The first setters to his area were Europeans and English about 1713 when their original settlements were in what was originally part of the colonial precincts of Carteret and New Hanover. Onslow County was formed in 1734 and was named for the Honorable Arthur Onslow, Speaker of the British House of Commons. After a hurrican in 1752, the county courthouse was relocated from Town Point to Wantland Ferry; this settlement was eventually incorporated in 1842 and named Jacksonville after President Andrew Jackson.
Onslow County Wills and other Records Available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers
Images of Onslow County Wills 1790 to 1836 from the Court of Common Pleas
- Abstracts of Onslow County Wills 1740 to 1760
Adamson, George H. - Ambrose, Daniel - Ashford, Butler Askew, Nathan - Askew, Sally - Averett, Jenkin - Averett, Parmela - Averett, Richardl - Barrow, Abraham - Basden, Cordil - Baisden, Jess - Ball, Moses - Barber, John - Barber, Mitchell - Barber, Thomas - Barbour, Nancey - Barefield, Moses - Barrow, Zachariah - Battle, Abner - Bender, Brice = Breec, Cornelius - Brinson, Elizabeth - Brinson, John - Bryant, Benjamin - Burk, Sarah -- Burns, Francis - Cahoon, Daniel - Cahoon, Mary - Capps, Thomas - Cary, John - Cary, Shadrack Cary, Thomas - Coston, Thomas - Cox, Josiah - Craft, Isaac Charles - Davenport, Isaac - Davis, Jeremiah - Davis, Mark - Dixon, Jonathan - Dosson, Robert -- Dudley, Edward - Dudley, Thomas - Dulany, Thomas - Eagerton, Janes - Ennett, Caty - Erexson, JoNathan - Eslick, Frances - Eubanks, Thomas - Farnel, Benjamin - Farnell, Dexter - Ferrand, William - Fields, Jacob - Fields, James - Fields, Moses - Fields, Rebekah - Fisher, John - Foster, William - Foy, James Sr. - French, W. - Gibson, John - Gibson, Thomas - Gibson, William - Giddens, Abraham - Gillespie, Archibald - Gipson, John - Glenn, Thomas - Goodwin, Drury - Grant, Reuben - Gurgamus, Jesse Sr. - Gurgamus, Mosley - Gurgamus, Zachariah - Guthery, Charles - Hadnot, Seth - Hammond, John - Hammond, Martin - Hancock, Zebedee - Hansley, John - Harrel, Wilson - Haskins, Ezekiel - Hawkins, Obediah - Hazard, George -- Henderson, Barnabas - Henderson, Barnabas Jr. - Hibbs, Jonathan - Hill, William - Hinson, F. George -- Hobbs, Simon Sr. -- Hobbs, Simon - Hopkins, Penelope - Horn, Henry -- Huffman, Christopher - Huggins, Jacob - Huit, John Jr. - Jarman, Benjamin - Jarman, Lawrence Jarrot, Isaac -- Jarrott, Isaac -- Jarrott, John - Jenkins, Daniel - Jenkins, Daniel (2)- Jinkins, Benjamin - Jinkins, Daniel - Jinkins, Sarah -- Johnson, Thomas - Jones, Hezekiah -- Jones, John - Jones, Redding - Ketchum, JoNathan - King, John - Koonce, Abraham -- Koonce, Daniel - Landing, Stephen - Landen, Asa - Lane, James -- Lillibridge, Joseph - Lipsey, Isaac -- Littleton, Ivy - Littleton, Thomas - Loomis, Nathaniel - Loyd, Joseph -- Marshall, Joseph -- Mashborne, Joseph -- Mason, John - Mason, Margaret - Marshburn, Henry -- Marshburn, Tamar - Mattocks, John - Marshburn, James -- McKenny, Elizabeth - Melton, Benjamin - Melton, Edward - Melton, Thomas - Melvin, Robert -- Mills, Nancy -- Mitchell, Clarissa - Mitchell, G. - Mitchell, George -- Mitchell, Nancy - Montfort, Edward - Moore, Charley - Morton, Joseph -- Mumford, John - Murray, JoNathan - Murrill, John - Norman, John - Norman, William - Oldfield, Pitts - Oliver, Benjamin - Padrick, Abigail - Parker, David -- Parrey, Anne - Perry, Benjamin - Peteway, Robert -- Pettaway, John - Pierson, John - Pitts, Mary -- Pitts, Rigdon - Pitts, Thomas - Pollock, Elijah - Pollock, Hannah - Pollock, William - Provo, Benjamin - Real, Mary -- Redd, William - Rhodes, Woodhouse - Roberts, Elisha - Roberts, Houston - Rowe, Gains - Rowe, Harriet - Russell, Liston - Russell, Thomas - Sanders, Isaac -- Scott, William - Segler, Aaron - Scott, David -- Shackelford, George -- Shackelford, Willoughby - Shepard, George -- Shepard, John - Shepard, John(2) - Simmons, Everett - Simmons, Joseph -- Shepard, Benjamin - Shepard, Smith - Smith, Caleb - Smith, William - Snead, Robert -- Spicer, John - Starkey, Peter -- Stevens, Richard - Strange, Ruth Taner, Benjamin - Taylor, Moses - Thigpen, Joshua - Thomas, Elizabeth - Thompson, Enoch - Thompson, Hugh - Thompson, Nancy -- Thompson, Tabitha Waldon, William - Walton, James -- Walton, Thomas - Ward, David -- Ward, Edward - Ward, Edward Sr. -- Ward, Maria - Ward, Richard - Ward, Solomon -- Waters, John - Watkins, John - Watkins, Lelia - Watson, Catharine - Whitehurst, Thomas - Wilder, Joel - Wiley, William - Williams, Daniel - Williams, Hill - Williams, Jesse - Williams, Lemuel - Williams, Selah - Wilson, Thomas - Wise, Thomas - Yeates, Benjamin - Young, Edward - Yopp, John - Yopp, Winneford
Images of Onslow County Wills 1827 to 1837 filed in the Court of Common Pleas
Adam, Philip - Aiken, Sally - Ambrose, Sarah - Bell, Thomas A. - Belladicks, William - Berryman, Benjamin - Burnass, Eben - Cahoon, Mary - Canady, Uriah - Carter, Ligley - Chadwick, James - Chambers, Francis - Cox, Eli - Craig, Thadeus - Dixon, Burrell - Dosson, Robert - Dudley, Christopher - Evans, John - Evans, Samuel - Farnell, John - Fisher, William - Floyd, James -- Gernto, John - Golden, Jacob - Guthrey, Charles - Hadrick, Seth - Hardison, John - Haskins, Benjamin - Harkins, Ekekiel Hobbs, Edward - Humphrey, Mary -- Huntington, Susannah - Jones, Hezekiah -- King, Micajah - Koonce, Abraham -- Lester, Banister - Littleton, Zachariah - Lovel, John - Mashburn, Thomas - Matticks, John - Melvin, Solomon -- Mills, James -- Mitchell, William - Nash, George -- Newton, Daniel - Nixon, Daniel - Pinson, John - Pitts, Richardl - Redd, William - Rhodes, Elizabeth - Rhodes, Woodhouse Rogers, Daniel - Russell, Obiah - Sanderlin, Jesse - Scott, Obediah - Simmons, Elijah - Taylor, Nehemiah - Thompson, John - Waites, George -- Ward, David -- Webb, William - Wilder, Joel - Williams, H.
Steamboats on the Cape Fear River
By Jeannette Holland Austin Profile
The "Prometheus", a small stern-wheeler was built by Otway Burns, a naval hero and privateer in the War of 1812. It was the third such boat in the region to steam down the Cape Fear River between Wilmington and Smithville. However, the vessel could not stand against the strong coastal currents at the mouth of the river and was retired several years later, but not before ferrying President James Monroe from Wilmington to Smithville.
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