Currituck Co., N.C. Houses

 

Old Sylvia Belangia Home

Originally located at Jarvisburg, now located at Olds on U.S. Highway 158, south of Jarvisburg.  Mr. John Fisher was born here.  He was the father of Marvin Fisher and others.
Addendum by Roy E. Sawyer, Jr.--
     This house would have to be the Isaac Fisher house, if John Fisher (1857 - 1933) was born there as Alma Roberts reported.  Apparently she got her information from Marvin Fisher, son of John Fisher, who lived until 1969.  Isaac Fisher died in 1867, and his wife was Hester Ann Owens (1833 - 1910), daughter of Ammon and Sabra Ann Owens.  On 3 Apr 1873, Hester Ann Owens Fisher married "Silvy" Belanga, son of Silva and Sabra Belanga, before Col. James M. Woodhouse, JP.  Therefore the date of construction of this house would precede 1857.
     The house was later moved from its original location (present site of the Dr. Charles Newbold Wright home) to Olds Hill, where it was occupied by a black couple, Piedmont and Nora Thomas.  Dr. Wright moved the house to allow for construction of his new home in the late 1940's.
     Hester Ann Owens Fisher inherited the house upon the death of her husband, Isaac Fisher.  Her second husband, Silva Belangia, outlived her; therefore the property passed to his daughter, Sabra Belangia Carroll.  Miss Sabra married John H. Carroll, a native of Creeds, Va, on 8 Aug 1888, in Fruitville Twp., by Elias Williams, JP.  Notice the date of this marriage -- 8-8-'88.  I would be willing to bet that they were married at eight o'clock at night also!  Getting a little bit curious?  The reason why I guess that Miss Sabra had all the eights line up is because she was a witch!  . . . or at least, liked to make people believe that she was a witch.  Miss Grace Forbes (Mrs. Isaac A.) once showed me a dollar bill she always kept in her purse.  It was folded very strangely, and she said that "Miss Sabry" showed her how to do it, and told her that as long as she kept this dollar bill folded that way, that she would never be without money.  My personal observation was that she would always have that dollar bill, thus have money, because it was folded so tight that she could never get it unfolded in order to spend it!  Janie O'Neal (Mrs. Arnold, and sister of Miss Grace Forbes - they were both daughters of Nicholas C. and Mae Dutcher Newbern) told that she and her husband rented Miss Sabra's house while the Carroll's lived in Virginia Beach where he was stationed in the US Lifesaving Service, and Miss Sabra telling her that if "ole Hester Ann" gets after you, just put a few coins in a tin can and crawl under the house and rattle it - that'll make her leave you alone.  Janie said that all sorts of tin cans with a few coins in them as well as fingernails and hair were found under the house.  Apparently Mrs. Carroll believed that the ghost of Hester Ann Owens Fisher Belangia was haunting the house and that the coins would somehow appease her spirit.  Miss Sabra often collaborated with Obid "Obe" Olds, a black man who lived at Olds Hill, to mix up potions for her to use.  She was frequently seen wearing a red cape while sitting on a block of wood in front of her house late in the afternoon waiting for Orian Baum to deliver The Virginian Pilot.  Miss Sabra didn't fly off on her broomstick; she died in 1939 and is buried at the Eastern Shore Episcopal Chapel Cemetery in Virginia Beach.  The Carrolls had a daughter, Lillian, a son, Avery, and another son, who my mother remembers might have been named John.
     After Sabra Carroll died, John Carroll built a new house across the road from the old place and sold the property to Charlie A. Wright, father of Dr. C. N. Wright.  About 1951, John and Avery Carroll boarded the Virginia Dare Transportation Company bus in front of the Seth Dutcher store at Jarvisburg.  The bus driver, Rowan Quidley, loaded their trunks in the storage compartment while my mother and Mrs. Frances Dutcher helped Mr. Carroll get seated on the bus.  Mr. John Carroll died soon after their move to Miami, Fl. and Avery Carroll died in 1960.

 

This photo and information are from the project "Old Homes in Currituck County to 1860" originally compiled June 1960 by Alma O. Roberts and Alice Flora of the Currituck County Historical Society.   We are indebted to Barbara B. Snowden, president of the Currituck County Historical Society for permission to reproduce this collection on the internet, and also to Gerri Andrews and Diane Ferebee of the Currituck County Public Library who provided digital copies of the photos.  No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes; however, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.  Images are for personal use only, not for redistribution.

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