Deaths at Sea - Compiled by Gail M. Walczyk

Note: The citation DEATH NOTICES 1881-1912 refers to the work of Dr. Brooks Miles Barnes and Barry W. Miles, DEATH NOTICES 1881-1912, available online at the Eastern Shore Public Library.

Anderton, Elmer, Mrs. - Date of Death; Friday night - Aged; 3 - Drowned of Capt. Anderton's vessel while going through the draw-bridge at Pocomoke - The mother also fell in the river and also, drowned - Mother and Son Drowned - ESH 29 Nov 1912 (DEATH NOTICES 1881-1912).

Arnold, Charles W.
- age 47, an orphan from Virginia, and Mailmanat Rhodes Point MD, died on January 17, 1916 at Park's Ditct in the ice. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans)

Baker, Willima H., Crisfield, Md., Oct. 14.-On Tuesday, October 4, 1892, the schooner Elizabeth Alice left Accomac county, Va., having on board three young men-William H. Baker, Edward Midcap and John L. Marsh,-bound for Baltimore. But between Barn Island and Cedar Point the vessel sank and all on board were lost. Capt. C. W. Marsh, brother to young Marsh who was drowned, reported the facts at Crisfield yesterday. The vessel was raised and found to be very little damaged. The bodies of the unfortunate men have not been found. It is supposed the vessel sunk Wednesday morning about 4 o clock, October 5 (Baltimore Sun, October 15, 1892, provided by Ray Yingling).

Bell, Ann Eliza, Mrs. - Date of Death; Sunday - Aged; 84 - Died at the home of Z. W. Mason - Interment in family burying grounds - Survived by 1 sister, Miss Eveline Mason and 3 brothers, Jeremiah, Major and Henry T. Mason - Her husband, James Bell was drowned in Chesapeake Bay, by the sinking of the pungy, Tennessee, about 35 years ago - Parksley - PE 7 Dec 1912 (DEATH NOTICES 1881-1912).

Bradshaw, Harold G. - age 16, son of Charles R. & Fannie Bradshaw of Tylerton, died September 21, 1921, at Twitch Cove. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans.)

Bradshaw, John H. - Bradshaw, John H. - age 23, son of John Lewis and Olevia Marshall Bradshaw of Tylerton, died May 22, 1935 at Juggling Creek Gut. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans.)

Bradshaw, William A. - Date of Death; Not Given - Capt. J. Henry Nelson, of Crisfield came in with body of the captain of the bugeye "Effie Smith" William A. Bradshaw, of Smith's Island - The wreck of the bugeye was discovered 3 miles from Narrows Island light - Bradshaw body was lashed to one of the masts - Ledger Dispatch, Feb 6 - Body of Captain Lashed to Mast - ESH 11 Feb 1910.  (DEATH NOTICES 1881-1912).

Burgess, G.W.
, w/m, Sept. 1879, Chesapeake Bay, drowned, 30 yrs son of Burgess, G. W.  living Washington D.C., fisherman (Walczyk, Frank V.  The Northumberland Death Register 1853-1896. Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 2000).

Corbin, R. E., was aboard the "Southland" with Carroll Lee Marsall when it was rammed in a storm in Tangier Sound by a Cambridge oyster schooner (Pen. Ent., 30 May 1925; "Mister Notes", Miles, Moody K. III).

Crockett, Barney R., W/m, 22 Jan 1893, 2nd Dist., drowned, 19 yr c/o John M. & Emma, b. in VA, laborer. Mother g/info (Walczyk, Gail M.   The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896.  Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 1999).

Crockett, Wm., W/m, 19 Nov 1879 Acc. P., drowned, 38 yr c/o Geo. & Sinah, b. Acc, oysterman, h/o Rebecca. Wife g/info. (Walczyk, Gail M.   The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896. Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 1999) .

Crockett, Wm. H. H., W/m, 20 Feb 1896, Acc, drowned, 50 yr c/o Louis & Mary, h/o Arbella. Wife g/info. (Walczyk, Gail M. The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896. (Coram, NY: Peter's Row,1999).  In his memoirs Benjamin F. Marsh writes: "We were so sorry when we heard that brother Harrison Crocket was drowned. we were always glad to see his come to our place. The last time he was up her was at the camp Meeting in 1895. He preached the firs sermon that was preache there and it done us good for we believe he was a man of God and that he has gone home to die no more" (Walczyk, Gail M.  Memoirs of Benjamin F. Marsh.  Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 1992).

Drewer, Earl - Date of Death; 3 Oct 1910 - Aged; 13 - Drowned in route from Oyster Rock to home - Remains were laid to rest in John W. Drewer,s recently laid off Cemetery - Saxis - AN 15 Oct 1910 (DEATH NOTICES 1881-1912).

