Hyde County Messenger
Fairfield, North Carolina
Published monthly by Rev. Elliot Rufus STEWART
Abstracted by Kay Midgett Sheppard
[Filmed from microfilm loaned by Miss Rebecca SWINDELL, Swan Quarter, except for October, which was loaned by the Baptist Collection, Wake Forest University. The March issue is missing.]
(IMO=Reference book used by the abstracter: In Memory Of—An Index to Hyde County Cemeteries by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL & R.S. SPENCER, JR.)
Vol. 13, #1
Hyde County roads are again impassable. The dirt roads all gave way after the freeze, big snow and several days of rain. Schools have been shut down, but it is hoped they will soon be open again.
Early in October Mr. M.R. COWPER & Mr. C.L. WHITE toured Hyde Co. making tests of the various bodies of water in search of malaria larva and that type of mosquito. On search at the border of Lake Mattamuskeet they discovered malaria mosquito larvae for 300 feet on shore, more than any body of water in North Carolina. Specimens were chloroformed and carried back for further tests. Malaria has become serious in and around Fairfield. Two have been carried to the hospital recently, seriously affected from this disease. The federal government has purchased Lake Mattamuskeet and have let it fill up. The malaria condition is so much worse since this has happened. The citizens of Hyde County should cooperate to get the federal government to do something about this matter.
Belhaven Bakery has gone into the hands of new management. Mr. T.D. SWINDELL, shoeman, has turned his cobbler work over to Mr. H.G. SHANENDER and he is making baked goods to supply Hyde County and part of Beaufort County.
We, the members of Bay View Lodge #233, Swan Quarter, keenly feel the loss of Brother Guy GUTHRIE, whose death occurred Wednesday, November 20, 1935. [signed: W.W. WATSON, Chairman, C.L. BONNER, Fred HARRIS and W.G. LOWE.]
We, the members of the Board of Stewards of Providence Church in Swan Quarter, keenly feel the loss of our Brother and friend, Guy M. GUTHRIE, who died Wednesday, November 20, 1935. [signed: D.L. BERRY, Secretary, J.C. WILLIAMS, J.L. TUNNELL, W.G. CREDLE. J.E. SPENCER.]
Mrs. Rebecca F. SWINDELL, a life-long resident of Swan Quarter, was born May 8, 1862 and died November 16, 1935 at the age of 73 years. She was in ill health for several years and had been an invalid for 12 months. She is survived by her husband, W.R. SWINDELL; three children: W.J. SWINDELL of Varnville, S.C., Allen D. SWINDELL of Pantego, and Mrs. J.B. HODGES of Swan Quarter; five grandchildren: W.J. Jr., Marguarette and Retha SWINDELL, James Willis and Bruce Lee HODGES; one brother, Rufus SMITH of Swan Quarter; one sister, Mrs. Louann HARRIS of Swan Quarter; several nephews. Burial services were in the Mount Olive Church on November 17 and were conducted by Rev. Guy SAUNDERS, minister of the Christian Church at Belhaven. The pallbearers were: Rev. W.J. SWINDELL, Allen D. SWINDELL, Ben HARRIS, Rev. Roe HARRIS, J.B. HODGES and Charlie SADDLER. She united with the Christian Church at an early age and remained faithful till the end. She was laid to rest in Mount Olive cemetery. [IMO states Rebecca Frances SWINDELL was the daughter of William LINTON and Elizabeth SAWYER. She was married first to Israel PORTER and second to Willis Redden SWINDELL.]
Mrs. Sue C. WATSON, age 91, the oldest resident of Lake Landing, died at her home at 4 o’clock after several weeks of illness. Death was caused by infirmities of age. Mrs. WATSON was the daughter of the late Riley and Ellen MURRAY, prominent citizens of Hyde County. She was the last of their children to die. She had been a life-long resident of Hyde County. She was an active member of Amity Methodist Church as long as her health permitted. She was twice married. First to Dr. J.G. (should be Thomas J.) GOLET of Hyde and second to the late George I. WATSON. She is survived by two sons: George M. WATSON of Bethel, N.C. and W.W. WATSON of Lake Landing, with whom she resided; two step-children: Mrs. B.H. BLOCK of Durham and James C. WATSON of Fairfield. Burial services were conducted at Amity by her pastor, Rev. E.C. STANFORD.
The bodies of four fisherman were found after being missing for a week. On Tuesday, January 14 at about 11:30 Mr. Vance CLARK and his brother, Randolph CLARK, both of the Ponzer section, Mr. Henry CLARK of Belhaven & South Creek, and Mr. Frank AGREN of Belhaven, were drowned. The oyster boat capsized off Bluff Shoals in the Sound. The “Victor” was a 9-ton sloop, 46’ long by 15’ wide and 3’ deep, and was built in 1901. According to the records, the boat was owned by Captain Jim CLARK of Ponzer, father of Vance & Randolph CLARK. [IMO states Randolph Rivers CLARK was born September 12, 1906 in Pamlico Co. & died January 6, 1936. Vance Elmo CLARK was born November 18, 1912 in Pamlico Co. & died January 6, 1936. They were the sons of James Edward CLARK and Charity Anne LEWIS. They are buried next to each other in the Mount Olive Cemetery in Currituck Township of Hyde Co.]
