For Those 90 Years Young

Taneya | March 30, 2014 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

What a great concept! The Tyrrell County Genealogical and Historical Society is planning an event this summer to honor all citizens and natives of the county, aged 90 and older.  The society is seeking to interview such individuals and develop a publication.  Cathy Roberts, the TCGHS President, shared the following to post on the Washington County NCGenWeb site:

In 2011, Ray McClees came before the Tyrrell County Genealogical and Historical Society and told us about an idea he had, named the November Group.  His idea was that this group would be composed of TyrrellCounty citizens who were at least 90 years old.  McClees felt that the Society or other volunteers could interview the Group members, and that the Society could publish the interviews in one of their publications.  McClees also wished there to be a yearly reception to honor the Group members, and he urged the Society to vote to take the November Group on as a project.  

The Society members agreed, and plans were put in motion to start doing interviews.  Then Mother Nature interfered with a hurricane, and all planning for the interviews and reception kept getting pushed back and back and back.  This year though, things will finally get started.  The Society is planning on holding the first November Group reception, and it is hoped that this will be the first of many.  It will be held in place of our meeting on July 27, 2014, at a place yet-to-be-determined. 

The Society is asking people to send us the names, birth dates and contact information of TyrrellCounty natives and residents who will be 90 this year, or who are already over 90.  If you know of someone who meets the criteria, then please send that information to us at P. O. Box 686, Columbia, NC, 27925, or you can e-mail it to us at tyrrellcogenealogy@gmail.com 

The Society is also looking for volunteers to help with the planning of the reception, and you do not need to be a member of the Society in order to help out, but it would be helpful if you came to our meetings so you could discuss plans with our reception committee members.  If you wish to volunteer, please contact us either by mail or e-mail. We’re all looking forward to July, and the opportunity to honor our older citizens.

If you know anyone who is eligible, please contact the society as per the information in the notice above.  Washington County was formed from Tyrell so there is bound to be some overlap.  Be sure to give it some thought. 

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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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Creswell (1889)

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One of the most progressive little towns in North Carolina is Creswell, in Washington county.  A few years ago it was a growing forest, and now the hustle of business and the hum of machinery give the pretty little burg much the air of a city.  Situated on the Scuppernong river, at the head of navigation, just five miles from the picturesque lake Scuppernong, its site could not have been better chosen for beauty or commercial advantage.  There are now eight merchantile [sic] establishments, a large steam saw and grist mill, a handsome Missionary Baptist church, and several other churches in prospect.  The streets are broad, and regularly laid off, and every part of the town presents the air of neatness, order and thrift.  The town is backed up by a fertile country and well to do men.  

Along with the idea of business and of making an honest living, turning every dollar to account, the intellectual men, and among them Mr. Alfred ALEXANDER, who is a brother to Mr. David ALEXANDER, the distinguished representative from Tyrell, is a leading spirit, have united their energies and have built one of the handsomest and best equipped academies in East Carolina, and are determined to have the best teachers to be found, a man trained for the profession who does not make teaching a stepping stone to something else, is desired.  There are now five handsome residences growing up, and several more under construction.  Four steamers a week touch at Creswell’s wharf, and the business will likely demand more transportation ere long.  The outlook for no young town is better, more bright and substantial, and we bid the place Godspeed.  - Washington Gazette. 

Editorial note: This article has a follow-up article here.


Source: Roanoke Beacon, 19 July 1889.  Available online at digitalnc.org.

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New Book: It’s In the Genes

Taneya | March 2, 2014 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

We are pleased to share the news that Washington County area family history & genealogy researcher Terri Fagan Mitchell has published a new book! “It’s In The Genes: The Cymera Rosella Moore Story” documents the life story of Terri’s grandmother.  You can order the book online, or use this order form.

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It’s always nice to see researchers publish their stories. Many congratulations to Terri on her accomplishment!

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Marriage: PENDER, Thomas and Sarah CARSTARPHEN (1835)

MARRIED — In Edgecombe county, 10th ult., Mr. Thomas PENDER of Plymouth, to Miss Sarah CASTERPHANE.


