Death of Francis M. Pittman

Kinston Free Press
2 Jan 1899

Mr. Francis M. Pittman, of Grifton, died suddenly yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Mr. Pittman was about 70 years old and a member of the M.E. church at Grifton. Mr. Pittman leaves a wife and nine children, one of whom is Mrs. Geo. B. Webb, of Kinston. His remains will be interred at Grifton this afternoon.


Business in 1888

Over on Google Books is a book titled  Norfolk; the Marine Metropolis of Virginia: And the Sound and River Cities of North Carolina. A Narrative.  Published in 1888,  the book gives short accounts of several cities in Virginia and the coast of NC – Kinston included.

According to author George I. Nowitzky, these were the prominent businesses in Kinston as of 1/1/1888.  Many of these names appear in the newspaper:

Bakers & Confectioners

  • McRae & Bizzell, Queen street


  • H.D. Harper, D.D.S., office in Opera House

Drugs, Patent Medicines, Perfumery, etc.

  • R.F. Whitehurst, Queen street
  • Henry Dunn, Queen street
  • John E. Parrot, Queen street

General Merchandise

  • S.H. Abbott, Queen street

Dry Goods, Clothing, Books & Shoes

  • C.W. Burt, Queen street

Hardware, Stoves, Building Material

  • B.W. Canaday, Queen street

Jewelry, Watches & Clocks

  • C. Bailey, Queen street


  • E.M. Hodges, Wagons & Carts
  • Geo. B. Webb, Carriage Maker and & Undertaker
  • J.C. Hay, Cabinetmaker & Undertaker
  • S.H. Abbott, Bricks & Tiles

Machinery, Engines, Buggies, & Wagons

  • J.W. Granger, Queen street

Navigation Company

  • Neuse & Trent River,  J.M. White, Manager


  • “Mays”, J.D. May, Proprietor

Real Estate & General Auctioneer

  • C.W. Burt, Queen street