(Contributed by Ellen A. Williams, Swan Quarter, N.C.)
EDITED BY REV. L. BRANSON, A. M.
"Oh! there is
no land an earth like this fair land of ours."
"Ho! for Carolina! that's the land for me;
In her happy borders roam the brave and free;
And her bright-eyed daughters, none can fairer be.
Oh! it is the land of love and sweet liberty!"
LEVI BRANSON, OFFICE PUBLISHER,
Office: 113 Fayetteville Street.
Area: 430 Square Miles
Population: 7,765 White: 4,422; Colored: 3,343
Hyde County was one of the original precincts of North Carolina, and existed previous to 1729, when the Lords Proprietors (except Lord Granville) surrendered their rights to the Crown. It was called in honor of Edward Hyde, who was Governor of the Colony. His commission is dated January 24, 1711. Swan Quarter, the county-seat, is situated at the head of Swan Quarter Bay, 160 miles east of Raleigh, and has a population of l39. Surface - Level and in places swampy; soil very rich, especially around Lake Matamuskeet. Staples - Corn, cotton, wheat, sweet potatoes and fish. Fruits - Apples, peaches, pears, grapes, plums and other small fruits. The celebrated Matamuskeet apple grows to perfection around the lake, from which it derives its name. Timbers - Cypress, gum, maple, holly, juniper, pine, cedar and oak.
TAXES and VALUES
Total State tax . . . . . . . . . . $2,293.42 County tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,O57.85 School tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,556.99 Total State and county tax . . . . . 9,9O7.26 Listed number of acres . . . . . . . 149,902 Value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $365,456.00 Town lots, value . . . . . . . . . . 7,310.00 Aggregate value . . . . . . . . . 392,766.00 Average value per acre . . . . . . . 3.38
Cotton-Acres . . . . . . . 2,513 Bales . . . . . . . . 718 Corn-Acres . . . . . . . 21,632 Bushels . . . . . 243,623 Oats-Acres . . . . . . . . 1,354 Bushels . . . . . . 18,4O0 Rice-Acres . . . . . . . . 1,016 Pounds . . . . . . 304,671 Rye - Acres . . . . . . . . . 14 Bushels . . . . . . . 133 Tobacco-Acres . . . . . . . . 4 Pounds . . . . . . . . 517 Wheat-Acres . . . . . . . 1,079 Bushels . . . . . . 8,949
Horses . . . . . . . . . . . 1,023 Value . . . . . . . 47,813 Mules . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Value . . . . . . . 13,515 Goats . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Value . . . . . . . . . 6 Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . 5,969 Value . . . . . . . 29,178 Hogs . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,015 Value . . . . . . . 8,123 Sheep . . . . . . . . . . . 2,141 Value . . . . . . . 1,553 No. acres improved land . . 33,153 No. acres unimproved land . 42,772 White Polls . . . . . . . . . 743 Colored polls . . . . . . . . 380
Englehard, Middletown, Fairfield, Ocracoke, Lake Comfort, Sladesville, Lake Landing, Stencil House, Makelyville, Swan Quarter (c.h.)
Clerk Superior Court - Jas. H. Wahab. Commissioners - Geo. I. Watson, Chmn: J. C. Simmons, N. C. Williams, W. H. Tolson, O. T. Credle. Coroner - J. W. Hayes. Register of Deeds - Alexander Berry. Sheriff - H. G. McCloud. Solicitor (lst Dist) - Jno. H. Blount. Surveyor - G. W. Swindell. Standard Keeper - S. R. Cason. Supt. Public Schools - Jos. M. Watson. Treasurer - Hiram G. McCloud.
Superior-Seventh Monday after fourth Monday in March and September.
TOWNSHIPS and MAGISTRATES
Address Magistrates at the county-seat, c/o Sheriff
Currituck - S. L. Snell, R. D. Harris, J. B. Davis, Wm. G. Jarvis, L. S. Ross, T. R. Jarvis. Fairfield - J. C. Simmons, D. H. Carter, D. C. Barnes, T. H. B. Gibbs, S. B. Sadler, John G. Harris. Lake Landing - A. B. Tunnell, W. S. Cox, C. F. Benson, R. F. Watson, H. S. Gibbs. Ocracoke - B. J. Garrish, P. C. Howard, T. W. Scarborough, Amon Howard, Dudley Bragg. Swan Quarter - J. M. Watson, S. B. Harris, N. C. Williams, T. H. Jones, Major Fisher.
