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.

Returned Home To Die

From the Roanoke Beacon – December 15, 1898

Returned Home to Die – As the morning brightened into day on Wednesday last the messenger of death entered the home of Mr.  Louis P. Hornthal, on Third street, and wafted to the great beyond the spirit of Mrs. Hornthal’s grandfather, S.H. McRae, Esqr., aged 81 years.

Mr. McRae, in years agone was one of the leading citizens of this town, doing a large shingle business, and before the war was a large slave owner and quite wealthy.  Some years ago, he moved to Lewiston, Bertie county, which has been his home ever since.  About two weeks ago he came to Plymouth, as the has often done, to visit his grandchildren, Mrs. L.P. Hornthal, Mrs. H.S. Ward and Mr. Clarence Latham.  He was in feeble health, but no uneasiness was entertained by him or his people until a few days ago, when he took his bed and gradually grew worse until his sufferings was relieved by death at 8 o’clock on Wednesday morning.

It seems that he had come back to the old home to die.  The remains were consigned to their last resting place in the family vault under the shadow of old Grace Episcopal Church, in which so many of his loved ones are sleeping the sleep of the just, on yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock.

1869 Snapshot of Washington County

On Ancestry.com, there is a book titled Branson’s North Carolina Business Directory: containing facts, figures, names and locations, revised and corrected annually – that includes some information about Washington County. I thought it would be of interest to share an excerpt here as many of these names I have come across in the newspaper:

COUNTY OFFICERS
Clerk of Superior Court – J.A. Nelson
Coroner – Theophilus Ash
Commissioners – R.S. Goelet, Ch; J.B. Chesson, jun.; M. Jackson, A.M. Phelps, G.W. Jones
Register of Deeds – John Carroll
Sheriff – J.M. Bateman
Surveryor – H.F. Phelps
Solicitor 2nd District – Joseph J. Martin
Treasurer – Levi Jackson, jun.

Hotels & Boarding Houses
Hotel, Plymouth – Spruill & Davenport
Hotel, Plymouth – Mary Lee (col.)
Sanders House, Plymouth – R. Sanders

Lawyers
Armistead, T.S., Plymouth
Collins, Josiah, Scuppernong
Jones, E.W., Plymouth
Johnston, S.L, Plymouth
Latham, L.C., Plymouth

Physicians
Hardison, H., Scuppernong
Lewis, H.G., Mackeys Ferry
Norman, H.H., Scuppernong
Wolfe, H.E., Lees Mills
Walker, Barry M., Plymouth
Ward, W., Plymouth

There is more here, so if you have an Ancestry membership, it’s worth checking out [link here], not only for this county, but others. If you

