Joshua Craig Poole was born on 27 Jun 1898 in the Scuffletown township, Laurens county, South Carolina, the seventh surviving child of Thomas Pitts Poole (1861-1926) and Jemmie Elizabeth Alexander (1861-1937). 1
On 12 September 1918 Josh was required to register for the World War I draft. He reported his occupation as farmer, living at Rte 2, Laurens. The registrar reported him to be of medium build, with brown eyes and red hair.2
The 1920 Census enumerates Joshua as a farm laborer, living with his parents in Scuffletown, along with his elder brother Martin and younger sister Mattie Bobo.3
A son was born in 1923. He died in 1925, and is buried in Laurens City Cemetery, Laurens, SC. The grave marker lists him only as Infant Son 1923- 1925.
In 1930 Josh C. was working as a Pipe man, living in in Dials, Laurens, South Carolina. He was living in the home of William W. Yeargin, his father-in-law.6
On 29 Jan 1934 Josh was involved in a serious automobile accident:
Laurens, Jan. 29 – Nathan H. Hill, 49, and Eldridge Kennedy, 40, were fatally injured about eight o’clock this morning when their car left the road and plunged into an eight-foot gully. Josh Poole, who was driving the car, received a head injury. The accident was witnessed by Mrs. Poole and her brother, Robert Yeargin, who were following close behind the other machine which was taking Hill, Kennedy and Poole to a CWA project on Warrior Creek. The bodies of the men were extricated from beneath the car. Hill and Kennedy were dead, and Poole was still in a dazed condition. He was taken to Greenville this afternoon for special examination and treatment.
The accident occurred on the Gray Court-Ora road, about a mile from Martin’s Cross Roads and about six miles east of Gray Court.
Sheriff Columbus L. Owens, who investigated the tragedy, reported that Poole said the accident occurred when a gleam of sunlight suddenly blinded him as the car was rounding a curve, and before he realized it the car had gone over into the gully, turning over and falling on the trio.
The three men, farmers of the neighborhood, lived about three miles east of Gray Court.
Sheriff Owens announced that no inquest would be held in the case.7
In 1940, Josh and Sarah were living in a rented home at 247 Florence Avenue, Waynesboro, Virginia. He was employed in a rayon plant as a construction foreman.8
On 10 November 1946 tragedy struck the family:
Laurens, Nov 11 – Joshua C. Poole, 45, brother of Mrs. W. B. Alexander of North Main Street [Grace Poole, 1892-1966], died suddenly late Sunday afternoon in Huron, S.D., where he had gone on a hunting trip with friends.
Mr. Poole was the son of the late Thomas P. Poole and Jemmie Alexander Poole of the Tylersville Section of Laurens County.
For the past several years, he had been connected with the DuPont Company, having been stationed in Detroit and for the past few months at Parkersburg, W. Va.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sara Yeargen Poole of Parkersburg, W. Va.; 2 brothers, Russell E. Poole [1888- 1953] of Nashville and J.F. Poole[1890- 1973] of Shaw Field [Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, SC]; and 2 sisters, Mrs. W. B. Alexander and Mrs. Fannie Alston [1894- 1979] of Hagood [SC].
Funeral services will be announced by the Kennedy Mortuary.9
Joshua Craig Poole is buried at the Laurens City cemetery, beside his wife and infant son.
Joshua Craig Poole is my uncle
- 1900 United States Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Scuffletown, Laurens, South Carolina; Roll T623_1534; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 59. He is listed as “Manly”. ↩
- WWI Draft Registration Card, Registration Location: Laurens County, South Carolina; Roll 1877672; Draft Board: 0. ↩
- 1920 United States Federal Census, 1920;Census Place: Scuffletown, Laurens, South Carolina; Roll T625_1700; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 67; Image: 291. ↩
- The only source I have found for a marriage date is page 58 of A Genealogical History of the Poole, Langston, Mason Families and Kindred Lines of Upper South Carolina, Bessie Poole Lamb, Mary-Mack Poole Ezell, 1931. There are no source citations in this book. ↩
- Sara Floride Yeargin was born in 1902. She died in May 1987 at the age of 85 in Laurens, South Carolina. See Social security Death Index, Number: 249-22-3158;Issue State: South Carolina;Issue Date: Before 1951. ↩
- 1930 United States Federal Census, 1930; Census Place: Dials, Laurens, South Carolina; Roll 2203; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 64.0. ↩
- The Greenville News, January 29, 1934. ↩
- 1940 United States Federal Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Waynesboro, Augusta, Virginia; Roll: T627_4247; Page: 61A; Enumeration District: 8-25; family of Joshua C Poole. ↩
- The Spartanburg Herald-Journal November 12, 1946 pg. 2. ↩