Hyde County Messenger
Fairfield, North Carolina
Published monthly by Rev. Elliot Rufus STEWART
Abstracted by Kay Midgett Sheppard
[All issues are missing except for the following from the Baptist Collection, Wake Forest University.]
Vol. 2; #3
Card of thanks from Mr. I.S. GIBBS & Elizabeth in the death of his beloved wife.
Card of thanks from Mrs. T.C. MANN & Thomas in the death of our dear husband and father.
Birth of Thomas Harrison STEWART on March 2, 1926. His parents are Rev. & Mrs. E.R. STEWART. He joins a sister, Evelyn Bell STEWART, and a brother, Elliott Brown STEWART.
Letter of thanks to the people of Hyde County from O. L. WILLIAMS, whose 8 years as Clerk of Superior Court comes to a close.
Notice of sale of 150 acres of Lyda Carter STUDDART & her husband, George Joseph STUDDERT, said lands conveyed to Lyda C. STUDDERT by H. C. CARTER and his wife on May 28, 1919.
Mrs. Carrie CARTER, sister of Mr. Columbus SIMMONS, died this year.
Mrs. Maggie BALLANCE of Lake Landing, age 62, died early in February.
Mr. John MIDYETTE of Gull Rock died, aged 51 years.
Other Deaths Recently:
Mrs. S.L. FISHER
Mrs. Eula M. SPENCE
Mr. Ed MANN who died suddenly in Florida at the ripe age of 75 years. He was a brother to Mr. T.C. MANN. Mr. MANN was buried Sunday, February 14, in the family cemetery at Mr. Richard MANN’S.
Mrs. Isaac GIBBS and Mr. T.C. MANN both died in a Washington hospital, having undergone serious operations. One died at 5 o’clock, the other at 5:25. Mrs. GIBBS was 54 years old and she leaves behind two sisters, two brothers, a husband and many friends to mourn her departure. She was laid to rest in Fairfield Cemetery. Services were conducted by E.R. STEWART, assisted by H.M. JACKSON, pastor of the Methodist Church. Mr. T.C. MANN was 66 years old. He and his brother died only a week apart. Mr. MANN’S death was caused by a little shoe tack setting up infection in his big toe some 2 ½ to 3 years ago. He has had several operations hoping to save the limb. Mr. MANN has been a businessman in this community and will be missed by the inhabitants of Fairfield. He leaves behind a widow and her son, some daughters and some grandchildren. Rev. H.M. JACKSON held services at the home of the deceased on February 16, 1926, assisted by Rev. Mr. DAWSON of Swan Quarter and E.R. STEWART of Fairfield.
Mr. Richard MANN suffered a stroke of paralysis March 4. He died March 9 and was buried near his home in the family cemetery on March 10. Rev. H.M. JACKSON, assisted by Rev. Mr. BROSS, former pastor, conducted the services.
Mrs. George HODGES died at Washington Hospital February 3 from cancer of the stomach. She was buried at Rose Bay.
Mrs. HILL of Sladesville died and was buried February 28. She was the wife of Rev. HILL who was at one time pastor of the Swan Quarter charge.
Mr. & Mrs. Charlie SADDLER lost their infant baby girl on February 15. The baby was one month old.
A. L. CUTHRELL announces his candidacy for nomination for the House of Representatives for Hyde County.
Sarah MANN is made administratrix of the will of T.C. MANN, deceased.
Marriages at Engelhard:
Mr. Johnson MASON to Rena MIDYETTE on January 1, 1926;
Mr. Eddie MIDYETTE to Miss Lily Bell SPENCER;
Mr. Dennis SELBY to Miss Viola GIBBS who were united at the home of Mr. R.S. COX on Sunday evening, February 14.
Maron CREDLE to Miss Hilda CARAWAN by J.L. TUNNELL on February 12. They are making their home at present at his father’s at Rose Bay.
Vol. 2; #11
Items of Interest:
Lawyer C.L. BELL has taken the clerk’s office to finish Mr. O.L. WILLIAMS unexpired term as clerk from November 1 to December 1.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Eure SPENCER, a daughter, October 30, 1926.
Card of thanks from William SNIDER on the death of his wife.
Over 180 homes, farms, and lots are advertised for taxes in Hyde county this year. The drainage tax makes it hard on many of the farmers around the lake.
Leechville - E.W. SPRUILL of New Lake was found not responsible for the death of his mother, Mrs. Lena SPRUILL, on October 19. The only person present when the accident occurred was H.L. SPENCER, husband of the deceased, who testified she had been accidentally shot. The deceased is survived by her husband, one daughter, Laura CAHOON, wife of Nathan CAHOON; two sons, C.H. SPRUILL and E.W. SPRUILL; her father, D.W. DUNBAR, all of New Lake.
