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Hall's Wilmington Gazette (image)
Thursday March 29, 1798; Volume II
No. 65 
Wilmington, March 29
Died on the 1st inst at his plantation on South-River Mr Matthew Pridgeon, aged 105 years.
Some time ago, Mr John Sykes, aged 95; and Mr Thomas Devane, aged 110. There are several persons now living on said River upwards of 100 years of age, and many from 70 to 90.

The Star 21 Jun 1811
Died on the 10th inst. in this city [Charleston], the Hon. Joshua G. Wright of Wilmington, NC, one of the judges of the Superior Courts of that State, in the 43d year of his age. This highly respectable gentleman was afflicted with
consumption and came to this city with a view to obtain a passage to the West-Indies for the recovery of his health, but his purpose was frustrated by the hand of death. Every manifestation of respect due to so distinguished a citizen was paid to his memory; the funeral service of the Church was performed by the Rev. Dr. Dehon and attended by the Judges and the Gentlemen of the Bar residing in the city. His body will be removed to Wilmington for interment. [Charleston Times]

The Star 31 July 1818
Died At Raleigh on Tuesday the 28th inst. of a lingering and distressing illness and in the sixty second year of her age, Mrs. Jane Williams, relict of Col. John P. Williams, late of Newhanover County. This lady had neither brother or sister living, and had survived all her children, one only excepted. Her family losses grieved and press'd her sorely and although her mind and talents were of a superior order, well stored and abundantly cultivated and she evidenced much firmness and resignation through life, yet, on attack of the malady which put a period to her existence, her spirits failed, she became depressed and her usual fortitude seemed to depart her. During the two years through which that disease afflicted her, she was uncomfortable, in a desponding state, and enjoyed little indeed of life.

North Carolina Journal
Wednesday July 5, 1826 
DIED, on Saturday last, in Wilmington, Dr. De Rosset, the younger, leaving a young and amiable wife and a numberous circle of friends and acquaintances to deplore his untimely death.

Baltimore Patroit, Baltimore, MD, July 7, 1828 (Page 2, column 5)
Mr. John Larkins, of Wilmington, NC while aiding a boy in placeing a bag upon a horse, received a kick in his breast from the refractory animal, which almost instantly caused his death.

North Carolina Journal Wednesday June 3, 1829
Another Patriot of the Revolution Gone
Col Allen McLean, Collector of the Port of Wilmington, and the honored father of our Minister to England, died at Wilmington about sunset on Friday last, in the 83rd year of his age.
The deceased was born on the 6th of august 1746. He joined the army at the commencement of the Revolution, full of ardor and patriotic sentiment; which he illustrated by deeds of intrepity, and by enterprise and talents, that
secured to him the regard of his compatriots and the particular confidence and esteem of the Commander in Chief.
Through a  long life he preserved unsullied the bright reputation acquired in his Revolutionary career: and his days were long and prosperous, so his last moments were tranquil and full of hope.

(James Madison Larkins, son of Robert S. Larkins and Debora Jane Sharpless of New Hanover County, NC)
Rev. James M. Larkins - Friday, January 28, 1848: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord" - Died of phrenitis, in Sumter Co., Al., on the 28th Dec, 1847, the Rev. Jas. M. Larkins, aged 38 years. He was an affectionate husband and father, an indulgent master, and a kind and obliging neighbor. His characer as a minister of the gospel was without spot or blemish, - a firm, zealous, and devoted champion of the cross, pursuing the even tenor of his way. He turned neither to the right nor to the left; neither did he linger upon the highway, but for the space of 12 years he ceased not to point sinners to the Lamb of God. Brother Larkins was born in New Hanover County NC, was converted in 1832, and immediately felt a call to the ministry, and embraced it fortwith. The word of God was blessed to his hands, and he soon succeeded in establishing several churches. In 1838 he came to the State of Alabama (Sumter Co.) where he died in great peace, his confidence in God being unshaken, and his trust in the cross of Christ unwavering. The Richmond and Nashville Christian Advocate, and Washington Journal will please copy.

