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Hyde County Historical & Genealogical Society
Fall Meeting

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:30 P.M.

290 Old Highway 264, Scranton, NC 27875

~~featured speakers ~~

Bill Griffin, Scranton native

His remarks will be about his Scranton memories




Roderick Kevin Donald

Visiting & Rsearch Scholar, Duke University

His topic will focus on preserving cemetery grave markers.


Copies of the Fall issue of High Tides will be available.

Memberships in the HCHGS are $25 per calendar year.

2018 memberships can be paid at the meeting or by mail.


Olde Wickham:  Little Kingdom by the Sea
by Richard B. Lupton

BOOK SIGNING: September 24, 2017 from 2-4 at the R.S. Spencer True Value Store, Engelhard, NC

Hyde Co. Historical and Genealogical Society announces the recent publication of Olde Wickham:  Little Kingdom by the Sea, by Richard B. Lupton, a native of Swan Quarter.  This comprehensive history of Hyde County, which begins with Sir Walter Raleigh’s colonists and covers history well into the 20th century, gives histories of each of the county’s distinct regions including eastern Beaufort Co. and the Hatteras/Ocracoke area which were a part of Hyde at one time. 

 There are chapters devoted to the county’s rich African American and Native American heritage, the Civil War and its effects on Hyde Co., the drainage of Lake Mattamuskeet, and other commercial developments along with discussions of the private and public schools in Hyde’s early years through the 20th century.  Various Appendices are included which give a wealth of information supporting the narrative of the twenty-five chapters.  The hardbound edition includes a bibliography and is indexed.

 The 500 plus page book , published 2017, is available from R.S. Spencer, Inc. (P.O. Box 159, Engelhard, NC  27824) for $50 plus $3.38 NC sales tax and $7 shipping.  For more information, email or phone 252-542-0000.

 The Hyde Co. Historical & Genealogical Society’s mission is to preserve and record the history of Hyde Co. and its people.  To that end, the Society holds meetings twice a year and publishes its journal, High Tides, in the spring and fall.  For more information about the Society go to


The Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that the papers and files of John McGowan that were given to us after his death have been placed in the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo which is a division of the North Carolina Archives. There are 7 cubic feet of these papers which John collected over many years. He had conveyed many times to his sister Linda that he wanted to be buried in Hyde County and to have his files sent back here as well. These files contain information on many Hyde County families. Just a few examples are Jarvis, Mason, McGowan, Midgett, and Stotesbury papers. Some of his files even contain family information back to Europe. The files have been kept since their return to Hyde County by Betty Mann of Fairfield who went through them and carried them to the repository in Manteo where they have been accepted. At some point, they will be available to researchers to use. The society is grateful for the many years of service that John McGowan gave toward preserving the heritage of Hyde County by his collection of materials and by serving as webmaster of the Hyde County Genealogical Site which is now maintained by Kay Midgett Sheppard. The society is also grateful to Linda for seeing that we received the papers.


The Hyde County Historical & Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that its publication HYDE COUNTY (NC) LAND DIVISIONS IN THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES by Richard B. Lupton is now once again available from the society. The book has been out-of-print since last year. The publication is a reprint with several minor revisions by the editor. Some site visitors may not realize that this book contains detailed information, including maps, of these land divisions which often prove useful when a researcher does not know the maiden name of a female ancestor. The book is 351 pages in length and is indexed. The editor also has included an explanation of abbreviations and definitions of land measurement. He also discusses county survey evolutions, patents, waterways and roads, towns and villages, a connection with Native Americans and African-Americans and the Donnell Plantation, one of the larger ones in North Carolina of its time period. Mr. Lupton also has an interesting story of Edward Ensley: Black Phoenix and brief articles on community life, economic valuations, and agricultural anachronism. The book is available from the society book vendor, R. S. Spencer, Inc. P O Box 159, Engelhard, NC 27824, for $35 plus tax of $2.71 and shipping and handling costs of $5.00. The book vendor's e-mail is The society appreciates the generosity of Mr. Lupton in making the valuable book once again available for those interested in the history and genealogy of Hyde County.

© 2017 Kay Midgett Sheppard