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William Powell Twaddell, musician. Recipient Civic Honor Award, 1934, by Durham Chamber of Commerce, “in recognition and appreciation of splendid and unique services in enriching the cultural life of the city”.


Twaddell, William Powell was born on August 17, 1879 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Jacob Horter and Nancy Hartshorn (Freeman) Twaddell.


1 daughter, Elizabeth Spilman.


1 daughter, Elizabeth Spilman. Married 3d, Vera Gladys Carr, March 7, 1927. Organist and musical director St. Andrew’s Church, West Philadelphia, 1899-1903, Christ’s Church, Rye, New York, 1903-1907, St. John’s Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1907-1910, Baptist Temple, Philadelphia, 1910-1916, Eutaw Place Baptist Church, Baltimore, 1916-1920.

Director of music, Bessie Tift College, Forsyth, Georgia, 1920-1921. Organist and musical director First Presbyterian Church, Durham, North Carolina, since musical director First Presbyterian Church, Durham, North Carolina, 1921-1947. Also musical director and organist.

Temple Baptist Church, 1922-1924. Director department of music, Durham city schools, since 1922. Musical director St. Philips’ Episcopal Church 1937-1946.

Choral director and adjudicator of State Music Festivals in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina., Georgia, and Florida, 1936-1947, North Carolina, 1949. Founded Durham Children’s Choir School, 1924. Secretary, treasurer Twaddell Private School.

Professor organ, piano, voice, Twaddell School of Music.


Clubs: Rotary, Executives.


Married to Emily May Fawcett, June 21, 1905 (died October 1918).; married second, Anna Elizabeth Dunnock, October 13, 1919 (died February 1926).; married 3d, Vera Gladys Carr, March 7, 1927.

Children: William Freeman, Mary-Jo, John Fawcett.

Jacob Horter Twaddell

Nancy Hartshorn (Freeman) Twaddell

to Emily May Fawcett

Anna Elizabeth Dunnock

Vera Gladys Carr

William Freeman Twaddell

Mary-Jo Twaddell

John Fawcett Twaddell