Mr. Louis SWINDELL, who was operated on for stone bladder in the Washington hospital, died and was buried at Engelhard.
Pupils enrolled at East Carolina Teacher’s College at Greenville, N.C.
From Swan Quarter—Mattie BRIDGMAN, Hortense BOOMER, Archie HARRIS, Mary Etta JARVIS, Elaine TUNNELL, Mrs. Essie Lee BOOMER
From Middletown—Lois MANN, Lizzie MANN, Katy MANN, Ella Lee BOOMER
From Lake Landing—Mary SWINDELL, Mary WHITE, Mabel Leon MANN
From Scranton—Hilda CREDLE, Alida SWINDELL
Mrs. William SNIDER died at the home of Mr. Tom JONES Saturday, October 29 and was buried at Fairfield Sunday afternoon. She leaves her parents, two brothers, one sister and a husband. She suffered much but bore it all with patience. She was only 24 years old.
Vol 2; #12
A lengthy history of Mattamuskeet Drainage District by S.S. MANN:
Excerpt from Deed Book “A”, page 213, Hyde County Record of Deeds: “This Indenture the twenty-second day of April in the year of our Lord Christ, seventeen hundred and forty-six, between Long TOM and Charles SQUIRES of Hyde County in North Carolina, Indians, and Cason BRINSON of Onslow County, in the same Province, planter, of the other part and the rest of the Indians.” In the description of the land occur the words “Along a line of marked trees made by Charles SQUIRES by the order of his father, John SQUIRES, King of said Indians.”
Deed Book “A”, page 216—“To all ye people to whom these presents shall come—Greeting: Know ye, that I, George SQUIRES, with the consent of all the Arrowmuskeet Indians in the Province and County aforesaid.
Excerpt from Senate Document No. 677, 63rd Congress, 3rd Session entitled “Indians of North Carolina; page 16—In a note relative to “Coree” tribe this passage occurs: “They engaged in the Tuscarora War of 1711 and in 1715 the remnants of the Coree and Machapungo were assigned a tract on Mattamuskeet Lake, Hyde County, North Carolina, where they lived in one village until they became extinct.
(Note by Mr. MANN: In my opinion this tribe did not become extinct, but lost its identity because some of the chief people of the tribe intermarried with white immigrants and their descendants still live in the County. Others intermarried with the Negroes and some of these also reside in the County and have a very distinctive physique indicated by straight hair, lighter complexion, with different coloring on the cheeks and having bearing and speech that indicates a lineage superior to that of the ordinary African.)
page 51—Some of the tribe (the Croatans) fought under “Bonnul,” as some termed Col. BARNWELL, and we have reliable evidence that they brought home a few Mattamuskeet Indians as prisoners and slaves. The descendants of these Mattamuskeets had their traditions also. The name Dare was not recognized by them in our first investigations, but afterwards discovered that they pronounced the name variously as Darr, Durr, and Dorr. This discovery was made when we related to an old chronicler of the tribe the story of Virginia DARE, the first white child born on American soil. Mattamuskeet Lake, according to tradition preserved by these Indians, was a “burnt lake” or lake caused by water filling a hole burnt in the ground. We are indebted for this tradition to an aged gentleman of Roberson County who was familiar with the traditions of the tribe from about 1820 to 1824. He mentioned several persons who represented that they were descendants from Mattamuskeet Indians, who were taken prisoners in the war between the whites and the Tuscoroas by a tribe on the Lumber River. These Mattamuskeets could locate the dwelling places of their ancestors who live in now what is Hyde County in the vicinity of Mattamuskeet Lake.
Mrs. George WILLIAMSON died at her home near Hydlam, Monday, November 29th. She was an invalid for several years and has suffered long. She was buried at Souls cemetery. [In Memory Of by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL & R. S. SPENCER, JR. states Cora Lee WILLIAMSON was born October 24, 1868 & died November 29, 1926. Her father was Tilman F. STOTESBURY and her mother, Margaret A. FISHER. She was the wife of George Washington WILLIAMSON and was buried in Soule Cemetery located on Hwy. 264.]
Mr. George TAYLOR of Swan Quarter, who had been confined to his home for several years, while at Morehead City for treatment, died November 29th. His wife and children did not get to see him after he left home since he was buried at Morehead City on the same day he died.
Mr. John Warren SPENCER, one of Swan Quarter’s best and oldest citizens, was born June 20, 1834 and died November 5, 1926, age 92 years, 4 months, 16 days. He was married twice, first to Miss Nancy Jane BERRY and to this union was born one child. Then to Miss Mary FISHER, to them were born eight children. Side by side they walked the path of life over 62 years. The funeral service was held at Souls Church and he was laid to rest in the church cemetery. The pallbearers were his grandsons.
