Religious Groups Settled Carteret CountyThe Tuscarora Nation first occupied the land between the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers in eastern North Carolina. As early as 1706, white settlers of Huguenot, German, Scotch-Irish, French, and English descent arrived in the region from Pennsylvania and Virginia. Also, in 1721 Quakers from Rhode Island came with their church families and settled on the north side of the Newport River. However, it was the land grants which mostly helped to populate the region and build its large tobacco plantations. Beaufort, North Carolina is the third oldest town in North Carolina, but it was first named Fishtown. The first Anglican Church in Beaufort was organized in 1724 as St. Johns Parish. However, other religious denominations soon over-populated the parishioners in the English church.
The Discovery of Queen Anne's RevengeIt is believe that the frigate ship of the infamous pirate Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard has been found. The vessel Queen Anne's Revenge was mentioned in some old bonds gien in Charleston, South Carolina, when testimony was given against him. The ship was discovered in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean near Beaufort, North Carolina. The vessel was originally launched by the Royal Navy of England in the year of 1710 and was used as a flagship of the pirate. Only after a year out to sea, she was captured by the French and was used as their slave ship until overtaken by pirates in 1717. Blackbeard ran the ship aground in the Beaufort Inlet of North Carolina in 1718 where his crew and supplies were transferred to smaller vessels. In 1996 Intersal, Inc., a private firm, discovered the remains of a vessel likely to be Queen Anne's Revenge, and added the find to the US National Register of Historic Places.
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Researching Mariners and Vessels for the AncestorsIf we ask the question "why" we are on the right track. Perhaps you can imagine the tumultous voyage across the Atlantic and the fear of getting lost, or being sunk in a storm. When one considers the vast number of ships discovered at the bottom of the sea dating back several hundred years, it is easy to understand the risks. Ships kept manisfests of its passengers and cargo. When a mariner set out to deliver supplies, he signed a contract concerning possible loss. I found several contracts for cargo going to Sunbury, Georgia in the colonial deeds. Oftentimes, the cargo was spoiled. This is because of delays in passage. Had I not read the colonial deeds, I would not have known that Sunbury was an active port city and resort for New Englanders. Although the National Archives has a collection of ship manifests, it is incomplete for many reasons. One finds the notations of the occupation of "mariner." These were sailors or seamen navigating waterborne vessels, or ones who assisted in the operation and maintenance of ships. Many vessels used in the colonies were sloops, one-masted with a fore-and-aft mainsail. The Dutch used sloops to trade in the colonies before England cut off their trade. The traffic from the Mediterannean seas into the Atlantic was filled with cargo vessels. Sometimes we discover an old will made by a mariner about to take voyage, and passengers did the same. Consider, then, the port of embarkation as a place to discover such a document. A little research of the ports and routes of trading vessels and places of embarkation might discover a document of someone who died on the high seas yet resided in Virginia or the Carolinas at one time!
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Carteret County Wills and EstatesCarteret County was named for Sir George Carteret, English Lord Proprietor, or possible his heir, John Carteret, the 2nd Earl of Granville. County Seat: Beaufort, North Carolina. The county seat is Beaufort.