Card of Thanks:
We wish to extend thanks to our friends for their help and kindness during the sickness and death of wife & mother. [signed: W.R. SWINDELL & children]
Vol. 13, #2
The winter of 1935-36 will go down in history as the coldest for many years. Snow has covered America except for south Georgia and Florida. At many places the drifts have made traffic impassable. Schools have been closed. Also the rain fall has been great. The snow that fell January 30 was around 6-7 inches deep in Hyde County and was a dry snow and surely the prettiest, whitest, we’ve ever seen.
Mr. T.C. MANN has recently undergone a serious operation at Taylor Hospital.
Mrs. Thomas MANN was operated on for appendicitis in Taylor Hospital on Sunday, February 9.
On Sunday, January 26, Landreth WILLIAMS, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. WILLIAMS of Swan Quarter, was shot by his playmate, Ben CREDLE, while playing with a real pistol and a toy pistol. Landreth was shot in the head, the bullet lodging about ½ inch in his brain. He was rushed to Fowle Hospital in Washington where he has been in critical condition. Later the bullet was removed and we are glad to report that his life has been spared.
Preston GRAY of Stumpy Point to Miss Eunice Mae GIBBS of Engelhard— November 29, 1935
George B. HOOKER, JR. of Laurenburg to Mary Lilly TUNNELL of Swan Quarter—December 3, 1935
Cliften F. CARAWAN of Scranton to Miss Bessie M. NEAL of Leechville—(No date)
Charlie Warren O’NEAL to Miss Mamie Gibbs HARRIS, both of Lake Landing—December 11, 1935
William J. TWIFORD to Miss Ella Mae PATRICK, both of Engelhard— December 17, 1935
George L. COX, JR. of Middletown to Miss Hilda Mae HOWARD of Swan Quarter—December 18, 1935
Claude L. BONNER of Swan Quarter to Mary E. McLORDE (should be McCLOUD) of Lake Landing—December 26, 1935
Romulous McKINNEY to Miss Ava Murle McKINNEY, both of Scranton— January 18, 1936
Edward Sullivan GIBBS of Middletown to Miss Hilda MIDYETTE of Lake Landing—January 21, 1936
Rosey ARMSTRONG to Miss Lola Blanche WILLIAMS, both of Fairfield— February 1, 1936
Bonner LEE to Miss Ollie Lee HARRIS, both of Swan Quarter—February 8, 1936
Murray K. BONNER to Miss Willie Murl COX, both of Swan Quarter—February 8, 1936
Mrs. Fannie BAUM announces the marriage of her daughter, Florence GODWIN, to Capt. John Curtis GASKILL, Wednesday, January 22, 1936, at 8:00 p.m. at Hatteras, N.C.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Herman SMITH, a girl on February 4, 1936.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Langston SMITH, a girl on February 2, 1936
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry BLAKE, a girl on January 13, 1936
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bennie CUTHRELL, a boy on January 20, 1936. They named him Robert Benjamin CUTHRELL.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin MIDYETTE, a girl on December 26, 1935. They call her Frances Jane MIDYETTE.
The WPA (Works Progress Administration) was authorized by Congress to supplant direct relief by providing work projects so that all employables who were on the relief rolls at the close of the ERA program could be given employment. In Hyde County there are 5 active WPA projects as follows:
Project -- # of Employees:
Sewing Rooms -- 64
Lunch Rooms -- 13
Drainage -- 145
Oyster Planting -- 55
School Repairs -- 24
A.L. MIDYETTE is the Hyde County supervisor for these projects. Mrs. Ella S. MURRAY is county supervisor of all women’s projects and Miss Camille CLARK is her assistant. Tom E. SAUNDERSON is assistant supervisor of the men’s projects. Miss Gretchen CREDLE is stenographer and office assistant.
Mrs. Pemina E. BROWN was born November 21, 1859 and died January 12, 1936, making her 76 years of age. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James L.G. DAVIS of Hamilton, N.C. and was married to L.F. BROWN who died seven years ago. She is survived by one son, L.B. BROWN of Robersonville, N.C.; one daughter, Mrs. Nannie D. NEAL of Engelhard, with whom she resided; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Peggy BROWN of New York City; one brother, Thad DAVIS of Rocky Mount, N.C.; five grandchildren: Mabel & Jean BROWN and Nina, Georgia and Bill NEAL. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. GRIMES and she was laid to rest in Robersonville cemetery. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. She sang with the pastor and his wife a few minutes before she died. She died with a leaking heart.
