Captain John Rumley Family & Rumley Houses

Sarah Gibble Rumley 1782-1840
Old Burying Ground
Captain John Rumley (-1815) married Sarah Gibble 31 Mar 1805. Sarah (1782-1840) was daughter of Dederick Gibble and Mary Easton. Captain Rumley and Sarah had three sons - Brian Hellen, James and John Rumley; John was born the same year his father was lost at sea.

John and Sarah's three sons:

  1. Brian Hellen Rumley Sr. (1809-1853) was a “mariner.” He married Brancy Hatsell of Onslow County 16 Mar 1832. They had six sons and four daughters. James Gibble, Mary, John Wesley, Samuel D., Brian Hellen, Sarah, Oregon, California, Dederick Gibble and Emma M. Rumley.
  2.  James Rumley (1812-1881), clerk of court, never married.  
  3.  Rev. John Rumley (1815-1888), Methodist minister, first married Mary Whitehurst (1822-1870). About 1872, Rev. Rumley married Susan Fulford (1841-1909) they had four sons and two daughters. Irwin (lived about six months), John Newman, James, Anne Fulford, William Closs and Julia Manney Rumley. Rev. John Rumley was buried in the Old Burying Ground; Susan Fulford Rumley was buried in Ocean View Cemetery.
James Rumley
Clerk of Court and Judge of Probate Court

James Rumley was born 24 Nov 1812 and died 16 Dec 1881.
James Rumley attending 1875
Constitutional Convention
NC Archives & History
  • 1840 Carteret County Census noted James with four in his household—two of whom were slaves. Probably included his aunt Abigail Gibble.
  • 1850 Census: James 37, Abigail 62, Mary Rumley 15.
  • 1860 Census: James 47, Abigail Gibble 70 and niece Mary Rumley 24.
  • 1870 Census: 57 Clerk of Superior Court, niece Mary 33. Nearby on Marsh: John Rumley 55, County Register, Sallie 25. Also nearby on Marsh:  Brancy Hatsell Rumley 54 (widow of Brian H. Rumley), Bryant 28, California 20, Dedrick 19, Emily 16.
  • 1880 Census: Designated on Marsh Street was 67-year-old James Rumley, Judge of Probate, with niece Mary 43. Nearby were Brancy (Hatsell) Rumley 68, Brian 38, California 27, Emma 25.  
Rev. John Rumley - Obituary
Originally posted on by jrpantel


Rumley Houses

Gray’s 1880 Map of Beaufort noted many lots owned by the Rumley family.

  • 119 Queen Street - Dill House circa 1827 (plaque) - was the old Denard Rumley house.
  • 121 Queen Street - Rumley House circa 1826 (plaque)- was home to Absalom Fulford whose second marriage was to Naomi Hall Rumley. 
  • 122 Queen Street - Rumley House circa 1843 - David Hall Rumley moved this cottage from Diamond City, Shackelford Banks.
  • 114 Marsh Street - The house at 114 Marsh Street is plaqued Rumley House circa 1778. However, Capt. Dedrick Gibble gave half of this lot (New Town #22) to daughter Sarah (1786-1860), who married Capt. John Rumley (1780-1815) 31 Mar 1805. (Sarah Gibble was the daughter of Dederick Gibble (1750-1830) and Mary Easton, daughter of Col. John Easton.)
  • 209 Marsh Street - Rumley House circa 1854 (built by James Rumley).