Cleveland County

County History: 
Quick Facts
People and Biographies
Notable individuals from nursing history.
  • Frances Elliott Davis (1882-1965): First African-American Red Cross nurse, she served during World War I.
  • Newman A. Gardner (1833-u.d.): Born March 11, 1833 in Cleveland County, N.C. Enlisted in the Confederate Army1861, Co. K., Capt. John Brown Jenkins. Wasa  nurse in a Confederate Hospital at close of war. After the war he was a  farmer.
  • J. Ida Roberts Jiggetts (1901-1992): Mental health social worker and scholar of Judaism.
  • Jamarica Smith Jones (1950- ): Jones worked from 1975-2010 as a child health nurse with the Cleveland County Health Department.  As a public health nurse she worked hard to reduce the harmful effects of asthma on children and their families.
Additional resources for further research.


  • Toney, S. P. (2009). Gardner-Webb University School of Nursing: History & Heritage. Westmoreland Printers Inc: Shelby, North Carolina.
Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt