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Oxford Public Ledger
Thursday,May 5, 1898

Tribute of Respect

David Warren Satterwhite
, oldest son of Mrs. Susan Satterwhite, died of pneumonia at his home in Stovall on the morning of April 22nd, 1898, aged 57 years and 4 months. The remains were buried Saturday, the 23rd, at the family burying ground, at the John Patterson place, near Dexter, N. C. A large crowd of friends and relatives met to pay the last tribute of respect. The burial service was conducted by Rev. W. S. Hester. Mr. Satterwhite spent most of his life in this community near Dexter. He was honest, reliable and truthful, and was a good neighbor.
He professed religion during his illness, only a week or ten days before his death. He expressed a willingness top die, and said he had no fears of death.
He leaves a widow and several small children. May the Good Being care for the widow and the orphans. May the Lord bless all the relatives and friends of the deceased and especially his aged mother and afflicted brother.





Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, June 8, 1906
Death Of Mr. James Satterwhite

News reached Oxford Monday of the death of Mr. James Satterwhite, of New York City, at Warm Springs, Arkansas, where he had gone for the benefit of his health. Mr. Satterwhite was a native of Granville and had made New York City is home for many years. He was the kind uncle of Mrs. Roy Currin and Mrs. Fred Currin, and half brother of Messrs. James and M. S. Satterwhite of this county. He had been in declining health for months and his death was not a surprise to his near relatives. He was buried in Nashville, Tenn., where some of his brothers lived.
He was a brave confederate soldier and after the war settled in New York where he accumulated a fortune.
We extend much sympathy to his loved ones in this county and elsewhere.


Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, June 15, 1906
Mr. James A Satterwhite

The remains of Mr. James A. Satterwhite, who died at Hot Springs, Ark., on Sunday arrived here at 7 o’clock and were deposited in vault at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
When the civil war began Mr. Satterwhite was living in Granville county, NC., and enlisted in Granville Grays, the first company of volunteers from that county. From his enlistment until the surrender he was a soldier in the Virginia army under Gen. Lee.
Soon after the close of the war he removed to Murfreesboro, Tenn., and later to Nashville. For many years he was a director and also cashier of the Nashville, Chattanooga & Saint Louis Railway.
For several years he had been residing in the city of New York. At the time of his death he was spending a few weeks in account of his health at Hot Springs, Ark., and was accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Lucy Cannady, and a niece, Miss Kittie Satterwhite. He had many warm personal friends in Nashville, who learn of his death with deep regret-----Nashville, Tenn., American.



Oxford Public Ledger
Thursday, July 14, 1898


Mr. James E. Satterwhite, of near Dexter, after much suffering endured many months, departed this Life on June 15, 1898. We buried him in the old family grave yard where many generations of his ancestors awaits the sound of trump that awakes the dead. We laid him beside the brother
David, who died only a few weeks before. By these dispensations a double sorrow saddens the hearts of the surviving members of the family, consisting of an aged mother and she is widow, two sisters, and an only brother, but they “sorrow not as those who have no hope” for they both “ died in the faith” with a bright hope of a blissful immortality.
The first
Mr. David Satterwhite leaves a widow and several children. May the Lord comfort and save all the sorrowing ones.



Oxford Public Ledger
(Frances B. Hayes Books)
January 4, 1913

Former Granville Man Dead

Mr. Solomon Thomas Satterwhite aged 69 years, a highly esteemed citizen of Nashville, Tenn., for forty years, died at his home in that city on Wednesday morning, December 18. Mr. Satterwhite was a native of Granville county, being a son of James Madison and Martha Vass Satterwhite, a family that had been in North Carolina since the time of the Revolution. After the close of the Civil War he moved to Tennessee. Mr. Satterwhite is survived by a wife, a son, and three married daughters. He was the brother of the late Maj. James A. Satterwhite, a successful and prominent New York financer. The deceased was a member of the Fifty-fifth North Carolina Regiment, and was in the fiercest of the conflict at Gettysburg, being one of the fifty members of the company surviving the memborable battle. He received his, early training at Wake Forest College and was a prominent Baptist at the time of his death.
Mr. Satterwhite before going to Tennessee, lived at the old Satterwhite Shop in North Carolina, and is a half brother of Mrs. Roy Currin, Mrs. Fred Currin, and Mr. Matt Satterwhite, of Oxford, and Mr. J. C. Satterwhite, of Wake county.




Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, Friday July 22, 1910

Death Follows Accident

Mr. E. M. Sherman Of Bera Succumbs To Injuries Received In Runaway.

Wife Badly injured Also but Will Recover—Horse Ran Away and Buggy Was Capsized—injured man Lived but few Minutes after inquiring about Wifes Injuries—Was Well Known citizen.

While returning to the home from a shopping to Oxford, Mr. And Mrs. E. M. Sherman of Bera sustained injuries




Oxford Public Ledger
Thursday, February 27, 1902

Death of Estimable Lady

We regret to learn of the death of Mrs. E. M. Sherman, one of the noble women of Trinity section, which occurred on Sunday afternoon last of pneumonia. She was a member of Trinity Methodist church and greatly esteemed by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and 7 children, 2 girls and five boys to mourn her death. She was 45 years of age. To the bereaved ones the editor extends the deepest sympathy. The interment took place Monday afternoon at the home witnessed by a large number of neighbors and friends.


Public Ledger
Tuesday, March 18, 1890

Death Of Sam J. Skinner, Esq.

It is with feelings of sadness that we record the death of the gentleman whose name heads this article. He died at his home in Edenton, February 23rd. Mr. Skinner at one time lived in Henderson and was well known in Granville and had many warms among our citizens. He was a brilliant and talented man and enjoyed quite a local reputation as an impassioned and eloquent speaker.-----Goldleaf.




Oxford Torch Light
Tuesday, August 21, 1883


We regret having to record the death of so good and useful a citizen as Mr. Abram Slaughter, who died at his home in Walnut grove township on Friday night last. Mr. Slaughter has long been a consistent member of Mt. Zion Baptist church an industrious and successful farmer a kind neighbor and exemplary citizen in all his duties here. and now that his labors are done. It is the wish of all that he now rest well in the peace of the glorious here after.




Oxford Torch Light
Thursday, May 8, 1883

In Memoriam

Time tries all things. It proves the reality of friendship and puts and end to animosities. It brings a certain and fallible remedy to all temporal evils. It {--?--}- our sorrows and puts to test our piety, for only “he that endeth to the end shall be saved.” “It is the faithful onto death” to whom the cross of life” has been promised These reflections have been suggested by the departure, of it is only a departure from the transitory life of Mrs. C. S. Slaughter in the 19th of April in the 65th year of her age.
For more than forty years she had been an active consistent, working christian and she endured unto the end and died in “the faith.”
Death to her is without doubt, “ Mrs Ceeding great gain,” nor would her friend is in their best moments, wish to bring her down again to this fate of sorrow and tears. In the dead of this amiable lady, Zion the pet name by while she used to call the church is bereaved and mourned; her relatives and neighbors deeply feel this stroke of Providence and mourns but how much more severe is this dispensation of Providence on him who united to her by the tenderest ties. Abraham Slaughter hears no more the Lasty busy step, made familiar by a union of more than forty years. The hands that sickness and in health have, forever, “forgotten their cunning,” and he mourns. May reason and religion come to our aid and prepare us to say, with the greatest and most illustrious sufferer. Even so Father, for so it seemth gospel in thy sight.” ---T. J. H.


The Torch Light
October 2, 1883

Died on 30 inst. at the residence of Capt. A. Landis Jr., Phillis Slaughter, wife of Sam Slaughter. She was a true and faithful servant and died {larnested ?} and regretted by each member of the family, with whom she lived for years past. She indeed been one true mother to little “Joe and Fannie.” they knew no other “Mamma Phillis” as they each called her. The love and devotion that existed between them was truly touching. Be ye also ready, as she was and perfectly willing.



Oxford Public Ledger
April 4, 1944

Benjamin T. Smith

Wilson—Funeral services for Benjamin Thorpe Smith, 56, one of the pioneer tobacco warehousemen of Wilson, were held Monday afternoon from the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. E. Caryle Lynch, pastor, conducting the services. Internment was in Maplewood Cemetery.
Mr. Smith died Saturday afternoon late after a long illness.
Connected with the Smith Warehouse here, one of the largest tobacco warehouses in the world, Mr. Smith has been a tobacconist all of his life, and was instrumental in helping to build Wilson into the world’s largest bright leaf tobacco market.
Born in 1888 in Granville county, the son of Richard Thorpe Smith and Mary Thorp Smith, Mr. Smith came to this county sometime ago. He was a member of the sales committee of the Tobacco Board of Trade here, a member of the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Elks Lodge.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Myrtle M. Smith; two sons, Thorpe and Bill smith; two sisters, Mrs. L. W. Stark and Mrs. Sterling Body of Oxford, and two brothers, R. T. Smith of Wilson, and Lewis Green smith of Lexington.