Mr. John PATRICK, son of Mrs. Cora PATRICK, and Miss Myra BRIDGEMAN of Swan Quarter, were married at the Christian parsonage by Dr. J.H. HANSON Thursday night, November 18th. Miss BRIDGEMAN is one of our popular young teachers here and Mr. PATRICK is a popular young business man of this place. They will make their home here.
Mr. & Mrs. S. M. JONES of Bethel and Mrs. Paul E. JONES and son Rastus, of Farmville, spent a few days with Mrs. Virginia SPENCER the week before Thanksgiving.
Dr. Ira M. FISHER of Stotesbury, West Virginia, and little son, Marshall, were down here visiting Mr. Marshall’s grandmother, Mrs. J. E. SPENCER.
Mr. & Mrs. D. B. WATSON and family went to Creswell last Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with Mrs. Watson’s parents, Mr. And Mrs. Tom SPENCER.
[The following issues loaned for filming by Miss Rebecca SWINDELL, Swan Quarter: April, June, September, October, and December. The March issue was loaned for filming by the Baptist Collection, Wake Forest University. All other issues are missing.]
Vol. 3; #3
On February first Mr. D.L. SPENCER was called out of this world. He had been sick and confined for about a month. During this time, his brother, Mr. Ed SPENCER, waited upon him. He died in his brother’s arms. He was 66 years, 6 months old. His life had been that of a bachelor. He leaves behind a brother, Mr. Ed SPENCER and many relatives to mourn his going.
Many will recall Captain Tom Frank CURNS, who made regular visits to Fairfield purchasing supplies for the Dredge and Quarter boats. He was also a mail carrier for these boats. Recently the Quarter-Boat moved to Mill Creek on Swanquarter- Belhaven road. Captain Tom Frank, as he was known, moved with the Quarter boat as he was connected mostly with it. Recently he had a tooth which gave him trouble, this he had extracted and from it seems to have been poisoned. He developed pneumonia and died Saturday, February 12th in his home near Quarter Boat. He was carried back to his old home in Gum Neck. He had recently constructed a little house on the highway near Quarter Boat where he had moved his family. He leaves behind a wife and children. He belonged to the Freewill Baptist Church.
The first child was enrolled at Thomasville Baptist Orphanage in Thomasville, N.C. on November 11, 1885.
Vol. 3; #4
This paper is two years old. With the May issue we begin our third year of publication. It is the only paper published in Hyde County and has a circulation this month of 500 and is still growing.
Captain A.B. BURNS will start a new boat line for Fairfield. It runs from Fairfield to Norfolk, Virginia every Tuesday.
As this goes to press April 11th, we have two very sick patients in Fairfield, Mrs. Jep MASON and Mrs. George SWINDELL.
Mr. And Mrs. Neal GRAY have been feeble for some time. We hope for them a recovery of their health as the Spring opens up.
Misses Sallie SPENCER and Florence CLARK are home from Avon, N.C. where they have been teaching school this past winter.
Mr. Oscar GIBBS, son of Mrs. Annie Gibbs WESTON, died in the Washington Hospital on Friday, April 1st. He was buried in St. George’s cemetery Saturday morning.
Uncle Arnold GIBBS (colored) while burning off some growth on Lake Side caught on fire and was almost burned up. It is thought he had a fainting spell and possibly died before he burned, as the fire did not blister him. “If he had been alive and his blood circulating, his body would have been blistered,” said Dr. A.G. HARRIS.
On Saturday afternoon, March 12th, the son of Louis CARTER shot and killed a son of Metra MECKLE. It was reported as an accident.
Mr. John CARAWAN of Lake Landing Township was found dead in bed recently.
On April 7th Mr. Sam SELBY, who for quite a while has been confined to his home with T.B., received his call.
Mr. Claudy BERRY underwent an operation for appendicitis in the Washington Hospital and died on April 7th. He leaves to mourn his going a wife, two sisters and his father and mother.
Will J. SPENCER is appointed as Hyde County Accountant and will be paid $1800.00 per year.
Vol. 3; #6
[Portions of this monthly were cut out.]
All who know Brother Josiah ELLIOTT love him. He was born 1 ½ miles from Hertford, N.C. He is now almost 80 years old. He has lived at Hertford 51 years and entered the ministry at the age of 36 years. Brother ELLIOTT started out in life a laboring man. For 6 years after moving to Hertford he was a drayman. Mrs. ELLIOTT was an invalid for nearly 12 years and Brother ELLIOTT contributed his life’s ministry largely to her help.
Mr. W.T. KIRK of Swan Quarter, is a real carpenter mechanic. He, with his force, are now making some beautiful boats.
Vol. 3; #9
Mrs. R.W. JONES of Fairfield, who was in Washington Hospital, is back in her home greatly improved.
