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The Wilmington morning star. [volume] (Wilmington, N.C.) 1909-1990, September 07, 1947, SECTION A, Image 13

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| Why The Duvals Are Not
j ‘Formy’ Anymore Is Puzzler
COY DUVALL, “The Squire of the Waccamaw,” is shown taking
nls ease at the corner of the combination filling station, general
store and “Temple of Justice” where he dispenses groceries, advises
■ the community and either fines or cusses out its erring sons. The
waters of the W'accamaw are visible through the gap in the trees
m front of the Sauire. ITis son, Deputy Sheriff Pawnee F. Duval,
says the “Formy” was dropped from Duvall to save time.
By PHIL WRIGHT, News State Editor
A 77-year-old man who is possibly the only resident of
this area holding the answer to why, how or when the
FormyDuvals dropped the “Formy” from their name, today
acts as sage judge for the community, and operates a
loausiae country store. '
He is Coy Duval, “Judge,” pro
tem and “The Squire of The Wac
camaw, and unless he or some
other source comes to the rescue,
the explanation will remain in
darkness, because the “Squire” is
not telling.
The origin of the Formy Duvals,
or Duvals—or both — is likewise
steeped in mystery. Duval, “The
SquireV gives with a twinkle of
his eye when you ask him about
his early ancestors — pressed he
emits a low, teasing chuckle, and
if one insists—he does not spare
words to tell one that the answer
is not a little bit of his business.
Not from shame, doubiess, be
cause the Squire descended from
what was obviously a line of well
to-do, respectable planters and
traders — possibly French, as the
name even today will indicate.
Legendary tales, hcvever place
the origin and the subsequent
dropping of the Formy from the
Duval in various and sundry
angles.
Brilliant with their wonderment,
the major of these is that a small
band of Frenchmen, tired of Louis
the Fourteenth’s waste in their
homeland, migrated to Holland
and later — generations later—
came to the New World and
settled, either in Brunswick or Co
lumbus counties.
Another, even more fantastic,
perhaps, is that of the English
men who staged a resurrection
? gainst the Stuarts, and soon after
the re-seating of Charles were im
prisoned for their misdemeanors.
These were subsequently sen
tenced to be hanged, and the
sentence’s execution was to have
been carried out by a prominent
English doctor who in turn was
I pointed out as the guilty man in
setting the offenders free, and was
beheaded, not before, however he
had bid the small band Godspeed
on their perilious voyage to the
New World.
Possibly the most colorful story
connected with the two—or one—
name, is the possibility of the
FormyDuvals having first settled
Crusoe Island, a Brunswick county
French settlement along the banks
of t'ne Waccamaw river which un
til this day holds most of the thrift
and ancient pioneering aspects of
the early settlers.
“All were originally from Bruns
wick,” residents relate — that all
lived in Eirunswick, at or near
Crusoe Island, most of them later
spreading out, and settling largely
in Columbus county.
Our Duval who still has not shed
the light on the whole puzzle, how
ever, discredits these assump
tions, and in addition, especially
the one about his family settling
Crusoe Island in Brunswick coun
ty
The Squire whose age hovers
close to 77 years, was born of
pioneer parents Aug. 11, 1870, the
son of Gerome Prosper and
Shreleann- Duval, records show,
but at what date or on what oc
casion, the “Formy” was dropped
from his “given name” is not dis
closed.
(Residents at nearby Whiteville
recall that not so many years ago
there was a young girl of wide
acquaintance whose name was
Shreleann FormyDuval, althoug
the relationship is not linked with
the “Squire.”)
In introducing Duval, Bill
Keziah, free-lance writer of South
port, says, “you may call Coy
‘The Squire of The Waccamaw,’
—that’s' not half what he has'
called me cn many occasions.”
His friends know him as a man
of “quick, but short lived temper
ment, and Keziah says “he gets
over everything, about as quick as
he can take two dips of snuff on
the ship-sized mop he uses for the
purpose, which he calls a ‘tooth
brush,’” but which the scribe
terms, a mop, nonetheless.
I was kind of surprised when I
he dispersed of the tooth brush
long enough for Pete Knight, the
photographer, to make a picture,
but he is an interesting person
and is widely known,” Keziah
says.
History of the family shows that
the FormyDuvals and Duvals are
closely related,'and the long and
short of the two is that it is the
same name, according to records
and close observers—end in the
opinion too of Duval himself.
Our Duval, youngest of a family
of nine, went to Florida as a
young man and did bookkeeping
for Townson Brothers, Lake But
ler Florida turpentine distillers,
after which he returned to his be
loved farm on the Shallotte river
in Brunswick county.
A short time later h i s father
died, and he moved with his
mother to Wilmington where he
was employed by the B. F. Penny
Dry Goods company. He later
worked in Chadbourn and White
ville, but later heeded the call to
return to till the soil, and care
for his mother until her death,
after which he married his child
hood sweetheart, Blanche Milli
can.
Following his marriage he was
employed for brief intervals in
Conway and Dillon, S. C. and
later in Chadbourn and Whiteville,
N. C. again, but the urge to re
turn to his farm overlooking his
toric Waccamaw river was too
strong, so in 1932 he built there,
only a few feet from the site of
his spacious childhood home, a
new house in which he resides to
day.
.tie was tagged tne squire ot
The Waccamaw” because of his
public acquaintance as Justice f
the Peace, and his sage discus
sions of current topics, as well as
his unraveling of tales of early
life along the river.
He reared four children; two
girls and two boys, and has been
appointed a Justice of the Peace
for four consecutive sessions
And today when the traveler
stops at his roadside store, he
finds Duval ready and eager to
swap yarns, and comment on
things in general.
Prairie Fire
Sweeps Western
State; Huge Loss
HIGHMORE, S. D., Sept. 6.—
(U.R)—A giant prairie fire burned it
self out today after devastating
700 square miles of rich grain and
cattle country in South Dakota’s
worst farming disaster since the
dustbowl.
\ Weary farmers, who had fought
for 12 hours to have their homes,
crops and livestock, totaled their
losses in millions.
Flames broke out anew today
in a small section near the north
western corner of the burned-over
area, but they were brought quick
ly under control by a dozen fire
fighters. '
Some cattle perished in the
fames and many outbuildings were
destroyed. No one was killed,
however, and only a few ranch
houses were burned. But thous
ands of bushels of hay and grain
stored on the ground went up in
flames.
UNIONS TO COMPLY
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6.—(U.R)—
Sen. Joseph H. Ball, R., Minn.,
predicted tonight that national of
ficers of the CIO and AFL will
sign non-Communist affidavits
father than run the risk of hav
ing their unions lose privileges
under the National Labor Rela
tions Board.
Oranganized Reserve Unit
Will Meet Monday Night
With Col. Andrew W. Harriss,
Jr., Lt. Col. Harry D. Griffin and
Captain Carl M. Paige as the
principal speakers, the monthly
meeting of the 322nd Organized
Reserve Composite group will be
conducted Monday night at 7:30
o’clock in room 30 in the oost
office. ,
Col. Harriss, commander of the
group, will discuss sevwral topics,
ranging from use of Reserve of
ficers in ROTC to retroactive
award of the Bronze Star medal.
Col. Griffin will deal with the
subjects of handling non-commis
sioned officers, the GI Bill of
Rights and “The Mosquito-Winged
Scourge.’’ Captain Paige will ex
hibit a training film.
Invitation to attend the meeting
has been extended to all assigned
members of the Organized Re
serve corps and former members
of the Army.
SLEEPS THROUGH SNOW
SAYRE, Pa. (U.R)—1The sound of
shattering glass pierced the early
morning stillness and Patrolman
Jack Hale walked up to a window
of a midtown theater to investi
gate. A drowsy-looking boy of
about seven stuck his head through.
the window and said: "I went to*'
the movies and fell asleep. I Jusl
woke up.”
Mohammedanism is the prevail
ing faith among the Indonesians.
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