January 15, in the quietness of the day, just as the sun peeped from the eastern hills to start her daily tasks, the death angel took from us a beloved friend, Mrs. Lydie BALLANCE, widow of M.A. BALLANCE. She was 57 years old on November 18, 1935. She was confined to her bed 10 days but on the day she was taken she was present at her Sunday School at Watson’s Chapel Church. At the time of her husband’s death she was a teacher in a private school. At the age of 12 she joined the Methodist Church at the time a revival was being held in the academy, which stood a short distance from the present Watson’s Chapel Church. The Ladies’ Aid Society will miss her, for she was elected the first president when it was organized in 1914. She served as president for 14 years. The funeral was conducted at her church on January 16 by her pastor, Rev. J.T. STANFORD. Her body was laid to rest beside her husband in Amity cemetery. The pallbearers were: Mayhew McKINNEY, John PAYNE, Willie GIBBS, Glenn BALLANCE, Thadeous SELBY, and Leland DUDLEY. She leaves two daughters: Ethelynde BALLANCE of ECTC (East Carolina Teachers College) in Greenville, N.C. and Bernice BALLANCE of Lake Landing; one sister, Mrs. Geneva PAYNE of Lake Landing; two brothers: M.M. MANN of Hampton, Virginia and M.S. MANN of Washington, N.C. [written by a friend, Mrs. Margaret B. GIBBS, Lake Landing] [IMO states Eliza Lumsden “Lydie” BALLANCE was the daughter of William Dixon MANN and Olivia Mae DAVIS. She was the wife of Marcus Aureleus BALLANCE.]
Mr. Will SPENCER died January 22 near Scranton at the age of 67. He leaves a wife and three daughters: Misses Ada Ruth & Mollie of Scranton, and Mrs. (Myra) Durwood TUNNELL of Swan Quarter. The burial service was conducted by Rev. W.G. LOWE and interment was made in the SPENCER family graveyard. [IMO states William Selby SPENCER was born April 16, 1869 & died January 22, 1936. He was the son of Benjamin Franklin SPENCER and Nancy Almira GIBBS. He was married to Eva Mae SADLER.]
Born to Mr. and Mrs. S.B. CUTRELL of Fairfield, a baby boy who lived from January 20 to January 23. A burial service was conducted in the home by Rev. E.R. STEWART and Rev. Roe HARRIS. Interment was made in Fairfield cemetery. [IMO indicates this child was named Robert Benjamin CUTRELL. His parents were Seth Benjamin CUTRELL and Katie Mae COX. His grave is unmarked in the Fairfield cemetery.]
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Stanley Russell WILLIAMS was married to Salina BALLANCE, both of Ocracoke, on March 18, 1936.
William Buren SPENCER of Columbia, N.C. was married to Olive Irene O’NEAL of Scranton on March 31, 1936.
Whitford E. ALEXANDER of Columbia, N.C. was married to Edith DANIELS of Fairfield on April 4, 1936.
Henry Jones GIBBS was married to Geneva PLEDGER, both of Lake Landing, on April 10, 1936.
Malcomb COX was married to Mabel SEWELL, both of Swan Quarter, on April 10, 1936.
Jones Miller FLOWERS was married to Irene COX, both of Swan Quarter, on April 11, 1936.
Whitford ALEXANDER of Gum Neck was married to Miss Edith DANIELS of Fairfield on April 11 (states April 4 in above announcement). A quiet marriage of this couple took place at 8 o’clock in the home of the bride, witnessed by 25 or more friends.
Mr. Lester WARD of Hertford, N.C. to Miss Elizabeth MURRAY of Fairfield, reveal that they were married November 27, 1935. They will make their home at Hertford.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. D.D. SPENCER of Sladesville, a girl named Shirley Dell. She was born on January 25, 1936
On March 31, Mr. D.E. JONES spoke to a group of interested citizens of Hyde County at the courthouse about rural electrification. The discussion centered mostly around the extension of the line operated at Engelhard on to Swan Quarter. Mr. JONES said that 25 miles was the minimum mileage required if the government loaned money to help. The approximate cost was estimated at $1000 per mile or $25,000. Engelhard line is to be extended to Lake Landing in the near future. They are ready to extend it to New Holland if the government wants it and then on the Swan Quarter if the folks there want it bad enough. The company will pay back ½ the returns each year until the debt is paid. It was reported that houses could be wired at the rate of $2.50 per outlet. Electricity could be the medium through which several new businesses could be established, for instance, a creamery, pickling plant and up-to-date machine shops. Among those taking part in the discussions were C.Y. TILSON, D.E. JONES, P.D. MIDGETTE, Professor P.G. GALLOP, and others.
The Bank of Hyde is liquidated and suspended its operations in January 1927 and the Branch Banking & Trust Co. of Wilson was appointed as receiver. (This was a lengthy article but many portions had been cut from it.)
We hope to repair and paint the Swan Quarter Baptist Church real soon. It was a pleasure to receive into our fellowship recently the following new members; Mr. & Mrs. Murray CARAWAN and Mr. & Mrs. R.E. DUNNING.
The home of Mr. Kale JONES was destroyed by fire a few weeks ago. The origin of the fire was not known but thought to be at a flue.
Mr. Southern DILLON of Currituck Township, died near Sandy Point on March 22. He had been in bad health for several years. He was 50 years old and was a member of the Foskey Creek Primitive Baptist Church. He leaves behind a wife and two sons; four brothers: J.H. DILLON and Earnest DILLON of Hyde County, David DILLON of Belhaven and J.D. DILLON of Baltimore, Maryland. Rev. E.R. STEWART conducted the service and interment was at Foskey Creek Church cemetery. [IMO states William Southey DILLON was born January 5, 1886 at Lowlands and died March 22, 1936. He was the son of William Thomas DILLON and Corniannah A. CHADWICK. This states he was buried in the Beulah Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.]
