Collection Number: 20037

Collection Title: Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979

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Size 22 items
Abstract The Joines Family Collection consists of live audio recordings featuring John E. "Frail" Joines (1914- ), an Anglo-American traditional storyteller from Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C. Joines' son, Jerry Dale Joines, and daughter, Joyce Joines Newman, compiled these oral history recordings, 1971-1979, which feature their father sharing tall tales, stories from World War II, hunting tales, religious narratives, local anecdotes, ballads, and songs. Jim Jennings (1928- ), an Anglo-American storyteller who has learned from Joines, is included in a few of the recordings performing tales he learned from Joines. John E. Joines was featured in the 1981 documentary film, Being A Joines: A Life in the Brushy Mountains, by Tom Davenport, Allen Tullos, Joyce Joines Newman, and Daniel Patterson.
Creator Joines Family.
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Joines Family Collection #20037, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Traditional storyteller, John Elree Joines, or "Frail," as he was nicknamed and always called, was born in 1914 in in Wilkes County, N.C. He was the fourth of nine children to John Wesley James and Gertrude Brock Joines. Due to his large size as a baby, Frail was nicknamed after a local overweight man named Fraley, and the nickname stuck throughout Joines' life. Other people spelled the nickname as Frale or Fraley, but Joines preferred the spelling of Frail.

Frail reached the eighth grade, excelling in arithmetic, spelling, and geography, but estimates that he actually attended school only four years, and rarely as much as two months a year. His chief schooling was in how to work animals and care for them, to prepare the land, plant, tend, and harvest crops, to cut and haul timber, and to perform other tasks of a farming community. At the age of thirteen Frail left home as a result of a dispute with his father, moved to the home of a married sister, and began to earn his own living. He worked three years for an orchard, eighteen months at a saw mill, two years for a farmer, nine months at a furniture factory, several years breaking mules and horses in Wilkes and neighboring counties, three years logging, and one year at a mirror factory. He was an unusually strong young man. On his eighteenth birthday, he won a bet by carrying five hundred pounds of feed around a store building, one sack under each arm, one on each shoulder, and one grasped in his teeth.

In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and for the first time traveled further than a hundred and fifty miles from home. He trained in Illinois and Colorado and served in England and Scotland as a medic. He crossed the English channel to France seventeen days after the D-Day invasion and was a ward master in a thousand-bed field hospital first in Carentan and then in Commercy. During the Battle of the Bulge he volunteered for the Infantry and was sent to the front as a medic in January 1945. He was on the front lines from then until the end of World War II, in campaigns in northern France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. His unit, the 328th Infantry Regiment of the Twenty-Sixth Infantry Division of Patton's Third Army, was thirty miles beyond Linz when the war ended on May 8, 1945.

During the war Frail's sister had arranged a correspondence between him and one of her husband's relatives, Blanche Clanton. Frail and Blanche became interested in each other and met when he came home on a furlough in April 1943. They married during his second furlough, on August 9th of that year, just before he went overseas.

Blanche Clanton was born June 19, 1922, on a farm in Iredell County, N.C., a neighboring Piedmont county. Her father left the family when she was two or three, and her mother moved to Kannapolis, N.C. to earn a living taking in mill workers as boarders. She later moved back to a town in Iredell County and remarried. Blanche did not attend school beyond the seventh grade. At fourteen she worked for some months in the spinning room of a cotton mill, but had to leave when the Child Labor Law was passed. From then until her marriage she lived with her mother, helping her to farm and also picking some cotton and sewing for neighbors.

After Frail returned from the war, he and Blanche had three children, Joyce (Newman Joines), Carol (Sivalia), and Jerry. Frail wanted to support his family by farming and was able to buy a farm after the war, but the first of his two back injuries forced him to give it up. Later the inflation of land prices put farm ownership beyond his reach. He consequently worked during these years as manager of an orchard, as caretaker of an estate, as a mechanic in a garage, as a surveyor, and as a landscaper. He retired in 1978, but he and Mrs. Joines enjoyed raising much of their own food in a family garden. Mrs. Joines had worked for Woolworth's department store, for an orchard, and for several florists. Her own effort to set up a flower shop, like her husband's earlier attempt to buy and operate a farm, was ended by sickness. In 1965 she had to stop work because of heart trouble. She continued for many years to live in their home, but in 2003 lives in Carrboro, N.C. Frail died at the age of 67 on April 24, 1982.

