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The  home  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Sam  F.  Vance,  Jr.,  on  Salisbury  Street.   The  siding  of  this  home  covers  a  two-story  log  home  to  which  Francis
          The  house  was  built  in  1834.  The  ceilings  in  the  two  front  rooms   Marion  Stafford  and  his  bride  moved  in  1857.  (Prior  to  their  coming  two
           are  made  of  hand-hewn  wide  plank  boards.  The  three  chimneys  on  the   other  families  resided  here.)  Mr.  Francis  Stafford  enclosed  the  log  structure
           house  are  the  original  ones.  Mr,  and  Mrs.  Vance  bought  and  remodeled   which  dates  back  to  1840  or  earlier,  and  added  more  rooms.  William  C.
           the  house  in  1942.                                                        Stafford,  his  son,  came  here  with  his  family  to  live  in  1904.  H e,  too,  made
                                                                                        additions  to  the  home.  In  the  attic  room  the  original  logs  may  be  seen.
                                                                                        Miss  Eugenia  Stafford,  daughter  of  the  late  W.  C.  Stafford  resides  in  the
                                                                                        home.  Ivy  planted  around  the  house  came  from  Mt.  Vernon  in  1921.

                By  far  the  largest  and  most  important  Indian  tribe
           in  North  Carolina  was  the  Cherokees.  They  were  truly
           mountain folks  and  like  the mountains  they  were  strong
           and rugged.  Their settlements overflowed into the pleas-
           ant, fruitful valley of the foothills and we know that they
           were  in  the immediate  area  around  Kernersville  for  one
           period at least.  There will be more of this story  later.
                The  surprising  opening  paragraphs  of  Forsyth,  A
           C aunty  on the  March  must  be  repeated here.
                     Improbable as  it sounds, it is  a fact that the
                pioneers  in  this  immediate  section  of  North
                Carolina  selected  their  land  in  Ans0n  County,
                settled in Rowan County, and went through the
                Revolutionary  War  in  Surry  County;  their  de-
                scendants  were  in  Stokes  County  during  the
                War of  1812  and  the  Mexican  War,  and  volun-                          The  Nathanial  Macon  Kerner  home  on  South  Main  Street  is  one  of
                teered  for  Confederate  service  from  Forsyth                        Kernersville's  oldest  homes.  It  was  built  over  100  years  ago  with  brick
                                                                                        made  from  clay  and  it  stands  on  part  of  the  original  Joseph  Kerner  estate.
                County- and  yet  the  location  never  changed!                         athanial,  son  of  John  Frederick  and  grandson  of  "Joseph  of  Kernersville,"
                     The  explanation  is  that  the  area  which  is                   took  his  bride,  Martha  Elizabeth  Stockton  to  live  here  in  October,  1857.
                                                                                         athanial  died  in  1880  and  his  son  Carl  and  wife  Berenice  continued  to
                now  Forsyth  was  always  in  the  piece  that  was                    live  in  the  house  until  their  deaths.  The  house  was  bought  by  Mr.  and
                                                                                        Mrs.  John  Wolfe  III  in  1970,  who  reside  here  now.  John  is  a  descendant
                cut off when a large county was divided;  always                        of  " Joseph  of  Kernersville".
                it  saw  the  other  part  of  the  county  keep  the
                name  and  the  record  books;  always  it  was  in
                the  new  county,  with  a  new  county  seat,  and                     He was a  landlord indeed and in truth!  He was  the first
                a  new  set  of  county  records.                                       of  that  vanguard  to  follow,  some  from  the  North,  from
                And  now,  at  last,  Kernersville's  first  hero  makes  his           New  England,  Pennsylvania,  Virginia,  the  settled  colo-
          appearance  on  history's  stage.  His  name  was  Caleb                      nies;  some  from  eastern  Carolina  and  the  Albemarle
          Story  and  he  is  described  as  an  Irishman,  but  he  was                country  and  some  from  further  South  and  the  Charles
          probably  Scotch-Irish  (which  as  any  Scotsman  will  tell                 Town  area.

          you  is  a  different  thing  all  together).  At  any  rate  he                   Did  Caleb  Story  build  a  little  frontier  cabin?  How
          came, walking or riding  along a  high ridge two  hundred                     long  did he stay?  Was he unable to  persuade his  sweet-
          miles  from  the  sea  and  nearly  a  thousand  feet  above                  heart to  brave  the  loneliness  and  dangers  of the wilder-
          sea  level.  The high  ridge_ was  his,  the massive  oaks  and               ness  with  him?  We  shall  never  know.  We  do  know,
          virgin  pines  were  his,  four  hundred  acres  of  beautiful,               however,  that 'by  1756  trouble  was  brewing  in  Carolina.
          rolling  wood  land.  Perhaps  he  had  never  owned  an                      The  disturbance  of  the  French  and  Indian  War  was
          acre  in  the  old  world  but now  in  the  year  of  our  Lord              penetrating  southward  and  the  Moravians  at  nearby
          1756,  or  thereabouts,  he,  Caleb  Story,  had  a  land  grant              Bethabara built a  palisade round their village  that same
          from  the Royal Colony of Carolina for this  strip of land.                   year.  By  1760  the  terrors  of  Cherokee  Indian  warfare

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