Tombstone Tuedsay: Dred & Ellen Wimberly

Back in June, through the kind assistance of a researcher in North Carolina, I was sent photos of the headstones and home of the brother of one of my 3rd great-grandmothers.  This is Dred Wimberly and his wife Ellen Bertha (Jenkins) Wimberly. They are buried in Unity Cemetery in Rocky Mount, NC and their home is in Tarboro.

Dred was born a slave to James S. Battle (and hence my 3g-grandma was too) and because of his relationship to Kemp Battle, his later owner, after the Civil War Dred became a member of the North Carolina General Assembly.   Having these pictures is priceless to me.

Headstone of Dred Wimberly (1868-1937)

Headstone of Ellen Bertha (Jenkins) Wimberly - d. 1945

Home of Dred Wimberly - Raleigh St, Tarboro, NC

Comments (2)

  1. Risa Pittman

    Dred Wimberly’s house is on Raleigh Street in Rocky Mount NC not Tarboro.

  2. taneya (Post author)

    Thank you for the correction Risa! I do appreciate it! I have not been there and would love to see it one day. I had a chance last month to speak to one of Dred’s granddaughters – that was cool. Are you a family member? Or, do you live in the area?

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