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 Vital Records and Local Names, with pertinent events, and information, extracted from various sections of the following newspapers:
To distinguish the separate newspapers, I have assigned different colors to the text relating to them.

Pittsborough - Wednesday Morning, Aug. 18, 1847
Vol. 1, No. 12           The only copy of this paper, on film.

The August term of this court was held in this Town last week, and there was quite a small number of cases, both State and Civil. There was no litigated case tried on the civil Docket and but one State Case- this was the case of the State vs. Hiram Beal and Joseph Gilmore, indicted, with others, of an affray. The prosecution was conducted by George W. Haywood, Esq. in the absence of the Solicitor, and the defense by J. H. Haughton, Esq. for Beal, and Wm. Stedman, Esq. for Gilmore. some two or three hours were consumed in the examination of witnesses and argument of Counsel, when the Jury retired, and, after a short consultation, returned a verdict of not guilty.

A Present, in season-
Our good friend, W. C. Doub, Esq., on his return to Greensboro' last week, sent us a fine Tomato, weighing 1 lb, 12 oz. Can any of our Chatham horticulturists beat this?

We return our sincere thanks to the following gentlemen for a recent act of kindness exhibited in our favor, viz: Messrs. J. J. Jackson, W. Stedman, W. T. Horne, O.A. Stedman, A. Torrence, J. C. Poe, N. A. Stedman, G. Womack, John A. Hanks, S. McClenahan and P. McCoy.

Mr. Joseph D. Gorman, one of the Raleigh volunteers for the Mexican War, returned to this City on Saturday last, having been discharged from service on account of bad health. He left Gen. Taylor's camp on the 1st of July, at which time and place he heard from the North Carolina Regiment. They were then at Saltillo, where they would remain until Gen. Taylor was ready to make his advance upon San Luis Potosi. There had been about 125 deaths in the Regiment, and there were about 200 on the sick list, many of them dangerously so, six having died of the Measles at Monterey the night previous. It was believed that Old Rough and Ready would surely make a move upon San Luis some time during the present month, August. He speaks in the most glowing terms of the popularity of Gen. Taylor with his men; and says ALL the army are for him for next President, against the world. - Raleigh Register

A friend who knows, informs me that the two Russells and Raiford, who fought so long and so gallantly at their gun, under Capt. Wyse, in the late expedition of Col. De Russey, are North Carolina boys. The Russells are brothers from Buncombe, and William Raiford is from Wayne County. Twelve months ago they ere following the plough, and did not know the use of any weapon but the rifle. They are safe, we are gratified to learn, from their numerous wounds, and will live to experience their country's gratitude - NC Standard

In this County, on Thursday evening last, by H. H. Burk, Esq., Mr Calvin Straughan to Miss Delia Coward.

At Santa Fe, New Mexico, about the 25th of April last, Mr. William D. Cosby, formerly of this place, in the 24th year of his age. The deceased was a volunteer in the company of Capt. Thomas M. Horine of St. Genevieve Co., Mo. and was most ardently attached to the service, undergoing all the privations and hardships incident to a campaign in New Mexico, without the least murmur or complaint. He was a young man of more than ordinary promise, and has left a large circle of admiring friends and affectionate relatives, who will deeply deplore his loss and will long cherish the memory of his many virtues, and mourn his early death. Raleigh Register will please copy

The subscriber offers for Sale his tract of Land on Deep River, adjoining the town of Haywood, containing  300 acres, with a good dwelling and other out-houses, stables, barn, cotton gin, screw and threshing machine. The plantation is in a good state of cultivation. The land, etc. will be shown to any person wishing to purchase by Mr. Jacob Utley, who resides on the premises.
June 15, 1847.. Robert K. Smith


Hanks and Ramsey - Druggists.
A new wool carding machine In complete order for Carding, recently put up at my Mill, one mile east of Pittsborough.    Aug. 13, 1847 - Joseph Bynum

Common Schools
At a  meeting of the Board of superintendents' for Chatham County, on Saturday the 31st day of July last, the following persons were appointed a Committee of Examination into the qualifications of Male Teachers of said Schools, according to the 2d section of the 106th Chapter of the act of 1846-7, viz:-  John Thompson, N. A. Stedman, II, A. London, Dr. Isaac Hall and William Stedman. ......... Aug. 4,  Isaac Clegg, Chairman, B.S.

Land for Sale
300 acres on north side of Ricky River, -------(paper torn) ---ing, the lands of John Harris, Isaac Fike? -------(torn)   Chatham Co.,  July 28,  Aaron------(torn)

The Male and Female (torn) (Academy?)
At Pittsborough
Under the Instruction of P.-----.(torn), M.A. Dowd, ------(torn)
Pupils will be received at any time and-----we would refer to the following-------
whom were in attendance at our examin---
Poe and Davis; Col. London; Majors Tor---- and Messrs. M. Q. Waddell, O.A. Stedman, John Harmon, sheriff, July 7, 1847

"THE SEMI-MONTHLY RECORD"- of the Pittsboro Scientific Academy
Pittsboro, N.C., Wednesday, August 1, 1866, Vol. I, No. 7


C. B. Denson, Publisher
John L. Cowan, Robert Cowan, Editors.

Person desiring information with regard to the character of the PlS. Academy, are respectfully referred to the following patrons of the school.
Col. J. G. Burr         Wilmington
Dr. B. W. Robinson    Fayetteville
Dr. J. M. Hunter      Goldsboro'
Rev. W. H. Cunninggim   Raleigh
J. H. Haughton Esq.    Newbern
Col. H.A. London      Pittsboro'
        Ladies Department
Luther B. Clegg Esq.        Chatham
Mrs. Richard Quince    Pittsboro'
Rev. H. H. Gibbons
The Commencement
The commencement of the P.S. Academy for the Scholastic Year 1865-66 takes place on the 29th, 30th and 31st of Aug. 1866. The Annual Address will be delivered on Friday 31st by Col. W. Y. Martin (Prof. of Chemistry, Mineralogy and Geology, at the Univ. of N.C.)
......C. B. Denson, the Principal...... Marshals for the Commencement of 1866. Lemuel H. Gibbons, John L. Cowan and William A. Robinson.

General Store- Francis M. Moore
Fertilizers - H.A. London & Sons

Land for Sale
land a mile and a half north of Pittsboro on the Hillsboro and Chapel Hill road. containing 229 acres, etc.  orchard of excellent fruit , more than a thousand grapevines.
July 2, 1866 - David Turner

In obedience to a decree of the court of Equity, the former residence of the late Green Womack in this place, also a tract of woodland, about one hundred and forty acres, adjoining the lands of T. B. Harris and others, will be sold at public auction.... 14 Aug., next. ......J. A. Womack.

Carpenter Work - Martin Hanks, Pittsboro, July 26, 1866

Music Painting and Drawing - Mrs. Dr. Taylor, June 14, 1866

Cabinet Making - J.R. Mallory & Bro.

To the Voters of Chatham County
I offer myself as a Candidate for a seat in the House of Commons and respectfully solicit your votes at the ensuing election in October next
July 16,   Thomas H. Harris.

Ramsey's Hotel - N.A. and Wm. Ramsey.

To Travellers-
There is a semi-weekly from Pittsboro to Morrisville, leaving on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m. and returning on Mondays and Thursdays at 4 p.m.
apply to M. Clater at Ramsey's Hotel or to the Post Master   H. Clater

"THE HOME" - Pittsboro weekly

(All issues missing except for the following from the NC State Library)

Vol II - No. 20, Tuesday, April 16, 1885
This is the only edition for 1885 - none for 1886

The first page of the paper is, stories, advertising and politics on the national scene. While interesting, I don't have the time to extract all of it, so am limiting what I post, to the local names and events.

Secretary Lamar has appointed a lady to be his private Secretary; Miss Minnie Best recently of Raleigh has got a $750 appointment in the Post office department at Washington; and the banking firm of Rothschild, in London employ women exclusively as coupon counters. They are said to be far more reliable and intelligent than male employees. We have often wondered why ladies were not more frequently employed as compositors. They would be accurate and expeditious, and the work does not require so much physical strength as endurance.

PERSON STREET M.E. CHURCH  [Raleigh Visitor]
The Rev. R. A. Willis preached an able sermon last night at the above church to a large congregation. The meeting is nightly increasing in interest. There have been several conversions and quite a number have asked the prayers of the Christian people. Our people should go by all means and hear the rev. Mr. Willis, as he has few equals as a pulpit orator.

* Over 3,000 yards of cloth are daily consumed in making bags for the Blackwell Durham Tobacco company in which is packed the celebrated Bull Tobacco.
* We were shown by Mr. Eugene Morehead, a few days ago, a photograph of his horse Gramby. This horse is only 3 years old and is destined to be one of the fastest trotters in this country. Mt. Morehead has refused $4,000 for him __ Reporter
*  Col. W. T. Blackwell says he is going to have his street cars in operation before long. He is making all necessary arrangements to have it completed at an early day. The Col. has a long head. (we beg his pardon) on his shoulders and when he says a thing will be done; you may make your calculations accordingly. ___ Durham Reporter
* The revival at Fifth Street Methodist church continues nightly and interesting conversions occur at every meeting. The meeting will close on Sunday night after which the final summing up will be reported in the Star. There have been more than 360 profession. Rev. Messrs. Smith and McFarland have been assisting Rev. ? (blurred) Tuttle, the pastor for two or three nights___Star
* Among Those to be dismissed from the inspection Bureau of the Post office Department is J. G. Hester, who about 1869-70 made himself quite infamous in North Carolina by reason of his connection with the Holden dynasty. He is a native of Granville, and has had quite a career. During the war he was a red hot Confederate; after the war a blazing Democrat' and lastly a cantankerous and unscrupulous Radical hounding down the people of his own State. He has been cared for by the Government for the last sixteen years, and now he must get out and earn an honest living___Star
{My note: the libel laws must have been very lenient in those days ! }

All persons are forbidden to hunt with gun, dog; net or otherwise on my lands in Centre township:
Nov. 27, 1884___  A. H. Merritt.

J. M. Moring  -  Attorney at Law, Durham, NC, Practices in all the Courts of Chatham
R. H. Atwater & W. J. Wyatt
Chatham Co.       Wake Co.   Grocers and General Commission Merchants.
Edwards, Broughton & Co. - Raleigh, N.C.   Printer and Binders
J. G. Rencher - Attorney at Law, Pittsboro, Office in Court House
H. T. Chapin - Druggist; Pittsboro, N.C.
W. H. Leonard, Pittsboro, N.C. - New Home Sewing Machine
R. E. Petty - (Department Store) 134 Fayetteville, St., Raleigh, N.C.

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O.S. Poe has gone North to buy his Spring stock. He has just received a ___ (blurred) line of Milliners. His Hats are beautiful. His Ladies and Gents Hats are the prettiest ever brought to the market.

At the public examination of Teachers last week only four put in an application. Of these one was granted a first grade certificate; W. H. Pope; two a second grade, Rev. L. H. Hackney and E. L.? Fox and one was rejected and granted no certificate.

Fred A. Watson of Raleigh, has a handsome line of Plush goods, etc.

Mr. Sam Williams is dead. He was born and raised in Chatham being a brother of our ex-Sheriff Williams. many years ago he moved to Mississippi where he has since resided. He kept an open house and nothing he had was too good for his friends. He was open and generous and cordial. His many friends will mourn the hear of his death.

Pleasant Lodge Academy
The closing exercises of Pleasant Lodge Academy an Business Institute will take place, May 28th. Mr. T. A. Moffitt, Moffitt's Mills, chief Marshal and Mr. J. R. McCormick, Downsville La, is chief Manager. Hon. F. C. Robins of Lexington, will deliver the Literary Address. We acknowledge the compliment of a kind invitation.

Murder or Suicide
We are informed that on last Saturday morning Peter Foust was found hanging dead in his own house. His family were from home that night. There was a bruise across his forehead. he was hanging by a leather halter with his knees reaching to the floor. As yet it is not ascertained whether he was murdered or committed suicide. It will be recollected that Foust was suspected of having murdered Wheeler, and it is confidently believed that Wheeler's death has some connection with the said termination of his own life.

Aaron Evans died of pneumonia at his home in Gulf township, April 11, 1885, in the 81st year of his age and was buried in the family graveyard a few rods from where he was born. His wife had preceded him to the land of rest about two years.
Brother Evans was more than an ordinary and deserves something more than a passing notice to his memory. He professed religion about 60 years ago at Meroney's church and connected himself with the Methodist church at that place shortly afterwards. He moved his membership to Corinth when that was organized but he always remembered Meroney's as the place of his spiritual birth, and loved to worship at the altar where he had first felt the power of a Savior's love. He held and official position in the church, nearly the whole time of his membership, usually as a class leader. He was pure and upright and was devoted to the church and her ordinances. Few of his means gave more cheerfully or liberally to support her institutions. His house was the preacher's home and the weary man of God always received a heartfelt welcome at his door. many a preacher in the N.C. conference will join kindred and neighbors in mourning over the death of this most excellent Christian gentleman. He bore his agonizing pains with sweet composure and resignation, and died in the triumphs of a gospel faith. To him the grave had no victory neither had death any sting.
His son and three daughters have lost a kind father, the church a faithful and worthy pioneer, and the community a wise and pious man whose place cannot be filled; but he has gone to his reward.
Millwood, N.C. April 14, 1885.

