Henry Peyton Noland was born in 1896 at Sligo, the Noland's plantation in Bovina, Mississippi. A veteran of World War I, he was in the Army (he's pictured in a private's uniform in the 1918 photograph included in this profile). He married Florence Lenora Martin in 1923. He and Florence had two children. Their oldest son, Peyton Noland said that in the 1960s, an aunt told him that the family called his father Buddy, which was their other son's nickname, so both sons were named for him in a sense. Peyton Noland also shared numerous stories of what he remembered of his father, who died in 1935, when Peyton was 11.
Henry Peyton Noland was a bookkeeper - what today we would call an accountant. His son says he was a whiz with numbers and could accurately add columns up in his head. The following is from Peyton's notes:
"My mother was teaching in the Warren Co. school system in Nanachehaw, and my father was working as a bookkeeper for a lumber company, Allen Cooperage Co." in 1923. In 1925, the family was in Louisiana, "where my father was working as a bookkeeper for the Chicago Mill and Lumber Co. [H]e was a deputy sheriff, as far as I know the only one in Darnell [West Carroll Parish, Louisiana]; the Sheriff was at the Parish seat, Oak Grove."
One of the stories from Peyton's notes provides a unique window to his family's life at this time. In a nutshell: His father "always slept with a pistol under his pillow," his uncle lived with them on and off, and when a neighbor heard shots, he hollered "Did you shoot your wife?"
In 1929, at the time of the "big stock market crash, and subsequent Great Depression" the Chicago Mill and Lumber Co. closed. His son continues: "My father was one of the last to be laid off, and as I recall, it must have been around October 1930 before he was let go, and we left Darnell, never to return."
Henry Peyton Noland died in the VA Hospital at Alexandria, Louisiana, in1935. He is buried in the Noland plot in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi.
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