Hyde County Messenger
Fairfield, North Carolina
Published monthly by Rev. Elliot Rufus STEWART
Abstracted by Kay Midgett Sheppard
Vol. 4; #1
Mr. Zora PEELE, formerly a resident of Fairfield, enlisted in the Coast Guard for three years on July 23, 1927. He visited his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. O’NEAL of Fairfield, during the holidays.
Mr. George WILLIAMSON to Mrs. Anna SPENCER of Swan Quarter on Dec. 15th.
Miss Mildred CARAWAN of Rose Bay to Mr. Bryan ADAMS of Washington—No date.
Mr. Joshua McKINNEY to Miss ROBINSON of Belhaven, N.C.—No date.
Mr. Walter BLAKE to Miss Nancie CUTRELL of Fairfield on Dec. 18th.
Mr. Harold DANIELS to Miss Rachel SPENCER on Dec. 21, 1927.
Marriages at Engelhard:
Miss Josie SPENCER to Mr. Earl BERRY on Dec. 23rd.
Miss Eva SPENCER to Mr. Hubert SELBY on Dec. 24th.
Mrs. Mattie JONES to Mr. Don BOOMER on Dec 23rd.
Miss Ola BRINN to Mr. George GIBBS—No date.
Miss Eva May O’NEAL to Mr. Harry SPENCER on Jan 2nd
Birth at Engelhard:
Born to Mr. And Mrs. C.L. PAYNE, a son.
Notes from New Holland:
Death of Joe WILSON
Mr. George SCOTT, assistant engineer of the New Holland Corporation, brought home a new bride during the holidays.
Mr. John LEWIS of Lake Landing died December 15th after a long period of sickness. He was buried at Amity Church. He died at the age of 71 after a stroke of paralysis.
Mrs. R.D. HARRIS of Swan Quarter died on December 17th. She was buried at Sladesville, N.C.
Mrs. Charlie GIBBS of Engelhard, who has been at Mr. Dick GIBBS’ at Fairfield for several months, a sufferer of pellagra, died about noon January 11th.
Mr. Billie NIXON was about 66 years old when he died on January 5, 1928. He leaves to mourn his going, a wife, three children, one brother, S.S. NIXON of Stumpy Point, N.C., and one sister, Mrs. Nina SELBY of Engelhard.
Mrs. Clara MIDYETTE lives on Farrow Road out from Swan Quarter. She will be 95 years old January 16, 1928. She has 4 living children, 20 living grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Vol. 4; #2
Recently D.W. CUTHRELL, who has long been crowded in the small building owned by Mr. F.M. YOUNG, has moved into the building formerly owned by E.S. O’NEAL & Sons. Mr. CUTHRELL is a progressive merchant with a good trade.
The epidemic of measles is sweeping through practically every section of Hyde county. Schools are being closed in Hyde, Beaufort, and Washington counties on account of so many cases.
Marriage Licenses Issued:
Mrs. Ellen MOONEY of Fairfield to Mr. D.H. COX at Lake Landing—Jan. 10.
Nicholas HYDES to Eula Mae SAWYER, both from near Sladesville—Jan. 13.
John Ed BULLOCK to Thelma TAYLOR—Jan 13.
Enoch RADCLIFF to Miss Lilly ROPER, both of Leechville—Jan. 28.
Ralph B. SMITHWICK to Jeraldine JARVIS—No date.
License issued to 2 colored couples in January—No names given.
Mrs. Leland GIBBS, who lived on the Fairfield-Engelhard road, died on Sunday, February 5, after suffering with tuberculosis. Mr. Leland GIBBS, husband of the deceased, is also a victim of the dreadful disease. The doctor is advising his removal to a higher altitude.
Mr. Smith GIBBS, who fell from his car while returning on the Leechville-Swan Quarter Highway home, has put up a real fight and many thought he would get well. The shock was more than he was able to stand. He died February third at Middletown.
Miss Annie Bell JACKSON, formerly a teacher at Engelhard in 1924-25, a member of the Baptist church at Engelhard, died September 24, at Raleigh Hospital. She had been at her home in Franklinton, N.C. since leaving Hyde county.