* President Battles notifies us that the trustees of the University of North Carolina will hold a meeting, probably in June or July next for the purpose of electing the following offices: A professor of English languages and literature, a professor of French and German, a professor of the theory and art of teaching.... Persons desiring the positions should forward their testimonials by the 1st of June. President Battles invites correspondence.

"Dr Hitchcock's Analysis of the Bible".  For Sale by J. B. Sherrill & J. V. Parker.
Read the testimonials of this valuable book:  Graham, NC, April 16, 1884
(Testimonials by)  Rev. W. S. Long;  Rev. R. A. Willis; Pittsboro, N.C. Aug. 6, '94
Rev. M. Baldwin; Pittsboro, N.C., March 5, '85; Rev. F. H. Marsh; Rev. J. Henry Smith, D. D. Pastor Presby. Church, Greensboro, N.C.

*  Dr. Solomon Pool delivered two edifying lectures in Brown's Hall last Thursday and Friday.....

* Shade G. Wooten, Clarkton, N.C. says: Ramon's Nerve and Bone Oil.......etc. for sale by H. T. Chapin.
**Raleigh Markets - Reported for the Home by M.T. Norris &  Bros. ?  Wholesale Grocers and Commission Merchants

* Land Sale  By virtue of an order of court in a special proceeding now pending in the superior court of Chatham county whereby Jno. F. Atwater and others are plaintiffs and John W. Shelborn and others are defendants. I will sell at public auction at the courthouse door in the town of Pittsboro on Monday May the 4, 1885, the following tract of land, situated in the county of Chatham on the water of Terrell's creek and bounded as follows: on the east and south by the land of B. F. Snipes, on the west by the land of William Snipes and on the north by the lands of Ceila Atwater and John F. Atwater, formerly belonging to P.J. Snipes, deceased, and subject to the widow's dower which has been assigned, containing one hundred and twelve acres. Terms: one third cash and one third in six months, and on third the...... with approved security....... date. Title retained until payment..... of the purchase money. T. B. Womack, Commissioner - April 3d, '85

Executor's Notice
Having qualified as Executor on the last will and Testament of M.C. Lauter/? , deceased
....... claims against the said decedent are hereby notified to present them to me on or before the 19th day of March 1856 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery.
Mar. 19 C. R. Scott, Ex.

Administrator's Notice
Having qualified as Administrator of James Edward, we hereby notify all persons...... on or before the 17th day of march, 1836, or this notice..... March 19,  O.T. Edwards,  A.P. Thompson

Wheat Wanted
I will pay the highest cash price for wheat or I will advance money on wheat delivered in my new mill at Gulf, N.C. The mill is now doing excellent work. I will guarantee satisfaction to all who will give it a trial. Come and see for yourselves.
Gulf, Jan. 8, '84    J. M. McIver, Prop'r

Land for Sale
90 Acres of land on Harlan's creek in Hickory Mountain township - 35 acres cleared and in cultivation. Terms easy. Apply to - J. G. Rencher, Atty.  Feb. 5th, 1855


VOL. IV - No. 44
        This is the first edition for 1887

Pittsboro, N.C., Thursday, October 13, 1887

Published every Thursday at the Home office on Hillsboro Street
A. H. Merritt, Editor & Proprietor
Terms of Subscription
one dollar per year on advance
Not strictly in advance ten cents per month

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Take Notice
All person are forbidden to hunt with gun, dog or axe on the lands of Mrs. . N.S Harris or the lands of Miss Mary J. Harris. These land are bounded as follows; On the north by Mrs. Nat. Hill, Robert Edgerton, on the west Sylvester Johnson, Nelson Foushee and Wiley Ellis, on the east Alex. Palmer, and on the south by Henry Burns, Jas. Harman. Persons trespassing on these land will have the law regularly enforced on them. J. B. Harris, Agt.

The J. P. Nissen Wagon - manufactured by- Geo. E. Nissen & Co.
Messrs. Bynum and Headen sell Geo. E. Nissen and Co., Wagons,.....BYNUM AND HEADEN, Pittsboro, N.C.

H.T. Chapin, M.D. - Physician & Surgeon, offers his Professional services to the people of Pittsboro and surrounding country. Office at Drug Store.

Pittsborough Academy - The next term of this institution will begin on Monday Aug. 1, 1887 and continue 20 weeks.
Terms - Primary English $10.00
Intermediate English - $12.00
Higher English - $15.00
Latin, Greek, French and German, each $5.00 extra.
Ministers children will be taken at half rates.
Half the tuition due at the middle of the term and the other half at the end.
A. B. Hill, Principal

Administrators Notice!
Having qualified as Administrator on the estate of Silas Beckwith dec'd, all persons holding claims against the said decedent are hereby notified to present them to me on or before the 24th day of August, 1888, or this notice will be plead in bar of their recovery.
Aug. 25, 6t S.M. Beckwith, Admin. Silas Beckwith

Sale of Valuable Property

By virtue of an order of the Superior court of Chatham county, made at May term 1887, in this cause therein tried entitled, J.W. Dark vs Zeb. Vance Dark and Noah R. Harris, his guardian I will, on Monday, Oct. 3rd, 1887. at the courthouse door in Pittsboro, sell, at public outcry, to the highest bidder, the interest of said Zeb. V. Dark the same being and undivided one fourth interest- in and to certain Merchant mills, situated in Chatham county on the waters of Rocky River, known as Dark's mill- formerly Pace's mill.
Sept 1, 4t J.G. Rencher, Com'r

For Sale
THE METHODIST PARSONAGE at Mt. Vernon Springs, Chatham county, is offered for sale, cheap for cash. Thirty five acres of land with a good dwelling house, convenient to excellent mineral water and a good school
Dr. J. C. Kirkman, Ch'm B. of Trustees Mt. Vernon Springs

Kirkman House, Pittsboro, N.C.
Situated in the centre of the business part of the town. Large Sample room for Drummers. Every convenience and comfort afforded the travelling public. A pleasant resort for the summer. Dray Horses and vehicles for hire.
May 5, '87 M.M. Kirkman

J.B. Mason- Attorney At Law, Chapel Hill, N.C. - Practices in Chatham and the Federal Courts. Revenue cases a specialty.

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Local News

Rev. P.R. Law and Rev. Mr. Darnell are in town, being brought here as witnesses in the Will case. now on trial.

We greatly regret to hear that the Mill and Cotton Gin on Crabtree about four miles from Raleigh. belonging to Willis Whitaker have been burned. Loss $2,500 and no insurance.

Bro. Strudwick, of the Hillsboro Recorder, gave us a pleasant call. His many friends in Chatham will be glad to know that he is in first rate health. He is a man of great ability and one of the very best orators in the state.

The N.C. Teacher for October contains a portrait of the Rev. J. F. Crowell, President of Trinity College.

Rev. S. S. Bookrum, colored, preacher in charge of Chatham circuit, reports 51 additions to his charge.....to build a new church at Hamlet....he has raised $138.89 males $86.45 females $65.44. Total raised at Hamlet's $149.29..

Well done for the little boys!
Mr. J.O. Perry has three little boys, the oldest being seven and the youngest four Willie, Walker and Jeter. They went to the cotton patch by themselves, at 9 o'clock, one morning, and by sunset they had picked out one hundred and one pounds of cotton. These boys will make men after awhile.

The Wake Forest Student is really one of the very best of college magazines. The typographical execution is first rate,..... Our young friend and countryman, R. B. Lineberry, is one of the editors and business manager.

On last Friday about 1 o'clock Dr. Chapin's drug store was robbed of a money box, containing between ninety and one hundred dollars in checks and about thirty dollars in currency......

Town Tax
C. M. Hardin, has the tax list for the town of Pittsboro. He says the tax must be settled at once.....

Dr. John S. McClenahan
Dr. John S. McClenahan was born at Haywood, in this county, January the 4th, 1833, and died at his home in Pittsboro, Oct. 6, 1887, being in the 55th year of his age. His father, Dr. Pence McClenahan was a high-toned, public spirited and popular man. Of his sons, James T. a young lawyer of promise, fell on the dreadful field of Malvern Hill. William moved to Texas and is a very successful physician. John S. the subject of this notice, spent his while life in Chatham. Twenty-five years ago Chatham did no contain a finer specimen of physical manhood or a more popular, genial, open-hearted gentleman. He was respected by everybody. He was a good surgeon and a successful practitioner of medicine. For the past ten or twelve years he has been greatly broken in health, and the public has seen but little of him. He leaves a most excellent wife, two daughters and three sons. His burial at the Methodist church on last Friday was largely attended by friends and relatives.

That Will Case

The court has been busily engaged this week in trying the matters in dispute between Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Moring. It involves about $20,000 worth of property, the estate of William C. Faucette. He died and left a Will which was duly admitted to probate. This Will gave the property to his sister, Mrs Bryan. Afterwards another and a later Will was attempted to be set up, that gave the whole estate to his cousin, Mrs. Moring; and her children. The case was tried before Judge Gilmer, nearly two years ago and was decided in favor of the last Will. An appeal was taken to the Supreme Court and a new trial granted. ....On Mrs. Moring's side appear Col. Fuller, of Raleigh, Major Graham, of Hillsboro, Mr. Manning, of Chapel Hill and Messr's Headen, Womack and Gilbert of Chatham; opposed to these and for Mrs. Bryan are Judge Gowle, Major Hinsdale, C. M. Busbee and F. H. Busbee of Raleigh, ex-Solicitor F. N. Strudwick of Hillsboro and Messrs. Howze, London and Murchison. ....The following are the jurors. H. C. Vestal, A.C. Cockman, Henry Lorrett, W. I. Dowd, Thos Dafron, J. W. Dark, Eli Brooks, R. G. Eubanks, I.M. Burnett, J. M. Womble, J. W. Fuller col. and N. M. Brewer....

Court Proceedings

Judge Shepherd dispatched a great deal of business last week. Sentence has not yet been rendered in the cases of Messrs. Bryan and Wilkie for practicing law.
Vance Nixon was sent to the penitentiary for 18 months.
Frank Alston and J. H. Alston were sentenced to six months' imprisonment in the county jail, with leave to the county commissioners to hire them out.
In the cases of John Pennington for selling liquor on Sunday, the defendant came into court and submitted to a judgment of guilty. He was under bond, with A.P. Terry as surety, for his good behavior, till next term of the court.... proportion of the costs, Jones and Hardin got off by paying costs. Too much cider!
Lewis Scotten, A.L. Jones and P.M. Hardin had an affray in Jones' grocery store on Monday night. They were brought to trial and found guilty. Scotten was fined $30 and his proportion of the costs, Jones and Hardin got off by paying costs. Too much cider!

The Grand Jurors were dismissed on Friday....gave their report on poor house.... 18 white and 7 colored inmates. Of this number 3 are insane and others partially so...the inmates are well fed and comfortably clad. ... praise to, Mr. J. W. Poe, whose humane treatment  of the inmates... W. N. Straughan, Foreman

A Good Woman

Mrs Nancy A. Guthrie, wife of J. B. Guthrie, was born July the 1st 1823 and died June the 11, 1886.....missed by her husband and friends....She was the daughter of Archibald McIntyre, and her grandmother was a Galloway. ....

County Officers

Superior Court clerk - S.M. Holt
Register of Deeds - L. R. Exline
Sheriff and Treasurer - S. W. Brewer
Surveyor - Rufus B. Clegg
Coroner - W. S. Petty (my note this is Winship Stedman Petty)
Public Administrator- J.A. Womack (  I believe this is Jacob A.)
Commissioners -C. R. Scott, Wm. H. Hatch, J. A. Pugh
Board of Education - A. J. Bynum, E. W. Atwater, H. H. Siler
Supt. Pub. Instruction - A. H. Merritt
Supt. of Health - Dr. L.A. Hanks.


