Halifax County

County History: 
Quick Facts
People and Biographies
Notable individuals from nursing history.
  • Mary Ione Branch Bain (1897-1991): World War I nurse from Halifax County.
  • Nellie Ellis Clemons ( ): First African American civil service nurse in the Medical Bureau. An exerpt of her autobiographical sketch from Evelyn Wicker's "Voices" can be found in the Resources section below.
  • Louise P. East (1940s-1950s): NCNA President from 1947 to 1949, and Nursing Director of Halifax County Health Department.
  • Edith McNeill Holmes (1905- ): Known as "Nurse Mac," Holmes was a public health nurse and "chief stork" (midwife) for Halifax County. An interview with Holmes can be found through UNC University Libraries archival collections (Jane Abernethy Plyler papers, 1979-1980).
  • Elizabeth Herbert Smith Taylor (1888-1979): Born in Scotland Neck, NC, Tayler was a nurse serving in France during World War I. She continued her nursing career in several locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, returning to NC after each job. Her diaries can be found in the UNC University Libraries Southern Historical Collection (Elizabeth Herbert Smith Taylor Diaries (#4994), 1918-1979).
Additional resources for further research.


Newspaper Clippings

Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt