Who Is Mrs. Thomas Marriner?

My last post of news from Skinnersville had a mention of a Susan Tarkenton who was visiting her daughter Mrs. Thos. Marrier. Often, the papers would report women by the names of their husbands.

Mrs. Thos. Marriner is Virginia Caroline Tarkington. She was born to Henry Zebulon Tarkington & Susan Woodley Tarkington around 1882 [1], though, Virginia’s death certificate [2], says she was born in 1874. The 1900 census says 1876. March 29th appears to be her birthday though. 🙂

Henry & Susan were married in January 9, 1868 in Washington County [3] and I know of at least 7 of their children from census records – Mariah, Virginia Caroline, Jane, Henry, Mary M., Zebulon Thomas, and Duart (sp?). Virginia married Thomas Franklin Marriner about 1898 and in the 1900 census they have a daughter Cora L who was brand new (0 months), but had lost a child previous to her. [4]

Virginia & Thomas in the 1900 census

By 1910 Virginia had more children – William, Maggie, Thomas Jr., Ethel & Richard. By 1920, two more joined the family – Earnest & Clara, and in 1930, I find another daughter, Ruth – 10 kids total (and there may have been more). [5,6,7]

Thomas died January 4th, 1951 and Virginia died October 7, 1961. The couple is buried at the Holly Neck Church Cemetery in Roper [2,8].

In the index, there are already several articles I’ve put in that mention Tarkingtons/Tarkentons & Marriners. I can’t be 100% sure this is Virginia & Thomas, but there was an blurb in the March 25, 1898 that “Mr. Thomas Marriner and his bride have been terribly frightened by the appearance of a ghost.” What a great way to kick off your marriage. In the Sept 2, 1898 issue, it was reported that Virginia’s sister Maggie came to visit her and in the October 8, 1898 issue it was reported that Virginia’s mom was visiting her. Gotta love the way comings and goings got reported in the papers back then :- )

SOURCES

[1] Year: 1880; Census Place: Scuppernong, Washington, North Carolina; Roll: T9_986; Family History Film: 1254986; Page: 316.2000; Enumeration District: 139; Image: 0211. (Ancestry Link)

[2] Death Certificate of Virginia Caroline Tarkington Marriner. Ancestry.com. North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina. (Ancestry Link)

[3] Marriage Licenses of Washington County, 1851-1920. (Link)

[4] Year: 1900; Census Place: Lees Mill, Washington, North Carolina; Roll: T623 1222; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 92. (Ancestry Link)

[5] Year: 1910; Census Place: Lees Mills, Washington, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1131; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 108; Image: 852. (Ancestry Link)

[6] Year: 1920;Census Place: Lees Mills, Washington, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1327; Page: 17B; Enumeration District: 64; Image: 652. (Ancestry Link)

[7] Year: 1930; Census Place: Lees Mills, Washington, North Carolina; Roll: 1724; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 315.0. (Ancestry Link)

[8] Death Certificate of Thomas Franklin Marriner. Ancestry.com. North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina. (Ancestry Link)

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