Raleigh Register, and North Carolina Gazette
February 17, 1821
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Raleigh Register, and North Carolina Gazette
February 17, 1821
The following article appeared in the November 24th, 1862 issue of the Carolina Observer. It was originally published in the Richmond Examiner, November 18th, 1862. Submitted by Lorraine Blount Peckham.
We have some interesting accounts of the recent Yankee demonstrations in North Carolina. The forces of the enemy, numbering about 7,000 men, under the command of Major Gen’l FOSTER, made a raid on Martin county last week. The destruction done by the enemy is said to be frightful. The county from one end to another is one complete scene of desolation and ruin. The Yankee army left Washington on Sunday the 2d inst, on its march for Williamston, and arrived at Rawl’s Mill at sundown, where it was engaged by the 26th N.C. Regiment, which boldly contested its advance, but which was forced to give way on account of the great inferiority in numbers. The enemy was temporarily delayed at the mill by the burning of a bridge, which they repaired during the night, and on Monday morning came into Williamston. It is impossible to give a full description of the various acts of outrages committed by them.
Not a single house was respected – it matters not whether the owner was in or absent. Doors were broken open and houses entered by the soldiers, who took everything they saw, and what they were unable to carry away, they broke and destroyed. Furniture of every description was committed to the flames, and the citizens who dared to remonstrate with them were threatened; cursed and buffeted about by the Yankee villains. Cattle, hogs and poultry were shot down, and in many instances left untouched. Our informant saw as many as fifty head of stock of all kinds lying dead about the streets.
The enemy left town on the evening of the same day on its march up the country. They stopped for the night at F.H. WARD’s mill. Mr. WARD was completely stripped of everything – they not even leaving him enough for breakfast. While on the sick bed his wife was in his presence search and robbed of $500. On Tuesday the band of thieves went into Hamilton, where they enacted the same scenes. A citizen, Bennett L. BAKER, was without cause shot and instantly killed by one of the New York calvary. They were, as is usual with them, accompanied with their boats; which went up the Roanoke river. The army went about fifteen miles above Hamilton, when for some cause it suddenly turned and marched back, taking with some slight deviation in quest of plunder, the same route it had come. The town of Hamilton was set on fire and as many as fifteen houses laid in ashes. On the next Friday a marauding party very unexpectedly made its appearance in Williamston again. No one had any intelligence of its approach from the fact it arrested and kept every citizen it could on its route. During the time the Yankees encamped at Williamston everything which they left unharmed when last there was demolished. Every house in town was occupied and defaced. Several fine residences , among which was Judge BIGGS’ were actually used as horse stables. Iron safes were broken open, and in the presence of their owners rifled of their content. Several citizens were seized and robbed of the money on their persons. Our informant states that not less than eight hundred slaves and the same number of horses have been taken from the county of Martin alone.
On Sunday morning Williamston was fired and no effort made to arrest the flames until several houses were burnt. It appears, indeed, that everything that the most savage nature could suggest was done by the enemy. No attempt was made by their officers, from Gen. FOSTER down, to prevent the destruction of property. On the contrary, they connived at it, and some of the privates did not hesitate to say that they were instructed to do as they had done. It appears that FOSTER is in every respect the equal of Butler or Pope for inhumanity. He is represented as a type of the Yankee monster. The gentleman who has given us the many items of information noted above, says that two ladies at Williamston went to him to beseech protection from his soldier, and were rudely and arrogantly ordered from his presence.
The following death notice for Samuel Williams, age 64, appeared in the April 17, 1850 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper.
The following obituary appeared in the April 12, 1848 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper. Elizabeth Rebecca SPRUILL was the wife of Sheperd S. SPRUILL and a daughter of David LATHAM (a former senator of Martin County). She was 21 years old.
The following notice appeared in the June 15, 1847 issue of the Semi-Weekly Raleigh Register newspaper for the death of Mrs. Margaret YATES. She was the wife of Dr. Levi S. YATES and daughter of D.W. BAGLEY.
The following death notice for the death of Romulus S. CHERRY appeared in the June 11, 1847 issue of the Semi-Weekly Raleigh Register. Romulus was the 25 year-old son of Darling and Elizabeth CHERRY.
On Wednesday morning, Dec. 21st, 1898, at 8 o’clock at the home of the brides father, in Hamilton, N.C., Mr. A.L. HARRISON and Miss Hattie LAWRENCE were united in the holy bonds of matrimony.
The attendants were: Miss Modie HARRISON, of Plymouth, with S.O. LYNN, of Suffolk, Va., Miss Alma HOUSE, of Greensboro, with B.N. ALLBROOK, of Scotland Neck; Miss Annie LONG, of Hamilton, with Gordon HOUSE, of Hobgood; Miss Adelia SKITTLETHARPE, of Hamilton. The wedding march was artistically rendered by Miss Mary BAKER.
After the ceremony, which was preformed by the brides father, Elder M.T. LAWRENCE, the bridal party left for the home of the grooms mother, Mrs. Emma HARRISON, near Plymouth, where a reception was held.
