Dobbin Wiley Nicholes Conner


Dobbin Wiley Nicholes Conner

Haywood County, North Carolina, USA
Death 31 May 1936 (aged 34)
Haywood County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Balsam, Jackson County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 24515085 View Source

Son of Henry Leander 'Lee' Conner & Mary Ellen Hoyle Conner

Wife: Essie Mills Conner

Four Daughter
Mattie lee conner born June 14, 1927 Jackson County NC
Mary Ellen Conner born Feburary 21, 1934 Haywood County NC
Helen Conner born March 6, 1930 Jackson County NC
Elizabeth Ann Conner born about 1925

Four Brothers
Henry Lee Conner JR
George Washington Conner
J Zack Conner
Riley Conner

Five Sisters
Dolly M. Conner
Carrie Lela F. Conner
Annie Conner
Margaret Maggie Conner
Martha Conner

Shot and killed over paycheck by Will Harris, George Hanpton, And Dan McGrath

This is the story of my family, Wiley Dobbin" and Essie Mills Conner. Dad and Mother were great people, and they loved us very much. Even though Mom was sick a lot. She took good care of us, but we was very poor. The year was 1936, and there was little work to find. My Dad worked for the W.P.A. and made $12 a month when he got paid .
There were three of us living, all girls, Mattie, Mary, and I, Helen. We lived in a log house with no main rooms, and a little room built onto the back. we cooked on the fireplace and slept on the floor for we didn't have much furniture, but we was happy. We had each other; and Dad smiled , sang and whistled all the time. We grew our own food and picked berries to can.
One day in 1936, one of us girls was sick and Dad went to get his check on Friday. It was payday. When he got there they told him they hadn't filled it out and he would have to come back later. He went back time after time. They put him off, so he went to the main office. His boss said he would bring his money to him or Sunday morning about nine o'clock.
On Sunday Daddy got up and was eating breakfast (cornbread and blackberries) when they came. He went out on the front porch and then down the path to the big tree near spring. There was a hole with water coming out of a pipe.
Dad went to the four men at the fence. They started cussing him .Daddy got mad and started rolling up his sleeves . That's when one of the men shot him. He turned around three or four times, and the man kept shooting. Dad fell at the edge of the big hole, dead. The other men stood there and then started running back up the mountain the way they had come. One man came back and helped Mom pull Daddy up and lay him by the head of the spring. He told Mon he was sorry, and then he ran also.
Mom got us kids and ran down to the Derricks. Mr. Derrick ran off the mountain toward town to get help. Mon had passed out in the doorway.
In a little while, people were all over the place. They covered my Daddy up with a quilt, then went after the man who shot him. Later in the day he was caught. I don't know what happened to the other men, but the one shot Dad got life without parole.
My Daddy was 32 years old and was killed for $12. I will never forget that . It was the last of May and he was buried the first of June. After that we moved to Canton near Mom's people. She was sick a long time, but then got well enought that she could work. She lived 88 years.
We girls made it and now have families of our own. After two marriages, I came back and now live where all this took place. I'm home and at peace here now, but my sisters and I will never forget what happened to our dad here on this Balsam Mountain.
This is our story Submitted by: Helen Conner Webb, P.O. Box 214 Balsam NC 28707

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