Names, Post-Offices, Pastors and Denominations
Lake Landing - Lake Landing, J. L. Keen, Meth. Sladesville - Sladesville, J. L. Keen, Meth. Swan Quarter - Swan Quarter, J. L. Keen, Meth. Ocracoke - Ocracoke, E. D. Hoovers, Meth. Fairfield - Fairfield, R. C. Beemon, Meth. Chickamacomico - E. D. Hoover, Meth. Englehard - Englehard, R. C. Beemon, Meth. Kenekeet - E. D. Hoover, Meth. Middletown - Middletown, R. C. Beemon, Meth. Lake Comfort - Lake Comfort, J. L. Keen, Meth. Beulah - Swan Quarter, A. Cartwright, Prim. Bap. Swan Quarter - Swan Quarter, E. P. Hudson, Prim. Bap. Fairfield - Fairfield, A. Cartwright, Prim. Bap. Sladesville (Col.) - Sladesville, Sam. Windley, Bap. Fairfield (Col.) - Fairfield, Fred. Long, Bap. Lake Landing (Col.) - Lake Landing, Aaron Jones, Bap. Lake Comfort (Col.) - Lake Comfort, Alex. Williams, Bap. Pringo Chapel - J. R. Windfield, Dis. Christ. Neat's Chapel - J. R. Windfield, Dis. Christ. Swan Quarter - Swan Quarter, J. R. Windfield, Dis. Christ. Middletown - Middletown, J. R. Windfield, Dis. Christ. St. John's - Makelyville, S. S. Barber, Epis. Swan Quarter - Swan Quarter, S. S. Barber, Epis. St. George - Lake Landing, Thos. M. Thorpe, Epis.
Name, Post-Offices and Denominations
Beeman, R. C., Fairfield, Meth. Bonner, L. P., Lake Landing, Meth. Cardew, J. J., Swan Quarter, Meth. Farrow, H. Makeley Meth. Gay, L. S., Fairfield, Meth. Hoover, E. D., Ocracoke, Meth. Keen, J. L., Swan Quarter, Meth. Watson, J. M., Lake Landing, Meth. Cartwright, A., Swan Quarter, Prim. Bap. Hudson, E., Swan Quarter, Prim. Bap. Carson, H. D., Swan Quarter, Dis. Christ. Henderson, Jas., Fairfield, Dis. Christ. Windfield, J. R., Swan Quarter, Dis. Christ. Barber, S. S., Lake Landing, Epis. Thorpe, Thos. M., Lake Landing, Epis. Bryan, A. (Col.), Swan Quarter, Bap. Long, Fred (Col.), Fairfield, Bap. Jones, Aaron (Col.), Lake Landing, Bap. Windley, Sam'l (Col.), Sladesville, Bap. Williams, Alex (Col.), Lake Comfort, Bap.
HOTELS and BOARDING HOUSES
Names, Post-Offices, Proptietors
Swindell House, Sman Quarter, Mrs. S. A. Swindell. Mulberry House, Swan Quarter, Joseph W. Hayes. Slaughter House, Swan Quarter, E. D. English. Taylor House, Swan Quarter, Jos. M. Watson. Tooley's Tavern, Swan Quarter, W. B. Tooley, Jr. Boarding House, Fairfield, E. S. O'Neal.
Names and Post-OfficesBeckwith, Nathaniel, Lake Landing. Barrow, L. H., Middletown. Bonner, T. P., Englehard.
