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McDuff "McD" Arledge

Also Known As: "McDuffy", "MacDuffie", "McDuff", "George McDuffie"
Birthplace: [or 1833] Edgefield or Fairfield Co, SC; in 1862 Mecklenburg Co NC Lawsuit w/George Ledbetter; was train engineer for Jefferson Davis; listed in 1890 Charlotte, NC city directory; 1910 living w/ Bruns (dau)
Death: November 05, 1914 (80)
Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co, NC: Bur. Elmwood Cemetery
Place of Burial: Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Arledge and Sarah Arledge Fry
Husband of Jailey Alice Arledge
Father of Richard Fair Arledge, Sr.; Mary Annette "Mamie" Arledge; Thomas D. or E. Arledge and Duffy Arledge
Brother of Thomas Arledge; ??? Arledge; Son 1 killed in Civil War Arledge and Son 2 killed in Civil War Arledge
Half brother of Daniel Fry and John Fry

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About McDuff "McD" Arledge

  • in 1862 Mecklenburg Co NC Lawsuit w/George Ledbetter;
  • was train engineer for Jefferson Davis;
  • listed in 1890 Charlotte, NC city directory;


McD Arledge, "North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1979"

  • Name: McD Arledge
  • Also Known As Name:
  • File Name: McD Arledge
  • Event Type: Probate
  • Event Place: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States
  • Event Year: 1914
  • Other Name(s):
  • Number of Names with File:
  • GS Film number: 001986762
  • Digital Folder Number: 007067170
  • First Image Number: 00495
  • Last Image Number: 00582
  • Number of Images: 88

McD Arledge left an estate valued at around $80,000, much of it in valuable real estate in downtown Charlotte, NC. In a "Caveat to the Probate," sons Thomas D. and Richard F. Arledge challenge the veracity of the "paper writing purporting to be the will" of McD. Arledge, dated 11 November 1911, produced by sister Mamie A. Bruns, naming her executor, claiming that it was created under duress and when the father was incapacitated and not competent to sign a will. A jury was summoned for a trial in 1916. The estate file contains the arguments for both sides. The judgment of the jury was that the paper writing was NOT the Will and Testament of McD. Arledge.


  • 1900 census Charlotte Ward 2, Mecklenburg Co, NC as "McArledge" family!

5 M. Arledge Alley (near South Tryon St.)

  • Mac McArledge 66 WM Jan 1834 Md 34 SC SC SC Landlord
  • Jany H McArledge 63 wife Jul 1836 Md 34 4/3 SC SC SC Housekeeper
  • Thom D McArledge 33 son Jan 1867 SC SC SC Telegraph operator
  • Arch F McArledge 31 son Sept 1868 SC SC SC Cem Togoeller (?), Baking
  • Mary A Bruns 23 dau Oct 1876 NC SC SC Asst Housekeeper
  • William L Bruns 27 son-i-l Sept 1872 SC SC SC Watchmaker & Jeweler
  • Ella McArledge 26 dau-i-l Feb 1874 Missouri VA Missouri Asst Housekeeper
  • Madoline McArledge 6 gr-dau Dec 1893 NC SC Missouri
  • Sarah Fry abt 90 mother Record burnt don't know (birthdate) SC SC SC
  • Jennie Walker 23 serv 1877 NC NC NC House girl
  • Nancy Dening 22 serv 1878 SC SC SC Cook

[All can read and write except for servants; Nancy can read but not write, Jennie cannot read or write]

  • 1910 Federal census Charlotte Ward 2, Mecklenburg Co, NC

505 S. Tryon Street Bruns, William L. head 37 m1 12 SC Germany SC jeweler, own shop Mamie A. wife 32 m1 12 5/3 NC SC SC Elizabeth dau 9 NC SC NC George D. son 7 NC SC NC Mamie L. dau 5 NC SC NC Cook Lilly boarder 22 NC NC NC Aldridge, Mack D. father in law 76 wid SC SC SC own income Wilfred Alice boarder 35 NC NC NC

503 S. Tryon Street Aldridge Thomas head 43 m1 18 SC SC SC Dispatcher, Telegraph Office Ella wife 35 MS VA MS Madeline dau 16 NC SC MS + 5 boarders (Saleslady, lawyer, stenographer)


Charlotte/Mecklenburg CO, NC Death certificate (Nov 5, 1914) as "Mc D Arledge" provides date of birth (Jan 21, 1833), name of father (Thomas Arledge) and mother (Sarah Fry) as well as location of birth (Edgefield SC). Buried Elmwood. Attached.