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Images of Wills 1760 to 1880Testators: Always, Keziah; Arthur, Jacob; Arthur, Seth; Backhouse, John; Bagwell, Robert; Baker, William; Barrenton, Nathan; Bartell, John; Bell, Abigail; Bell, Abner; Bell, Caleb; Bell, David; Bell, George; Bell, James; Bell, Joseph; Bell, Malachi; Bell, Nathan; Bell, Solomon; Bell, Susan; Berkley, Aylworth; Berry, James; Biggott, John; Black, Martin; Bordeau, Benjamin; Bordeau, William; Brees, Henry; Brees, Ross; Brees, William; Brion, Nathan; Brooks, Lydia; Brown, John; Bryant, Nicholas; Buck, Francis; Canaday, Richard; Canaday, Thomas; Chadwick, James; Chapman, Joshua; Chadwick, Samuel; Church, Constance; Cooke, Esther; Davis, Joseph; Davis, Nathan; Davis, Susanne; Davis, Whittington; Davis, William; Dickinson, James; Dickinson, John; Dill, Edward; Dixon, James; Dixon, John; Dudley, Christopher; Dudley, Elizabeth; Dudley, Elizah; Dunfy, Peter; Easton, John; Eavey, Richard; Ellis, Freeman; English, Thomas; Fisher, Charity; Fuller, Belcher; Fuller, Edward; Fuller, Nathan; Gabriel, Benjamin; Garner, Frances; Garner, John; Gaskill, Joseph; Gaskill, William; Gillian, Thomas; Gilliden, Alexander; Goodwin, Lucreshia; Goodwin, Oliver; Goodwin, Thomas; Goulding, Thomas; Green, Elisha; Green, Francis; Green, Henry; Green, Samuel; Hall, Daniel; Harker, James; Harpe, John; Heady, Daniel; Hellen, Jonathan; Herbert, Hillary; Hibbs, John; Hill, Edward; Hill, Elizabeth; Hill, Isaac; Hill, Jonathan; Hill, William; Huff, Robert; Hunter, Ezekiel; Hunter, Lebbeus; Hunter, Stephen; Jackson, Francis; Lewis, Thomas; Lewis, William; Longest, Joshua; Lupton, Christopher; Marshall, John; Maulben, Samuel; May, Hannah; McKinny, Brooks; Moore, Joseph; Morgan, John; Morse, Abigail; Morse, James; Morse, Theodore; Nelson, Edmund; Nelson, Joshua; Nelson, Mary; Nelson, Robert; Nelson, William; Oglesby, John; O' Neal, Francis; O'Neil, William; Owens, William; Pigott, Oliver; Planter, John; Robinson, Allen; Robinson, Ann; Robinson, Joseph; Russell, David; Rustell, John; Sanders, Samuel; Saunders, Thomas; Savage, Robert; Shackleford, John; Shaw, John; Simpson, John; Smith, John; Smith, Thomas; Stanton, Benjamin; White, Solomon Wicker, Joseph
Images of Wills 1794 to 1818.Testators: John Adams, Nathan Adams, Keziah Always, Capt. Benjamin Appleton, Jacob Arthur, Seth Arthur, John Backhouse, Major Denis Beaufort, William Baker, Abigail Bell, Abner Bell, Absalom Bell, Caleb Bell, David Bell, Elijah Bell, George Bell, James Bell, Joseph Bell, Josiah Bell and William Adams.
Images of Wills 1829 to 1866Testators: Adams, Nathan; Arthur, Richard; Bell, Josiah; Bell, Sarah; Bell, Thomas; Bell, William; Bell, William (2); Biston, S. S.; Bordeau, Joseph; Chadwick, Anson; Chadwick, Ganabas; Chadwick, Mary;; Chadwick, Mathias; Chadwick, Oliver; Chadwick, Solom; Chadwick, Thaddeus; Davis, James; Davis, John; Davis, Richard; Davis, Samuel; Dickerson, David; Dickinson, Daniel; Elliott, James; Fisher, William; Games, William; Garner, Asa; Garner, Elijah; Garner, Samuel; Garner, Samuel (2); Gaskill, Anson; Gaskill, Pleasant; Gaskis, Esther; Gibble, James; Gibble, John; Gooding, Rachael; Guthrie, Frederick; Hancock, James; Harsley, Barton; Haskill, John; Haskitt, Michael; Hill, B. H.; Howard, John; Howard, John (2); Hunt, James; Jeremy, Isaiah; Jones, William; Jordan, Joseph; Lewis, William; Lupton, Allen; Mades, Rebecca; Marshall, William; Mason, Matthew; Mendell, Bridges; Merritt, John; Oglesby, Levi; Patton, Alis; Pelletier, Sarah; Pigott, Abram; Pigott, Culpepper; Pigott, David; Pigott, Elijah; Pigott, Margaret; Pigott, Mariah; Pugh, John; Robinson, Judith; Robinson, Thomas; Sikes, Abraham; Taylor, Isaac; Taylor, Joseph; Taylor, Joshua; Taylor, William; Thomas, Marcus; Tolson, Sidney; Wade, Caleb; Wade, Joseph; Ward, Avis; Wicks, Elijah; Willis, Benjamin; Willis, Britton; Willis, Daniel; Willis, Mihala; Willis, Seth; Willis, Thomas; Willis, Littleton; Willis, William
