Hyde County Messenger
Fairfield, North Carolina
Published monthly by Rev. Elliot Rufus STEWART
Abstracted by Kay Midgett Sheppard
[Filmed from originals loaned by Miss Rebecca SWINDELL, Swan Quarter, N.C. April and May issues are 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. 16; #1
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Mr. Hezekian FARROW died suddenly January 9, 1939 in the Washington Co. Home in Plymouth, N.C. where he had been making his home since the county authorities placed him there in 1939. He had been in declining health for a number of years but not completely confined to bed. His body was transferred to Hyde County by the BERRY Company, Hyde County Funeral Directors, and was buried January 10 in Soule cemetery at 11 o’clock with services conducted by D.L. BERRY in the absence of his pastor, Rev. R.Z. NEWTON. He was the son of Hezekian FARROW of Hyde County who was a local Methodist preacher. Hezekian was a member of Providence Methodist Church at Swan Quarter since he was a young man. He leaves no known relatives to mourn his loss. [IMO states Hezekiah FARROW died January 9, 1939 at Plymouth and was the son of Hezekiah FARROW and Martha DAILEY.]
The mother of Mr. Warren WILLIAMS died at the hospital in Washington on January 6 after a brief illness at home. Mrs. WILLIAMS was born July 12, 1861. She united with the Primitive Baptist Church about 1898 and attended when her health permitted. She leaves one son, Mr. B. Warren WILLIAMS of Swan Quarter; and one daughter, Mrs. George BALLANCE of Norfolk, Virginia. Services were conducted by Rev. Jabie HARRIS and Rev. R.Z. NEWTON. [IMO states Sarah Jane “Sadie” WILLIAMS was born July 12, 1861 and died January 6, 1939. She was the daughter of Zachariah Robert Russell MIDYETTE and Clarissa Elizabeth JARVIS and wife of Elisha Chase WILLIAMS. She was buried in Soule cemetery in Swan Quarter Township.]
On January 6, 1939 Mr. Charles “Charlie” JENETTE of near Middletown, passed to his reward at the age of 69. He was a member of Amity Methodist Church. Rev. C.K. WRIGHT conducted services. Interment was made in Amity cemetery. Surviving are his wife; two sons and one daughter. [IMO states Charles C. JENNETTE was born February 6, 1870 and died January 6, 1938. He was the son of Benjamin Franklin JENNETTE and Juliana Ellison FARROW and husband of Elizabeth C. BURRUS.]
After a brief illness of 10 or 12 hours, Mrs. Stephen CARTWRIGHT, SR. died December 23, 1938 at the age of 64. She leaves her husband and 10 children—5 boys and 5 girls. S.H. CARTWRIGHT, JR lives in Belhaven, all others are living at or near Kilkenney. She was a member of the Christian Church. Services were conducted by Rev. Roe L. HARRIS.
H.J. WILLIAMS to Miss Addie W. WILLIAMS, both of Ocracoke—Dec. 7, 1938
Joseph MODLIN of Rocky Mount to Miss Juanita CAHOON of Engelhard—Dec. 15, 1938
Melvin Tyndall HARRIS of Engelhard to Miss Jessie Louise JEFFERSON of Pinetown—Dec. 22, 1938
Charlie E. SWINDELL of Engelhard to Miss Mattie Evelyn WATSON of Lake Landing—Dec. 22, 1938
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William MIDYETTE of Pantego, formerly of Engelhard, a daughter on November 11, 1938.
Judge Jack L. WINDLEY recently resigned the post of Recorders Judge of Hyde County to take the position as patrolman and game warden. Rev. J.C. GRACE of Engelhard has been appointed to fill the unexpired term. W.J. LUPTON was re-elected for the position as county accountant for 1939. Mr. Roland JONES was elected to fill the vacancy on the Board of Education made by Mr. S.D. COX. Captain R.B. BURRUS has recently been appointed oyster inspector for Pamlico and surrounding tributaries, in command of the boat “Pamlico”.