Oxford Public Ledger

Thursday September 8, 1904


Death of Mrs. Eliza Smith


Mrs. Eliza Smith, relict of the late ex-Sheriff W. H. Smith, of Granville, died Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. H. Peed, in Durham.

She was about 75 years of age, a member of the Baptist church and a good Christian woman has entered into rest. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. R. I. Daniel, of Granville, and Mrs. T. H. Peed, of Durham, and 4 sons, Messrs. T. J. Smith, Frank Smith, J. H. Smith, and C.L. Smith, all of Wake county. The remains arrived in Oxford Wednesday morning and were taken out to Enon Church and buried beside of her husband. Dr. R. H. Marsh conducting number of relatives and friends. The editor extends much sympathy to the family in their great affliction.---


The Public Ledger
Friday, May 18, 1894

The little Baby, Ida Belle
, of Watt and Emma Smith, colored, was born July 8, 1893, and died April 13, 1894.


Oxford Public Ledger
Thursday, February 7, 1901
Death of Isabella H. Smith

Departed this life at the home of her daughter Mrs. Mary F. Person, in Franklin county, N.C., on November 29, 1900, Mrs. Isabella H. Smith, relict of the late Samuel W. Smith, of Granville county.
Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Lewis Green, a native of Virginia, but who was for many years a citizen of Granville. She was born July 7, 1824, at what was afterwards known as the Norman place, about 2 miles North of Oxford, and at that time her father’s residence. During her childhood her father removed to what is now known as the William Blackwell place on Tar river where he died in 1840. The family then removed to the Ann L. Green place near Goshen, and here in November, 1841, she was married to Samuel W. Smith. Her married life was spent at her husband’s old ancestral home, the Goodwyn place on Shelfon’s creek. Since her husband’s death in 1884 her time has been divided among her children, but chiefly given to her daughter, Mrs. Person.
She leaves surviving two sons and one daughter, Maurice T. Smith, of Richmond, Va., Richard T. Smith, of Oxford, and Mrs. Samuel Person, of Franklin county, a son Lewis G. Smith and a daughter Mrs. Ann R. Clifton having died some years ago.
After a long and useful life this good woman has gone to her reward. From childhood she was a communicant of the Protestant Episcopal church and has exampled in her daily life the earnestness of her Christian faith. Though her husband was connected , with a different branch of the church there was never a jar between them. The foundation of the faith of both laid to deep and too broad in the teachings of the Master to be disturbed by nice distinctions in matters of doctrinal opinion. They worshipped together and labored harmoniously for the enlargement of His Kingdom and for the good of their fellowmen, and the results of these united labors will not be computed this side of eternity. If she possessed one virtue more conspicuous then another it was that of unselfishness. She was over ready to sacrifice her own pleasure to the happiness of others, and her beautiful life was a benediction to all who came within the sphere of her influence.
She has left to her children the precious memory of all that makes the name of mother dear and home happy. They will think of her not into more abundant life where she awaits their coming to bid them welcome into the eternal city of God.--FRIENDS--



Oxford Public Ledger
Thursday, October 30, 1902
He Peacefully Sleeps.

At is home near Tar River, October 17, 1902, Mr. Lex Smith passed from earth to a better land. He was the oldest man in our community--- if he had lived until the 25th day of December he would have been 94 years of age. His loving children and friends did all within human power to revive him, but he gradually fell into that dreamless sleep that knows no waking until the resurrection morn. As the sad news was told from neighbor to neighbor it called forth expressions of profound sorrow and heartfelt sympathy.
He leaves four children and a great many grandchildren and great grandchildren to mourn his loss, but we feel and hope that their loss is his eternal gain. He possessed a happy disposition and was always amiable and kind tempered, and was the idol of a loving household.
While we feel sure he is at rest we know our community has lost one of the best and purest men in it. To the bereaved family we extend our heartfelt sympathy in the hour of their deep grief.--L. G. P. --


Oxford Public Ledger
(Frances B. Hayes Books)
Tuesday, November 21, 1939

Mrs. Martha Smith Buried on Monday
Aged Resident of Kittrell Route, Succumbed Early Sunday Night

Mrs. Martha Anne Smith
, 81, died at her home on Route 2, Kittrell, about 7:15 Sunday night. She had been ill with a complication of troubles.
The funeral was conducted Monday afternoon from the home by Rev. L. C. Brothers and Rev. E. G. Usry. Interment was in the family cemetery.
Mrs. Smith is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Boadie Dement, Mrs. Clara Allen and Miss Nora Smith, and one son, Sidney Smith, all of Kittrell. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Betty Dement of near Oxford.
Mr. Smith died a number of years ago.


Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, August 9, 1895

Death’s afflicting Hand.
Two Loved Ones “ Cross Over The River” the Same Day.

Mrs. S. H. Smith
, ( Nee Carrie White) died suddenly in Oxford on Wednesday morning the 7th instant, which was a great shock to our people. She had been well up to an hour before her death, and her family and friends had no premonition of the heart rendering shock.
Mrs. Smith was the daughter of Dr. D. C. White and sister of Dr. E. White and Mrs. R. W, Harris, of Wilton, and was in the prime of young womanhood, being only about 26 years of age. She was a devoted Methodist and loved her church. Her cheerful and sincere nature drew to her a large and appreciative circle of friends, and she was beloved by all. Warm hearted, affectionate and tender she knew how to feel for other’s troubles, and always gave that sympathy which brings comfort and consolation.
Lives like hers are the ones that spread sunshine and flowers along our pathways, and we can hardly understand why her taken away is for the best, yet ‘tis he “ Who doeth all things well” who has called her to be with the saints in glory. Let us bow in humble submission to this chastening of our Fathers and look to Him for comfort.
She leaves a husband, little boy, father, brother and sister of her immediate household and a number of relatives to mourn her loss. Would that we could say some word to cheer and comfort the broken hearted and crushed husband and father. To them and to all of her relatives we extend our deepest sympathy and we trust they may be sustained and comforted in this great affliction.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. B. Hurley in the Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 5:30 O’clock. The exercises were very impressive and the large concourse of sympathizing friends attested the high esteem in which Mrs. Smith was held in our community. The internment took place in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Oxford Torch Light
Tuesday, November 4, 1884

Tribute of Respect

Whereas, on the 29th, of Sept. 1884, our God in his Sovereignty, saw fit to remove from our midst
Sam’l. William Smith in the 67th year of his life, therefore be it.
Resolved by the Sessions of Geneva Church.
That in his death we realize that the poor have lost a friend, the church consistent and useful Brother, and this Session a Co-Ruler ready to every good work for the edification of the Church.
That, though we mourn his loss yet we have reason to be thankful that in his death of faith and joy he glorified our Lord; and that who remain have additional evidence of the faithfulness of Jesus to sustain His people when they pass through deep waters.
That, we cordially sympathize with the bereaved family in their affliction, and commend them to the Father of all consolation and comfort. That the Clerk of Session procure the publication of these resolutions, in the Oxford Torch Light , the N.C. Presbyterian.
{John W. Primrose, William Clement, Richard T. Smith, John H. Webb. Clerk} – {Note all in brackets as Moderator Session of Geneva Church}


The Torch Light
Tuesday, March 16, 1886

Death has been in our midst, invaded a happy home and robbed it of one of its brightest jewels. Departed this life in Henderson, N. C., at 1 0’clock Monday morning, March 8th 1886, Minnie Katherine Smoot, beloved daughter of W. H. and M. F. Smoot, aged 18 years, 9 months and 21 days.----Henderson Gold Leaf--



Oxford Public Ledger

Friday March 24, 1905


Captain Alex Spencer Dead-Brave Member of Famous Granville Grays Passes Away at the Soldiers Home


At the Soldiers Home in Raleigh, Captain Alexander Farrar Spencer, of Company D, 12th North Carolina Volunteers, died at 10 minutes after 7 O’clock last evening. His command was the famous “Granville Grays” a regiment that went through the 4 years of war a way that grew in blood and in glory.

At an old age Captain Spencer heard the taps with a courage and confidence that was the habit of a life time passing out to leave one more mark on the roll of death less soldierly of the South, pricked with the star of sublime self-sacrifice. Captain Spencer was the son of Mr. Abraham Spencer, one of the earliest and wealthiest settlers of the town of Oxford. Capt. Spencer served throughout the war taking part in all the duties of his command till desperately wounded by a ball through the neck in charging battery at Cedar  Creek October 19th 1864. He served as a private till promoted from the ranks to captain for gallantry on the field. The Captain from his youth had been a man of almost wreckless courage. His adventures and accidents would fill a volume, He was doubtless the only man in North Carolina who has been  twice killed by lightning and survived. Ruined financially by the war he has since seen many vicissitudes and last fall in his old age, being nearly four score, he took refuge in  the Home which the State offers to her homeless veterans. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 by Rev. Dr. Marshall.

