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The house at 211 Turner Street was built between 1880 and 1885. Since the western side of the 200 block belonged to the Roberson family, except for the Jacob Gibble House on lot 103 (217 Turner Street), and only one deed of sale has been found (for the southern portion of lot 93), it stands to reason that Joseph Pigott Roberson, the carpenter, built the house, the lot perhaps will to Joseph and his sister Cinderella Pigott Roberson Pool. Nephew Russell Manson was head of household in 1930. Therefore, the home was owned by descendants of the Roberson family for at least fifty years, the lot for perhaps 80 years.
Malachi Bell Roberson, son of Joseph Roberson and Sarah Bell, was born 1 Jan 1802 in North Carolina and died 14 Feb 1855. On 20 Jan 1827 Malachi married Sarah Ann Pigott, daughter of Jechonias Pigott (1774-1856) and Cinderella Chadwick (1782-1818). This was Sarah Ann Pigott’s second marriage; her first was to Elijah Bell in 1818. (Malachi’s headstone in the Old Burying Ground is erroneously inscribed Malachi Robinson.)
|Malachi Roberson 1802-1855 |
Old Burying Ground
Malachi and Sarah Roberson had seven known daughters and one known son:
1. Eliza Roberson born about 1828
2. Joseph Pigott Roberson born Nov 1829 married Mary Ann Walker 17 Nov 1854
3. Sarah A. Roberson (1832-1885) married William Charles King
4. Henrietta Roberson born 1835
5. Mary Roberson born Oct 1836
6. Minerva Roberson born about 1838 - OBG (headstone inscribed as Minerva
|Old Burying Ground|
7. Susan Pigott Roberson (10 Sep 1842-29 Dec 1916) married Levi Clark Howland
8. Cinderella Pigott Roberson (1844-1888) married James Harrell Pool in 1866 - Both buried in the Old Burying Ground.
- November 21, 1842, there was an act to incorporate Beaufort Male and Female Academy in Beaufort. Asa Canaday, Malachi B. Roberson, John F. Jones, Marcus C. Thomas, Benjamin L. Perry, Isaac Ramsey, Benjamin Leecraft, William J. Potter, Thomas Duncan, James Ward and James Manney were the trustees.
- April 21, 1853 Deed, AA-138: M.B. Roberson, Benjamin Leecraft and Benjamin L. Perry to D.H.L. Bell; Thomas Duncan, M.B. Roberson and Benjamin Leecraft, surviving partners of lumber dealers William C. Bell & Co., upon death of Benjamin Leecraft, one of the firm, the firm sold to Benjamin Leecraft Jr. who conveyed ¾ ownership to the other three.
- The 1850 Beaufort Census recorded Malachi B. Roberson 47 as a ship builder; value of home $2600. In his home at that time were: wife Sarah 49, Eliza 22, Joseph 20 (merchant), William 24 (merchant), Henrietta 16, Mary 14, Manerva 12, Susan 9, Cinderella 6, and Sarah A. 18 with husband William King. Their home was near Benjamin Leecraft and William C. Bell.
- In Mamré Wilson’s book, she paraphrased from Heritage Carteret County: In 1930s, Cecil Longest wrote - Malachi Roberson had a combination home and school built in the second block of Turner Street. He hired Stephen Decatur Poole to teach. The school grew into the Beaufort Female Seminary for the instruction of young ladies. He was approached about teaching young men, and thus opened a night school. By 1858, Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Pool were principals of Beaufort Female Seminary. The building in which the Robersons lived and the children attended school is presently the Masonic Lodge.
- Mamré also wrote about the Susan and Sarah Roberson: “Susan
Born abt1830 – Died after 1900
- Joseph Pigott Roberson married Mary Ann Walker 17 Nov 1854.
- 1860 census: Malachi’s son “mechanic” (carpenter) Joseph 30, wife Mary 21 and 2-year-old son Claudius: On Front Street near G.W. Taylor’s “Ocean House” hotel.
- 1880 census: Joseph was living near the corner of Turner Street and Ann with wife Mary A. and children, Claudius V. 22, Robert R. 19, Margaret E. 13 and Mary 5.
- 1900 census: In 200 block of Turner – widower Joseph 70, with daughters Mamie 25 and Maggie 30 with husband Richard Felton and their four children.
Born 1844 – Died 11 December 1888
- Cinderella married Lieutenant James Harrell Pool (1843-1879) 4 April 1866; they had been friends since childhood, when James' parents, Stephen Decatur Pool and Caroline Lockwood came to Beaufort to teach at Roberson's home/school.
- Cinderella and James Pool had three daughters and four sons: Sallie C. 1867, Jane 1871, Stephen D. 1873, Susan H. 1875, James M. 1878, and twins David S. and William V. born 1880.
- Cinderella and Lieut. James H. Pool - buried in Old Burying Ground.
- 1880 Federal Mortality Schedule recorded Nov 1879 as death date for J.H. Pool.
- J.H. Pool has a CSA marker in the Old Burying Ground which is now partially submerged, reported to show 1877 as year of death.
