Knott's IslandKnotts Island is a marshy island and a small unincorporated community which is shared by Currituck County, North Carolina and Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is bounded by the Currituck Sound, North Landing River, Back Bay, and Knotts Island Bay. The Princess Anne County, Virginia Deeds reveals reveal the names of its original owners, viz: William Wicker deeded a plantation to his won, Richard Wicker in 1717; Cornelius Jones deeded his son Richard Jones and Rachel his dwelliing plantation in 1716 of about 100 acres; Evan Jones of Knott's Island and Hoskins Island deeded 50 acres to his daughter, Elizabeth Malbone in 1721; other owners on the island were Timothy Ives; Andrew Peacock; Thomas Dudley; William White; Levi Cressley; Thomas Sanderson and John Legat. A good many settlers came first from Princess Anne County, Virginia, and these records, especially the deeds, should be researched by genealogists.
The Fate of Israel Hands, the PirateAt Ocracoke Inlet is a place called "Teach's Hole" and the its location is still charted on maps. At Ocracoke and Portsmouth, Blackbeard could sell his captured cargoes to the merchants much cheaper than they could buy elsewhere and without their having to pay a farthing of British tariff. It was his home base where he careened his ships, repaired battle damage and fit them out more suitably for piracy. As a matter of interest, it was upon Ocracoke that he built a large and comfortable house for himself, two stories high, with many rooms. It was known as "Blackbeard's Castle." It is where he lived when he came ashore and where he counted his treasure before moving it to a hiding place. The castle stood for many years on the island, before finally being torn down to make room for progress. Before his death, the locations of treasure were known only to the devil and himself! Apparently, it was a favorite anchoring of Blackbeard, the pirate. One evening, while Israel Hands, first mate, was seated at a table with Blackbeard slurping upon their third brigand of drinking rum, an unlucky situation came down upon Israel. They were below deck and a single candle on the table gave a faint light to the scene. In a "test of courage" Blackbeard pulled his loaded pistol from his belt and held it under the table. Then, vowing to shoot any man who did not run, he blew out the candle and started counting. The crewmen broke and ran, but Israel Hands remained sitting at the table drinkling his rum. Blackbeard pulled the trigger and blasted in the direction of the chair. The slug hit Israel in the knee. Rum was administered to the knee and leg wile the bullet was cut from his leg. As a result the wound crippled Israel Hands for the remainder of his life. Source: Legends of the Outer Banks by Charles Harry Whedbee (1966).
Land of the Wild GooseCurrituck was named for an Algonquin Indian term meaning "The Land of the Wild Goose," because the Outer Banks are so abundant with geese, waters, marshes, and woods. Settlers to this area came from the New England colonies, particularly mariners beginning about 1668. Actually, this port was one of the five original ports in America. The outer banks was uncharted territory, yet some religious groups trickled down from Virginia into the region. The first court house was not constructed until after 1700 and a jail was built there in 1776 by the Colonial Legislature. Genealogical researchers should examine the records encompassing the James River in Virginia as well as Boston, Connecticut and New York.
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There are Millions of Unidentified Bones in the Land and SeaMore and more old towns and homeplaces are being excavated, and it is shocking what is being learned. Some examples. Graves of the unpopular and unwelcome Irish in New York. Burial grounds of Native Americans, defined today at little hills. Those buried at sea, including europeans, sailors, and slaves, as well as the innumerable finds of sunken vessels. Europeans not permitted christian burials, and the graves of paupers. Cemeteries whose soil is buried without headstones. Mayans sacrificed and thrown into pits under the temples. The bones in Vera Cruz revealing the skulls of an ancient battle of some 10,000 people. The collection of Asian skulls at the Smithsonian Institute. I could go on and on, but you get the gist. There are simply millions of people which cannot be accounted for. The British burned the records in Washington, D. C. in 1812. And our methods of record-keeping have met disasters such as court house fires and earthquakes. The famous Ancient library of Alexandria, Egypt established during the third century BC which contained great treasures of information, burned to the ground by Julius Caesar in 48 BC. Is it any wonder that the Mormon Church, who microfilmed county records during the 1950s, stores its records in a vault under a mountain in Utah?