The pallbearers will be Messrs. C. W. Upchurch, Samuel Francis, Joseph Rainey, J. T. Weddon, R. B. Paschall, W. W. Moore, and the interment in the Confederate Cemetery---Sunday News and Observer. ------


Oxford Public Ledger

Thursday, January 12, 1905


Death of a Young Man


Mr. Craddock Spencer brother of Mrs. Len Pitchford and nephew Capt. T. A. Spencer, died at the home of his sister Tuesday night after a short illness of acute pneumonia. He was taken sick Thursday and grew worse until death. He was a most excellent young man of 19 years, and came here from South Boston to clerk for Mr. Len Pitchford, and in a short time had many friends. The remains were taken to South Boston Wednesday morning for burial. The bereaved family have (-unreadable-) sympathy of the people.----------




Oxford Public Ledger

Friday, March 30, 1906


She Sweetly Sleeps-Death of Miss Willie Stark, Beloved Daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Walter Stark


The announcement Tuesday morning of the death of the beloved Miss Willie Stark, one of Oxford’s Lovely and suitable young ladies cast a gloom over our community. Gathered around her were the devoted members of her family and quietly and peacefully as if going to sleep she passed away about 2 O’clock.

She was the oldest of Mr. And Mrs. Walter E. Stark and was about 23 years of age, and had been a communicant of the Episcopal church from early girlhood. In her death the church, the choir and Sunday  school have lost one of their faithful members. For about a year she had been in declining health and unable to go away from home often, but she lived in cheerful Christian life and greatly  enjoyed the company of her friends and neighbors.  She was an affectionate daughter and sister and devoted friend, and consequently had a large circle of friends.

She leaves behind grief-stricken father and mother, sister, and brother, Miss Irvin Stark and Mr. Edward Stark, and many relatives to mourn her demise, to all whom the editor extends the deepest in the hour of gloom.

Funeral services took place Wednesday afternoon at 4 O’clock at Episcopal Church conducted by Rev. F. W. Hillard in a very important manner while the choir rendered sweet  anthems to their departed member.

The interment was in Elmwood Cemetery and largely attended on spite of the disagreeable weather.

The floral of brings were many, and beautiful, mostly of white flowers, which were emblematic of her beautiful Christian character, as well as the pure affection in which her memory is held by her loving friends.

The pallbearers were Messrs., W. J. Long, Wm. Landis, T. Lanier Willie Taylor, B. K. Lassiter and Frank Gregory, and Messrs., Councell & Upchurch Undertakers. Among those from a distance who attended the obse--- were: Mrs. Garland Jones, of Raleigh, Dr. Hill, of Baltimore, and the Miss Landis and several other girl friends from Henderson. We feel assure that she has gone to the mansion prepared for her by the savior she loved a d served so well, but it can be well said by those who loved and admired her.

Dear Willie, Indeed we shall miss you, in the church, in social gatherings,. In the home that held you dear, and the place that you had is vacant, ‘Tis a place that none can fill, But all thro’ years that are coming, You shall live in our memory still; and the beautiful life you led us Will a sweet inspiration be to guide and help us to meet you in a happy eternity. For we know your soul is resting Where the flowers always bloom. Where never a cloud of sorrow can carry a bit of gloom. ------



Oxford Public Ledger
Thursday, November 3, 1898

Death of Mrs. Thos. Stovall

The village of Stovall mourns the death of one of its lovely and universally admired ladies in the death of the beloved wife of Mr. Thos. Stovall, which occurred Saturday last after a week’s illness. She was a refined and intelligent lady, possessing a lovely type of Christian character, and ever willing to minister to the wants of the sick or distressed. Her Christian life was spent in the Baptist church, and a zealous, energetic worker in spreading the gospel. She was the daughter of Mr. John Y. McGhee and brother of Capt. Capt. Wyatt McGhee, of Franklinton, besides several other brothers, and to them and the brokenhearted husband and children our warmest sympathies and condolence in this their sad bereavement is extended to them, and we point then with confidence to the great healer of bleeding hearts and shattered hopes for consolation.
Dr. R. H. Marsh conducted the funeral services on Sunday in the Baptist church, in the presence of a large assemblage of sympathizing neighbors and friends.



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