As reported last time, I spent a couple of hours recently examining some public records I hadn’t seen before: Jackson County voter rolls from the early part of the 20th century.

There appear to be two ledger books for each precinct, one with information on voting in two-year intervals from 1940 through 1948, and the second covering the elections from 1950 through 1964. The books list the name (last name first), age when first registered, community/post office or township, county or state of birth, date registered and elections voted in for each person; the later books include party affiliation. If someone dies or moves, a line is drawn through their name and a note is made to that effect.

During my years of writing columns, I’ve discovered that Herald readers enjoy lists, so this week I’m providing a transcription of two pages from those early voter lists, a sample taken from Canada 1 and River precincts, leaving out specific election information. It appears that family members often registered at the same time, and that registration was open only one day per week. In the first page below, from Canada 1 precinct, we find clumps of people who registered a week apart – on Oct. 15, 22 and 29, 1938. Then, on the same page, only a few names from later years. Also, all voters on that page list the same post office/community – Argura – and almost all were born in Jackson County. In the case of voters who have been marked out, I’m including the reason why (if provided) after the date registered.

Canada 1: Alexander, Walter, 40, Oct. 15, 1938; Alexander, Alice, 51, Oct. 15, 1938; Ashe, Raeph, 38, Oct. 15, 1938; Ashe, Marion, 65, Oct. 15, 1938; Ashe, Lela, Oct. 15, 1938 (moved); Alexander, Tolvin, 24, Oct. 15, 1938 (moved); Alexander, Minervah, 48, Oct. 15, 1938 (moved); Ammons, Bonnie, 28, Oct. 22, 1938; Ammons, Martha, 58, Oct. 22, 1938; Ashe, Virgil, 21, Oct. 22, 1938 (moved); Ashe, Hilda, 23, Oct. 22, 1938 (moved); Ashe, Ollie, 31, Oct. 22, 1938 (moved); Ashe, Charlie, 33, Oct. 22, 1938 (moved); Ashe, Flem, 45, Oct. 22, 1938 (moved); Ashe, Victoria, 66, Oct. 22, 1938 (deceased); Ashe, Dexter, 43, Oct. 22, 1938; Ashe, Essie, 31, Oct. 22, 1938; Ashe, Tomas, 41, Oct. 22, 1938 (moved); Alexander, Jut, 63, Oct. 22, 1938 (moved); Ashe, Roland, 23, Oct. 29, 1938 (marked out but no reason given); Ammons, Dori, 27, Oct. 29, 1938; Ashe, Earlie, 21, Oct. 26, 1940 (moved); Alexander, Camile, 21, May 16, 1942; Ashe, Asberry, 22, Oct. 14, 1944; Ashe, Telia, 26, Oct. 28, 1944; Ashe, Sarah, 53, Oct. 12, 1946; Alexander, Tolvin, 32, Oct. 26, 1946 (he apparently moved and then came back and re-registered); Alexander, Julia, 25, Oct. 26, 1946; and Ashe, Roland, 33, Oct. 16, 1948 (another who re-registered).

Turning to a page from the River precinct roll, we find that only the precinct name is listed for each voter in the “Residence” column. Many names are marked out, but typically only the ones who died have a reason why. I’ll indicate which other names have a line through them with the word “deleted” after the date of registration. All voters on the page were born in Jackson County unless otherwise indicated. It’s interesting that 18 voters registered on Oct. 7, 1919, but no one else listed on that page was added until Feb. 19, 1928.

Hooper, Othello, 25, Oct. 7, 1919, Yadkin County; Hooper, Mary J., 42, Oct. 7, 1919; Hooper, Monroe, 22, Oct. 7, 1919; Hooper, Juna, 23, Oct. 7, 1919; Hooper, McKinley, 26, Oct. 7, 1919 (deleted), Hooper, Dora, 22, Oct. 7, 1919; Hooper, D.L., 50, Oct. 7, 1919 (deceased); Hooper, Rosa, 30, Oct. 7, 1919; Hooper, John A., 61, Oct. 7, 1919 (deceased); Hooper, E.L., 24, Oct. 7, 1919; Hooper, Laura, 46, Oct. 7, 1919; Hooper, Lloyd, 30, Oct. 7, 1919; Hooper, Annie, 62, Oct. 7, 1919 (deceased); Hooper, Gatha, 43, Oct. 7, 1919; Hooper, Jim, 50, Oct. 7, 1919, (deceased), Hasket, Bill E., 32, Oct. 7, 1919 (deleted); Henry, S.H, 37, Oct. 7, 1919; Henry, Mrs. S.H., 34, Oct. 7, 1919; Hooper, Gerdie, 24, Feb. 19, 1928; Hooper, Florence, 33, Oct. 25, 1930; Hooper, L.B., 29, Oct. 25, 1930 (deleted); Hooper, Ayscue, 22, May 14, 1932; Hooper, Elden, 24, May 21, 1932; Hooper, Ethel, 35, Oct. 20, 1934 (deleted); Hooper, Gladys, 21, Oct. 20, 1934, Georgia; Hooper, Cordell, 22, Oct. 27, 1934; Hooper, Troy, 29, Oct. 27, 1934; Hooper, Eliza, 25, Oct. 27, 1934; Hooper, C.C., 46, Oct. 27, 1936, Pickens, S.C. (deleted); Hooper, Eliza, 36, Oct. 27, 1936, Pickens, S.C. (deleted); Hooper, C.O., 43, Oct. 27, 1936 (deleted); Hooper, Glenn, 22, Oct. 7, 1919 (deleted); Hooper, Mary Roberta, 21, Oct. 12, 1940; Henry, Earle, 21, Oct. 12, 1940 (deleted); Haskett, Jack, 41, Oct. 19, 1940, Macon County (deleted); Haskett, Allie, 37, Oct. 19, 1940, Macon County (deleted); Haskett, John A., 23, May 2, 1942, South Carolina (deleted).

Lynn Hotaling was editor of The Sylva Herald for 18 years, retiring in January 2016. She is the author of two books on local history.