- Mr. Will CAHOON is at home from Gilmerton
- Mr. Thomas MARRINER has moved to near Mackeys Ferry
- Mr. Sam DAVENPORT and family have moved into our midst
- Miss Fannie FOLEY spent a few days with relatives near Creswell
- Mr. Asa SNELL and family have moved to the the house of Mrs. NORMAN
- Miss Queenie BRASWELL has returned to her home in Concord, N.C.
- Mr. N.W. TARKENTON has accepted a position on the steamer Arm and Hammer
- Mr. Johnny LEARY returned to Snowden after spending the holidays with his family
- Miss Maggie SNELL of Scuppernong, was the guest of Mr. Mack SNELL’s family last week
- Mr. W.D. ELLIOTT, who has a position in Newark, N.J. is at home visiting his parents
- Mrs. Mollie BROOKS, from Bath, was in our midst last week. Her presence was a welcome surprise
- Miss Hattie LUCAS leaves for Portsmouth, Va., where she will spend some time with her brother’s family
- Miss Ellen M. NORMAN is visiting friends. She and her mother will make their future home in Ayden, N.C.
- Mr. Willie BLOUNT and family spent Old Xmas with his mother, Mrs. N.J. HASSELL, returning home Monday.
- Rev. D.A. BRASWELL filled his regular appointment at Rehobeth church Sunday morning. He also preached at the school house on Holly Neck this afternoon.
- Mr. Raleigh Swain and family have moved to near Skinnersville office. He has opened a work shop at Mr. George Wiley’s store, which will be quite a convenience to the community.
- The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. SPRUILL died at their house the night of the 3rd. One sweet flower has drooped and laded, One sweet infant’s voice has fled; One fair brow the grave has shaded, One sweet darling now is dead.
My last post of news from Skinnersville had a mention of a Susan Tarkenton who was visiting her daughter Mrs. Thos. Marrier. Often, the papers would report women by the names of their husbands.
Mrs. Thos. Marriner is Virginia Caroline Tarkington. She was born to Henry Zebulon Tarkington & Susan Woodley Tarkington around 1882 , though, Virginia’s death certificate , says she was born in 1874. The 1900 census says 1876. March 29th appears to be her birthday though.
Henry & Susan were married in January 9, 1868 in Washington County  and I know of at least 7 of their children from census records – Mariah, Virginia Caroline, Jane, Henry, Mary M., Zebulon Thomas, and Duart (sp?). Virginia married Thomas Franklin Marriner about 1898 and in the 1900 census they have a daughter Cora L who was brand new (0 months), but had lost a child previous to her. 
Virginia & Thomas in the 1900 census
By 1910 Virginia had more children – William, Maggie, Thomas Jr., Ethel & Richard. By 1920, two more joined the family – Earnest & Clara, and in 1930, I find another daughter, Ruth – 10 kids total (and there may have been more). [5,6,7]
Thomas died January 4th, 1951 and Virginia died October 7, 1961. The couple is buried at the Holly Neck Church Cemetery in Roper [2,8].
In the index, there are already several articles I’ve put in that mention Tarkingtons/Tarkentons & Marriners. I can’t be 100% sure this is Virginia & Thomas, but there was an blurb in the March 25, 1898 that “Mr. Thomas Marriner and his bride have been terribly frightened by the appearance of a ghost.” What a great way to kick off your marriage. In the Sept 2, 1898 issue, it was reported that Virginia’s sister Maggie came to visit her and in the October 8, 1898 issue it was reported that Virginia’s mom was visiting her. Gotta love the way comings and goings got reported in the papers back then :- )
 Year: 1880; Census Place: Scuppernong, Washington, North Carolina; Roll: T9_986; Family History Film: 1254986; Page: 316.2000; Enumeration District: 139; Image: 0211. (Ancestry Link)
 Death Certificate of Virginia Caroline Tarkington Marriner. Ancestry.com. North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina. (Ancestry Link)
 Marriage Licenses of Washington County, 1851-1920. (Link)
 Year: 1900; Census Place: Lees Mill, Washington, North Carolina; Roll: T623 1222; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 92. (Ancestry Link)
 Year: 1910; Census Place: Lees Mills, Washington, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1131; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 108; Image: 852. (Ancestry Link)
 Year: 1920;Census Place: Lees Mills, Washington, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1327; Page: 17B; Enumeration District: 64; Image: 652. (Ancestry Link)
 Year: 1930; Census Place: Lees Mills, Washington, North Carolina; Roll: 1724; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 315.0. (Ancestry Link)
 Death Certificate of Thomas Franklin Marriner. Ancestry.com. North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina. (Ancestry Link)
Newspapers often reported news by townships, a practice still in use today to reflect the various news of area communities. Township Tuesday posts will share news specific to a township of local relevance. Additionally, a few days later, I will elaborate on specific persons or people mentioned in the Township Tuesday post with some genealogical tidbits.
7 Oct 1898
- Several of our fisherman are preparing for fall fishing.
- Several of our people attended services at Roper Sunday.
- Mess. J.B. WHITE and Noah TARKENTON made a flying trip to Edenton last week.
- Mrs. Susan TARKENTON, of near Creswell, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Thos. MARRINER.
- Mrs. Alice ALEXANDER returned to her home in Columbia week before last. Her stay was so pleasant we greatly miss her.
- Mrs. Geo. WILEY made a short trip to Newport News week before last, where she went with her daughter Mary, to the seminary, where she will attend school.