North Carolina Argus July 26, 1856
DIED, in Wilmington, on Saturday, the 19th instant, very suddenly, MR. William H. Marsh, aged about 26 years. Mr. Marsh was born in the County of Randolph in this State, had received the benefits of collegiate education at the University of North Carolina and was activelly engaged at the time of his death in the business of a Commission Merchant in that town, which he had chosen as the place of his residence about three years since.

North Carolina Argus Saturday June 6, 1857
DIED, in Wilmington, on the morning of the 12th, at the residence of her son-in-law, A. J. ERAMBERT, MRS. MARTHA NEWBERRY, aged 85 years and three months.

North Carolina Argus Saturday August 15, 1857
The suicide of SENATOR RUSK excites both surprise and regret. The death of his wife, an event that preyed sadly upon his feelings, and some disgraceful conduct of the part of a relative, are suggested as probably causes inciting him to this rash act. -Wilmington Herald

Saturday October 24, 1857
DIED, Gen. John Gray Bynum of Rutherford, at Wilmington, on Saturday, the 17th inst.GEN. BYNUM was well known throughout the State on account of his high literary and legal attainments.

North Carolina Argus Saturday December 19, 1857
DIED, in Wilmington, on the 11th December, of consumption, MRS. RACHEL JANE LONDON, wife of MAUGER LONDON, and daughter of the late ALEXANDER TROY, aged 31 years.

The Standard of Raleigh, April 6, 1859
DR. A.J. DE ROSSETT, the oldest living native of Wilmington, NC died Friday evening last. He was in his 92nd year. He was much respected and esteemed.

North Carolina Argus Thursday May 26, 1859
A sail boat was capsized at Wilmington on Saturday, the 11th inst., and three sailors and a boy, aged about 15, an adopted son of MR. WILLIAMS, Superintendent of the Seaman's Home at Wilmington, drowned. The boy, CHARLES FARROW, by name, was an excellent swimmer and would have saved himself, had he not been caught hold of by one or two of the drowning men and drawn under. The sailers were CHARLES JENNINGS of Portsmouth, Virginia,  ISAAC TAYLOR of Rhode Island, and CHAS SIMPSON of New York. All were young men.

North Carolina Argus Thurs. June 23, 1859
FATAL ACCIDENT - At Wilmington, on the 18th inst., the Herald states, the second mate of the schooner D. B. Warner, James W. Downs, fell from the rigging of that vessel, 80 feet to the whard and died in about an hour after from the injuries received. He was from Greenport, R. I.

North Carolina Argus Thursday May 3, 1860
DEAD - George W. Davis, a prominient commission merchant of Wilmington, died in that city on the 29th ult., from a chronic inflamation of the brain. He was a man of great enterprise, unwearied industry and uncommon business talent, contributing more, perhaps, than any of his contemporaries to developing the resources and forwarding the commercial interests of his native place, especially in the West India trade. He was a man of great kindness of heart -- prompt and ready to aid the distressed and unfortunate, or to assist the desrving young man struggling to build up a buisness connection.

The Standard of Raleigh 24 September 1862
Hon. William S. Ashe died on Sunday night last in Wilmington, of the wounds received on Friday evening from the collision of the mail train with the hand-car which he was in. He had represented New Hanover County in the Senate, the Wilmington District in Congress and was President of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad Company at the time of his death. He was in his 50th year. He was a genial, kind-hearted gentleman, and his death is deplored by a large circle of friends.

The Standard of Raleigh October 1, 1862
DIED, in Wilmington, N. C., on the 25th of August, 1862, after a short but painful illness, Mr. William G. Dixon, in the 23rd year of his age. He was the youngest son of Mr. Patrick Dixon of Johnston County, N. C. and a member of Capt. Barnes Company, heavy artillery. He was performing guard duty when attacked by a violent fever, which continued only five days, but was endured with exemplary patience.
He has left a devoted wife, an aged father and mother, brothers and sisters, and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was a member of the Baptist Church. His remains were sent home to the family burial ground, accompanied by WALTER ENNIS, his brother-in-law.

