Saturday, May 21, 2016

Brave Soldiers Not Forgotten - Craven Co. NC Wills, Estates #genealogy #northcarolinapioneers

Jeannette Holland Austin
Brave Soldiers Not Forgotten
By Jeannette Holland Austin

Isaac Perkins enlisted as a private in the Continental Line of the North Carolina Regiment in 1777 in the company of Captain Silas Sears Stevenson and marched to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The 10th Regiment was disbanded and Perkins joined the 2d Regiment, company of Captain Clement Hall of the Northern Campaign. The company marched into South Carolina where Perkins was captured and taken to Charleston as a prisoner. 

Siege of Charleston

At times, the occupying army was actually larger than the total civilian population and such was the case in Charleston. The solution of the British was the use of obsolete or damaged ships as prisons. Survival on one of these crowded ships was scary, with disease, dysentary, fevers and starvation plaguing the captives. Apparently a lack of sufficient guards afforded certain prisoners the opportunity to climb overboard and escape. Perkins managed to escape and return to North Carolina where he served in the Militia until peace was declared. 

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Craven County Wills and Estates

New BernCraven County one of three counties (Albemarle and Clarendon being the others) set up in 1664 by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. Its territory embraced what later became South Carolina. The county of Craven was established in 1705 as the Archdale Precinct of Bath County. Archdale County may have existed as early as 1696. The name was changed to Craven County about 1712. The territory in Craven County included the Ashley River settlement known as Charles Town (Charleston, South Carolina). Craven County was officially created on 3 December 1705 and Bath County was abolished in 1739. The county seat: New Bern.

For anyone who has not visited the beautiful New Bern, it is a lovely coastal city, well worth visiting.

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Transcripts of Craven County Wills filed with the Secretary of State
  • Arenton, William (expand upon opening)
  • Blackledge, Richard (expand upon opening)
  • Bryan, Anne (expand upon opening)
  • Bryan, Hardy
  • Bryan, William
  • Caruthers, John
  • Conway, Mary
  • Craven, James
  • Fonvielle, John
  • Franck, John Martin
  • Herritage, Willism
  • Isler, Christian
  • Pilson, Grace
  • Wickliffe, William
Miscellaneous Estates
  • Conner, Lewis
  • Holland, Henry
  • Holland, John
  • Holland, Joseph

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