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CHESSON, Charles (d. 1899)

From the 17 Mar 1899 issue of the Roanoke Beacon, newspaper of Plymouth, Washington County, NC

Mr. Wilson CHESSON was called to Parmele Saturday on account of his father’s death, Mr. Charles CHESSON, who was an old resident of this community. We extend our sympathies to the bereaved family.


FAGAN, Joe (d. 1890)

From the February 14, 1890 issue of the Roanoke Beacon, newspaper of Plymouth, Washington County, NC.

Joe FAGAN died at his home in Martin County on Wednesday night after a long and painful illness.


SIMMONS, Dennis (d. 1902)

From the May 15, 1902 issue of The Times newspaper or Richmond, VA.

Norfolk, Va., May 14 – Mr. Dennis Simmons, of Williamston, N.C., a prominent lumberman and active member of the North Carolina Pine Association, died at St. Vincent’s Hospital yesterday after an illness of only four days.  The remains were this morning forwarded via the Atlantic Coast Line to Williamston for internment.


EVERETT, Justus (d. 1913)

Charlotte Observer – March 9, 1913

News was received here yesterday of the death of Mr. Justus Everett, who lived just below Palmyra, in Martin County, which occurred Thursday night from the effects of ptomaine poisoning contracted through drinking a small glass of cider from his stock in his store. He was violently ill for three or four days, and the physicians could do nothing to relieve him.

Mr. Everett was one of the most prominent farmers of eastern North Carolina, a man whose judgment was relied upon by his neighbors, practical, sane and industrious. By economy and industry he had accumulated an estate of about $50,000, starting in life with nothing.

A wife and nine children of a former marriage survive him. Of his sons, Mr. R.O. Everett of Durham is known as one of the State’s most promising young lawyers. Mr. S. Justus Everett of Greensboro is also a prominent attorney.

The funeral occurred at Spring Green Primitive Baptist Church, near his home, this morning, Elder T.M. Lawrence of Hamilton conducting the service.


Source: “Justus Everett.” Charlotte Observer [Charlotte, NC] 9 Apr. 1913. GenealogyBank.


WILLIAMS, William Perry (d. 1900)

Charlotte Observer
April 10, 1900

He Died at His Home at Davidson College Yesterday Afternoon

At 7:45 o’clock last evening, Rev. William Perry Williams died at his home at Davidson, after a few weeks’ illness. The direct cause of his death was an attack of pneumonia.

Mr. Williams was 67 years old. He leaves a widow, a son, Mr. P. H. Williams, of Charlotte, and a daughter, Miss May Williams, head nurse at the Private Hospital in this city. He was a native of the town of Williamston, Martin county, and was a man of more ordinary native ability. He got his education by hard work, and while not a college-bred man, was a <…>scholar, and was an attractive talker and writer on the times of his early boyhood.

At the time of his death Mr. Williams was grand lecturer of the Masonic order of the State. His remains will be interred with Masonic honors. The arrangements for the funeral home have not been completed, though it is thought that the services will be conducted at the Methodist church in Davidson.

Mis May Williams, who has been visiting in Martin county, was called home by telegram yesterday, spent last night in Charlotte, and this morning she and her brother will go to Davidson for the funeral.

Courtesy of Genealogybank


JOHNSTON, child (d. 1883)

As part of the North Carolina news section of the Chicago Defender in their November 26, 1838 issue this brief news item appeared:

Williamston, NC. – Earl Johnson, four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Johnston, was fatally burned Monday when he upset a pot of hot water.  He was rushed to the hospital where efforts to save him were in vain.

I checked the NC Death Certficates database at Ancestry and it seems that young Earl died in Washington, Beaufort County, NC. His death certificate shows that both parents were born in Williamston though and he was buried in Martin County.

I have some relatives with Martin County connections that are Johnsons; I wonder if Earl is in any way related to them.  Something to investigate in the future….


GRIFFIN, Simon (d. 1883)

From the Feburary 9, 1883 issue of The Landmark, newspaper of Statesville, NC.

The Martin County Times, of the 2nd inst., says: Last Friday, about two miles from Williamston, occurred a most horrible tragedy, the participants being father and son, King and Simon Griffin. King Griffin, the father, was coming from the premises of his son Simon, when some altercation took place between them.  Simon went for his father with an axe, when the old man retreated to the house, picked up a gun and emptied the contents into Simon’s breast, killing him.


HUNTER, Jno. B. (d. 1810)

Star Newspaper of Raleigh, NC – August 23, 1810

The following tribute of respect was received in time for our last paper, but was mislaid.


Died, in Edenton, On Monday, 31st ult. Mr. Jno. B. Hunter, of Williamston.

While those, on whose minds the recollection of his many virtues are yet strongly impress’d, feel soliticitous to revere the memory, and regret the premature death of this worthy character, let the veil which covers human frailty, rest o’er those foibles, which alas! are inseperable from the nature of man.  Enriched by the inheritance of superior intellect, with a magnanimity of soul, that spurn’d the idea of every goveling and fradulent deed; happily blended with humility, whos calm influence can reconsile us to the calamities of time, nor suffer us to repine at the inscrutiable mandates of Heaven – Laden with the sighs of the affluent, and the tears of the indigent, (whose grateful heats can testify, that benificence was not wanting to complete the fulness of his character, ) did the affectionate husband, the faithful friend, the indulgent master and honest citizen, embark for that Haven, where the hand that writes will become motionless, and the eyes that read will be dimmed.



YELLOWLY, Elizabeth (d. 1816)

The Star newspaper of Raleigh, NC – 7 Jun 1816

Died – In Williamston, Martin county, on the 21st instant, Mrs. Elizabeth Yellowly, conort of Capt. Edward Yellowly, in the 44th year of her age, much regretted by all her acquaintances, leaving a desolate husband and seven children to grieve their irreperable loss.



POOLE, Theodore W. (d. 1890)

As located in, from the 6 Mar 1890 issue of the Charlotte News:

Mr. T.W. Poole, a prominent citizen of Martin county, died suddenly in his room at the Yarboro house yesterday, of heart disease.”


DIED — Theodore W. POOLE, Esq., at the Yarborough House in Raleigh, on Tuesday, March 4th, 1890.  Mr. POOLE was a resident of Williamston, NC, and in his death the State loses one of its most talented sons.  In 1883-5 Mr. POOLE represented the second District in the Senate, which position he filled with credit to himself and advantage to the Democratic party.  We comingle our sympathies with those of the people of the entire State in the afflictions that has befallen them.

Source: Roanoke Beacon, 7 March 1890, pg 3. Available online at