Tarboro in Edgecombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Joseph Blount Chesire, Jr.
1850 ~ 1932
Erected 1987 by North Carolina Office of Archives & History. (Marker Number E-96.)
Location. 35° 53.987′ N, 77° 31.9′ W. Marker is in Tarboro, North Carolina, in Edgecombe County. Marker is on East Church Street near St. David Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tarboro NC 27886, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Cemeteries (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); John C. Dancy (approx. 0.2 miles away); W.D. Pender (approx. ¼ mile away); Henry T. Clark (approx. ¼ mile away); W.L. Saunders (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Occupation of Tarboro (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tarboro.
Regarding Joseph Blount Chesire, Jr.. “I was born and brought up in Tarborough, Edgecombe County, North Carolina in a house built by my maternal grandfather, Theophilus Parker, in the year 1810.” So begins the opening sketch
The younger Cheshire was educated at Tarboro Male Academy and Trinity College in Connecticut. He taught in Maryland for two years, then returned to North Carolina to study law. Licensed in 1872, he practiced in Baltimore and Tarboro but forsook the profession to study theology. In 1878 he was ordained deacon by Bishop Thomas Atkinson and assigned to Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. Two years later he was ordained into the priesthood and became rector of St. Peter’s Church in Charlotte, where he remained for twelve years. In June 1893 he was elected assistant bishop for the Diocese of North Carolina, and two months later assumed leadership of the diocese upon the death of Bishop Theodore B. Lyman. He thus became the first native of the state to serve in the post.
Bishop Cheshire’s accomplishments were many during his long tenure. He strengthened the Episcopal missionary program in the mountain region. Upon his recommendation, the diocese acquired St. Mary’s School in Raleigh. He opposed segregation of the races
1. Cheshire Jr.,
was a writer and a historian as well as a clergyman. He was elected president of the State Literary and Historical Association in 1930. His most famous historical work, The Church in the Confederate States, was published in 1912. Nonnulla, a book of reminiscences, Cheshire's most popular book, was published in 1930.
Cheshire married Annie Huske Webb of Hillsborough, N.C., in 1874. They had six children: Elizabeth Toole, Sarah, Joseph Blount, Jr.,
After 1922, Cheshire gradually began to turn over his episcopal duties to his Bishop Coadjutor, the Reverend Edwin Penick. Joseph Blount Cheshire died 27 December 1932. (UNC University Libraries)
— Submitted August 19, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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