Creswell Academy Notice of Incorporation (1889)

The following Notice of Incorporation for Creswell Academy appeared in the August 16, 1899 issue of the Roanoke Beacon.  The individuals incorporating were A.G. WALKER, Alfred ALEXANDER, William H. HARDISON, James L. HASSELL, Johnson W. SPRUILL, Julius L. HOWELL, W.J. MERCER, D. SPRUILL, and Mathias OWENS.  The Incorporation notice is signed by T.J. MARRINER.


ARMISTEAD, Robert – (d. 1890)

DIED — At Plymouth, on the 7th inst., Mr. Robert ARMISTEAD, a respectable merchant of that place.


Source: Raleigh Register and North Carolina Weekly Advertiser, 11 November 1806

Marriage: WHITE, Warren and LONG, Lizzie (1890)

MARRIED – At the residence of Mr. J.W. BLOUNT near Mackey’s Ferry, yesterday afternoon at 3:15 o’clock, Mr. Warren W. WHITE of this place to Miss Lizzie LONG, of Mackey’s Ferry.  Rev. C.W. ROBINSON performed the ceremony in his usual solemn but grand style.  Immediately after the marriage the happy couple left for this town where they arrived at the groom’s residence on Jefferson street at 5 o’clock and were welcomed by a few invited guests.

The Beacon extends hearty congratulations to the happy couple.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 21 February 1890. Available online at

DAVENPORT, Snowden – (d. 1890)

At his home on Long Ridge of pneumonia, Monday, March 17, 1890, Mr. Snowden DAVENPORT, age 65 years.  The deceased leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss.  From his earliest days Mr. DAVENPORT has been a member of the Baptist church and has lived the life of a devoted Christian and we are sure our loss is his eternal gain.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 21 March 1890, pg 3. Available online at

HOWELL, Julius L. – (d. 1890)

IN MEMORIAM –  We today find it our solemn duty to chronicle the death of another of Washington county’s most beloved and prosperous citizens.  In making his way from earth to heaven, the guardian angel that had been watching by the bedside of our dear friend for several weeks, thought proper to take with him the spirit of Mr. Julius L. HOWELL, on the 28th of March, leaving his lifeless body surrounded by kind and loving friends.

The deceased leaves a wife and one child and a host of friends to mourn his untimely departure, but we find sweet relief in knowing that, though he has been taken from us, yet, our loss is his eternal gain.  We mingle our sorrows with those of his many friends, and to his bereaved family we extend our most heartfelt sympathies.  As a husband, he was kind, loving and true; as a father he was affectionate and forgiving; as a friend (ah, who knows better what the word friend here means than the writer) he was kind, generous and as true to those he called friends, as steel.  We have only known the deceased fro six years, but in that time, though short it may seem, he has proved to be to us a friend, and had he been nearer to us, we could not have taken the sad news of his death more at heart. In his death we may truly say we lose one of our staunchest friend. He has not only been such a valuable friend to us personally but no firmer friend could the Beacon boast than “X.Y.Z,” which was none other than this noble man of whom we write, he was ever found ready to help make the paper an honor to his county, for which we will ever remember him kindly.

The deceased was 44 years of age, had long been a member of the Methodist Protestant Church, to which he was devoted and the rules of which he love as only Christians can.

Mr. HOWELL was last year elected to the office of Mayor of Creswell, which office he has filled with credit: he was also a member of the Board of Education of the county and he always seemed to take much interest in the educational advancement of our people.  His every effort in public as well as private life seemed to be for the betterment of his fellow man.

This good man from us is gone forever, his lifeless remains have been laid within the tomb and covered by the cold sod, there to remain until the Great Day, all that is left of this noble character is memory.  His earthly career has ended, his suffering are all over and he is now with the angels in that high home prepared for the righteous.  And, as Christ came and “hath abolished death,” we will think of him in the inspired language and say: “He is not death but sleepeth.”

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 4 April 1890, pg 3. Available online at

CLIFTON, Jessie – (d. 1890)

A Child Drowned

obituary for Jesse CLIFTON, the little six-year-old son of Capt. Thomas CLIFTON, keeper of the Roanoke Light.



Roanoke Beacon newspaper – May 9, 1890. Available at


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

More WCGS Back Issues Added

Just an update to let everyone know that I’ve added more back issues of WCGS Newsletter to the website. You’ll now find more than 65 issues spanning 1990-2007 on the WCGS News page. The newsletters contain a wealth of data about the county – from cemetery transcriptions, family stories, obituaries, land records, bible records, and more.

I’ve also added several issues of WCGS Journal that you can find here.

I’ve got more to add, so will let you know next time I make another update. Enjoy!

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Plymouth & Washington County Book Is Released

I am a huge fan of the Images of America book series; I even collect them and have a Pinterest map to track the locations of the books I own. So, imagine my delight to see a new one dedicated to Plymouth!


The book is written by Willie Drye. Drye is a journalist and blogger who lives in Plymouth and collected numerous pictures to help tell the historical story of the area. I can’t wait to add this book to my collection! You can learn more about the book on the Arcadia Press website.

For Those 90 Years Young

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 

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.