Mayor J. J. Jackson
Commissioners - A. J. Bynum, W. L. London, O.S. Poe ( Oren Stedman?), Dr. H. T. Chapin, W. H. Leonard
Sec. and Treasurer - A. J. Bynum
Constable and Weigh master - C. M. Hardin

Episcopal - Rector, Rev Wm. Walker
Presbyterian - Pastor, Rev. W. F. Thom
Baptist - Pastor, Rev. Moses Baldwin
Methodist- Pastor, Rev. R. T. N. Stephenson
African Zion - Colored, Pastor, Rev. W. J. Jordan
Methodist Episcopal - Colored, Pastor, Rev. S. S. Bockrum
Episcopal Mission - Colored, exercises by Revs. Bush and Walker

Executors Notice

Having qualified as executor of the estate of Owen Lindley, dec'd. I hereby notify all persons...to present (claims) on or before the 18th day of Aug. 1888 or this notice will be plead in bar of their recovery. E. V. Straughan.
Ex'r of Owen Lindley
Aug 26 6t

Having been appointed administrator ot the estate of Isaiah Williams, dec'd notice is.... to present claims to me on or before the first day of Sept. 1888. J. A. Womack, Adm'r Sept. 1, 1887

Having qualified as administrator of the estate of John M. Fox. Notice is hereby given...to present claims... to me on or before the 6th day of October 1888....John T. Womble, Adm'r
Oct 6

Having qualified as executor of the last will and testament of Nancy Long deceased..I do hereby give notice... to present claims to me on or before the 15th day of September, 1888...
15 Sept. 1887, W. J. Long, Executor

Having qualified as executor of the last will and testament of B. F. Boothe, dec'd hereby give notice.... to present claims.....15th day of September 1887  Alvin J. Sloan, Executor

The undersigned having qualified as administrator of the estate of Catherine Jane Stokes, late of the county of Chatham, hereby gives notice...to present (claims) on or before the 29th day of September, 1888...
29 Sept., 1887, J. C. Kirkman

By virtue of a Mortgage Deed executed on the 27th day of Feb. 1884, by James E. Moore and wife to John S. Strowd and transferred by him to me and registered in the office of the Reg. of Deeds of Chat. Co. ....I will sell at public auction for cash, at the court house door in Pittsboro. on Monday 7th day of November 1887, a certain tract of land lying on the waters of Rocky River adjoining the lands of Wm. Bright, O.G. Tysor and others, containing 170 acres more or less. Isaac W. Durham, Mortgagee

Mortgage Sale

By virtue of a mortgage deed executed to Miss Mary R. Smith, deceased, by Charles D. Hackney and wife Antoinette Hackney on the 12th day of Feb. 1884 and duly registered... I will on the 7th day of November, 1887, at the court house door in Pittsboro, sell at Public auction for cash, a certain tract of land... adjoining the lands of G. O. Cole, W. C. Cole and said Mrs R. Smith, containing seventy seven acres.
Sept 8, 1887 Kemp P. Battle, Executor

By virtue of a mortgage deed executed to me by J. C. Farrington and C. A. Farrington, his wife, which is registered... I will sell on Oct. 10, 1887... a certain tract of land in Chatham... on the waters of North East Creek, adjoining the lands of Alfred Moring and others, containing about 70 acres, about 50 aces of lowlands, the balance upland and well adapted to tobacco and cotton.. Sept 8 '87 , T. C. Barbee

Snow Camp Foundry and Machine Shops. Est. 1842
H.W. and T. C. Dixon, Pror's

O.S. Poe - Largest Stock of Boots and Shoes....Stylish Millinery, Dress Goods.

Bynum and Headen, Gents Furnishing Goods, Shoes


VOL. IV - No. 45
Thursday, October 20, 1887:

(article in regard to the extension of the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad) ..... we stood at the side of our friend, (Senator) D. F. Caldwell, and urged the Senate to grant some aid for it's relief. ..... It was a hard fight and aid was granted only by the deciding vote of Lt. Gov. Robinson.

Thomas W. Canady, is a colored lawyer of Oxford, n this State.  Being short of clients, shorter of money, ....... he went over into Franklin County.......

The Raleigh "Christian Advocate" has a new and handsome outfit. Bro. Reid is to be congratulated, not only on the appearance of his paper,......... This issue contains excellent articles from Bishop Duncan, Bishop Key, Judge Clark and others. The articles from Dr. Edwards are always good and interesting.


John M. Moring, Attorney-at-Law, of Durham, NC

Pomona Hill Nurseries, Pomona, NC
Two and a half miles west of Greensboro, N.C. The main line of the R. & D. RR passes through the grounds and within 100 feet of the office.....
Address J. Van Lindley, Pomona, Guilford Co., NC

Local News

W.M. Jones and family of Cary, attended the marriage on Tuesday night in our town. (doesn't say which marriage)

Mrs A. G. Headen having attended the Ladies Missionary Society which met in Greensboro this week will visit friends in Winston and Caswell.

An important case that attracted a good deal of attention was before Justice Womack on Tuesday. It goes over to the next Superior court.

Dr. J. E. King of Iredell, is now with his family at Mr. Merritt's. The doctor is an intelligent, christian.....

The Judge imposed, a fine of $200 each on Messrs. Wilkie and Bryan for practicing law, while holding the position of Justices of the Peace.....

Mr. George W. Thompson is in our midst after having spent some months with his son Mayor Thompson, of Raleigh. His many friends are glad to find him in such excellent health and spirits.

While a posse of sportsmen were hunting on the farm of W. J. Kelley in New Hope township, on the 8th inst., two of his finest turkeys were killed, but as yet nobody has confessed the deed or offered any apologies.

J. E. Weaver, who for the past ten or twelve years, has been store-keeper and gauger (grocer?) ?, at McMath's, died last week after a lingering illness. In his prime he weighed 325 pounds, but disease reduced his weight to less than a hundred. He was a native of Granville and of a kind and obliging disposition.

A. L. Jones was fined $50 for selling liquor on Sunday. This with the costs will amount to about $200. Judgment was suspended in one or two of the cases and he was required to enter into bond for good behaviour till next court. If he forfeits his bond in any respect he can be imprisoned by the next Judge....

Two of our enterprising boys, Robert Petty and Leonia's Merritt are putting in this week at the fair grounds. They took down several things for exhibition ...

At the examination of Teachers last week. Mr. R. E. Hardin received a first grade certificate, and Mr. W. D. Patterson a second grade...

    At the residence of the bride's father, Mr. George Knight, on Tuesday the 18th, Instant, by the Rev. J.C. Wilson, Mr. James Scott, son of C. R. Scott Esq. to Miss Georgia Knight.

    At the residence of the bride's mother, near Eagle Rock, N.C., Oct. 11th
inst. Mr. W. S. Yates of Chatham, to Miss Annie Horton of Wake county, Rev. O.L. Strangefield officiating. The attendants were: Mr. John Horton, of Eagle Rock and Miss Tenie Yates, of Williams Mills; Mr. Geo. Lasater, of Merry Oaks, and Miss Rosa Horton, of Eagle Rock: Mr. Jos. Wilson; of Liberty and Miss Azalia Patterson, of Cary; Mr. Claud Johnson of William's Mills and Miss Janie Dalrymple of Jonesboro.

A Happy Marriage
    The marriage of Miss Carrie Ihrie to Mr. E. W. Pou, is the most interesting social event that has occurred in our midst in many a day. The bride is of high social position, intelligent, amiable, lovely and very popular. The groom is a very talented young lawyer of Johnson county, of good family and is very popular. He made quite a reputation in the last Legislature as a firm strong man....... The ceremony took place at the residence of Dr. R. R. Ihrie, on Tuesday night at 8:30 o'clock. Rev. Wm. Walker officiating. Notwithstanding the rain and gloom of the night, a large and brilliant crowd assembled to enjoy the festivities.....The following were attendants and the order in which they entered the room:  H. W. Jackson and Miss Daisy Denson; H. M. Cowan and Miss Helen Zimmerman; J. H. Bobitt and Miss May Baker; A. B. Hill and Miss Dixie Leach; E. H. Haughton and Miss Kate Drane; R. B. Leach and Miss Nettie Haughton; J. M. Manning and Miss Hennie Williams; J. H. London and Miss Rebe Smith; H. A. London, Jr. and Miss Mattie Pou; Jas. H. Pou and Miss Mattie Ihrie. Then came the bride and groom, the bride being attended by two little girls, Azile Hill and Gertrude Bush.

Distressing Accident
    Mr. James Poe, while greasing the cogs to the horse power of his cotton gin, on last Friday, was caught in the machinery and so badly crushed, that he died that night. He was about 50 years old. He was an honest and intelligent Christian gentleman. He was a kind neighbor and greatly respected and loved by all, who knew him.... His excellent wife and children have the sympathy of the whole community. He was buried on Sunday with Masonic honors, at the old homestead of his father-in-law. Hasten Gilmore, deceased. The funeral was attended by a large body of friends and relatives.

Mrs. Sallie Ann Clark
    Departed this life, Oct. the 10th, Mrs. Sallie Ann Clark, age 59, lacking a few days. She was a great sufferer for many years, which she bore with a Christian spirit. She was a member of the Methodist church for many years.....We paid the last tribute of respects by following her to the lonely grave yard at Emmaus' on the morning of the 12th inst., where her remains were laid peacefully away. .. M.A.W.

The Faucette Will Case decided

This is the most important civil actions that has ever been tried in Chatham. In 1883 W. C. Faucette died leaving property to the amount of about $20,000. His will was duly admitted to probate and his sister Mrs. Rosa J. Bryan went into the possession of the estate. this Will was made in 1879. Afterwards Mrs. J. M. Moring set up a claim to the property under a holograph Will of later date. This Will was alleged to have been written in 1880, but it was missing and never produced in Court. This Will gave his whole estate to his cousin Mrs. Moring. This case was tried two years ago before Judge Gilmer and was decided in favor the last Will. An appeal was taken, and the Supreme Court granted a new trial. This final trial began on Monday of last week and ended on Saturday, by a verdict from the jury against the last made Will. This gives the property to Mrs. Bryan.
During the trial the court house was crowded with spectators that were intensely interested in the proceedings. The examination of witnesses closed on Thursday evening, and the arguments of the Attorneys began. Maj. J. W. Graham led off in a speech of one and three quarters hours, for Mrs. Moring, Mr. C. M. Busbee followed in a two hour speech for Mrs Bryan. Mr. T. B. Womack, on the Moring side spoke for two hours and court adjourned for the night at about 10 'clock. Mr. Womack spoke on Friday morning for another hour. Mr. Strudwick followed for about an hour and forty minutes for Mrs. Bryan. Then Mr. F. H. Busbee and then Col. Hinsdale both for Mrs. Bryan......Col. Fuller for about a hour and forty minutes for Mrs. Moring. Then Judge Fowler for two hours and a quarter for Mrs. Bryan. Mr. Manning closed the arguments in a speech of about an hour and a half for Mrs. Moring. Closing at about 11 on Friday night, Judge Shepherd delivered a very clear and impartial charge and the case went to the jury at about 12:30 o'clock. .......Through an inadvertence we failed to mention last week that Mr. J. G. Rencher was an Attorney for Mrs. Moring and Mr. L.B. Chapin for Mrs. Bryan......there were sixteen lawyers engaged in the case, Nine on one side and seven on the other. The jury brought in a verdict at 10 o'clock, on Saturday.
{MY NOTE;  The way I count it, there were speeches for a total of ( at least) 18 hours and 20 minutes.  Entertainment must have been really hard to find, in Chatham Co.,  to sit through all that.  Do you think there was anything left to inherit after all these lawyers presented their bills ?}

Hybrid Cotton (Dunn Signboard)
    In the first issue of the "Signboard" we copied for the Raleigh "Visitor" about a new and curious kind of cotton. many people who read the article as it went the rounds in the press, did not believe the story, and some in Harnett county doubted it.  Dr. W. M. McNeil has brought to the "Signboard" office a few locks and some leaves, of the hybrid cotton. He has been to the field of the negro, who name is Hector Bailey, and seen the cotton. Bailey says he cannot account for the origin of the cotton; he found one stalk in 1885 and saved four bolls and now has half an acre in cultivation, and it will average about 50 bolls to the stalk, while the common cotton in the same field will not average more than 7 or 8 bolls. He has been offered $80 per bushel for the seed and an interest in the cotton which offer, he refused. The leaves are more like okra than the common cotton, and the staple is much larger and finer than ordinary cotton. Mr. Niell says the stalk is better limed and more open, and that it does not shade the bottom bolls like other ordinary cotton.

Troy to Have a Railroad.

Mr. A. F. Page, of Blue's Crossing, Mr. D. A. McDonold, of Carthage, and Mr. J. M. Graham, of Jackson Springs, have formed themselves into a company to build a railroad from Blues Crossing on t he R. & A. road to Troy, in Montgomery County. They will build this road 13 miles without a charter as these gentlemen own 13 miles of land in a solid body extending 13 miles west of Blue's Crossing. .......

Judge Murphy may properly be called the Father of the Public School System in North Carolina. He represented Orange county in the State Senate consecutively from 1812 to 1818, and was chairman of the committee on Education........

Executor's Notice

Having qualified as executor of the estate of Owen Lindley, dec'd. I hereby notify all persons holding claims against said decedent to present them... on or before the 18th day of Aug. 1888.... E. V. Straughan, Ex'r of Owen Lindley
Aug. 25.

