Re: Info about the Proctors/Hoopers of Rutherford Co., NC.~
I was born Beverly Fields and my father (Max J. Fields) was from Asheville, NC. My dad's mother was CATHERINE PROCTOR FIELDS (b.1898 in Asheville). She was named after her dad's mother CATHARINE HOOPER PROCTOR~her grandmother. Her father was ELIAS D. PROCTOR (born April 29, 1880).Elias' FATHER was CRATON PROCTOR (b. 1825) and his MOTHER was CATHARINE HOOPER (b.1854). She was the second and much younger wife of CRATON PROCTOR in Rutherford Co. Craton was first married to Mary Jane (Baxter ?). He and his family first lived in Catheys Creek and later in Green Hill).
I've read your various informative communications that are listed here from 2005-06 with other family "searchers" and historians. My only maternal aunt FRANCIS FIELDS ROLAND (now age 78)is my only aunt left in my father's family. She lives in Asheville. She has pictures of her grandfather ELIAS PROCTOR (my great grandfather). I've found his 1918 military Registration Card online. I've found him on the census rolls in Asheville in the early 1900's. He was married maybe 2-3 times (to Carrie, Annie and Viola).
Elias Proctor was a butcher. I have older first cousins who lived in Asheville and interacted with him regularly in the 1940's and 1950's. He looked like a white man, and folks who didn't know him thought he was white. On his Military Registration Card in 1918, his race is listed as "white" and it indicates that he had blue eyes.
For a while he was employed at the "Vanderbilt Mansion" when it was being built back then. This is now known as the Biltmore House today.
They say that ELIAS PROCTOR could show his hot temper, and folks didn't "mess with him." (smile) My grandmother Catherine PROCTOR Fields looked sort of like a short "Indian squaw" lady...and she was a little light skinned woman...who was about 5 ft. tall and about the same in width. She was a soft-spoken woman with a very sweet, calm disposition. She died Dec. 31, 1976. She and her husband, (my grandfather) Andrew Fields (a blacksmith from Tryon, NC) had 11 children...8 boys and 3 girls.
My (Fields) grandparents and my (Proctor) great grandfather lived their entire lives in Asheville. Elias Proctor died in Asheville, as well, and all of them belonged to Mt. Zion Bapt. Church. These Asheville Fields (Proctor) off-spring later scattered all around the USA, served in WWII, were community leaders and had good skills and talents. The current generation of these "family heirs" continue this legacy.
I can be reached at 919-673-5786 (cell) in Raleigh, NC.
I am a retired School Social Worker, writer, storyteller and published poet. If anyone can give me any further family information, I would be MOST grateful.
Thank you so much,
Beverly Fields Burnette