Robert Lee Wall
Fannie Parsons
(Cir 1767-1807)
James Wall
(Cir 1792-After 1840)
Sally Smith
(Cir 1792-After 1840)
Joshua Smith Wall
(Cir 1813-After 1870)


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Caroline Hagie

Joshua Smith Wall

  • Born: Cir 1813, Rockingham Co., N.C.
  • Marriage: Caroline Hagie on 16 Oct 1843 in Person Co., N.C.
  • Died: After 1870, Rockingham Co., N.C.

bullet  General Notes:

The 1850 Federal Census for Rockingham Co., NC, page 67B, dated August 28, 1850 records Joshua S. (37 - NC) and Caroline F. (36 - NC) Wall with children Robert F. (11) and Joshua T. (6). Joshua is a farmer with real estate valued at $2,452.

The 1860 Federal Census for Rockingham Co., NC, Madison P. O., page 115A, dated July 18, 1860 records Joshua (48 - NC) and Caroline F. (46 - NC) Wall with children Joshua (15), Caroline (8), Mary (6), and Sallie (4). Joshua is a farmer with real estate valued at $2,452.

The 1870 Federal Census for Mayo Township, Rockingham Co., NC, Madison P. O., page 287A, dated August 8, 1860 records Joshua (58 - NC) and Susan (33 - VA) Wall with children Thomas (25), Caroline (19), Mary (16), and Sallie (13). Joshua is a farmer with real estate valued at $6,500 and a personal estate valued at $600. Thomas is listed as a farmer with real estate valued at $2,500 and a personal estate valued at $0.

See notes below regarding Thomas Wall: The 1900 Federal Census for Mayo Township, Rockingham Co., NC, District 76, page 120A, dated June 15, 1900 records Thomas (May 1845) and Sallie A. (Jan 1864) Wall with children Henrietta Wall (Jan 1880), Georgia A. Wall (Dec 1881), Roberta Wall (Oct 1883), Thomas A. Wall (Feb 1888), Elizabeth F. Wall (May 1890), James Lewis Wall (June 1892), Robert L. Wall (Jan 1895), Andrew H. Wall (Sept 1897), and Gertrude Wall (April 1900).
In 1950, my grandmother, Anne Pearl Pratt Van Noppen, published a series of articles in The Messenger on historic homes along the Dan River in Rockingham County, North Carolina. She followed this series with an additional series of articles about other historic homes of Rockingham County. In addition to details about the homes themselves, she included genealogical facts about the families who lived in these homes. I am typing these articles to place on the NC GENWEB archives in the hope that they will be useful to those researching some of these families.

