Bay Briefs (10 Feb 1899)

From the Roanoke Beacon:

  • Mr. Ben Hassell left this week for Norfolk on Business
  • Capt. John Thomas made a busines trip to E. City last week.
  • Mr. Will McRoughton has been spending a few days with his parentsys with his parents at Bay.
  • Miss Minnie Owens, who has been the guest of her cousin, Miss Bertie Owens, for several weeks, returned to her home in Currituck, last week.
  • Our popular and charming young friend, Mr. Tommy L. Swain, gave us a pleasant call this week.  He comes over to teach one of our public schools, and we feel sure he will make a very successful teacher, as he is universally esteemed wherever he is known.
  • Essie Wynne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Wynne, departed this life at their home at Bay, Jan. 28th, after a long and painful illness, aged three years and six months.  She was a child of remarkable brightness, and was loved and petted by all who knew her.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Moses, and the remains were laid to rest in Albemarle cemetery on Monday at eleven.  The family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
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The Rep-Pop Convention

Roanoke Beacon
23 Sep 1898

The Republican and Populist County Convention was held at Pleasant Grove on Tuesday last, where and when the following fusion candidates were nominated: For House of Representatives, Thomas HOPKINS; for Sheriff, John L. PHELPS; for Treasurer, T.J. BASSNIGHT; for Register of Deeds, W.H. STUBBS; for Clerk Superior Court, W.M. BATEMAN; for County Commissioner, Geo. SPRUILL, W.H. HOWCUTT and Rufus SWAIN.

What of these nominees? HOPKINS is a fusing Populist, being the fusion candidate of the Dem-Pops two years ago for the same place. PHELPS is supposed to be a Republican, though he was a candidate for Sheriff two years ago before the Democratic convention. BATEMAN and SWAIN are classed as Populists. BATEMAN was the Pop-Dem candidate for Sheriff two years ago. BASSNIGHT, STUBBS, SPRUILL and HOWCUTT, the latter a negro, are old line Republicans.

Obituary – C W Swain

Roanoke Beacon
15 Jul 1898
pg. 3

Mr. C.W. Swain, one of Washington county’s most highly esteemed citizens, departed this life at his home, six miles from Plymouth at 11 o’clock on Monday last. Mr. Swain was in his 77th year and had been a great sufferer. He leaves a wife, several children and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his departure, to all of whom we extend deepest sympathy. The remains were interred in the family burying ground on Tuesday, Rev. D.W. Davis officiating.

Jan 17, 2008 – someone posted to the Washington County board on Ancestry wondering who this was, so I did a little research. They wanted to know if this was the obit for Cleophus Swain. After seeing the post, I went online to do some searching and came up with the following information:

These posts from different individuals provide some information for a Cleophus Wiley Swain and the birth year matches what would have been the birth year (or close) of the C W Swain in this obituary.
1) http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/e/b/Jo-A-Debusschere/index.html
2) http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/NCWASHIN/2003-05/1052107073
3) http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/SWAIN/2003-08/1060968118
4) http://www.geocities.com/sittersonfamily/4-Sitterson_Records.pdf

I also went to the census records, starting with 1880 and there is a C W Swain listed as family #223 in Lees Mills, age 59 (right age), with wife Ann and kids Peter (17), Sarah (14) and Cleophus (12).

Then, in 1870, there is a C W Swain (age 50 (right age) in Plymouth, pg. 5 and family #9 with wife Ann, and kids Rhufus (18), Ann(18), John (16), Pinney? (14), Laura (12), Peter (9), Sarah (5) and C W (3 year old male), This family cluster matches that of 1880 above.

Then, in 1860 in Tyrell County on pg. 77, family #566 there is a 39 year old Cleophus W. Swain (age 39 – again, right age), with wife Ann (33), and also in household Joseph (13), Edward (11), Rufus (9), Ann (8), John (5), Alphinia (4), Laura (2), and Hezekiah G (3 months) — again, the family cluster matches with a few extra kids 🙂

1850 Census — Tyrrell County (see http://patriot.net/~cpbarnes/T1850359.HTM) family #2 – Cleophus W. Swain (age 29 — again, right age) with Ann (22), Joseph (4), John (2), Edward (1) — this too is probably the family. Looks like either John’s age is wrong here or in 1860, or, they had two sons named John and possibly one died?

So, I’m beginning to think this obituary is indeed for Cleophus W. Swain Sr.

