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Oxford Public Ledger
(Frances B. Hayes Books)
February 6, 1951

J. Sam Garrett Dies In Durham Hospital

J. Sam Garrett, who for a long time thought he would share a potion of the Garrett snuff fortune in Pennsylvania, died last Wednesday morning in Watts Hospital, Durham.
Garrett was a familiar figure in Oxford, where he had worked as a painter. He leaves a brother, George Garrett of Clover, Va.
A graveside funeral was conducted at Mt. Zion Church cemetery, Bera, at 2 : 30 Friday.


The Leisure Hour
Thursday, May 27, 1858

Death Of An Aged and Good Citizen

On the afternoon of Thursday last, the oldest and one of the most generated and respected citizens of Oxford went to sleep forever. Col. Leslie Gilliam, who had filled for twelve the office of High Sheriff of Granville, with credit to himself and with usefulness to the country; who had sustained throughout a long life, a high character for honesty, frankness, sincerity and worth; who had discharged faithfully all the duties that belong to a good citizen and a Christian gentleman, departed this life in the 79th year of his age. The high estimate in which he was held, was manifested during his last illness, by the constant attendance and unwearied and tender care of very many of our best citizens. All seemed anxious to contribute to his comfort and to ease the bed sickness. His mortal remains were deposited in their last place of rest by the Masons of Tuscarora Lodge. A very large concourse of citizens--the largest we remember to have ever seen in Oxford on such an occasion, were in attendance, thus exhibiting the high regard they entertained for the patriarch whose body they were about to commit to the dust of which it was made. The funeral Sermon was preached by Rev. Thomas U. Faucett, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in this place, of which the deceased had been an active and zealous, member for more than twenty seven years.
The deceased leaves two sons (the Hon. R. B. Gilliam, of this place and Dr. James T. Gilliam of Fayetteville,) and a large circle of friends and relations to mourn his loss. This is the third one of our most aged citizens, who have died within a few years. It is but four years since, that Thomas Blount Littlejohn, closed his eyes for the last time, upon the things of this world. A year afterwards, Dr. James Ridley, slept his last sleep, and now Col. Leslie Gilliam, the friend and associate of these two venerable men, has followed them to that unseen world, where all is harmony, and peace and love. They were surely three honest and honorable men, if such noble works are to be found on earth. But more fitting and abler pens will do honor to the memory of the deceased. We could not say less without doing violence to our own feelings. May the recollection of his worth be long cherished among us! -------


Public Ledger
Friday, May 13, 1892
Gathered Home.

A Full Account Of The Sickness And Death Of Mr. H. V. Gooch

Died, at his home near Stem, Granville county, N. C., April 30th, 1892, Huel V. Gooch, aged twenty years. He was taken with a severe attack of neuralgia, then followed typhoid pneumonia. He lingered about three weeks and though his suffering was intense he bore it patiently. He was indeed a kind and noble hearted boy and had won for himself many friends and was loved by al who knew him. He was not a professor of religion until a few days before his death. After his conversion he spoke often to his parents and friends about what the Lord had done for him. He said he would like to get well so that he might do some good, he wanted if possible to indo any wrong he had done and help young boys whom he thought perhaps his influence over had not been very good. His death was very unexpected, his parents and friends hoping and believing that he was better, but he rapidly grew worse and he knew that death would soon relieve him of his suffering. Just before he expired he called for his mama, and she being near he said, “mama I’m dying.” “No my son you are not dying.” “Yes mother, I am. I know I’m dying. I am getting so weak I cannot bear it any longer.” He then bade them all good-bye, and said, “mama kiss me for the last time,” then he passed away. His mother had prayed earnestly for his conversion, and prayed that if he was ever taken sick he might be at home where she could attend to him, and that if he died he might be saved, and her prayers have been answered.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. V. A. Sharp, to a vast crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends, but thanks be unto God they mourn not as those who have no hope. May Go comfort the bereaved family and help them to feel that their loss is not equal to his gain. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them or any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” ---M. A. D.---



Oxford Public Ledger
Tuesday, June 10, 1890

Death Of An Aged Lady

Miss Hannah Gooch, a most estimable lady, died near Bera, on Tuesday of last week, in the 89th year of her age, having lived a quiet life, highly respected by all of her acquaintances. She was in truth a good women of many virtues and was connected with one of the best families that ever lived in the county. There were 10 children , 8 whom lived to be an average of 75 years of age, and the deceased as well be seen to live 11 years longer. Mr. Amos Gooch we believe to be the only one of the family left, is in his 81st year. She leaves a very large family connection to mourn her loss.