Having been appointed administrator of the estate of Isaiah Williams, dec'd, notice is hereby given to creditors of his estate to present their claims to me on or before the first day of Sept. 1888.   J. A. Womack, Adm'r
Sept. 1, 1887

Having qualified as administrator of the estate of John M. Fox, Notice is hereby given to all persons holding claims against the estate to present them to me on or before the 6th day of October 1888 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery.  John T. Womble, Adm'r
Oct. 6

Having qualified as executor of the last will and testament of Nancy Long deceased, I do hereby give notice for creditors......present them to me on or before the 15th day of September, 1888....  This 15th day of September, 1887
W. J. Long, Executor

Having qualified as executor of the last will and testament of B. F. Boothe dec'd the undersigned gives notice to all persons, holding claims.......present the same to him for payment with in the time limited by law, or this notice will be pleaded....All person indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment. This 15th day of September 1887.   Alvin J. Sloan, Executor
W. E. Murchison, att'y.

Notice__ The undersigned having qualified as administrator of the estate of Catherine Jane Stokes, late of the county of Chatham and State of North Carolina, hereby gives notice to all persons having claims.....to present them...on or before the 29th day of September 1888.....All person indebted to said estate will please come forward and make payment immediately. This 29th of Sept. 1887. J.C. Kirkman.
J. H. Deaden. J. G. Rencher, atts.

By virtue of a Mortgage Deed executed on the 27th day of February 1884, by James E. Moore and wife to John S. Strowd, and transferred by him to me and registered in the office of the Reg. of Deeds of Chatham Co, Book B M pages 87 and 88, I will sell at public auction; for cash, at the courthouse door in Pittsboro, on Monday, the 7th day of November, 1887. A certain tract of land lying on the waters of Rocky River Adjoining the lands of Wm. Bright, O.G. Tysor and others, containing 170 acres more or less.
Time of sale 12 o' clock.   Isaac W. Durham, Mortgagee
Oct. 4, 1887.

By virtue of a mortgage deed executed to Miss Mary R. Smith, deceased, by Charles D. Hackney and wife Antoinette Hackney on the 12 th day of Feb. 1884 and duly registered in Chatham Co., Book, B. B. pages 342-343 I will on the 7th day of November, 1887, at the courthouse door in Pittsboro, N.C. sell at Public auction for cash, a certain tract of land in Chatham county, adjoining the lands of G. O. Cole, W. C. Cole and said Mary R. Smith, containing seventy seven acres. This Sept. 8th 1887   Kemp P. Battle, Executor.

By virtue of a mortgage deed executed to me by J. C. Farrington and C. A. Farrington, his wife which is registered in the register of deeds office of Chatham county in book B. T. on page 230, etc. I will sell on October 10, 1887 for cash, at the courthouse door in Pittsboro, N.C. a certain tract of land in Chatham co. on the waters of North East Creek, adjoining the lands of Alfred Moring and others containing about 70 acres, about 50 acres of low grounds, the balance up and well adapted to tobacco and cotton to satisfy said mortgage.   Sept. 8,    T. C. Barbee


VOL IV - 46  No. Thursday, October 27, 1887

Fair Notes
We were not on the Fairgrounds till Saturday, and yet we saw and heard many things of interest. The weather had been so desperately bad that the interesting programme for each day were completely spoiled. Never was a fair held under more unfavorable circumstances, and it is surprising and gratifying that is was a successful as it has proved to be. Secretary Nichols told us that the receipts would cover expenditures and but for the bad weather it would have been the most successful Fair held since the war. It is thought that about 8,000 people came in on the railroads.....We were glad to meet Bro. Daniels of the "Chronicle", Bro. Polk, of the "Progressive Farmer", and Dr. Bobbitt of the "Advance".
At a meeting of the society, Mr. W. G. Upchurch was re-elected President by a unanimous vote. Resolutions were passed very complementary to Sec. Nichols. .. Mr. E. G. Harrell was selected to fill  Sec. Nichols place. Capt. Jones, the Chief marshal, was presented with a very handsome gold-headed cane by his assistants. We have not seen a list of the premiums awarded, but we know that Chatham got some of them. Mr. John W. Perry cannot be beaten on good fruit. He got fifteen or sixteen premiums. Robert E. Harris of Merry Oaks, bore off 44 blue ribbons _ perhaps a greater number than any other exhibitor. {for vegetable, butter and poultry too numerous to list }

Advertisements - Are exactly the same as the previous weeks. Will not list them again.

Local News

Dr. King has returned with his family to his home, in Iredell.

We learn that Mrs. Moring has appealed her case to the Supreme court.

Mr. J. A. Womack is attending the Presbyterian Synod now in session at Fayetteville

James Roscoe Beckwith, a bright and lovely son of Albert G. and Quintiney Beckwith died on the 19th day of June 1887, aged six months and eight days.

David Hammock died at his home near this town on last Saturday. He was buried at Hanks' Chapel on Sunday evening. He was an ingenious mechanic.

On Sunday last Rev. Stephenson preached a Missionary sermon in the Methodist church in our town....

Robbie Gilmore, aged 8 years and 8 months walked one mile to the field and picked out 106 pounds of cotton, two hours before sun down. Robbie is a careful industrious and intelligent boy, just such as make our most useful men.

Rev. Mr. Baldwin has given up the charge of his churches in this section and will remove to Winston in a few weeks. He will leave a host of warm friends in our midst, and the community will give up him and his excellent wife and beautiful daughter with regret. We give in another place, the resolutions adopted by his church at Emmaus.

The North Carolina Industrial Fair (colored) is now in progress at Raleigh. It is thought that it will be by odds the best exhibit that our colored citizens have yet made in the State. Capt. C. M. Cooke, of Louisburg will deliver the address today. Old John Sherman and Billy Mahone will not be there. Capt. Cooke is worth a dozen of either of them, and will give the negroes advice which they may safely follow.

Dr Manning
We very much regret that Dr. J. M. Manning has determined to change his residence. It is probably that he will settle in the town of Durham. He will never find better friends that he leaves behind, but he will have a broad field for his enterprise and skill. During the four years that he has been in our midst he has established an enviable character for integrity, purity of life, manly bearing, and skill in his profession.

A Good Move
On last Thursday, quite a number of intelligent farmers and enterprising gentlemen met at Siler City and organized "Siler City Agricultural Society" with a view of giving an Exhibit at that place on the 1st and 2nd days of December.
The following officers were elected:
Pres't Rev. A. H. Perry, Vice Pres't W. J Caviness Sec'y E. R. McLean, Ass't Sec'y J. D. Dorsett, Treas. T. C. Dixon, Directors from Chatham G. P. Alston, W.H. Seagrove, Jessie H. Henly, Rev. O.T. Edwards, S. J. Talley, W. J. Womble -- From Randolph, B. B. Lambert and J. W. Staley.....

Letters to the Editor -

N.G. Avent, on What to Teach the Girls"  (paraphrased by me)
 a thorough education, to cook, and prepare food , wash, iron and darn stockings, sew on buttons and make their own dresses, to make bread and that a good kitchen lessen the doctor's account....to be  thrifty, that a calico dress, paid for fits better than a silk one unpaid for...good common sense, self help and industry.... that an honest young man in his working dress is a better object of esteem than a dozen fine dressed idlers..... teach them gardening and the pleasure of nature... that the happiness of matrimony depends neither on outward appearances nor on wealth, but on the MAN'S CHARACTER.

A Letter from Chapel Hill

Somebody ought to have written you an abstract of Col. Waddell's lecture on the discovery of America and the one on Shakespeare's legal knowledge... as well as Mr Jones' on Davie delivered on University day.
Prof. Atkinson and wife are boarding at Mr. Thompsons. Prof. Holmes has a new wife and is keeping house. We expect Prof. Toy will-get-lonesome if he does not soon follow suit. Then will every member of the faculty will be married.
Rev. Griffith, the pastor of the Methodist church here, is certainly a fine preacher.
Rev. Mr. Taylor, pastor of the Baptist church is a young man, yet he has made a good impression... He is a nephew of President Taylor of Wake Forest.
Col. Moore will deliver the regular monthly lecture before the faculty and students of the University on the first Saturday evening in next month. Hon. S. M. Finger, State Supt. of Public Instruction will deliver a lecture ... Prof. W.S. Carver of St. Louis, is here,... lectured to us this afternoon on Penmanship and will organize a class.
Jun. I. Or ,Oct. 24, '87

Resolutions of Respect
Whereas..... Rev. Moses Baldwin is about to sever his connection with us as pastor of Emmaus church....copy of these resolutions be spread upon our record, another sent to him in assurance of our appreciation of him. and a third to the "Biblical Recorder, and a fourth to the "Pittsboro HOME, for Publication.

The Pumpkin Guess
The most novel feature of the fair was the guessing at the number of seeds in a pumpkin furnished by Mr. W. C. Stronach, to the successful guesser of which Mr. J. L. Stone, was to give a fine organ. After the guessing was closed the pumpkin was cut and the seeds counted, there were 4,943 guesses. The number of seeds, 612. Messrs. B. R. Jolly, W. H. Hughes, J. N. Barkley, A. R. Gufferd, and Miss Julia Conrad, each guessed 613. Mr. E. C. Jones guessed 611.  Mr. A. N. Butts, of Durham, guess 612, the exact number and the handsome organ was awarded to him.

Accidents  (Franklin Times)
Last week seemed to be an unlucky one for cotton giners in this section. On Friday Mr. Wesley Burnett, who has a gin about seven miles from Louisburg, had his hand so badly mangled, in the gin that Dr. Malone had to amputate all his fingers on one hand save one and his thumb.
On Saturday Mr. R. R. Harris got mixed up with a pulley and a belt in the Jones gin here, and had his right arm broken in two places between the elbow and hand; and the same day Mr. Evans, at Terrell's gin (while cutting some bagging) cut the main artery in one of his legs and came near bleeding to death.
Mr. J. P. Watt, of Steel Creek township, brother of our townsman, Mr. W. W. Watt, had his right hand badly lacerated by his cotton gin yesterday morning.


VOL. IV - No. 47
Thursday, Nov., 3, 1887



We regret to hear of the death of Attorney General Davidson's wife
No decision has been reached yet by the Supreme court of the U.S. in the case of the Chicago Anarchists
Mr. J. G. Rencher, who has been confined to his room by sickness for a couple of weeks is out again, nearly well.
The North Carolina Conference will meet at Fayetteville, on the 30th of November. Bishop Key will preside.
Obed Maready alias Owen Manning, a white man of Notoriously bad character, was killed a few days ago in trying to make his escape from the penitentiary.
If you are indebted to O.S. Poe, by mortgage or note, he respectfully asks you to come forward at once and settle, or you might be put to some inconvenience.
The President has appointed the 24th of this month as "Thanksgiving Day" for the Nation. Doubtless, Governor Scales will designate the same day for the State.
We call the attention of those wishing to purchase a comfortable home to the advertisement of Mr. J. H. Clegg. It is a very desirable place and already for occupancy.
Dr. J. B. Burns has been trying the Four corn. He thinks it yielded at the rate of 12 barrels to the acre. He will carry some of it to the mill in a few days and test for himself the quality of biscuits it will make.
Rev. W. H. Bobbitt, presiding elder of the Salisbury district, well and favorably known all over Chatham, has been quite ill at his home in Salisbury, but is convalescing and will soon be able to resume his pastoral duties.
Mr. J. A. Womack returned from Synod on Saturday night. They had a good and profitable meeting in spite of the bad weather. Fayetteville did the entertaining cordially and handsomely. The next Synod will be held at Goldsboro.
Mr. Joseph Williams died, at his home, at the mouth of rocky river, on last Sunday. He was an industrious man, and honest and highly respected citizen and a food farmer. he was about 72 years of age. He will be greatly missed in his community.
We clipped the following highly colored statement from the Durham Record. It will be news to the most of our citizens:  Who told you Bro. Hackney? (editor of the Durham Record)
" Chatham county is said to be the scenes of numerous raids from the moonshiners. The people are thrown into a state of terror by their presence, and dare not sleep with windows unfastened or without fierce dogs in their bed room."
There will be a meeting of the Chatham county Farmer's Club at the courthouse in Pittsboro, on the first Monday in Nov......A. H. Perry, Pres't

Items from neighboring newspapers-

Webster's Weekly
Mr. Arch Hegie of Leakesville, was accidentally shot in the face the other day by a young man who was out hunting.
Wadesboro Intelligencer:  Col. Rowland continues quite ill. He has been ailing ever since May, and it is fear'd he cannot recover. Dr. E. F. Ashe received a telegram from Lumberton Monday requesting him to go by the first train to see Mr. Rowland, but the critical condition of a patient of his own at the depot, prevented going in response to the summons
Rockingham Rocket:  We have heard of no family so much afflicted as have been the McMillan and Hailey families, of this county. Mrs. James L. Hailey, a daughter of Sandy McMillan, esq. died of typhoid fever; then her father convalescing from typhoid fever, was stricken with heart disease and died suddenly; then followed her husband, a victim of the same dread fever; and now one of the Hailey children is lingering with the same disease at the home of its grandmother, Mrs. Mourning Hailey, three miles from town, who is herself bed-ridden from rheumatism and for years has not been able to use her limbs. To increase the family misfortune, the McMillan residence was burned to the ground.

