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A Pretty Marriage

From the Roanoke Beacon, 17 Feb 1899

As the dazzling reflection of the snow-covered earth grew dim by the sinking of the winters sun behind the Western hills at eventide on Wednesday, a large number of our people gathered within the M.E. Church to witness the marriage of Miss Addie May Latham, one of Plymouths’s most accomplished daughters, to Mr. P.W. Brinkley, one of our most popular young businessmen.

At the appointed hour the strains of the wedding march drifted out from the organ under the artistic touch of Mrs. G.W. Harney, and the bride entered the right aisle leaning on the arm of Mr. Clarence Latham, while the groom entered the left aisle accompanied by Mr. W.N. Cooper; they were preceded to the altar by the ushers, Mess. E.D. Carstarphen and R.P. Walker, who took positions on either side, while Rev. T.M. Plyler read the ceremony which made them man and wife.

The Beacon joins the many friends of this popular couple in extending best wishes and happy congratulations.


Feature Friday – A Race & A Revolution

Feature Friday posts will feature relevant information from a chosen online resource. This month, the database is GenealogyBank.

This post is technically a day later than I’d planned, but I’m posting it anyway. 🙂 I have come up with a series of blogging memes to keep me actively posting so I want to meet my goal.

Since my focus this month is on GenealogyBank, I went searching for information related to the Plymouth, NC area. I found plenty!

This article from the December 21, 1822 issue of the Carolina Sentinel describes a boat race between two Washington County pioneers, Thomas Cox and William J. Armistead. I certainly recognize the Armistead surname – even some people in my family trees were former slaves who ended up with that name. The two men raced for $50. Cox’s yacht was named “Eclipse” and Armistead’s canoe was named “Southern Ox.”

I found William J. Armistead in the 1820 Plymouth, NC census where it is just him and one other male. No wife or kids though. He had 18 slaves though. Thomas is also enumerated in Plymouth – there are five others in his house besides he, and he owns 13 slaves. I believe I have more information about these two gentlemen at home, but as I’m out now, don’t have it handy. I’ll have to check.


I also found this obituary from the Charlotte Daily Observer of January 13, 1920 for the mother of Herbert D. Carstarphen. She was 83 years old when she died and was the daughter-in-law of Lt. Robert Carstarphen who served in the Revolutionary War.

Since her first name was not mentioned, I went to the new NC Death Certificates database at Ancestry and her death certificate was indeed there. Her name was Louisa. I could not make out her parents’ names, but according to the death index on the Washington County NCGenWeb site, their names are John Dugride and Mary Meadows.

The Carstarphens are mentioned all over the Roanoke Beacon paper. In looking through my index (see link on sidebar) I found the following:

  • her son Earnest gave the newspaper editor some figs in Jul 1889
  • the birth announcement of one of her granddaughters appeared in the 13 Sep 1889 issue. I’d previously posted on how novel I thought this birth announcement was b/c it took me a few reads to even realize what it was trying to say.
  • In January of 1898 Louisa fell and broke her arm while her daughter Gussie was home for a visit
  • Herbert himself came home for a visit in March of 1898
  • In July of 1898 Louise and some friends took a vacation to Norfolk for 10 days

I found an Ancestry Family Tree with this family, so I will contact the person who has it up to see if this if of any use for them.

Beacon Flashes – 6 Dec 1889

Beacon Flashes
December 6, 1889
pg. 3

  • Mr. Dennis Biggs of Williamston was in the city this week.
  • Miss Fannie Carstarphen took charge of a school at Sans Souel on Monday last.
  • Mrs. Josephine Tarkenton, of Tyrell Co., is the guest of her mother, Mrs. E. Ludford.
  • Attorney S.B. Spruill made a visit to Williamston this week on professional business.
  • Mr. H. W. Neal and Master Johnnie Neal made a flying trip to Washington on Friday last.
  • Mr. L. E. Jackson, who has been absent at West Port, Ind. for some time, returned on Tuesday.
  • Mrs. Nancy A. Boone, of Lenoir county, is the guest of her daughter, Mrs. John Stocks, on Main street.
  • Miss Nettie Ayers, of Norfolk, has been the guest of her uncle, Mr. W. C. Ayers, for the past week.
  • Died – On Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, at his home near this town, Mr. Johnnie Phelps, aged 18 years.
  • Misses Sousie Brown, Edna Sallinger and Loulie Freeman, of Sans Souel, were visting friends in the city during the past week.
  • Edward King (col.) has succeeded Pros. Armistead, deceased, as porter of the Latham House. Ed is a polite trustworthy boy and works hard for the interest of the home.
  • Mr. Montie Fagan was united in the holy bonds of matrimony last night at White Oak Chapel, Martin county, to Miss Inez Smith. Rev. Mr. Tyson officiating. The happy couple have our best wishes for a long and prosperous life.
  • The funeral services of Prosper Armistead which took place at the colored cemetery on Monday afternoon last was largely attended by the white people of the town, and the manner in which Hon. Thos. S. Armistead officiated was the most impressive. He pronounced the benediction in an elegant but solemn manner, and from the eyes of that mingled assembly of races dropped many a tear of sympathy.