Oxford Public Ledger
December 11, 1908

Death of Mrs. Joe Gooch

On Sunday morning, November 22nd 1908, the sweet, gentle spirit of Mrs. Joseph H. Gooch, soared from earth to that celestial city, forever to be with the redeemed ones, In a land of eternal day.
On December 3rd 1875, a life began near Salem church in Granville county, that was destined to cheer and brighten other lives. May were made happier and helter, through the influence of Miss Sudie Hunt. Miss Sudie, I think, was a graduate of Greensboro Female College , where she was fitted for a career of usefulness which will bless humanity throughout the ages. She rests from her labors but her works do follow her.
She was a gifted musician, both vocal and instrumental, and thousands have been enraptured through her efforts. In the Cross of Christ I glory,” seemed to be a favorite with her, and truly, when the storms beat so heavily upon her, she found a sale refuge in the cleft of the eternal Rock Of Ages.
On the 4th day of October, 1904, she was happily married to Mr. Joseph H. Gooch, and for just four short years they shared each others joys and sorrows. One child was born unto them, Janie Gold—may a double portion of her sainted mother’s spirit be upon her.
With rare woman like gentleness and tact Mrs. Gooch presided over her home where every friend found a hearty welcome and every one was made to feel at home. No one ever associated with her but was charmed by her easy graceful manners, so typical of the beautiful Southland which gave her birth. Years ago she professed faith in Christ and joined Salem church and ever lived a consistent Christian life. She took an active interest on all church work, as long as her health would permit. A dutiful daughter, a loving, faithful wife and mother, and a kind obliging-neighbor has departed has departed from us, and many, many hearts are sad.
Those who are left behind to mourn their loss are: The broken hearted husband, the motherless child, and aged mother, Mrs. Susan C. Hunt, two brothers, Messrs. T. P. and E. A. Hunt, and two sisters, Mrs. O. F. Crews and Miss Sara Hunt.
The funeral services were largely attended, and the great profusion of flowers attest the love and esteem for the departed friend and loved one Elder P. D. Gold, conducted the services from the saddened home, and the remains were laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery at Stem, there to await the final summons. Then to be reunited with loved ones around the great White Throne in the sunlight of God’s love. ---J. E. Duncan, Stem, N. C., Dec. 7th 1808 {*Note –error –should be 1908}


The Torch Light
Tuesday, August 3, 1886
Another Death.

The angel of Death seems to be passing over our county and plucking here and there a loved one. First a bud, then a full grown flower and even the ripe grain he also garners. On Sunday, the 24th inst., near Tally Ho, after a brief illness, Mr. Radford Gooch departed this life. He was about 60 years old. A large family of children and grandchildren mourn his loss.


Oxford Torch Light
Tuesday, January 30, 1883

Death Of Capt. S. A. Goodwyn.

