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Description of Creswell Follow-up (1889)

Taneya | March 23, 2014 | COMMENTS:2 Comments »

Excerpt from the “Our Creswell Letter” column:

We notice an article in your last issue copied from the Washington Gazette, in which the writer in his description of Creswell, seems to give Mr. Alfred ALEXANDER of our town credit for being the prime mover in the building of our Academy.  Now, while Mr. ALEXANDER has done his part in the matter, many others have done equally as well, and if any one man deserves special mention in connection with the organization and building of said academy, it is our worthy President of the Board of Trustees, Mr. D. SPRUILL, ex-Sheriff.

But for his efforts and untiring zeal, we would have had no Academy built yet.  He is on hand promptly at each weekly meeting of the stock holders, and takes an active part in all measures pertaining to the school.  We cannot say as much for Mr. ALEXANDER.  He came promptly until he took unto himself a “better half.”  Since then he has been present at the meetings only once or twice, but we presume he is excusable as he has lived the life of a batchelor for 48 years, until very recently, and of course can’t leave his bride long enough to attend to Academies. We fear that our President would also be found lacking at some of our meetings were he to follow Mr. ALEXANDER’s example – in taking a “better half.”


Source: Roanoke Beacon, 26 July 1889.  Available online at digitalnc.org.

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BOWERS, Earnest shoots Madison BAUN (1898)

Taneya | July 23, 2012 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

Earnest BOWERS shot Madison BAUN on Saturday evening in the bar-room of C.T. SPRUILL one mile from Creswell.   The case was heard by W.J. MERCER, J.P., and in default of $300 bail BOWERS was sent to jail. 

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 1 Apr 1898, pg. 3

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SPRUILL, Dr. St. Clair – Made Associate Professor (1900)

Taneya | June 4, 2012 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

Dr. St. Clair SPRUILL, a native of Plymouth, has been elected Associate Professor of Surgery in Maryland University Medical School, Baltimore.

Source:  Roanoke Beacon, 8 Jun 1900. 

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WCGS Newsletter – Volume 1, No. 1 (March 1990)

Taneya | May 28, 2012 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

This weekend I was quite fortunate to receive a collection of back issues of the newsletters of the Washington County Genealogical Society! The group includes the first issue in March 1990 – November 1994.

Over the next several months I’ll be scanning them to add to the current online collection.  For now, here is the 1st issue. 

Contents in this issue include:

  • 1897 marriage license of William JONES and Ione PEACOCK
  • Family group sheet for William G. JONES and Theresa Ione PEACOCK
  • family group picture that includes William Gabriel JONES, T. Ione PEACOCK and others (Spruill, Marriner, and other Peacock family members)
  • Listing for Furlough Cemetery in Lees Mill Township 
  • Obituary for Sallie Ann CARKEET

WCGS News – March 1990 (Volume 1, No. 1)

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College Grads from Washington County

Taneya | June 10, 2010 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

A new resource for the NCGenWeb project is an index of students from North Carolina colleges & universities.  Yearbooks are wonderful sources for learning more about your ancestors and their activities during their college years.

The NC Yearbook Index is a searchable database of students (mostly graduating seniors) from schools across the state.  The index currently includes more than 16,000 names and focuses largely on the yearbooks from 1930 and earlier.  In each case, the yearbooks are available in their entirety online via the efforts of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

I’ve found relatives so far in the yearbooks, maybe you’ll find some too! To see the list of students explicitly identified as coming from Washington County, go here.  Surnames include Ayers, Blount, Brinkley, Chesson, Latham,  Norman, Spurill, Swain, Walker and more.

For example, here is the entry for Alice Walker Phelps,  daughter of former Washington County sheriff John L. Phelps and granddaughter of Augustus Gambol Walker.  She graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 1913  (then known as the North Carolina College for Women).  She was a member of several organizations including the YWCA, Chorus, the Athletic Association, and was active in student government.  Her description reads

Here is a normal girl who knows how to dress.  And thereby hangs a tale: she has numerous suitors and is always generous with candy.  A member in good standing of all clubs musical, for Alice sings as well as she plays.   In addition she has charming manners, and quite a distinguished air.  We predict for her a matrimonial career with a title attached.

What a great treasure for her current family & descendants to have!  The NC Yearbook Index will grow over time.  A link has been added to the Education page that will always reflect the most updated listings.

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