William Waff & Willie Traynham

William Benbury Waff 1853 – 1933 | his parents
& 1882 Willie LeGrand Traynham 1862 – 1954 | her parents
Of Edenton and Winton NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


William Benbury Waff (13 Nov 1853 Edenton NC – 11 Jan 1933 Winton NC) attended school in Edenton, then Reynoldson Male Institute. He taught a year in Virginia. Then he graduated 1880 Wake ForestCollege where he was the recipient of the Latin Medal. He spent two years teaching in Davidson County and one year at Washington, NC where he met his wife.
married 21 Dec 1882 Willie LeGrand Traynham 14 Dec 1862 – 18 Nov 1954

He had moved to Reynoldson in 1883 and taught with his brother T E Waff, at Reynoldson institute.
Pastor of Reynoldson Baptist Church 1884 – 1907 [also pastor of Gatesville, Ariel, Cool Spring, Beulah, Middle Swamp, Ballad’s Bridge, and Great Fork Churches]
When T E Waff decided to move to Brunswick, Georgia he sold the school to his brother William.

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Student body of Reynoldson during the 1890’s

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Owned and operated Reynoldson Institute 1887 – 1905 when he sold it to Gates County for use as a public school

1907- he moved to Murfreesboro NC for eight years pastor at Meherrin, Conway, Severn and Margarettsville Churches.
Then moved to the Jonesboro field and then to Pittsboro. In 1922 moved to Mocksville for ten years.
He returned in Dec 1931 to eastern North Carolina to live in Winton NC.

Children of William Benbury Waff & Willie LeGrand Traynham:
1. Ruth Waff
2. Charles Manly Waff
married Elizabeth Beale of Franklin VA
a. Charles Manly Waff Jr. 16 Dec 1913 Norfolk VA –
i. William Burns Waff
married Ellen Coutts has family Bible
live, currently, in Connecticut (formerly Maryland)
ii. Craig Beale Waff
currently in Ohio.
b. Milton Beale Waff 6 Mar 1918 Norfolk VA –
never married
3. Mary [Mamie] Waff
married Whitley
4. Jessie Waff [as 2nd wife] lived Ahoskie
married 1934 John Andrew Northcott 10 Dec 1871 – 7 Oct 1943 Winton NC

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Willie T & Willie B Waff

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their home in Gates Co
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their family

Ref: “Family Records as compiled by Emily Waff Bailey and Mary Elizabeth Waff Staples.”
“Pride of the Past, Hope for the Future, Piney Grove-Reynoldson Baptist Church 1827-1977” by Edith H Freeman Seiling
see also “History of Reynoldson Institute” by Lillie Waff Smith 1916

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John Andrew Northcott ca 1939
10 Dec 1871 – 7 Oct 1943
Register of Deeds, Hertford Co, NC
he was the son of Andrew James Northcott and Roberta [Bertie] Freeman of Winton, NC
he married 1st 1892 Mamie Lassiter 1874-23 Dec 1930
dau of William J Lassiter and Imogene Womble
their children were Loula I April 1894; Helena C Nov 1895; John Jr Oct 1897; Thornton D Oct 1899.
he married 2nd 1934 Jessie Waff dau of Willie Traynham Waff

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