The Standard of Raleigh October 1, 1862
We learn that this disease is on the increase in Wilmington. It is said there were 13 deaths on Friday, 15 deaths on Saturday, and 30 on Sunday last. The fever is said to be of the most malignant form. Amond the deaths we regret to hear of are those of DR. DICKSON and W.C. BETTENCOURT, ESQ., and GEN. BENJ. TROLLINGER. DR. W. G. THOMAS is sick with the fever.

The Standard of Raleigh, Nov. 19, 1862
THE MARCH OF DEATH [Yellow Fever Epidemic]
The history of our sister town, Wilmington, for the last few months, is indeed a melancholy one. Death has made fearful inroads among its enterprising citizens. the editors of the "Journal" alluding to the march of death remarks: "Sometimes whole families appear to have been swept away. Two doors west of my office stands the handsome brick dwelling of B. BAXTER, ESQ. Within two weeks, the whole white family, consisting of himself and his niece, MRS. ANN POWERS, were called away, and that home was closed and desolate. Just around the corner, on second street, below Princess, within fifty yards of where we now sit, is the residence of DR. MCREE. That is indeed a house of mourning. Our venerable and respected fellow citizen, the Doctor, has lost the venerated partner of his life. G. J. MCREE, ESQ., has lost a revered mother, a beloved wife, a daughter just blooming into glorious womanhood and a son, a noble, intelligent, and manly youth. Surely, this is enough for one house, and yet this and the case we have cited before are not solitary instances."

The Wilmington Morning Star, Tuesday, August 8, 1871
DIED RUSSELL - At his residence in this city, on the 31st of July, Mr. Daniel L. Russell, Sr.
Mr. Russell had been for many years a respected and prominent citizen of this section of North Carolina.  He was born in the County of Onslow in October, 1803, and hence was near sixty eight years of age at the time of his death. He removed to the County of Brunswick in the year 1840, and up to the capture of Wilmington by the Federal forces in 1865 continued to reside in that County, where he had accumulated a large property. He frequently represented the County of Bruswick in the Legislature of the State, and was for many years a leading member of the old Whig Party. For many years both before and after the war he was Chairman of the County Court of Brunswick over which he presided with acceptability to all parties, in which position he was continued until the abolition of the Court in 1868. In 1865 he represented the County of Brunswick in the Constitutional Convention convened under the policy of President Johnson. In 1866 he was elected by the Legislature of that year one of the Council of State, and in that capacity acted as one of the Constitutional advisers of the lamented Governor Worth.
Possessed of a strong mind and unexhaustable energy he had commenced to recover from the sad calamities of war, which all had alike suffered, when he was overtaken by the lingering and distressing disease, cancer, which, after a long and painful illness, resulted in his death.
Up to the termination of the war he lived upon his fine estate in Brunswick, and many there are who remember the warm and generous hospitality which was there dispensed. Another old style North Carolina gentleman has passed away, leaving behind him but a few representatives of that noble race.

Brunswick Advertiser and Appeal Volume VII No. 51
Died. At the home of her relations, in Wilmington, N.C., a few days since, Mrs. Wilder, wife of our townsman, Jesse Wilder, Esq.  The bereaved husband has the sympathy of our entire community in his sad affliction.

The Morning Star Wilmington, NC  Saturday, June 17, 1882;
Volume XXX Number 74  - Whole Number 4625
DIED WILDER. On Thursday night, 15th inst., Mrs. FANNIE D. WILDER, beloved wife of Jesse Wilder. Friends are invited to attend the funeral, at 8 1/2 o'clock this (Saturday) morning, at the First Baptist Church, thence to Wrightsville Sound.

