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Great grandmother Rocky Mount, N.C., Nash County, Edgecombe County 1800s Rocky Mount, N.C., Nash County, Edgecombe County Oral History, Family Documents

Hester Battle,my grandmother's great grandmother was a slave for the Boddies of North Carolina. We have a copy of her obituary when she died in 1939. She was 99 years old-if not older. The Boddies were a prominent family in NC who contributed money to several NC schools- I think NC State and maybe UNC. Their descendants went on to be the founders of the "Hardees" restaurant chain- which of course has headquarters in/near Rocky Mount, NC. Apparently, Hester stayed with the Boddie family a while after slavery ended and "worked" for a judge9 Judge Alston/Alaston?) in Nash County. My greatgrandmother tells a story of how when Hester was born, the slavemasters wife wanted to name her "Hester Anne Gingercake"- Hester's mother, Betty Daughtry refused saying "I shant do it." The slave masters wife became upset and then suggested an expletive for her name. I would like to get more info about Hester and her mother.

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