Hyde County Messenger
Fairfield, North Carolina
Published monthly by Rev. Elliot Rufus STEWART
Abstracted by Kay Midgett Sheppard
[Loaned for filming by Miss Rebecca SWINDELL, Swan Quarter, except for March and November which were loaned by the Baptist Collection, Wake Forest University]
(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. 15; #1
Mr. C.Y.TILSON, who for more than two years served as County Agent, left Hyde County with his family on January 15 to take a new field of work in Asheville, N.C. He was superintendent and a deacon of Swan Quarter Baptist Church. We welcome Mr. A.J. HARREL of Snow Hill, N.C., who comes to take the place of Mr. TILSON.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Willie DUDLEY, a daughter named LaRue. (No date)
Born to Mr. & Mrs. George Clafton WILLIAMS, a boy named Willie Lee who was born on December 1, 1937.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. C.Y. TILSON, Nancy Letitus TILSON, on December 11, 1937.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. John Harold SWINDELL, Richard Joyner, on December 7, 1937. He died after living six hours.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. W.W. WHEELER of Sladesville, a son on December 10, 1937.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Walter SAWYER of Sladesville, a son on December 14, 1937.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Walter BAYNOR, Lois Francis on December 30, 1937.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Clifton GIBBS of Swan Quarter, a son on January 1, 1938.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Eugene SADDLER of Engelhard, Edward Eugene on September 7, 1937.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Ned SPRUILL of Columbia, a son. Mrs. SPRUILL was formerly Miss Eva Gray BERRY of Engelhard.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. A.A. JESSIE of Long Beach, California, Mildred Evelyn. Miss JESSIE was formerly Miss Lena CUTRELL of Fairfield.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Earl SANDERSON, Lois Ann on October 31, 1937.
With an electric plant at Engelhard, the immediate vicinity has advantages of electricity. The line has been extended to Swan Quarter and vicinity. Recently the Pamlico Ice and Light Company borrowed $61,000 from the federal government to extend service to Stumpy Point, Fairfield and Rose Bay. Mr. J.M. LONG has done most of the wiring in the homes.
Mrs. Sarah E. McGRATH, one of Crisfield, Maryland's most respected citizens, passed away on Saturday, December 25, 1937, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Retta NEAL of Engelhard, where she had been visiting. Her death was due to a stroke. She was 71 years old and was an active member of the Baptist Temple, having joined 45 years ago. She is survived by eight children: Mrs. Della CAREY of Salisbury, John Henry McGRATH, Joseph S. McGRATH, Hammond W. McGRATH and Miss Bessie BOZMAN, all of Crisfield, Mrs. Retta NEAL and Mrs. Lena ROPER, both of Engelhard, and Maurice S. McGRATH of Rahway, New Jersey; three brothers and fifteen grandchildren.
Funeral services were held for Mrs. Susan E. NEAL, who died at her old home near Engelhard. She lived with her eldest son, William NEAL. Burial services were held by Rev. J.C. GROCE on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 on January 29, 1938. Mrs. NEAL had been in ill health for several years. She was a native of Hyde County, spending all of her 73 years and 10 months in the vicinity of Engelhard. She united with the Christian Church early in life. She mothered and practically raised Milburn & Horace RICHARD, two of her grandsons. Mrs. Ann PATRICK took sick and died at her home. Mrs. Maranda NEAL, her husband's mother, cared for them during sickness and death. Surviving Mrs. NEAL are William, Johnnie and Tinker NEAL, Mrs. Willie McKinney, Miss Neita NEAL, all of Engelhard, and Mrs. Frank MOONEY of Fairfield; one brother; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandson. [IMO states Susan Elizabeth NEAL was born February 7, 1864 and died December 29, 1937 (this differs from the above obituary). She was the daughter of Benjamin Kitt GIBBS and Nancy WILLIAMS and was the wife of William Spencer NEAL. She was buried in Fulford cemetery.]
W.B. NIXON, JR., son of Mr. & Mrs. W.B. NIXON of Fairfield, accidentally shot and killed himself instantly while out hunting quail on Sunday, December 26, 1937. He went out hunting birds with a hunter and walking up a covey he shot and killed one with his .410 gauge gun. He returned home with his bird rejoicing. This was between 8-9 o'clock. He went back again and his gun was heard to fire around 9 o'clock. Some children passing down the road saw him and reported to his parents that W.B. was asleep beside the road. He was found about 10:00. He was 10 years and 11 months old and was in the 6th Grade at school. Services were conducted at the home by Rev. R.L. HARRIS. He was buried in the Fairfield cemetery. [IMO states William Benjamin NIXON, III was born January 15, 1927 and died December 26, 1937. He was the son of William Benjamin NIXON, JR. and Elma CUTRELL.]
Mrs. Irene LITCHFIELD of Creswell, N.C. died January 5, 1938 at the ripe age of 82. She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Services were conducted by her pastor, Dr. G.A. MARTIN, at the home. He was assisted by Robert BRICKHOUSE of Warrenton, N.C., a young minister from her church, the Rev. John W. HARDY and Rev. Forest WAGNER. Mount Pleasant choir sang "How Firm a Foundation", "In the Sweet By and By", and "It is Well With My Soul". Burial was made in the family cemetery. Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. READ of Hartford and Mrs. Jessie HOLMES of Creswell; two sons: H.A. LITCHFIELD of Virginia and Roy L. LITCHFIELD of Creswell. Also several grandchildren.
Card of Thanks:
I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for the kindness shown us during the illness and death of my sister, Bettie MANN. [signed: Janie MANN]
Captain Tommie DAWSON to Marie MOONEY, both of Fairfield—January 12, 1938. The marriage took place at a basketball game at Swan Quarter.
On December 28, 1937 at high noon, Linwood Howell SNELL was wed to Miss India Annah PRITCHETT in the First Baptist Church of Columbia. They went on a honeymoon trip to Jacksonville, Florida. They will make their home in Columbia.