Source: Roanoke Beacon, 30 Dec 1898, pg. 2.
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Death of Judge Biggs — Hon. Asa BIGGS, of the firm of K<…> BIGGS & Co.,died in Norfolk at 12 am of Wednesday the 6th inst. The immediate cause of his death was rheumatic gout.
Judge BIGGS was born in Martin county, North Carolina, on the 4th of February, 1811. he was licensed to practice law in 1831, entered public life in 1840 as a member of the House of Commons from Martin, was re-elected in 1842, and went to the State Senate in 1844. In 1845 he was elected to Congress from the First District, beating Hon. David OUTLAW, and in 1847 was in turn defeated by Mr. OUTLAW. In 1850 <.two sentences unreadable> the result of their joint labors, the Revised Code, would of itself, have been sufficient to have kept green the memories of each of the co-laborers.
In 1854 Judge BIGGS was again elected to the Legislature from Martin and by the Legislature of 1854 and 1855 he was elected to the United States Senate. This position he resigned for the purposes of accepting the United States District Judgeship, which position he held until he resigned and was at once appointed District Judge of the Confederate States.
At the close of the war Judge BIGGS persued the practice of law with marked success and continued in the practice until 1909, when he, in company with Chief Justice SMITH went to Norfolk and opened a law firm.
Judge BIGGS leaves a family of three sons and three daughters. Capt. Wm. BIGGS, of the Oxford Free Lance, being the eldest of his sons.
Source: Roanoke News, 9 Mar 1878, pg. 3. DigitalNC.org website.
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Applications require a pedigree and accompanying information to demonstrate a generation-by-generation link to a patriot ancestor. Genealogical information submitted may include references to Revolutionary War pension files, baptismal records, marriage records, cemetery records, census records, family Bible records, deeds, court records, documented family and local histories, and copies of applications to other lineage societies. Applications also typically include a short summary of the ancestor’s service. – Ancestry.com
The following list below is an extraction of vital record data of individuals in the database who have an association with Martin County. The listing below provides the person’s name, their relationship to the applicant, details provided in the application, the SAR membership number, and the applicant’s name. Each piece of information is separated by a dash.
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NameRelationship to ApplicantBornBirth LocationDiedDeath LocationSAR Application No.NotesApplicant Name
BIGGS, Henry Emerson Self 18 June 1862 Martin County N/A N/A 27089 N/A BIGGS, Henry Emerson
BRYAN, Ann Grey Great-Grandmother 5 Dec 1786 Williamston N/A N/A 88274 Wife to William Bryan Hyman BORDELON, Irving M.
DUPREE, Mary Patience Grandmother 15 Dec 1879 Martin County N/A N/A 89790 Wife to Thomas Levine Osborne OGLESBY, James Gorham
EVERETT, Henry Great-Grandfather 1792 Martin County N/A N/A 92088 Husband to Elizabeth (Betsy) Manning JAMES, Roland Maximillian
EVERETT, James Walter Self 4-Jul-05 Robersonville N/A N/A 46625 Son of Marcellus Everett and Lela Keel EVERETT, James Walter
EVERETT, Jane Elizabeth Grandmother 2 Sep 1838 Martin County N/A N/A 92088 Wife to William Tillman Keel JAMES, Roland Maximillian
GAINOR, Anne 4th Great-Grandmother N/A Martin County N/A N/A 78945 N/A HARLEY Jr., George Foster
HARRELL, Samuel Newbern Self 13 Apr 1875 Hamilton N/A N/A 47090 Son of Augustus Harrell and Harriet Whitehurst HARRELL, Samuel Newbern
HASSELL, Amariah Grandfather 22 Aug 1810 Williamston 18 Jul 1895 Manlo, Georgia 99585 N/A HASSELL, John Fleming
HODGES, Marina Grandmother 18 Jul 1856 Beaufort County 10 Apr 1880 Robersonville 83563 Wife to Marcus Augustus Roberson ELLSWORTH, Arthur Fleming
HOWELL, Elizabeth Dorothy Great-Grandmother 24 may 1817 Martin County 26 Feb 1849 De Soto County, Mississippi 92100 Wife to Reuben Staten Manning MANNING, Wilkins Reuben
HYMAN, William Bryan Great-Grandfather 2 Oct 1779 Cedar Landing 21 Feb 1820 Williamston 88274 Husband to Ann Grey Bryan BORDELON, Irving M.