Fayetteville Observer  June 14 1883;  Volume XLVIII Number 29
SUDDEN DEATH OF CAPT. HURT Last Friday, at about dinner-time, the community was startled by the news that Capt. Hurt had been found dead in his room at the Fayetteville Hotel. About 12 m. Capt. Hurt went to his room to lie down, Mr. Chas. Glover, the proprietor of the hotel, handing him a paper to read as he passed. At dinner-time a servant went up to his room, but returned to the office and reported that he could not be roused. Mr. Glover then went to the room and found that Capt. Hurt was indeed dead, though his body was still warm.  Physicians were summoned who pronounced it a case of apoplexy, and Dr. J. W. McNeill, the coroner, considered the cause of death so patent as to obviate the necessity of an inquest.  The deceased was not a man of robust health but he was not an invalid, and was apparently as well as usual, talking with friends and acquaintances an hour or two before his sudden death.
Capt. Hurt was for many years prominently identified with our boating interests, being one of the best known captains on the river and a large stockholder in one of the lines. A steamer now plies the Cape Fear, bearing his name. After the war Capt. Hurt engaged in mercantile business for a time, but of late years he has led a life of quiet and retirement, spending the summer in the mountains and the winter in Fayetteville.  He was a Virginian by birth, and was about 73 years of age.

Advertiser and Appeal, Saturday Morning, April 19, 1884 (Brunswick, GA)
Death of Alexander Sprunt, of Wilmington, N.C.
The wires announced the death a few days since of Mr. Alexander Sprunt, of Wilmington, N. C., the father of Messrs. J. D. and T. E. Sprunt, so well known here, and who have the sympathy of our whole people in their loss.  Speaking of Mr. Sprunt and exchange says:
Mr. Sprunt was born at Viewfield, near Perth, Scotland, on the 28th of September, 1815, and was therefore in the 69th year of his age. He was educated in Edinburgh, and subsequently remained in Glascow for about two years. After leaving Glascow he proceeded to Port Spain, Trinidad, where he became a junior partner in the firm of Reed, Irvin & Co., merchants, and the same time held the appointment of Queen’s Commissioner at that port. He remained in Port-Spain for about fourteen years, when he returned to Scotland and thence came to Wilmington, reaching his future home in the year 1852. He has since been engaged in mercantile pursuits, being at the time of his death the senior in the well known firm of Alex Sprunt & Son. On the 31st of March, 1866, he received from Her Majesty’s Government the appointment of British Vice Consul at Wilmington – a position which he continued to hold up to the time of his death.
He was one of the founders of the Second Presbyterian church of that city, has contributed largely to its advancement and success, and at his death was one of its ruling elders.  He was also President of the organization known as the St. George and St. Andrew Society, and of the Wilmington Library Association, in both of which societies he took a deep interest.

The Weekly Star Wilmington, NC May 30, 1884; Volume XV Number 34
Mr. Geo. R. Ward received a telegram yesterday announcing the death of Dr. Charles Lesesne, at Jacksonville, Onslow county, where he was shot on Tuesday last.  The dispatch was dated at 11.45, and stated that the examination of Mr. A. C. Huggins was then in progress.

The Morning Star,
Wilmington, NC Tuesday December 16, 1884; Volume XXXV Number 72
DIED. WILDER. At the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. S. H. Morton, No. 720 North Fourth Street, at 5 P.M., December 15th, 1884, Mr. Abram Wilder, aged 72 years. Funeral from residence Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o'clk, thence to Bellevue Cemetery. Friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to attend.