Having this the 20th day of Oct. '87 qualified as administrator of the estate of Polmira Jones dec'd I do hereby notify all persons holding claims against said estate to presetn them for payment on or before the 20th day of October, 1888......John C. Jones, Adm'r  - I. A. Murchison, Att'y.

{The previous notices of administrators are continued also, as is the mortgage sales in the previous editions.


VOL. IV - No. 48
Thursday, Nov. 10, 1887

Notices of administrators
continuing notices from previous editions are not included, again.

Having qualified as administrator on the estate of Sally Upchurch, dec'd all person holding claims against the estate are hereby notified to present them to me for payment on or before the 10th day of November, 1888...Those indebted to the decedent will please make immediate payment.
N.S. Clark, Adm'r , Nov. 10, 87


Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Headen are visiting friends in Winston,
Read Sheriff Brewer's last Call and govern yourself accordingly (???)
Second Hand Road Cart (almost as good as new) for sale by F. C. Poe
Mr. T. B. Womack has been attending the Supreme court on legal business.
Married- On the 6th inst., in Hickory Mountain Township, by J. A. Pugh, J.P., Mr. Thos. E. Beal to Miss Martha Keck.
Dr. Black is to hold the fourth and last Quarterly meeting for this circuit at Mt. Zion Church on  next Saturday the 12th. Inst.
Rev. Mr. Farris has retired from the editorial management of the biblical recorder, and the Rev. Dr. Bailey is again at the helm.

Mr. Thomas Petty has received from the Pomona Nurseries a lot of very fine fruit trees. Those who may want trees this fall would do well to see Mr. Petty.

Charles Campbell, a carpenter in Hickory Mountain township, died last week of typhoid fever. He was about 23 years old. He is well spoken of by his neighbors.

We ate a most delicious Seckels pear of the second crop of fruit gathered from the tree since spring. Miss Ella Henley's present was very tasteful.

The law office of the Hon. John Manning, but recently occupied by his son Dr. Manning, has been sold and is now owned by Capt. W. L. London. The office was built in the "long ago" by the late Hon. A. Rencher.

Dr. Manning left us on Monday for his new home in Durham. He carries with him the sincere respect and confidence and best wishes of this community in which he was raised......

W. E. Davis an Orange county man, but who has been living in this county for about a year, left his home on last Saturday night was a week ago. He went to Chapel Hill on Sunday, and on Monday to Cary, where he met the wife of John W. Boon and her daughter, who, in his absence, had left home and taken the train at Moncure for Cary on Monday morning. They left Cary together, but for what destination, is not known. Davis leaves a wife and six small children in a very destitute condition. If the rascal could be caught and put under a hard taskmaster and his wages applied to the support of his deserted family, it would be just. Mr. Boon is a worthy and respectable man. We are sorry for him; but perhaps it is a happy riddance for him.

Rev. W. T. Walker, editor of the "Prohibitionist" will speak on the subject of Temperance and Prohibition at Lockville, on Tuesday night, Nov. 15, at New Elam on Wednesday night at Hanks Chapel Thursday night, and Merry Oaks on Friday night.

We had a very pleasant visit on Tuesday from Col. W. L. Steele and son, and Mr. H.C. Wall, of Rockingham, Richmond County.....

Miss Lillie Willis
We are pained to hear of the death of this pure and lovely Christian girl. She died at the District parsonage in Statesville, on the 29th of October, in the nineteenth year of her age. Consumption nipped a bright bud of promise and blasted fond hopes in a devoted family. .... She was the daughter of Rev. R. A. Willis, Presiding Elder of the Statesville district. ...able pastor of Pittsboro circuit, a few years ago.

Siler City items

Mrs. Mann, the wife of Rev. I. N. Mann, died on the evening of Nov. 5th, and was buried at Mt. Pleasant church on last Sabbath.

The Guthrie Hotel came very near being burned on Friday night. While family and guests were attending church, a spark from the fire in one of the rooms set the ed on fire, and but for the fortunate return of Messrs. W. D. Moore and H. M. Worth, the hotel would have been ashes in a few minutes, as the bed was in a light blaze.

The county commissioners held their regular monthly meeting this week. The following orders were made and accounts allowed.
I will not list the amounts of the accounts, just the names and reason for the account

Hadley & Dixon - corn for poor
E. L. Tysor - removing raft at bridge.
J. A. Womack, J.O., ins. fees
Carson Johnson  (ditto)
J. M . McIver - lumber for bridge at Gulf
O.S. Johnson- officer grand Jury
O.S. Johnson- ins. fees
B. D. Johnson - tax refunded
Jno. McIver repairing bridge
W. I. Crutchfield, on tax for '87
C. N. Justice - molasses for poor
R. R. Hamlet - ins. fees
J. W. Utley -  (ditto)
Grizza. A. Womack - tax return
Anthony Rives  (ditto)
J.N. Womble  (ditto)
C. M. Hardin- ins fees
W. W. Womack - tax rem't
Ben Thompson - smith work
Robt. Rollins - registering votes
W. L. London - supplies
O.S. Poe -  (ditto)
Dr. L. A. Hanks - phys. to poor
S. P. Teague - tax rem't
Thos. Cross - jail fees & etc.
Thos Cross, Ida Brewer - to Asylum
Bynum & Headen - supplies
I. R. Strayharn - sol. ins. fees
R. M. Burns - lunatics to asylum
G. B. Burns - ins. fees
W. C. Moore - insolvents.
S. W. Brewer - holding court etc.
S. W. Brewer - ins. fees
Sol. Strayhorn - (doesn't say what for)
Edwards & B. - Stationary
S. M. Holt - C.S.C. ins. fees
T.C. Moses - tax remitted
C. R. Scott - as com'r
J.A. Pugh - com'r
W. H. Hatch - com'r and bridge
Briggs & Son stoves for poorhouse
J. H. Pugh - supt. Paces bridge
T. B. Morris- granted license to retail spirituous liquors by the quart for one year in Baldwin's township.
Cancelled for S.W. Brewer the following amounts....

Tax Notice - Last Call

The new law compels all sheriffs to collect taxes promptly, and it is my duty to obey the law. Here is what it says:
Sec. 39 - Whenever the taxes are due and unpaid, the Sheriff shall immediately proceed to collect them &c.
Sec. 55:- On the first Monday in February in each year, the sheriff is directed to offer at public sale at the courthouse all lands on which the taxes levied for the previous year still remain unpaid on the first Monday in January preceding.
I will attend at the following places to collect the remainder of the taxes due for 1887:
Lockville, Cape Fear township, Nov. 21
John Lawrence's Store "           Nov. 22
Johnson Store New Hope "      Nov. 23
Marcum's Store Williams "       Nov. 24
Fearington's Mills            "       Nov. 25
Riggsbee's Store               "      Nov. 26
Hamlet's Store, Baldwin    "      Nov. 28
Cheeck's Shop Hadley      "       Nov. 29
Zeno Johnson's Albright     "      Nov. 30
Siler City, Matthews           "     Dec. 1
"        "        "                    "      Dec. 2
Ore Hill        "                    "      Dec. 3
Pittsboro, Centre                "      Dec. 5
W.P. Hadley's Mills, Hickory Mt."  Dec. 6
Richmond, Gulf                "        Dec. 7
Harper's X Roads Bear Creek "   Dec. 8
Gulf, Gulf                              "   Dec. 9
Egypt, Oakland                    "      Dec. 12
Osgood                                "      Dec. 13
I hope every one will comply with the law; by doing so you will save yourself cost and me trouble. Do not say that you have not had warning. S. W. Brewer, Sheriff.
November 10, 1887

North Carolina Chatham Co, Superior Court

A. J. Hinton, A. C. Hinton, I.P. Eddins and wife Mary A. and other--Ex Parte.
By virtue of an order of the Superior court  in the above entitled cause, I will on Saturday the 10th day of Dec. 1887, at the late residence of Albert Hinton, in the county of Chatham, expose to public sale to the highest bidder, the following described lands and premises viz. a tract or parcel fo land situated in the county of Chatham on the waters of Haw river, adjoining the lands of Jos. Brazington, E.A. Griffin, Ward & Hackney and other and containing 200 acres more or less. The terms of sale will be one half of the purchase money in cash and the other half at the expiration of twelve months from the day of sale. The title to the land will be retained until the purchase money is paid in full. The 10th day of Nov. 1887
S. W. Brewer, Sh'ff and Com'r
J. H. Deaden Att'y.

 VOL. IV - No. 49

Mr. P.R. Law
This gentleman is well known in Chatham. He lived here for years. He was a Presbyterian minister, County supt. of Public Instruction and founder of THE HOME. He is an educated and able gentleman....He has associated himself with the managers of that able and enterprising newspaper, the Charlotte Chronicle  which in it's issue of Monday last give the following announcement:
Mr. P.R. Law will this week enter the field of journalism on the editorial staff of the Chronicle, where he can employ widely and usefully his attainments in scholarship.....

Executor's Notice
 Having qualified as executors on the estate of Joseph Williams dec'd notice is hereby given to all persons holding claims against the estate to present them to us on or before the 10th of Nov. 1888, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All person indebted to the estate will please make immediate payment.
Nov. 10, '87
John H. Williams
John A. Williams

Having qualified as administrator on the estate of J. R. Dismukes, dec'd notice is hereby given to all persons holding claims against the said estate to present them to me on or before the 17th day of November, 1888 or this notice will be ....
J. R. Bright. Adm'r
Nov. 17'87

Having qualified as administrator on t he estate of Wesley Pendergrass deceased. Notice is hereby given to all persons holding claims against the decedent to present them to me, duly authenticated, on or before the 17th day of November 1888, or this notice...
W. F. Foushee, Adm'r
Nov. 17, '87

Land Sale

On Saturday, December 17, 1887 at 12 o'clock, I will offer for sale at public auction, on the premises, the land of Murry Upchurch, deceased, known as the widow's homestead, containing seventy five acres, more or less. There is a good dwelling house with all necessary and suitable out houses. Terms of sale made known on day of sale
Addison Council,
Executor, Nov. 16, 1887

Local News

Mr. L. B. Chapin will shortly remove from Pittsboro to Lillington, Harnett County, to practice law.
Mr. Watson, the gentlemanly conductor on our road has been ill for some days, but we hope not seriously.                                        --<>--

Mrs. H. C. Brown, of Mt. Airy, is visiting her uncle, near Pittsboro. Her many friends are glad to see her in reasonably good health.
At the residence of Mr. O T. Hatch, Liberty, N.C., on the 10th of Nov. 1887, by Rev. E. P. Ellington, Mr. J. R. Hatch to Miss Mammie Hatch.

Rev. T. W. Guthrie, Presiding Elder of the Wilmington district, a native of Chatham, we are sorry to learn has not recovered from his affliction, nor has he greatly improved.
The Rev. H. H. Gibbons is dead. He had served the Haw River circuit long and well, and many of our best citizens will be saddened at this announcement. We have no particulars with regard to the death of this venerable minister, but he had lived will, and we may be sure that he died well.
By the Rev. Mr. Stephenson, on last Sunday morning, at the residence of Mr. John Hammock, Mr. A.? J. Mansfield to Miss J. E. Hammock. Mr. Mansfield was not the only one that wanted "Jenny Bet" for a bride. "The other fellow" did not get there. He was a little "too previous" in providing himself with a  marriage license.

Rev. M. Baldwin preached his farewell sermon in the Baptist church in our town on Sunday night. He goes this week to Durham to attend the Baptist  State Convention, and thence to his home in Winston, his excellent wife and beautiful daughter accompany him......

Dr. J. C. Kirkman brings us a turnip 22 1/2 inches in circumference weighing not quite four pounds..

The fourth and last Quarterly Meeting for this circuit was held at Mr. Zion on last Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Black presided. The attendance of official members was good. Mr. Stephenson is closing up the second year of his charge of the Pittsboro circuit....The venerable Gaston Farrar known and revered all over the circuit was present and in improved health. ... Rev. James W. Clegg, son of Rev. W. F. Clegg of sainted memory, will go up in this circuit to join the Conference..

We regret to learn that the hitherto prosperous school at Liberty has received quite a blow. The principal, T. M. Robertson, was forced to resign on account of bad health. Rev. J. W. Watson has also resigned and left. Rev. E. P. Ellington is now in charge, but many of the boarding pupils have left....

Robert E. Harris tells us that he is going to make quite and exhibit at the Siler city Fair. he received at the recent State Fair over forty premiums... He is a marksman as well as poultry raiser...

ITEMS- (Neighboring Newspapers)

Sanford Express:
A Mr. Brady of this county while digging a well in his yard struck a very rich vein of gold. Mr. W. K. Jackson, of Prosperity, had the ore examined by an expert and immediately purchased the well and land about by paying $2,500. It is said to be a regular bonanza and we are glad to hear that so clever a gentleman as Mr. Jackson has got it in his possession.

One of the most touching displays of the affection of a dog for his master that has ever come to our knowledge is that which was evidenced on the plantation of Mrs. John Robinson, near this city, on Wednesday. A colored man died and was buried in the old slave grave yard on the place; his dog followed the remains to their resting place, and when he interment was completed, he lay upon the grave, with his head resting upon his fore feet, and howled most piteously, and would not be persuaded away, but remained there all the afternoon and night until yesterday morning, when some of the family went and carried him away.