KEEL, William Tillman Grandfather 11 Sep 1842 Martin County 27 Dec 1917 Martin County 92088 Husband to Jane Elizabeth Everett JAMES, Roland Maximillian
MANNING, Elizabeth (Betsy) Great-Grandmother 1802 Martin County N/A Martin County 92088 Wife to Henry Everett JAMES, Roland Maximillian
MANNING,Marcom 3rd Great-Grandfather N/A Norfolk, Virginia N/A Martin County 92100 Husband to Keziah MANNING, Wilkins Reuben
MANNING, Marcum 3rd Great-Grandfather prior to 1758 N/A 18 Oct 1792 Martin County 92088 Husband to Keziah JAMES, Roland Maximillian
MANNING, Reuben 2nd Great-Grandfather circa 1776 N/A circa 1831 Martin County 92088 Husband to Sarah Whitney JAMES, Roland Maximillian
MANNING, Reuben 2nd Great-Grandfather circa 1789 Martin County Will dated 16 Jul 1831 Martin County 92100 Husband to Sarah Whitney MANNING, Wilkins Reuben
MANNING, Vannoy Hartrog Grandfather 26 Jul 1839 Martin County 3 Nov 1892 Branchville, Maryland 92100 N/A MANNING, Wilkins Reuben
PAGE, Martha Great-Grandmother 25 Nov 1824 Martin County 22 Feb 1877 Robersonville 83563 Wife to Henry Daniel Roberson. Married about 1848. ELLSWORTH, Arthur Fleming
PIERCE, Penlope Great-Grandmother 1764 Martin County about 1785 Martin County 41262 Wife to John Price PRICE, James Hardy
PRICE Sr., William 4th Great-Grandfather about 1730 Martin County about 1785 Hamilton 47193 N/A PRICE, Frederick Singleton Lucas
PRICE Sr., William 2nd Great-Grandfather N/A Martin County about 1800 Martin County 41262 Husband to Martha PRICE, James Hardy
PRICE, William Pierce Grandfather 1797 Martin County 1836 Georgia 41262 Husband of Sarah Williams PRICE, James Hardy
ROBERSON, Henry Danile Great-Grandfather 10 Oct 1824 Martin County 14 Sep 1884 Robersonville 83563 Husband to Martha Page ELLSWORTH, Arthur Fleming
ROBERSON, Lillian Mother 12 Feb 1878 Martin County N/A N/A 83563 Wife to Arthur Franklin Ellsworth. Living in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington ELLSWORTH, Arthur Fleming
ROBERSON, Marcus Augustus Grandfather 27 Dec 1851 Martin County 15-May-01 Martin County 83563 Husband to Marina Hodges ELLSWORTH, Arthur Fleming
ROBERSON, William 2nd Great-Grandfather May 1790 Martin County 11 May 1845 Martin County 83563 Husband to Sarah Rebecca Wynn ELLSWORTH, Arthur Fleming
ROBERTSON, James Henry Father 13 Nov 1884 Williamston 17-Jun-52 Rocky Mount, North Carolina 90982 N/A ROBERTONS, Haywood Lawrence
ROSS Jr., William 4th Great-Grandfather 9 Aug 1731 Martin County 25 Dec 1801 Martin County 65749 Husband to Mary Griffin DIERKING, John Edward
SLADE, Ebenezer (Dr.) 5th Great-Grandfather about 1714 N/A Mar 1788 Martin County 78945 N/A HARLEY Jr., George Foster
SLADE, Jeremiah (General) 3rd Great-Grandfather 12 Aug 1775 Martin County 1824 N/A 78945 N/A HARLEY Jr., George Foster
SLADE, Jeremiah (General) 3rd Great-Grandfather 12 Aug 1775 Martin County 1824 N/A 78945 Husband to Janet Bog HARLEY Jr., George Foster
SLADE, Thomas Bog 2nd Great-Grandfather 26 Jul 1800 Martin County 5 May 1882 Columbus, Georgia 78945 Husband to Anne Jacqueline Blount HARLEY Jr., George Foster
SLADE, William (Lieutenant) 4th Great-Grandfather 7 Jan 1745 N/A Feb 1791 Martin County 78945 N/A HARLEY Jr., George Foster
SMALLWOOD, Portia Bonner Grandmother 12 Sep 1853 Washington, North Carolina 20-Feb-25 Williamston 84275 Wife to George Llewellyn Grimes Whitley WHITLEY, Walter Jenkins
VAN PELT, Lavenia 4th Great-Grandmother about 1737 New York N/A Martin County 83563 Wife to Watkin William Wynn ELLSWORTH, Arthur Fleming
WARD, John James (Capt.) Grandfather 9 Sep 18189 Martin County 29 Jul 1864 Griffin, Georgia 94973 Husband to Ellen Tyler Young REILLY, William Irving
WHITLEY, George Llewellyn Grimes Grandfather 1 Apr 1842 Williamston 13-Nov-19 Williamston 84275 Husband to Portia Bonner WHITLEY, Walter Jenkins
WILLIAMS, Mary 2nd Great-Grandmother about 1739 Martin County after 1800 N/A 89790 Wife to Samuel Cherry OGLESBY, James Gorham
WYNN, Sarah Rebecca 2nd Great-Grandmother 31 Oct 1792 Bertie County 8 Oct 1872 Martin County 83563 Wife to Wiliam Roberson ELLSWORTH, Arthur Fleming
WYNN, Watkin William 4th Great-Grandfather about 1733 Bertie County N/A N/A 83563 Was living in Martin County in 1798. Husband to Lavenia Van Pelt. ELLSWORTH, Arthur Fleming