Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hyde County History

Several days ago my neighbor, Al Scarborough, showed me an interesting entry in "High Tides" Volume XXXII, Number 2, Fall 2010, the official journal of the Hyde County Historical & Genealogical Society.

I quote, " [Thaxton Selby, born 26 September, 1895] related to me a story he remembered hearing about the last man ever hung in Hyde County. His name was Scarborough. His reputation was that of a great hunter but one who believed in witchcraft. One day on the way hunting, he met an old woman who put a curse on him. Scarborough threatened to kill her, and one day she was found dead of a broken neck. The man denied killing her although he admitted drawing her picture and shooting it. Scarborough was hung at Lake Landing, but years later, another man admitted killing the old woman."

Al, thanks for that fascinating insight into the Scarborough family!


Click on the photo below to view pottery by Martha Hayes in Village Craftsmen's online catalog.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article, with a number of photos, documenting the history of water cisterns on Ocracoke Island. Click on the following link to go directly there:


  1. No wonder he has left the island and is out sailing on the high seas.

  2. Anonymous1:02 PM

    Very interesting! Know any more details?

  3. Anonymous4:44 PM

    This story gives me chills!

  4. I don't know any further details. In fact, I just read this story myself a few days ago. It's a good one, though!