Brasstown - Scroggs Store 1926 - Photo from WCU Digital Collection
From the JCCFS Archives - Fred O. Scroggs
Told by Mrs. Lillie Scroggs, Brasstown, N.C. Dec. 6, 1926
"Josh Harshaw kept his slave negroes quartered in two houses that stood where Goldie Crisp's small barn is now (1926). These houses were right on the old Clay and Cherokee Co. line, --just barely in Clay County. Most of his negroes scattered off after the war."
"Aunt Celia Harshaw, one of his slaves, moved to Macon Co. after the war, where she died in a short time. Before she died she requested that her children be given to Mrs. Jane Strange and Mrs. Myra Dickey. They were sent back to Brasstown. Mrs. Strange raised one till grown. Mrs. Dickey raised the others.
"Wm. J. A. Strange was born in '39. When he was a good size boy, Marsh Harshaw, (one of Harshaw's slave negros, now living at Hayesville, N.C. 1926) carried him on his back across Hiawassee River."
"Wm. J.A. Strange's father, Nelson, died when he (W.) was very young. Wm. J.A. entered the Civil War before he was eighteen years old. He joined at Murphy and went to Asheville. He was under Gen. Frances. He was in the Infantry, and was a comrade of Bob Furman and a man by the name of Russell, both of Asheville. Remember hearing him say he fought in Mississippi."
"He was wounded one time and they gave him a furlow. There was to be a battle the next day and he waited and helped fight the battle then came home. He had a black yoke of cattle and a large mare. While he was at home the Yankees came through. They took his mare, killed and eat his steers, stoled his corn, and would have got his other horses but Bent Mason or somebody hid them. Negro Mose, one of the slave negroes, hid the steers but they found them."
"They went on up to the Harshaws. He had 40 head of hogs and lots of everything. They took his hogs, corn, cattle, etc. Then he had a lot of syrup. They took it and poured it in his feather ticks and stired it up with the feathers."
"These Yankees rounded up all the men in the settlement. Lined them up in the lot above where the store and mill is now. Every one that had a soldier's uniform on, or anything about them to show they had been in the army, they took them along as prisoners. I think this was the time they got Bill Waldroup and others here. W. J.A. had left his uniform at Ben Masons. Had on private citizens clothes, so they left him. He went right straight to Bent Masons and got his uniform and went back to the army. After the war was over he came home and married Jane Green."
Fred O. 1926