Spaight-Stanley Duel ~ 1802
A DUEL was fought a short distance from Newbern (N. C.) on Sunday evening
the 4th inst. between Richard Dobbs Spaight, Esq. formerly Governor of North
Carolina, and John Stanley, Esq. Senator for the District of Newbern. After
exchanging three fires each, without effect, at the fourth fire, R. D. Spaight
received a ball directly under his right arm-pit, which put a period to his
existence four hours afterwards. The cause of this unhappy affair proceeded
from a dispute of a political nature.
September 14 1802
We are informed by a gentleman from Newbern, N. C. that a Duel was fought a
short distance from that town, on Sunday evening the 5th inst. between Richard
Dobbs Spaight, Esq; formerly Governor of the State of North-Carolina, and John
Stanley, Esq; Senator for the District of Newbern. After exchanging three
fires each, without effect; at the fourth fire, R. D. Spaight, received a ball
directly under his right arm-pit, which put a period to his existence four
hours afterwards. The cause of this unhappy affair proceeded from a dispute
of a political nature.
Dallas Morning News
July 3 1976
By Anne Hunt
Family Tree - Atty. Geren Seeks Information on Duel
Learning of an ancestor who was killed in a duel was a surprise to Atty. L.
L. Geren of Groesbeck, whose letter concerning the Gerens appeared recently
in "Family Trees." "His opponent was also killed." Geren writes, "And now, I
would like to know where the duel occurred and what the controversy concerned."
Mr. Geren also received a reply from a distant cousin who read the query
and had done considerable research on the family. We appreciate his sharing
the results of his search with us.
Mrs. Maxine Hayes from Oklahoma City needs some help from Texas. She is
working on a family tree for the attorney general of Oklahoma, Larry D.
Derryberry. Her project will be on display at the Oklahoma State Fair
genealogy booth and she hopes to locate a marriage record for the official's
grandparents, Filmore and Emma Waltz Derryberry who were wed in 1891, place
unknown. They lived in Honey Grove and are buried there, but apparently death
certificates are not available either. She hoped to hear from a Texas
descendant who might have researched the family.
MRS. J. W. GENTRY of Henderson asks a Mr. Johnson who taught at East Texas
State University in Commerce in 1968 to contact her so they can compare notes
on the Griggs family of North Carolina and Texas.
Cora Brewer of Oklahoma City asks for information about her Uncle Marion
Crumpler who once lived near Whitewright, Tom Bean or Bonham. He died in the
Virginia Jimenez of Oklahoma City wishes to locate descendants of Solomon
M. and Margaret Grisby who moved from Alabama to Rusk County in 1843. Their
children included: Jane (Kinche Baldwin), Charles (Marinda Sparks), George
(Hanah Mixon), Rachael (J. M. Lockridge), Arthur (Mary Ann Sewel) and Ira
(Dehlah Hinesly). The family also has three other children, but their names
Charline Brown of Seminole, Okla. asks data about Milton and Mary Pinkston
who are buried in Whiterock Cemtery near Bonham. They came from Hoovers Gap,
Tennessee to Texas and had a daughter named either Pearl or Elizabeth.
Mrs. Vinia Russell Martin of Oklahoma City will exchange information with
descendants of Reverend Russell, father of Nelson A. Russell, father of Nelson
A. Russell, born 1842 in Morgan County, Ohio. He served in the Union Army and
married Rebecca Morris Krewson born 1841.
MRS. ELECTRA PEARSON of Ranger would like to hear from someone researching
her Pearson line. Her ancestor, Peter Pearson came from Cumberland County,
England to Nansemond County, Virginia around 1701. She would like the names
of his parents, wife, and to know where he was born.
James S. Stanley, Jr. of Dallas is searching for the origin and ancestors
of Sands Stanley, born 1742 and died 1796-1799, in Darlington County, South
Carolina. He had lived in Dobbs County previously. One of his descendants,
Sarah Allston Stanley, born in 1826, married William Hunter in South Carolina
and moved to Texas. They had two daughters, Carey and Mary. According to DAR
records, Mary Allen Files McCormick traced her descendants back to Sands
Stanley "through his daughter, Sarah." Mr. Stanley asks anyone familiar with
this line to write him.
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