Born to Mr. And Mrs. Carl CUTHRELL of Fairfield, a girl, January 14, 1928.
Vol. 4; #3
The school at Fairfield, after stopping for four weeks, is back at her full work again. Over 150 cases of measles in Fairfield Township was the cause of its stopping.
Mr. J.A. MEREDITH of New Holland, N.C. and Mrs. Lena JARVIS of Belhaven, N.C. were married February 5th by Rev. Richard BAGBY of Washington, N.C. They are making their home at New Holland Inn for the present time.
Mr. Ernest WILSON and family, formerly of New Holland, are in Orlando, Florida for a while.
Mr. D.N. GRAVES returned to New Holland on March fourth after an extended trip to Kansas City and Texas to visit friends and relatives.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Dock JONES, a girl, March 7 at Warbler.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie BLAKE, a son, March 4.
Mr. Tine HARRIS of Gull Rock died March 9th.
Mr. Samuel SPENCER to Miss Raby SPENCER, both of Engelhard—March 3.
Mr. Raymond TAYLOR to Miss Ada MASON on March 7th. Miss MASON was a prominent stenographer of Swan Quarter. Recently she had been stenographer for Lawyer C.L. BELL. Mr. TAYLOR is connected with the Taylor Furniture Company of Belhaven. The wedding took place at the Baptist parsonage at Fairfield on Wednesday night, March seventh. It was a quiet wedding, witnessed by Mr. and Mrs. Carson TUNNELL of Swan Quarter and Mrs. E.R. STEWART. This couple will make their home in Belhaven.
J.C. RESPASS submits his candidacy for Sheriff of Hyde County.
Vol. 4; #4
Cards of thanks from Mrs. C.C. SPENCER and children on the passing of her husband and their father.
Dr. and Mrs. A.L. BELL, JR. boast of a fine girl born March 29th weighing 8 pounds. They call her Eleanor Elizabeth BELL.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie ARMSTRONG, a girl, on April 3rd. Her name is Iva Deene ARMSTRONG. She has a brother named Jethro.
Rebecca SWINDELL was a graduate at Sarah Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia in June 1927. She had been appointed to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Miss SWINDELL holds the position of floor supervisor. She had to join the Army in order to get this appointment. Miss SWINDELL was licensed by the state of Virginia as a registered nurse and is well qualified to hold the position she now has.
W.H. SPENCER, of Engelhard, died on March 16, 1928. He was a man of middle age. Mr. SPENCER had been a great sufferer for a long time and was confined to his bed for several months. He was a member of the Christian Church. There is left to mourn his going, five sons and two daughters by his first marriage, a widow and four small children, also several grandchildren.
Mr. C.C. SPENCER, or “Kit”, as he was known, died early Wednesday morning, March 21st of heart trouble. He was one of Hyde County’s oldest citizens, being 86 years old, in fact, he would have been 87 years old September 12, 1928. Early in life he connected himself with the Methodist church and attended until of late years when he could not hear well. Mr. SPENCER was for four years engaged in the Confederate Army. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E.R. STEWART. Mr. SPENCER was a charter member of the United Sons of Hyde. He was a devoted husband, a loyal father and a prominent and well-beloved citizen. He is survived by a wife, a half-brother Mr. F.S. SPENCER of Fairfield, five children: Monroe SPENCER of Norfolk, Virginia, Samuel D. SPENCER, W.J. SPENCER and R.S. SPENCER, all of Engelhard, and one daughter, Mrs. Alice COX of Engelhard; 24 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren. He was buried at Fulford cemetery. The funeral was largely attended.
Mr. Loren JARVIS, who lived near Soule’s Church, succumbed to tuberculosis on Saturday night, April 6, 1928. He leaves a wife and several children.
Vol. 4; #5
Mrs. Silas LUPTON died suddenly, May 1, 1928. She succumbed to heart trouble. She was 59 years old. Her husband died August 16, 1926. Mrs. LUPTON leaves to mourn her, five boys and two girls.