Drummond, George., drowned between 28 February 1773 and 27 August 1776 when his father William's will was proved (Nottingham Wills 298). See entry for William Drummond.

Drummond, John., drowned between 28 February 1773 and 27 August 1776 when his father William's will was proved (Nottingham Wills 298). See entry for William Drummond.

Drummond, William., drowned between 28 February 1773 and 27 August 1776 when his will was proved (Nottingham Wills 298). NOTE: This William was noted as William Drummond of Assawoman. This fact was mentioned in Court in a suit for recovery of land between Thomas Bayley and Anne his wife and Anne Buncle &c. The case stated ... That the said William by his will devised his part of said land to one of his sons, but that his sons died without issue at the same time with their father, they all being unfortunately drowned together ... (Nottingham Land Causes 33).

Evans, Asbury M, age 44, son of James M. and Emily Ann Bradshaw Evans of Ewell, died April 18, 1926 at Twitch Cove. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans)

Evans, Benjamin - age 38, son of William and Rachel Evans, died on March 6, 1866, in Chesapeake Bay off Hiopers Straits. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans.)

Evans, Charles Edward - age 5, son of Benjamin Seward and Annie Elizabeth Poe Evans of Rhodes Point, died 5 August 1903 in Round Hammock Gut. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans.)

Evans, Edward T., son of John R. and Rebecca Tyler Evans of Rhodes Point, died September 1, 1910 in Shanks Creek. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans.)

Evans, Edwin Ellison - age 30, son of Elmer L. and Lillian Harrison Evans of Ewell, died Marhc 4, 1977 at Kedges Straits. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans.)

Evans, Job A. - age 46, son of Job A. and Elizabeth Mills Evans of Rhodes Point, died October 14, 1902 in a storm at Terripin Sands. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans)


Evans, Lambert A. - age 61, son of Stewart H. & Mary Ann Evans of Tylerton, died on August 10, 1927 in Tangier sound. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans.)

Evans, Peter Struven - age 27, son of Aleander W. and Adelia Bradshaw Evans of Rhohes Point, died 24 February 1900 in Pocomoke River. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans.)

Evans, Russell S. - age 12, son of Peter J. and Maggie V. Dize Evans of Ewell, died May 1, 1914 in Levin's Creek. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans.)

Evans, William Jesse - age 18, son of Benjamin and elizabeth Bradshaw Evans of Orchard Ridge, died July 20, 1879 in Chesapeake Bay. (Evans, Jennings, Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound (Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans.)

Gray, Bertha
- age 18, daughter of the Reverend and Mrs. James Gray of Fruitland, died in September 1894 in a boating colision on Tangier Sound (Evans, Jennings. "Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound".  Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans).

Hale, George W., w/m, Sept. 1879, Chesapeake Bay, drowned, 24 yrs s/o Hale, Sam'l Mary, living in Northumberland. Co., fisherman (Walczyk, Frank V.  The Northumberland Death Register 1853-1896.  Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 2000).

Hickman, John the Elder., - Sometime between 12 June 1810, when John Hickman wrote his will and 28 December 1812 (Miles Wills:264). In a partition suit between Watson and Hickman on 31 May 1815 it states ... that the said John Hickman the younger departed this life at the same time with his father, John Hickman the elder, both of them being knocked overboard at the same time and drowned in a Gale of wind in the Delaware Bay ... (Nottingham Land Causes 118)

Hickman, John the Younger., See above entry.

Johnson, John R. Capt. - Date of Death; 42 years ago - The bodies of the late Capt. John R. Johnson, Mrs. Georginna Watson and children, son, Capt. Alfred Johnson, who was drowned in the Chesapeake by off Sharps Island 42 years ago, and daughter in law, Mrs. J. Calhoun Johnson, were removed from the family burying ground on Hunting Creek to the Parksley Cemetery. - Parksley - PE 18 May 1907 (DEATH NOTICES 1881-1912).

Joynes, Chas., W/m, 29 Sep 1871, Pung, drowned, 18 yr c/o Edw. D., b. Acc, single. Father g/info. (Walczyk, Gail M. The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896. Coram, NY: Peter's Row,1999).


Kellam, Lawrence A, - age 17, son of Henry Wise and amanda S. Evans Kellam of Rhodes Point, died in May 1893 near Solomon's Lump Lighthouse (Evans, Jennings. "Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound".  Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans).

Lewis, Tully M.
  Husband of E. J. Russell; son of James and Cassandra 8 November 1839- 16 March 1866, drowned in Cheaspeake Bay; remains found 27 April 1866 (Mihalyka, Jean & Wilson, Faye Downing. Graven Stones Inscriptions Lower Accomack County, including Liberty and Parksley Cemeteries. Bowie MD: Heritage Books Inc., 1966, p. 164).