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Mrs. Magg GIBBS of Engelhard was born January 24, 1859 & died April 29, 1936, being 77 years old. She was buried at Amity cemetery on April 30. She was a life-long member of the Methodist church. She had a stroke two years ago and survived that until she had the second stroke. She leaves two sons: Ottis GIBBS of Engelhard and J.C. GIBBS of Farmville; two brothers: John O. GIBBS of Engelhard and Walter GIBBS of Lake Landing; one half-brother, Mr. Edd GIBBS of Bath; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. [IMO states Margaret Ann GIBBS was born on January 24, 1859 and died April 28, 1936 and was the daughter of Israel Watson GIBBS and Elizabeth Ives SAUNDERSON. She was married to Charles William GIBBS.]
Sister Bettie JONES (colored) departed this life Monday evening, April 20, at 3:30 o’clock. She was born way back in the dark days of slavery. She lived on earth 90 years, 2 months, and 6 days. She was married to Noah JONES, SR. When she was 18 she was converted and joined the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church of Slocum, N.C. where she remained until the day of her death—being 72 years. She served in the capacity of mother of Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church for about 25 years. She was meek but strict in the discharge of her duties. She was the mother of 9 children—four sons and 5 daughters, some of whom have already died. She leaves behind two sons, one daughter and 48 grandchildren. [written by the Negro Baptist minister, Rev. Thomas F. BOOMER.]
Lee HARRIS of Swan Quarter died May 15 at his home with Mr. Joe ROBINSON. He was buried in the local burial grounds. Rev. Roe HARRIS and Rev. Charlie LEE had charge of the service. He is survived by a wife and two sons, Julian and Metro HARRIS.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl BERRY of Engelhard, a fine boy on March 31. They call him Bradley Boyce BERRY.
Herman G. COX to Miss Ione BISHOP, both of Swan Quarter—(No date)
Roy C. DODD to Miss Lula O’NEAL, both of Engelhard—(No date)
Ned Hardison SPRUILL of Columbia to Miss Eva Gray BERRY of Engelhard— (No date)
Mrs. Lillian SHEPHERD of Rose Bay was married to Kenneth SPARROW of Sladesville, at Greenville, N.C. on April 4.
John Harold SWINDELL, who runs for office of Clerk of Court, was known in 17 debating contests while in high school; graduated from high school in the Spring of 1930; had one year at Duke University, but due to financial conditions, was not able to return and finish his course.
Candidates in the June Primary:
For Representative—O.L. WILLIAMS, C.L. BELL, George DAVIS
For Sheriff—S. Orlanda JONES, Leslie O’NEAL, E.C. MILLER
For Clerk of Court—A.L. CUTHRELL, William I. COCHRAN, John Harold SWINDELL
For Board of Education—A.C. CREDLE, C. Frank GIBBS, S.D. COX, J.T. MIDYETTE, Carson MIDYETTE, John CREDLE
For Recorder—George P. CARTER, George BROWN, Jack WINDLEY, J.W. JARVIS
For County Commissioner—R.L. JONES, F.M. YOUNG, J.W. CULLIFER, J.A. POLSON, C.L. BONNER, B.F. MASON, Archie BAUM, Nat CREDLE, SR., J.M. LONG, W.W. WATSON, J. Monroe COX, J.D. SILVERTHORNE
Mr. W.H. BASNIGHT of Ahoskie, N.C. has sold his branch wholesale house at Washington to C.W. HOWARD & Co. of Kinston.
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O.L. WILLIAMS withdraws from his campaign for Representative from Hyde County in the 1937 session of the General Assembly.
Herman H. REASON of Dardins, N.C. to Miss Dorris BROWNING of Plymouth, N.C.—May 12
Mr. Sylvester DAVIDSON to Miss Eva Mae SPENCER, both of Engelhard— May 20
Mr. Wilbur ROSS of New Holland to Miss Alma WILLIAMS of Swan Quarter— May 22
Paul Bailey OSGOOD of Youngstown, Ohio to Miss Sadie Virginia MIDYETTE of Fairfield—May 23 (Actual marriage certificate states May 25)
Mr. Harry LININGER to Miss Mira GRUSIA, both of Kinston, N.C.—May 23
Mr. Alton E. BAUM of Fairfield to Miss Elizabeth W. GIBBS of Lake Landing— June 5
R.B. STOTESBURY to Miss Louise WESTON, both of New Holland—June 16
Mr. Joe VOLIVA, who lived near Hodge’s Fork, died June 5 after an illness of a few weeks. Mr. VOLIVA suffered from cancer for a long time. He took the radium treatment and seemed to be cured then he became paralyzed in his lower limbs. He never affiliated himself with any church but was a man of high ideals. He leaves a wife, two sons and one daughter. Interment was made in the family cemetery. He was 67 years, 8 months and 5 days old.