Vol. 16; #2
The following boys from Lake Landing Township are in the Navy:
Roy Star COX
Aleen CUTRELL, daughter of Mr. Ben T. CUTRELL, recently underwent an operation for appendicitis at Tayloe Hospital.
Mrs. A.A. JESSIE, formerly Miss Lena CUTRELL of Fairfield, returned to her home at New York after 6 weeks visit with her mother, Mrs. Annie CUTRELL of Fairfield.
Mr. Joseph John JOHNSON died suddenly at his home Monday night, February 6, of a heart attack. He was 67 years old and had been in the printing business for 50 years. For 41 years, that is since 1898, he had been head of “JOHNSON’S Printing House”. In 1916 he founded the “Beaufort County Record”, a weekly publication. He was affiliated with the Prebysterian Church in Washington.
Keith CAHOON of Lake Landing to Miss Lorna Louise SELBY of Engelhard— Jan. 5, 1939
Roy COWAN of Swan Quarter to Miss Anna CHISHOLM of Pittsburg, Pa.—Jan. 11, 1939
George RANSON of Fairmont, N.C. to Miss Luella P. CUTHRELL of Lake Landing—Jan. 14
Perry A. SPENCER of Engelhard to Miss Sidney A. GIBBS of Lake Landing— Jan. 20, 1939
Worth Cromwell SNELL to Miss Minnie Mae CAHOON of Gum Neck—Feb. 11, 1939
Vol. 16; #3
Clyde Hooper PAYNE to Miss Mabel L. BEST, both of Stumpy Point—March 18
Alpheus GASKINS to Miss Huldah SALTER, both of Ocracoke—April 3
Christopher GASKILL to Miss Mabel FULCHER, both of Ocracoke—April 8
Chapter of Sorrow:
Recently another of Hyde’s oldest citizens, Mr. Graham M. SILVERTHORNE, age 93, passed away at the home of his son, J.D. SILVERTHORNE of Lake Landing. Services were held at Middletown Christian Church by the pastor, Rev. A.B. CROCKER, assisted by Rev. Harold TYER of Washington and Rev. Henry SULLIVAN of Wilson. Surviving are six sons: J.D. (John Dammon), C.C. (Charles Carroll), and G.L. (Graham Liston) SILVERTHORNE, all of Lake Landing, S.M. and R.S. SILVERTHORNE of Fairfield, and E.L. SILVERTHORNE of Elizabeth City; three daughters: Mrs. Charles McKENNEY (Minnie W.) of Lake Landing, Mrs. Walter JARVIS of Washington, and Mrs. Guy SAUNDERS of Spray?; 32 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. [IMO states Graham Moore SILVERTHORNE, SR. was born April 15, 1845 and died March 16, 1939. He was the son of John S. SILVERTHORNE and Permelia JENNETTE and husband of Annie Elizor O’NEAL.]
Benjamin “Ben” J. SPENCER, who for a long time was manager of Pender’s Store, passed away March 23 at his home in Belhaven after months of illness. Rev. A.J. MacKEE and Rev. W.B. PENNEY held services.
Mrs. Martha WATSON, who for several years was an invalid, died on March 20. She was 83 years, 2 months and 9 days old and was a life-long resident of Hyde County, residing in Fairfield. She was a member of Fairfield Methodist Church for 64 years. She is survived by her husband who will be 83 years old in October. She leaves very few relatives but a host of friends. Services were conducted in Fairfield Methodist Church by Rev. R.Z. NEWTON, pastor, assisted by Rev. R.L. HARRIS and Rev. E.R. STEWART. Interment was in Fairfield cemetery. [IMO states Martha WATSON was born January 12, 1857 and died March 20, 1939. She was the daughter of John EVERETT and Jerusha DANIELS and wife of James Benjamin “Long Jim” WATSON.]
Mr. Staten SADDLER and Mr. Cedric BRIDGMAN are back from the hospital where they underwent operations. Both are better.
Mr. Closs GIBBS of Engelhard, after spending several weeks at Memorial Hospital, went to Duke Hospital, where he is reported to be recovering.