On January 14 at 9:30, Walter Lee GIBBS and Mary Esther WILLIAMS were married at the Baptist parsonage. Both live near Fairfield.
Churchill V. HARRIS to Lucy CREDLE, both of Swan Quarter—Nov. 24, 1937
Nathaniel SLADE to Lucy KING, both of Scranton—Dec. 4, 1937
George FARROW to Mary SLADE, both of Swan Quarter—Dec. 4, 1937
Thomas RICHARD to Annie May SPENCER, both of Engelhard—Dec. 11, 1937
Cemore HARRIS of Swan Quarter to Lyde Mae GIBBS of Scranton—Dec. 22, 1937
Ben BLOUNT to Julia SELBY, both of Lake Landing—Dec. 23, 1937
Jule MANN to Sylvia SHAW, both of Lake Landing—Dec. 28, 1937
Vol. 15; #2
D.C. MARTIN, age 47, died at his home in Asheville, N.C. on December 10, 1937. He was a lay-evangelist and a native of Pamlico County. He married Miss Ida ROUGHTEN of Elizabeth City and they made their home in Elizabeth City until 1932 when Durham Life Insurance Co., whom he had worked with for 23 years, moved him to Asheville. He is survived by his wife; one son, D.C. MARTIN, JR.; three daughters: Misses Ruth, Francis and Delma MARTIN; two sisters: Mrs. Ira DIXON and Mrs. H.T. KEEL, both of Alliance, N.C. Services were conducted by Rev. E.G. DAVIS, former pastor, and Rev. G.C. COX, pastor of Merriman Avenue Church in Asheville.
Mrs. Orpha SAWYER of Rose Bay died Saturday, February 12 and was buried February 13. Services were held by her pastors. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and is survived by 3 sons, one daughter and a host of grandchildren. [IMO states Orpha SAWYER was born April 3, 1859 and died February 12, 1938. She was the daughter of Redden BERRY and Sarah SPENCER. She was the wife of Peter SAWYER. She was buried in the JORDAN-SAWYER cemetery at Rose Bay-Hodge's Fork Rd. in Hyde County.]
Walter SPENCER was married to Miss Bessie Earle HOLLOMON, both of Swan Quarter, at the home of Mrs. O.G. MASON on February 6, 1938.
John S. JARVIS and Miss Evelyn MAYO, both of Swan Quarter, were married at the Baptist parsonage on February 5, 1938.
The women of the Pamlico Association are providing a $100.00 scholarship to help Miss Rosa Lee STILLMAN of Mount Pleasant Church through college.
Vol. 15; #3
Born to Rev. and Mrs. E.H. MEASERMER of Dover, N.C., formerly of Fairfield, a daughter on February 22. They have named her Nancy Lugenia.
Early on Saturday morning, December 18, 1937, Miss Bettie MANN quietly fell asleep to awaken in Heaven. She was the daughter of the late Sophia L. SWINDELL and Joseph Spencer MANN. For 70 years she had been a member of Amity Methodist Church, a faithful Sunday School teacher, and supporter of the minister in charge. The passing leaves a vacancy in the Aid Society, the church, and the community. [signed: Mrs. J.S. MANN, Mrs. Mary JENNETTE, Mrs. L.J. WESTON, and Mrs. Blount CREDLE.] [IMO states Sarah Elizabeth MANN was born August 24, 1855 and died December 18, 1937. She was buried in the Joseph Spencer MANN cemetery in Lake Landing Township.]
In loving memory of our dear Mary Elizabeth (no last name mentioned), who died January 12, 1938. Her memory is as dear today as in the day she passed away. Our darling leaves to mourn, a father and mother, Mr. & Mrs. James L. JARVIS of Aurora, N.C., and grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Joe PEGRAM of Pinetown, N.C. [reported by: Mrs. John GAYLORD]
Mrs. Mary Louise HUDSON reached the sunset of her life on February 10, 1938. She was 83 years, 4 months, and 10 days old. For the past two years she made her home with Mr. and Mrs. B.H. BERRY. She was not confined to her bed until six days before her death. She was the daughter of Nat and Mary PEDRICK. She was married to Nehemiah HUDSON. God sent them one child, a daughter, who passed away a few years ago. After the death of Mrs. HUDSON'S husband, she lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac JARVIS. Later in life when God called the mother, Mrs. HUDSON or "Big Mammy", as she was called by her grandchildren, tenderly filled the mother's place. The five grandchildren stayed with her until grown. She also raised an orphan niece who is now Mrs. Solon GIBBS of Swan Quarter. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Funeral services for Mrs. HUDSON were conducted in the home by her pastor, Jabie HARRIS and Rev. R.Z. NEWTON of the Methodist Church. Burial followed in Soule cemetery. She is survived by a son-in-law, Mr. Isaac JARVIS; five grandchildren: Mrs. Bryan MASON of New Holland, Mrs. B.H. BERRY of Swan Quarter, Mrs. Millar HARRIS of Leechville, Elliott JARVIS of Washington, and Elbert J. JARVIS of Swan Quarter. Also four great-grandchildren. [signed: One who loved her, Ella L. BERRY] [IMO states Mary Louisa HUDSON was born September 16, 1854 and died February 10, 1938. She was the daughter of Nathaniel PEDRICK and Mary HARRIS. Her daughter, Minerva Rodantha JARVIS, who died in 1922, is buried beside her.]