Obit and Cemetery information (from Find a Grave)

Birth: Jan. 21, 1834 Death: Nov. 5, 1914


One of the City's Oldest and Most Respected Citizens Passes.

Death removed one of Charlotte's oldest and most respected citizens yesterday morning when at 8 o'clock. Mr. McDuff Arledge succumbed to an illness which he was seized last March. He was 81 years old, having been born January 21, 1833, in Edgefield County, South Carolina.

The funeral will be conducted this morning at 11 o'clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. L. Bruns, 505 South Tryon street, by Rev. Dr. T. F. Marr, pastor of Trinity Methodist Church. Interment will be at Elmwood. The pallbearers will be Messrs. C. Valaer, Walter Cuthbertson, John W. Smith, W. Jesse Chambers, Harry W. Dixon and Joseph Garibaldi.

Mr. Arledge is survived by three children, Mr. Thomas D. Arledge, Mr. Richard F. Arledge and Mrs. W. L. Bruns. There are six grandchildren.

For 62 years Mr. Arledge had been a resident of Charlotte, having come here in 1852 when the place was little more than a village. After attaining young manhood at the place of his nativity near Winnsboro he served his time as machinist in the old Palmetto Iron Works of Columbia, S. C., a fact in which he always felt pride. He was then appointed to the post of engineer on the old C. C. and A. road, and held this position for 15 or 20 years. For a number of years after coming here he continued to engage in the railroad service. He then entered business uiredat the corner of College and Second streets. In 1866 he was married to Miss Julia A. Palmer in Yorkville, S. C., she died about eight years ago in May.

About 20 years ago Mr. Arledge retired from active business life. In the meantime by thrift, industry and good management he had acquired valuable property in various sections of the city.

Mr. Arledge was a man of the highest character. None stood higher than he in the estimation of those who knew him. He possessed fine judgement and a poise of mind that was never shaken. He was a loyal member of Trinity Methodist Church, which he supported heartily in all its enterprises. He was a Mason, too, of the old school. Of all his connections Masonry he held second only to his Church. He and Col. Lewis S. Williams were perhaps the oldest Masons in the State.

Although his activities had been restricted by ill health during the past six months, Mr. Arledge retained his interest in affairs, and bore his suffering without complaint. In sickness, as in health, he was unafraid, and he met the end undaunted.

Charlotte Observer 11.06.1914

Family links: Parents: Sarah Frye (1809 - 1902)

Spouse: Jael A Palmer Arledge (1835 - 1906)*

Children: Infant Arledge (____ - 1875)* Mamie Arledge Bruns (1875 - 1968)*

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Burial: Elmwood Cemetery Charlotte Mecklenburg County North Carolina, USA

Created by: DSM Record added: Oct 23, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 60519930

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McDuff "McD" Arledge's Timeline

January 21, 1834
[or 1833] Edgefield or Fairfield Co, SC; in 1862 Mecklenburg Co NC Lawsuit w/George Ledbetter; was train engineer for Jefferson Davis; listed in 1890 Charlotte, NC city directory; 1910 living w/ Bruns (dau)
January 17, 1867
SC SC (or NC) SC ; 1888-1892 Charlotte City Directory bookkeeper & telegrapher; HOH 1920 & 1930 Mecklenburg Co NC census (lived at 208 N. Tryon St, Charlotte); age52; in real estate & railroad; 1921 Charlotte CD as Telegraph Operator Sout RR; 1910 w/ Brun
SC (acc to 1900 census) or Charlotte, NC; in Charlotte city directory in 1889-1891 as bookkeeper and clerk; HOH 1910 Meckl Co, NC; lived in Asheville, NC in 1910s before moving to NM in c 1917
October 4, 1875
NC; living with father Mac in Mecklenburg Co NC 1900 census
November 5, 1914
Age 80
Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co, NC: Bur. Elmwood Cemetery
Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States