Beacon Flashes – 16 Sep 1898

Roanoke Beacon – 16 Sep 1898

Beacon Flashes

  • Mrs M. OWENS has been visiting friends near Edenton this week.
  • Mr. W N COOPER has returned home from a visit to Baltimore.
  • Mr. G H HARRISON has been North this week to purchase new goods
  • Miss Nona BRINKLEY is manipulating yard stick at M. OWENS & Co.
  • Mr. C D LOANE and wife have been visiting the northern states this week.
  • The Republicans and Populist Senatorial Conventions will be held here today.
  • Mr. W F OWENS, of Creswell, was here this week visiting his uncle, Mr. B OWENS.
  • Mr. L P HORNTHAL has been north this week purchasing new goods for his fall and winter trade.
  • Attorney Edmund ALEXANDER returned Wednesday from a professional visit to Columbia.
  • Mr. W A ALEXANDER returned home from Virginia Beach Monday, bringing his family with him.
  • Mr. W L SHARED has purchased the R B LATHAM residence corner Main and Washington streets.
  • Miss Janette MARTIN was called to Avoca Saturday by the illness of her mother. She returned on Monday.
  • Rev. <…> B GREEN wade has been holding a series of meetings at Christian Hope, on Long Ridge, the past week.
  • Mr. Herman HORNTHAL, of Norfolk, has been in our town this week visiting his brother, Mr. L P HORNTHAL.
  • Miss Mattie BENNETT, of Williamson, has been visiting relatives and friends in our town the past two weeks.
  • Mr. J A Wiloughby, of the firm of J A Wiloughby & Co., has been in Baltimore this week burying fall goods.
  • Mr. L L OWENS has rented the Hornthal residence corner, Main and Jefferson streets, and gone to keeping house.
  • Mr. W L SHERROD’s new store is nearing completion. It will be one of the largest and best buildings in the town.
  • The pretty Miss Eloise DAVENPORT, of Brunswick, Ga., is here visiting her aunt, Mrs. Laura LATHAM, and other relatives.
  • Mr. H H Brown left Monday for Newport News, Va., where he has gone to do some important business. We wish him much success.
  • Miss Irma MARSH, who has been visiting our town for two weeks as the guest of Miss Nina HARDISON, returned to her home in Bath, Monday.
  • Miss Leslie HARRISON left Wednesday morning for Morganton, where she will resume her standing <…> upon her duties as Librarian for the D. & D. Institute.
  • Mr. Mathias OWENS, of the firm M. OWENS & Co., has been in New York this week selecting fall and winter goods. Their stock this season will be out of sight.
  • Mrs. Annie LATHAM returned home on Wednesday from Delaware where she had been visiting relatives for several weeks. While absent Mrs. LATHAM purchased her fall and winter goods.
  • Our friend, Hon. H B WARD of Plymouth, the silver tongued orator, and Democratic nominee for the Senate from this District spoke at the town hall Thursday evening last. He is a fine orator and made a lasting impression upon our people. Messrs. WARD and MILLER will be glad to have a joint debate with the fusion nominees and when they get through with them they will be too sick for duty. Bet the fusionists will never canvas the district with them. — Washington Progress

Court Proceedings

Superior Court
October 25, 1889
Pg. 3

The Fall term of the Superior Court of Washington County convened at the Court House in this town on Monday October 21st at 10 o’clock, Judge Geo. H. Brown, presiding. The Judges charge to the Grand Jury was replete and delivered in a forcible and elegant speech of any minutes. The gentle, yet determined manner in which Judge Brown presides over the Court is worthy of praise and comment.

Solicicitor, J. H. Blount was in attendance ever watching the interest of the State. Mr. Blount has no superior in the State, as a prosecuting officer.

The visiting attorneys were: Hon. L. C. Latham, of Greenville; Hon W. D. Pruden and Hon. W. M. Bond, of Edenton, J.E. Moore, Esq., of Williamston, and Mr. Edmund Alexander, of Washington.

The State docket was disposed of by Wednesday night and the Grand Jury discharged. Several parties were sentenced to the State Prison for larceny. All business being disposed of the Court adjourned yesterday afternoon.

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Death of Mrs. E.R. Latham

Departed this Life
October 25, 1889
pg. 3

At her house in this town on Wednesday night at 12 o’clock, after a long and painful illness. Mrs. E. R. Latham, wife of our worthy mayor, Capt. E. R. Latham.

The deceased was almost 38 years of age, a devoted christian and member of Grace Episcopal Church, a loving wife and kind mother. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn their loss.

The funeral services will take place at Grace church this morning at 11 o’clock. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the bereaved relatives and friends.

Research Note: Capt. E. R. Latham is Edgar R. Latham. His wife referred to here is Lina Inez Latham. According to the book, Washington County North Carolina Cemeteries 1769-1997: Volume 1-Plymouth Township, she was born April 1, 1819 and her death date as confirmed on the headstone is October 23, 1889. In the 1880 census, the family is enumerated as family #112 in district 138, Plymouth. They have three children – Clarence in 9, Aileen (sp?) is 4, and Walter is 3. Edgar’s occupation is Steamboat CaptIn a quick search, I located a family bible record that indicates Edward married again shortly after Lena’s death, and I also found a trees in Ancestry. However, the two have different variations on the name of his second wife. That information has Edgar’s paternal line going all the way back to the 1700’s, Plymouth, Mass. Wow.

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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.

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