The Senior class of Swan Quarter met on February 18 and elected the following superlatives:
Prettiest Girl—Hazel ASBY
Cutest Girl—Geraldine BAUM
Wittiest Girl—Mary Louise SWINDELL
Most Athletic Girl—Virginia SPENCER
Most Popular Girl—Jessie JONES
Most Studious Girl—Virginia SPENCER
Best Dressed Girl—Katrina BAUM
Most Tactful Girl—Sybil CARAWAN
Youngest Girl—Virginia SPENCER
Most Handsome Boy—Dempsey O'NEAL
Cutest Boy—Roy CARAWAN
Wittiest Boy—Cleon Lee SWINDELL
Most Athletic Boy—James F. BENSON
Most Popular Boy—Joshua CAHOON
Most Studious Boy—Elliot LUPTON
Best Dressed Boy—Hezzie BROWN
Most Tactful Boy—John J. MASON
Youngest Boy—John J. MASON
Most Agreeable Senior—Robert WILLIAMS
Most Truthful Senior—J.D. MANN
Best All-Around Senior—J. Kenneth BROWN
Ann Carawan, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. M.L. CARAWAN of Swan Quarter, was elected class mascot.
Vol. 15; #4
Hallett BRIDGMAN to Miss Margaret MASON, both of Scranton—February 18
Pennel Jesse TILLET to Miss Fannie Pierce McWILLIAMS, both of Ocracoke—March 16
Manford R. GARRISH to Miss Iva BURRUS, both of Ocracoke—March 22
S.W. BOOMER, JR. of Swan Quarter to Miss Sybil Hooper DIXON, of Stumpy Point—March 25
Lloyd Lee WILLIAMS to Miss Ruby Mae JENETTE, both of Scranton—March 26
Mrs. Lucy SPENCER, wife of Mr. Ben SPENCER, died April 3. [IMO states Lucy Cornelius SPENCER was born October 30, 1858 and died April 2, 1938. She was the daughter of Cornelius SWINDELL and Mrs. Britana Sadler GASKILL and wife of Benjamin Jones SPENCER. She was buried in St. George's Episcopal Church cemetery in Lake Landing Township.]
Mr. Spencer HOOKER died on April 8 after several weeks of illness. He was buried at Mt. Olive cemetery on April 9. He did not have many relatives and had made his home at Mr. Will EQUALS of Brickhouse Fork. He leaves one niece, Mrs. Roe L. HARRIS of Fairfield, and other relatives. Services were conducted by Rev. R.L. HARRIS. [IMO states Spencer H. HOOKER was born October 17, 1864 in Columbia, N.C. and died April 8, 1938. He was the son of Columbus Isaac HOOKER and Mary Frances CAHOON. He was married to Virginia C. SILVERTHORNE.]
Captain Joe SMITH of Belhaven died April 6. He was the father of Mrs. Harry O'NEAL of Fairfield and Mrs. Ab CARTEY of Belhaven. [IMO states Joseph SMITH was married to Josephine PRICE.]
Vol. 15; #5
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Becton SAWYER of head of the river near Fairfield, a son on May 14, 1938.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Sammie CUTRELL, a big girl weighing 9 1/2 pounds. They are at home with her mother at Middletown.
Edison GODWIN of Creswell to Miss Agnes Dail DAVENPORT—March 30
David P. MIDYETTE of Scranton to Miss Herma E. GIBBS of Swan Quarter— April 11
Wesley Edwin HALSEY to Miss Iva Beatrice HEARTLEY, both of Roper—
Carlos R. BERRY, JR. to Nora Elizabeth WILLIAMS, both of Swan Quarter— April 22
Sanford A. ORMOND to Miss Edna BERRY, both of Fairfield—May 7
On Friday night, May 13, a crowd gathered at the home of Mr. & Mrs. H.W. MASON'S and gave a shower to Mr. & Mrs. Hallet BRIDGMAN.
Card of Thanks:
I wish to thank the many friends for their kindness shown my dear mother during her illness and death. [signed: her daughter, Mrs. S.V. CAHOON, Bath, N.C.
On the morning of May 11, 1938, the death angel visited the home of Mr. & Mrs. J.L. BLAKE, with whom Mrs. Clara E. SMITH, widow of Rev. S.T. SMITH, made her home. She was born June 4, 1875 and was a life-long resident of Fairfield and a member of the Christian Church. She leaves four children: Mrs. Walton HUDSON of Roanoke Rapids, Mrs. Silv CAHOON of Bath, Mrs. Roy DAVIS of Tarboro, and Miss Nellie SMITH of Fairfield; six step-children: Rev. D.A. HUDSON of Roanoke Rapids, Mrs. Clifton MOONEY of Fairfield, Mrs. J.L. BLAKE of Fairfield, Mr. Carroll SMITH of Fairfield, Mr. Loften SMITH of Wenona, and Mr. Langston SMITH of Creswell; four brothers: Mr. J.L. BLAKE and Mr. T.D. BLAKE, both of Fairfield, Mr. Charlie BLAKE of Hickory, Virginia, and Mr. Jim BLAKE of New Holland. Burial services were conducted at the home of Mr. & Mrs. J.L. BLAKE by Rev. Roe HARRIS, assisted by Rev. NEWTON and Rev. STEWART. Services were concluded at the Fairfield cemetery where she was laid to rest. [IMO states Clara Eleanor "Ellen" SMITH was the daughter of James Mathias BLAKE, SR. and Nancy Jacqueline CUTRELL. She was first married to Alexander G. HUDSON then to Rev. Stephen Tyler SMITH.]
J.F. ARMSTRONG was born February 2, 1866 and departed this life May 12, 1938, being 72 years of age. His death, which came suddenly from a stroke of apoplexy, was a great shock to his aged wife who is blind. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Christian Church. He leaves a widow, Nancy Elizabeth ARMSTRONG; and seven children: Rev. W.P. ARMSTRONG, Mrs. Sallie SPENCER, E.D. ARMSTRONG, Stanley ARMSTRONG, Rosey ARMSTRONG, and Mrs. Clydie ROSE, all of Fairfield, and Isaiah ARMSTRONG of St. Bride's, Virginia. Services were conducted at the GIBBS cemetery near Roderville by Rev. Roe HARRIS. [IMO states John Franklin ARMSTRONG was the son of Thomas Nelson ARMSTRONG and Mrs. Kesiah Jane Cutrell JORDAN and the husband of Nancy Elizabeth SADLER.]
