The Observer, Raleigh, June 22, 1879

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The Observer, Raleigh, June 22, 1879 - hand-; hand-; j -statement j a Shak-speare,...
hand-; hand-; j -statement j a Shak-speare, Lady-kin," Bemlnlaceacm f Old , Places and , People. . y , THX OLD TOWN OF BATH THK KFISCOFAL CHU1ICB THK BU -THK -THK FIXATS TKACH DANIEL. BOOMS ' 6 KM. JOHM GRAY BLOUNT A WAGON THAW OF KARLT ' DAYS INDI iM CAFTAIM IMCIDXMTS 8HXLL CASTLX, KTC. - t t ' '. , t . . ' ; Correspondence ot Tex Obsxkvib. V'!T -'iJUliiOH,5 -'iJUliiOH,5 June 2L, 1879. Editob ot OBswavxE: Through the courtesy and kindness of that exceedingly accommodating, gentleman, CoL M y, of Washington, N. C I was a short time since indebted for a pleasant ride to the old town of Bath. It is, situated on Bath reek, in f oil view of Parnlico river, about twenty miles from "Washington, in Beau fort county, N.- N.- C. 1: haoVr several - timss passed within four or . five, , miles of the town on steamers plying up 'and down the river, and was underline impression thal it contained only two or three houses, and Lwas no little surprised to .find upwards Of seventy-five," seventy-five," seventy-five," and about bite hundred and fifty inhabitants. 7 The town is beautifully situated, being located fon quite an eminence eminence above the creek,which makes around liojth sides f the townt and frornjthe front is afforded a fine , view of the beautiful Pamlico, giving a water view of fiye or six miles across, and several miles down the river. ' - ' ; : . 4 ' , The'pirate, Teach, is said to have much frequented the waters of Bath Creek. The Colonel and myself, were strangers, anrlitj was past dinner time, yet,1 we were boun-j boun-j boun-j tif ully cared i or by that ' most stima-j stima-j stima-j ble , christian lady, Mrs. Tankherdj who is. devoted - to - the- the- church and our most worthy the right reverend bishop oi we uioces aiier enjoying a oasiuy . prepared, yet inviting and acceptable meal, and having but a short time to remain, I strolled throngk the old town, and made; my wmy - uie supwumHu uuuiui, ok a uu- uu- mas'S. , the oldest, I believe in the State, having been built in 1731. It , is a sub 1 stantial brick building, .the floor of : which is also laid with large, square, well made bricks.' It resembles the description of an old English church. I noticed on the putside front, imbedded " in the wall, a marble tablet bearing the following in Bcrrption: "William Walling, in memory pt John Lawson, Joel Martin, and Simon Alderson, founders of Bath Town in 1706." Above this is another; marble tablet with ' the following: "St. Thomas, built in 1734 Its first pastor I am told, f Vsleeps his last sleep" beneath its brick floor, for there he was buried." The unpardonable unpardonable belfry: sits unadorned, on the back and lower part of the building, is neither tasty, nor unique, and if confined to the ground, would serve a most admirable purpose' for encasing a discontented old turkey ben to keep her from straying off with her roving little, chicks yet, ; nevertheless nevertheless it contains the bell that was presented presented to the church by Queen Anne 6f old England. 4 . r 5. -f -f I will leave the ancient Bath, the oldest town in the State,1 and confine myself to some interesting, facts I gathered in and about the town of Washington I t f When ' Daniel Boone made his second visit to Kentucky, Gen. John Gray Blount, of Beaufort county, was at toe same time travelling in Kentucky looking after some landed interest. An emigrant train being about to start out, quite a Lumber joined it, and among the number Daniel Boone, and John Gray Blount. ' With . the train was also a family, one of whom was a young lady. Great danger surrounded them from Indians and wolves, and a Continual Continual watch was kept for their protection. This young lady wandered off a short distance, distance, and losing her way. was captured by the Indians and hurried away. - Being soon missed, a company immediately started in pursuit. The ground was hard and unbroken, save by the track of the roaming buffalo. She could make no