Peter Presly Smith dies May 4, 1883, from Consumption, Halifax County, NC

year 1883

May 17, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)

In Memoriam
Ringwood, N.C.,
May 8th, 1883.

Died at his residence in Halifax, near Ringwood, N.C., on the 4th inst., Peter Presly Smith, after a long and protracted sickness of that terrible disease to the human family, consumption. The deceased was born in the county of Halifax, N.C., on March 3, 1828, and was therefore in his 46th year.

He was a kind husband, a devoted father, and a good neighbor. He leaves a sorrowing widow and ten children to mourn their irreparable loss; but they mourn not as those without hope. He professed faith in Christ a year or so ago, and ever since has given fruits of his Christian virtues and of a life consecrated to his Maker.

All that medical skill and the unremitting nursing and attention of kind friends could do was freely offered and bestowed on him. Yet the grim monster claimed him for its victim, and his wearied spirit has been released from the trammels of the flesh, and is now, we trust and have reason to believe, basking in the realms of heavenly light, where there is no sickness, no sorrow, no pain nor death.

A happy home has been invaded and its paternal head taken; a devoted wife has been made to feel the deepest pangs of sorrow in the loss of an affectionate husband, and ten interesting children left fatherless to buffet the waves and meet the cares, responsibilities, and trials of a cold and heartless world.

Honor, integrity, sobriety, and virtue adorned the life of the deceased; and although he has passed on the other side of the river, and will never more mingle in human affairs, yet his memory will be fondly cherished not only by his family, but also by a large circle of relatives and acquaintances.

We learn that the deceased was a Mason, and this is a sure guarantee that his widow and orphans will never suffer.

Adieu, friend and neighbor; peace to thy mortal remains, and may we who survive thee be admonished by thy early removal to put our houses in order so that when called on like thee, may be ready to meet the Summons of death.

W.C.F.

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Fire Consumes the Store of Luther Davis May 12, 1883, NC

year 1883

May 17, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)

A fire in Rich Square Saturday night consumed the store of Mr. Luther Davis. The entire loss was $2500. There was $1500 insurance.

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Stroke Strikes C.A. Hoover of Steel Creek, NC, 1883

May 17, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)

[From Here and There Section]

Journal-Observer: Mr. C.A. Hoover, one of the most prominent citizens of Steel Creek township, was stricken with paralysis day before yesterday, and is lying in a very critical condition, we regret to learn. It is feared that the stroke will prove fatal.

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[From the records I was able to find, it appears he may have lived until January 15, 1886, Find a Grave here. Of note, on the 1880 census, this C. (Cyrus) A. Hoover has a daughter, Esther E. Hoover. Following the census records backwards and forwards, it appears she was born Martha, later went by Elizabeth or Esther, went back Martha, and her tombstone says Elizabeth "Lizzie," as does her death certificate. I know it looks questionable, but the dates and the identity of those she lives with (she was single all her life) match up.]

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Lightning Strikes Telegraph, L.L. Kitchin Knocked Down, 1883, NC

year 1883

May 17, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)

On last Monday lightning struck four of the telegraph poles near town, making quite an alarming report. The effect was rather exciting in the town office, but not in the depot office. All the connecting wires in the town office, at the bottom of the instrument were broken and some of the wires melted. The young operator was surrounded with too much electricity just then to feel exactly comfortable, and we predict that if a few more such clicks come over the wires he will be for quitting the business. Mr. L.L. Kitchin was knocked down by the stroke.

 

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Sarah Ann Tillinghast Selected to Model Teaching, 1883, NC

May 17, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)

[From Here and There Section]

Fayetteville Observer:  Miss Sarah Ann Tillinghast, one of the teachers of the Fayetteville Graded School, has been selected as teacher of the Model Primary Class in the Franklin State Normal School for Whites, during its summer session. This is a deserved compliment to an accomplished lady and efficient instructress.

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Neill Williams, age 18, Drowns on May 8, 1883, NC

May 17, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)

[From Here and There Section]

Fayetteville Observer: Neill Williams, a colored lad about eighteen years of age, while bathing on the 8th inst., in the mill-pond of William Williams, in Harnett, was drowned. A companion saw him go down and thought he was diving; but, strange to say, he never rose to the surface again.

 

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Respected Citizen Falcon Brown, Sr., dies May 8, 1883, NC

May 17, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page)

[From Here and There Section]

Warrenton Journal:   Mr. Falcon Brown, Sr., a highly respected citizen of Warren county, died suddenly of Apoplexy at his residence near Vaughan’s, N.C., on Wednesday morning, May 8th.

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[On familysearch.org, I did find a record for a Faulken Brown (mentioned as father of Bobbie L. Clopton, death record, her mother listed as Kate Shearin), born in Warren County, NC. I then found, on ancestry.com, an 1880 Warren County census record for Jacob F. Brown (born about 1830), who had a servant-housekeeper Cate Shearin and child Bobbie [Shearin].

However, on ancestry.com there are also several family trees listing a Jacob Faulcon Brown who was married to Lucinda Fain (who did not die until 1907). They list his death date as May 8, 1883 (but no attached record).

So, that is where the mystery stands.]

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