Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Defeat of the Cherokee at Fort Dobbs #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneers

Defeat of the Cherokee at Fort Dobbs

Fort DobbsAs new settlers flowed into the North Carolina frontier, friction with the natives was due to occur. During the French and Indian Wars from 1754 to 1763, all males between the ages of sixteen and sixty were required to serve in the North Carolina Militia. A battle ferocious battle occurred in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the town of Statesville. The result was that the Cherokee Indians surrendered their claim to vast amounts of land!  . . . more . . .




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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Browsing Genealogy #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

Browsing Genealogy

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland Austin

A good hobby while vacationing is to browse antique shops. Lots of people make a lifetime of hoarding, and this sort of stuff can easily end up in an estate sale, or antique shop. Have you seen an attic which you would dearly love to search? The old ways are still prevalent in our society. That is why it is fun to browse out-of-way shops in unlikely neighborhoods and towns. Also, I remember seeing large bulky ledger books of old businesses from New York, as well as county records! It was the practice at once time for the clerk to take his work home with him. This is how certain records survived the fire at the court house! 
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

George Durant Arrested for Treason in 1677 #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

1677 - George Durant Arrested for Treason

George DurantJohn Culpeper, Surveyor-General of Carolina in 1677, became known for seditious conduct on the Ashley River which caused him to flee northward to escape the hangman. Culpeper was resisting the enforcement of the Navigation Act. In December of 1677, a Yankee schooner, heavily armed and bearing a seductive cargo of rum and molasses, appeared in Pasquotank River. Her skipper, whose name was Gillam, had scarcely set foot on land when he was arrested by the governor and held to bail in 1,000 pounds. The astute yankee, with an air of innocent surprise, meekly promised to weigh anchor at once and not return. However, a thirsty mob, angry over the loss of rum, entreated Gillam to stay. Governor Miller was a man in whom bravery prevailed over prudence, and, hearing at this moment that George Durant, a wealthy settler of Perquimans, was on the schooner, he  
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Seth Sothel Captured by Algerine Pirates #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

Seth Sothel Captured by Algerine Pirates

Algerine PiratesThe governor who succeeded John Culpeper in the Albemarle colony was a new lord proprietor, by the name of Seth Sothel, to whom the Earl of Clarendon had sold out his rights and interests. While on his way to America early in 1680, Sothel was captured by Algerine pirates and carried off into slavery. It took him three year to obtain his freedom and arrive at his destination. Then he proceeded to rule over the Albemarle colony wherein he proved himself to be one of the dirtiest knaves that ever held office. On the arrival of two ships from Barbadoes on legitimate business, Sothel seized them as pirates and threw their captains into jail, where one of them died of ill-treatment. The dying man made a will in which he named one of the most respected men in the colony, Thomas Pollock, as his executor; but Sothel refused to let the will go to probate, and seized the effects of the dead man whereupon the executor threatened to carry the story of all this to England. For that threat, Sothel put him in jail and kept him there. When George Durant, prominent citizen, called such proceedings unlawful, Sothel straightway imprisoned him and confiscated his entire estate.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Clarendon Colony #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

The Clarendon Colony

Sir John Yeamans
Sir John Yeamans
Sir John Yeamans arrived at Cape Fear early in October of 1663, and ascended the river for more than a hundred and fifty miles. Sir John was the son of a gallant Cavalier who had lost life and estate in the service of the King, and he had come out to Barbadoes to repair his fortunes. His report of the Cape Fear country was so favorable that by the end of May, 1665 he returned with several hundred settlers from Barbadoes, to make the beginnings of the new colony of Clarendon, of which the lords proprietors had appointed him governor.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Settling the Cape Fear River #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

Settling the Cape Fear River

Mouth of Cape Fear RiverDuring 1660 a party from New England made a settlement at the mouth of Cape Fear River, but it only lasted three years, until 1633 when they departed. There is a tradition that they were sorely harassed by the natives in revenge for their sending sundry Indian lads and girls aboard ship to be taken to Boston and "educated," i.e. sold for slaves, which is not improbable. They left behind a post at the mouth of the river.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Albemarle Colony #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

The Albemarle Colony

Emigration from Virginia into North Carolina commenced as early as 1653 when Roger Greene with a hundred men made a small settlement in the Chowan precinct on the north shore of Albemarle Sound. In 1662 George Durant followed, and began a settlement in the Perquimans precinct, just east of Chowan. In 1664 Governor Berkeley, of Virginia, himself one of the eight lords proprietors, severed this newly settled region from Virginia and appointed William Drummond as its governor. Such were the beginnings of Albemarle, the colony which in time was to develop into North Carolina.



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