Roper Ripples – June 29, 1900

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


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”.


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. 


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. 

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

1962 Plymouth Directory

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

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1960 Plymouth Directory

Recently added to the Internet Archive is the 1960 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.

Roanoke Beacon: Back Issues Now Online

I cannot speak enough goodwill about the team of  I have been such a fan of their online digitization efforts since they started and I’m always finding good treasures there.  I’ve used the yearbooks they’ve been digitizing to create the NCGenWeb Yearbook Index and I’ve culled through newspapers abstracting information for the NC People in the Papers site.  But, last month they sent me absolutely over the edge when I received a notice that they were adding back issues of the Roanoke Beacon online!

You see, my maternal grandmother was from Plymouth and she and her family history are one of the main drivers behind why I am doing genealogy in the first place.  When I first got online in 2005 to start my family history research, Washington County is where I started.  I received so much help from the work posted on this NCGenWeb site that I knew I had to give back.  One way for me to do that was to begin indexing the Roanoke Beacon.  So, I ordered microfilm, paid to have some issues digitized in PDF form, and then began the index.  Along the way, I secretly hoped that I’d find tidbits about my ancestors and so  far, I have found one!

But now, in cooperation with the Washington County Library, issues from 1889-1918 are online at the website! That’s almost 20 years of turn-of the-century issues – whoo hoo!

So, you can expect the index to grow and more entries from Washington County to be added to the NC People in the Papers database, as well as to the Washington County, NCGenWeb site.  Newspapers contain such valuable information so take some time to explore the paper and see what you find.  Your ancestors just may be lurking among those pages somewhere. :-)

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

Marriage: LYNN, S.O. and Modie HARRISON (1900)


There was a pretty home marriage at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Sabra HARRISON, near this town on Wednesday morning last at 6:30 o’clock, the contracting parties being Mr. S.O. LYNN, of Suffolk, Va., and Miss Modie HARRISON, one of Washington county’s most charming young ladies.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. N.H. HARRISON, and the wedding march rendered by Miss Adelia SKITTLETHARPE, of Plymouth.  The attendants were, Mr. Milton RIDDICK, of Suffolk,  and Miss Eunice LYNN, sister of the groom, and Mr. Joe VAIL and Miss Pauline HARRISON, both of this town. 

Directly after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. LYNN left for an extended trip to Raleigh, Washington City, and other points of interest, after which they will go to Suffolk, the home of the groom, to reside in future.  They were accompanied as far as Edenton by Mr. Joe VAIL and Miss Pauline HARRISON. 

The BEACON joins their many friends in best wishes for the continued happiness of this newly wedded couple. 

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 31 Aug 1900