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Married in Haste

Roanoke Beacon – 20 Jun 1899

On Friday evening shortly after six o’clock, Mr. James COLLINS and Miss Hattie WILLIAMS of Roper, drove into our town and stopped at the residence of Mr. S.W. BEASLEY, announcing as they entered that they were going to be married.  A messenger soon returned with the license and Justice J.P. HILLIARD, and the ceremony was hurriedly performed making them man and wife.  

The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. WILLIAMS, of Roper, and one of the acknowledged belles of Washington county.  The groom is one of the most popular of Washington county boys, and holds a responsbile position with the Roper Lumber Co., at Belhaven, to which place they returned on Saturday to make their future home.  

The Beacon extends happy congratulations and best wishes for future happiness.  While they were “married in haste,” may they never repent, even at leisure.


Commissioner’s Proceedings – 12 Aug 1898

Roanoke Beacon – 12 Aug 1898

Commissioner’s Proceedings – At a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Washington County held August 1st 1898, with all members present, the following proceedings were had:

  • minutes of the last meeting were read and approved
  • ordered that the names of T.N. Gray and H.O. Gray be inserted as Road Contractors with Frank Gray
  • ordered that Samuel Wilson be allowed one half ration per month until further orders
  • ordered that Thadeus Lamb be allowed one full ration per month until further orders
  • ordered that Geo. Rhodes be allowed one half ration per month until further orders
  • ordered that Charles Hassell be released of poll tax until further orders on account of bodily infirmity
  • ordered that Frank Gray be allowed the sum of $30.00 for furnishing nails, hauling lumber, labor of self and amount paid hands repairing Conoby bridge
  • ordered that Walker & Myers be allowed the sum of $8.7 for lumber furnished for Conoby bridge
  • ordered that Jno. L. Phelps, Sheriff, be allowed the sum of $24.15 for 2 days service and expenses incurred in covering S.A. Craddock to insane asylum at Raleigh, and board and turnkeys for Anderson Leigh
  • ordered that W.H. Hampton be allowed the sum of $22.51 for supplies furnished to the poor house and outside poor for July
  • ordered that J.P. Hillard be allowed the sum of $1.73 for preparing papers in lunacy case of S.A. Craddock
  • ordered that J.A. Harrison be allowed the sum of $12.08 for one month service as keeper of poor house, making 5 garments and amount paid Hasty Garrett for 5 weeks washing at poor house
  • ordered that Rufus Swain be allowed the sum of $8.40 for one days service as county commissioner and mileage, one months service as acting warden to the poor and for provisions furnished to Joseph Elliott for the months of May, June and July 1898
  • ordered that the Roanoke Beacon be allowed the sum of $3.00 for publishing the proceedings of the Board for July
  • ordered that F.M. Bunch be allowed the sum of $5.25 for one days service as county commissioner, one months service assistant warden to the poor, services hiring out jail prisoners, collection costs, etc.
  • ordered that N.M. Ambrose be allowed the sum of $4.80 for one days service as county commissioner and mileage
  • ordered that F.L.W. Cahoon, Sheriff of Tyrrell county, be allowed the sum of $4.70 for conveying Anderson Leigh form Columbia to Plymouth jail, turnkeys, board, etc, for said Leigh
  • Board adjourned to meet the 1st Monday in September 1898

W.H. Stubbs, Clerk

Response to an Article

A Card
Roanoke Beacon, pg. 2
March 4, 1898

I have just seen an article in the “Assembly Standard” which is not only untrue, but does me a gross injustice. I am charged in said article, as being the cause of trouble, which occurred in the town of Plymouth last Saturday night.

The facts are these: Mr. Louis Owens and Emporer Spruill had some hot words, and Owens struck Spruill in the face. This was the direct cause of the excitement and bad blood that followed. In a few minutes after this difficulty I noticed a large crowd of coloredpeople standing on the street, they seemed to be excited and mad on account of Spruill being struck. Some of the colored people and whites had been drinking too much, during the evening, after the fire, and there was several intoxicated persons among them.

A short time after Spruill had been struck J.T. Pettiford, J.P., came to me with a warrant to arrest Owens for a simple assault. Having seen the previous condition of tthe bystanders, I tried to persuade him not to have the warrant executed tonight, but to wait until Monday morning, but he demanded that the warrant should be executed at once. Seeing that I could not prevail upon him, I took the warrant and went to look for Owens, when I was met by J.P. Hilliard, a Justice of the Peace, with another warrant which he gave me and demanded that I should serve at once, which I did, and the case was continued until Monday morning and I returned Pettifords’ warrant to him.

The reason why I acted in this matter as I did, was, I honestly believed that if I had brought Owens to trial before Pettiford at once, that there would have been grave and serious trouble between our people, and what I did was to preserve the peace, and to prevent any difficulty from taking place.