On April 27, 1938 the death angel came for Mrs. Sarah Jane WATSON, who was 76 years and 38 days old. She suffered a stroke of the brain after several weeks of illness. In 1922 she united with the Baptist Church at North Lake. She later became a charter member of Fairfield Church. She was born March 18, 1862. Services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. E.R. STEWART, in the Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. Roe L. HARRIS. She was married to Mr. Locker Washington WATSON and to this union were born five children. Those who survive are: Romulous WATSON, John WATSON, and Mrs. Enos COOPER, all of Fairfield, and Mrs. Marshall LILLY of Columbia, N.C. She was laid to rest at Fairfield cemetery. [IMO states Sarah Jane WATSON was the daughter of Benjamin McKINNEY and Sally __________. She was married to Thomas Locker WATSON.]
After weeks of illness at Taylor Hospital and then at Duke Hospital, Mr. B.S. CARTWRIGHT, a leading merchant of Fairfield, died April 17. He was 41 years old and a life-long resident of Fairfield. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mattie CARTWRIGHT of Fairfield; his wife, Mrs. Isabell CARTWRIGHT of Fairfield; his sister, Mrs. R.F. BAYNES of Roxboro; one aunt, Miss Mary R. SIMMONS of Fairfield. Interment was made in Fairfield cemetery with services conducted by Rev. E.H. MEASMER of Dover, N.C., a former pastor of Fairfield Methodist Church. [IMO states Benjamin Simmons CARTWRIGHT was born May 28, 1896 and died April 17, 1938. He was the son of Robert Nixon CARTWRIGHT and Mattie SIMMONS. He was the husband of Isabelle Carter MIDYETTE.]
Recently news has come of the death of Captain D.T. ALDREDGE who was captain of the Currituck boat while the inland waterway was being dredged out. He was a member of the Fairfield Masonic Lodge #520 and was active when he lived here. A telegram carrying the news of his death was answered by a return message from Fairfield Lodge asking the Baltimore, Maryland Lodge to put on a Masonic service. Mrs. D.T. ALDREDGE writes, "The Masonic Order officiated wonderfully. There were 15 to attend the funeral including the Grand Master."
Vol. 15; #6
Mr. George DAVIS was elected by a large majority for Representative.
County Commissioners: Archie BERRY of Fairfield; C.L. BONNER of Swan Quarter; S.D. COX of Engelhard
Board of Education: A.C. CREDLE; Roland JONES; J.M. LONG; C.E. THOMPSON
Register of Deeds: R.O. PAYNE
Judge of Recorder's Court: Jack L. WINDLEY
Clerk of Superior Court: William I. COCHRAN
Justice of the Peace: E.S. FISHER
Constable: C. Rouse LUPTON
State Senators: D.B. FEARING; W.B. RODMAN, JR.
U.S. Senator: Bob REYNOLDS
July 2 has been set aside as the time of the second primary to decide who will be sheriff of Hyde County, Mr. P.C. SIMMONS or Mr. Orlanda JONES. It is reported that Mr. JONES lacked only 26 votes getting as many votes in the first primary as Mr. P.C. SIMMONS and Mr. Nathan CUTRELL combined.
Captain Bob BURRUS is now operating a boat line from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke. He leaves Swan Quarter every Saturday morning at 8:00 and returns Sunday afternoon at 6:00. Captain BURRUS also operates a couple of farms in Swan Quarter.
Mr. Walton BURGESS of Belhaven, recently purchased the grocery business of Mr. T.R. ROUSE, and is now doing a grocery business as well as the variety store.
After months of sickness, Mr. George JENETTE passed away at Tayloe Hospital on May 24, 1938. He was 68 years old. He was a life-long resident of Hyde County and the father of 13 children who survive him—Mrs. Jim BRINN of Swan Quarter, Will JENETTE, B. JENETTE, Mrs. Dallas WILLIAMS, George D. JENETTE, Mrs. Lloyd WILLIAMS, Monroe JENETTE, Mrs. Odie WILLIAMS, Lena JENETTE, and Arthur JENETTE, all of Scranton, Mrs. Fred SMITHWICK of Ponzer, Stella JENETTE of Taylor Hospital in Washington, N.C., and L.H. JENETTE of Front Royal, Virginia. Others surviving are his wife; two brothers: Dave JENETTE of Pantego and Maning JENETTE of Rose Bay; two sisters: Mrs. Mary O'NEAL of Pinetown and Mrs. Hunt HARRIS of Scranton. Services were conducted at the home by Mr. D.L. BERRY, the undertaker. Interment was made in the burial grounds opposite his home. Mr. JENETTE was a prominent farmer. [IMO states George Washington JENNETTE was born February 22, 1871 and died May 24, 1938. He was the son of Jesse JENNETTE and Margaret SHALLINGTON and the husband of Lydia Frances ALCOX. He is buried in the JENNETTE-WARNER cemetery in Currituck Township.]
Henry R. BRIDGMAN was born August 12, 1852 and departed this life May 24, 1938 after three years illness. Mr. Neatus stayed by him during the long years of his suffering. He was a member of Scranton Christian Church. Rev. W.P. ARMSTRONG conducted services at the Sam SILVERTHORNE graveyard in Scranton. He leaves two sons: Neatus and Hiram BRIDGMAN; two half-brothers: Mr. Guf and Jad BRIDGMAN; one half-sister: Mrs. Mag JARVIS; six grandchildren: Mr. Edsal BRIDGMAN, Mr. Hallit BRIDGMAN, Miss Lidia BRIDGMAN and Miss Mary Doris BRIDGMAN, all of Scranton, Mrs. Herman SPIVEY of Wilson, N.C. and Mrs. Luther POYTHRESS of Wilson, N.C.; one great-grandson, Herman Aubry SPIVEY of Wilson, N.C. [IMO states Henry Respass BRIDGMAN was the son of Hiram Thomas BRIDGMAN and Mary McGOWAN. He was married 3 times. His first wife was Mrs. Lydia Liverman DAVIS. His second wife is unknown and his third wife was Mrs. Annie Elizabeth Evans PENCE. He is buried in the D.M. BISHOP cemetery in Currituck Township.]