Hillsboro  Recorder
Corn seems to be greatly abundant in Orange county, particularly in Cedar Grove township. We learn from one of his neighbors that Mr. William H. Anderson in that township has already had two corn-shuckings and is not yet done gathering corn. .... We also hear that our friend Jake Steward is anxious to rent some more cribs to put his corn in.  Good neighbors, we rejoice in your prosperity.

Rev. J. W. Watson, a Baptist minister from Liberty, Randolph county, and a graduate of Wake Forest College, called upon us this morning. Mr. Watson would be glad to open a boy's school in his place next January.

Durham Recorder
Emma Hamilton, the white woman burned in Smoky Hollow Sunday, is resting quietly today with the chances ten to one for death.

C.M. Van Noppin, John Van Noppin and C. H. Murphy were pencilling the brick on the east side of the Wright building this evening from a swinging scaffold, when an iron pin gave way, throwing the entire structure to the cement pavement below, a distance of about 30 feet. Mr. C. M. Van Noppin was injured internally and his arm broken in several places. Mr. C. H. Murphy was terribly jarred, but is is not known whether any of his limbs were fractured. He came to Durham from Cleveland, Ohio, and is snare drummer for the D. L. I. band. Mr. John Van Noppin went spinning downward, striking his head on the hard pavement with a dull thud, dyeing the hard pavement with his blood. He was picked up unconscious, and his life is despaired of. He came here from Holland, and spoke English with difficulty....

Jules Foust, colored, of Haw River is the largest preacher and perhaps the largest man in North Carolina. His weight four years ago. ( he has not weighed since) is said to have been 419 pounds, and he is decidedly larger now than he was at that time.

Soldiers Reunion

It is requested that there be a reunion of all ex-Confederate Soldiers at the Siler City Fair, Friday, Dec. 2, 1887.
Col. L.L. Polk has promised to be present and address them.
Hon. Zeb. Vance will be invited.

Vol IV, No. 50
Thursday, Nov. 24, 1887

Christian Conference:
The 52nd annual session of the Conference of the Christian church met at New Elam church, near Merry Oaks, on the 15th inst. and closed on Friday night following. Rev. W. G. Clements, of Morrisville, called the Conference to order, but he Rev. P. T. Klapp was chosen President, Prof. Newman, of Graham college was made Secretary. Dr. W. T. Herndon delivered the annual sermon and a most excellent one it was.
Rev. W. S. Long read an able paper on education.. the report of D. F. Jones, missionary to Japan..

Our Baptist friends had a grand time at their convention in Durham last week... There was a proposition to raise some money to build a house for Rev. Mr. Bryan, a missionary to China, and $1,200 were raised on the spot.

Judge Walter Clark is contemplating resigning his place on the Superior Court bench in a short while. The duties of the position keep him from home nearly the whole year round, and the health of his wife is such that he feels it his duty to be with her.... the law-loving people of the State will be very sorry indeed to see him retire from the bench...

H.T. Chapin, M.D., Physician and Surgeion. Offers his professional services to the people of Pittsboro and surrounding country. Office at Drug Store.

John M. Moring - Attorney-at-Law, of Durham, N.C.
Will be in Pittsboro on the First Monday in each month.

Jas. B. Mason - Attorney-at-Law, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Practices in Chatham and the Federal Courts. Tax Revenue cases a specialty.  War taxes, padin on land, prosecuted. Send receipts.

Kirkman House, Pittsboro, N.C.
Situated in the centre of the business part of the town. Large Sample Room for Drummers. Every convenience and comfort afforded the travelling public. A pleasant resort for the summer. Horses and vehicles for hire.
May 5, '87 - M.F. Kirkman

Mt. Vernon Springs Academy - Male and Female.
R. P. Johnson, A.M. - Principal
Fall Terms Begins Aug. 2, 1887....

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, N.C.
The session is divided into two terms; the first beginning the last Thursday in August and ending at Christmas, the second beginning early in January and edning first Thursday in June. Tuition, $30.00 for each term.... For terms in teh Law school apply to Hon. John Manning. LL.D. For catalogues apply to W. T. Patterson, Bursar, Chapel Hill, N.C. For special information apply to Kemp P. Battle, LL. D.

Pittsborough Academy. The next term of this institution will begin on Monday, Aug. 1, 1887, and continue 20 weeks... A.B. Hill Principal.

Pomona Hill Nurseries - Pomona, N.C. - Two and a half miles W. of Greensboro, N.C.... Address, J. Van Lindley, Pomona, Guilford Co., N.C.

The J.P. Nissen Wagon, manufactured by - Geo. E. Nissen & Co.
Messrs. Bynum & Headen sell Geo. E. Nissen & Co's Wagons, they have been in use so long (more than 50 years) nearly everybody knows them and know they are the most durable and lightest Wagon on the market... Bynum & Headen - Pittsboro, N.C.


THE STAR - A Newsy paper supporting the Principles of a Democratic Administration. Published in the city of New York. William Dorsheimer, Editor and Proprietor...

The Common Sense LIFT AND FORCE PUMP - Chas. C. Blatchley, Mannufacture of all sizes and styles of Wood Pumps. - Office 25 N.C. City Hall Square, Opposite Bread St. Station P.R. Philadelphia, PA

J.P. Gulley- Raleigh, NC. Dress Good, Prints, Notions, Hats, Caps, Full Stock Shoes and special offereing in Men's Hand Made Shoes from $5 to $7...

Executor's Notices

(margin of the paper is too tight, for me, to read completely)

Having been appointed administrator of the estate of Isaiah Williams ?  dec'd, notice is hereby given to executors? of his estate to present their ------ to m on or before the first day of ----- 1888.  J.A. Womack, Admin. Sept. 1, 1887

Having qualified as executor of the last will and testament of ____ Long deceased, I do hereby give notice? to creditors to come forward ----- make payment and those holding -----against the estate to present them  --- me duly authenticated on or before 15th day of September, 188 _____ noticew ill be pleaded in bar? ____. This 15 day of September, 1887 .  W. J. Long, executor

Having qualified as executor on the? estate of Joseph Williams, dec'd Notice is hereby given to all persons having? claims against the estate ____them us on or before the ____ Nov., 1888, or this notice will be _____in bar of their recovery. All ____ indebted to the estate will please _____ immediate payment.
Nov. 10, '87  John H. Williams, John A. Williams, Executors

Having qualified as executor of the last will and testament of B. F. B____ dec'd, the undersigned gives notice to all persons, holding claims of any __ture against the estate of his ____ to present the same to him for Pay___ within the time limited by law, ____ notice willl be pleaded in bar of ____ recovery. All persons indebted ___ estate are requested to make ___ payment. this the 15th day of September 1887. Alvis J. Stone?  Executor
V.E. Murchison, Att'y

Notice- The undersigned having qualified as administrator of the estate of Catherine Jane Stokes, late of the County of Chatham and State of North Carolina, hereby gives notice to? all persons having claims against __ estate of the said deceased., to ___ them duly authenticated on or ___ the 29th day of September 1888 ___ notice will be pleaded in bar of ___ recovery. All pesons indebted to ___ estate will please come forward and ___ payment immediatelyu. This 29th Sept., 1887.  J.C. Kirkman
J.H. Headen., J.G. Rencher, Att'ys

Having qualified as administrator of the estate of J.R. Dismukes, dec'd notice is hereby given to all Person? holding clams against the said ___ to present them to me on or before the 17th day of November, 1888 or ____will be pleaded in bar of their ___covery. All persons indebted to estate will make payment to me at? once.  J.R. Bright, Admin.

Having this the 20th day of Oct. ___ qualified as administrator of __tate of Polmira Jones, dec'd, I do ___ notify all persons holding claims ___ said estate at present time for payment on or before the 20ths day of Oct., 1888, or this notice will be pleaded __ bar of their recovery. All person indebted to said estate will please --- immediate payment.
John C. Jones, Admin.  I A. Murchison, Att'y

Having qualfified as Administrator of the estate of Wesley Pendergrass, deceased. Notice is hereby given to persons holding claims against the ___ cedent to present them to me, duly ---thenticated on or before the 17th day of November, 1888. ... W. F. Foushee, Admin.

Having qualified as administrator of the estate of Sally Upchurch, dec'd, all persons holding claims against the estate are hereby notified... the 10th day of November, 188... N.S. Clark, Admin.

Having qualified as administrator of the estate of John M. Fox- John T. Womble, Admin.

North Carolina, Chatham County, Superior Court.  - A. J. Hinton, A.C. Hinton, L..P. Eddins  and wife Mary A. and others - Ex Parte
By virtue of an order of the Superior Court in the above entitled cause, I will on Saturday the 10th day of Dec., 18-- at the late residence of Albert Hinton, in the county of Chatham expose to public sale to the highest bidder, the following described lands and property. viz. a tract or parcel of land situated in the county of Chatham on the waters of Haw river, adjoining the lands of J. Brazington, E. A. Griffin, Ward & ____ and others and containing 200? acres more or less.... this 10th day of Nov., 1887. S.W. Brewer, Sh'ff.  & Comm't.
J.H. Headen Att'y


The Methodist Parsonage in Mt. Vernon Springs, Chatham county is offered for sale, cheap for cash... Dr. J.C. Kirkman, Ch'm B. of Trustees Mt. Vernon Springs.

On Saturday, Dec., 17, 1887 at 12 o'clock. I will offer for sale, at public auction, on the premises, the land of Murry Upchurch, deceased. known as the widow's homestead, containing seventy five acres, more or less...Addison Council, Executor.

A Good Home for Sale,- A most desirable tract of Land in Hadley's Township, Chatham Co., 6 mi. from Siler city, containing 270 acres...Orchard...Mill Lot... apply to I.H. Clegg, Greensboro, NC

(black strip covers part of the left margin, making some words unreadable)

Rev. W. H. Moore will preach in the Methodist church, on Sunday at 11 o'clock.

Mr. L.B. Chapin has removed to Lillington, for the practice of law. We trust that he will meet with an honorable success in life.

We regret to learn that Mrs. Lutterloh, wife of Dr. Lutterloh, of Hadley township, was knocked over by a cow, last week, and very badly injured in her hip.

We are indebted to our young friend _. ? B. Lineberry for the Nov. number  --- the Wake Forest Student. He is the business manager of the Editorial corps. The Magazine is a credit to the institution it represents.

Mrs Stroud, formerly Miss Fannie Headen, has been with her friends in Pittsboro for some weeks. She will return to her home near Chapel Hill tomorrow. It s a sweet, bright baby boy that she carries in her arms.

Mr. O.C. Bynum has rented the office, formerly occupied by Mr. Manning and will remove to our town for the practice of law. He is a young man of character and attainments, and we heartily wish for him a prosperous future.

We learn that Miss Bessie Edwards, who has been teaching school in Chatham, has laid down her text books and the rod and has taken up the yardstick and scissors in the mammoth dry goods establishment of Pretzfelders in Greensboro, where she would be pleased to serve her many friends by supplying them with fine fabrics and fancy articles.

The Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in North Carolina will meet in Fayetteville in it's 51st session, next Wednesday. The Rev. Mr. McPherson, the faithful pastor of this circuit will carry up a godd report... Bishop Key will preside.

Bishop Lyman preached in St. Bartholomew church, in this town, on last Sunday...Rev. Mr. Thom preached in the Presbyterian church on Saturday and Sunday. It was a communion service on Sunday.


Mrs Laura C. Sutton, died at her home in Philadelphia, of heart disease, on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 1887 - aged about 66. She was the daughter of Judge Chambers of Maryland, who was a U.S. Senator at the time of Lincoln's assassination, and the step mother of  Mrs. Spence Taylor, of our town. Mrs. Sutton was an excellent woman...

Mrs. Clarissa Stephenson, the venerable and most excellent mother of Rev. T.N. Stephenson, pastor of the Pittsboro circuit, died suddenly, at the residence of her son-in-law, R.Z. Linney, of Taylorsville, on last Sunday morning...  She was about 75 years old...

Mr. Joseph Williams, of Yadkin Co., died suddenly, of heart disease, at his home, about a week ago - aged about 50. He was a man of large means, the son of the late Nicholas Williams, and son-in-law of the late Tyre Glenn. Mr Williams was a graduate of the University and a trustee of that institution...