Fayetteville Observer & Gazette January 12, 1886
Died in Wilmington on Tuesday, 12th inst., Eugene A. Maffitt, aged about 41 years. The death of Mr. Maffitt was attended by circumstances of unusual sadness: just turning with agonized feelings from the performance of the last duty of affection to one very dear to him, upon whom Providence had visited an affliction more grievous than death, he was prostrated by serious illness in Raleigh, and was conveyed home only to bid farewell forever to the objects of his fond love and care.
From his early years the writer knew well the subject of this notice, and feels with emotions of keen regret that death has stilled the throbbings of a true, brave heart.  The generous, intrepid boy, who, amid the musty volumes of the old family library, felt his imagination fired and  and his whole being thrilled at the recital of the deeds of the good and great – the “Chevalier without fear and reproach;” Sir Launcelot the leal and true; the spotless chivalry of the heroic age – expanded into the magnanimous youth who, glowing with a  love of country, took his place with glad enthusiasm by the side of the stern warrior whose very name was to become the terror of the high seas – Semmes the valorous but terrible, the commander of the famous cruiser Alabama, whose whole course over trackless waters was irradiated by the luster of her victories – and developed into that matured manhood which faltered not in devotion to duty through every peril and privation until the end came.
Few Southern soldiers have passed away since the close of the war who have left behind them a better record than Eugene A. Maffitt.  Fighting bravely at the battle of Port Royal until the fall of the fort, he immediately afterward joined Capt. Semmes and served as midshipman of the Alabama until the vessel was sunk by the Kersage and the crew, abandoned to their fate, were rescued by the yacht Deerhound.  Subsequently he served with his father, Capt. John N. Maffitt, on the Owl, and made many perilous voyages running the blockade.  In 1868 Mr. Maffitt married the daughter of Mr. Alfred Martin, of Wilmington, and leaves a wife and family.
Alas!  death pauses not because the treasures scattered on its path are more precious than jewels or gold – for the fairest droop like fragile flowers before its blighting touch; man’s strength falls away in weakness before it’s pitiless grasp; the best and the noblest must go to swell the trophies of its inexorable power.  We can but hope that a purer, deeper sympathy than ours, even from on high, may give comfort to those left in sorrow and bereavement.

The Morning Star 06/01/1886
Mr. S.H. Morton, of the firm of Morton & Hall, died at his home in this city yesterday morning, after an illness of about three weeks.  He was a native of Onslow county, engaging in the business of distilling turpentine with his brother-in-law, Mr. Jesse Wilder.  After the withdrawal of Mr. Wilder, a few years ago, he bacame the senior partner of the firm of Morton & Hall, in the same business.  He was a good citizen, and highly esteemed by all who knew him.  He died in the 54th year of his age, leaving a wife and one son.  His funeral takes place to day from the Second Presbyterian Church.

DIED. MORTON.-- At his residence, in this city, at 6 o'clock A.M. May 31st, S.H. Morton, in the 54th year of his age. The funeral services will take place this afternoon, at 5 o'clock, from the Second Presbyterian Church, thence to Bellevue Cemetery.  Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.

The Charlotte News 11 Dec 1888
News reached the city today that Col. R.R. Bridgers, president of the Wilmington and Weldon, and Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta Railroad companies, died suddenly in Columbia yesterday afternoon. It is stated that he
dropped dead while delivering an address at the railroad meeting in that city. His body was conveyed to his home in Wilmington for interment. Col. Bridgers was one of the oldest railroad men in North Carolina, having been president of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad continously for twenty-five years past. He was, we believe, about 70 years of age, and was born in Edgecombe County, this State. He graduated at Chapel Hill and was a member of the Confederate Congress, lower house.
He leaves a wife and five children, two girls and three boys. In the death of Col. Bridgers our State loses a valuable man. He was particularly successful as a railroad manager, and there was not a more popular railroad president in all the Southern States.

The Daily News 9 Feb 1889
Wilmington Review: We regret very much to learn of the death of the venerable Mrs. Anna M. Parsley, relict of the late O.G. Parsley. The sad event occurred this afternoon at the residence of her son-in-law, Capt. O.A. Wiggins on Third street. Mrs. Parsley was in her 75th year. She had been sick but a short time, less than two weeks, and her death was caused by pneumonia.

Wilmington Messenger, 17 Sep 1890
We regret to announce that Mr. James Z. Edwards died last Friday in Washington Territory. He was a native of this city, the son of Jacob Edwards, formerly of the firm of Edwards & Hall.
Two years ago he and his brother Frank went to Southern California for his health. He was on a visit to friends in Washington when he died. He was bookkeeper for a W. E. Springer & Co. for a term, and was an excellent young man. We suppose he was about 23 years of age.

Wilmington Morning Star Sunday
31 Dec 1893; Volume LIII Number 84
DIED MORTON -- Saturday afternoon, at 5:00 o'clock, ELIZA WARD MORTON, wife of G. L. Morton, in the 25th year of her age. Funeral Sunday afternoon, at 3:30 o'clock, from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, thence to Bellevue Cemetery.

