardner’s family.
Fay Webb Gardner
This compilation of family history was compiled by Fay Webb Gardner (Mrs. O Max Gardner). It primarily includes family background of the Andrews and Love families on Mrs. Gardner’s maternal side of the family. Webb family members are also occasionally included. The compilation consist of life stories, county history, letters, wills, deeds, marriage bonds, and family records.
The text describes the overall family background of the Andrews and Love families. This includes records of the Love family beginning in 1748. Amos Love is the ancestor of the Cleveland County Loves and his will and the will of his son are included. Many records also focus on land transactions and marriages. James (Jimmy) Love’s life and contribution to Shelby are specifically outlined in an account. Concerning the Andrews family, records are included which trace the Andrews back to Anthony Andrews of Leicestershire, and they primarily focus on Robert Andrews and Samuel Andrews from the 1700s. Additional family backgrounds of other family members are also included.
A few accounts detail the history of Shelby, Cleveland County, and the Tryon area. Along with these are a couple church histories. A history, written by James Landrum Webb, details the past of the First Baptist Church of Shelby, especially concerning its new construction and pastors whom have served. A thorough history of Zoar Baptist Church, written by Gertrude Street Gardner, is also given. The compilation also includes brief overviews of the lives of Solah McClintoc Andrews, James Love, James Landrum Webb, and Fay Webb Gardner herself. Additionally, Mrs. Gardner includes some letters written by her father, James Landrum Webb.
Fay Webb Gardner
The compilation begins by listing members of the Webb family who were members of First Baptist Church of Shelby. Following, three separate accounts detail the involvement of James Milton Webb (J. M. Webb) in the church and various associations, and also provide an overview of his life. James Webb was an elder in the church and also was ordained as a minister. One of his circular letters is included in an account. George Milton Webb’s (son of James Webb) involvement in the church is also detailed in separate accounts. Notes from the Kings Mountain Baptist Association which involve George M. Webb are given as well as his circular letter concerning infant baptism. A brief overview of Alfred Webb’s church involvement is given. Additionally, notes from the record book of Old Concord Baptist Church which involve various family members is included. Within those notes are resolutions concerning the death of Samuel Harrell, Sr. (Mrs. Gardner’s great-great-grandfather).
Most prominently, four separate passages given an account of the work and life of Judge James Landrum Webb. Throughout his life, Judge James Landrum Webb was a superior court judge, a solicitor, the mayor of Shelby, the Post Office inspector, and a member of the state senate. These positions, his life, his attributes, and his death are detailed in the passages. Also, a brief passage concerning the life of his wife (Kansas Love Andrews) and his mother (Priscilla Jane Blanton) are given.
Lastly, the compilation includes accounts of the history of Cleveland County and Shelby. The first account, “Webb of Cleveland” by R. C. Lawrence, explains the role the Webb family has played in Cleveland County history. The second account, “Harness Maker also made Shelby” by Renn Drum, explains the important role that Jimmy (James) Love played in the foundation of Shelby. The last account, “Beginning and Early Days of Shelby” by Madge Webb Riley, also discusses James Love’s contribution to the creation of Cleveland County and Shelby.
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