Directory of Public Officers

County of Chatham
Sup. Ct. Clerk - S. M. Holt
Reg. of Deeds - L. R. Exline
Sheriff & Treas. - S. W. Brewer
Surveyor - Rufus B. Clegg
Coronor - W. S. Petty
Pub. Admin. - J.A. Womack
Commissioners -
    C. R. Scott, Wm. H. Hatch, J.A. Pugh
Board of Education
    A.J. Bynum, E. W. Atwater, H.H. Siler
Supt. Pub. Instruction - A. H. Merritt
Supt. of Health - Dr. L.A. Hanks

Town of Pittsboro
Mayor - J.J. Jackson
Commissioners - A. J. Bynum, W.L. London, O.S. Poe, Dr. H.T. Chapin, W.H. Lenoard
Sec. & Treas. - A.J. Bynum
Constable & Weighmaster - C. M. Hardin


Episcopal - Rector - Rev. Wm. Walker
Presbyterian - Pastor, Rev. W. F. Thom
Baptist - Pastor, Rev. Moses Baldwin
Methodist - Pastor, Rev. R.T.N. Stephenson
African Zion - Colored - Pastor, Rev. W. J. Jordan
Methodist Episcopal - Colored- Pastor, Rev. S. S.Bockrum
Episcopal Mission - Colored - exercises by Rev's Bush and Walker


VOL. 4, NO. 51

Published every thursday at the Home Office on Hillsboro St.
A.H. Merrit, Editor & Proprietor

This issue has the same exact advertisements, land sales and also the executor's notices are identical. So, will not repeat them this time.

Local  News

Mrs Adney, widow of the late Col. W.H. Adney, is in town.
Our townsman, Mr. A.G. Headen, is attending the conference at Fayetteville as a lay-delegate.
Mrs. Mollie E. Brown, after a couple of weeks with her relatives and friends in and near our town, left on yesterday for her home in Mt. Airy
OUR HOMES, published at Liberty, has been suspended for some time on account of the illness of it's editor Prof. T.M. Robertson. He has retired from the editorial control and is succeeded by Mr. S.R. Perry, one of Chatham's clever young men. We greet Bro. Perry and wish for him great success.
Rev. Mr. Stephenson had his board of stewards with him on Monday closing up the financial matters of the circuit for the year.....
On last Friday night the members of Rev. Mr. Stephenson's congregation gave him a pleasant "Pounding" (my note, isthis,  the same as a roast?). The preacher enjoyed it and his family enjoyed it and the givers enjoyed the gladness they had brought to others. It showed plainly the hihg esteem in which the Rev. gentleman is held by his people.
The DURHAM REGISTER give an account of the shooting of Nick Thompson, colored, by a person in ambuscade. The pistol was fired at close range and the ball struck him squarely in the forehead, glaned an bored a hole through his hat!  He is not fatally hurt. If is is "our Nick" the ball must strike a more vital place than the head to kill.
Married - On the 20th instant, at the residence of Geo.. W. Dowd, by Joseph Rosser, J.P., Mr. Forney Gunter to Miss Burdie Oldham, duaghter of Winship Oldham - all of Oakland township.

Also in Oakland township, by the same J.P., Mr. Andrew Siler to Miss Martha Kelley, daughter of Thomas Kelley.
W. H. Leonard has employed a first class watch maker with 25 years experience at the bench. Bring in your work.....
We are glad to know that some of our farmers are doing remarkably well with their tobacco, this season. That clever gentleman, T.H. Raney, of this county, recently sold, at Stronach's Warehouse, Raleigh, 1,096 pounds of tobacco fro $662.92, being an average of 33 1/2 cents per pound...

Died, near Beaumont in Chatham County, Nov. 23, 1887, Mr. J. J. Jones, aged 46 years. He was one of the best and most useful citizens and was greatly loved by all who knew him. He professed religion about twelve years ago, but never joined the church till about two years ago. He lived the life of a pur humble and consistent Christian. He was an active worker in the Sunday school and the class that he has left will greatly miss his faithful instruction. For months, he was a great sufferer, but he bore his afflictions with patient resignation  calmly waiting the time when death should be swallowed up in victory.
He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss, but they mourn not as those who have no hope, Their loss is his eternal gain.   A.T. Dixon.
There was a most shocking murder that occurred near Mt. Airy last week. Bob Leak Tilley shot a girl through the head and then tried to burn up her body in a hog heap in the woods. Lou Haynes was the victim. She was identified by the breast pin and buttons found in the cinders with her remains. Tilley has made his escape. The atrocity of details in this foul murder is equaled only by the Bingham Turlington affair.
Pineville- Pine Knot :
On Sunday Mr. George Muse and Miss Mollie Ferguson, of Keyser, while crossing a bridge near H.T. Armington's mill met with an accident which came near terminating fatally. Their horse took fright and backed them off in the the stream, which is about twelve feet deep at this point and quite swift. Mr. Muse rose to the surface first and managed to support Miss Ferguson until he could reach some grass and weeds growing down in the water, to which he clung and shouted for help. The colored man near the mill heard the outcry and came to the rescue not a moment too soon, for Mr. Muse in his attempts to rescue Miss Ferguson, had sunk twice and was greatly exhausted.


Vol. IV, No. 52
Thursday, December 8, 1887

The Conference of the Methodist Church has just closed a very full and interesting session at Fayetteville. Bishop Key is a very spirited man and presides well... The attendance was large and the brethren harmonious. We note some of the appointments for next year:
Dr. Black is returned as Presiding Elder of this district, and Rev. R.T.N. Stephenson as preacher in charge of this circuit. Dr. Yates goes to Trinity church, Durham and Rev. Creecy goes to Wilmington. N.M. Journey goes to Main street and J.H. Hall to Carr Chapel, Durham. Rev. Beeman, Chapel Hill, Rev. Oglesby, Haw River. R.B. Hall is made Presiding Elder of Mt. Airy district, and Dr. Brooks Presiding Elder of Shelby district. J.W. Clegg was sent to Enochsville on the Salisbury district. Rev. Gibbs and Rev. Nash go to Raleigh. Rev. Carpenter goes to Cape Fear; and Rev. Chaffin to Deep River. W.C. Norman goes to Winston to succeed the lamented Burkhead. Rev. Ryder returns to Siler, and J.B. Martin goes to Durham circuit. The next conference will be held in Newbern.
The Siler City Fair was a gratifying success....Empire grain drill was exhibited by our friend S.P. Teague...drills wheat beautifully...Johnson & Bro. had a good exhibit of poultry....Our old friend, Capt. R.B. Saunders, was on hand representing the Durham Fertilizer Co.... R.F. Morris & Son had a very handsome display of smoking tobacco and snuffs. Mr. L.G. Cole, a Chatham boy, represents this house in a polite and intelligent manner....J.F. & W.A. Voore, proprietors of the Alpin Woolen Mills, of Mt. Airy, made an excellent exhibit of blankets, ...We did not hear Col. Polk's speech on the first day, but on Friday, in behalf to the managers, he presented the Secretary, E.R. McLean, with a very handsome goldheaded cane, in token of their appreciation fo this active and successful work. Mr. T.B. Womack and A.H. Merritt responded to calls from the crowd in short speeches.
Commissioner John Robinson was present but declined to say anything...
Bro., Haigh, of that excellent and venerable paper the Fayetteville "Observer", was present. and we were glad to meet Dr. J.M. Worth, ex-State Treasurer, whose health has greatly improved.
It is with sincere sorrow that we have heard of the death of Rev. L.S. Burkhead D.D. ( of the North Carolina conference.) This sad event took place at Fayetteville, very suddenly, on last Friday evening. He arose from the supper table, excusing himself as being uncomfortable about the chest. He was dead in a few moments. It was a great shock to the conference whose session he was attending.
We have known Dr. Burkhead long and well. He was a true man, and a noble hearted Christian gentleman. In his death the church is bereaved, and this State has lost one of it's foremost divines. But he has left an impress for good on society that will long be felt. He was about 64 years old, and for 38 years had been an active and popular preacher of the gospel. Peace to the ashes of this noble Christian hero!

Local News

Hon. John Manning of Chapel Hill, was in town on Monday.
Dr. West Harris is contemplating a removal from Pittsboro to Jonesboro. Sorry to hear it.
Rev. W.F. Thoms, the pastor, is conducting a series of meetings at the Presbyterian church, in our town, this week. He is ably assisted by Rev. Mr. Miller of Greensboro.
Married - At the residence of the bride's brother, near Chapel Hill, on Dec. 4, 1887, by Merritt Cheek, J.P., Mr. James Y Merritt to Miss Lizzie R. Johnson.
We learn that our neighbor, Mr. A.W. Palmer, has bought a lot at Siler city... As soon as it is finished he will moved his family thither.
Dr. J.T. Bagwell, who was dismissed from the North Carolina Conference about two years ago, has been licensed to preach by a Quarterly conference, in Charlotte, about a week ago. ...He will go to Charlotte station for the next year.
A young negro man, Henry Mitchell, son of Calvin Mitchell, was run over by the train and instantly killed at our depot, on Tuesday evening. The engineer was shifting cars... .the boy jumped from the platform up it, tripped fell and was crushed to death.  This makes the third son that Calvin has had mangled by trains and the second buried.
The Siler City Fair... Awards


Best stallion, A.J. Clark, 2nd E.O. Wright.
Best span of horses, R.M. Gorrell, 2nd, A.W. Jordan.
Best brood Mare, A.D. Williams, Best Single Horse, H.L. Burns
Best 2 year old colt, W.H. Ellis; 2nd D.M. Dorsett. Best mare colt------? 2nd best J.D. Dorsett
Best native pony, O.S. Johnson


Best span of mules, J.A. Elkins, 2nd George Womble
Best 2 year colt, A.L. Kivett, 2nd, A.M. Self
Best 1 year colt, John Jones, 2nd W.B. Dorsett
Best singel Mule, John Brewer.


Best bull, L.B. Holt, Best Cow, G. Avent; 2nd best cow, L.B. Holt, Best Heifer, Glover Avent, Best Bull calf, G. Avent, 2nd best, L.B. Holt
Best 2 year heifer, L.B. Holt and best exhibit blooded stock, L.B. Holt.


Best pair ewes; best ewe lambs, best ram and best fat sheep, L.B. Holt
Second best ewes, 2nd best ram and 2nd best lambs, J.Q. Smith.

Swine: names not given

Orchard Products:

Mrs W.J. Womble took the three premiums awarded in this department for the best winter variety of fruit, for the best and largest display and for the best display of green fruit.

Garden Products:

Best beets, Thomas A. Gilliland, 2nd Mrs. J.L. Scott; best parsnips. Mrs. W. J. Womble; 2nd  G. Avent; best carrots, G. Avent; best tomatoes Mrs. Wm. Brafford; best onions, T.A. Gilliland; 2nd Mrs. T.S. Hayes; best cabbage, R.N. Johnson; 2nd M.L. Smith; Largest variety of garden products G. Avent.


Best pair geese, J.L. Jones; 2nd Rev. J.L. Smith; 3rd J.Q. Smith; best ducks, N.H. Heritage, 2nd J.R. Rives; best turkeys, M.K. Perry, 2nd Mr. J.G. Hanner, 3rd, M.M. Perry; best Plymoth Rocks, Mrs. M.N. Brower, 2nd J.Y. Chrisholmes, best Hamburg, diploma and best game, Mrs. J.L. Smith, best Langshang, J.M. Hadley; best and largest exhibit of poultry, Johnson & Bro.


Best bale of cotton J.P. Stedman, 2nd, W.H.H. Tyson.

Farm Products:

Best white wheat, J.G. Hanner, 2nd, J.L. Dorsett; best red wheat, J.A. Parham,  2nd C.W. Olive; best stock peas, J.S. Headley, 2nd, A. Eubanks; best table pea, G. Avent; best dried apples, E. Bryan, best corn meal, M.N. Brower 2nd, H. Vestal, best sack flour, A.C. Johnson, 2nd J.A. Parham; best corn, G. Vestal 2nd T.A. Gilliland; best sweet potatoes and best Irish potatoes, T.A. Gilliland, 2nd sweet potatoes, J.R. Rives; best hay and best pumpkin, J.S. Henley; best turnips, L.B. Holt; best oats J.P. Stedman; best gourds, H.L. Burns, 2nd J.Q. Smith, best sample tobacco, R.M. Holderby.

Domestic Maufacturers:

First Premium to; Mrs. W.S. Webster, 2nd J.S. Henley, 3rd, Mrs. W. J. Womble. best loaf of wheat bread, Mrs. J.M. Foust, best honey, Mrs. J.J. Crutchfield, best variety preserves, Mrs. Brower, 2nd Mrs. J.G. Hanner, best variety canned fruit, J.W. Perry, 2nd Mrs. Brower, best sorghum- J.W. Smith, 2nd N.A. Perry, best jellies, I.W. Perry, 2nd Mrs. M.N.Brower, best collection sun dried fruit, Mrs. W. J. Womble, best one gallon sorghum syrup, S.P. Teague, best wine, Mrs. M.N. Brower, best pound cake, Misses Johnson & Bray, best dozen rolls, M.N. Brower.

