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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.


Township Tuesday – Creswell Chips (21 Oct 1898)

Township Tuesday posts will share news specific to a township of local relevance.

Roanoke Beacon –21 Oct 1898

Creswell Chips

  • Mrs. SPRUILL has returned with her fall stock.
  • Commercial tourist are still visiting our town. Their name is Legion.
  • Mr. Herbert WALKER left last week for Baltimore where he expects to enter the University of Maryland
  • Rev. Luther EBORN is away attending the T<…> Convention of the Protestant Episcopal church held in Washington City.
  • The bears caught up on one of the Lake farms, in the sensation of the day. The owners are trying to tame these bears, a mother and her cubs, before shipping them.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12th was indeed a big day for Creswell. By 11 o’clock fully 900 people had assembled here to hear Hon. John H. SMALL, the Democratic candidate for Congress, and Harry SKINNER, the Fusion candidate, discuss the political issues of the campaign, and Geo. W. WARD, the Democratic candidate for Solicitor and his opponent, I. M. MEEKINS, were also here. Mess. SMALL and WARD were escorted through the principal streets of the town by about forty mounted men, with James PHELPS, a life long Republican, as Chief Marshal. Mr. SMALL did full justice to the occasion, as also did Mr. Ward.

In Memorium: Margaret Brinkley

Roanoke Beacon
30 Sep 1898

In Memorium. Whereas God in His infinite wisdom has seen it fit to remove (by death) from our midst our beloved Sunday school pupil, Margaret BRINKLEY; be it resolved:

  • 1st – That we, the members of Hebron M.E. Sunday school, bow in humble submission to His divine will
  • 2nd – That while we shall miss her very bright, childish face and innocent smile, we rejoice in the hope of meeting her in heaven
  • 3rd – That we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved parents and loved ones
  • 4th – That a copy of these resolutions be spread on our Sunday school Register, a copy sent to the Roanoke Beacon for publication.

Mrs. M.D. Wilson, Mrs. S.L. WALKER, Mr. E.L. HERRINGTON

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:

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

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

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

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

Obituary – James Winton McCabe

In Memorium
17 Jun 1898 – Roanoke Beacon

As one who knew, loved and honored the character of this memorial, it becomes my sad and grievous duty to chronicle a few words in sweet remembrance of his earthly pilgrimage. After a brief illness, James Winton McCABE, the eldest son of James F. and Annie McCabe, departed this life June 8th at 10 o’clock PM, aged 22 years, 6 months and 28 days.

Born of humble but noble parents, reared under the tender watch-care and kindly influence of a christian home, he early imbibed its sacred principles and precepts. During his early life he attended school and having won distinction in his studies he taught for a short period, and then was employed by Mr. A.G. Walker, of Creswell, until his death. He won the confidence and highest respect of all who knew him. All of his sets, all of his ways were gentle and thoughtful. Never was there a more obedient young man to his parents than Winton. When not at work, it was his desire to be at home with them enjoying their company. But now we hope he is at a better home where there is no parting nor separation, but joy and bliss forever.

Stricken and sorely distressed by this bereavement, we the young people of Creswell wish to express our sorrow for loss of our dear friend Winton. We have known him since he has been in our midst to be a young man of the highest type, and we know by his death we have lost one of our social links that binds our friendship together. But we bow our heads in humble submission to the Lord’s will and observe the scriptural passage. “God’s will and not thine be done.” Sad indeed is the presence of death when it bears away the aged; but sadder still when it claims the promising young man, who has only taken a few steps on life’s journey. Nevertheless death comes when least expected like a cold frost nipping the tender bud of the young and promising plant.

Now that he has gone and left us, we are sad and grieved, but let us hope and pray that our temporal loss may be his eternal gain. Let us cease to weep, and put off this veil of tears in the comforting hope and belief that he is not dead, forever dead, but peacefully sleeping awaiting the resurrection morn when he shall be numbered among the Archangels of Heaven at the right hand of God. The last tribute of praise was rendered by Rev. Luther Eborn and then the deceased was laid to rest in the family burial ground – a spot dear to his memory. May God in his own mysterious way give solace and comfort to the souls of the bereaved parents, brothers, sister and friends, and may they realize that this earth has been robbed of one soul less but Heaven has one angel more. — Creswell, NC, June 13, 1898.

On the evening of June the 8th 1898, the angel reapers visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. McCabe, claiming the spirit of their eldest son, James Winton McCabe, who accompanied the messengers to his Father’s house not made with bands, eternal in the heavens. He was born in Washington county November 10th, 1870 and died of gastric fever in his native county. He was therefore in his twenty-third year, full of vigor and life when called from earth into the realms of the blest. He lingered a week and three days, but during this period a murmur or complaint never passed his lips. His death was very unexpected, and therefore a great shock to all. All who knew him loved him, and his untimely death has cast a gloom over the whole community – he will be sadly missed in his home and neighborhood. This is one of the mysterious provideness of God, but it is beautiful to see the unwavering faith of his parents. With Job they can say, “The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away, Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

The God in whom they trusted has not failed them, and has been very precious to them in their hours of time. A gift of their old age, he lived with them near twenty-three years, and has been the source of such joy and comfort as can only result from a life whose chief aim was to make them happy. He was a dutiful son, a loving brother, and a kind friend. During his illness he expressed himself as ready for death.

He was a dutiful son, a loving brother, and a kind friend. During his illness he expressed himself as ready for death. We have given to the tomb a new treasure. Earth has lost, and heaven is richer by his transition. May God in his tenderness comfort each member of the bereaved family, and the host of relatives and friends who are left behind.

Safe in the arms of Jesus he awaits us on the golden shores of eternity. By God’s help we are determined to meet him there. How sweet to think of him in the grand procession that shall come forth to welcome us as we pass out of our tenements of clay and go up for the glorious reception accorded to those who submit to God’s guidance Psa 73:@4. To the bereaved ones I extend my deepest sympathy, with the prayer that they may all finally be reunited in God’s kingdom in heaven. Yes, dear friend and schoolmate we shall meet again.

He shall sleep, but not forever; There will be a glorious dawn, We shall meet to part no never, On life resurrection morn.” — A sorrowing friend, Loula J. Phelps — Scuppernong, NC June 11, 1898.

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.