Editorial Note:  This bride’s name is likely Sarah CARSTARPHEN.

Source: North-Carolina standard. (Raleigh, N.C.), 14 Jan. 1836. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85042147/1836-01-14/ed-1/seq-3/>

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Beacon Flashes – August 24, 1900

The following items appeared in the Roanoke Beacon newspaper in the “Beacon Flashes” section.

  • Mr. R.A. KNIGHT of Washington, NC was in the city this week.
  • Mr. T.J. NORMAN spent last Sunday with his family at Edenton.
  • Miss Kate RALPH of Creswell is visiting her sister, Mrs. C.V.W. AUSBON.
  • Miss Donnie WARD, of Winton, is visiting our town as the guest of her uncle, Hon. H.S. WARD.
  • Misses Annie MIZELL and Blanche BARDEN left on Tuesday morning last for a sojourn at Asheville.
  • The charming Miss Mattie WILLIFORD, of Rocky Mount, is in the city this week as the guest of her brother’s family, Mr. A.L. WILLIFORD.
  • After a pleasant visit of two weeks to her friend, Miss Vonnie LEGGETT, of this town, Miss Clara WEEKS returned to her home at E. City on Monday.
  • Mrs. Jas. I. BRUER and children, of Mackey’s Ferry, and Mrs. W.O. DAVIS and little daughter of Creswell, spent the day in town yesterday as the guests of their sister, Mrs. C.V.W. AUSBON.
  • Mr. W.M. CHESSON, a well known and prosperous farmer of the Mackey’s Ferry section, was in our town this week, for the first time in several years.  He was the guest of his daughter, Mrs. T.J. LEWIS. 
  • Mr. W.T. NURNEY and wife has moved to Roper.  We regret to lose this estimable couple from our midst, but trust the change will be of benefit to them.  We heartily commend them to the good people of Roper.

 

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Beacon Flashes – August 3, 1900

The following items appeared in the Roanoke Beacon newspaper in the “Beacon Flashes” section.

  • Mrs. C.A. MOORE and children left on Tuesday last for Ocracoke.
  • Mr. and Mrs. L.L. OWENS returned home from Nag’s Head on Wednesday.
  • Mr. Antone MARRINER, of Mackey’s Ferry, made our office a call while in town this week.
  • Little Miss Helen PATTERSON, of Wilson, is here again, visiting her aunt, Mrs. A.L. WILLIFORD.
  • Mr. C.D. LOANE and family left Monday for Hatteras, where Mr. LOANE is engaged in the milling business.
  • Mr. A.L. BRATTEN, who holds a position with the Basnight Lumber Co., Tunis, N.C., is at home this week.
  • Our sympathies are with Mrs. Jos. TUCKER who had the misfortune to fall and break a sinew in her foot last week.
  • We sympathize with Mrs. J.L. SAVAGE who met with the misfortune to fall out of doors on Tuesday and sprain her arm.
  • Mr. T.T. GARDNER and family returned home on Tuesday evening from a two week’s sojourn by the sea-side at Ocracoke.
  • Mr. T.J. NORMAN has moved his family to Edenton.  We regret to give this family up, but commend them to the good people of Edenton. 
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Roper Ripples – June 29, 1900

Taneya | June 9, 2013 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

The following items appeared in the Roanoke Beacon newspaper in the “Roper Ripples” section.