impression impression herself on , the ground, but when she would come to the buffalo track, the ground being broken, she would step in it and leave the print of her shoe. in this way she was traced and recovered. There was a young man in the train to whom she was engaged, and on reaching the camp they concluded to celebrate the joyful rescue rescue by their immediate marriage. Daniel Boone performed the ceremony by the Epis copal service, and Gen John Gray Blount acted as parson s clerk. His daughter and only living child, Miss Patsey Baker Blount, has now in her possession, and which she preserves as a relic of the olden time, the white cotton blouse, the knee breeches and buckles and Brussels lace, which be wore as cuffs on bis shirt sleeves on the occasion of that marriage. She has also - the revolutionary uniform and bat which belonged to and was worn by Col. Patton, who was an uiicle of the late Mrs. Eli Hoyt, who was a faithful female servant servant of God, in whom was linked the present and past generation of her people. General John Gray Blount-gave Blount-gave Blount-gave to the poor of the county a farm and fishery on Blount's Creek. The county afterwards sold this .farm; and' fishery, and with the proceeds of the sale purchased the present poor house and grounds of Beaufort county. General John Gray Blount was probably the largest landowner who ever lived in the State, and was a prominent and useful man. He was a member of the House of Commons from 1782 to 1789, and a State Senator in 1796 He died, I think, in 1833, at quite an advanced age. He was a brother of Thomas Blount, of JSdgecomoe, tor many years a represents tiveln Congress, and of Governor Willie Blount, of Tennessee, and of United States Sen tor' William Blount, of Tennessee. Tennessee. He left several children Thomas Harvey, John Gray and William Augustus uiount; f Laicy uiivia, wno married, the late Bryan Grimes, Esq , of Pitt countv. Polly ' Ann,' who married Mr. Rodman. '. (father of Judge Rodman) of Washington, ana raisey aser jsioum, wno. never mart tied, and who now occupies the old family dwelling, and is the oldest living inhabitant of the town of Washington. r She is ap- ap- Eroacbing-the Eroacbing-the Eroacbing-the 'threshold of fourscore," ut is active and of healthful mind and body, not looking i toMw sixty and is s fit representative of-tbe of-tbe of-tbe social, hospitality of the earlier and better days of the good o'd town -William -William A. sad John Gny Blount married daughters -of -of the late Mr. Sherwood Sherwood Haywood, of Raleigh, and the widow Of John Gray is Mrs Sally Hogg, relict of the late Gavin Hogg, a prominent lawyer Of earlier connection with the Raleigh bar. Gen, Wm. A. Blount, the only one of the sons who reached an advanced age, died a few fears since, in Kaleigh, at the home of his daughter,' Mrs. Branch. i An Imperfect diary, kept by Gen.fJohn Gray Blount, contains some interesting information." information." He states that when he was a very young man, an old man on Ocracoke told him that the first vessel ever piloted over Ocracoke bar, was brought in by a woman named Patsey Caraway, and at that time the channel ran so near the land that you could "chunk a biscuit" on the deck of a vessel.--At vessel.--At vessel.--At vessel.--At one place,near byt itls very deep, and is, to this day, called "Teach's Hole." It is where the pirate Teach anchored, anchored, and ' where ; be was " subdued and taken, and the people on; the shore witnessed witnessed the whole fight and capture. Teach traded a great deal, up theTar and Neuse rivers, and- and- mucbof his treasure is sup posed to be buried -along- -along- -along- tbe banks of these rivers. T Hei held the people along these'riveTS Ingreat:'teaf and trepidation; A lady In Washington, has a piece of glass ware given byTeach to one of her ancestors.' ancestors.' and bears upon it the name of one of the Salter family. . r-f r-f r-f , i The channel ' afterwards changed considerably, considerably, and made nearer in to the island of ortsmouthA Some time after the war of '1812, Gen. John' Gray Blount having increased his