Mr. Kenny JARVIS of Currituck Township died and was buried June 8 at Bethlehem Baptist Church near Fairfield. Some years ago his wife succumbed to a burn. He leaves four children to grieve: Malcolm JARVIS and Mrs. Henry SWINDELL, both of Washington, and Carl and Olian JARVIS, both of Sladesville. [IMO states Kenneth “Kenny” JARVIS was born December 15, 1881 and died June 7, 1936. He was the son of Thomas JARVIS and Ann C. SWINDELL and the husband of Miranda McKINNEY.]
Mr. Isaiah GIBBS died of paralysis of the brain on June 18 at his home on Swamp Road at Engelhard. He was a bachelor and leaves one brother and two sisters to mourn his going. He was buried at the Ed. Rose cemetery on Friday at 10 o’clock with Rev. Walter P. ARMSTRONG holding the service. [IMO states Isaiah Henry GIBBS was born September 1870 and died June 18, 1936. He was the son of Sylvester Benders GIBBS and Martha Ann HARRIS.]
Reginald C. GODWIN was one out of 205 fatalities for this year in the state of Virginia. He worked in Norfolk for several years and for the past two years has worked with the United Cigar Store in Washington, D.C. Reginald grew up in Fairfield and was the son of Mrs. Florence GODWIN, now Mrs. John C. GASKILL of Hatteras. He was on his way home to witness the marriage of his uncle, A.E. BAUM, when the accident occurred near Dispulanta. Three others were also killed. It is reported that he was driving about 25 miles an hour on his side of the road when a car, driven by folks possibly drinking, hit him. He was rushed to Norfolk but never regained consciousness. He is survived by his mother and one sister, Mrs. Mildred GUTHRIE of Brooklyn, New York. His body was interred at Fairfield cemetery on Tuesday, June 9 at 2:30. He was a member of North Lake Baptist Church, having joined as an intermediate boy. [IMO states Reginald Carroll GODWIN was born August 22, 1910 & died June 7, 1936. He was the son of Camillus Tatum GODWIN and Florence Gray BAUM.]
Mr. Alonzo JONES of Belcross passed away in an Elizabeth City hospital, June 15. He was a native of Gum Neck until 16 years ago when he moved to Belcross. He was 72 years old. While in Gum Neck he was Sunday School superintendent of the Missionary Baptist Church for 15 years. He was also a clerk and deacon in the church. He is survived by his wife; three daughters: Mrs. H.E. CAHOON, Mrs. Frank WHITE, and Mrs. Odus FOCHS, all of Belcross; one son, Mr. Walter JONES of Wanchese; two brothers: Paul JONES of Gum Neck and Capt. R.W. JONES of Fairfield. Interment was in the family cemetery at Gum Neck. Rev. Mr. OUTLAW and Rev. E.R. STEWART officiated at the burial.
Results of County Election:
County Commissioners: W.W. WATSON, J.A. PALSON, A.L. BAUM
Sheriff: William I. COCHRAN
Representative: George E. DAVIS
Board of Education: A.C. CREDLE of Swan Quarter, Frank GIBBS of Engelhard, S.D. COX of Engelhard.
There will be a 2nd primary for Recorders Judge between George P. CARTER and Jack L. WINDLEY.
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The second primary between George P. CARTER and Jack L. WINDLEY was very close. Mr. WINDLEY won by 2 votes.
Willie DUDLEY, JR. of Lake Landing to Miss Rachel BAUM of Fairfield—June 26
H.G. CREDLE to Miss Annie BRIDGMAN, both of Lake Landing—June 30
Barnard D. DAVIS of Ponga, N.C. to Miss Fannie E. McKINNEY of Fairfield—July 4
Rev. Carl Lee OUSLEY of Zebulon was wed to Miss Mary Lee HARPER of Wilson, N.C. on July 29. Carl OUSLEY is to assist Rev. E.R. STEWART in a revival meeting August 17-28 at Engelhard.
At 12:15 in the night, screams were heard a mile away from Mrs. W.M. HOOKER’S home at Engelhard. A Negro under the influence of liquor had broken into her home and assaulted her by striking a blow to her nose. A knife was hurled as he escaped amid cries and screams. Mrs. HOOKER fired a pistol several times. Investigations and searches were made and finally about 4 o’clock, John Ivy GIBBS, 22, was identified as the man. He was taken to jail at Swan Quarter. The sentiment grew high to mob him. Mrs. HOOKER lost her husband in a wreck two years ago and she has been living alone with her mother and the children.
On Saturday, July 4, Letha Fonville (colored) shot and killed his 5-year old daughter. After some contention with his wife and threats to her life, the little girl begged her father to put up his gun, at which time he turned and shot her.
Mrs. Eliza Jane NIXON died, July 11 at 10 a.m. after several months of illness, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annie CUTHRELL of Fairfield. Mrs. NIXON was 77 years of age and the wife of the late W.B. NIXON and daughter of Christeene and John WARD. She is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Annie CUTHRELL of Fairfield, Mrs. Lessie RADCLIFF of Leechville, and Mrs. Florence WOOLARD of Norfolk, Virginia; two sons: Julian C. NIXON of Norfolk and W. Ben NIXON, JR. of Fairfield; one sister, Mrs. Fannie HARRIS of Pantego; 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The funeral services were conducted from the home at 4 o’clock on Sunday by Rev. A.C. LEE of the Methodist church. Active pallbearers were: Allen SWINDELL, John H. SWINDELL, Alton REYNOLDS, Sanderlin CARAWAN, Leland CARAWAN, and Guy R. CUTRELL. [IMO states Eliza Jane NIXON was born December 30, 1858 and died July 11, 1936. She was the daughter of John Henderson WARD and Christine SWINDELL. She was married to William Benjamin NIXON, SR.]