Never have we been called upon to chronicle a sadder or more sudden death than that of Capt. S. A. Goodwyn at Cozart Hall on Friday night last. Nor never have we been made to feel more keenly the truth of that warning that in the midst of life we are in death. Capt. Goodwyn was at work in his office until late in the afternoon when he went to supper, ate heartily and shortly afterwards in company with some friends remarked upon his good health and how well he had felt.
It was a short time after being in the hall, whilst in conversation with some gentlemen, that he fell suddenly in the arms of one of them who caught him. Immediately stimulants were administered but he only gasped two or three times and the vital spark was out. Drs. Taylor, Williams and Baskerville, were soon at work upon him but he had already passed beyond the reach of human aid.
He was interred in the cemetery on Sunday evening last. Rev. Mr. Primrose conducting the burial services and a large concourse of citizens following the remains to the grave. The pallbearers were: Messrs. D. C. Edwards, W. A. Davis, J. A. Taylor, R. W. Winston, R. O. Gregory, and H. C. Herndon.
Capt. S. A. Goodwyn was about 55 years of age and a native of Southampton co. Va. He was educated to the Law, settled at Hicksford, was afterwards a resident and prominent citizen of the city of Petersburg. During the war he met and married a daughter (Miss Sallie) of Dr. John R. Hicks of our county who together with an only child died after a few years of married life. He then moved to Granville and engaged in farming in which occupation he was intensely interested and in which he accomplished great good. He was the father and founder of the noted Goodwyn Agricultural Club to which belonged many of the best men of Granville. After the railroad was built to Oxford Capt. Goodwyn moved in and engaged in the insurance business, though still carrying on and feeling an unabated interest in his farm operations. He has steadily grown in the esteem of the businessmen and citizens of Oxford and was but a short time back made Mayor of the town, which office he held and whose duties he was prosecuting at the time of his death.
He was possessed of fine business qualifications , nice and exact he held in a rare degree the confidence of all those with whom he came in contact. While enjoying the goods of this life he never grasped for them and no questionable means of obtaining them ever found lodgment in his breast. Modest and retiring yet firm and uncompromising for duty and the right as he saw them. Always cool and conservative as a counselor he had but few equals in our midst. His impulses were all generous and his heart was always full and open to those in trouble or want.
Truth and honesty were his noted characteristics and marked his foot steps through life. Well and truthfully have the Board of Commissioners spoken when they said that such a man “could not be called from life without causing the most sincere sorrow in the hearts of all those who knew him.” He was our neighbor and friend and we shall miss him. May the flowers grow bright the sod green and the clods lie light upon him.----



Public Ledger And Oxford Banner
Wednesday, June 25, 1913

Death of Aged lady on Wednesday Last

Mrs. L. M. Gordon, a devout Christian lady, feel asleep at her home near Tally Ho church. She was about Seventy-three years of age, and joined Tally Ho Church when she was fifteen years old. She is survived by four children as follows: J. M. Ellington, of Oxford; L. G. Ellington, of Durham, Mrs. Ida G. Newlin and Mrs. Hettie McDonald, of Tally Ho section. A large crowd of sorrowing friends gathered at Tally Ho Church Thursday, where she was laid to rest.


Public Ledger
Friday, February 9, 1894

Mr. John Goss
died at his home of paralysis /Friday morning, Feb. 2nd at 5 o’clock a.m., and was buried at his home Sunday the 3rd. Mr. Goss was a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist church at Tally Ho and had been for a good many years. He was a kind neighbor, loving husband and affectionate father. He served in the late war and made one of the best soldiers. he leaves a wife, four daughters and a host of friends who mourn his departure. We extend to his family our heartfelt sympathy. “Be ye also ready for ye know not the day nor the hour when the son of man cometh.”


Oxford Torch Light
Tuesday, May 31, 1887

Died, Sunday April 24th, in Northern Granville county, Robert Taylor Green, in the fiftieth year of his age, of heart disease. He was buried April 26th, at “ Goshen”, Rev. L. W. Rose officiating at the funeral.


Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, November 12, 1909

Prominent Farmer Living Near Dexter Dies Of Cancer In Seventy Fourth Year--funeral On Sunday.

Mr. W. H. Green a well-known farmer died at his home near Dexter last Saturday, cancer being the demise. The deceased had been critically ill for several weeks and death was not unexpected. The funeral services were preached at Dexter Baptist Church Sunday afternoon, 1 o’clock by Rev. R. H. Marsh of Oxford, and the burial tool place in the cemetery. an immense crowd being unable to hold more than half of them. The pall bearers were: Messrs. C. C Ray, W. D. Brooks, Roy Currin, Calvin Breedlove, N. V. Barker, and D. N. Hunt.
Mr. Green was in his seventy-fourth year. He was an old Confederate veteran, having first seen service in the artillery branch of the Confederate service, but having been severely injured while engaging in moving his battery, was transferred to the Commissary department. He was very highly esteemed and was very prominent in his community.
Besides his widow, who was a Miss Currin, Mr. Green leaves these children: Mrs. Alvad Royster, of Dabney, Mrs. Sallie Tillotson, of Dexter, Messrs. Ira Green, of Stovall, Charlie Green, of near Townsville, Sylvester Green, Ed Green, Stephen Green, Will Green, and Lex(?) Green of Dexter. There are also three brothers, Messrs. S. A. Green, and J. A. Green, of Stem, and Mr. John Green, of Durham, and three sisters: Mrs. S. M. Fara--? of Oxford and Mrs. May Knott, of the Williamboro section.



