Mrs. Hunley and child, of Fayetteville

28 Apr

Excerpt from the Fayetteville Observer and Gazette of February 25, 1886 regarding the loss of the steamer Bladen from the Great Fire of Wilmington, NC, 21st Feb., 1886:

” The passengers on board the Bladen, were Messrs. Robt. Lee, of Wilmington, A. J. Harmon, of Bladen county, Dodson, a commercial traveler, Mrs. Thos. Hundley and child, of Fayetteville, Miss Erambert, of Richmond, Va., and one or two others whose names were not learned.”

Note: The following notes and newspaper articles reveal the relationships of several of the listed passengers, on board the Bladen, the day of the Great Fire.

Virginia Erambert married Archibald M. Carter (son of John Paine Carter) on the 10th of February, 1856.    Three children listed in the 1870 US Census for Cross Creek, Cumberland County, NC were: Augustus E. (b.1858), Cornelia W. (b.1862) and Mattie B. (b.1864).

On the 22nd of February, 1856, Virginia’s brother, Louis B., married Sallie Skinner, the sister of Capt. Samuel W. Skinner.  Two children listed in the 1860 US Census for Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC were:  Louis P. (b. ) and Samuel S. (b. ).  Their third child, Annie, was born in July of 1862.

In May of 1857, the widow, Mrs. Emily J. Wilkinson (sister of Virginia & Louis Erambert), married Capt. Samuel W. Skinner.  Children of Capt. & Mrs. Skinner included: Louis Hill (b. ), …


{pointing finger >} Obituary notices must be paid for in advance.  The first ten lines are inserted free.  The excess over ten lines are charged for at the rate of ten cents per line.  Correspondents can ascertain what an obituary will cost by counting eight words to a line, and multiplying each line by 10 cents.


After an illness protracted through many months, on the 23d of March, 1876, Mrs. VIRGINIA E. CARTER, wife of Mr. Archibald Carter, of Fayetteville, N. C., in the 45th year of her age.

Before the war the deceased belonged to the Wilmington Presbyterian church, and was much attached to its pastor and membership.  Removing to Fayetteville, she identified herself with all the interests of the Presbyterian church in that place.  While ability was given, she was disposed to co-operate in all measures for promoting its welfare.  She was a woman of impulsive disposition, warm affections, and active mind.  Tenderly attached to her children and family connection, she labored for their good with an energy that evertaxed her failing strength.  Wasted by lingering disease, for a time she flattered herself with hopes of recovery, and dreaded the sundering of earthly ties by death.  But God’s grace wonderfully sustained her under trial, sanctified her afflictions, and transformed her character.  She bore loss and pain without murmuring, ceased to dread dissolution, and passed through the valley of the shadow of death, leaning on the arm of a loved and trusted Divine Saviour.  Her surviving husband, children, relatives and friends, have much consolation and hope in her death, and should strive like her to “depart in peace,” their eyes having seen God’s salvation.   H. G. H.

[The Presbyterian – Wilmington, N.C. — Wednesday, May 24, 1876.]

Note: I cannot find my notes, or an article, but “somewhere” I have read that Augustus M. Carter was living in his brother-in-law’s (B. G. Worth, in Wilmington, NC) home a the time of Carter’s death, the 26th of August, 1884.  His body was returned to Fayetteville, NC for burial.



This estimable lady passed painlessly into rest yesterday a few minutes after noon.  For years she had been in feeble health and for more than a year her decline has been steady, but the end came at last after only a few days of confinement to her bed.

Mrs. Worth was by birth Mary Elizabeth Carter, the daughter of John Paine Carter and his wife Cornelia Murphy.  She was born at her father’s place, “The Oaks,” in Davie county, near Mocksville, Oct. 1, 1827.  On the death of her father when she was three years old, she went with her mother to live with her grandfather, Judge Murphy, of Haw River.  Her mother died when she was about ten years of age and she returned to the place of her birth to live with her uncle, Archibald Carter.  Here she was educated and spent her girlhood until she went to live with her first cousin, the wife of Mr. Jonathan Worth (afterwards Governor) near Asheboro.  Here she met Mr. B. G. Worth, and they were married June 26, 1845.  In 1853 they came to live in Wilmington, and with the exception of a few years after the war, have lived here continuously, so that they have long been reckoned among our oldest citizens as they have been among those most valued and respected.

Mr. and Mrs. Worth have been blessed with a large family.  Our readers will recall the interesting occasion Summer before last of their golden wedding when all their children and all but two of their grandchildren gathered to honor them.  At that time the remarkable circumstance was noted that there had never been a break in the family by the death of either a child or grandchild.  Their sons present were Mr. Archibald Worth, of Orange, N. J.;  Mr. Joseph B. Worth, of Petersburg, Va., and Mr. W. E. Worth, of this city; and their daughters, Cornelia, the wife of Geo. R. French, Mary, the wife of W. J. Woodward, both of this city, Eunice, the wife of J. Weller, of Covington, Ky., and Julia, the wife of W. S. Herring, of this city.  All of these survive her except Mrs. Herring, who died in August, 1895.  From this loss Mrs. Worth had never recovered.

Mrs. Worth’s protracted ill health, lasting for twenty-five years, caused her to lead a very retired life.  But she was very strong in her friendships and devotedly attached to those within the circle of her friends.  She was full of kindness and charity and used freely to give up the society of those dearest to her that they might engage in ministering to others in which she could not share herself.  She early gave her heart to the Saviour and was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church.  Its services were her greatest happiness while she was able to attend with regularity, and the rare occasions when she was able to attend of late like oases in her life.  One of these occasions was within the past few weeks.  When the shadows were falling over her mind almost her last conscious act was to engage in prayer with her pastor and family on Christmas day.

