Hyde County Messenger
Fairfield, North Carolina
Published monthly by Rev. Elliot Rufus STEWART
Abstracted by Kay Midgett Sheppard
Vol. 6; #1
Just a few days before Christmas a surprise birthday party was given to Mrs. George SWINDELL at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P.E. SWINDELL. This was celebrating Mrs. SWINDELL’s 70th birthday.
There has been quite a bit of moving in and out of Hyde County for the past 6 years. Early in the fall Mr. R.O. GIBLES (GIBBS?) moved to Portsmouth, Virginia. Recently two other families have moved out of Fairfield Township, Mr. Bob CUTELL (CUTRELL?), who moved to Terra Ceia and Mr. Bennie CUTELL (CUTRELL?) who has lived on the CARTWRIGHT farm for 21 years has moved to Pantego to work at a filling station.
Benjamin Newton DUKE died at his New York mansion January 8. He leaves behind a fortune estimated at upwards of $60 million. Mr. DUKE gave away a million dollars to Duke University and other schools in North and South Carolina.
Discussion among friends of Rev. Josiah ELLIOTT about erecting a monument in his honor. For several years Rev. ELLIOTT labored in Hyde County and mortgaged his home in order to build Rose Bay Baptist Church.
Mr. Felix DAVIS and Miss Blanche HARRIS were married December 26th at Swan Quarter.
Mr. Joe Lawrence ZABAWA and Miss Lyda FULFORD were married December 27th at Lake Landing.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ben HARRIS at Morehead City on December 22, 1928, a son named Alva Howard.
Chapter of Sorrows:
“Uncle” Calhoun TOOLEY, as he was known, passed out of this life after a long illness. For months during his sickness he resided at Mr. Gene SPENCER’S of Swan Quarter where he died. He is survived by one adopted son, Henry THOMPSON of Washington, and Macon TOOLEY of Belhaven.
In God’s own good pleasure He called out of this world the life of George FLOWERS on December 4, 1928 who died of stomach cancer. He was taken out in the prime of his life, being only a young man. He was married to Miss Axie Lee SARAWAN (CARAWAN?) only a few years. They had one child, Mary Hyde FLOWERS. He also leaves behind his mother, father, and some brothers and sisters.
On Christmas morning, December 25th at 5:30 the death angel visited our home and took from our midst my beloved grandfather. Mr. David Morgan CARAWAN was born October 18, 1848, making his stay on earth 80 years, 2 months and 8 days. He was taken sick on August 28, gradually getting worse until the end. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted by Elder W.B. HARRINGTON of Jamesville, N.C. Interment was at the family cemetery at his home. He is survived by two daughters, Miss Melissa CARAWAN and Mrs. J.R. NEAL, six grandchildren: Alvah, Paul, Mary, Martha, Ruth and Rachel NEAL. [signed] Ruth NEAL, granddaughter—Rose Bay
In Memory of my Dad—Mr. Samuel J. SELBY of Middletown, departed this life April 7, 1927. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Laura A. SELBY; one son, Dennis SELBY; two daughters, Mrs. Ottis COX and Mrs. Clifton ROPER; two nieces and two nephews. (A poem follows this memorial written by his daughter, Mrs. Clifton ROPER.)
Card of Thanks:
Mrs. Georgia (George?) SHAMBLEE thanks friends for kindness shown during the sickness and death of her husband who died December 30.
Mrs. A.G. SHAMBLEE thanks the community for kindness shown her during the sickness and death of her husband.
Vol. 6; #2
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold DANIELS on December 8, 1928, a son, called Cleophus Dayton.
On the 30th of January 1929, there was born to Mr. and Mrs. Clifton MOONEY, a daughter.
On the afternoon of January 25th Mrs. B.S. CARTWRIGHT and Mrs. F.M. YOUNG entertained at a miscellaneous shower in honor of Mrs. Franklin MIDYETTE, a recent bride. Mrs. S.E. BAUM, mother of the bride, was present.
Chapter of Sorrow:
Mr. Allen CREDLE of Sladesville, a prominent merchant of Hyde county, died January 28 after a long illness. He served the county as deputy sheriff. He is survived by his wife, one sister, two brothers, a son and a daughter.
Vol. 6; #3
There was born to Mr. and Mrs. B.C. SPENCER of Engelhard on January 24, a baby girl named Linda Gray SPENCER.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Hubert SELBY of Engelhard on February 2, a little daughter named Aleen Jeanette.
Guy R. CUTRELL is to be postmaster at Fairfield. Guy has had the flu and pneumonia but we hope he will be able to resume his new office.