There was a mad dog in Swan Quarter Saturday, August 27th. It bit Mr. Cahoon TOOLEY of Belhaven, formerly of Swan Quarter. It also bit three colored men, Columbus FRANKLIN, Charlie PETERSON, and Bell FULFORD.
Mr. Webb ALEXANDER was united to Patsie Jane SADDLER on September 6th.
Mr. Balfour JARVIS was married to Isolyn PAUL of Washington on September 4th.
Mr. Murray CARAWAN of Rose Bay, who was working at Pageland, S.C., underwent an operation for appendicitis.
Mr. D.D. Cutrell carried his baby to Washington for a minor operation.
New Houses in Hyde:
Mr. Webb BISHOP is now building a four-room house on the highway between Rose Bay and Scranton.
Mr. Johnnie HODGES has recently built a store and filling station in Scranton.
Mr. Erwin MAYO is building a nice seven-room house in Rose Bay.
Mr. G.M. GUTHRIE of Swan Quarter has recently remodeled his house.
Mr. Jodie WILLIAMS is building a new 4-room house on South Lake.
Mr. F.L. LIVERMAN has done an unusual thing. He has built a house and store combined up in the middle of Piney woods. Mr. LIVERMAN has been logging in Hyde for a couple of years. He has placed his railroad track through Pine woods and is cutting the large timber out.
Mrs. John LEE of Swan Quarter was called to her reward September 6th. Funeral services were conducted at her home on the 7th and she was buried at Soul’s Church cemetery . She was the daughter of John B.M. SWINDELL and wife Pollie SWINDELL and the wife of Mr. John LEE, SR., deceased. She leaves one sister, Mrs. M.G. FISHER; one brother, Mr. George SWINDELL of Norfolk, Virginia; three sons, T.W. LEE and John LEE, JR. of Swan Quarter and George F. LEE of Norfolk, Virginia. She lacked one month and 4 days of being 74 years old.
A letter written by S.S. NEAL to Rev. E.R. STEWART about the death of his father. (His father’s name was not mentioned in this letter.)
Vol. 3; #10
Mr. Charlie MIDYETTE of Engelhard is in Washington Hospital, taking treatment for kidney colic.
Fairfield Baptist Church is begun.
A quiet, but pretty wedding took place at Swan Quarter, Saturday, Oct. 1, when Miss Janie Dell CARAWAN, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Columbus CARAWAN, became the bride of Mr. Robert Eston DUNNING of Aulander, N.C. The wedding took place at the home of the bride’s parents, with the Rev. E.R. STEWART officiating. The ring was born on a white chrysanthemum by Herman CARAWAN, brother of the bride. The matron of honor was Miss Vida DUNNING, sister of the groom and the best man was Malcolm CARAWAN, brother of the bride. The bride was educated at Eastern Carolina Teacher’s College in Greenville. Following her graduation, she taught two years in the Winston-Salem city schools. Mr. DUNNING is a graduate of North Carolina State College, of the class of ’22. At present he is county agent of Washington County, employed in work sponsored by the State Department of Agriculture. The couple will make their home in Plymouth, N.C.
On September 18th Brother John McKINNEY was called home to his reward. He died at the age of 72 years. After visiting friends and relatives in Saint Bride’s, Virginia this summer, he returned to Fairfield to live with his son, Mr. Jennings McKINNEY, but lived only a couple of weeks. He leaves to mourn his going, two sisters, two sons, three daughters, and a number of grandchildren.
Vol. 3; #12
[Many portions of this monthly had been cut out.]
Mr. Bruce SMITHWICK to Miss Jessie Mae HARRIS of Ponzer, N.C.—Nov. 26
Mr. I.B. DUNBAR to Miss Florida JARVIS of Leechville, N.C.—Nov. 27
Mr. James MOONEY to Miss Geneva COX of Fairfield, N.C.—No date
Stephen BERRY of Warbler to Miss Ludie Estelle JONES of Ponzer, N.C.-Nov 28
Staten CREDLE to Miss Allene DUNBAR of Scranton, N.C.—No date
Mr. Louis F. ZABAWA to Miss Mae NIXON of Engelhard, N.C.—Nov. 22
Mr. Roman PATRICK to Miss Mary MARSHALL, both of Engelhard, N.C. -Nov. 11
Born to Mr. And Mrs. Herbert SPENCER of Fairfield, a girl, Nov. 30.
Many friends of Messers. Jim BURRUS and Joe Gray BAUM have been made sad in several ways recently. First, to learn of the serious accident in the killing of Mrs. J.D. BULLOCK of Leechville, N.C. on November 13. Second, to learn that after hitting Mrs. BULLOCK that they did not stop and render help. Third, that they are serving their sentence in the penitentiary for 2 ½ years each. Sympathy goes out to the aged mother and wife and son who are left behind.
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