After weeks of illness, Mr. Walter JARVIS, a life-long resident of Hyde County, passed away on June 3, 1938 at the home of his son, Mr. J.H. JARVIS of Engelhard. He was born June 11, 1855. He lacked eight days of being 83 years old. He was a good citizen and a faithful father and often asked about the progress of the war. In 1923 he made profession of faith and united with the Missionary Baptist Church in Engelhard and was made a deacon of the church. He is survived by two sons: Mr. J.H. JARVIS and H.L. JARVIS of Lake Landing; three grandchildren. Interment was made in Amity cemetery with services conducted by Rev. E.R. STEWART, assisted by Rev. A.B. CROCKER. [IMO states Thomas Walter JARVIS was the son of Thomas JARVIS and Ann C. SWINDELL. He was married first to Laura E. GIBBS and second to Mary Rebecca WILLIAMS.]
Mrs. Sill GIBBS, who had not been well for some time, died at Engelhard on May 31. She had pellegra. She is survived by her husband and six children. Interment was made in the Jones GIBBS graveyard with services conducted by Rev. A.B. CROCKER. [IMO states Mary Louisa GIBBS was born in 1877 (no death date given). She was the daughter of Little John Pugh MIDYETTE , SR. and Amanda PEGRAM. She was the wife of Sylvester Burge GIBBS.]
Mr. Charlie E. CAHOON, one of the oldest men in Hyde County, died June 3, 1938, being 93 years and 4 months of age. He was married three times. He leaves to mourn his passing, his 3rd wife, Mrs. Anna CAHOON, with whom he celebrated his golden wedding anniversary nearly four years ago. He was the father of 18 children, of whom eight are living—Eddie, Abraham, Emmet, Thomas and Louis CAHOON, Mrs. Clifton GIBBS, Mrs. Ottis CARAWAN, and Mrs. Sammie HARRIS, all of Swan Quarter; 42 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild. He was a member of the Christian Church for many years. Services were conducted at the home by Rev. Z.V. NEWTON and interment was in the family cemetery near the home. He was a progressive farmer and lived economically and saved enough to give each of his children a farm and home. [IMO states Charles Edward CAHOON, SR. was born January 29, 1845 and died June 3, 1938. He was the son of John T. CAHOON and Nancy COX. He was first married to Joe Annie _________, second to Mary HARRIS, and third to Susanna Elizabeth SWINDELL. He was buried on Credle-Tiny Oak Road in Swan Quarter Township.]
Card of Thanks:
We wish to thank the many friends for their kindness shown to our dear father during his illness and death, especially Mrs. Hertford DUNBAR, who was a mighty dear friend. [signed: Neatus & Hiram BRIDGMAN]
The nation's foremost attraction is in Dare County this summer. Paul GREEN'S drama, "The Lost Colony", will be playing July 3-Sept. 5, 1938, celebrating the 351st anniversary of the birth of English civilization in America.
Kermit ROBINSON to Miss Ellen GARRISH, both of Ocracoke—May 7
Louis M. WADE of Raleigh to Miss Katie Lee MANN of Lake Landing—May 21
Homer JARVIS of Swan Quarter to Miss Irene MIDYETTE of Lake Landing— May 26
Luke SAWYER was married recently to Miss Bettie EVANS, both of Rose Bay.
Mr. William Alexander HAMER requests the honor of your presence at the marriage of his sister, Flora Lee, to Mr. Dallas Webster CUTRELL, on Saturday evening, June 25 at 8 o'clock at John's Methodist Episcopal Church in John's, N.C. They will be at their home in Fairfield after July 1.
Vol. 15; #7
Mr. Leslie O’NEAL of New Holland has recently purchased the HOWARD Inn from Mr. Claude GRANT and will take possession after September 1.
Mr. Ira Franklin POWELL of Big Clifty, Kentucky to Miss Helen Evelyn LUPTON of Washington, N.C.—(No date)
Lewis HUDSON to Miss Caddie O’NEAL, both of Belhaven—(No date)
Arleigh B. NOBLE of Scranton to Miss Nellie Virginia DOUGLAS of Lake Landing—(No date)
Mr. and Mrs. James Frederick REEVES of Weaverville, N.C. announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Mary Elizabeth REEVES to Bruce Midyette GUTHRIE of North Bergen, New Jersey, formerly of Engelhard. Miss REEVES is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. REEVES and received her B.A. degree at Salem College in Winston-Salem. For the past two years she has taught in the Old Fort schools. Mr. GUTHRIE is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. GUTHRIE of Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Weaver College at Weaverville and North Carolina State College at Raleigh. At present he is connected with an air-conditioning and oil-burning business in New Jersey.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harrell DANIELS, Naomi Elizabeth DANIELS, on July 2.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Guy R. CUTRELL of Fairfield, an 8 pound boy on June 27. They call him William Joseph.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph SPENCER, a daughter on May 30.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul OSGOOD, a fine son on June 1. They call him Robert Midyette OSGOOD. Mrs. OSGOOD was formerly Miss Virginia MIDYETTE of Fairfield. They now make their home in Youngstown, Ohio.
On July 12, Mrs. Earnest CUTRELL of Kilkeney, born and raised near Engelhard, succumbed to tuberculosis after years of suffering. She died at the home of her brother, Mr. Dave SWINDELL, near Engelhard. [IMO states Nancy E. CUTHRELL was born July 20, 1886 and died July 12, 1938. She was the daughter of Henry David SWINDELL & Margaret Elizabeth GIBBS and wife of Ernest E. CUTHRELL. She is buried in the SWINDELL cemetery on Highway #264 in Lake Landing Township.]
