Blount Coleman Pearce
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Blount Coleman PEARCE
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Blount Coleman PEARCE was born in New Bern, NC on Jan. 5, 1829, the son of
William Blount Pearce and Mary HERRITAGE. He married Ann KINSAUL, daughter
of Robert Marshal KINSAUL, one of the largest merchants in Pitt County.
After the death of Ann in 1880, Blount took a position with a New York house
and became a traveling salesman. He later served as Pitt County Register of
Deeds, filling the unexpired term of W. A. CHERRY, who died while in
office. Blount served in the Civil War and was a lifelong friend of Dr.
Charles J. O'HAGAN. He had the distinction of being the first man in NC to
be arrested for activities as a member of the Klu Klux Klan and was taken
before the Military Court at Goldsboro, NC for trial. He always said that
his being a MASON was the cause of his life being spared. He always took a
prominent part in the public affairs of Greenville, NC. Blount was married
second in June 1898 to Mrs. Maggie Newby HUNT of Sanford, NC and he moved to
Sanford where he lived for twelve years. He was appointed the first
treasurer of the new county of Lee..He was a constant visitor to Greenville
after he moved to Sanford. Blount died in Sanford, NC and was buried in the
Buffalo Cemetery. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
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