“Pictures and Sketches of My Son Isaac Spencer London Jr. who died January 20, 1947 of Acute Hepatitis at the Veterans Hospital, Fayetville” was published as a booklet by my great-grandfather over 60 years ago to commemorate his son, Isaac Spencer London Jr., after he died from Hepatitis probably contracted during one of two kidney operations he had in the Army.
I discovered two copies of this booklet in my grandfather’s belongings after he had passed away not too many years ago, and set it aside to cull genealogical information from it. Though I have done that, I’ve since lost the database that I entered it into, and I wasn’t able to extract but a fraction of the information in the booklet.
I would have to do it again, but the concept was to preserve all of the data presented, and hopefully to make it usable for the living relatives who are interested. I do not know how many copies of the booklet have been printed, nor how many survive. There are entries in a few university libraries for the pamphlet, so a few other copies exist for sure.
I read the last page again, where my great grandfather said the following:
--- This last page and the two blank pages of the cover are intended to be used as a Family Record. It is my hope that the names and data of additional grandchildren, and the names of their descendants, or of other members of our families, may be written hereon as a PERMANENT Family Record.
I have prepared this 44-page booklet (and 4-page cover) entirely with the idea of INFORMATION for our descendants. Here’s hoping it will be of value and be informative to you all in the many years far hence!
—Isaac S. London, Rockingham, N. C.. June, 1947. ---
I had to do more than just pull the names and dates again. I felt had to take Isaac’s work and make it available to everyone who was interested.
Since I’m adept at both scanning and converting printed text into documents and preparing them for the web, I decided to create a website and put the entire booklet up. All of the text has been converted and initially proofed for errors, though some may still exist.
The site is free and features a blog that will probably be used infrequently, but will contain information relating to the booklet and the people listed in it.
Page 01 – Blank Page 02 – Poems Page 03 – A Foreword Page 04 - Isaac Spencer London Jr. Died Page 05 - Isaac Spencer London Jr. Died (cont.) Page 06 - Isaac Spencer London Jr. Died (cont.) Page 07 - Isaac Spencer London Jr. Died (cont.) Page 08 – Isaac Spencer London Jr. Died (cont.) Page 09 – Isaac Spencer London Jr. Died (cont.) Page 10 – Isaac Spencer London Jr. Died (cont.) Page 11 – Isaac Spencer London Jr. Died (cont.) & A Poem on Father’s Day Page 12 – Father and Son Page 13 – A Word Personal Page 14 – Lena Payne Everett London Page 15 – Isaac Spencer London Sr. Page 16 – A Word Personal (cont.) Page 17 – A Word Personal (cont.) & Glimpses Column Page 18 – Will of Isaac S. London Jr. & Testimony Page 19 – Testimony (cont.) Page 20 – Grave of Isaac Spencer London Jr. Page 21 – Grave of Mrs. Isaac (Lena) London Page 22 – Sketch of Isaac’s Life Page 23 – Sketch of Isaac’s Life (cont.) Page 24 – Sketch of Isaac’s Life (cont.) Page 25 – Sketch of Isaac’s Life (cont.) & Poem Page 26 – “The Story of My Life” Page 27 – “The Story of My Life” (cont.) Page 28 – Isaac Spencer London Page 29 – Brothers and Sisters of I. S. London Sr. Page 30 – Lena Payne Everett London Page 31 – Brothers and Sisters of Lena Payne Everette London Page 32 – Isaac and Lena Everett London Children & Second Marriage Page 33 – Photos Page 34 – Major Henry Armand London Page 35 – Mrs. Henry Armand London Page 36 – Cemetary Lots at Eastside Page 37 – Cemetary Lots at Eastside (cont.) Page 38 – Isaac Spencer London Jr. Page 39 – A Tribute from Congressman C. B. Deane Page 40 – How Carl Goerch Views the Rockingham Post-Dispatch Page 41 – How Carl Goerch Views the Rockingham Post-Dispatch (cont.) Page 42 – How Carl Goerch Views the Rockingham Post-Dispatch (cont.) Page 43 – How Carl Goerch Views… & A Closing Word Page 44 – A Final Word