Death of Mrs. Geo. L. Morton.
Many persons in this community will sympathize with Mr. Geo. L. Morton in the sad affliction which has fallen upon him and his family in the death of his wife, which occurred yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the residence of the family in this city.  Mrs. Morton was a daughter of Dr. Richard W. Ward, of Onslow county, and was in her twenty-fifth year.  Her death resulted from an attack of pneumonia, with which she had been suffering for two weeks.  She leaves two children, one an infant of a few weeks. The funeral will take place to-day at 3.30 o'clock p.m. from St. Andrew's Church.

October 13, 1895
A Bad Accident On the Wilmington Street Railway--Fortunately Attended with No Loss of Life Three Men Hurt--
All employes of the Company--the Car Smashed to Pieces--Statement from Manager Skelding.
An accident occurred on the Wilmington Street Railway at 4:15 p.m. yesterday, in which the escape of three men from instant death seems almost miraculous.
Car No. 12 ran off the track just as it reached the bridge over the Carolina Central railroad track at the intersection of Fourth and Taylor Streets.  It ran along the bridge for about ten feet, then toppling over the west side, turned completely upside down, falling a distance of about thirty feel to the Carolina Central railroad track below.  The car was smashed and broken half in two and was a mere mass of wreckage.
The car left the power station shortly before the accident occurred for a test or trial trip, having been recently repaired and put in order for Winter service, therefore there were no passingers on board, only employees of the
Wilmington Street Railway Company, as follows: Machinist and foreman of the shop force, Thomas D. Rittenhouse, acting as motorman; Mr. T. F. Rivenbark, one of the shop force, acting as conductor, and a negro workman, Stilley Jones.  The car had run about the average speed until within about one square of the bridge when Mr. Rittenhouse increased the speed to give it a good testing. Car No. 8, with Conductor John Sheehan and motorman George Bishop, left the junction at Fourth and Nixon Streets behind No. 11 and when about a block and a half from the bridge saw No. 12 leap from the track, run a short distance on the bridge and fall over.  The track of the Wilmington Street Railway Company is built on the extreme West side of the bridge, a few feet from the common plank hand-railing, which was smashed through by the weight of the car against it.
As soon as Mr. Sheehan, Motorman Bishop and Supt. Kinney of the Oil Mills, (the latter being the only passenger on No. 8 car) saw the peril of the three employees who were on the wrecked car, they immediately put on brakes, stopped the car and ran to the assistance of the three men who they expected to find lifeless; but to their surprise found none killed.  Foreman Rittenhouse was lying in the ditch below, a few feet from the car, having fallen against one of the large rafters which supports the bridge.  Mr. Rivenbark was found on top of the trucks of the upturned and smashed car, and Stilley Jones, the negro, with his face cut and bleeding, was on the opposite side of the car from Mr. Rittenhouse, with his hand fastened underneath a part of the car.
Physicians were sent for immediately, while the crowd which had gathered upon hearing the crash were taking care of the injured men.  Mr. Rittenhouse, who was possibly seriously injured was carried to a house nearby and every attention possible given him until the doctors arrived. Mr. Rivenbark having received only a slight bruise on the hip, was able to take care of himself, and stood around the crowd answering questions.  Stilley Jones, the negro, after having the attention of Dr. Bell, was sent to his home. Dr. Schonwald was the first to appear and administer to Mr. Rittenhouse. After Mr. Rittenhouse recovered from the shock he was carried to his home on Fifth, between Campbell and Hanover Streets, about 6 o'clock in the afternoon. At. 8 o'clock last night the attending physician, Dr. Schonwald, called in Drs. W. J. Bellamy, T.S. Burbank and W.E.Storm, and made a thorough examination of the case.  They found that Mr. Rittenhouse's injuries were internal, there being no cuts.  He was badly bruised in the lower region on the right side and the physicians only feared heart failure from the shock, Mr. Rittenhouse is about forty years old and came to this city from Staten Island about five years ago
to accept a position with the Imperial Pine Product Company. He afterwards engaged with the firm of Rittenhouse & Hume, and for the past year has been connected with the Wilmington Street Railway Company as foreman.  He is a faithful member of Clarendon Lodge K. of P., and has a wife and five young children, the oldest being about thirteen years old.