On Saturday, June 20, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Charlie ROPER and took from its midst her mother, Mrs. Mahala WILLIAMS, wife of Bonner WILLIAMS. Her health had been failing for a long time. She had been a member of the Primitive Baptist Church for a good many years. She was laid to rest in the Beulah Baptist cemetery. Services were conducted by her pastor, Mr. ROSS. She was 72 years, 2 months and 10 days old. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Sarah BAUM of Fairfield; two daughters: Mrs. Walter F. CARAWAN of Belhaven and Mrs. Charlie ROPER of Scranton; two sons: Carlos R. WILLIAMS and Claudius WILLIAMS, both of Scranton; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. [IMO states Mahala WILLIAMS was born April 10, 1864 and died June 20, 1936. She was the daughter of George Riley McKINNEY and Susan Ann BRINN. She was married to Bonner Fulford WILLIAMS.]
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Born to Mr. and Mrs. Branche SPENCER, a daughter, Rosetta Ann—July 12
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Evans C. HARRIS, a daughter, Harriet Jane—June 17
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Forest SEARS, a daughter, Lucille Glade—July 26
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Abram GIBBS, a daughter, on July 30
Marriage Licenses Issued:
E. Carlson O’NEAL to Miss Edna M. STYRON, both of Ocracoke—July 22
Lionel GILGO to Miss Emma HOMMINGS, both of Ocracoke—July 4
Callas HOMMINGS to Miss Helena PARSON, both of Ocracoke—July 6
Thomas Macon SPENCER of Swan Quarter to Miss Emma Smith WAHAB—July 18
Delma W. WALLACE of Plymouth to Mrs. Mary Dunbar RADCLIFF of Leechville—July 18
Charlton K. WILLIAMS of Hertford to Miss Cleta HARRIS of Engelhard—August 12
Keith DUNBAR to Miss Thelma RICHARDS, both of Scranton—August 1
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The attendance at all schools opening September 3 & 7 in Hyde County was about the same as last year, totaling for the white high school, 338; white elementary school, 760. Total enrollment for the colored school remained approximately the same as last year at 1125.
Cleophas SPENCER of Fairfield to Miss Lillian PAYNE of Engelhard—August 22
Eugene Richard SHANENDER of Raleigh to Miss Celia WESTON of Lake Landing—August 28
Mr. Herbert Linwood ODEN to Miss Achsah Burrus, both of Hatteras— September 1
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lunday SADDLER, a boy, Radford SADDLER, on August 20.
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Swan Quarter News:
Recently Mr. J.L. TUNNELL and Mr. T.C. TUNNELL have constructed a nice large store. It is located opposite the courthouse. Mr. J.L. TUNNELL will continue to operate his store on Credle Road under the name of “J.L. TUNNELL & Son”.
The Texaco people plan to build a new filling station in the vacant lot opposite the BERRY Co. store.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John L. DAVIS of Belhaven, a boy. John, Jr. was born on October 2, 1936.
Mrs. Dorsette SELBY, who has been sick for months, is back at Engelhard from the hospital.
Mr. Charlie CAHOON of Tiny Oak Road, age 92, has been seriously sick.
Miss Nibbie JARVIS of Swan Quarter is in Plum SWINDELL’S hospital, having undergone the third operation.
After a long illness at home and at Taylor Hospital, Mrs. Sarah MANN succumbs to death. She was born October 5, 1879 and died October 5, 1936, making her exactly 57 years old. She leaves one son, Thomas; a step-daughter, Mrs. R.E. WINDLEY; and one half-sister. She was a member of the Fairfield Methodist Church. Services were conducted by Rev. A.C. LEE, assisted by Rev. W.G. LOWE of Swan Quarter. Burial was in Fairfield cemetery. [IMO states Sarah E. MANN was born October 5, 1879 and died October 6, 1936. She was the daughter of Thomas Martin JONES and Mrs. Annis Harding Jones ROBERTS. She was married to Thomas Carroll Lamb MANN.]
Mr. C.S. O’NEAL took sick Thursday, October 1 and died Sunday, October 4, of heart trouble. He was born January 22, 1883. He was 53 years of age. He was married to Miss Willie MANN on September 10, 1910. To them were born three children—Ruffin Mann O’NEAL, Martha O’NEAL, and Emory O’NEAL. He was a member of the Methodist church for 42 years. He was also a member of the Fairfield Masonic Lodge. He merchandised for several years and at the time of his death was county supervisor of the WPA. Services were conducted at home by Rev. A.C. LEE, his pastor. He was buried by the Masons in Fairfield cemetery. He is survived by his wife; three children; two brothers: Harry O’NEAL of Fairfield and Bob O’NEAL of Manteo. [IMO states Carlos Stanley O’NEAL was the son of Edward Stanley O’NEAL and Martha Ann JONES. He was married to Wilhemina “Willie” MANN.]