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever" exclaims Keats in ecstasy. We might add that beauty in the physical world is a challenge to endeavor, a stimulus to courage, a wellspring of enthusiasm. How many approaching the crest of the hill from the Mayo River and beholding the great white house with its magnificent columns have been filled with joy, uplifted in spirit. He who creates beauty is the benefactor of all beholders. Such was Joshua Smith Wall, who built this house almost 0ne hundred years ago. In very early time a vast tract of land was owned by Valentine Allen. Joshua Smith Wall acquired the land across the Mayo from Avalon, including the mountain, for a considerable distance down the river and from the Mayo to Dan Valley Church, sometimes called Wall's Chapel." Upon a hill overlooking his lands and the river, Joshua Wall selected the site, cleared the undergrowth, leaving only giant elms, oaks and a holly tree, and erected his colonial dwelling. James Hall, grandfather of Walter Hall of Madison, was the builder. The house, painted white, gleams in the sunlight, the great columns made of curved brick put together with masonry are snowy white. At one time there were white palings and a big gate enclosing the spacious lawn. There was a wide front walk bordered on each side with English box. These have grown to such a size that they almost meet across the walk and now one enters by stone steps on the side of the porch. The rooms are large and high-pitched, so large that a bedroom containing three beds and three dressers does not seem crowded. The hall is wide with double doors at the back. The interior is well- preserved, mantels, heavy floors of heart pine looks as if they had just been finished. The house, newly decorated, offers an ideal setting for the family heirlooms with which it is furnished. A pair of Hepplewhite tables hold old decanters and matching glasses with other old glass. Mrs. Carrie Scales of Madison owns the sofa which matches the tables. There is a graceful coffee table, sofa and chairs, a secretary that came from the Cardwell family and a handsome corner cupboard. The house has been modernized for comfort without spoiling its old design. Joshua Wall was the son of James and Sallie Smith Wall, grandson of Robert and Fannie Parsons Wall, who came from Culpepper County, VA. He married Caroline Hege of Person County. Their children were: Joshua Thomas (Tom Wall), Carolina Permelia, Mary and two girls who died young. Joshua Wall's second wife was Susan Critz of Critz, VA. Her relative, R.J. Reynolds, when a young man, attended the dances. Who knew then what R.J.'s business acumen, wealth and fame that were to be. To each of his children, Joshua Wall gave a home and a plantation. To Tom Wall he gave the gabled house on the road near his own home on the old Leaksville Road. This house is quite old, having belonged to the Llewellyns. It has a grove and boxwood hedges and squares, a great variety of flowers and an old time flower pit built in the hill. Tom Wall married Sallie Atkins. Their children were: Henrietta, Georgianna, Roberta, Sallie, Thomas, Elizabeth, James, Robert Lee, Andrew, Annie, Mildred and Marietta. Theirs was a delightful home to visit. There have always been sincere welcomes, good fare and good times. Tom was a fine neighbor, friend and an upright man of such character that the citizens of Rockingham were honored to have him represent them in the Legislature. For Caroline Permelia (Meelie), Joshua Wall built a home at Shady Grove between his home and Tom Wall's. Here again there are fine trees and boxwoods with other flowers. Permelia married William Robert (Billie) Wall, son of Robert and Penelope Wall. Their children were: Caroline (Miss Carrie), who married James Scales, Registrar of Deed Rockingham County. They later moved to Madison and built their home. James Wall married Lelia Stockton and remained at the home until his death. His widow still lives there with their son Francis and his wife, the former Ida Lauten, Daughter Rachel married Guy Rippy and lives in Florida. Everyone who knew the Walls liked to visit Shady Grove. Teachers of Dan Valley School spoke in highest terms of the refined and delightful atmosphere of this home where they received kindness and comfort. Miss Mildred Cunningham and Miss Nancy Watkins were two of these teachers. The fourth child of Mr. And Mrs. Billy Wall was J. Siewers Wall of Madison, who First married Mary Cecil Wall, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Garland (Golly) Wall. Their two children were Mary Siewers and Cecil. Their mother died when the girls were quite young. Mary Siewers was reared with devoted affection by Mrs. Carrie Scales. Cecil Wall was reared by her aunt, Eugenie Wall Fennell of Richmond, VA. Siewers Wall married a second wife, Maria Smith, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Sam Smith of Madison. They have one son, Siewers Wall, Jr, who is a Life Scout. Joshua Wall's daughter, Mary, married Wallace Cardwell, son of James Henry Cardwell and his wife of "The Cedars." They remained at the Joshua Wall home. Their children were: Mary Wallace, Tom, Carolina and Edna. Mary Wallace married Johns Martin of Leaksville. They had two children, Rosa B and Johns Jr. Their mother died when the children were quite young. Mary Cardwell and Carolina Cardwell took care of the children until Johns Martin took his son to Reidsville to live with him. Rosa B. remained in the home with her aunt, Miss Carolina Cardwell and her Uncle Tom Edna Cardwell married Will Cardwell, son of Bob Cardwell and Ida Webster. They have four attractive and capable daughters: Mary Wallace, Frances, Marian and Jean. The Rev. Mr. Wilson, Baptist minister of Madison, courted Mary Wall, but she married Wallace Cardwell and Mr. Wilson performed the ceremony. A generation later, when Mary Wallace Cardwell was married and again when Edna Cardwell was married, he was the officiating minister. All were married in the parlor of Joshua Wall's home. These Walls have a family loyalty, are public spirited, generous, friendly, with admirable Christian characters, creators of beauty.


Joshua married Caroline Hagie, daughter of James Haggie and Francis Blackwell, on 16 Oct 1843 in Person Co., N.C. (Caroline Hagie was born circa 1814 in North Carolina and died circa 1865 in Rockingham Co., N.C..)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Name: Caroline Hagie
Spouse: Joshua Wall
Marriage Date: 16 Oct 1843
William Wall / Cha. Mason
Marriage County: Person
Marriage State: North Carolina
Source: County Court Records at Roxboro, NC & Family History

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