Category Archives: Obituary

PADGETT, Ellen – (d. 1890)

The grim angel of death has again visited us, filling our hearts with sadness and bearing to her eternal rest one of our dear friends, Mrs. Ellen PADGETT,  who died on Wednesday, May 18th after a few hours illness.  The deceased was a sister of Mr. W.F. MORRIS of this place, and leaves two children, besides a number of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss, but we mourn not as those who have no hope, for we feel that our loss is her eternal gain.

Mrs. PADGETT was for many years a resident of this county, but removed with her daughter’s family to Beaufort county, near here, where the last four months of her life was spent.  She was a faithful member of the Freewill Baptist Church for several years, and was honored and esteemed by all who knew her throughout her long and useful life, and of her it could not be said that she was other than a faithful servant, as her life seemed one long struggle to do her duty and aid and comfort the suffering ones around her.

The funeral services were conducted by Mr. H.S. GURGANOUS at her residence, after which her remains were laid by the side of her husband in the graveyard of her old home.  We extend to her sorrowing relatives our heartfelt sympathy.  Weep not friends, but remember though it is indeed hard to consign those we love to the tomb, that our blessed Saviour doeth all things well, and let us pray to be worthy to meet our loved ones in that home prepared for the final faithful, where no storm cloud of sorrow can disturb our perfect peace, or most of tears dim our vision; let us pray that we may be among those thrice blessed ones of whom it is said “They shall walk with Him, in white, for they are worthy.”

With the best of wishes for the success of the Beacon I will close with the promise to write again ere long. — Wild Rose

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 6 June 1890, pg 2. Available online at

DAVENPORT, Mary M. (d. 1848)

The following death notice appeared in the February 12, 1848 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper. Mrs. Mary M. DAVENPORT was the wife of Doctrine P. DAVENPORT.

BEASLEY, John M. (d. 1900)

Gone to His Reward

After a lingering illness, from a complication of diseases, Capt. John M. BEASLEY, a well and favorably known citizen of this town, died on Saturday afternoon last, aged about 74 years.

The deceased had been married three times, and leaves a widow and several children, by his former marriages, to mourn his departure, there being no children by his last marriage.

Capt. BEASLEY had been for many years a consistent member of the M.E. church; his lief was blameless in the sight of his fellow men, and we truly believe if any man’s spirit went straight from earth to heaven his did so, and that he is now singing hozannas with his God he loved so well.

We sympathize with those left behind, but they have the blessed assurance that their loss is his eternal gain.

The remains were interred in the Jackson burying ground, near this town, on Sunday afternoon.

Source:  Roanoke Beacon, 26 Oct 1900

ALEXANDER, W.A. (d. 1900)

A Sad Death

Our community was greatly shocked on Wednesday evening when it learned that Mr. W.A. ALEXANDER was dead. 

Mr. ALEXANDER went to his mill on Wednesday morning in seemingly usual health. About 11 o’clock it was thought he had fainted and the physicians of the town were summoned, who soon pronounced it hemmorhage of the brain, and recovery impossible. At 5 o’clock that evening he died at his office, it not being thought best to carry him home during his suffering.

Mr. ALEXANDER was well known in this county, being a native of Creswell, where he was interested quite extensively in farming , but of late years he has resided in Plymouth, he being manager and part owner of the Plymouth Milling Co. 

The deceased was 48 years old and leaves several brothers, a wife and four small children to mourn their loss. He was a consistenct member of the M.P. Church, a loving and kind husband and father and a good citizen.

The remains were taken to Creswell yesterday morning and interred in the family burying ground.

We join their many friends in extending to the bereaved ones our heartfelt sympathy in their deep distress. Surely an upright man has gone to his reward.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 5 Oct 1900

GAYLORD, J.H. (Mrs.) – (d. 1900)

Died — at her home in this town on Tuesday night last, Mrs. J.H. GAYLORD. Mrs. GAYLORD was taken ill only a few days ago, with typhoid fever, and grew rapidly worse until death ended her sufferings.

She leaves a husband, sister and brothers, besides seven children, two of whom are married, the other five being little ones, to mourn their loss.