Kinds, Post-Offices and Proprietors
Blacksmithing and wheelwrighting, Makelyville, J. F. Balfour. Blacksmithing and wheelwrighting, Makelyville, L. R. Mixison. Blacksmithing and wheelwrighting, Sladesville, R. D. Harris. Blacksmithing and wbeelwrighting, Swan Quarter, J. E. Bridgman. Blacksmithing and wheelwrighting, Swan Quarter, B. F. Cason. Blacksmithing and wheelwrighting, Swan Quarter, B. W. Donald. Building and contracting, Swan Quarter, E. H. Gaskill. Building and contracting, Fairfield, Wm. Barnett. Building and contracting, Lake Landing, Cason Gibbs. Building and contracting, Makelyville, N. D. Manly. Millwrighting, Fairfield, W. D. Murray. Saddles and Harness, Makelyville, D. L. Burgess.
MERCHANTS and TRADESMEN
Names, Post-Offices, Line of Business
Cason, B. F. GS Cradle, Frank Live Stock Clayton, W. D. Fish Hayes, J. W. Livery Hudson, Garrison Fish Spencer, J. M. & Bro. GS Swindell, W. B. GS Swindell, A. B. GS Swindell, G. W., Jr. GS Swindell, G. GS
Tooley & Swindell Lumber Clayton, John K. GS Cox, T. R. GS Davis, T. M. GS Gibbs, J. B. GS Gibbs, C. E. P. GS Gibbs, J. S. GS & Liq Gibbs, A. S. GS
Brown, J. C. GS Carter, J. S. GS Chadwick, J. M. GS Chadwick & Co. GS Chadwick, R. C. GS Harris, J. G. & Co. Jewelry Mann, Joseph GS Sadler, S. B. GS Young, Luther GS
Benson, J. M. & Co. GS Berry, Capt. John Lumber Berry, W. T. GS Berry, R. T. GS Weston, Jno. D. GS
Boomer, B. E. GS & Liq Ballance & Co. GS Gibbs & Harris GS Midyett, D. P. Ins Agt Midyett, B. J. GS Rollins, W. A. GS Wilkinson, D. W. GS & Liq Watson, Geo. I. GS Watson, D. M. GS
Balfour, J. F. Painter Hooten, W. T. GS Lupton, J. M. GS Makely, M. Lumber
Adams, B. J. GS Burrus, R. S. GS Cox, A. J. GS Gibbs, J. W. GS Gibbs & Roper GS & Lig Hall, J. M. GS & Liq Jennett, B. F. GS Mann, Thos. GS McKinney, W. T. GS Northam, J. S. GS
Maltby & Barnes GS McWilliams, S. E. GS
Bells, J. G. GS Eaquils, W. K. GS & Liq Howard, Elijah GS Jarvis, T. R. GS Jordan, J. B. GS & Liq Jarvis, T. M. GS Jordan, Bryan GS Silverthorn, W. S. GS Wahab, C. E. GS Wahab, H. W. GS
Kinds, Post-Offices and Proprietors
Saw, Makelyville, M. Makely. Saw, corn and flour (steam), Germantown, (Sladesville), N. W. Wahab. Corn and Flour, Leachville (Beaufort Co.), Mrs. Burgess. Corn and Flour, Leachville (Beaufort Co.), Caleb Clark. Corn and Flour, Leachville (Beaufort Co.), D.L. Burgess. Sam (Steam), Fairfield, W. P. Burgess. Wind Mill (Corn), Fairfield, N. B. Neal. Wind Mill (Corn), Middletown, R. M. Burrus. Wind Mill (Corn), Middletown, Allen Burrus. Wind Mill (Corn), Middletown, W. F. Roper. Wind Mill (Corn), Lake Comfort, S. B. Harris. Wind Mill (Corn), Ocracoke, A. Farrow. Wind Mill (Corn), Swan Quarter, G. Swindell. Wind mill (earn), Swan Quarter, English & Gaskill.
Names and Post-OfficesBonner, W. V., Fairfield. Clark, Edward, Middletown. Credle, O. S., Lake Landing. Gibbs, O. H., Middletown. Jones, E. H., Lake Comfort. Mann, C. E., Middletown. Mann, J. A., Fairfield. Murray, M. M., Lake Comfort. Ross, H. B., Sladesville. Thomas, C. W., Sladesville. Weston, B. L., Lake Landing. Windley, Samuel, Lake Landing.
