WNC History Timeline

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www.childers-shepherd.org, 3 Jan 2009
Recorded on January 1, 1974, by Dwight Childers at Bergie Shepherd Hobson’s house in Barnardsville,
NC.

The Shepherd Family’s Move from Yancey County:

We moved here in l896. From Yancey county. They all . . . both sets of grandparents came at once. Well,
now these others are not married then. There’s none married here except Papa and, I guess, Uncle Gus.

Aunt Sophina--she died. And I’m named for her. She got thrown off of a horse when she was a young
woman. She didn’t die then, but it set up some kind of a . . . where she hurt herself. I guess she was younger
[than Papa].

. . . I can remember it [moving], or I can’t remember all of it. It was a long . . .  awful long journey, and just
got wore out . . . in wagons. I may have just heard ’em talk about it so much I thought I could remember it.
Seems like I remembered the night.

They [the men] had already come and made the arrangements. And the same people sold Grandpa Wesley
his place. They just traded. Jule Robinson lived in our cabin . . .  up in the Penro [Hipps] cove.

Why the Shepherds Moved from Yancey County:

Well, the way I heard it, I guess I heard maybe Grandma, and Mama I know, I heard different ones in the
family. There was trouble. There was a . . . if I can think of the name now . . . Anyhow there was a family ‘t
was real . . . outlaw kind of . . . Andrew Austin, that was the name, and he made all kinds of threats and
everything. He and Uncle Elbert were the ones that had the trouble. They didn’t have any fight or anything,
you know just threats and Grandpa knew there was goin’ to be trouble.

You know how two young boys . . . just disliked each other and got in a . . . .

And wasn’t that strange that over that, the whole clan moved?

Back at that time it would take two or three days to get to Asheville and back. They’d bring loads of apples
and things ‘t they grew and take two, three days . . . muddy roads . . . to get from Yancey to Asheville and
back. I heard Papa talk about campin’ on the road. They’d take a lot of food, big boxes of food, and stay
one night on the way goin’ and one night on the way comin’ back, and then they might stay a night or two in
Asheville because they might not get rid of their [produce]. Several would come together you know.