Mr. George SWINDELL, age 81 years and 3 months, died. He taught school for several years at Ocracoke in Hyde Co. and Kilkeney. He merchandised for a while and did mechanic work. He leaves a wife; one son, Mr. P.E. SWINDELL; one grandchild, Miss Camille SWINDELL of Fairfield; one brother, Mr. Will SWINDELL of Ponzer. Services were conducted at the home by his pastor, Rev. Fred TURNER. Interment was made in Fairfield cemetery. [IMO states George Washington SWINDELL, JR. was born April 8, 1857 and died July 7, 1938. He was the son of George W. SWINDELL, SR. and Ahlie H. GIBBS. He was married to Sarah Matilda BAUM.]
On Friday morning, June 17, God called Mr. Jim BLAKE of New Holland. He had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Eunice WESTON. He was 61 years, 2 months and 2 days old. He leaves 7children and 12 grandchildren. He was a member of the Fairfield Christian Church. He was laid to rest in the Fairfield cemetery. Funeral services were held by Rev. R.L. HARRIS, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART. [IMO states James Mathias BLAKE, JR. was born April 15, 1877 and died June 17, 1938. He was the son of James M. BLAKE, SR. and Nancy Jacqueline CUTRELL. He was married to Elvira JONES.]
Funeral services were held at the Engelhard Methodist Church on Friday afternoon for Mrs. Robena SPENCER, 72, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. JARVIS, Thursday evening, June 30. Rev. Mr. WRIGHT officiated. Burial was in Soule cemetery. Survivors are a sister, Mrs. W.J. HARRIS; a son, J.M. SPENCER of Swan Quarter; five daughters: Mrs. C.F. GIBBS, Mrs. I.B. WATSON and Mrs. J.H. JARVIS, all of Engelhard, Mrs. R.C. SIMMONS of Fairfield and Mrs. J.F. GRAHAM of Conway, S.C.; 25 grandchildren. Mrs. Daisy WILKINSON of Pantego, a blind woman and sister of Mrs. Robena SPENCER, died of sudden death on June 30 after hearing of her sister’s death. [IMO states Robena SPENCER was born June 12, 1866 and died June 30, 1938. She was the daughter of Milton SADLER and Elizabeth WESTON. She was married first to Leonidas L. HARRIS then to William Warren SPENCER, II.]
Vol. 15; #8
On August 14 the new bridge over the Albemarle Sound was opened to the public. The new bridge will shorten the route of travel to all points north, south, east, and west. Seven counties took part in the celebration. The new bridge is a dream come true and cost approximately $1,556,832.
Mr. P.D. MIDGETT, manager of the Pamlico Ice & Light Company, has worked hard to get through a loan from the government to extend the power lines from Engelhard to Mann’s Harbor and from Engelhard to Fairfield, The company has already extended the line out to Middletown, Lake Landing, New Holland, and Swan Quarter. There has been much red tape in getting the government loan, hence the reason for delay.
Mr. George P. CARTER of Fairfield has been made roll call chairman for Hyde County Chapter of the American National Red Cross.
Vol. 15; #9
Z.T. FORTESQUE, JR. of Raleigh to Miss Lucy Davis FORTESQUE of Scranton—August 3
Sherelle E. FISHER to Miss Sallie Dixon MIDYETTE—August 17 (The actual marriage certificate states August 28, 1938 at Lake Landing.)
Allen Burrus MIDYETTE died in the early morning of September 8 of cancer of the stomach at the age of 67. He was a life-long resident of Fairfield and a member of the Fairfield Methodist Church. The funeral was held at the home on September 9 by his pastor, Rev. R.Z. NEWTON, assisted by Rev. GARDNER of Washington, N.C., Rev. R.L. HARRIS and Rev. E.R. STEWART. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Jennie Carter MIDYETTE; two sons: A. Lindsey MIDYETTE of Swan Quarter and H. Franklin MIDYETTE of Fairfield; three daughters: Mrs. Ben S. CARTWRIGHT and Miss Robenia MIDYETTE, both of Fairfield, and Mrs. Paul B. OSGOOD of Youngstown, Ohio; two sisters: Mrs. Allie M. YOUNG of Fairfield and Mrs. Charles W. CARTER, SR. of Coinjock, N.C. [IMO states Allen Burrus MIDYETTE was born February 2, 1871 and died September 8, 1938. He was the son of William Franklin MIDYETTE and Mary Fletcher BURRUS. He was married to Jane Lindsay CARTER.]
Mr. C.C. SMITH, age 74, died September 9. He was connected with the Smith Brothers Company or M. System Store of Belhaven for 40 years. He is survived by one brother, Mr. Clyde SMITH of Pantego; one daughter, Mrs. George CHARLTON of Raleigh; one nephew, Mr. L.R. SMITH, who was connected in business with his uncle. [IMO states Clyde Walter Smith (born in Pantego) was the son of John Smith & Emma ________.]
Mr. Monroe SPENCER, JR. of Engelhard, died August 11 in a government hospital in Washington, D.C. He died from cancer of the head. He was a World War veteran. World War veterans acted as pallbearers. He was a member of the Christian Church. Services were conducted by Rev. A.B. CROCKER with interment in Amity cemetery. [IMO states Edward Monroe SPENCER was born in 1895 and died August 11, 1938. He was the son of James Monroe SPENCER, SR. and Lydia A. MASON.]
Mrs. Closs GIBBS died June 27 after several years of feebleness and confinement to bed. She attended the Methodist Church and is survived by her husband; two sons: Lancy Wade and Gilbert GIBBS; and one sister: Mrs. C.E. PAYNE of Lake Landing. Services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. C.K. WRIGHT, assisted by Rev. A.B. CROCKER and Rev. F.A. TURNER. Interment was made in Amity cemetery. [IMO states Maude Alice GIBBS was born February 14, 1887 and died June 20, 1938. She was the daughter of Anson S. GIBBS and Mary Alice SPENCER. She was married to Closs Cordon GIBBS who died in 1943.]