October 15, 1895  --  DEATH OF MR. RITTENHOUSE
Victim of the Street Railway Accident--the funeral yesterday afternoon attended by Knights of Pythias and other friends.
Mr. Thos. D. Rittenhouse, who was seriously injured in the accident last Saturday on the Wilmington Street Railway, died of his injuries yesterday morning at 2:45 o'clock. Drs. T.S.Burbank and W.J.H. Bellamy were with him until 12 o'clock. Drs. J.T. Schonwalk and W.E. Storm until he died. He seemed to be resting easy up to 10:30 Sunday night, and then gradually grew worse until death relieved him of his sufferings.
Deceased was from Staten Island and had resided here five years. He was forty years of age, a quiet, easy-going man, respected by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and five small children--four girls and one boy--the oldest being only thirteen years old. His wife is from Albany, N.Y., and is a lovable lady. After death the doctors made a post mortem examination, which revealed the fact that the kidneys and liver had been seriously injured, and it is a wonder he lived as long as he did. The funeral took place at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon from his late residence near the corner of Fifth and Campbell Streets. It was conducted by Rev. W.C. Norman, pastor of Grace M.E. Church. A large number of friends were present, including Clarendon Lodge K. of P. The pall bearers were Col. Walker Taylor, Messrs. John Littleton, J.D. Nutt, O.M. Fillyaw, A.W. Rivenbark and M. Blackman.  Messrs. H.A.Whiting, J.B. Shelding, H. Hues and S. Merrell were present representing the Street Railway Co.Mr. Humes (on old friend and partner of the deceased) and Mr. Charles Wood were unremitting in their attentions and remained with the deceased until the end came.
All expenses attending the sickness and funeral will be paid by the Knights of Pythias and the Wilmington Street Railway Company. Manager Skelding and Superintendent Hughes of the Wilmington Street Railway Company, rendered all the assistance possible to the injured men and a number of his fellow lodge members sat up with Mr. Rittenhouse last night. An engine from the Carolina Central railroad depot with a number of workmen was sent to the scene of the accident by direction of Capt. Thos. D. Meares, agent of the company here, and the wrecked car was speedily removed from the railroad track.
Mr. Skelding, manager of the Street Railway Company, last night gave the STAR the following statement concerning the unfortunate affair. "Car No. 12 left the shed for a trial trip about 4 p.m. with two men, Rivenbark and Jones (colored), in charge of Foreman Rittenhouse.  At the south end of the bridge over the Carolina Central tracks the car, which was funning at a dangerously high speed, jumped the track, breaking through the rails and falling to the railroad tracks below. The accident was probably due to a defect in the wheel flange or an obstruction on the rail, as this section of track has been thoroughly overhauled during the last week in expectation of Buffalo Bill's show.
Mr. Rittenhouse, who was running the car, is one of the most careful men in the employ of the company, but  probably did not realize the risk he was running in going at so brisk a rate of speed which crossing a bridge. Motormen have always had instructions to run over this bridge with the utmost caution, and in future will be obliged to come to a full stop before crossing."

Wilmington Messenger, Sunday, September 26, 1897
The many friends and acquaintances of Captain Samuel W. Skinner and his wife Mrs. Emily J. Skinner, are deeply grieved at the death of the latter, which occurred last night at 10:45 o’clock at the family residence, 611 Orange street. The deceased lady had been ill with gastritis for about tow weeks. Mrs. Skinner was aged 63 years on the 21st of last January. She was the daughter of Mr. E. J. Erambert, a merchant of Wilmington, who died very many years ago. A brother, Mr. Louis H. Erambert, once a prominent druggist of this city, died of the yellow fever in 1862, and a sister, Mrs. A. M. Carter, died since the late war. Mrs. Skinner was first married to Captain Wilkinson, of Fayetteville. She leaves besides a husband, so sadly bereaved, a son, Mr. Louis H. Skinner, and two daughters, Misses Sallie and Augusta, to mourn the loss of one of the most affectionate and devoted of wives and parents.
The deceased for many years had been a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church. Her Christian character was exemplified in acts of helpfulness to those who sadly needed aid, who but for her had no friend. So quiet and unobtrusive were these deeds of kindness and of love, that only those who knew her well could know them.  But they are wrote in Heaven. The arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.

