Re: [genpcncfir] marriages
- Dear Lisa, I am not sure either. Mama said that many
of our relatives lived there and went to school there.
--- lisascarola <feonadorf@...> wrote:
> I'm not sure where Chicod is located but I know a
> few of my McGowan
> ancestors married there. Just another place I
> thought you might look.
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- Present day Chicod is located at the intersection of NC 43 South
and Stokestown-St. Johns Road. This is about 6-7 miles south
of Greenville toward Vanceboro.
The old high school was built here in 1929 and is now an
an K-8 school. Used to be an old lumber mill here, run by
Will Smith. The Smiths and Gardners were living in this area.
Just from memory I believe Simpson use to be called Chicod.
Simpson is on the Blackjack-Simpson Road about 9 miles from
Here are some excerpts from Roger Kammerer's notes
on towns and villages in Pitt County.
"Simpson, formerly called "Chicod," is a small residential town
located about five miles east of Greenville. It was just another
farm community until the railroad came through in 1907
and it began to grow into a town. "
"In 1900 a three-room schoolhouse was built at Chicod
known as Oak Grove School. This became the Simpson
Graded School by 1911 with Delia Smith as principal
and Daisy Tucker as assistant teacher. In 1918 the
Simpson School had 70 pupils and had three teachers:
Misses Minnie Warner, Rosa Wootten, and Helen Wootten.
This school closed in 1932 when it was consolidated with
the Grimesland School."
"In 1907 the Norfolk and Southern Railroad built a rail line from Greenville
to Chocowinity which passed through the Chicod community, and
it is said that Captain J. J. Laughinghouse named the railroad
"After the coming of the railroad and the depot was built, the
village began having an identity crisis. The railroad station
was called Simpson, but the post office continued to be known
as Chicod. There were numerous calls for efforts to enact a
law to change either the post office or railroad station name,
to no avail. The town remained double-named until 1965."
Today it is know as Simpson.