County Commissioner Proceedings – July 15, 1898

County Commissioner Proceedings – Afternoon session
July 15, 1898
Roanoke Beacon

The Board met at 1:30pm and proceeded to let the public roads in accordance with previous notice, commencing with Beaver Dam township viz:

  • C.W. Clifton being the lowest bidder for Beaver Dam Township at $300.
  • T C Holmes being the lowest bidder for Scuppernong township at $515.
  • H. Freeman being the lowest bidder for Skinnersville township at $590
  • C H Swain being the lowest bidder for Lee’s Mills township at $500
  • Jordan Hopkins being the lowest bidder for Plymouth township at $675.

The bids by townships not satisfactory to the Board the roads of the whole county were then offered to the lowest bidder. Frank Gray being the lowest bidder for all the public roads of the county at the sum of @2,240 the same were knocked off to him at that price. The said Frank Gray being allowed until Monday next the 11th instant to give bond for the faithful p of his contract.

  • Ordered that H.H. Brown be allowed the sum of $43 his account for taking tax list in Plymouth township.
  • Ordered that J.T. Sitterson be allowed the sum of $30.15 his account for taking tax list in Lees Mills township, returning list, &c.
  • Ordered that J.H. Snell be allowed the sum of $26.65 his account for taking tax list in Scuppernong and Beaver Dam townships, returning lists, &c.
  • Ordered that M.D. Clifton be allowed the sum of $16 his account for taking tax list in Skinnersville township, retuning lists, &c.
  • Ordered that N.W. Ambrose be allowed the sum of $4.80 his account for one days service as county commissioner and mileage.
  • Ordered that the Roanoke Pub. Co. be allowed the sum of $5 for publishing proceedings of the Board for June and publishing notice of change in voting place in New Land precinct.
  • Ordered that W H Stubbs be allowed the sum of %58.70 his account for services as Clerk of the Board of County Commissioner, issuing county and road orders, recording Sheriff’s and Treasurer’s reports, and for other services and fees.
  • Ordered that J.A. Harrison be allowed the sum of $8.48 his account for one month service as keeper of poor house and one chicken for Mrs. Davenport.
  • Ordered that W H Hampton be allowed the sum of $21.96 his account for supplies furnished to poor house and outside poor for June 1898.
  • Ordered that T J Marriner, C.S.C., be allowed the sum of $2.20 his account for recording the names of 44 jurors at Spring term 1898.
  • Ordered that Jane Stewart be allowed the sum of $1.05 her account for bal due her in case State vs. John Harris.
  • Ordered that hereafter no more lawn parties or other entertainments will be allowed on the Court House grounds.

Board adjourned to meet on Monday next, July 11, 1898

Treat. W H Stubbs, Clerk

County Commissioner’s Proceedings – May 27, 1898

County Commissioner’s Proceedings
27 May 1898

At a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Washington county held on Monday May 2nd with all members present the following business was transacted:

  • Minutes of the last meeting read and approved.
  • Ordered that Wm. W. ANGE of Martin county be and he is hereby appointed a special surveyor to survey and plot a tract of land in Washington county entered by Jno. R. RESPASS, of Washington county, on the 19th day of May 1897.
  • Orderd that Rufus SWAIN and F.M. BUNCH be appointed a committee to be present and assist in the settlement of the County School, Public Road and Bridge taxes for the year 1897, between the Sheriff and County Treasurer
  • Ordered that Mrs. Durham L. HARDISON be released of her husband’s poll tax for the year 1897, he having died since listing.
  • Ordered that Jos. JOHNSON be released of poll tax wrongfully listed he being over 50 years old.
  • Ordered that Levin BOWAN be allowed to sell spiritous liquers on Washington street in building formerly occupied by Jos. TUCKER as a harness shop, the building formerly occupied by said BOWEN on Water street having been destroyed by fire.
  • Ordered that Thos ARMISTEAD be allowed $2.00 in clothing and one full ration per month until further orders.
  • Ordered that Levi COLLINABE be allowed one full ration per month until further orders
  • Ordered that Jas. ELLIOTT be allowed one full ration per month until further orders.
  • Ordered that Ann DAVENPORT be allowed one pair of shoes.
  • Ordered that S.A. DOWNING be released of taxes on 27 acres of land valued at $75 for the year 1897, wrongfully listed.
  • Ordered that the Clerk of this board notify the lay listers in the various townships to meet with this board on the first Monday in June next for consultation and instructions.
  • Ordered that Jno. L. PHELPS, Sheriff, be allowed the sum of $38.95 for extra service holding court, etc., Spring term 1898, am’t paid Solicitor and L.L. NEWBERRY for services during court week, feeding jail prisoners, turnkeys, etc., for month of April 1898.
  • Ordered that Rufus SWAIN be allowed the sum of $7.60 for one days service and mileage as county Commissioner and one month as assistant Warden to the poor.
  • Ordered that F.M. BUNCH be allowed the sum of $3.00 for one days service as county Commissioner and one month as assistant Warden to the poor.
  • Ordered that N.W. AMBROSE be allowed the sum of $4.80 for one days service as county Commissioner.
  • Ordered that W.M. PETTIFORD be allowed the sum of $4.00 for white washing one room in jail and jail wall.
  • Ordered that R.P. BARNES be allowed the sum of 90 cents for conveying Wm. KING from J.A. CHESSON’s to Plymouth jail.
  • Ordered that L.L. NEWBERRY be allowed the sum of $2.00 for one days service waiting on court and services of son drawing Grand Jurors for Fall term 1897 and Spring term 1898.
  • Ordered that J.A. HARRISON be allowed the sum of $13.83 for one month service as keeper of poor house, furnishing lime, etc., white washing buildings and making four garments for inmates.
  • Ordered that S.B. SPRUILL be allowed the sum of $5.00 for services as attorney in obtaining order from the Court to hire out jail prisoners.
  • Ordered that Frank GRAY be allowed the sum of $6.00 for four days service waiting on Grand Jury at Spring term 1898.
  • Ordered that the Roanoke Beacon be allowed the sum of $3.00 for publishing the proceedings of the Board for April.
  • Ordered that Benj. NURNEY be allowed the sum of $5.00 for one coffin furnished for Ernest BOWER (died in jail), and for work on flues in Court House.
  • Ordered that John BELL be allowed the sum of $6.00 for six days service waiting on Court Spring term 1898.
  • Ordered that W.H. HAMPTON be allowed the sum of $26.41 for supplies furnished to Court House, Poor House and Jail for the month of April 1898.
  • Ordered that W.S. DAVENPORT be allowed the sum of 75 cents for cash paid for burning holes in posts at Mackey’s Ferry bridge, and placing salt in same.
  • Ordered that the sum of $95.88 be allowed as per statement filed by Thos. J. MARRINER, Clerk Superior Court, the same being for fees due officers and witnesses in State cases determined at Spring term 1898 Washington County Superior Court.Whereas at the Spring Term 1898 of the Superior Court of this county, the Grand Jurors examined the office of Register of Deeds and Clerk of the Superior Court and reported to the Court that the Records of said offices would be unsafe i case of fire, and it is the opinion of the Board of Commissioners that the County of Washington requires and needs a fire-proof record building for the preservation and safe-keeping of the public records, papers, documents, etc., of said county. Therefor by the authority vested in us, when in our opinion it becomes necessary to build, repair, or enlarge our Court House and to raise money to make such repairs or to build any new buildings for such purpose as set forth, and acting in accordance with such laws and the report of the Grand Jurors aforesaid, it is therefore resolved by unanimous vote of the Board that they will build a fire-prof record building for the purposes set forth.It is further resolved by unanimous vote of the Board that a contract be made and entered with the B.F. SMITH Fire-Proof Construction Company of Washington, D.C. by the Chairman of this Board and the Register of Deeds, Clerk ex-officio to the Board of County Commissioners under seal of said county, to build and equip complete a Fire-Proof Record Building, ready for occupancy, on or before the 15th day of September 1898, for which the county will pay on completion and acceptances the sum of $4,000) four thousand dollars, in the following manner: four hundred dollars annually, in one to ten years, leaving bonds on the county for these sums by virtue of authority vested in us by the resolutions aforesaid passed by full vote of the Board.

    Board adjourned to meet on the 1st Monday in June 1898.

    Test. W.H. STUBBS – Clerk

  • Credit Notice

    Notice
    December 13, 1889
    Pg. 2

    Let the creditors of Daniel Swain take notice that a petition has been filed with me by the widow of said Swain to have her homestead alloted from the lands of said Swain in Washington County, adjoining the lands of S. Patrick and others. — J. A. Chesson, J.P.

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