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Vol. 16; #6
The 4th of July celebration will take place this year at the home of Mr. Johnnie NEAL who lives about 6 miles from Fairfield on the Engelhard road.
Mrs. Tom HOWARD and Miss Ada TUNNELL are in Fowle Memorial Hospital, both having undergone operations.
On Sunday, June 11 at 4:30 p.m., Miss Annie Weston PAYNE of Engelhard was married to Robert LANGCASTER of Vanceboro in the St. George’s Episcopal Church. There was a large crowd to witness this marriage. They will make their home in Vanceboro.
Miss Elizabeth TOPPING of Pantego spent 10 days in Fowle Memorial Hospital. She returned home May 30.
Mr. Closs GIBBS is at home and continues to improve.
Miss Pearl PIGRAM recently entered Tayloe Hospital for an operation.
Recently a boat opearted by Mr. ROORCH of Belhaven, who had out a fishing party on Sunday, sank off the shore from Engelhard. Eleven man were in distress for hours until they were rescued. No lives were lost.
A boat operated by F.L. VOLIVA Hardware Company, was wrecked enroute to Hatteras. Cecil ROBERTS, age 18, and Eddie KEECH, age 20, were found drowned a week later. Lloyd EDWARDS has not been found yet. Mr. EDWARD’S aunt, shocked by the news, had a stroke and died.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Nathan CUTRELL of Swan Quarter, a daughter at Tayloe Hospital. They call her Delores.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Rupert SPENCER of Sladesville, a daughter on April 1, 1939. They call her Ellen Louise.
Mr. George A. SELBY, JR. died in the early hours of May 22, 1939. He was taken to the hospital but little hope was held for his recovery. He was born in Lake Landing Township and was the son of George A. and Martha Boomer SELBY. He was 51 years old and a member of the Methodist Church. He was former supervisor of the W.P.A. Indexing force at Swan Quarter. He is survived by his wife who was formerly Miss Minnie McCLAUD; three children: Troy of Newport News, Va., and Martha and Josie of Lake Landing; and his father, George A. SELBY, SR. who is 82 years of age. Those attending the funeral at Amity Methodist Church from out of town were Mr. & Mrs. E.C. McCLAUD of Newport News, Va., brother and sister-in-law of Mrs. SELBY, and Mr. & Mrs. Will WIGGINS and niece of Wilson, N.C. The service was conducted by his pastor, Rev. Mr. WRIGHT, and Rev. F.A. TURNER of the Episcopal Church. [IMO states George Andrew SELBY, JR. was born November 9, 1887 and died May 22, 1939. He was the son of George Andrew SELBY, SR. and Martha Jones BOOMER and husband of Minnie G. McCLAUD.]
George HOWARD, known as “Blind George HOWARD the Cheerful”, of Washington, N.C., formerly of Sladesville, died. He went to Washington in 1914 and was seen on the streets with his banjo. He was brought back to Sladesville and buried. Rev. Mr. TYRE of Washington conducted services. A large crowd attended.
Gum Neck—Funeral services for Mrs. Essie COMBS, age 54, who died Friday morning, were conducted Sunday afternoon at the family cemetery here by her pastor, Rev. W.B. GUTHRIE of the Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. R.B. SPENCER of Ayden, pastor of the Free Will Baptist Church. Burial was in the family plot. Survivors are her husband, B.B. COMBS; a son, Lewis COMBS; three sisters: Mrs. Charles ARMSTRONG, Mrs. Mart GIBBS, and Mrs. Sabra PARISHER, of Elizabeth City.
Vol. 16; #7
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Mrs. Bonnie (should be Annie) WESTON of Middletown, who had suffered for a long while with cancer, passed away at Washington on July 6. She was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church and was laid to rest in the St. George’s cemetery. Services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. F.A. TURNER. [IMO states Annie Blanche WESTON was born January 10, 1878 and died July 6, 1939. She was the daughter of Thomas John MARSHALL and Sarah Ann TODD. Annie was first married to Oscar Henry GIBBS then to Rodger Byron WESTON.]
