Peninsula Enterprise, January 5, 1884


Moral -- Property crime

Henry Hope and Charles Northam, colored, were lodged in jail last Thursday upon the charge of entering the dwelling house of Mr. Edward Bloxom, living near Woodberry, this county, one day last week, and stealing $800. They were not caught in the act, but suspicion pointed to them by reason of their lavish expenditures of money. When they were arrested, Henry accounted for the possession of so much money by saying that Charles had given it to him. Charles made no effort to explain how he had gotten rich, so suddenly. Henry had invested his share of the spoils in a farming outfit (horse, cart, &c.,) and clothing. Both of the colored brethren lived upon Mr. Bloxom's premises.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Poaching

Our County Court has been engaged since last Tuesday in the trial of the cases of Henry Thomas and John Thomas, indicted for dredging in the waters of the Commonwealth. The two juries empanelled to try them have so far failed to find a verdict.


Transportation -- Road - Livestock dealers

Mr. Stanley J. Lewis and Sylvanus W. Parks have entered into a co-partnership for the sale and exchange of horses, and returned from the city with a large drove to-day. It is safe to assert that gentlemen of their well-known integrity will command a large share of the public patronage.


Professionals -- BuildersInfrastructure -- Commercial - GroceriesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Hotels

Accomac C. H.

Mr. G. Welly Coard, of our town has been awarded the contract for building a new hotel at Girdletree Hill, Md.

Mr. Wm. T. Bundick, of Onancock, has moved to our town and will open a first-class butcher shop and provision store at an early day.


Moral -- AlcoholInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Lighthouse serviceTransportation -- Water - StrandingsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service


Our people are circulating petitions praying our Legislature for Local Option or prohibition, to prevent the sale of intoxicants as a beverage.

Our Light House keepers under orders from the Light House Board will soon appear in full uniform. We would suggest that the Board and its inspectors observe the order before enforcing it upon a set of men, who are so poorly paid that they can scarcely keep soul and body together.

During the snow storm of Sabbath morning, the 23rd inst., the schooner Lillie A. Wharford, 171 tons of Perth Amboy, N. J., cargo of wood from Nansemond Va., for N. Y., struck on South Shoals at the entrance to Chincoteague Inlet. Captain Tracy's men of the Assateague Life-Saving Station, who are ever on the alert, discovered the schooner at 9 o'clock in the morning, just after she struck. Hastening to her rescue, they succeeded in getting her off and taking her to a safe anchorage. But for the timely assistance rendered by the noble and brave men of our Life-Saving Service, the vessel and cargo would have been a total loss, and possibly the crew found a watery grave.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate


Mr. A. T. White has sold his house and lot in Leemont to Parker W. Parks, at $1,200.

Wm. R. Lewis has sold a house and lot on Hunting Creek to his son Franklin C. Lewis, for $500.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementInfrastructure -- Public : SchoolsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - HolidaysMoral -- FirearmsTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Rabbit and squirrel

Marsh Market.

Capt. George Hinman, our oyster inspector, is not having any trouble now with the dredgers in Pocomoke Sound. He and the tongmen are on the alert, and will attack, and if possible capture, any vessel or vessels that shall be found violating the law.

The public school at Pocomoke, under the efficient management of E. C. Kellam, aided by Miss Fanny Lang, is in a progressive condition. They have ninety-eight pupils enrolled, and seventy in average daily attendance.

Notwithstanding the disagreeable weather on Monday night (Christmas Eve) it was very lively in this locality. The firing of guns and pistols began at early bedtime, and continued during the night. Many delicious meals were prepared and eaten, and not a few persons participated in drinking eggnog.

Mr. Edward Churn, a mechanic and worthy citizen of this locality, aged 65 years, died on the Marsh, near Messongo Bridge, on Thursday 20th ult., with his gun, dog and a rabbit he had killed by his side. His gun was loaded and there were no scars or bruises on his person, indicating that he had been dealt foully with. He died beyond doubt of heart disease.

School Report.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : School administration

An extract from the report of the County Superintendent for the month ending Dec. 31st, 1883: Number schools in the county, 70; number of graded with more than one teacher, 12; number of pupils enrolled, 2933; average daily attendance, 2161.47; number different schools visited, 25; number warrants issued, 26. Amount warrants, $1006.06.

J. C. WEAVER, Supt.

Real Estate Transfers.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

The following transfers of real estate were recorded in the Accomack County Court clerk's office, Dec. 20th to Dec. 31st:

Nathaniel F. Walter and George S. Walter to Geo. C. Watson, 54-100 acres at Onancock; consideration $500.

Geo. H. Cutler and wife to John T. Powell, their interest in 135 acres near Matchapungo Creek; $300.

Sallie E. Slocomb to James E. Justice, 100 acres near New Church; $600.

Henry Bayly Stewart and wife and John C. Coleburn, trustee, to Wm. H. A. and John P. L. Hopkins, 210 acres near Middlesex; $3,000.

H. E. Dennis and wife and others to Jacob Boone, 457 acres in Accomac and Northampton; $5,750.

John Kelso and wife to Geo. W. Mason, 1-2 of 135 acres in Hack's Neck; $1,500.

Joseph R. Riggs and wife to John Parks of B., 3 acres near Muddy Creek; $36.

John E. Hickman and wife to Samuel Justice of Wm. of L., 40 acres near Leemont; $1,250.

Geo. W. Hope of J. and wife to Asher C. H. Bloxom, 1-2 acre at Modestown; $50.

Louis J. Lankford and wife to Octavus Gladding, 8 acres on Muddy Creek; $500.

Solomon J. Lucas and wife to Staton J. Byrd, 50 acres on Muddy Creek; $650.

John W. Hart to Robert Dennis Hart, 3 acres in Slutkill Neck; $80.

Wm. J. Rew and wife to Thomas Harman, 1-2 acre in Onancock; $500.

Robert H. Miles and wife to Geo. D. Scarborough, 40-100 acres in Onancock; $375.

Stanley J. Lewis, trustee for Mary A. Thornton, wife of James Thornton, to Ann E. Taylor, wife of Wm. Taylor, 1-4 acre near Masonville; $7.

Ambrose S. Taylor and wife to Isaac Horsey, 2 acres near Atlantic; $50.

Sallie E. Slocomb to George Bundick, 100 acres near New Church; $1,200.

Jos. R. Riggs, administrator of Geo. Mears, Sr., dec'd., to Calvin R. Gladding.

Same to James Witham, 20 acres near Muddy Creek; $478.

Same to Calvin R. Gladding, 50 acres, same place, $57.

Samuel F. Marshall and wife to Debraeiu T. Marshall, 3 acres in Messongo Neck; $300.


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - Corporate

The prospect of the railroad being built through our county is at this time very flattering. We are now authoritatively informed that the officers of the proposed road have control of the Eastern Shore road, which has heretofore been an obstacle to their progress, the bridge across the Pocomoke is being built by contract, and that a large force of employees of the new road "broke ground" at Pocomoke on New Years' Day. These facts seem to justify the prediction that, in a few months now the snort of the iron horse will soon be heard in our midst. Indeed, it is now positively asserted by those who ought to be informed in the matter, that if the weather is favorable, Accomac C. H., will be connected by rail with all the busy marts of the country by the 1st day of next May, and we are hopeful enough and sanguine enough to believe that such will be the case.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
January 5, 1884