In Memory….Duncan Black, 15 NC Infantry


In memory of my GG Grandfather Duncan Black. DEO VINDICE.

DUNCAN BLACK was born May 29, 1844 in Cumberland County, NC, and died October 11, 1919 in Harnett County, NC. He married CHRISTIAN J. MCRAE 1860, daughter of JOHN MCRAE and CATHERINE SMITH. She was born January 31, 1837 in Cumberland County, NC, and died March 20, 1909 in Harnett County, NC.

Obituary by daughter Belle Black as it appeared in the local newspaper in Bunnlevel, NC.

"Our father, Mr. Duncan Black, died at his home in Harnett County at 7 o’clock on Saturday evening, October 11, 1919. He was born May 29, 1844. He was 75 years, 4 months and 12 days old when he died. He lived with his father, Mr. Malcom Black, till the breaking out of the War Between the States in 1861, when he went to the battlefield in defense of his country. No braver soldier ever followed a flag or stood more brave to the cause of his beloved Southland. When the flag of the South was raised in defeat he came home and set to work.

Our mother, Miss Christian McRae, became his wife in 1860 and they raised nine children. Six girls and three boys and they were very much devoted to their children. They were members of the Presbyterian Church with faith and had no doubt. They left to us their Christian example. Our mother was born January 31, 1839 and died March 20, 1909. There was no time in her long and useful life when evening shadows gathered around her but what she could say to her Savior, "Father, I have finished the work Thou has given me to do."

As we stand around our father’s new grave we feel sorry for his passing but are glad that we loved him. He left to us a good example for his fellow man. He was Christian without guile. May we all seek to follow them in the path of righteousness until we reach the city prepared for those who are faithful to the end. We feel that they are resting with their Savior whom they loved.

"Let not your heart be troubled, ye who believe in God believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself. That where I am there you may be also."


Duncan Black