Vol. 16; #8
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Mrs. Bruce COHOON of Kilkenney died at her home on August 5 after a long illness. She was buried in the family cemetery on August 6. Services were conducted by Rev. J.R. BENNETT of Vanceboro, assisted by Rev. W.A. DALE of Greenville. She was a member of the Gum Neck Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband; two daughters: Mrs. E. UNISTEAD of Rocky Mount and Miss Opal COHOON of Kilkenney; five sons: Ira, Ray, Winston, Robert and Archie COHOON, all of Kilkenney; one sister, Mrs. C.E. GODWIN of Gum Neck.
On August 6, after several months of illness, Rev. N.G. DUNCAN of Raleigh, formerly pastor of the Creswell field in Pamlico Association, succumbed to death. He was a brother of Rev. J.M. DUNCAN of Murfreesboro, who is also well known to Hyde County people. Brother N.G. DUNCAN had worked with the Historic Commission for several years in Raleigh.
Mr. and Mrs. Linwood H. SNELL announce the arrival of a daughter on August 11, 1939. She weighed 9 pounds and they named her Sylvia Patricia.
Edward PEGRAM to Miss Mattie TAYLOR, both of Swan Quarter—July 18
W.W. MANGUM of Gastonia to Miss Winfred Lee BAUM of Swan Quarter—July 29
Recently Mr. Mack CAROWAN purchased the station which carried his name. It is now being renovated and will no longer be a small station but one fully equipped to give all needed service.
Recently Mr. W.A. HODSON of Kilkenney had an experience with lightning. He was sitting by his radio when lightning struck the aerial running into his radio, bursting every tube. It also busted the mantel and lamp shade and knocked Wallace to the floor. On the following day it struck a smokehouse and killed 7 chickens and injured 16 more. Also along about that time, the lightning struck Mr. Dallas W. CUTRELL’S store in Fairfield, tearing up several posts. We read in the “Dare County Times” where lightning struck an automobile at CCC Camp at Manteo and stunned the fellow. He ran to get help but the car burned. We have had several severe storms this summer.
Vol. 16; #9
Early Sunday morning, September 16 (another place in the article states Sept. 18), Mrs. Amanda R. HARRIS, age 76, died at her home after a few days illness with heart trouble. After the death of Mr. W.J. HARRIS several years ago, she continued to operate the HARRIS Hotel. She was a native and life-long resident of Hyde County and member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. R.Z. NEWTON, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART of the Baptist Church. Interment was made at Soule cemetery. She is survived by two children: Mrs. Clifford HARRIS of Cary, N.C. and Willie Gray HARRIS of Swan Quarter; two sisters: Mrs. Fannie BAUM of Fairfield and Mrs. E.B. BELL of Swan Quarter. Several grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Carroll Taylor. [IMO states Amanda Roena HARRIS was born October 2, 1862 and died September 17, 1939. She was the daughter of William Wade SWINDELL and Mahala BELL and wife of William Jabin HARRIS.]
The following are away at college:
Chowan College, Murfreesboro, NC
WCUNC, Greenboro, NC
Mary Louise SWINDELL
ECTC, Greenville, NC
Presbyterian Jr. College, Maxton, N.C.
Rouse LUPTON, JR.
University of N.C., Chapel Hill, N.C.
Atlantic Christian College, Wilson, N.C.
State College, Raleigh
Seth Blount HARRIS
Fowle Memorial Hospital at Washington, N.C. (Nurses Training)
Miss Marguerite OVERTON
Willie E. COHOON to Miss Ruby Lee BRIDGMAN, both of Swan Quarter—Aug. 12
Carlisle JONES of Fairfield to Miss Elizabeth FISHER of Lake Landing—Aug. 20
Charles BERRY of Swan Quarter to Miss Velma ALIGOOD of Washington— Sept. 9
Mrs. Herman SMITH of Salisbury, Maryland is at home visiting her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Preston JONES near Swan Quarter.
