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FAGAN, Joe – (d. 1890)

Mr. Joe FAGAN, a highly respected young farmer of Martin Co., died at his home in that county on Wednesday night after a long and painful illness.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 14 February 1890. Available online at


POWELL, (infant) – (d. 1890)

In Martin County, NC, the wife of G.S. POWELL tied her one-year old baby in a chair and left the room.  When she returned she found the chair and child turned over into the fire and the child badly burned. It died in a few hours.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 14 February 1890. Available online at


JOHNSTON, Samuel (Mrs.) (d. 1801)

DIED– In Martin county, a few days ago, Mrs. JOHNSTON, wife of Hon. Samuel JOHNSTON, one of the Judges of the Superior Courts of this State.

Source: Raleigh Register and Weekly Advertiser, 10 February 1801. 


SLADE Jr., Henry (d. 1821)

Raleigh Register, and North Carolina Gazette
February 17, 1821



WILLIAMS, Samuel (d. 1850)

The following death notice for Samuel Williams, age 64, appeared in the April 17, 1850 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper.



SPRUILL, Elizabeth Rebecca (d. 1848)

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.


YATES, Margaret (d. 1847)

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.




CHERRY, Romulus S. (d. 1847)

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

Obituary for Romulus Cherry


BIGGS, Asa (d. 1878)

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. website.


ANGE, Malachi (d. 1890)

From the 21 Mar 1890 issue of the Roanoke Beacon, newspaper of Plymouth, North Carolina.

ANGE – At his home in Martin county, on Tuesday, March 18th, 1890. Mr. Malichi ANGE. The deceased was a member of the Freewill Baptist church. He leaves a wife and seventeen children to whom we extend our heartfelt sympathies.