Wilson L. GIBBS was born in Fairfield in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood on March 12, 1878. He died September 25, 1936, being 58 years of age. He died at Duke Hospital in Durham, N.C. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Christian Church. He leaves behind, his wife, Clara GIBBS; two sons: Perry & Ben GIBBS; two daughters: Ethel & Wilsie GIBBS; and one brother. Burial was in the BALLANCE cemetery with Rev. A. HARRIS officiating, assisted by Rev. W.P. ARMSTRONG. [IMO states Wilson Lucas GIBBS was the son of William Benjamin GIBBS and Mary Jane BRINN. He was the husband of Clarissa SPENCER.]
Mr. “Bill” CAHOON, as he was known, died at his home near New Holland on October 17. Many remember him as one of the few who wore long beards. He died of a ripe age and was buried in Soule cemetery with Rev. W.G. LOWE officiating. [Hyde Remembers—Historic Bible & Family Records of Hyde Co., N.C. by R.S. SPENCER JR. states William John CAHOON was born September 2, 1850 & died October 16, 1936. He was first married to Sallie James HUDSON on February 13, 1873 and was married second to Mary Elizabeth SELBY on May 26, 1887.]
Mr. Will WARNER of Currituck Township met sudden death when a car driven by Dr. W.L. SWINDELL ran into a truck parked beside the road between Yeatesville and Pantego. It is said Dr. SWINDELL was meeting a car and did not see the truck in time to avoid the accident. In his car was Will WARNER and Mrs. SWINDELL. Dr. and Mrs. SWINDELL were hurt but not seriously. [IMO states William H. WARNER was born August 10, 1887 and died October 18, 1936. He was the son of Millard Fillmore WARNER and Gertrude BOOMER. He was married to Sophia HOWARD.]
Thomas E. DUNBAR of Roper, N.C. to Miss Minnie O. DUNBAR of Engelhard —September 5
Sheldon Audrey CAHOON of Engelhard to Miss Syble Louise MIDYETTE of Middletown—September 15
Hallet Alfred GIBBS to Miss Mary Elizabeth HARRIS, both of Washington, N.C.—(No date)
Frederick R. STEDMAN of Buffalo, New Jersey to Millie AUSTIN of High Point, N.C.—September 15
Preston E. HODGES of Norfolk, Virginia to Frances M. BERRY of Swan Quarter —September 28
Roland JARVIS of Belhaven to Miss Sadie Mae WILLIAMS of Lake Landing —September 28
Edmund Spencer MANN of Washington, N.C. to Miss Mildred Moore GUTHRIE of Swan Quarter—October 3
Mr. Willis R. SWINDELL to Miss Jennie SAWYER, both of Swan Quarter— October 7
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Lewis Elwood CUTHRELL to Miss Cora Gray BALLANCE, both of Fairfield—October 26
James Earl COX to Miss Julie Mae BRINN, both of Middletown—October 31
Chapter of Sorrow:
(A lengthy poem followed this obituary.) On Tuesday morning, October 20, 1936, God called from us our loving grandfather, E.J. SPENCER. He was 80 years, 4 months and 10 days old. He leaves behind a wife, 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was sick two weeks and three days. He was buried in the family graveyard at C.P. GIBBS’. Services were conducted by Rev. W.P. ARMSTRONG, assisted by Rev. R.L. HARRIS. [Written by his loving granddaughter & grandson, Mrs. Willis LEWIS and Ralph SPENCER.] [IMO states Edward Jones SPENCER was born June 10, 1855 and died October 10, 1936. He was the son of David G. SPENCER and Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth HARRIS and husband of Mary Matilda NIXON.]
Mrs. Sallie BLAKE was the daughter of Mr. Bob CUTRELL of Terra-ceia. For several years she had lived at New Lands. She suffered with high blood pressure. She died November 13, 1936 and was 35 years of age. Services were conducted by Rev. Roe L. HARRIS. Surviving are her husband, Roland BLAKE; her father; three children; one brother, Harry CUTHRELL of Fairfield. Then there are the following half-brothers and sisters: John, Jock, Jacob, Mrs.Walter BLAKE, Carrie Agnes, Alice Beatrice and Sudie CUTRELL. [IMO states Sally John BLAKE was born February 17, 1902 and died November 9, 1936. She was the daughter of Robert Sorrowful BLAKE and Nancy Lucetta BLAKE. She was married to Roland Elwood BLAKE.]
Capt. T.B. SPENCER, 87, of Middletown, was found dead Monday morning, October 5, by his son, Julian, when he went to his room to call him to breakfast. His death is attributed to a heart attack as he was well as usual Sunday night before retiring. Capt. SPENCER was one of Hyde’s most distinguished and esteemed citizens. He served as Keeper of the Gulrock Lighthouse for over 32 years, then retired. Funeral services were conducted at St. George’s Episcopal Church by Rev. A.J. MACKIE of the Belhaven Episcopal Church, and Rev. Stanford, minister of Amity Methodist Church. Surviving are two sons: Julian and Tom SPENCER, both of Middletown; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth CARPENTER of Gastonia; three grandchildren. [IMO states Thomas Bartee SPENCER was born March 15, 1849 and died October 5, 1936. He was the son of Peleage P. SPENCER and Mary Ann BALLANCE. He was the husband of Susanna SPENCER.]