Vol. 16; #10
The following boys are at Wake Forest College from Beaufort County:
F.D. BELL, Washington
C.B. CAROWAN, JR., Pantego
B.F. CLARK, Washington
W.R. GAYLORD, Pinetown
E.T. HARRIS, JR., Washington
V.B. LINSEY, Washington
L.H. SWINDELL, JR., Washington
B.E. TARKINGTON, Belhaven
L.L. TAYLOR, Washington
J.D. WEBB, JR., Washington
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ned SPRUILL of Columbia, a son named David Bliss. He was born August 25, 1939, weighing 9 pounds. Mrs. SPRUILL was formerly Miss Eva Gray BERRY of Engelhard.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. S.E. McHARNEY of New York, a son named Benjamin Manning. He was born August 21, 1939 and weighed 8 1/2 pounds. Mrs. McHARNEY was formerly Miss Maggie Bell JENETTE of Rose Bay.
Hoyt W. WHIDBEE of Swan Quarter to Miss Wilma B. BALLANCE of Middletown—September 16
Jack PUGH of New Holland to Miss Edith E. SADDLER of Swan Quarter— September 29
Carroll E. COHOON of Fairfield to Miss Sarah Elizabeth MARSHALL of Engelhard—October 12
Mr. Carlyle JONES will be operating a new combined filling station and store in Fairfield. Mr. Clifton MOONEY is building a new barn on his farm near Fairfield. Mr. Lindsey MOONEY operates the store and filling station. Recently Mr. Lindsey MOONEY has purchased the small house from Mrs. Lyda SADDLER and moved it over on Church Street and has converted it into a nice home.
Mrs. R.D. HARRIS, age 50, died at her home in Swan Quarter on Sunday night, October 8. Interment was made in Soule cemetery with services conducted by her pastor, Rev. R.Z. NEWTON. Mrs. HARRIS was the daughter of the late Frank HAYES and Margaret Bell HAYES. She was born near Haslin in Beaufort County. While a young girl, she moved with her parents to Hyde County where she spent the remainder of her life. Surviving are her husband; two uncles: Z.V. HAYES of Swan Quarter and Hatton HAYES of Belhaven; one aunt, Mrs. W.H. BENSON of Swan Quarter. Mrs. HARRIS was a member of Providence M.E. Church from early childhood and was president of the local Missionary Society of her church for the past 10 years. She served as zone leader of her church and was treasurer of the Senior Woman’s Club at the time of her death. [IMO states Martha Mae HARRIS was born April 20, 1889 in Pantego, Beaufort Co. and died October 8, 1939. She was the daughter of Frank HAYES and Margarette Ann BELL and wife of Ralph Donal HARRIS.]
After a long illness and operation, Mr. Mike HARRIS died at Taylor Hospital in Washington. He was buried at Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church cemetery with services conducted by Rev. R.L. HARRIS. He was 63 years of age. He leaves a family of four children: Mrs. Hugh CRUMPLER of Wilkinson, Roy HARRIS of Pantego, Mrs. Thollie RADCLIFF of New Bern, and Mike HARRIS, JR. of Creswell; three brothers: Mr. Roe HARRIS of Pantego, and Charlie and Dallas HARRIS of Swan Quarter; one sister, Mrs. Nan CUTRELL. [IMO states Michael Morgan “Mike” HARRIS was born August 30, 1876 and died September 21, 1939 in Pantego. He was the son of Seth Benjamin HARRIS and Susan A. SWINDELL and husband of Carrie Malissa CUTRELL.]
Vol. 16; #11
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Leslie G. MIDYETTE of Lake Landing to Mrs. Dosha Anne RABURN of Scranton—October 14
W. Otis WHITE TO Miss Hattie Virginia SPENCER, both of Middletown— October 23
Mrs. Jenette SAWYER who resided at the head of Alligator River near Fairfield, died Tuesday, October 31. She was nearly 83 years old and for years had lived with her nephew, Mr. John SAWYER. She had been feeble for several years but had been real sick about two weeks. She was buried in the home graveyard. Services were conducted by Rev. R.L. HARRIS, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART. [IMO states Jennetta “Aunt Nett” SAWYER was born in November 1856 and died October 31, 1939. She was the daughter of John SAWYER and Keziah Jane SMITH.]