Mr. Joe HARRIS held official positions with the county. The Odd Fellows held services over his body at burial. [In Memory Of.... by Rebecca SWINDELL and R.S. SPENCER states Joseph A. HARRIS was born September 27, 1871 and died May 5, 1928. He was buried in the George HARRIS Cemetery in Swan Quarter Township. His father was David Corbett HARRIS and his mother was Laura CLAYTON.]
Some of Hyde’s oldest citizens:
Mr. J.G. NEAL, Engelhard—80 years.
Mr. Israel GIBBS, Engelhard—83 years.
Mr. Charlie GIBBS, Engelhard--89 years.
Mr. Sam GASKIN, Lake Landing—96 years.
Captain G.M. SILVERTHORNE, Lake Landing—86 years.
Mrs. Mary COX, Middletown—90 years.
Mrs. Louise GIBBS, near Gibbs Mills—85 years.
Mr. Sill GIBBS, Fairfield—80 odd years.
Mrs. Kizzie ARMSTRONG, Fairfield—80 odd years
Mr. George W. BEHHRINGER died at Baltimore, Maryland on March 28th. He was 75 years old and was the father of Mrs. D.T. ALDREGE, formerly a resident of Fairfield but now of Belhaven. He died suddenly with 51 carbuncles on the back of his head.
Vol. 4; #6
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Marriage Licenses issued in May:
Uriah LITCHFIELD and Dorothy HARRIS—May 16.
Zack AUSTIN and Dorcas WILLIS (Ocracoke)—May 16.
Floyd B. HODGES and Mabel L. GIBBS—May 18.
Claud WILLIAMS and Dora PHELPS—May 19.
George BROWN and Mary Frances RESPASS—May 19.
Cecil Max GUTHRIE and Mabel Louise GODWIN—May 26.
Democratic County Election Returns:
Sheriff—John C. RESPASS
Register of Deeds—C.G. CAHOON
County Manager—L.A. GRIFFIN
Lieutenant-Governor—John D. LANGSTON
Commission of Labor & Printing—M.L. SHIPMAN
Senate: Democratic—Harry McMILLAN; Republican—John B. RESPASS
Vol. 4; #7
Mr. Herman CREDLE’S boy died July 7th and was buried at Soule’s cemetery.
Mr. W.S. BONNER, another of Hyde county’s noble citizens, departed this life. All who knew Mr. BONNER loved him. He was a man who, as one man expressed it, stayed at home and tended to his own business. Rev. M. GRANT, a former pastor of his, conducted the funeral services. He was laid to rest at Soule’s cemetery on June 28th.
It was God’s good pleasure to call out of this world our deceased brother, J.G. NEAL, on June 26, 1928. He was born May 8, 1848, being a little over 80 years old. Early in life he was married to Miss Julian M. GIBBS to which was born eleven children. The following six survive to mourn his going, Sam NEAL, Luke NEAL, Harold NEAL, Miss Bell NEAL, Mrs. Mary SPENCER, and Mrs. Julia MIDYETTE. There are fourteen grandchildren and only one sister living, Mrs. Fannie BALLANCE. He was buried at Fulford graveyard. Services were conducted by Rev. E.R. STEWART, pastor, and assisted by Rev. F.B. BRANDENBERG and Rev. V.L. PARKER.
Vol. 4; #8
In Memory of W.S. BONNER:
It is with a sad heart that I attempt to pay this last tribute of love and affection to my dear grandfather, Billie BONNER, who died July 3, 1928 in his 73rd year. Those of us who knew and loved him will carry with us the lessed memory of his friendship, cheerful, happy, unselfish, considering the happiness of others. God has seen, heard and watched him in his work and has called him to that beautiful land beyond where he will be fittingly rewarded for his beautiful life here on earth.
