December 7, 1882 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 2d page, 1st column)
NOTICE–Since the last issue of the Commonwealth, we have purchased the entire office and this issue appears under the new regime.
Unexpired terms of subscription and contracts for advertising will be filled, and all moneys due the Commonwealth at time of purchase will be collected by us.
[E. E. Hilliard is the new editor.
His name was Eli E. Hilliard, born November 18, 1856, died February 2, 1912. He was married to Mary Montague in 1885. Mary visited her sister in Scotland Neck in 1883, two years earlier. The 1900 census shows his occupation as “Editor Commonwealth.”]