Stephen Decatur Pool was born 23 March 1819 in Pasquotank County to Joshua A. Pool and Ann (Nancy) Lowry and died 21 December 1901, buried Osyka, Pike County, Mississippi. He married Caroline Sydney Lockwood in 1842.
|James Harrell Pool 1843-1879|
- 1850: S.D. Pool - Teacher in Pasquotank County, with wife Caroline and five children.
- 1860 Beaufort Census: S.D. Pool 41, a teacher at a female seminary.
- 1870: S.D. Pool - Editor of newspaper in New Bern with wife Caroline and seven children.1872 principal of Male and Female Academy in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County.
- Son James Harrell
Pool and Cinderella P. Roberson Pool’s daughter Jane Pigott Pool (1872-1951) married
James Pool Clawson (1900-1980), son of Charles Alfred Clawson Jr.___________________________
Lots, Maps & Sally Roberson's Will
|1816 Jonathan Price Map|
Carteret County Commissioners to Joseph Borden (1769-1825), son of Quaker William Borden (William Borden House at 305 Front Street).
Joseph Borden was husband of Esther Wallace Easton, widow of Capt. John Easton.
In 1823, Borden willed the lot to his daughter Mary Borden. At some point, Malachi Bell Roberson purchased this and other properties in this block.
In her 1878 Will, Sarah Ann "Sally" Roberson, widow of Malachi Roberson, left three of four lots on the west side of this block to her children; lot 93 Old Town was left to son Joseph Pigott Roberson and daughter Cinderella Pigott Roberson Pool.
My son Joseph and son-in-law William V. Geffroy executors
Witnessed: Belcher Fuller, Lewis Forlaw
Sally Roberson (seal)
|Gray's 1880 Map of Beaufort|
- Lot 73 – northwest corner of Ann and Turner – Roberson home occupied by Sally.
- Lot 82 – Seminary building on east side of Turner.
- Lot 83 – behind lot 73, between lot 73 and 93 on Turner.
- Thus…Sally Pigott Roberson owned all of the west side of 200 block except for lot 103 (Gibble-Delamar House).
- It appears it was around this time that “Roberson” began to be erroneously referred to as “Robinson.” I.E., Gray’s 1880 Map noting “Miss Robinson” (Sally Roberson deceased, so someone may have given Chase (drafted map) that ID because she had owned it for so long.
1997 Ruth Little Survey description of house at 211 Turner Street: Gothic Revival house with three projecting gabled wall dormers, 2 interior brick chimneys and 6/6 sash. The porch projects around the central dormer and has chamfered posts and traditional railing. Not on Gray's 1880 map but appears on 1885 Sanborn map.
|1885 Sanborn Map|
Censuses:Until 1930-40, it is difficult to tell exactly who lived where; census takers did not designate house numbers and may have also zig-zagged from east to west sides.
1870: Roberson family in the general area of 200 block of Turner
- Widow Sally Roberson 70 (Malachi died 1855), with Elvira, Henrietta and Mary - possibly on northwest corner of Ann and Turner streets.
- Nearby William Geffroy, wife Minerva (Roberson), Malachi and Willie.
- Also nearby Jacob Gibble family and Dr. Benjamin Davis family.
- Widow Cinderella Roberson Pool, 36, on Ann (perhaps home of her mother Sally on corner of Ann/Turner) with seven small children (husband Lt. James H. Pool died 1877-79).
- Joseph Roberson near corner of Turner and Ann with wife Mary A. and children: Claudius V. 22, Robert R. 19, Margaret E. 13 and Mary 5.
Residents in order taken by census taker - if actually side by side, Joseph's son Claudius Roberson would be in 211 next to Jacob Gibble:
- James S. Caffrey
- Widower Joseph Roberson carpenter 70, born Nov 1829, with daughters Mamie 25 and Maggie 30 with husband Richard Felton and their four children: Susie born Oct 1884, Maggie bDec 1893, Claudius born Aug 1898 and Mary born Nov 1899.
- Claudius Roberson born April 1858, dry goods merchant 42, with wife Sarah and nephew Russell Manson born Aug 1887.
- Jacob Gibble born May 1835, with wife Julia, daughter Helen and two servants.
Russell Manson 43 dry goods merchant, evidently inherited the house or became the male head of household. In the household: Aunt Sarah Roberson 65 (Sarah Ireland, daughter of David Ireland and Mary Frances Davis, 1864-1936), Aunt Carrie R. Ireland 61 and Mamie Roberson 55 (Russell Manson, born 1886, was the son of Edward Manson and Mary J. Ireland.)
1940: 211 Turner was rented by Martin L. Willis and family - book keeper for sales and service automobile company
When "Sally" Roberson died in 1878, she was living at the NW corner of Ann and Turner Streets. Part of her will referred to "the Seminary building" across Turner Street. (It is a shame her house was not preserved.) Winfield Scott Chadwick purchased the property and built a Queen Anne-Colonial Revival house about 1910 (now 315 Ann).