shipping to such an extent as to need Aome place If or Storage fofe vessels alid'ShiDs drawing too much'water to run up the Tivcrs.' ' he entered a well wooded Mr. Wallace, called Governor ' Wallace, became partners, and they cut logs on this island and floated them down to a large shell rock near Beacon Island, and fastening fastening them around it like unto a per, placing them two and two together, and filling in the whole with ballast brought in by the vessels coming in for freight, and the produce of the country Vesselacould lay at the : wharf and discharge ; and at one end of the rock, was stationed a b'ghthouse. This place waa called "Shell Castle.'! and the remnant of the rock is scrcaUed to this day. A short walk carried ? you to this island, upon which4 was built a large two story hotel a two story d welling, in which his and Gov. Wallace's family lived, a Custom House, j 8torev3 watehouse and seversl large houses in which the pilots and their families lived, A Shell Castle was a' delightful delightful place to spend the summer the ea breeze, the bathing, sailing, and fishing, being represented as very fine. Shell Castle, Castle, was very valuable, j An English company company ; offered as. a price for i purchase; to cover with Spanish dollars the whole place, from the lighthouse, on one end, to the Saltworks on the other, and it was re fused! ;Now there is none of it left, the buildings, are all gone, and no resemblance of its former appearance remains, and eveoj ine rocs is much -diminished -diminished by yihe con Unuou8 washings of the " wateas. Miss Patsey B. Blount, its last , owner, sold the, whole place a few ; years since 'for an inconsiderable inconsiderable sum. one merely approxima ting. the value of the shells. But she has a large and handsome old, pitcher, capable ot noldicg two or three gallons of water,; npon - which Is beautifully painted a large sized picturepf t'ShelLi Castle," showing the lighthouse, salt works, buildings ana all, and the ruffled waters surrounding it. She, as 1 said oef ore, owns aad lives in the: old family dwelling, which is commodious acd comfortable, the place in which she was born,' and to which she is greatly attached, attached, the first house built in the town of Washington, and today she would not make an "even swap" for your new Post-: Post-: office building, with the Yarborougb and your Court-house Court-house Court-house (brown in for good measure.1 ua'; v ?i,r in ' " But I must bring this to a close. Since my last visit or two some of the older and younger, have crossed the river. I miss their familiar faces. It is sad to contemplate contemplate this sad reality. But such is life. "To-day "To-day "To-day -we -we live, to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow we die." For the flower bloometh, and withereth, and is. cut down : and the bright sunshine of to-, to-, to-, day is succeeded by the dark cloud of tof morrow. , , , . , Viatob, Work on ine Iower Cape Fear. -i -i rcorrespondence of Thi Obskbysk.! v ..m Witjungton, June 14, 1879. Editor Obsebvkb :-YoU, :-YoU, :-YoU, having manifested manifested of late such a lively interest in exposing exposing -tq -tq public notice the various rivers, water powers "aid waterway! ith the view of advancing the material interest of North Carolina by developing the native productions which lie buried, within , her borders, as it were a sealed boob of. wonders wonders and of wealth; I have . t nought it night interest ydu to know that after ten weary years of patient toil, and an expenditure expenditure of near a million of dollt rs by the General Government for improi ing Cape Fear River and Harbor, (or rather restoring restoring them to their primitive condition) engaging engaging the highest order of science and skill to be found in the Engineer department, department, its efforts being varied from time to time only by hope and fear, the important combination of the preparatory work for improving the Harbor, has at last culminated culminated in a perfect solution of the difficult and doubtful problem of closing New Inlet. , - -,'r -,'r .i ,',. It was my good fortune