Mr. Johnson MASON of Engelhard died August 17. He was buried at Fulford cemetery. Services were held at the grave by Rev. A.B. CROCKER. [IMO states William Johnson MASON was born Feb. 1869 and died August 16, 1938. He was the son of James A. MASON and Belinda J. CUTHRELL. He was married to Rena MIDYETTE.]
Vol. 15; #10
Hyde County experienced its first county fair on October 21 & 22. The response was fine and the exhibits showed real interest. The fair was attended from far and near, being the first ever held in the county.
Three doctors are now in Lake Landing Township—Dr. Jim MANN of Middletown, Dr. Tom MANN of Engelhard and Dr. J.W. MILLER of Shelby, N.C., located at Middletown.
Mrs. R.L. JONES of Fairfield was operated on for appendicitis in Washington Hospital on October 13. She is getting along well.
James CASON of Columbia to Miss Delma Doris CUTRELL of Engelhard— September 12
Herbert Hadley BROWN of Hamptonville, N.C. to Miss Jessie Orin EMORY of Swan Quarter—October 4
R.E. TUNNELL of Swan Quarter was married to Miss Lucy Marie WAHAB of Roanoke Rapids on October 1 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Roanoke Rapids.
Mr. Malcolm MASON of Scranton to Miss Selma CUTRELL of Engelhard— October 6
Born to Mr. and Mrs. S.E. McHARNEY of 261 Hamilton Avenue, Staten Island, New York, a daughter named Jeanette who was born September 15. Mrs. McHARNEY was formerly Miss Maggie Bell JERMETT (JENETTE?) of Rose Bay.
On Wednesday night, August 31, Brother George H. WRIGHT of Boaz, Alabama, passed to his reward at age 67. At the time of his death he was living with his son, Carl K. WRIGHT, who is now serving the Mattamuskeet charge as pastor. He is survived by two other sons and two daughters, all of Alabama.
After a long illness, Mrs. Sophia BURRUS died at her home near Engelhard on October 15. She was buried at the family graveyard. Services were conducted from her home. She was a member of the Christian Church. There survives her, two sisters: Mrs. Maneva NIXON of Engelhard and Mrs. Lizzie GIBBS of Fairfield; three brothers: Joshua, Frank and George McKINNEY; three daughters: Mrs. Frank SWINDELL, Mrs. Laney TWIFORD, and Miss Lizzie BURRUS; three sons: Bryan, Claude and Andrew BURRUS; and a host of grandchildren. [IMO states Sophia BURRUS was born September 2, 1865 and died October 15, 1938. She was the daughter of William Benjamin McKINNEY and Charlotte AUSTIN and wife of Andrew Peele BURRUS, SR. She was buried in the Andrew BURRUS cemetery on Road #1104 in Lake Landing Township.]
Card of Thanks:
I wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to my many friends for their kindness shown to me and my children during the death of my wife. [signed: C.T. BELL, Scranton, N.C.]
The District Health Department in Hyde County today released vital statistic figures for the month of August showing a total of 15 births, one being a stillbirth, and no deaths reported. September brings 17 births, one being a stillbirth, and 7 deaths.
August White Births:
Mr. & Mrs. Frank GIBBS of Swan Quarter, a daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Leland WISE of Stumpy Point, a son
Mr. & Mrs. William KEYE of Swan Quarter, a son
Mr. & Mrs. Clarence B. BRINN of Scranton, a son
Mr. & Mrs. Edward CUTHRELL of Swan Quarter, a son
Mr. & Mrs. Harry O’NEAL of Ocracoke, a son
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas DAWSON of Fairfield, a daughter
August Colored Births:
Zeb BARROW & Blanch M. O’NEAL of Scranton, a daughter
Virgil BARROW & Christable BARROW of Scranton, a daughter
William SIMMONS & Hettie SIMMONS of Swan Quarter, a daughter
Jack FONVILLE & Bertha V. READY of Swan Quarter, a son
Major YOUNG & Arnetta YOUNG of Engelhard, a daughter
Earnest MANN & Olivia MANN of Lake Landing, a son
Jabe MURRAY & Mary L. MURRAY of Lake Landing, a daughter
George FARR (should be FARROW) & Mary L. SLADE of Swan Quarter, a daughter.
September White Births:
Mr. & Mrs. Lauren G. LEWIS of Ocracoke, a daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Jessie TILLETT of Ocracoke, a son
Mr. & Mrs. John Bryant O’NEAL of Swan Quarter, a daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Floyd L. HOOPER of Stumpy Point, a daughter
Mr. & Mrs. William Hatten WATSON of Scranton, a son
Mr. & Mrs. Sam Edmond CAHOON of Swan Quarter, a daughter
Mr. & Mrs. Willie K. GIBBS of Lake Landing, a son
September Colored Births:
Herbert & Isabelle HARRIS of Fairfield, a daughter
James MACKEY & Bessie MACKEY of Lake Landing, a daughter
Hazel M. GIBBS of Lake Landing, a daughter
Mahalie MIDGETT of Lake Landing, a son
Len & Aline Spencer BYRD of Engelhard, a daughter
Jonnie & Bertha MANN of Scranton, a daughter
Edward & Hattie Slade MANN of Scranton, a son
James C. CHANCE & Annie M. GIBBS of Scranton, a daughter
Conrade & Francis Mann HOLLOWELL of Scranton, a daughter
Rudolph HARDY & Girtha HOLLOWELL of Swan Quarter, a son
September White Deaths:
Mr. Allen Burrus MIDYETTE of Fairfield
Mrs. Jane T. GARRISH of Ocracoke
Baby CAHOON of Swan Quarter (probably Sam CAHOON’S baby girl listed under September White Births.)