A granddaughter, Lona BONNER
Mr. Jesse CUTHRELL of Fairfield, died at the home of his nephew, Carl CUTHRELL, on July 21st, he was born in November 1852. He was left an orphan in his young manhood and supported his widowed mother until she died about 36 years ago. Since that time he made his home with relatives. He never married because of the death of his boyhood sweetheart. He was a hard working and honest man and had many friends in this community where he was born, lived, and died. His remains were laid to rest Sunday morning in the Bethlehem Baptist churchyard cemetery. (A poem by his niece, Carrie CUTHRELL, follows this obituary.)
Miss Olive OVERTON to Charlie CAHOON, both of Swan Quarter, June 30th.
George A. LONG of Scranton to Cora Lee PAYNE of Gull Rock, July 7th.
George R. FARLOW of Washington to Pearl DAVIS of Ponzer, July 7th.
Charlie O. GIBBS to Kaddie Dell PLEDGES (Pledger?), both of Fairfield—No date.
Mr. Pelage SPENCER is now dredging the Carter Canal. This channel will be 4 ¼ miles long and will be used for transportation. The dredge is owned by Mr. T.J. MANN of Lake Landing.
Alex BORRUS, colored, had a family of eight children. Some few weeks ago there were born into his family, two boys and a girl. The little girl died a few days after birth and a few weeks ago the last of the triplets died.
One of Hyde county’s noted citizens, Captain J.E. BERRY, passed to his reward. He lived here 84 years, 3 months and 5 days. Captain BERRY was looked up to and respected. He was known by Hyde County people as “Cap’n. Jim” BERRY. Captain BERRY was a Christian, a devoted husband and loving father. Funeral services were conducted at Soule Church with Rev. W.E. TROTMAN of the Methodist Church in Swan Quarter officiating. Mr. BERRY is survived by his wife, four sons: Dan of Swan Quarter, J.E., Jr. of Lake Landing, B.H. and N.G. BERRY of Raleigh; four daughters: Mrs. E.H. PITTMAN of Norfolk, Virginia, Mrs. R.W. SWINDELL, Miss Ella and Miss Grace BERRY, all of Swan Quarter; two brothers: J.H.C. BERRY, who has already reached his eightieth milestone, and W.T. BERRY, both of Swan Quarter.
Vol. 5; #9
It was the pleasure of the editor, while in Engelhard during revival meetings, to share in the birthday dinner of Mrs. Kit SPENCER who was 78 years old on September 7th. We wish for her many more happy years.
Mr. Ben MIDYETTE of Sladesville died August 15th at the ripe old age of 84 years, 10 months and 7 days.
Mr. Martin V.B. WHITE, aged 70, died at 3:45 o’clock Thursday, August 9, at his home in Middletown. His death followed an illness of 20 days. Mr. WHITE was a native of Hyde County. In his young manhood he was a sailor; later he became a successful farmer. He was a life-long member of the Methodist Church at Lake Landing. He was a member of the Mattamuskeet Masonic Lodge for 40 years. He was the oldest Mason in the Lodge and his son, Harry, was the youngest. Surviving are his wife, who was Miss Rachel HALL of Middleton, and six children: Ella Mae WHITE of Middletown, Martin WHITE, JR. of Denver, Colorado, Henry F. WHITE of Goldsboro, N.C., Ottis WHITE of Middletown, Harry L. WHITE of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Mary WHITE of Middletown. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church and interment was in the family lot at the church cemetery.
Married in August:
Howard K. O’NEAL to Martha L. GARRISH—Aug. 29th.
Edward FARROW to Dora PATRICK—No date.
Lindsay MOONEY to Pauline BLAKE—No date.
Ellis BLAKE to Ava Hazel COX—Aug. 30th
Mrs. D.L. BERRY of Swan Quarter has been visiting her relatives at Zebulon recently. A floating tea was given in her honor by her sister-in-law, Mrs. E.C. Daniels.
Vol. 5; #10
Rev. Josiah ELLIOTT, beloved minister, died Wednesday morning, September 13, at Hertford. Mr. ELLIOTT had been confined to his bed for three weeks and his physician, Dr. G.E. NEWBY was almost in constant attendance. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon and interment took place at the Cedarlawn cemetery. Born on a farm about 2 miles from Hertford nearly 81 years ago, he was reared as a poor farmer lad. He attended school at Bethel for such a short period of time that he didn’t learn to write his name. At the age of 19 he married Miss Martha NIXON. Soon, however, Mrs. ELLIOTT overtaxed her strength and for 14 years was bedridden. Mr. and Mrs. ELLIOTT had no children.
