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"Candy: Much on this family (Davidson) will be found in the Caswell County Family Tree. Do not be put off by the name of the site. See also: Asheville and Buncombe County. Rick Frederick"
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"My second-great grandfather, Jesse Siler Smith (1821-1870), and Zeb Vance were Asheville friends, political cohorts, and drinking buddies. On March 28, 1856, together with Alfred T. Summey, William Wallace McDowell, N. L. Neilson, and Zebulon B.…"
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"Asheville" by W. Cotten Dowing

[The following poem is the last written by the able pen of our deceased friend and former countryman, Mr. W. Cotten Downing. It was first published in the Asheville Evening Journal Feb., 28 [1890], and finding, as all his writings did, such a warm reception from the people, it was called back and appeared again the next day in the same paper. We do not produce it as an average specimen of the poetical talent of this true Southern gentleman who loved the Sunny South, but who now lies cold in…See More
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* A History of Buncombe County, North Carolina, F. A. Sondley (1930)
* A Pictorial History of Buncombe County, Asheville Citizen Times (1993)
* Abstracted Wills of Buncombe County, North Carolina 1831-1872, Frances Terry Ingmire, Compiler (1984
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* Asheville Mountain Majesty, Lou Harshaw (2007)
* Asheville's River Arts District, Rob Neufeld and Henry Neufeld (2008)
* Asheville: A History, Nan K. Chase (2007)
* Asheville: A Postcard History, Volume I, Sue Greenberg and Jan Kahn (1997)
* Asheville: A Postcard History, Volume II, Sue Greenberg and Jan Kahn (1997)
* Biographical History of North Carolina: From Colonial times to the Present, Samuel A. Ashe, Stephen B. Weeks, Charles L. Van Noppen, Editors, Volume VII (1908)
* Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley, Swannanoa Valley Museum (2004)
* Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds, Julian M. Pleasants (2000)
* Cabins & Castles: The History & Architecture of Buncombe County, North Carolina, Douglas Swaim (1981)
* Chronology of North Carolina, D. K. Bennett (1858) [containing sketches of Buncombe County men]
* Cyclopedia of Eminent and Representative Men of the Carolinas of the Nineteenth Century, Volume II, Edward Mc Crady, Samuel A’Court Ashe (1892)
* Early Tourism in Western North Carolina, Stephen C. Compton (2004)
* Family and Descendents of William Wallace McDowell & Sarah Lucinda Smith McDowell, Frances Arthur McDowell, Compiler and Editor (undated but after 1997)
* Family History of Western North Carolina, Joyce Justus Parris (1998)
* Fashionable Asheville, Volumes I and II, David Coleman Bailey (2004)
* Genesis of Buncombe County, Theodore F. Davidson (1922)
* Historic Asheville, Bob Terrell (1997)
* In Buncombe County, Maria Louise Pool (1986)
* Look Homeward Asheville, Peter Olevnik (2008)
* Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N.C. Newspapers 1840-1870, An Index Robert M. Topkins, Compiler and Editor (1977)
* Sketches of North Carolina, Reverend William Henry Foote (1846)
* The French Broad, Wilma Dykeman (1955)
* The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina in the Civil War, John C. Inscoe and Gordon B. McKinney (2000)
* The History of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, North Carolina, Joyce Justus Parris (1996)
* The Smith-McDowell House: A History, Dr. Richard W. Iobst (undated, but after 1998)
* The Standard Guide to Asheville and Western North Carolina, Published by Fred L. Jacobs, Asheville, N.C. (1887)
* Thomas Wolfe of North Carolina, H. G. Jones, Editor (1982)
* Western North Carolina: A History from 1730-1913, John Preston Arthur (1914)
* Western North Carolina: A Visual Journey Through Stereo Views and Photographs, Stephen E. Massengill (1999)
* Western North Carolina: Its Mountains and Its People to 1880, Ora Blackmun (1977)
* “Reminiscences of Western North Carolina,” Colonel Allen T. Davidson. Published in The Lycemu, a monthly Asheville newspaper that had a short life (May 1890 until some time in 1892)
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"Asheville" by W. Cotten Dowing

[The following poem is the last written by the able pen of our deceased friend and former countryman, Mr. W. Cotten Downing. It was first published in the Asheville Evening Journal Feb., 28 [1890], and finding, as all his writings did, such a warm reception from the people, it was called back and appeared again the next day in the same paper. We do not produce it as an average specimen of the poetical talent of this true Southern gentleman who loved the Sunny South, but who now lies cold in…

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