Among the Sick:
On November 8, Mrs. Mattie CARTWRIGHT fell and injured herself and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Mrs. A.G. HARRIS has recently been to the hospital for treatment.
Mrs. D.D. CUTRELL has been sick for several months but is improving.
Mrs. Dick GIBBS has been confined to bed for several weeks at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Pat WATSON.
James Truitt STEWART, has been sick with a fever for a couple of months.
Miss Bettye Geene MANN and Master Irwin SMITH both have scarlet fever.
Vol. 16; #12
Recently Mr. A.J. HARRELL, County Agent, was sought to go back to his home county at Snow Hill, Green County. Mr. J.P. WOODARD, who for two years was assistant agent in Martin County, has been secured to succeed Mr. HARRELL.
We welcome Rev. C.K. WRIGHT back on the Mattamuskeet charge; Rev. W.B. PENNEY back to Belhaven, Pantego and Sladesville field; and Rev. E.G. COWAN to the Swan Quarter, Soule and Fairfield charge (he comes from Ocracoke). Rev. R.Z. NEWTON was transferred to his new field at Pittsboro, N.C.
Mr. W.C. SWINDELL, former City Clerk and Tax Collector of Belhaven, recently purchased the stock of goods in the store formerly operated by the late D.W. BLOUNT.
Mr. W.H. BOOMER is about to complete his hew store where he will operate a meat market near his home in Swan Quarter. For many years he has butchered hogs and cows for the people of Swan Quarter.
W.E. BASNIGHT of Elizabeth City to Miss Elizabeth S. BOOMER of Swan Quarter—November 20
Edward SEXTON of Gum Neck to Miss Margaret WILLIAMS of Fairfield— November 18. They are making their home at Gum Neck.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edison BAUM, a daughter on October 30, 1939.
Funeral services were held for Mrs. Annie FULFORD, age 78, of Engelhard, who died at the home of her son, B.B. FULFORD, Monday, November 6. The service was held at Amity Methodist Church on Tuesday morning and was conducted by Rev. Frederick A. TURNER in absence of her pastor, Rev. C.K. WRIGHT. Interment was made at Amity Church cemetery. Surviving are two sons: B.B. FULFORD and Otis FULFORD, both of Engelhard; one sister, Mrs. Betty MANN of Fairfield. [IMO states Annie Eliza FULFORD was born September 11, 1861 and died November 13, 1939. She was the daughter of Tilmon Farrow CREDLE and Eliza Ann BURRUS and wife of Benjamin Burrus FULFORD.]
Mrs. Mary JARVIS died at her home on Tiney Oak Road on November 27. She was 54 years old and a member of the Disciple Church. She had been sick for over two years. Services were conducted by Rev. E.G. COWAN, the new Methodist minister of Swan Quarter charge. Interment was made in the family plot on November 28. A large crowd attended the service. [IMO states Mary Dorset “Dink” JARVIS was born February 3, 1885 and died November 27, 1939. She was the daughter of Dorset MASON and Mary EQUALS and was the wife of Leondas Lafayette JARVIS. She was buried in the L.L. JARVIS cemetery on Tiney Oak Road.]
On November 29, while working up the lake, Mr. H. Sylvester GIBBS of Engelhard had a heart attack. Before they could get him to a doctor he died. He was preceded in death by his wife several years ago. Surviving are two daughters: Bernice GIBBS of Engelhard and Jencie of Norfolk, Virginia. He was buried in the Fulford cemetery. [IMO states Henry Sylvester GIBBS was born February 21, 1876 and died November 29, 1939. He was the son of William Benders GIBBS and Martha Ann SPENCER and husband of Bonnie May GIBBS.]
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