Chapter of Sorrow:
Infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Earl BERRY was found dead in bed October 2.
Marvin CUTRELL, a child nearing his sixth birthday, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo CUTRELL of Fairfield, died October 9 with double pneumonia.
Mrs. Fannie BALLANCE of Engelhard, died October 8 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ottis BERRY. She lived to the ripe old age of 86 years, 9 months and 29 days. She was the oldest of six children and was the last to die. Her brother, Mr. J.G. NEAL, died only a few months ago. She was buried at Fulford graveyard. Services were conducted by Rev. W.P. ARMSTRONG, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART.
Mrs. Hettie GIBBS united with the Methodist church early in life. She died at the age of 78. She leaves behind a half-brother, Mr. Billie SWINDELL of Norfolk, Virginia. Services were conducted at the home of Mrs. J.R. SWINDELL and interment was in Fairfield cemetery.
Vol. 5; #11
Mr. J.L. TUNNELL united in matrimony Mr. Nelson JARVIS to Mrs. Lillian COOPER, both of Swan Quarter, on October 27.
Licenses were issued for the following:
Jennings C. SPENCER to Rena Bell GIBBS, both of Engelhard—October 11, 1928;
Dave PEGRAM to Virginia CUTRELL, both of Swan Quarter—October 13, 1928.
Chapter of Sorrow:
In God’s own good pleasure He called out of this world Mr. L.L. RUE on October 24. He held place as postmaster for about 18 years. He also held other places of public service, such as keeping store and Register of Deeds. He was a devoted husband and father and a good neighbor. Services were held in the home conducted by Rev. W.E. TROTMAN, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART. He was buried in the Fairfield cemetery. He leaves behind a wife, three sons and two daughters. He was 72 years of age and was for many years a member of the Methodist Church.
Mrs. Orpha SAWYER, of Swan Quarter, died November 4. She was buried in the Blake graveyard at Newlands. She leaves several brothers and sisters. She was a member of the Disciple Church.
Ogborn BRIN, a lad of 7 years, died a victim of tonsillitis on October 28.
In Memoriam: In sad and loving remembrance of my dear mother, Annie B. TUNNELL, who died 20 years ago on November 12, 1908. [signed] Mrs. Uria B. JONES, Hopewell, Virginia
Vol. 5; #12
Mr. Jim BONUS (Dec. 1927 states BURRUS) and Mr. J.G. BAUM were granted pardons on Thanksgiving Day. Their period of imprisonment was cut down to one year each. They are happy to be free again.
Mr. J. H. STEWART of Newton, father of E.R. STEWART, came on a visit to Hyde county December 2 for a few days.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. S.A. PAULETT of New Holland, a son, November 22, 1928.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Hubert SHAW, a daughter, on November 28. They call her Ann Lydia SHAW.
Miss Gladys BAUM was married to Mr. Franklin MIDYETTE on November 28. Mrs. MIDYETTE at present is a teacher in the Swan Quarter High School. Later we understand they will make their home near Fairfield on the Engelhard Road.
Chapter of Sorrow:
Mr. Gus SHAMBLEE of Swan Quarter died early in the morning December 1. He was suddenly taken sick and died in a short time. He was 54 years old and was buried at Fairfield cemetery on Sunday, December 2. The Odd Fellows acted as pallbearers. Rev. Mr. WHEDBEE conducted the service, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART and Roe HARRIS.
William HARRIS died November 20 and was buried in Fairfield cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. T.S. SMITH and E.R. STEWART. He leaves a widow and three sons. Only a few years ago he united with the Primitive Baptist Church.
Dr. Edgar Y. MULLINS, age 68, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and one time president of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist World Alliance, died November 23, 1928 at his home in Louisville, Kentucky.
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