Lewis, Captain William T.  son of Revil and Polly, 17 April 1837, drowned 17 March 1866, found 28 April 1866, age 29 years; leaving a wife and 3 children (Mihalyka, Jean & Wilson, Faye Downing. Graven Stones Inscriptions Lower Accomack County, including Liberty and Parksley Cemeteries. Bowie MD: Heritage Books Inc., 1966 p 164).

Lewis, William T. - son of William R. and Sarah Jane; 29 January 1839 drowned in Chesapeake Bay 4 March 1872, body recovered 24 May 1872 (Mihalyka, Jean & Wilson, Faye Downing. Graven Stones Inscriptions Lower Accomack County, including Liberty and Parksley Cemeteries. Bowie MD: Heritage Books Inc., 1966 p 165).

Lewis, Captain Zadoc C. - son of Revil and Polly, 30 August 1742-drowned 17 March 1866, found 25 April 1866' age 23 years 6 months and 17 days, leaving a mother 3 sisters and 4 brothers (Mihalyka, Jean & Wilson, Faye Downing. Graven Stones Inscriptions Lower Accomack County, including Liberty and Parksley Cemeteries. Bowie MD: Heritage Books Inc., 1966 p 165).

Marsh, John L., W/m, 6 Oct 1892, St. Geo. P., drowned, 20 yr c/o Walter W. & Alsie A., b. Acc, waterman. Marsh, G. F., brother g/info. (Walczyk, Gail M. The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896. Coram, NY: Peter's Row,1999).

Crisfield, Md., Oct. 14.-On Tuesday, October 4, 1892, the schooner Elizabeth Alice left Accomac county, Va., having on board three young men-William H. Baker, Edward Midcap and John L. Marsh,-bound for Baltimore. But between Barn Island and Cedar Point the vessel sank and all on board were lost. Capt. C. W. Marsh, brother to young Marsh who was drowned, reported the facts at Crisfield yesterday. The vessel was raised and found to be very little damaged. The bodies of the unfortunate men have not been found. It is supposed the vessel sunk Wednesday morning about 4 o clock, October 5 (Baltimore Sun, October 15, 1892, provided by Ray Yingling).

John L. Marsh born on 26 April 1873 on Smiths Island, died on 7 October 1892 on route to Baltimore from Harborton when a sudden squall struck the schooner on which he was master, capsizing it. He was the youngest son of William Walter and Alisie Evans of Smiths Island who had lost their property on Smiths Island when their house was forclosed on in 1874. They first moved their family to Prospect Neck and resided there until the mid 1880'a when they moved to the Harborton area. His older brother Charles W., born 27 February 1861 died 8 September 1899, operated several pungies and the Schooner "J. Calhoun Johnson", which he commanded. William W. Marsh, John's father also drowned (Marsh Family Notes, Walczyk, Gail M.).  (Click here to see the tombstone of John L. Marsh.)

Marsh, William W.,  The Death register reads: Marsh, Walter W., W/m, 17 Apr 1892, St. Geo. P., drowned, 59yr 24 da c/o Walter & Alsie A., b. Acc, h/o Alsie A. Marsh, G. F., son g/info. (Walczyk, Gail M. The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896.  Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 1999).   NOTE: Misinformation was given in the Death Register. It listed William Walter Marsh as Walter W. Marsh. He was not the son of Walter and Alsie. He was the son of Walter Marsh and his wife Rhoda Evans.  Click here to see the tombstone of William W. Marsh.

Marshall, Carroll Lee, died 25 March 1925 in Tangier Sound, Acc Co, VA, at 29 years of age when his boat, "Southland" was rammed in a storm in Tangier Sound by a Cambridge oyster schooner. His body was found in Cedar Straits on 8 May 1925 by Ralph Nelson of Jenkins Creek. R.E. Corbin was on board with him and also drowned (Pen. Ent., 30 May 1925; "Mister Notes", Miles, Moody K. III).

Marshall, Sam'l, W/m, 19 Nov 1879, Acc. P., drowned, 9 yr c/o Sam'l & Amanda, b. Acc. oysterman. Marshall, Gillet, grfather g/info. (Walczyk, Gail M. The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896.  Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 1999).

Marshall, Sam'l J., W/m, 19 Nov 1879, Acc. P., drowned, 34 yr c/o Gillet & Henrietta, b. Acc, oysterman, h/o Amanda. Father g/info. (Walczyk, Gail M. The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896. Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 1999).