The funeral will take place from the First Presbyterian church on Saturday (to-morrow) at 10:30 a. m.

[Wilmington Morning Star – Friday, January 1, 1897]

The many friends and acquaintances of Captain Samuel W. Skinner and his wife Mrs. Emily J. Skinner, are deeply grieved at the death of the latter, which occurred last night at 10:45 o’clock at the family residence, 611 Orange street.  The deceased lady had been ill with gastritis for about two weeks.

Mrs. Skinner was aged 63 years on the 21st of last January.  She was the daughter of Mr. E. J. Erambert, a merchant of Wilmington, who died very many years ago.  A brother, Mr. Louis H. Erambert, once a prominent druggist of this city, died of the yellow fever in 1862, and a sister, Mrs. A. M. Carter, died since the late war.  Mrs. Skinner was first married to Captain Wilkinson, of Fayetteville.  She leaves besides a husband, so sadly bereaved, a son, Mr. Louis H. Skinner, and two daughters, Misses Sallie and Augusta, to mourn the loss of one of the most affectionate and devoted of wives and parents.

The deceased for many years had been a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church.  Her Christian character was exemplified in acts of helpfulness to those who sadly needed aid, who but for her had no friend.  So quiet and unobtrusive were these deeds of kindness and of love, that only those who knew her well could know them.  But they are wrote in Heaven.

The arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.

[Wilmington Messenger –  Sunday, September 26, 1897]

People and Their Movements

Mr. Thos. Hunley, who lives on Winslow street, formerly a carpenter at C. F. & Y. V., shops, is critically ill.

[The Fayetteville Observer – Monday, July 17, 1899.]

Death of Mr. Thos. Hunley.

Mr. Thos. Hunley, who has been sick for several months, died at his residence on Winslow street at noon to-day.

Mr. Hunley came here in the early ‘70’s from, we think, Warrenton, or near that town, having served as a soldier through the war of the Confederacy. The first work done by him after his arrival here was to assist in putting in a dam and building a grist mill on the McKethan Mill Pond, afterwards torn down to make way for the Fayetteville Cotton Mills.

He afterwards assisted in putting in the machinery of the Novelty Wood Works’ plant, and was connected with that institution as foreman until it passed out of the hands of its then owners, when he secured a position with the C. F. & Y. V. shops as a carpenter, remaining there until its sale and removal.

About 1880 Mr. Hunley married Miss Neily Carter, daughter of the late A. M. Carter, who survives him together with three children. They have nursed him faithfully and, with the kindly help of neighbors and friends, made the last hours of the deceased as comfortable as possible.

Mr. Hunley, while in good health, was a genial companion and very popular with those who knew him best.

The funeral will take place from his late residence at 10 o’clock to-morrow (Saturday).

[Fayetteville Observer – Friday, July 28, 1899.]

The funeral services over the remains of the late Mr. Thos. Hunley took place at the residence of the deceased at 10 o’clock this morning, Rev. H. T. Graham, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. The remains were followed to the grave by a number of friends and neighbors. The following were the pall-bearers:
W. W. Cole, M. J. Graham, R. F. Amos, John Steel, T. J. Powers, B. C. Gorham.

[The Fayetteville Observer – Saturday Evening, July 29, 1899.]

River News.

There was 4.9 feet of water in the Cape Fear river this morning.

The Hurt cleared at 10 o’clock on her regular down trip.  Col. W. S. Cook and Mr. D. McEachern were among her passengers.  They took with them a horse and buggy, evidently intending to leave the boat at some point along the route and take to the woods on a hunting trip, most likely.

[Fayetteville Observer – Tuesday, January 2, 1900]

Death and Burial of Mrs. Hunley.

The remains of Mrs. Cornelia Carter Hunley, relict of the late Thos. Hunley, of this city, who died in Raleigh Friday, were brought here Saturday and the funeral took place Sunday at 12:30 o’clock from the Presbyterian Church, Rev. H. Tucker Graham conducting the services.  The deceased lady was 37 years of age.

The following were the pall-bearers:  Messrs. R. M. Prior, A. A. McKethan, W. W. Cole, J. A. Steel, B. C. Gorham and W. J. Boone.

Miss Virginia Hunley, (daughter of the deceased,) and Messrs. L. H. Skinner, Augusta Carter and Joe Smith were here to attend the funeral.

[Fayetteville Observer – Tuesday Evening, January 2, 1900]

Notes:  Several “Hundley” (added “d” to Hunley name) children are listed in the 1900 US Census for the Presbyterian Orphanage at Fallstown, Iredell County, NC including:  Virginia (b. ), William (b. ), Olive (b. ), and Mattie (b. ).

Nineteen year old, Virginia Hundley, is buried in the Louis B. Erambert plot in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, NC.  Her date of death is listed as the 17th of April, 1903.

William Alexander Hundley (b. 23 Dec 1887 – d. 27 Sep 1966 in Cumberland County, NC) married to Frances R. at the time of his death.

Mattie Frances Hundley (b. 12 Feb 1898)

Conjecture:  “… Mrs. Thos. Hunley and child, of Fayetteville, Miss Erambert of Richmond …”  So, Neily Carter Hunley and Annie Erambert were 1st cousins.  They were almost assuredly coming to visit Uncle Samuel and Aunt Emily Skinner.  I’m not sure if Capt. Skinner’s new home on Orange Street was completed yet.  Neily and baby, Virginia (probably), would have also made a visit to Aunt Mary and Uncle Barzillai Worth.

The Cape Fear River Steamers

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