Mr. D.W. O’NEAL died November 3, 1936 after a long illness. He suffered a stroke of paralysis in June 1935. He was 74 years old. He leaves three children: Mrs. (Dollie) Owen SAWYER of Swan Quarter, Mr.(?) Whitford BERRY of Washington, N.C., and Mrs. Louis NEAL of Lake Landing; one half-brother, Capt. Major NEAL of Lake Landing. Interment was made in Amity cemetery with services conducted by Rev. J.C. GRACE (GROCE or GROSS in other places). [IMO states David Warren O’NEAL was born Aug 1862 and died November 3, 1936. He was the son of Hugh J. O’NEAL and Elizabeth Jane ___________. He was married to Mrs. Louisa Clark SWINDELL then to Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Cutrell GIBBS.]
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News from Here & There:
Recently Engelhard has been visited by a new business, Engelhard Dry Cleaners. We commend Tom STOWE and Mr. J.L. MAIN in their new business. Mr. STOWE is a native of Engelhard and has had long experience at Washington with his brother, Ben. They have a modern plant with experienced cleaners.
On December 1 the Engelhard Banking & Trust Co. opened a new branch in Columbia. They already have splendid service at the Swan Quarter branch bank.
Tyrrell County has just completed their new administration building. The new one in Hyde County is now being constructed behind the courthouse at Swan Quarter. This building will afford many office rooms.
James Earl COX to Miss Julia Mae BRINN, both of Middletown—October 31
Charlie A. SWINDELL of Lake Landing to Miss Ruby Wells COX of Faceville, Georgia—November 9
Rayfield MAYO of Rose Bay to Miss Bernice GARRISH of Sladesville— November 21
Chapter of Sorrow:
Mr. J.E. SPENCER of Engelhard was born September 2, 1857 and died September 26, 1936. He joined Amity Church when he was a young man and was married to Sallie D. MIDGETTE on December 15, 1886. He lacked only two months and 29 days of living to see his golden anniversary. He is survived by his wife; six living children: Will J. SPENCER of New York, Myra D. (TUNNELL) of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Joe MANN of Swan Quarter, Mrs. I.M. FISHER of Stotesbury, West Virginia, Dayton R. SPENCER of New York, and Sallie M. SPENCER of Engelhard; 6 grandchildren; two brothers: Tom SPENCER of Creswell and Ben SPENCER of Lake Landing; two sisters: Mrs. Sallie E. ROPER of Engelhard and Mrs. Julia BURRIS of Creswell. [Reported by Mrs. John SPENCER.] [IMO states John Edward SPENCER, SR. was the son of John Jasper SPENCER and Mary Evline TOOLEY and husband of Sallie Dixon MIDYETTE.]
Mr. Lawrence P. SPENCER died November 25 at his home in Middletown. He was a prominent farmer of Hyde County. He was 78 years old and a member of the Episcopal church and also a Mason. He is survived by his wife; four children: Guy and Miss Mary SPENCER, both of Middletown, Mrs. Sidney JOHNSON of Wilmington, N.C. and Mrs. Leonard COTTON of Oxford, N.C. Services were conducted at the Episcopal church by Rev. J.T. STANFORD. [IMO states Lawrence P. SPENCER was born July 4, 1860 and died November 25, 1936. He was the son of William Peleage SPENCER and Susan ANDERSON and husband of Dorcas Jane LIVERMAN.]
Mrs. Mary E. LEWIS died on November 26, 1936, age 66 years and 11 months. For 40 odd years she was a member of the Methodist church. She was buried at Amity Methodist Church cemetery on November 28 with services conducted by her pastor, Rev. J.T. STANFORD, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART and Rev. J.C. POWELL of Africa. She is survived by two daughters: Miss Neta LEWIS, who has been paralyzed for several years, and Mrs. (Maggie) Murrell GIBBS; four half-sisters and one half-brother. [IMO states Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” LEWIS was born December 26, 1869 and died November 26, 1936. She was the daughter of Joseph Millard GIBBS and Polly Ann ROPER and wife of John M. LEWIS.]
Mr. A.D. TUNNELL died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.E. SPENCER of Swan Quarter, on October 22. He was 78 years old and was a member of the Methodist church. Funeral services were held in the Swan Quarter Methodist Church by Rev. W.G. LOWE and Rev. E.R. STEWART. Burial took place at Soule cemetery. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. (Emma) J.E. SPENCER, Mrs. (Ruby) R.S. WATSON, Mr. J.L. TUNNELL, all of Swan Quarter, Mrs. (Annie Bertha) R.E. COX of Belhaven, and Mrs. L.E. JONES of Washington, N.C.; one brother, Mr. R.H. TUNNELL of Swan Quarter; 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. [IMO states Alexander Dixon TUNNELL was born January 29, 1859 and died October 22, 1936. He was the son of Joseph Carson TUNNELL and Amanda G. SWINDELL and husband of Annie Brock SWINDELL.]
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