Midcap, Edward, Crisfield, Md., Oct. 14.-On Tuesday, October 4, 1892, the schooner Elizabeth Alice left Accomac county, Va., having on board three young men-William H. Baker, Edward Midcap and John L. Marsh,-bound for Baltimore. But between Barn Island and Cedar Point the vessel sank and all on board were lost. Capt. C. W. Marsh, brother to young Marsh who was drowned, reported the facts at Crisfield yesterday. The vessel was raised and found to be very little damaged. The bodies of the unfortunate men have not been found. It is supposed the vessel sunk Wednesday morning about 4 o clock, October 5 (Baltimore Sun, October 15, 1892, provided by Ray Yingling). 

Mister, sons of Severn, [1840's], Northumberland, Wallace states: "In due time they arrived at their desination [Joshua Thomas etc.] and were warmly welcomed by Brother Mister [Severn] and his family. the business on which they came over, was to be attended to next day; meantime inquires were made about a vessel dispatched the previous day, with Capt. Mister's three sons on board, to convey Brother Thomas from Deal's Island to Virginia. No such vessel had arrived there, or had been discerned on the bay, or in any of its harbors, that they had been able to indentify. This intelligence awakened much concern in the minds of the family, and deep anxiety in that of brother Thomas. He tought of his dreams and felt more arlarm thatn he considered it prudent to experence. . . . In that raging storm, these three adventurous, promising, but, alas! irreligious young men, went down. . . . . (Wallace, Adam. The Parson of The Islands, A Biography of the Rev. Joshua Thomas. 1861.  Cambridge, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1978, pp. 293-295).

Severn Mister was the son of Marmaduke Mister and Sarah his wife, and the nephew of Abraham Mister of Dorcester Co. MD and the nephew or William Mister or Accomack Co. VA. Severn Mister's wife was Keziah Evans, the daughter of Richard Evans (Walczyk, Gail M.  "Mister Family Notes", unpublished; "Evans Family Notes", unpublished). 

Price, William C. - son of William and Ann Price of Holland's Island, died 6 March 1866 in the bay off Hooper's Straits (Evans, Jennings, "Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound".  Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans).

Pruitt, Tubman B., W/m, 20 Feb 1896 Acc, drowned, 31 yr c/o Wm & Ellen, b. Acc, waterman, h/o Sadie. Wife g/info. (Walczyk, Gail M. The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896.  Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 1999).

Saulsbury, Thomas.  He was born in Accomack Co., VA on 1 October 1848. Thomas died 12 February 1877 (Walczyk, Gail M. The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896.  Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 1999). The record reads "Thomas Salisbury, drowned, 12 February 1877, 28 years old, c/o John and Mary, father gave info." He was buried at the Saulsbury Plot, Chesconnessex, VA.

Scarburgh, Mitchell Jr. departed this life in March between the 12th and the 16th in 1764, being uncertain if the day; he went from Pungoteague the 12th in a canow, and by misfortune was drowned, over to Wicomoco, and was found on the 16th ("Bible Record of Scarburgh Family" contributed by Dr. Stewart Kellam, of Saluda, Middlesex County, VA., Genealogies of Virginia Families From the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine. Volume IV Neville - Terrill. Indexed by Judith Mc Ghan.  Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., p. 532).

Smith, Edward - Date of Death; last Friday - Aged; About 20 - While crabbing on Watts Island bar was drowned, body recover about 1 hour afterward by his brother, John - Interment in Onancock Cemetery - Local - AN 29 Jul 1911 (DEATH NOTICES 1881-1912).

Smith, William P. - Date of Death; Recently - Aged; 19 - Son of William Smith - Drowned while out crabbing near Watt's Island - News of Eastern Shore (DEATH NOTICES 1881-1912).

Smith, Wm. P. - Date of Death; Friday last - Aged; 19 - Son of Wm. Smith - Drowned near Watts Island, while crabbing - Burial in Mt. Holly Cemetery - Onancock - PE 29 Jul 1911 (DEATH NOTICES 1881-1912).

Stokely, Abram, C/m, in Mar 1870, Pocomoke River, drowning, 40yr c/o Susan, b. Acc, laborer. Selby, Marg., friend g/info. (Walczyk, Gail M. The Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896. Coram, NY: Peter's Row, 1999).

Trader, Samuel, - Samuel Trader son of Samuel and Patience Trader, born 1 December 1793 (sailed in schooner Wm & Henry) lost at sea 15 April 1818 age 25 years (Mihalyka, Jean & Wilson, Faye Downing. Graven Stones Inscriptions Lower Accomack County, including Liberty and Parksley Cemeteries. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books Inc., 1966) .

Tyler, William A. - age 20, son of Noah A. and Margaret ann Evans Tyler of Orchard Ridge, died December 3, 1899 in The Chesapeake Bay. (Evans, Jennings. "Roll Call to Honor the Memory of Smith Island Watermen and People Who Lost their lives on the Nearby Waters of the Chespeake Bay and Tangier Sound". Ewell, MD: Jennings Evans).



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