Images of Wills 1860 to 1898Testators: Adams, John; Alexander, William; Arendell, Sarah; Beeton, Mary A. E.; Bell, Levi; Bell, Ralph; Bell, Rufus; Bell, William; Bell, William (2); Brook, Mary; Canaday, Francis; Carraway, Peter; Chadwick, Oliver; Daniels, Brian; Daniels, Jesse; Daniels, Josiah; Davis, Abram; Davis, Alexander; Davis, Charity; Davis, John; Davis, Joseph; Davis, Julius; Davis, Mary; Dickinson, Wallace; Dill, George; Doyle, Edward; Dudley, Elijah; Dudley, Stephen; Ellis, Joseph; Felton, Rosanna; Fields, Lemuel; Forbes, Edward; Foreman, Charles; Fulcher, John; Fulcher, Wallace; Gabriel, Samuel; Garner, Dexter; Garner, Francis; Geffroy, William; Gillet, Jacob; Gillikin, Rebecca; Gillickson, J.; Gooding, R.; Gray, John; Guthrie, Elijah; Guthrie, John; Hall, R.; Hamilton, Elijah; Harker, John; Harris, Matilda; Haskitt, Borden; Higgins, Wiley; Hill, Isaac; Jones, Ambrose; Jones, J. B.; Jones, John; King, Sarah; Lawrence, Watson; Leecraft, Mary; Lewis, Josephus; Lewis, Riley; Lupton, Silas; Lupton, Wilson; Markett, Frederick; Marshall, Thomas; Martin, Mary; Mason, Preston; Nelson, John; Oaksmith, Appleton; Parker, David; Perry, Benjamin; Pigott, Eliza; Pigott, Jennings; Pigott, Mary; Pigott, Sarah; River, William; Roberson, Sally; Roberts, John; Robinson, Francis; Robinson, Robert; Rumley, Rachael; Russell, Nevil; Sabiston, William; Sanders, E. W.; Sewill, Charity; Shepard, William; Small, Stephen; Stanton, Jonathan; Stewart, Oliver; Sutherland, Mary; Swindell, Elizabeth; Tagler, Sidney; Taylor, B. F.; Taylor, Timothy; Thomas, Charleston; Wade, Benjamin; Ward, Jane; Waters, Henry; Whitehurst, D. W.; Whitehurst, Rachel; Wiggins, William; Willis, Henry; Willis, Josiah; Willis, Lola; Yates, William
Images of Wills 1898 to 1916Testators: Arthur, Martha; Bell, D. W.; Bell, Eliza; Bell, George; Bragg, James; Carson, Laura; Collins, John; Davis, J.; Davis, J. H.; Davis, Josiah; Dickinson, Daniel; Dill, E. H.; Dill, Hettie; Demis, J. T.; Duncan, J. F.; Evans, Edward; Fodric, A. J.; Fodric, John; Fodric, Mary; Franklin, Dorea; Fullord, Lewis; Gaskill, D. B.; Gaskill, Elijah; Gilbert, Leander; Goodwin, J. H.; Guthrie, Angelina; Guthrie, John; Hansfield, David; Hardesty, Elizabeth; Hartfield, Henry; Henry, Ann; Hester, Charles; Jones, Elizabeth; Jones, Major; Laffey, Edwin; Lewis, Enoch; Lupton, Joseph; Marshall, Ann; Marshall, Caroline; Marshall, James; Mason, C. N.; Mason, Francis; Mason, John; Mason, Joseph; May, Henrietta; McCall, Henrietta; Mitchell, Kendrick; Morris, John; Nelson, Henry; Nichols, Asa; Norris, John; Oglesby, Levi; Pate, Jackson; Pelletier, Edward; Pigott, Albin; Pigott, Elisha; Pigot, Jennings; Price, George; Read, Charity; Reiger, Francis; Reiger, Henry; Roberson, Mary; Roberts, Denard; Robinson, Mason; Rose, John; Rumley, Mary; Russell, John; Simmons, Christopher; Simpson, G.; Smith, Joseph; Springle, George; Stanly, J. B.; Thomas, Alonzo; Weeks, Daniel; Williams, Edward; Williams, Lucretia; Willis, David; Willis, Effriam; Willis, Henry; Willis, Martin; Willis,, Mary