to be present with a portion of my family on tbe occa-4 occa-4 occa-4 sion of tbe final closure, and the honor was accorded me by the engineers in charge of the work and spectators, of first crossing over,- over,- which I accomplished' dry-footed dry-footed dry-footed about 1 to: this day from Eedersl Point to Zeke's Island, distance about one mile in a little over half an heur, accompanied by one of my grand-sons grand-sons grand-sons (Wm. M Parsley.) Returning to the Tug Boat, I could not resist the temptation by our energetic "contractor, "contractor, G Y. French, Esq , of a glass of pure unadulterated North Carolina whisky provided lor the occasion, distilled in North Carolina by a native born North Carolinian, from North Carolina mountain grown maize. What was thought and said on the occasion can be better imagined than expressed, it was all about the mountains mountains and sea-coast sea-coast sea-coast of North Carolina however.-- however.-- however.-- however.-- : - --' --' --' It will thus be seen, that I am the first person who has walked the space between Federal Point and Zeke's Island within the past One hundred and eighteen years, which wastry enough for one day. ... ; ... ; ' It must not be supposed that closing the Inlet completes the Harbor Improvements.- Improvements.- far from it, it is only the first sure step of preparation, the assurance of practicability-; pi me general plan of. operations as laid down by the Board of Engineers, this assurance assurance being given, the next step wm be to secure what has been done, and raise and secure the beaches for protection o: the, Harbor against , blowing sands ; and ocean encroachments. . , The work is now in condition to receive active operations for improving navigation, which ud doubt will soon begin provided the Supervisor has funds to do so after providing for the security of the Inlet, &c- &c- i a ne suction areage Woodbury, is now fairly at woTk ou the outer bar.. She was put on in 'April,' ' but did not get well to worK untutne, middle or, May, resulting, howeyerm; an Increase of fifteen , inches in the '.draught" of,' water op to the 1st of june, wnicn is very, encouraging. V . invitir Sufficient number, of dredges npon the nyer is fair fo calculate that the present draught; Over ihe .barof sixteen feet, or, water; tear, be , brougfCttL;pur wharves during1 the next 'fiscal year; And this dranghteven eis 'suscepUbl of ,bIn alone upon the necessafy appropriations lor ine purposes i s i Wespectf ully, ! . -:"4!;",V,, -:"4!;",V,, , h. Nun. n i t H i, ' .I. f ...- ...- wax:c fwayai.f fill a 'CHRKFUZ. COtTNTKT TO LTVX tlfj VjI IsiK)rtJottrnar.tI 1 rj tejsx, week.-in week.-in week.-in Chihuahua, a womln went into a shoemakers shop in, front of his dwelling and was measured for a pair of Shoes.,, The son of .Crispin , said to the Woman VnH dva wrs nnltt tnnt VDoou think so.?" said she. He replied s "Yes; that is the Drettiest foot in Mexico " Tbe woman was to come next day and leave $1, when the shoes were to be . commenced commenced The shoemaker's wife hearing au, saia nothing, i ne next day the shoe maker was out when the woman with the pretty foot called, according to agreement and the' wife' got her into the back 'room and stabbed ber to death., .1Thewife then cut a steak out of the dead woman's lea and packed , the. 'body tinder Uhe bed. The shoemaker, came, home .and, ate his dinner. The wife sked ' him 1 how he liked his meat. He answered that "it was the best be bad ever 'eaten." The wife' thefi told him he had eaten a part of the prettiest leg in Mexico- Mexico- He asked hep what sbemeant;f She fishowed him the body under.the bed and made a dasb at him .with a knife but htfi escaped and ram toe thee ;Palacioraad:oldr the judge what,JhadLjhappened.., The 4odge summoneda summoneda fca&rd of; 'soldiers'" and' went to the bouse.' lie asked tbe wife ir:she had committed the murder, nd when she answered answered yes and attempted tar Justify the act; he ordered her to be shot on the spot by ' the v soldiers, and his orders "were prompt! obeyed. : i

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