Sisters, Rebie and Nannie Smith, NC, 1880s


October 26, 1882 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page, 3d column)

Misses Rebie and Nannie Smith, two of Scotland Neck’s most charming young ladies, returned home last Saturday. Miss Rebie from an extended visit in the western part of the State, and Miss Nannie from St. Mary’s school, Raleigh, whither she went a short time ago, but being unable, on account of sickness, to attend to her studies, she returned home.

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January 11, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page, 1st column)

–While Misses Rebe and Nannie Smith were returning home from church on last Sunday morning the axle of the buggy broke throwing Miss Rebe from the buggy. Fortunately the horse was not frightened and stopped. We are glad to say that Miss R. was not seriously injured as was at first apprehended.


[It appears that Rebie Whitmel (Rebecca) and Nannie Hill (Nan) Smith were the daughters of Peter E. Smith and Rebecca Hill. Rebie was born July 22, 1861, and died April 17, 1940. Nannie was born April 30, 1864, and died April 4, 1954. Rebie was married to John Henry Durham. Nannie was married to Walter D. Shields. I would guess that the sisters were always close because, on the 1930 Scotland Neck, Halifax, NC, census, Rebie and Nannie (both widowed) and their single sister Lena Smith were all living in the same household. Rebie’s ID# is KCJH-HJB and Nannie’s ID# is K4GR-PJT.]


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