Oxford Public Ledger
March 10, 1925
Last Tribute Of Love To Mrs. M. D. Gregory

Internment In the Cemetery At History Abraham Plains.

The passing of Mrs. Mary Davis Gregory at Stovall last Thursday removed from our midst a woman of rare culture and high social standing. Her uncle, the late Hon. Joe Davis, represented this district in Congress for many years, of the Supreme Court of North Carolina when called by death.
A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mrs. Gregory in Stovall last Sunday to pay a last tribute of love to her memory. Rev. E. A. Earl, pastor of Stovall Presbyterian Church, of which Mrs. Gregory was a life-long member conducted the service assisted by Rev. Hartsell. Favorite hymns of the deceased were rendered by a choir from Oxford. Mrs. W. G. Pace sang as a solo, “Sunset”. After the impressive service at the home, the burial took place at “Abram’s Plains” Cemetery, the burying ground of the parents of Mrs. Gregory, I. H. Davis and his wife Ann Downey Davis. Eight generations of the family are buried in this spot, among them a maternal ancestor, Col. Samuel Smith of Revolutionary Fame. In the In the quiet of the lovely Sabbath evening this woman, greatly beloved by a host of relatives and friends, was laid beneath a mound of flowers.
Surviving Mrs. Gregory are two children: namely: Mrs. George Burnett, of Jackson, and William Gregory of Stovall; one brother Dr. I. H. Davis of Oxford, and two sisters, Mrs. H. Seay and Mrs. L. Tucker of Blackstone, Virginia; two sister-in-laws, Mrs. A. S. Davis of Henderson and Mrs. Joe Davis of Stovall.


Oxford Torch Light
Tuesday, November 16, 1886

On the 7th inst., at the residence of his son, Mr. A. H. Gregory, near Sassafras Fork, R. H. Gregory, Esq., aged about seventy-three years. He was a prominent citizen of Granville county, a gentleman of large charity and noble impulses, and his death has cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood.

We regret to announce the death of E. P. Coley, which occurred at his home in Dutchville Township, last Saturday morning, from typhoid fever. Mr. Coley was one of the thrifty men of Dutchville, a member of the firm of E. P. & A. C. Coley. He was also a member of the Concord Church. His funeral sermon was preached Sunday evening by Rev. J. A. Stadley, and a large concourse of friends followed the remains to the old family burying ground. We tender our sympathy to his family.

At Two o’clock a.m. November 9th, Mrs. M. A. Hester, wife of the late Muke H. Hester, departed this life at Henderson at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Redder Perry, in her sixth year of age. The remains were brought to Oxford the next day, and interred in the cemetery here beside her husband and son. This sad event was witnessed by an unusually large number of relatives and friends. Mrs. Hester was a lady of amiable character, much beloved by all who knew her. She was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church.

On the 9th inst., in Sassafras Fork Township, Mr. Joseph Freeman, about 42 years of age.

In Sassafras Township, on the 17th inst., Fletcher Norwood, son of J. T. C. Norwood, age about 17 year.

In Williamsboro, Vance County, last week Capt. Elijah Satterwhite after a lingering illness of several months. The decease was a prominent citizen and had been for many years a useful member of the Methodist protestant church. He had nearly reached the age of three score and ten years.


