~ The pieces are all sewn together, stitched with love.........and a quilt tells a story and the story is our past ~

The Arrowood family immigrated from England to Maryland in the 1700's. They went south, eventually settling in the mountains of North Carolina. Later , some went further south, into the Piedmont of North Carolina, in search of work and a better way of life.

I am in search of my family.

I search for those that came before me, and lived their lives as best they could. I am in search of their stories, how they lived, and how they loved.

I shared this love of seeking the past with my Dad, sharing each new finding with him, the thrill in his heart intermingling with mine. I continue this search in his honor, and hope to know these people of ours when I join up with them all in heaven.

~ Steve Lewis Arrowood 1932-2008 ~

Come with me, back to a simpler time and place. A place far removed from the hectic pace of today. To a time when life was hard, but the rewards were great. When your quality of life was determined by your own sweat, your own toil, and your own ingenuity.

Would you like a glass of sweet tea? Let's sit out on the porch where we will catch the sweetly scented breeze of summertime. Maybe Grandma will fry up some of her wonderful chicken... Time slows here.


"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind."

~You live as long as you are remembered.~

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. " Author: Unknown

"But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations."


Arrowood Family

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Love Story

Andrew Jackson Davis and Margaret Hyatt married on April 15, 1860 in Haywood County, North Carolina.
They had a son named James R. Davis. James married Anna Ledbetter (born in Georgia, about 1889) and they had five children.

I found James and Anna on the 1900 Census record living in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The listing showed that out of the five children born to this union, only four were living. After the 1910 Census, Anna no longer appears, so I presume she passed away, sometime after that year.

On August 12, 1903, Edith was born to Anna and James. On the 1910 Census, Edith is listed as living with her parents in Panthersville, DeKalb County, Georgia, age 6 years old.

Sometime after the death of Anna, James and Edith came to Gastonia, North Carolina. I am sure that they came in search of work. In the 1920 Census, Edith is listed as a Spinner in a cotton mill. She worked in the Dunn Mill in Gastonia.

Also working there, was a light haired, blue-eyed man. A quite handsome fellow. This was my grandfather, Lewis William Arrowood.

They meet, a courtship ensued and they married. It had to be love at first sight.
Edith was a vision. Absolutely beautiful. With in a year’s time, they happily anticipate their first child. A boy, named Ray Everett Arrowood, born May 23, 1922.

Then, without warning, disaster struck. On October 8, 1925, Edith became stricken with pain and was taken to the hospital. She had surgery on the 9th of October, to remove her appendix. It was too late, she passed away on October 13, 1925 in the Charlotte Sanatorium, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Cause of death listed on the death certificate was peritonitis.

Peritonitis, as a consequence of infection can occur as a result of perforation of a digestive organ (see appendicitis, intus-susception), or as a result of "seeding" of the peritoneal cavity by germs in the blood stream (so-called primary peritonitis).

Edith was gone at age 22 years.

Such a terrible loss of such a beautiful young girl.
Such a crushing blow to my grandfather.

Edith was buried in Armstrong Cemetery on October 14, 1925, in Gastonia, North Carolina.

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