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Alexander Calhoun "Toon" McLeod
Birth: Aug. 18, 1858
Richmond County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1944
Robeson County
North Carolina, USA

Alexander Calhoun McLeod was a prominent farmer and merchant in the small rural community of Buie, Robeson County, North Carolina USA. Buie is 4-5 miles west of Lumberton, the county seat. His wives were: Ida Cornelia Bennett, Della Lorena Manning and Mary Catherine "Kate" Terry. They raised 11 children.

A. C. went by the nickname "Toon". It is said that he did not care for his middle name "Calhoun", which he seems to have received from his father, Norman Calhoun McLeod. A. C.'s son Norman was given the middle name of "Carroll" instead. (The sources of names Calhoun and Carroll are unknown.)

A. C. McLeod was born in the Black Jack District of Richmond County, North Carolina. This area is northwest of Rockingham, the county capital. From 1858 until 1902, A. C. lived in small towns in the northern half of Richmond County - Fair Ground (now known as Ellerbe), Mineral Springs District, Black Jack, Beaver Dam, Pee-Dee Village (aka Roberdell) and Rockingham. As a boy, he lived through the American Civil War and Sherman's destructive march through North Carolina, which included Richmond County.

A. C. married Ida Cornelia Bennett on October 14, 1886, in Beaver Dam, Richmond County, at the home of his brother James Terry McLeod. Officiating was F. L. Townsend, Minister of Methodist Church. James married Ida's sister, Mary Ella. Ida died eight months after the birth of their 5th child, in August 1896, leaving three daughters and two sons under age 10. She is buried next to A. C. at Green Lake UMC Cemetery in Richmond County. The children are, in order of birth, Bessie Anna, Lillie Mae, Edith Henrietta, John Alexander and James Rufus. (Names are taken from the McLeod family bible of Mary Catherine Terry McLeod, A. C.'s third wife.)

On October 20, 1897, A. C. married 21-year old Della Lorena Manning from South Carolina. The ceremony was held at the home of Catherine Estelle Manning (Della's sister) and her husband Jeptha Dargan Gibson. Officiating was N. M. N. Smith, Minister, M.E.C. South. Della and A. C. were 2nd cousins, once removed, from his mother's side of the family. (Common ancestors are Nelson Gibson, Jr., and Rutha Dawkins.) Della's younger sister, Martha Ventress "Pattie" Manning, also resided in the household.

By 1900, the U.S. Federal Census shows a large number of related families (McLeods, Gibsons and Terrys) living in Pee-Dee Village (the area now called Roberdell), including A. C. and his family, his brother Archie, their widowed mother, and his future 3rd wife with her Terry family.

Also by 1900, Della's sister Catherine Estelle Manning Gibson was living in Red Springs, Robeson County NC. A. C.'s sister Mary McLeod Gibson was also living in Red Springs. Mary's husband Robert Gibson was established as a merchant (although by 1920 Mary and Robert had moved back to Richmond County where he became postmaster of the Mineral Springs District).

As a prelude to relocating to Robeson County, property records in Richmond County show that A. C. began selling off his lands after the deaths of his father in 1892 and his 1st wife in 1896. Prior to 1892, A. C., his father and brothers had been actively acquiring property for several years.

In 1902, A. C. and Della moved to Buie, Burnt Swamp/Philadelphus Township, Robeson County, North Carolina. Buie is next to Red Springs. It is not known exactly where they lived but by 1904, A. C. had purchased a farmhouse and 44 acres situated next to railroad tracks and within sight of the Buie train station. (In 1911, there was a McLeod settlement in Richmond County, 3-4 miles below the town of Norman, that was also situated along side railroad tracks and with a train station close by. The business model for both McLeod homesteads was identical. That site has been mostly paved over by 21st century improvements to Route 74, which was built over the old railroad tracks.)

A. C. and Della had three children. (Norman Carroll, Martha Ventress and Leonard Adell) Within three months of the birth of their third child in 1906, Della passed away. She was 29 and was buried at the nearby Philadelphus Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The cemetery was next to the Philadelphus School, a nationally known boarding school that also taught local children. (All that remains of the school is an empty field.)

By this time, A. C. had eight children ranging in age from 3 months to 18. The oldest child, Bessie, married an employee of the railroad and moved to Virginia. On December 19, 1907, A. C. married Mary Catherine "Kate" Terry of Richmond County, at Richmond Ct Parsonage by N. L. Seabolt, Minister of M.E. Church South. She and A. C. were third cousins, again from his mother's side of the family. (Common ancestors are William Terry and Anne Raiford.)

The family attended the small Buie Methodist Church, about one-half mile from the McLeod homestead. A. C. and his older sons were deacons and his youngest daughter, Laura, played the church organ. (This church still exists, as of 2008, but with a different faith.)

A. C. and Kate had three children (Archie Hilburn, Mary Elizabeth and Laura Terry). He passed away in January 1944 from pneumonia preceded by influenza. His brother James died three weeks earlier of the same cause. Della's sister, Catherine Estelle Manning Gibson, remained a close family friend and came to stay with Kate for two weeks after the passing of A. C. By all accounts, they had a long and happy marriage. One month after Toon's death, Kate wrote a letter to her step-daughter, Edith Henrietta McLeod Smithey, in which she despairs over the loss of her husband. Kate passed in September 1947 and is buried next to A. C. at Green Lake UMC Cemetery.

The tiny farming town of Buie is now considered part of Red Springs. The McLeod farm house and 44 acres remain intact as of 2010 but passed out of the family in 1968.

The youngest and last surviving of the 11 children, Laura Terry McLeod Maliawski, passed away peacefully on Sunday, 23 October 2010.

Bio by: Jo Terry ღ, granddaughter of A.C. and Kate Terry McLeod
Family links: 
  Norman Calhoun McLeod (1810 - 1892)
  Elizabeth Abigail Terry McLeod (1828 - 1907)
  Ida Cornelia Bennett McLeod (1864 - 1896)*
  Della Lorena Manning McLeod (1876 - 1906)*
  Mary Catherine Terry McLeod (1874 - 1947)*
  Bessie Anna McLeod Holderfield (1887 - 1986)*
  Lillie Mae McLeod Britt (1889 - 1972)*
  Edith Henrietta McLeod Smithey (1891 - 1977)*
  John Alexander McLeod (1893 - 1968)*
  James Rufus McLeod (1895 - 1957)*
  Norman Carroll McLeod (1898 - 1962)*
  Martha Ventress McLeod Matthews (1901 - 1984)*
  Leonard Adell McLeod (1906 - 1969)*
  Archie Hilburn McLeod (1908 - 1972)*
  Mary Elizabeth McLeod Harwood (1913 - 1997)*
  Laura Terry McLeod Maliawski (1916 - 2010)*
  Frances McLeod McNeill (1849 - 1933)*
  Catherine McLeod McNeill (1850 - 1937)*
  Sarah McLeod (1852 - 1856)*
  Jane McLeod (1853 - 1856)*
  James Terry McLeod (1856 - 1944)*
  Alexander Calhoun McLeod (1858 - 1944)
  Annie McLeod Ellerbe (1860 - 1934)*
  Mary McLeod Gibson (1862 - 1955)*
  Archibald B. McLeod (1865 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Green Lake United Methodist Church Cemetery
Richmond County
North Carolina, USA
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