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Chatham Co., NC
Miscellaneous Newspaper Gleanings

by Mel Harman

  • Married. In this county, on Thursday evening last, by H.H. Burk, Esq. Mr. Calvin Straughan to Miss Delia Coward. Published 18 Aug 1847 [S1]


  • Married. At the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. George Knight, on Tuesday the 18th, instant, by the Rev. J.C. Wilson, Mr. James Scott, son of C.R. Scott, Esq. To Miss Georgia Knight. Published Thursday, 20 Oct 1887 [S2]


  • Married by the Rev. Mr. Stepheson, on last Sunday morning, at the residence of Mr. John Hammock, Mr. A.J. Mansfield to Miss J.E. Hammock. Mr. Mansfield was not the only one that wanted "Jenny Bet" for a bride. "The other fellow did not get there." He was a little "too previous in providing himself with a marriage license. Published Thursday, 17 Nov 1887 [S2]


  • We are grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Mann, wife of Dr. E.D. Mann of this county. This sad event took place on last Friday, and her burial took place at Brown’s Chapel and was attended by a very large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives, Rev. W.H. Thompson conducted the funeral exercises. Mrs. Mann was the daughter of the late Robert Love, so well and favorably known all over the county. In all the relations of life she proved the excellency of her character. Her highest praise is that she was an humble Christian. The loss to her devoted husband and eight children, one of whom is only two weeks old, is irreparable. Their comfort is that she has entered into an eternal rest. The family has our sincere sympathy. Published Thursday, 26 Jan 1888 [S2]


  • John O’Connell died at this home in this county, on the 16th of February 1888, in the 56th year of his age. He was a consistent Christian, a bright mason and true and good man. He was educated for the Catholic priesthood, and emigrated to America to escape a calling that had been abhorrent to his feelings. He settled in Chatham, and being a man of education, integrity and industry he commanded the respect of all who knew him. His death is a great loss to the community, but an irreparable one to his devoted wife and six children. Rev. J.E. Thompson and Rev. Isaac Avent conducted the Funeral services. A good man has fallen. Ellen a bright and lovely girl, had preceded her father to the grave about three months. Published Thursday, 16 Feb 1888 [S2]


  • Marriage. At the residence of the bride’s father in Moore county on February 28th, Mr. Joseph L. Knight formerly of this county to Miss Belle Campbell. Published Thursday, 1 Mar 1888 [S2]


  • Thomas W. Mansfield was licensed to preach the gospel by the quarterly conference at Brown’s Chapel, on last Saturday. He is a young man of good character, a native of Chatham. We wish him great usefulness and success in his holy calling. Published Thursday, 13 May 1888 [S2]


  • We were shown on Monday last an old pocket knife which Rafus [sic] Boon carried with him through the Revolutionary War. It descended to his son William Boon, who died a few years ago at an advanced age. It is now in the family of his daughter, Mrs. James Thomas. It is a ?one-bladed knife, horn handle - barlow style. The blade, originally about three inches long has been worn away not quite half its length, and is now not more than one eight of an inch broad to its point. Published Thursday, 7 Jun 1888 [S2]


  • A correspondent writes:, "I see that the News and Observer says that Miss C.L. Beavers who recently won the famous medal at Peace Institute was from Durham, and the Plant ever ready to claim all for Durham possible catches on to the same mistake. Chatham should have its dues. Miss Beavers is a native born Chatham lady and claims the noble old country as her home today. She went from Chatham to Peace Institute where she has won distinction as a Chathamite and Durham need not claim her. Published Thursday, 5 Jul 1888 [S2]


  • Mr. David D. Love died in Raleigh on Monday evening of typhoid fever. His remains passed through our town on Tuesday, and were buried at Brown’s Chapel. Mr. Love leaves two children, three brothers and two sisters. He was a native of Chatham and in the 36th year of his age. His wife a daughter of Mr. J.B. West, died some three or four years ago. He was a just and upright man and died greatly lamented by a large circle of friends. Published Thursday, 25 Oct 1888 [S2]


  • We regret to record the death of the venerable Abner Marsh, father of our late representative in the Legislature, Daniel Marsh. See Obituary Notice. Published Thursday, 6 Dec 1888 [S2]