Oxford Public Ledger
Thursday, February 27, 1902


The death angel has visited our community and taken from it the oldest man in our midst. Mr. Arthur Bowden Grissom passed away quietly on the 26th of January inst. from a fatal stroke of paralysis which lasted only eight days and ended in death, he is the well known A. B. Grissom that manufactured saddles and harness in Oxford fifty or sixty years ago from there he moved his business to his fathers in the southern edge of Granville county, and there he kept up his trade until after the civil war. After his fathers death he gave up his trade and devoted his time to farming and looking after his mother’s business in general, and after her death he settled on a farm where he resided until his death.
He was born June 27th, 1812, and died Jan. 26th, 1902, h lived in two centuries just liking five moths and one day being ninety years of age. He has been a true and unbiased Democrat ever since the party has been in existence and sincerely believed in its creed and different platforms.
He was well and hearty and never stayed indoors a day for sickness and traveled around almost as sprightly as a boy up until his last illness. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.--- JOSEPHUS WHEELOUS, Grissom----


Oxford Public Ledger
June 11, 1954

Charlie Grissom Dies In Hospital

Funeral Plans Are Indefinite Pending Arrival of Son From Germany
Charlie G. Grissom, 70, farmer of Route 2, Creedmoor, died at 3:45 a.m. Thursday at Granville Hospital following a month’s illness.
Funeral services will be held at Concord Baptist Church Saturday or Sunday afternoon pending arrival of son from Germany. Rev. E. G. Usry will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The remains will rest at the G. T. Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor until taken to the church one hour prior to the service.
Surviving are his wife Nellie Cash Grissom, five sons, Harold Gray of the U. S. Army serving in Germany, Claude, James M., Leonard O. and Joseph W., all of Rt. 2 Creedmoor; four daughters, Mrs. Ed Etheridge of Creedmoor, Mrs. John W. Evans, of Stem, Miss Sarah Ann and Eleanor Jean, Rt. 2, Creedmoor, four brothers, Tom of Youngsville, Luther of Rolesville, E. C. and John of Creedmoor; a sister, Mrs. Allen Wagstaff of Durham, and five grandchildren.


Oxford Public Ledger
(Frances B. Hayes Books)
February 26, 1940

Louis A. Grissom.

Roanoke Rapids—Louis A. Grissom, 58, well known employee of the Rosemary Manufacturing Company, died Monday afternoon at Pinehurst, where he had been undergoing treatment. Mr. Grissom became ill in March, 1938.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Grissom home, the Rev. C. T. Rogers, pastor of the Rosemary Methodist church, and the Rev. Lawrence Stell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, conducted the services. Burial followed in the Powell cemetery, near Roanoke Rapids.
Mr. Grissom, a native of Granville county, has lived in Roanoke Rapids for many years. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Mary Cullom; four daughters, Miss Norma Grissom, Miss Mary Grissom,, Mrs. C. E. Radcliffe, and Mrs. Wiley Reaves, all of Roanoke Rapids; four sons, Frank, Henry, Horace, and Carlton, all of Roanoke Rapids; and three brothers, C. W. Grissom of Kittrell and S. A. and H. A. Grissom of Henderson.


Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, April 21, 1905

Gathered Home

Left out last week.
The people of Watkins were saddened when it was learned that Mrs. Mary Brummitt Grissom, wife of Mr. Rufus Grissom, was dead. She fell “ Asleep in Jesus” at early dawn on March 21, 1905, after a long and painful illness of six months. Although it had been known for months, after consulting the best doctors at a hospital North, that her condition was serious her entire family were crushed when the end came. She leaves a bereaved husband, 4 daughters and 6 sons to mourn her departure. Mrs. Grissom was a devoted wife and mother. Almost her last words were “ that death had no horrors for her as she longed to fall into that peaceful sleep free from pain, but that she hated t o leave her loved ones here. And died hoping that it might be one united family in heaven. A great comfort was such a death to her loved ones, with an aim in life now to strive and live so as to carry out there beloved one’s wish.
Mrs. Grissom was for 35 years a member of the Antioch Methodist Protestant Church, from this church on March 22nd the funeral was conducted by Rev. G. W. Holmes, the pastor. After a lovely tribute to her life and comforting words to loved ones she laid rest in the grave yard at that place. A large number of friends attended to pay their last respects to their beloved friend and to place flowers, tokens of love, on her grave. Our sympathy goes out to the entire family, and may they in their grief be able to say “ not my will, but thy will O Lord be done.” ----FRIEND---



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