  • Miss Maye JOHNSTON, of Belhaven, is the guest of Mrs. S.A. BLOUNT.
  • Mrs. A.L. GURKIN has been the guest of Mrs. J.H. CLARK for a few days.
  • Miss Isolind LUCAS has just returned from Kinsey Seminary, Wilson, N.C.
  • On Tuesday night the Ladies’ Guild furnished an ice cream supper in the town hall, which was very enjoyable.
  • Miss Jim ROBERTSON, of Washington, formerly of Roper, made a flying trip here on Saturday to see relatives.  She returned home on Monday.
  • Mr. Robt. ROPER returned from E. City on Friday, 15th, where he has been attending Prof. SHEEP’s school.  The girls are glad to see you Bob.
  • Mr. N.H. MERRITT left here on Friday last for Goldsboro, where he has accepted a position as band sawyer with the Empire Lumber Co. “Oh, don’t cry girl; “Ne” will come back.
  • Miss Eloise DOUGH is spending a month with relatives and friends in Norfolk and Portsmouth.  Don’t look so sad, John; you’ll soon be cherred [sic] with the presence of those bright eyes again.
  • Miss Mabel ROPER returned from Norfolk on Friday last, where she has been attending Mary Washington College.  One so cheerful and pleasant as Miss Mable is always welcome in Roper.
  • Mess. E. CHRISTIAN and L.P. ELLIOTT, the filer and sawyer in the Albemarle mill of the Roper Lumber Co., have just returned from Norfolk with their families, much to the pleasure of their many friends here.
  • The Little Workers of the M.E. Church, of which Miss Lennie PEACOCK is President, gave an entertainment last Friday night which proved to be a grand success, and was much enjoyed by all, especially by Mr. H.T.—–.

[This letter was intended for our last issue, but did not reach us in time. -- Editor]

 

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46th Reynolds Family Reunion

Taneya | April 27, 2013 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

46th REYNOLDS FAMILY REUNION

10:00 AM on Sunday May 19th, 2013

Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church

in Tyrrell County NC

This is a reunion of the descendants of William Reynolds Jr. and his sister Matilda Jane Reynolds Spencer, both originally from Chelsea, England.  William Reynolds Jr. lived in Tyrrell County and became a Primitive Baptist Preacher, while Matilda Jane Reynolds Spencer lived near Roper in Washington County and ran a local store.

Also, everyone is encouraged to bring any items of family interest that they have (such as old pictures, family bibles, diaries or handiwork) to the reunion for “show and tell”.

THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM:

Amanda Reynolds Frymier, past Reunion Secretary and our Family Genealogist, will lead the program of “William Reynolds Sr., Our Founding Father”.  Hear Amanda tell the story of our original Reynolds ancestor and life back in England, as originally written by Reunion Co-Founder and Past President, the late Ed Reynolds. 

 

AGENDA:
10:00 – 10:30 AM Registration and Fellowship
10:30 – 12:00   Business Meeting and Program
• Welcome and Invocation
• Announcements
• Kids Corner
• Minutes and Treasurer Report
• Memorial Service

• Program:  William Reynolds Sr., Our Founding Father

• Old Business / New Business
• Family Lines Count         

• Recognitions and Show & Tell
• Closing
12:00 – ???      Picnic Lunch
1:30 PM           Bethlehem PBC Preservation Society Annual Meeting

 

The picnic is pot luck luncheon – the reunion provides barbecue and plates / utensils / cups / ice.  Everyone should bring their drinks and a dish to share. Reminder that out-of-town family members are not obligated to bring a lunch – you are invited to be guests of the local members.

DIRECTIONS TO BETHLEHEM PB CHURCH:  Take US Highway 64 to Columbia NC.  At traffic light head south onto NC Route 94 for about 2 miles, and take right onto Newlands Rd.  The church is 1/8 mile west, park in the yard. 

ANNUAL PREACHING SERVICE AT BETHLEHEM PBC:
The annual Primitive Baptist preaching service will be held at Bethlehem PBC on the 2nd Sunday, June 9th, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., led by Elder Johnny Ray Gardner. 

 

QUESTIONS?     Contact:

Mark Bateman, President  ……….. (860)464-1715

Gail Reynolds, Treasurer …………. (252)796-9471

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1962 Plymouth Directory

Recently added to the Internet Archive is the 1962 Hill’s Directory for Plymouth, NC.


If you are reading this post through email or an RSS feed reader, you may not be able to see the directory embedded in this post.  Please visit the Washington County, NCGenWeb site to view.

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