  • Abner B. Marsh
          Died at his home near Mt. Vernon Springs Chatham N.C. Nov 28th 1888. Mr. Abner B. Marsh in the 83rd year of his age.
          He passed away, after having consumed nearly thirteen years of borrowed time, the last member of an honorable family, known for their longevity, and one that figures conspicuously in earlier history of our good old county. A kind and indulgent husband and father, a genial open hearted neighbor, it can be truthfully said of him that he belonged to that courtly class of gentlemen of the old school whom we so seldom meet.
          Ever feeling a lively interest in the politics of his country, he voted in every election, after he reached his majority, and on the 6th of November, he voted the straight Democratic ticket, as had been his custom through life.
          We deposited his remains on Thanksgivingday neath the quiet shades of Mt. Vernon, to rest in Peace till the Resurrection morn.
                                   A Friend,
                                   Ore Hill
    Published Thursday, 6 Dec 1888 [S2]


  • Glover Avent died suddenly at his home in Haywood on last Friday evening. He was an excellent farmer, who will be greatly missed in his community. Published Thursday, 10 Jan 1889 [S2]


  • We deeply regret to hear of the death of Mr. Emmett Dark, formerly of this county. He died in Pittsburgh, Penn. - where he was in business. His body was brought to his native county for interment. Published Thursday, 10 Jan 1889 [S2]


  • Married. At the residence of W.J. Harman on January 2nd by T.J. Griffin, Esq. Mr. J.P. Goodwin of Wake County to Miss Emma A. Harman, daughter of W.J. Harman. Published Thursday, 17 Jan 1889 [S2]


  • Fire - It is with much regret that we learn, that on Saturday night last our esteemed friend, Luther Clegg, Esq. lost his barn of tobacco by fire. He had been curing tobacco in the barn, and on leaving it that night thought everything was safe, and on awaking next morning was surprised to find only a bile of ashes, where but a few hours before he had left a nice log barn full of good tobacco. There was no insurance. Published Thursday, 19 Sep 1878 [S3]


  • Diptheria [sic] - We regret to learn that this fearful disease has again made its appearance in several sections of our county, and is of a very malignant type. Mr. James Burke, who resides three miles from here, lost two children last week, who were buried in the same coffin, and again on Sunday last he lost two others, and now his fifth and last child is very ill and expected to die with the same fatal disease. Published 19 Sep 1878 [S3]


  • Married. On the 8th inst, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. T. J. Gattis, Mr. J.D. Womble to Miss Addie A., youngest daughter of George W. May, Esq., all of this county. Published 19 Sep 1878 [S3]


  • An Old Chatamite. We thank Mr. James Headen, Sr. of Talladego, Alabama, for his kindly words of encouragement, and subscription to the RECORD, received by the last mail. Mr. Headen removed from this county in April 1833, nearly half a century ago, but still manifests a warm interest in whatever concerns the place of his birth. Many of our older readers will doubtless remember him, and would be glad to welcome him back again. He is an uncle of Messrs. James H. and A.G. Headen of our town. He promises to favor the RECORD with an occasional letter, which cannot fail to please his many friends and relatives here. Published 10 Oct 1878 [S3]


  • Married. At the residence of the brides father Mr. M.M. Johnson - on the 24th of December, 1878, by W.W. Lineberry, Esq., Mr. Z.C. Johnson to Miss A.B. Johnson. All of Chatham County. Published 30 Jan 1879 [S3]


  • Married. On the 15th inst, by J.B. West, J.P., Mr. Columbus Justice to Miss Nannie C. daughter of H.H. Durham, Esq. Published 9 Jan 1879 [S3]


  • Married. At the residence of the brides father, on the 2nd of January, by Rev. W.G. King, C.B. Buchanan, of Kentucky, to Miss Nettie Watson, daughter of Calvin Watson, of Chatham county, N.C. Published 9 Jan 1879 [S3]


  • Died. On the 6th inst, Emily Womble, wife of Isaac Womble, Esq. She was a most excellent lady, and will be greatly missed among her neighbors. Published 9 Jan 1879[S3]


  • Married. On the 16th of January, by B.G. Womble, J.P., Mr. Neal Knight to Miss Sarah Pattishall. Published 30 Jan 1879[S3]


  • Died. Near Osgood, N.C., on the 24th inst, Mrs. Charity Harrington, wife of Hill Harrington, Esq., in the 69th year of her age. Published 30 Jan 1879[S3]


  • Married. On the 11th of March 1879, by J.E. Perry Esq., at the residence of the bride’s father S.B. Perry, Mr. Isaac G. Perry to Miss Anna Perry. All of Chatham. Published 20 Mar 1879 [S3]