Art & Musical Instruments:

Best Organ - Mason & Hamlin, best crayon portrait, Miss Annie H. Coble, best crayon drawing Miss Maggie Horne; diplomas to Miss Kate Ward and Miss Beulah Patterson for Crayon Drawings. best oil painting Miss S.L. Merrill, 2nd Mrs Brower, best Kensington painting, Mrs. J.J. Jackson, Diploma to Miss Mattie Exline best penmanship, Prof J.J. Fowler, diploma to Prof. E.D. Patterson; best home-spun blanket, Mrs. G.W. Burns, 2nd Miss Sallie Headen, best coverlet Miss Jane Lambeth, 2nd Miss Jennie Fields, best plain quilt Maggie Brooks, 2nd Mrs. W.S. Webster, ornamental quilt Miss Augusta Worth, 2nd Mrs. C.M. Vanstory; calico patch works quilt _____?, 2nd Mrs. M.P. Harman; Counterpane, Mrs. M.N. Brower, 2nd Miss Rebecca Smith; knit counterpane, W.W. Edwards, 2nd Miss Martha Headen, rag carpet Miss Kate Vestal, 2nd Mrs. H.L. Brooks, rug, Miss R.M. Gorrell, Woolen shawl, Miss Adella Brooks, 2nd Miss Martitia Bowden; woolen tidy, Miss Carrie Cowen and 2nd to Miss M.G. Tucker, embroidered flannel, Miss Augusta Worth, 2nd Mrs. W.S. Moore, crazy patch work, Miss Lucy London, 2nd Mrs. J.D. Mann, lace work, Mrs. J.G. Hanner, 2nd Mrs. Crutchfield; paper flowers, Mrs. J.J. Pickard, 2nd Mrs. J.G. Hanner; bouquet of flowers, Mrs. Brower, 2nd Miss Millie Edwards and diploma to Mrs. T.S. Hayes; wax flowers, Miss Maria Paton, zephyr flowers, Miss Lona Mann; youth's sacque Mrs. Brower, best collection potted house plants, J.M. Lambe; cotton embroidery, Miss Aphiah Harriss, 2nd Mrs. J.G. Hanner; edging knitted, Miss Nannie Henley, 2nd Miss N.P. Hanner, edging crocheted, Mrs James Hendricks, 2nd Miss L.M.N. Turner, ornamental quilt Mrs. Wm. Barfford, 2nd Mrs. L.R. Exline; by girls under 16 years old, best variety edging, Miss Annie Coble, crocheted edging Miss Addie Moffit, best exhibit by a girl under 16, Miss Maggie Harris, for largest exhibits of textiles, Miss Carrie Cowen.
This department was very full and beautiful. The following diplomas were awarded:
Kensington painted scarf, Mrs. Dixie Leach, table scarf, Miss Cowen, silk tidy, Mrs. J. Brooks, worked splasher, Miss M.G. Tucker, crocheted lamberquin, Miss Cowen, table scarf Mrs. Vanstory, one darned pretty apron, Miss Merrill, pin cushion, Mrs. W.J. Womble, silk crazy quilt, Mrs. Meadow, set mats, Miss M.G. Tucker, sofa pillow, Miss Maria Paton, twilight Miss Flora Dixon, lot millinery and fancy articles, Mrs. W.S. Moore, dress Miss C. Smith, home made silk, Mrs. A.S. Dowd, yarn sacks, Mrs. Brower, Gent. Blanket, Rev. J.L. Smith, bouquet grasses, Mrs. H.E. Brooks.

Board of Education:

The Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, when the following orders were made.
H.C. Clegg transferred from District 81 to 43, white.
Asa Thomas transferred from dist. 45 to 6, colored.
W.C. Norwood transferred from dist. 13 to 11, white.
D.E. Rives transferred from dist. 73 to 49, white.
W.A. Rives was appointed committeeman in dist. 73 white, in place of D.E. Rives resigned.
Oliver Love appointed committeeman in dist. 17, white in place of R.R. Hamlet resigned.
John McIver, Thomas Ausley and Squire Cross appointed to condemn a site for school house in dist. 10, col. The action of the board at it's sept. meeting in dividing dist. no 10 was rescinded. the district stands as it did before Sept. as no. 10 white, with Jesse Lindsey, J.W. Whitehead and James Lindsey as committeemen...
The following amounts paid to each member of the board for services and mileage since Dec. of last year:
A.J. Bynum - $18.00
H.H. Siler - $20.40
E.W. Atwater - $6.20

Board of Commissioners:
the following orders were made and accounts allowed.
Wm. Hodgins tax remitted - $2.21
H.A. Barker - "    "                    2.21
R.R. Smith ins. fees                 1.50
Tom Bland  "      "                     1.15
B.W. Brown tax remitted        7.53
Richard Ramsey work on well 1.50
Asa Thomas tax remitted          4.99
J.J. Cook       "        "                    2.21
Chas. Murdock       "                      .11
W. B. Tillman           "                    2.21
J.P. Sikes sheriffs fees               3.12
J.J. Johnson ins fees                  2.35
G.W. Foushee   "                         1.95
J.W. Poe sow & pigs                   8.00
J.W. Poe supt. of poor                68.75
Sam Fike work at poor house   28.28
J.C. Bennett tax remitted              .55
J.H. Mann          "      "                    3.11
O.H. Johnson   "      "                    2.44
S.B. Petty for Elizabeth Pearson per month 1.50
Rebecca Lambeth remitted            7.80
J.W. Utley repair bridge                12.00
G. Overman tax remitted                   .13
R.R. Hamlet ins fees                           2.70
R.R. Hamlet remitted                        2.21
O McMath        "                                  2.95
W. J. Lasater    "                                2.93
H.A. London printing                         4.75
L.R. Exline clerk & work on bridge  30.10
L.S. Burnett damage for road           5.00
J.M. McIver lumber                              3.34
H.T. Chapin mucilage                         1.25
L.A. Hanks phy to poor                    16.66
Thos Cross jail fees                            11.55
H.F. Stone work on bridge                    7.35
P.M. Mills repairing bridge                    3.50
N.S. Clark insolvent fees                     10.75
T.C.Dixon tax remitted                         3.48
Canceled for Sheriff S.W. Brewer, 1,296.22...

By virtue of an Execution from the Superior court of Chatham county North Carolina returnable to February term, 1888, in favor of J.G. Foushee, against the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway, I will sell for cash, at the Court House door in the town of Pittsboro on Monday the 2nd day of January, 1888. The right of way of the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway company from where it enters the county of Chatham on the South to where it leaves the said county on the West, including the track, side tracks, superstructures and Warehouses situated thereon, to satisfy said execution and costs.  S.W. Brewer, Sheriff of Chatham.

Vol. V, No. 1
Thursday, December 15, 1887


 Mortgage Sale, executed on 16 Dec., 1880 by Solomon Williams and Ritter Williams, his wife to Lewis Burnet, recorded in the office of the Register of deed, for Chatham Co., Bk. B.B. pages 19 & 20, and which has been duly transferred to me, I will sell, at the courthouse door in the town of Pittsborom for cash, to the highest bidder, on Saturday the 14th day of January, 1888, five acres of land adjoining the lands of A. Eubanks and others fully described in said deed.  George Goins, Mortgagee.

...Mortgage deed executed to me on the 7th day of January, 1879 by Spencer T. Petty, and recorded in Bk. A,X, pages 471 &  472, I will sell for cash, to the highest bidder, on Saturday, the 14th day of January, 1888...a tract of land on Robinson's creek, containing 197 acres, the home place of the late Spencer T. Petty, as will more fully appear by reference to said deed.  Samuel T. Womble, Mortgagee.

[The same ads and sales by commercial business appear in this issue identical to the previous issues, so I will not repeat them. Also, the executors' notices, are the same as before.]

Local News:

Maj. R. James Powell is in town, looks bright and cheerful.
Thomas Lilly died last week. For years he had been a paralytic. In his prime he was a most skilled cabinet workman.
Elder T.J.D. Pate, of the Free-Will Baptist, will preach in the Methodist church at this place on next Saturday night the 17th inst.
Dr. West Harris is at Jonesboro whetting up teeth for Christmas. He will be back during the holdays and will be glad to serve you.
Mrs Purvis is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Merritt, near our town. Venerable, intelligent and pure in heart. "none know her but to love her".
On last Tuesday some Commissioners laid off and located a road from near the Albert Jean place by Mr. Leach's to the Lockville road near Luther Clegg's.
Ben Foushee, a colored local preacher of thi county, carried a load of cotton to Durham a week or so ago, sold cotton, wagon and mules, and skipped to parts unknown, with his wife's daughter.
Married --- At the residence of Mr. Ruffin Jones, Chatham county, N.C. Dec. 7th, 1887. Mr. James A. Holt, Burlington, Alamance county, to Miss Maggie L. Jones, Rev. O.T. Edwards, officiating.
Annie Sutton, a colored girl was badly, burned on yesterday in our town. Her clothes caught while she was standing before the fire. She was badly but no fatally burned, before the fire was put out.
Mr. A. H. Hill, Principal of our Academy, closes his session tomorrow....
Miss Amy Yarborough died on last Thursday evening at her home near out town. She was buried in the Methodist Chruch year on Friday, Rev. Mr. Stephenson officiating, For long years she had been an invalid and seldom left home. She was about seventy years old. Only two of a large family devoted to each remain.
George Sellars, a respectable colored man of Baldwin's township, made 163 barrels of corn and eight bales of cotton during the past season. He worked two horses, and did nearly all the work within his own family. A.A. Foushee, another industrious colored man, made, with one horse, 95 barrels of corn and 4 1/2 bales of coton. We commend the example of these two men. They work hard stay at home, read THE HOME and pay as they go.
List of Jurors:
The following are the jurors drawn for the next term of our superior court, to be held in February; William Dark, G. W. Harrington, J. W. Oldham, Ira Braxton, L. H. Dowdy, N. S. Clark, J. H. Crutchfield, J. B. Sturdervant, George T. Womble, CN. Cheek, John McIver, Hiram Marsh, H. P. Straughan, John Bland, J. M. Edwards, Bryan Phillips, E. D. Davis, A. J. Griffin, J. M. Stinson, B. W. Fismire, F. M. Johnson, T. T. Brooks, Maben Loy, T. J. Bland, A. T. Lambeth, J. W. Hatch, G. C. Coggins, E. V. Straughn, B. E. Webster, J. A. Byrd, W. A. Duncan, G. P. Alston, C. B. Temple, Owen Cosner, W. B. Biggsbee, L. J. Williams.
Having qualified as Executor on the estate of Jonathan Marshall, deceased, notice is herby given to all person holding claims against the estate to present them to me on or before the 15th day of December, 1888 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. Those indebted to the estate will please make immediate payment.
Daniel K. Perrett, Executor.
N.C. Chatham Co., Superior Court
James H. Ray and wife Mary A. Ray, Executor of William G. Perry, ex Parte.....on Monday the 9th day of January 1888, expose to public sale upon the premises near the late residence of William G. Perry, deceased, for cash, the following described lands and premises viz: a tract of parcel of land situate in the county of Chatham and State aforesaid, in Hadley township on the borders of Tyrrell's creek; on the south by the lands of James H. Ray on the east by Charles Kindley and on the west by James Perry containing twenty acres more or less for the purpose of making the proceeds of said sale assets to pay the dets of the said William G. Perry deceased.   James H. Ray, & Mary A. Ray, Executors.

Vol. V, No. 2
Thursday, December 22, 1887

Local News:

Go to the Methodist church on Sunday and hear an eloquent gospel sermon from the Rev. W. H. Moore
Jack Cotten, an honest and respectable colored man, and a good carpenter, died at his home, neay Bynums, on last Monday morning.
The School at Liberty will reopen January 4, 1888, under the direction of Mr. Earnhart, an alumnus of Trinity College, as principal.
A little colored boy about 6 years old, was caught in the belting of Moore's mill, near this place, on yesterday, and killed almost instantly.
Bryan Boroughs, Esq. of Bear Creek township, rraised this year with one horse, 600 bushels of good corn and 700 pounds of cotton. That horse was direct with good judgment and stirring industry.
Our young friend Arthur Harrington shot and killed on the Cape Fear River in this county a few days ago, a magnificent Swan. The bird weighed sixteen pounds and measured seven feet five inches from tip to tip of wings.
Married --- On yesterday at Moncure, by the Rev. Dr. Black, Mr. Frank Borden to Miss Sallie Jones, one of Chatham's fairest and most lovely daughters. A special train brought up the groom and his attendants....
The North Carolina Teacher for December is a very good number of a very good Magazine, It contains a likeness of Prof. W. J. Martin, L.L.D. of Davidson College and a very appreciative sketch of this learned gentleman, Prof. Winston contributes a very vigorous article on the Study of Latin.
W. G. Harris, Esq. one of our most venerable intelligent and respected citizens... renewed his subscription to THE HOME.
Mr. Joseph J. Beal, son of C. R. Beal of Bear Creek township, left his home and friends about a year ago, to seek his fortunes in Indiana. Last week all that was mortal of this young man was returned to his father and friends, in a coffin, for burial. His death was very sudden --- heart disease. He was a young man of promise and died lamented.
P.A. Wiley has resigned his position as cashier in the Durham Bank.
Rev. J. T. Bagwell has been assigned by the P.E. to the Charlotte circuit.

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Chatham County Newspapers 1888