STEDMAN, James Cooper – (d. 1910)

Fayetteville, NC., November 23 – James Cooper STEDMAN, of this city, passed away at Luke’s Hospital this morning, in the eighty-seventh year of his age, his death coming unexpectedly, though he had for a number of years been an invalid. Mr. STEDMAN was born in Gates county, and lived in Pittsboro until 1853, when he removed to Fayetteville. He was long a prominent merchant and bank officer of this city, though his last years were spent in retirement. He leaves no immediate family, but a number of relatives, among whom are Frank H. STEDMAN, of this city; Major Charles M. STEDMAN, of Greensboro, and Miss Fannie STEDMAN, of Wilmington.

Source:  The times dispatch. (Richmond, Va.), 24 Nov. 1910. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

WILLIAMS, H. Clay – (d. 1900)

Suffolk, Va., March 10 – Hon. H. Clay WILLIAMS died this morning at 7 o’clock in Gates county, N.C., aged 62 years.  He lived at Willeyton, twenty-one miles from Suffolk. The funeral will take place at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon from Kittrell’s M.E. Church.  

The deceased had twice represented his county in the General Assembly of North Carolina, and was formerly State Senator and County Commissioner.  He was among the most prominent men in his section.  He leaves a widow, five daughters, and two sons, among whom are Mrs. Elisha CROSS and Hardy WILLIAMS, of Norfolk, and B.G. WILLIAMS, of Ahoskie, N.C. Mr. CROSS was a family connection of Mrs. I.O. HILL, of Suffolk.

Source: Virginian-pilot. (Norfolk, Va.), 11 March 1900. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

Editorial Note: This is the obituary for Henry Clay Williams.  See FamilySearch Family Tree for more information.

CASTEN, I.W. (Mrs.) – (d. 1896)

Mrs. I.W. CASTEN, one of the best-known ladies of Gates county, N.C., died last night, aged about 27 years, in Gatesville, the county seat. The funeral was held this afternoon from Kittrell’s M. E. Church, concluding which, the remains were taken to Willeyton for interment. Several friends of the family from Suffolk attended. Deceased was a sister of H.B. CROSS, Esq., Treasurer of Gates county.

Source:  The Norfolk Virginian. (Norfolk, Va.), 01 May 1896. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

RIDDICK, L.M. (Mrs.) – (d. 1900)

The remains of Mrs. L.M. RIDDICK, postmistress of Gatesville, N.C., who died of a surgical shock in a Columbus (Ohio) hospital, arrived in Suffolk last night and were today shipped to Gatesville via Gates station for burial.  Mrs. RIDDICK had something like a tumor and went to Columbus for attention.  The operation killed her.  The deceased was the widow of the late Patrick RIDDICK, former sheriff of Gates county, and was a daughter of the late Mills EURE.  She was a sister of Mrs. William Jesse SAVAGE, Wiggins Cross Roads, N.C. and of Mrs. PARKER, Plymouth, NC. Several children survive her.

Source:  Virginian-pilot. (Norfolk, Va.), 29 Nov. 1900. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

CASTIGAN, Patrick – (d. 1899)

Patrick Castigan Commits Suicide by Drowning Himself

Suffolk, Va., June 29 – Far away from dear ones and made morose and desperate because he couldn’t talk in life, Patrick CASTIGAN, an Irishman, 60 years old, preferred the quiet of death. If he had to keep still he’d rather die.  Pat. Yesterday threw himself into the dark waters of Bennett’s Creek, near Gatesville, N.C.  Last evening they found his body floating on the creek’s still bosom.  He was dead.  

Pat. CASTIGAN had no blood kin nearer than Ireland so far as is known.  He moved to America about twenty years ago, since when he has lived nearly all the time in Gates county.  Pat. Was a florist.  He eked out a modest living looking after people gardens and telling funny stories.  He had traveled in many countries during his younger days and laid by many a quaint selection of humor, interesting anecdote and bit of history.  He could tell them well.

For years Pat. CASTIGAN has been a well-known figure in Gatesville.  He was as familiar to court attendants as the Courthouse itself.  Nearly everybody knew and liked Pat.  He had no enemies.

As long as Pat could get around him a crowd of admirers and make them laugh he was contented.  He would likely have lived to a mellow old age but for smallpox and its quarantine regulations.  They have some mild cases of smallpox at Gatesville. The premises on which Pat. Lived, and which are owned by Mr. Joseph A. BROWN, were quarantined.  Pat got very angry at having intercourse with his auditors cut off.  He rebelled against any such regulations.  That was in the first stages of the play that led to tragedy.  He had to submit to the authorities.  He became docile and listless at enforced quiet.  The last stages were pregnant with melancholia.  Old man CASTIGAN went temporarily mad and sought refuge in death. He made for the nearest deep water.

Dr. George WILLIAMS conducted an inquest over the body.  The jury found a verdict of suicide.  The deceased left no property, but the good people of Gatesville – friends of Pat, who had laughed at his wit and his stories – had no idea of having him fill a pauper’s lot. Today they gave him a respectable burial. Many person honored his memory. 

Souce: Virginian-pilot (Norfolk, Va.), 30 June 1899. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

GARRIS, R.W. (Mrs.) – (d. 1905)

Mrs. R.W. GARRIS, 18 years old, died yesterday morning at 7 o’clock at her home 220 Forty-fifth street. The deceased was a native of Gates county, North Carolina, and was married to R.W. GARRIS of this city, less than a year ago.  The funeral will be held at the residence this morning at 9 o’clock.  The body will be shipped to Gates county for interment.

Source:  Daily press. (Newport News, Va.), 06 April 1905. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

TROTMAN, John M. – (d. 1899)

Death of Hon. John M. Trotman

Suffolk, Va., March 9 – Hon. John M. TROTMAN, a member of the North Carolina Legislature from Gates county, is dead.  The end came last night in Raleigh.  The remains passed through Suffolk this afternoon, and were taken to Gates county on a special train over the Suffolk and Carolina.  The regular passenger train had gone, and the special was made up to leave at 5:45. The body was accompanied by a single daughter of the deceased, who had gone to Raleigh during her father’s illness, and by Hon. W.D. WELCH, the member from Chowan county.  The funeral will take place in Gates county tomorrow. 

Hon. John M. TROUTMAN was an ardent free silver Democrat.  He was first elected last fall as a member of the General Assembly.  He was prior to that the agent for the Suffolk and Carolina railroad at Trotville, and also a merchant at the same plant.  He leaves a wife, an unmarried daughter and son, William TROTMAN.

Mr. William E. WINSTEAD, assistant agent of the Seaboard Air Line, in pursuance of a request received by wire, had a hearse meet his afternoon train, and attended to other arrangements. 

Source: Virginian-pilot. (Norfolk, Va.), 10 March 1899. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>