Chapter of Sorrow:
The angel of death called at 9 o’clock on March 8 for Mr. Sill WILLIAMS. He was 82 years, 1 month, and 5 days old. He leaves five living children, 37 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren to mourn his going. Services were conducted by Rev. E.R. STEWART, assisted by Rev. Roe HARRIS. Interment was made in the Blake graveyard. Two and one half years ago his wife was buried.
Another sad accident to record is the drowning of Mr. J.E. WILKINSON of Belhaven, N.C., who was logging in the woodlands near the Inland Waterway close by the New Holland Railroad. While assisting the man who was opening the draw bridge to let a boat go through, he was struck by the lever and knocked overboard into the Inland Waterway canal. Reports are that he had his boots on and only came up once. His body was found several hours later. Only a few days prior to this accident a nephew of Mr. WILKINSON, John WINDLEY, was shot and killed by a Negro near Aurora. The colored man was caught a few days later in Belhaven.
Mr. Franklin SAWYER was found dead, having fallen into a canal. It is thought he had heart failure or a stroke. Mr. Roe HARRIS held services over his body.
Willie Gray WILLIAMS, like many other young men of today, fell victim to temptations. Some four years ago he united with the Baptist church and for several years attended with some regularity. But moving out of the community he lived further away from church and attended less often. He purchased a Ford Roadster and began to roam. Evidently he had been tasting of liquor. It is said that he and Mr. Romulous WATSON set out for New Lake, where Mr. WATSON is said to have gotten one gallon and Willie Gray one quart. On their way back they got lost and spent the night in the swamp when the weather was unusually cold. The next morning Mr. WATSON returned home to report Willie Gray was lost. Search was made from Wednesday until Sunday. They found him frozen to death. He was carried back to Fairfield where inquest was held over the body and services were conducted by Rev. Roe HARRIS. He was buried at the Blake graveyard at New Lands.
Jess SADDLER died March 4 at his home in Fairfield after a long illness. Some two years ago he had a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered. He was a Master Mason and member of the Methodist church. For many years he worked on the boat sailing into many harbors. Interment was at Fairfield cemetery. Rev. E.R. STEWART conducted services at the home. The Masons acted as pallbearers. He leaves his beloved wife, four children: Chessley of Elizabeth City, Carroll, Maude and Lindsey, all of Fairfield, three sisters: Mrs Will HARRIS of Leechville, Mrs. W.W. SPENCER of Engelhard and Mrs. D.B. WILKINSON of Pantego. He was 66 years old.
Vol. 6; #4
Willie MCVAUGHN was drowned March 14, 1929. He and Captain Johnnie HODGES left Swan Quarter to take the boat they had oystered in around to Scranton. Jack SADDLER joined them on the trip. Willie had been helping Mr. HODGES oyster during the season. A stormy sea caught the boat and tipped her over. The three men clung to the side of the capsized boat within one mile of land. Willie decided to swim for shore to get help. He drowned trying to save himself and the other two men. Finally Captain SPARROW, who was laying to shore at Germantown, heard their cries and rescued the two who remained with the capsized boat. They had been in the water for about four hours.
Card of thanks from Mr. and Mrs. William MCVAUGHN for all the kindness shown them in searching for their drowned son, Willie.
Washington County is to have a large cannery. Many of her citizens have contracted to grow from one to five acres of beans, tomatoes and other truck.
Mr. David BURRUS lost his barn, a horse, 1,000 bushels of corn and a quantity of beans, when his barn burned Friday night, April 5. The corn belonged to Mr. Dick GIBBS. It is probable that someone set fire to it. Mr. BURRUS said he had not carried any matches in 30 years.
Vol. 6; #5
Seven years ago on May 28, Rev. E.R. STEWART, editor of this monthly, came to Hyde county.
On May 2nd the graduation exercises were held. Rev. E.R. STEWART delivered the commencement address. Professors G.M. GUTHRIE and CAPPS also made talks. The following received diplomas: Jeff JENETTE, Cletus CARAWAN, Marie MASON, Reuby BRIDGMAN, Hilda HODGES and Margaret MASON.
Miss Marguerite HARRISON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. HARRISON of Wake Forest, married Mr. P.E. BERRY, JR. of Drexel.
Mrs. Polly Ann GIBBS, age 74, died. She was making her home with Mr. and Mrs. Tom GIBBS near Fairfield. She leaves four half-brothers, one half-sister and eight living children. Rev. E.R. STEWART conducted funeral services. She was buried at Primitive Baptist church graveyard.
“Uncle” Ed BURRUS (colored) dies. (No date or information given.)
