Samuel Edward Midgett

Samuel Edward Midgett

Death 4 Apr 1924 (aged 40)
Florida, USA
Burial Manteo, Dare County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 6333586 · View Source
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MANTEO MAN DROWNED OFF FLORIDA COAST RECENTLY -Meager details of the drowning of Samuel E. Midgett of Manteo was received this week by his wife at Manteo.

Mr. Midgett was first officer on one of the tank ships of The Texas Company and fell overboard while the ship was off the Florida coast last week. He was about 41 years old and had been an interesting figure in local politics until the war; when he enlisted in the Navy and shortly rose to rank as lieutenant commander, and gained a considerable recognition by rescuing the crew of a torpedoed vessel.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Cudworth, and two sons, Boyd and Samuel Midgett of Manteo.

He had recently spent a month with his family and drowned only a few days after leaving home.

The Independent, Elizabeth City, NC
Friday, April 11, 1924
MYSTERY SHROUDS THE DROWNING OF MIDGETT - The strange disappearance of S.E. Midgett of Manteo, the first officer on one of the tank ships of The Texas Company, is considered an unusual mystery by his friends who declare that Mr. Midgett had been a different man for many months.

He was reported missing on Friday, April 4, according to advisories received by his family, stating he was last seen on the ship on the Florida coast, at 11 o'clock at night. When called for his watch from midnight to four o'clock, he could not be found. He failed to eat his supper that night and seemed unusually depressed.

Sam Midgett was an out of the ordinary sort of fellow who had the knack of making strong friends and holding them wherever he went. At one time he was one of the most active men in his county, sometimes violent and intemperate, a hard worker, a passionate fighter and a heavy drinker. His ability to make himself popular won him several political offices. Sam came of sea faring stock and was an able boatman.

When the world war came on he found it no hard task to land a good job on a ship and it wasn't long before he had a commission in the Navy. Luck favored him and he saved the crew of a foundered vessel by his daring and seamanship. He came out of the war with a good record which easily landed him a job as master of one of the biggest oil tankers plying between New York and Florida.

He leaves a wife and two sons. Some believe he became despondent over his lower position aboard ship & drowned himself but it is not believed that he premeditated suicide.

The Independent, Elizabeth City, NC, Friday, 25 Apr 1924

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