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

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

Marriage: CARTER, E.A. and Leila LAWRENCE (1900)


Inadvertently we failed to note in our last issue the marrige of our esteemed townsman, Mr. E.A. CARTER, which happy event took place at the home of the bride, Miss Leila LAWRENCE, in the city of Raleigh, on Wednesday morning of last week, at 10 o’clock.  Mr. CARTER is a well known and highly respected citizen of this town, and his bride, having filled a position as teacher in Plymouth Academy during the past session, is a lady greatly appreciated by her friends here who extend to her a most cordial welcome.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 6 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

Marriage: SEXTON, Ed and Loula BARNES (1898)

Mr. Ed SEXTON and Miss Loula BARNES were married Sunday evening last, Mr. T.S. SWAIN, J.P., tied the mystical knot.

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

BOWERS, Earnest shoots Madison BAUN (1898)

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

Marriage: VENTERS, Richard T. and Connie WATERS (1898)

Married — At the home of Mr. A.N. WATERS on Jefferson street, Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock, Mr. Richard T. VENTERS to Miss Connie WATERS.  

This marriage was a most quiet one, only a few intimate friends of the contracting parties being present.  The ceremony which made them man and wife was performed by Rev. G.L. FINCH, of the Baptist Church, in a most solemn manner. 

The bride is an accomplished young woman, loved by all for her noble, christian spirit.  The groom has few equals as a man, and during his stay of a few years among our people, he has won an enviable reputation.  To these popular young pepole we extend best wishes, hoping that life holds many blessings in store for them. 

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

AUSBON, Abe and Dawson ARMISTEAD Fight – (1898)

On Saturday afternoon Abe AUSBON and Dawson ARMISTEAD became engated in a fight, and AUSBON struck ARMISTEAD with a 2×2 baulister (sp?) inflicting almost a death wound.  AUSBON was bound over to court in the sum of $100 justified bond.  Both parties are colored. 

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

BATEMAN, Ben Franklin – (1898 Christening)

Mr. and Mrs. John BATEMAN had their son, Ben Franklin, christened in the M.E. Church at Bethlehem Chapel on the Fourth Sunday. 

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 1 Apr 1898, pg. 2