Fire Proof Record Books

The work of putting in fire proof vaults for records has been completed and accepted by the board of county commissioners.  Lenoir county’s public records are now protected with the best equipped steel fire proof vaults that can be had and the clerk’s and register of deeds’ offices besides being so protected from fire are from an artistic point of view very handsome and cozy quarters.

The steel furniture, steel fire proof record files and steel roller shelf cabinets for the books of the offices, all painted with brass trimmings, make a well ordered setting to the newly painted ceiling and whitewashed walls.

Thirteen inches of brick and cement have been added to the walls, Cortright steel roofing on steel beams with 12 inches of concrete and cement on top of it furnishes the overhead protection and steel fire proof doors with combination locks make of the rooms absolutely fire proof storage for the public records of the county.

The contractor for the work was let to B.F. SMITH Fire Proof Construction Co., of Washington, D.C., and the work has been under the supervision of Capt. Price FURPLESS, a genial North Carolinian, of Southport, whose experience in such work is attested by the success with which he managed this contract.

The work was approved and highly recommended by the board of commissioners and general satisfaction is exdressed by the officers at the court house.

Capt. FURPLESS has been in the city about two months and he and Mrs. FURPLESS have gained a number of friends by their pleasant manner.  He will leave for Trenton tomorrow, where he goes to superintend the building of a three-room fire proof record vault for Jones county, his company having succeeded in getting the contract over the bids of a number of competitors.

December 1898 Marriages

Kinston Free Press – 2 Jan 1899


  • Bishop Chancey and Katie Harper
  • Daniel Brinson and Julia Whaley
  • I.J. Broados and Mollie White
  • J.N. Bryant and Ida May Turnage
  • James Cauley and Kate Thomas
  • B.Goodman and Alice E. Sutton
  • R.D. Hart and Sue Herring
  • John Jenkins and Penny Jenkins
  • Wm. Jones and Anges Dale
  • B.F. Jones and Ellen Rebecca Moore
  • J.P. Murphy and Ella Howard
  • Matthew H. Smith and Sarah H. Smith
  • R.B. Morgan and Nannie Allen
  • Benj. Sullivan and Claude Arthur
  • John I. Sutton and Cora L. Fields
  • C.H. Smith and Myrtle Marquette
  • Daniel Potter and Sarah E. Nunn
  • D.R. Phillips and Clara Turnage
  • W.N. Rouse and Clemmie L. Smith


  • Henry Albritton and Sarah Sutton
  • Guilford Bell and Victoria Becks
  • William Bess and Virginia Dawson
  • Will Blount and Rena Suggs
  • Geo. W. Best and Hattie Miller
  • Lewis Chadwick and Sue Wilson
  • Henry Daughtery and Rozella Rhem
  • Henry Gardner and Winnie Davis
  • C.S. Harper and Matilda Wayne
  • Manuel Hill and Julia Moseley
  • John Hargett and Percilla Brown
  • Joshua Isler and Charity Coleman
  • Joe James and Lizzie Outlaw
  • I.F. Lane and Jane Fields
  • James Lovitt and Louise Daughtery
  • John Lee and Hannah Johnson
  • Zebedee Nunn and Bertha Harrison
  • J.F. Noble and Alice Plummer
  • Herbert Soloman and Bessie Dunn
  • Atlas Outlaw and Ora Cople
  • Sam Sutton and Mariah Gardner

Richmond Afro-American

Last month, World Vital Records added issues of the black newspaper, The Richmond Afro-American, to its collections.  The paper was published from Richmond, Virginia from 1941-1996.   The issues that WVR has are from 1947.

Since newly added databases are free for 10 days, I had an opportunity to do a quick search for any content relevant to my areas of interest.

I located a few things, one of which came from the March 29, 1947 issue announcing that

Miss Anne M. King, 417 Dennis St., Kinston, NC, wants to locate James H. Lee, of Petersburg, Va., formerly with the 879th Gas Supply Company in France.

Also, in this same issue was noted that

Mrs. Frances Hatch Jones, 813 Jenkins Alley, New Bern, NC, wants to know the whereabouts of her cousin, Oliver D. Smith, who was living in Syracuse, NY in 1935.