Wilmington Morning Star - Friday, January 1, 1897
This estimable lady passed painlessly into rest yesterday a few minutes after noon. For years she had been in feeble health and for more than a year her decline has been steady, but the end came at last after only a few days of confinement to her bed.
Mrs. Worth was by birth Mary Elizabeth Carter, the daughter of John Paine Carter and his wife Cornelia Murphy.  She was born at her father’s place, “The Oaks,” in Davie county, near Mocksville, Oct. 1, 1827. On the death of her father when she was three years old, she went with her mother to live with her grandfather, Judge Murphy, of Haw River. Her mother died when she was about ten years of age and she returned to the place of her birth to live with her uncle, Archibald Carter.  Here she was educated and spent her girlhood until she went to live with her first cousin, the wife of Mr. Jonathan Worth (afterwards Governor) near Asheboro. Here she met Mr. B. G. Worth, and they were married June 26, 1845. In 1853 they came to live in Wilmington, and with the exception of a few years after the war, have lived here continuously, so that they have long been reckoned among our oldest citizens as they have been among those most valued and respected.
Mr. and Mrs. Worth have been blessed with a large family. Our readers will recall the interesting occasion Summer before last of their golden wedding when all their children and all but two of their grandchildren gathered to honor them. At that time the remarkable circumstance was noted that there had never been a break in the family by the death of either a child or grandchild. Their sons present were Mr. Archibald Worth, of Orange, N. J.;  Mr. Joseph B. Worth, of Petersburg, Va., and Mr. W. E. Worth, of this city; and their daughters, Cornelia, the wife of Geo. R. French, Mary, the wife of W. J. Woodward, both of this city, Eunice, the wife of J. Weller, of Covington, Ky., and Julia, the wife of W. S. Herring, of this city. All of these survive her except Mrs. Herring, who died in August, 1895. From this loss Mrs. Worth had never recovered.
Mrs. Worth’s protracted ill health, lasting for twenty-five years, caused her to lead a very retired life.  But she was very strong in her friendships and devotedly attached to those within the circle of her friends. She was full of kindness and charity and used freely to give up the society of those dearest to her that they might engage in ministering to others in which she could not share herself. She early gave her heart to the Saviour and was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church.  Its services were her greatest happiness while she was able to attend with regularity, and the rare occasions when she was able to attend of late like oases in her life.  One of these occasions was within the past few weeks.  When the shadows were falling over her mind almost her last conscious act was to engage in prayer with her pastor and family on Christmas day. The funeral will take place from the First Presbyterian church on Saturday (to-morrow) at 10:30 a. m.

The Fayetteville Observer – Friday, July 28, 1899
Mr. Thos. Hunley, who has been sick for several months, died at his residence on Winslow street at noon to-day.
Mr. Hunley came here in the early ‘70s from, we think, Warrenton, or near that town, having served as a soldier through the war of the Confederacy. The first work done by him after his arrival here was to assist in putting in a dam and building a grist mill on the McKethan Mill Pond, afterwards torn down to make way for the Fayetteville Cotton Mills.
He afterwards assisted in putting in the machinery of the Novelty Wood Works’ plant, and was connected with that institution as foreman until it passed out of the hands of its then owners, when he secured a position with the C. F. & Y. V. shops as a carpenter, remaining there until its sale and removal. About 1880 Mr. Hunley married Miss Neily Carter, daughter of the late A. M. Carter, who survives him together with three children. They have nursed him faithfully and, with the kindly help of neighbors and friends, made the last hours of the deceased as comfortable as possible.
Mr. Hunley, while in good health, was a genial companion and very popular with those who knew him best. The funeral will take place from his late residence at 10 o’clock to-morrow (Saturday).

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