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Did the Croatoan Tribe Take the Lost Colonists of Norfolk?The Roanoke Mystery has baffled everyone who attempts to learn what happened to its residents. The immigrants came from Plymouth, England and vanished in July of 1687 and the only clue was word "Croatoan" scratched on a post which had enclosed the settlement. The first child born in America of English descent was a girl named Virginia Dare. Born on August 18, 1587, Virginia was one of the members of the Lost Colony. She was discovered missing by her grandfather John White, who was one of the original colonists who later returned to England for supplies. A clue, Croatoan Island (now Hatteras Island) is situated on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Croatan lived in current Dare County, an area encompassing the Alligator River, Croatan Sound, Roanoke Island, and parts of the Outer Banks, including Hatteras Island. They are extinct as a tribe. The Roanoke territory also extended to the mainland, where they had their chief town on the western shore of Croatan Sound.
The First AviatorsAt Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first powered airplane flight took flight. Although the first attempt covered only 120 feet and lasted only 12 seconds, the brothers made history making North Carolina the site of the first manned self-propelled airplane! Today this location is in Dare County where a museum is available to the public with lots of photos, a structural plane and other memorabilia.
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Currituck County Wills, Estates, GenealogyCurrituck County was established in 1668 and had one of the five original ports. The first jail for the region was built in 1776 and is one of the oldest buildings in North Carolina. The Wills and Estates listed here were found in the Pleas and Quarter Sessions Court.
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Indexes to Probate Records in the Pleas and Quarter Sessions CourtWills and Estates, 1761 to 1792; 1792 to 1810; 1810 to 1834
Wills, Volume I, 1761 to 1792Armstrong, Solomon - Ashbee, Solomon - Barber, John Barnard, Samuel - Barnard, Samuell - Bates, John - Baum, Jean - Baum, Maurice - Baum, Peter - Beckham, Edmon - Bennett, Joseph - Bernard, Joseph - Bernard, William - Besely, John - Biggs, James Blunt, William - Bocus, William - Bowen, Edmond - Bowen, Joseph - Brabble, William - Bradley, John - Bray, Willis Bray, William - Bray, William (2) - Bright, Henry - Bright, John Burges, George - Burnam, James - Callis, John - Campbell, Joshua - Campbell, Richard - Campbell, Solomon - Campbell, Thomas - Capps, Dennis - Caron, Lydia - Chittom, Sarah - Clark, George - Cooper, Thomas Corron, Alexander - Cox, Benjamin - Doudge, Benjamin - Davis, John - Dough, George - Dowdy, Daniel - Etheridge, Amos - Etheridge, James - Etheridge, John - Etheridge, John, contd - Ethridge, Elinor - Ethridge, Samuel - Fanshaw, Moyles - Fanshaw, Robert - Fenton, Thomas - Fersbee, Thomas - Flora, Larsus - Fowler, William - Gamwell, George - Garret, James - Gibbens, William Gray, Samuel - Greene, Nathan - Gurling, John Harman, Joseph - Heath, Robert - Hughs, John - Hutchings, Thomas - Ives, William - James, William - Jamison, George - Jarvis, Jonathan - Jarvis, Samuel - Jasper, Thomas - Jenkins, James - Johnson, Jonathan - Jones, David Jones, Francis - Jones, John - Joyner, Nathaniel - Lee, Josiah - Lee, Thomas - Lindsey, Daniel - Linsey, Thomas - Litchfield, Edward - Litchfield, Jacob - Machier, Mary - March, Gideon - Marchant, Malachi - Marchant, Willoughby - May, George - May, George, contd - Mickens, William - Miller, Evan Moon, Salley - Nikols, Nicholas - North, Phillip - O'Neil, Christpher - Parker, James - Parker, Mary - Parr, William - Phillips, Ballentine Portwood, Gilbert - Pugh, Thomas - Robb, Thomas - Robinson, William - Ruffson, Willis - Russell, ThomasRyan, James - Sanderson, Thomas - Saunderson, Samuel - Scott, William - Shannon, James - Shergold, William - Shergold, Thomas - Sikes, Abel - Simmons, John - Simmons, Robert - Simmons, Samson - Taylor, Benjamin - Thomson, John - Townsend, Jacob - Ward, William - West, Joshua -West, Nathan - Wheatley, John - Whidbee, John - White, Joshua - Whitehurst, Isaiah - Widgett, Joseph - Wilkinson, Margaret - Williams, Charles - Williams, Joseph - Williams, Stephen - Williams, Thomas - Williams, William - Wilson, Francis - Woodhouse, John - Woodhouse, Lemuel