  • The Oldest Citizen Dead. Mr. Wesley Hanks, of this place died on the 11th inst. He removed here from Hillsboro in the year 1826, and at the time of his death was the only survivor of those who then inhabited our Village. He was born on the 31st day of December 1800, being the last day of the last century, and was therefore in his seventy ninth year. His father was Rev. John Hanks, who was a prominent Preacher in his day, and in honor of whom was named Hank’s Chapel, about three miles from here, and where worships one of the most intelligent congregations in the county. Mr. Hanks was elected Sheriff of Chatham in 1842, which was his only appearance before the public, though for many years he acted as deputy to the clerk of our Court, and always discharged his duties faithfully and conscientiously. His elder brother, Martin Hanks, died in July last in the eighty-first year of his age, and his only other brother, Dr. John A. Hanks, survives him, and will survive him for many years to come, is our sincere wish. Thus one by one, the old are passing away, "like bubbles upon the stream of time, and the young are taking their places. Published 17 Apr 1879[S3]


  • Old Time in Chatham. - We had the pleasure, a few days ago, of a visit from our venerable countyman, William G. Harris Esq., and enjoyed an instructive and interesting interview with him about the old times and people of this county. Mr. Harris is one of our most prominent citizens, having been the Senator from this county before the late war, and is remarkably well posted as to the early history of Chatham. He is the grand-son of the famous Col. Goldston of Revolutionary memory, and narrated to us many exciting incidents in the life of that daring whig. The traditions of our Revolutionary heroes, and even their very names, are rapidly passing away, which should not be. Each succeeding generation should be made acquainted with the memories, and deeds of daring of the men, who won American independence. Published 14 Aug 1879 [S3]


  • Triplets. Chatham is determined not to be outdone; so we rise to state that the wife of Mr. Luther Harman, of this county, became the mother of three boys, at one birth last week. One of the triplets died, but the other two are healthy babies and doing well. Published 29 Apr 1880 [S3]
         {Note: I believe this is George Luther Harman. However, the 1880 census only shows he and his wife as having one 2 month old son (named Judson). Luther & his wife Eliza (nee Gattis) were the parents of twins (?) Cornelia & Cordelia}


  • Would Not Tell Her Age. A Mrs. Sarah Jane McGrath, a young married woman, was called upon by a census-taker in New York. She positively refused to give her age. The enumerator threatened her with the law and departed, saying he was about to make a charge against her. This so terrified Mrs. McGrath that she committed suicide by leaping into the Harlem river. We knew they hated to tell, but we did not think any of them would really "die first. - Star. Originally published in the Star, Published in the Chatham Record on Thursday, 1 Jul 1880 [S3] {I just thought this was interesting}


  • Died. On the 12th inst, at the residence of her son, George W. Poe Esq., in the city of Raleigh, Mrs. Mary A. Phillips, formerly of Pittsboro. Published Thursday, 13 Jan 1881 [S3]


  • Died. In this county on the 2nd inst, Mrs. Jane Knight, wife of J.J. Knight, Esq. Published Thursday, 3 Feb 1881 [S3]


  • Married. On the 24th of March, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. C.A. Boon, Mr. John A. Knight to Miss Louisa Bell Cook. All of Chatham. Published Thursday, 7 Apr 1881 [S3]


  • Died. In this county, on the 2nd, inst, Charles G. Harrington, in the 77th year of his age. Published Thursday, 14 Jul 1881 [S3]


  • Old Chathamite Interviewed. We have had the pleasure of meeting here on a visit to his old friends, Mr. Thomas W. Harman, of Madison county, Indiana, an old Chathamite, who removed from this county just thirty years ago this month. From Mr. Harman we learned many points that may be of interest to our readers. When he removed to Indiana the county, in which he lives, was almost a wilderness, only a few clearings, no public highways, and wolves, deer and game of all kinds were plentiful. Now, two railroads run within five miles of his farm, and another is building still nearer. In the neighboring village of Elmwood are two-story brick public school-house, four churches, three steam saw-mills and other industries. Land is worth from twenty to sixty dollars an acre. The average yield of corn per acre is fifty bushels, and of wheat twenty bushels. Corn is now selling at 40 cents and wheat $1.25 per bushel. Thousands of hogs are raised and are shipped alive to Cincinnati. The hogs are frequently fattened by turning them into the corn-field, instead of gathering the corn and feeding them. No fertilizers are bought, and, instead of railroad stations being crowded with piles of produce which bring money into the country instead of carrying it off, as is the case unfortunately with us. The most improved farming utensils and labor-saving machines are used, such as sulky plows, wheat-cutting machines, &c. Our farmers might learn much useful information from Mr. Harman. Mr. Harman has been a subscriber to the RECORD ever since its establishment, and says its weekly visits are most welcome - like letters from home. Published 8 Sep 1881 [S3]


  • Mrs. R.C. Cotten has a darning gourd that belonged to her grandmother, Mrs. Winship Steadman, and it is said to be over a hundred years old. The number of stockings that have been darned on that gourd would be wonderful to know. Published 27 Oct 1881 [S3]





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