Mr. George Henry WRIGHT of Lake Landing
Mr. Johnson MASON of Engelhard
Mr. Melton SELBY of Middletown
September Colored Death:
Jim MACKEY of Lake Landing
Vol. 15; #11
Electricity is coming to Fairfield soon. It will be necessary for all house wiring to be done by a licensed contractor before it will meet the approval of the lighting company. Poles are being set from Engelhard to Mann’s Harbor and from Engelhard to Fairfield. Mr. P.D. MIDYETTE says he plans to let us light up our Christmas trees with current from his plant. For those who anticipate wiring their homes, you can get in touch with Mr. J.M. LONG of Engelhard or Mr. Carlos BERRY, JR. of Swan Quarter, who are licensed electricians.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin MASON of Tiney Oak, a daughter on October 9. She is called Dorothy Gay.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. William Midyette of Pantego, formerly of Engelhard, a girl on November 11.
Mrs. Bonnie GIBBS died at the home of Mr. Syl GIBBS and took from him his loving wife. She was born October 26, 1895 and died October 17, 1938. She was 43 years old and was a member of the Christian Church. She is survived by her husband; two sons: Burness GIBBS of Engelhard and Geness GIBBS of Norfolk, Virginia; her mother, Mrs. Retta GIBBS; two sisters: Mrs. Maud SPENCER of Fairfield and Miss Laura GIBBS of Engelhard; one brother, Loren GIBBS of Fairfield. [Reported by her sister, Mrs. Herbert SPENCER, Fairfield] [IMO states Bonnie May GIBBS was the wife of Henry Sylvester GIBBS.]
Mrs. Charles BELL died in Tayloe Hospital on September 25 after days of illness. A fine baby was born into the home on August 29. Mrs. BELL was a member of the Scranton Christian Church and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton GIBBS of Swan Quarter. She was buried in the MIDYETTE cemetery on Gourd Ridge. Rev. Mr. MARLER conducted the burial service. Surviving are Mr. Charlie BELL and two small children, a father and mother, and several brothers and sisters. [IMO states Ella Louise BELL was born December 27, 1912 and died September 25, 1938. She was the daughter of Thomas Clifton GIBBS and Mary Alice CAHOON and wife of Charles T. BELL, JR.]
The death angel visited and took Mr. Alfred MIDYETTE on October 30 at the age of 87. His faith was with the Primitive Baptist Church but he had never united with it. He was buried in the Jones MASON graveyard with services conducted by Rev. Jabie HARRIS. Survivors are his wife; two daughters: Mrs. Jones MASON (Melissa), and Mrs. Staten MASON (Evelyn); one son, Carroll MIDYETTE, all of Swan Quarter. [IMO states Alfred Stanley MIDYETTE was born May 10, 1856 and died October 30, 1932. He was the son of Zachariah Robert Russell MIDYETTE and Clarissa Elizabeth JARVIS. He was the husband of Eleanor Louise HARRIS. ( The 1880 census states his age as 26; 1900 states May 1856; 1902 Voter Registration states 46; 1910 states 53; 1920 states age 63.)]
Mrs. Lilly CAROWAN was born February 10, 1895 and died October 25, 1938. She was 43 years, 8 months, and 15 days old. She had been left a widow for several years to provide for six children. She died at Memorial Hospital in Washington, N.C. She was a member of the Sladesville Baptist Church. Services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. E.R. STEWART. Surviving are six children: Wilbur J., B.G., Talmage, Florence, Mary, and C.W. CAROWAN; her father, Mr. Henry SPENCER; two brothers: Jim SPENCER of Conway, S.C. and Dannie SPENCER of Scranton.. [IMO states Lillie May CARAWAN was born February 10, 1896 and died October 25, 1938. She was the daughter of James Henry SPENCER and Mary Ann HOWARD. She was the widow of Benaga Green CARAWAN, SR. who died March 17, 1929. She was buried in Epworth Methodist Church cemetery in Currituck Township.]
Vol. 15; #12
On December 2 around 7 o’clock, fire wrecked the 3-story Tayloe Hospital. The new annex was saved. Eleven persons were trapped in the building. Among the dead are: Mrs. Macon TOOLEY of Pongo, age 26, who had gotten out of bed and crawled underneath the bed and was found stifled to death but the fire had not burned her or her clothes, Sue GORHAM (colored) and Jesse GUION (colored). Two jumped from the second and third floors and were seriously injured. Edna GURGANUS, a 10 year old of Williamston, was found on the floor in 2” of water with her face burned and in a delirious state.
Fairfield school will be closed from December 3-January 2 on account of a measles epidemic. Over 40 cases have been reported.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Clarence JENETTE, a daughter on November 19.
Herbert Hadley BROWN of Hamptonville, N.C. to Miss Jessie Orin EMORY of Swan Quarter—October 4
Alexander BRICKHOUSE of Fairfield to Mrs. Pollie Mae WILLIAMS of Swan Quarter—October 22
Phillip Dalton LUPTON to Miss Gladys Kathleen FISHER, both of Scranton—(No date)
James Woodrow WOODELL of East Laurenburg to Miss Eudora O’NEAL of Scranton—November 5
Warren Spencer HARRIS, JR. of Engelhard to Miss Annie Louise SILVERTHORNE of Lake Landing—(No date)
Osborne John GIBBS of Ponzer to Miss Gladys Bell CUTRELL of Ransomville— November 25
W.E. CLARKE, postmaster at Engelhard for 34 years, died at his home in Engelhard on November 13 at the age of 67. He was the son of the late Edward & Martha B. CLARKE. He resigned his position about three weeks prior to his death because of heart trouble. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He married Ella G. SPENCER on January 5, 1898. She, with 3 children survives, Ronald Linwood CLARKE of Baltimore, Maryland, Walter E. CLARKE of New York, New York, and Mrs. O.M. O’NEAL of Scranton; seven grandchildren; one brother, S.S. CLARKE of Columbia, N.C.; two sisters: Mrs. Ella GUTHRIE and Miss Leona CLARKE of Swan Quarter. Rev. W.C. WRIGHT conducted services with interment in Amity cemetery. [IMO states William Edward CLARK was born January 17, 1872 and died November 13, 1938. He was the son of Edward M. CLARK and Martha Spencer BALLANCE.]
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