Wills, Volume 2, 1792 to 1810Adams, John - Alcock, Solomon - Allen, James - Allen, Mary Anderson, Elijah - Ashe, Mary - Austin, H. - Austin, Mary Ballance, Daniel - Ballanie, Joseph - Ballentine, Henry - Ballentine, James Barnard, Samuel - Barnard, William - Barnes, Jonathan - Barnett, Robert - Barriot, John - Barrote, Richard - Batten, Jorg - Baum, Maurice - Beasley, Joaram - Beasley, Mordecai - Beckham, Thomas Bell, Eavey - Bell, John - Bell, Letisha - Bell, William - Bennett, Carter - Bennet, Ephraim - Bennett, Jasper - Bernard, Robert - Berry, Mary - Bonney, Jonathan - Bowers, George - Brabbell, John Bradley, Charles - Bray, James - Bray, Nancy - Bright, Henry Bright, Sarah - Bright, Silas - Bright, Thomas H. - Bright, Willis - Brooks, Willoughby - Brown, Lettia - Bryant, John - Bunnell, Embley Burrus, Robbard - Burrus, William - Butt, Cornelius - Cador, James Capps, Dennis - Capps, Malachi - Capps, John - Caves, Cornelius Caves, John - Chandler, William - Chaplin, James - Cherry, Josiah Cherry, Sarah - Claland, Rebecca - Cox, Marmaduke - Coyner, Adam - Creed, Henry - Cudworth, John - Daniel, Gideon - Daniel, Nicholas - Darby, Federick - Dauge, Griffith - Dauge, Peter - Dauge, Tully - Dauge, Willoughby - Dough, Thomas - Daugh, Willis - Dean, John - Dowday, Caleb - Dowdy, Jacob - Dudley, Thomas - Durkin, Thomas - Edy, Samuel - Ellis, Matthew - Etheridge, Francis Etheridge, James - Etheridge, Matthias - Etheridge, Richard - Etheridge, Timothy - Even, Joseph - Farrow, Christopher - Farrow, Hezekiah - Fentress, William - Ferebee, Elizabeth - Ferebee, Robert - Ferebee, Thomas Folar, Matthias - Forbes, William - Gallop, Shadrick - Gamewell, Bridgett - Gibbs, Giles - Gibson, Robert Givin, Willis - Glasgow, William - Gray, Griffith - Gray, Joseph Gray, Stephen - Gregor, Thomas - Gregory, Cornelius - Gregory, Enoch - Gregory, Griffith - Gregory, J. - Gray, Joseph - Gray, Joshua Gunter, Charles - Hall, Drecker - Hall, Nathan - Hall, Spence - Halstead, Seth - Hammond, John - Harris, Thomas - Heath, Julian - Heath, Robert - Heath, Thomas - Holloway, Henry - Holloway, William - Holmes, John - Humphreys, John - Humphreys, Mary - Hunt, Charles - Jarvis, Elizabeth - Jasper, Samuel - Jenkins, Elisha - Jennett, Jesse - Jones, Catharine - Jones, Joseph Jones, Randal Jones, Randolph Joyner, Jonathan Joyner, Peter Kallam, Theophilus Kinsey, Henry Linton, Benjamin Lee, Asa Lee, Jane - Lee, James - Lee, Philip - Lee, Samuel - Lee, Sarah - Lemount, Arthur - Lindsey, John - Linton, Lazarus - Litchfield, Abraham - Litchfield, Jacob - Litchfield, John - Litchfield, Peter - Manard, William - Mann, John - Mashamy, John - Matthias, Matthew - May, Joseph - McClain, James - McCoy, William - Mercer, Jeremiah - Mercer, Malachi - Mercer, Thomas - Midyett, Daniel - Miller, William - Miller, William(2) - Mooney, Hugh - Moore, Francis - Morrerit, Peter - Morse, Reuben - Neel, Michael - Nichols, Frankey - Nichols, James - Nicholson, Josiah - Northern, John - O'Dowdie, William - O'Neel, William - Paine, Enoch - Paine, Thomas - Parker, Thomas - Parr, Daniel - Parr, William - Patrick, Peter - Payne, Joel - Payne, Robert - Peel, John - Perkins, Harry - Portwood, Benjamin - Poyner, Isable - Poyner, Joseph - Poyner, Thomas - Poyner, William - Pritchett, AbsaloM - Purtar, Archelaus - Quidley, William - Read, Malachi - Robinson, William - Robinson, William - Robinson, William - Rollison, Francis - Russell, Lemuel - Sanderson, John - Sanderson, John - Sanderson, Samuel - Sawyer, Richard - Scarborough, Austin - Scarborough, Edward - Scarborough,Ignatius - Scarborough, Nancy - Scott, William Sr. - Sears, John - Shannon, Joyce - Shiargold, Sally - Sikes, Benjamin - Simmons, Caleb - