Phineas Edgar, Jr. (1900-1971)
Phineas Edgar Horton, Jr. was born at the “Horton Home Place” on South Main Street in Salem, NC (in 1913 Salem and Winston merged to become Winston-Salem) and lived there most of his 70 years, including more than 30 years of “housekeeping” with his wife “Dink” to whom he was married for almost 46 years. After attending the U. S Naval Academy and UNC Law School he practiced law for almost 50 years specializing in criminal defense work, after serving as solicitor of the City Court from 1925 until 1933. Phin served the Home Moravian Church as an active usher, and never missed ushering at the “Easter Sunrise Service.” He also served as the “Sentry on the Square” for the recreation of “Christmas in Old Salem of 1800.” For many years he was a lieutenant in the US Calvary Reserve, served as chef de gare of the 40 and 8, and was a member of the American Legion where he served as Santa Claus. From 1923-29 and 1932-38 he was an active trainer of polo ponies for the Winston-Salem Polo Team and coached the team. After polo ended in 1938 he trained American saddlebred horses, became a senior judge of the American Saddle Horse Association, and president, American Walking Horse Association.
The “Horton Home Place” on South Main Street in Salem, NC
(in 1913 Salem and Winston merged to become Winston-Salem)
PHINEAS EDGAR10 HORTON, JR (PHINEAS EDGAR9, ALEXANDER HAMILTON8, WILLIAM7, NATHAN6, NATHAN5, CALEB4, BARNABAS3, CALEB2, BARNABAS1)1 was born April 28, 1900 in "at the Home Place", Salem, Forsyth County, NC2; died February 09, 1971 in Stokes County, NC3, and is buried in God’s Acre, Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC6. He married LAURA FRANCES MEDEARIS4 May 02, 1925 in Centenary Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, NC5, daughter of NEWTON HARRIS MEDEARIS and LAURA ROBERSON. She was born November 12, 1899 in Winston, Forsyth County, NC; died December 10, 1984 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC, and is buried in Salem Cemetary, Winston-Salem, NC.
1. Henderson, Archibald; North Carolina:
The Old North State And The New, Vol. IV: North Carolina Biography; 1941,
2. Winston-Salem Journal, February 9, 1971, Obituary for Phin Horton.
3. Winston-Salem Journal, February 10, 1971, News Article: "Phin Horton, Jr.: A Mixture of Old South, Trial Lawyer".
4. Henderson, Archibald; North Carolina: The Old North State And The New, Vol. IV: North Carolina Biography; 1941, pg. 341.
5. Winston-Salem Journal, May 3, 1925, News Article: "Medearis-Horton Wedding Solemnized at Centenary Church".
6. Home Moravian Church Records, Winston-Salem, NC.
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