Names, Post-Offices and Principals
Chapel Hill Academy, Lake Landing. Fairfield Academy, Fairfield, G. W. Arrington. Middleton Academy, Middleton, A. J. Cox. Nebraska Academy, Lake Landing. Swan Academy, Swan Quarter, L. H. Swindell. No. Pub. Schools - White 18; colored 15.
Names and Post-OfficesArrington, G. W., Fairfield. Cox, A. J., Middletown. Swindell, L. H., Swan Quarter.
Atlantic Lodge, No. 294, A. F. & A. M., Swan Quarter; times of meeting, second Saturday, Tuesday evening of court. Mattamuskeet Lodge, No. 328, A. F. & A. M., Englehard; time of meeting, fourth Saturday at 1 o'clock p.m.
Names and Post-Offices
Englehard - Israel B. Watson, J. M. Mann, G. L. Credle, B. F. Gibbs, Benj. Fulford, J. B. Watson, T. M. Davis, Jno. Northam, Anson Gibbs, Samuel Midyett, T. L. Gibbs, J. B. Watson, P. P. Spencer, J. D. Simmons, Jno. Midyett, Jabin Gibbs, Robt. Bonner. Fairfield - W. S. Carter, H. C. Carter, D. M. Carter, J. S. Carter, W. D. Murray, T. H. B. Gibbs, Henry Jones, P. H. Simmons, D. D. Simmons, T. P. Mann, Nathan Spencer, W. P. Burrus, Clay Carter, I. S. Carter, C. Simmons, Benj. Sadler, W. Murray, T. G. Midyett, W. F. Midyett, Samuel Tunnell, R. Tunnell, H. Credle, L. Swindell, T. Mann, Dr. J. Mann, L. Mann, W. P. Burrus, Dr. P. H. Simmons, N. Spencer, James Simmons, F. H. B. Gibbs, Henry Jones, A. Baum, Allen Barrus, E. Baum. Lake Comfort - James Weston, W. W. Boomer, G. W. Benson, M. M. Murray, Jno. Berry, J. W. Spencer, A. F. Bell, J. W. McGowan, Geo. Weston, Dr. E. H. Jones, Milt. Sadler, S. Emery, B. Stokesberry, Israel Bell, Geo. Gibbs, Anson Selby, Thomas Bridgman, Albert Fisher. Lake Landing - J. C. McCland, S. A. Long, Dr. Samuel Windley, C. Swindell, Dr. M. Selby, S. M. Mann, J. S. Mann, A. B. Tunnell, M. Fisher, C. Gibbs, R. Jennett, J. W. H. Weston, A. S. Long, M. Sally, A. McJones, W. P. Midyett, James Adams, G. S. Bridgman, W. W. Brown, J. M. Benson, C. F. Benson, T. R. Benson, J. C. McLeland, R. Ballance, T. P. Pugh. Makelyville - S. L. Snell, A. J. Bell, A. Green, W. G. Ruffin, Alex. Spring. Middletown - Seth Gibbs, E. L. Mann, B. F. Jennett, J. H. Davis, Thos. Mann, Dr. E. Clark, J. W. Gibbs, W. S. Cox, W. Farrow, Milton Gibbs, Jas. Adams, W. F. Roper, W. S. Swindell, J. F. Fulford, R. Linton, D. S. Pugh, B. O'Neal, B. F. Gibbs, E. L. Mann, J. M. Mann. Sladesville - Seth Credle, T. Fisher, R. P. Wahab, S. Northam, W. H. Fortiscue, H. H. Watson, W. G. Jarvis, B. Wahab, W. M. Credle, D. Wabab, Sol. Nathan, S. L. Snell. Stencil House - A. Baum, S. Baum, J.mBaum, W. D. Murray, W. A. Williams, T. M. Gibbs. Swan Quarter - H. Brown, E. D. English, G. T. Credle, J. M. Watson, T. F. Credle, Oliver O'Neal, J. E. Credle, D. E. Harris.
SOURCE: Branson's North Carolina Business Directory for 1884, Edited by Rev. Levi Branson, A. M., Sixth Edition. Raleigh, N.C. Levi Branson, Office Publisher.