Vol. 6; #6
Mrs. Allen Ann Harris FARSON (A correction of her name was made in the July issue. It should be Mrs. Ann Harris FARROW) was born September 24, 1857; married to Mr. W.M. FARSON [sic] February 14, 1877. She joined the Primitive Baptist church in Hyde county, of which faith she lived until her death on April 17, 1929. She leaves behind an aged husband and two daughters, Mrs. B.W. WILLIAMS and Mrs. E.A. WILLIAMS; three grandchildren, Curtis, Ivery and Billie; two brothers, Robert and Daniel HARRIS. Services were conducted by Rev. L.W. WHEDBEE.
Seldon Douglas GUTHRIE was born May 11, 1929. Seldon has the following ancestors:
Father & Mother--Mr. & Mrs. Max GUTHRIE of Engelhard, now at Little Egg Coast Guard Station, Tuckerton, New Jersey.
3 great grandmothers
12 great uncles & 9 great aunts
6 great-great uncles & 7 great-great aunts
Mr. Frank PAYNE’s little 6 year old boy was drowned at Stumpy Point, N.C. on May 8 in the newly cut canal. While playing on a board across the canal it is thought he fell overboard. Later he was found but could not be resuscitated.
Recently news came of the death of Mr. Festus SPENCER, who for several years, has lived at Brickhouse Fork where he has kept store.
Walter Carl COX of Engelhard, Jack COX of Middletown, and Reginald GODWIN of Fairfield were attending the camps at Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, N.C.
Vol. 6; #7
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank BLAKE of Fairfeld, N.C. July 9, a son.
Mr. Walter Lee SPENCER is visiting relatives at Fairfield and Swan Quarter.
Mr. John G. HARRIS of Fairfield, son of Dr. and Mrs. A.G. HARRIS, now holds a position with Lage and Co. in New York.
Mr. J.S. CUTRELL was called to his reward July 12 at 7 o’clock. Previously he had two strokes and the last one took him out in sudden death. He was a member of the Methodist church, at one time being a steward. For a number of years he kept store. He leaves to mourn his going, his mother, three brothers, one sister, a widow and four children. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. MINGA, pastor of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART of the Baptist church and Rev. Roe HARRIS of the Christian church. The Masons held services over his body at the grave. He was born September 13, 1869, being almost 60 years of age.
Vol. 6; #8
Mrs. E.R. STEWART was called home to the bedside of her sick mother who lives at Statesville, N.C. We are glad to report her condition is better.
On Saturday night, August 10, Miss Thelma CREDLE was married to Ottis MASON, both of Rose Bay. They had a difficult time getting to their pastor at Engelhard but he appreciates their loyalty. They were married at the home of Mr. R.S. SPENCER.
In sad and loving remembrance of my dear old father, George W. CARAWAN, who will be dead six years August 17, 1929. He was 93 years of age. [signed] Mrs. Charlie R. HARRIS
A year ago on June 26, 1928, the death angel visited my home taking from me my dear grandfather, J.G. NEAL, who was so patient and kind during his suffering. [signed] Isabelle LAWSON
Marriage Licenses and Date Issued:
Loren GIBBS to Bertie Blanche GIBBS—March 29, 1929
Romulous Saunderson WILLIAMS to Laura Marie SPENCER—April 22, 1929
Thomas Earl SPENCER to Mary Lucile COX—April 25, 1929
Claude BRICKHOUSE to Mary CAHOON of Warbler, N.C.—April 27, 1929
Carroll BERRY to Mabel M. GIBBS—May 11, 1929
Otha BRICKHOUSE to Olive GIBBS—May 18, 1929
C.G. WILLIS to Beulah O’NEAL (of Ocracoke)—June 26, 1929
Dorwood Edmond TOMUELL [Durwood Edmond Tunnell] to Myra SPENCER—July 6, 1929
Julian BLAKE to Sallie Bell DANIELS—July 19, 1929
W.W. GIBBS to Dolly DEAL—July 20, 1929
Griffin Ollis MASON to Thelma Gladys MASON of Rose Bay—Aug. 10, 1929
Vol. 6; #9
Walter Earl COX, son of Mrs. Alice COX of Engelhard, finished his High School course at Engelhard and has entered Camphill College at Buie’s Creek.
Mr. C.P. MASON, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. MASON of Rose Bay, writes that he holds a splendid position with the state highway at Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a graduate from the state college last year.
Recently Mr. Hubert SHAW moved his family to Virginia. He has located on the Cumberland farm near Portsmouth, Virginia.
Mr. J.M. HALL began merchandise business at Engelhard in 1875 then moved to Middletown in the fall of 1878. Mr. HALL was 19 years old when he began business. He says that he farmed the year he began business and saved $60.00 which amount he began his business as a groceryman. He has served Hyde county for 54 years and sill has a good business at Middletown.