All three of Frail and Blanche's children attended universities as honors students and earned graduate degrees. Folklorist and artist, Joyce Newman, has two master's degrees, including a masters in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1978). Her sister Carol Sivalia has an M.S. in genetics, and her brother Jerry Joines has an M.D. and Ph.D. Joyce Newman Joines also played a significant role in the production of Being A Joines: A Life in the Brushy Mountains. Made by Tom Davenport, Allen Tullos, Joyce Joines Newman, and Daniel Patterson in 1981, the documentary film chronicles the life of Frail as a master tale teller, husband, and father. In the film he discusses hunting tales, stories from World War II, and religious narratives. The life stories of Frail and Blanche mirror changes that swept away much of the traditional culture of his Appalachian rural community in a single generation and show the character and values with which his family met these circumstances.

Biography courtesy of Folkstreams.net

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The Joines Family Collection consists of 1 audiocassette and 21 open reel recordings that feature John E. "Frail" Joines (1914- ), an Anglo-American traditional storyteller from Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C. Joines' son, Jerry Dale Joines, and daughter, Joyce Joines Newman, compiled these oral history recordings, 1971-1979, which feature their father sharing tall tales, stories from World War II, hunting tales, religious narratives, local anecdotes, ballads, and songs. Jim Jennings (1928- ), an Anglo-American storyteller who has learned from Joines, is included in a few of the recordings performing tales he learned from Joines. John E. Joines was featured in the 1981 documentary film, Being A Joines: A Life in the Brushy Mountains, by Tom Davenport, Allen Tullos, Joyce Joines Newman, and Daniel Patterson.

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Contents list

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22 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Titles and descriptions compiled from the SFC database and field notes.

Field notes for these recordings reside in the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025).

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20037/1208

John Joines, singing ballads, Moravian Falls, N.C., March 1971 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FS-20037/1208

Audiocassette

Possibly a copy of FT-20037/6155

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/6115

Frail Joines, singing, Moravian Fall, N.C., March or April 1971 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/6115

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Jerry Dale Joines

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/192

John E. Joines, tall tales and local anecdotes, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., March and April 1972 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/192

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Jerry Dale Joines

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/193

John E. Joines, local anecdotes and tall tales, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 16 February 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/193

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/194

John E. Joines, family anecdotes, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 16 February 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/194

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/195

John E. Joines, reminiscences and ghost stories, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 16 February 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/195

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman; dubbing from cassette

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/198

John E. Joines, local anecdotes, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 16 February 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/198

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman; dubbing from cassette

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/199

John E. Joines, local anecdotes, legends, and scare stories, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 16 February 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/199

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman; dubbing from cassette

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/200

John E. Joines, local anecdotes, tall tales, and reminiscences, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 16 February 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/200

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman; dubbing from cassette

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/201

John E. Joines, local anecdotes and tall tales, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 16 February 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/201

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman; dubbing from cassette

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/196

John E. Joines, local anecdotes, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 10 March 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/196

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman; dubbing from cassette

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/197

John E. Joines, local and personal anecdotes, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 10 March 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/197

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman; dubbing from cassette

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/1234

John Joines and Jim Jennings, anecdotes and tall tales, December 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/1234

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/1235

John Joines and Jim Jennings, anecdotes and tall tales, December 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/1235

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/368

John E. Joines and Jim Jennings, anecdotes, songs, and tales of WWII, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 25 December 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/368

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/369

John E. Joines and Jim Jennings, anecdotes and songs, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 25 December 1974 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/369

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/432

John E. Joines and Jim Jennings, tale telling session, Moravian Falls, Wilkes County, N.C., 1975 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/432

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman at the Joines' home

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/6060

John E. Joines, tales, October 1979: reel 1 of 2 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/6060

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/6061

John E. Joines, tales, 26 September 1979; John E. Joines, tales, October 1979: reel 2 of 2 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/6061

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/6062

John E. Joines, tales, November 1979: reel 1 of 3 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/6062

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/6063

John E. Joines, tales, November 1979: reel 2 of 3 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/6063

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20037/6064

John E. Joines, tales, November 1979: reel 3 of 3 #20037, Series: "Joines Family Collection, 1971-1979." FT-20037/6064

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Joyce Joines Newman

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Anne Wells, March 2016

Archival processing of the Joines Family Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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