We deeply sympathize with the bereaved ones in their hour of darkest affliction.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 21 Sep 1900

CHESSON, Lonnie (d. 1900)

Those who knew him were greatly shocked on Friday last to hear of the sudden death of Mr. Lonnie CHESSON, of Mackey’s Ferry. Mr. CHESSON was taken with appendicitis and died while undergoing a surgical operation.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 20 Jul 1900

AUSBON, Priscilla N. (d. 1900)

In Memoriam

Mrs. Priscilla N. AUSBON was born January 24, 184? and died at her home in Plymouth, N.C., March 1, 1900. 

For many years she was a worthy and consistent member of the M.E. Church, South, being at the time of her death one of the oldest members on the church roll. So long as her health would permit she was always a <…> attendant upon the ordinances of her church , and showed a willingness to make any sacrifice to advance the cause of Christ.

She was indeed a devoted and sweet spirited Christian, and those who were intimate with her felt uplifted by the influence of her godly life.

Her latter days were times of great suffering, but while she knew that death could not be far off she was still patient in her afflictions, for she “endured as seeing him who is invisible.” The Death Messenger found her ready and willing to obey the summons hence, and the tradition from this world of suffering to that of peace and joy was for her a happy change.

“Therefore are they before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor 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.” Rev. 7: 15-17.

Among the surviving loved ones are an aged sister and two sons. Her husband, Mr. W.J. AUSBON, who was a brave soldier in the civil war, preceded her to the other shore just 30 years.

A large concourse of friends attended the funeral services held by her pastor from the church of her communion, and then her mortal remains were carried to the grave to await the hour “in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice and shall come forth, they that have done good unto the resurrection of life.” — J.L. Romley

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 2 Mar 1900

DAVENPORT, Haywood (d. 1900)

Capt. Haywood Davenport Dead

The death of Capt. Haywood DAVENPORT on Tuesday morning last sent a thrill of grief throughout this town. He had been in ill health for a year or more, and his seeking relief under the treatment of the best medical men was of little avail.

He recently came to Plymouth to make his home once more where his early years were spent; he contracted a deep cold which terminated in pneumonia, causing his death seven days later. There never lived a truer man; kind-hearted, sympathetic, and generous to a fault. Those who knew him best loved him most.

He leaves two children, a son and daughter, a sister and other relatives as well as a host of friends to mourn his death. 

His remains were laid to rest in family graveyard under the shadow of the M.E. Church, to which he belonged, on Wednesday.

The writer, who if possible, loved him better than the rest, join all in heartfelt sympathy. — FLETCHER

Source:  Roanoke Beacon, 2 Mar 1900

JAMES, Adeline (d. 1900)

“Aunt” Adeline JAMES, a well known and highly respected colored woman died at her home in this town on Wednesday last, of paralysis. She was about 65 years of age and had been sick only a few days.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 18 May 1900.

CARKEET, Sallie Ann Davenport – (d. 1824)

Sallie Ann CARKEET relict of W.M. KARKEET [sic], was born in Washington county, NC, Nov 3d, 1824, and died Aug. 10th, 1900, in Plymouth, NC, near the place of her birth.

Sister CARKEET was the only daughter of Samuel DAVENPORT, who lived to reach the age of maturity. She was early sent to school and soon became proficient in the elementary branches taught in the public schools. She began teaching at about 18 years old and continued in the service for over forty years.

In 1842, she was married to Jas. S. WOOD and lived with him until his death in 1851. To this union was given three children, one son and two daughters.

She was again married in 1854 to Mr. W.M. CARKEET, with whom she lived until 1877, when he died.

Sister CARKETT had been a sufferer from heart trouble and rheumatism for many years, but not enough to keep her from her work until about 1891, when she went to live with her son in Berkeley, Va. In 1896 she had a paralytic stroke and the attending physician thought the end was not far off, but her almost invincible constitution was not yet broken down and she soon began to recuperate, and in 1898 she was able to visit her daughter, Mrs. C.J. N(aroon?) in Plymouth, where she remained until her death. 

She has been a member of the Church of Christ for many years, holding membership at Christian Hope.

Source: Transcribed from “The Watch Tower”, Washington, NC., Vol. 23, New Series. Obituary was originally published September 28, 1900.  This transcription came from the Mar 1990 issue of the newsletter of the Washington County Genealogical Association.