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Dred Wimberly

Dred Wimberly

Male 1848 - 1937


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Dred Wimberly

Born a slave to the James S. Battle family in 1848, Dred Wimberly agreed to stay after the War and become an overseer for his former owner, Kemp Plummer Battle. He later moved to Rocky Mount and in 1879 he was elected to the North Carolina General Assembly. In 1889 he became a member of the state senate. After serving in North Carolina, Wimberly married twice and fathered a total of eighteen children. His descendants still live in the family home on Raleigh Street in Rocky Mount, across from Pineview Cemetery, where the North Carolina Historical Marker now stands. Wimberly died in 1937 and is buried in Union Cemetery in Rocky Mount.

Source: Fleming, Monika S. Echoes of Edgecombe County, 1860-1940. Images of America. Dover, N.H.: Arcadia, 1996.

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