Marriage Licenses Issued:
W.W. GIBBS to Mrs. Dolly DEAL, both of Ponzer—July 20
Calvin WATSON of Englehard to Miss Eula Mae HOOPER of Stumpy Point—no date
N.E. DEAL to Ruby GIBBS, both of Ponzer—no date
Mr. Calvin W. WATSON was wedded to Miss Eula Mae HOOPER of Stumpy Point on September 4, 1929 at the Methodist parsonage by Rev. F.B. BRANDENBURG.
Attorney Carroll B. SPENCER moved to Statesville, N.C. where he will practice law. Mr. Millard D. JEFFERSON is practicing in partnership with Mr. SPENCER.
Rev. and Mrs. E.R. STEWART have returned from their visit to the Piedmont section. Mrs. T. N. BROWN, mother of Mrs. STEWART, is very much better.
Vol. 6; #10
Emo Haven SWINDELL was married to Amelia Dell MASON, both of Swan Quarter, on September 26, 1929.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Latham GIBBS, twin boys, September 13. They named this team of boys Balford B. and Alfred Lee. Four weeks passed and Alfred Lee died. They buried him at the Primitive Baptist cemetery.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. J.B. DANIELS of Fairfield, a son, October 10.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl BERRY of Engelhard, a big girl on October 11. They call her Joyce.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold McKINNEY, a girl
Professor J.W. HEATH of Fairfield High School was called home October first to the bedside of his wife, but on arriving found her dead. She was a lifelong member of the M.E. Church, South. Burial services were conducted by Rev. Mr. SWAIN, pastor of the Harmony Baptist Church. She leaves behind a husband, six children and 3 grandchildren.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Latham GIBBS of Fairfield died October 11. He was one of the twins born September 13.
In God’s own good pleasure he called out of this world Miss Martha CREDLE on October 5. For several months she had suffered cancer of the stomach. Miss CREDLE was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nat CREDLE of Rose Bay. She was a member of Providence Methodist Church in Swan Quarter. Services were held at the home of her pastor, Sunday, October 6.
On September 8, 1929 there was a reunion of the children of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. HOWARD at the home place at the head of the lake. All nine of the living children were present, 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. All of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present except four. Mrs. A.J. HOWARD, the mother and grandmother, died August 3, 1917. Mr. A.J. HOWARD, the father and grandfather, died August 28, 1903. The children now living are Mrs. E.A. CARAWAN, Mrs. G.B. CARAWAN, Mrs. H.W. MASON, Mrs. Joshua McKINNEY, Mrs. Will WARNER, Mrs. Claude CAHOON, Mrs. Carson MIDYETTE, Mr. Ed HOWARD and Mr. Tom HOWARD. Mrs. Joddie WILLIAMS, out of the 10 children, is dead.
Rev. R.H. LUCAS of Belhaven offered his resignation as pastor of the Belhaven Baptist Church to take place January 1, 1930.
Vol. 6; #11
As we go to press, Mr. Dan CREDLE, who has been confined to his bed with double pneumonia, is better.
Dr. A.G. HARRIS is sick in bed with malaria fever.
Capt. Bob BARNS of Middleton lost a boat November 8. The boat had left New Bern about an hour up the Neuse River, when it caught fire. The crew escaped.
Card of thanks from Mr. and Mrs. Nat CREDLE for kindness shown them on the death of their daughter.
Mr. Otis WILLIAMS, a young man of 15 or 16 years, accidentally shot his right hand and arm on November 5 while returning from a deer hunt. He is the son of J.W. WILLIAMS of Swan Quarter, now living on Farrow Road. The young man is in critical condition. Plans were to carry him to the hospital at Washington. Likely his arm will have to be amputated. Quite a few of his friends are helping to share the expenses. Otis has provided for his home now for about 2 or 3 years.
Mr. Troy SILVERTHORNE of Scranton to Miss Ann Debro CAHOON of Swan Quarter—October 25
Mr. Leo Hardy SAWYER of Scranton to Miss Emma Eugene FLOWERS of Swan Quarter—October 26.
Vol. 6; #12
On October 14, 1929 Mrs. Charlie HARRIS was given a surprise birthday party by Mrs. Blount CREDLE and Mrs. Leon HARRIS. She was 47 years old.
Mr. Walter SAWYER of Scranton to Miss Mary LOWE of Ponzer on November 24.
Mr. Ellis GIBBS of Ponzer to Miss Nannie SANDERSON of Lake Landing on November 23.
Mr. Truman RAYBURN of Scranton to Docia CARAWAN of Scranton on November 11.
Mr. Leo Hardy SAWYER of Scranton to Miss Erma Eugene FLOWERS of Swan Quarter on October 26 (It states Emma Eugene FLOWERS in November 1929.)
Mr. Troy SILVERTHORNE of Scranton to Miss Ann Deloro CAHOON of Swan Quarter on October 25. (It states Ann Debro CAHOON in November 1929.)
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