I believed then and I believe now, from the intoxicated condition and the bad blood amongst some of our people, that the course I pursued in this matter was the only one that saved the town from having a serious trouble. During my term of office as constable of this town I have tried to preserve the peace and have been fair and impartial to the people of both races. — Jos. Tucker

Beacon Flashes – 10 Jan 1890

Beacon Flashes
January 10, 1890
pg. 2

  • Mr. Geo Houston is the happy man – it’s a girl.
  • Mr. R. L. Williams, of Roper, gave us a call on yesterday.
  • Mr. S. M. Whaley made a short visit to Norfolk this week.
  • Miss Belle Fagan is visiting Miss Pattie Williams at Roper.
  • Mr. J. F. Jackson has opened a bar on Washington street.
  • Miss Adelia Skittlethorpe has returned from a visit to Creswell.
  • Hon. J. L. Howell, Mayor of Creswell, was in the city this week.
  • Dr. B. F. Hallsey and wife, of Roper, were in the city yesterday.
  • Miss Carrie Hilliard, is visiting her sister, Mrs. W. T. Spruill, at Roper.
  • Miss Ida Woodley, of Creswell, is the guest of Miss Adelia Skittlethorpe
  • Miss Nellie Chesson, of Roper, was the guest of Miss Lizzle Goelet this week.
  • Mr. Geo. Houston gathered ripe straw berries from his garden from his garden on Wednesday.
  • Mr. Johnnie Whaley filed the pulpit at Ware’s Chapel on Sunday afternoon last.
  • Messrs. Charles Everett and William Ausbon of Palmyra, were in the city this week.
  • Master Willie Bowen, formerly with R. Schultz & Co., has accepted a position with W. H. Hampton, as salesman.
  • Dr. H. P. Murray, wife and children are visiting in Wilmington, N.C., as the guests of the doctor’s parents.
  • Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Owens spent the past week in Baltimore as the guests of their daughter, Mrs. J. W. Reed.
  • Miss Mamie DeCromia is again honoring our city with her presence. She is the guest of her sister, Mrs. H. Peal.
  • Messr. J. H., E. R. and Robert Ausbon, of Scotland Neck, have been visiting relatives in the city for the past week.
  • We notice that needed improvements is being made on the residence of Mrs. Annie Walker, on Third street.
  • Mr. James Harrison has moved his family from the country to town, and is occupying one of the Jackson houses on Main street.
  • Misses Annie and May Whaley, and Mr. Johnnie Whaley left Monday morning to resume their studies at the Western Maryland College.
  • Mr. Edward Crocket, who has been on a visit to his aunt, Mrs. P. V. Clark, for the past week, returned to his house in Norfolk on yesterday.
  • Mr. Haywood Davenport, formerly of this place, but now of Brunswick, Ga., is visiting her sister, Mrs. Laura Latham, at Latham House.
  • Rev. William Pettigrew, who has been visiting relatives in Plymouth for the past week, left on the 6 o’clock train this morning for his home in Ridgeway.
  • Bishop A. A. Watson held services in Grace church on Thursday night of last week, at which time Mrs. W. H. Hampton and Mr. J. E. Davenport were confirmed.


A Good Time

A Good Time
December 20, 1889
Pg. 3

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable events of the season was the entertainment given at the residence of Register of Deeds, J. P. Hilliard, on Friday evening last, by Misses Mary Hilliard, Ella Midgett and Stella Latham.

At 8 o’clock the spacious parlors of the residence were filled to overflowing with the gay young people of our town. The games of olden times were indulged in, and that group of young ladies and gentlemen presented a most pleasing scene as they passed to and fro across the room.

At 10 o’clock refreshments were served, after which, various amusements were indulged in by one and all. At 11 o’clock the merry crowd repaired to their homes, feeling quite repaid for going.

Ye editor and business manager returns thanks for an invitation.


Marriages – 6 Dec 1889

Marriage Licenses
December 6, 1889
Pg. 3

The following marriage licenses were issued by Register, J. P. Hilliard, during the month of November:


Marriages – Nov 1889

Marriage Licenses
November 8, 1889
Pg. 3

The following marriage licenses were issued by Register J. P. Hilliard during the month of October:

White: W T Spruill and Alice C. Hilliard, John McAllister and S.M. Spruill , Chas. T. Howard and S. B. Pearce, Henry J. Swanner and Viola A. Snell.

Colored: Drew Martin and Ann Mariah Downing, Johnson Manu and Elizabeth Rhodes, L. L. Howell and Alice Arnold, John Alexander and Nancy Harney, Louis Ballard and Annie Norman.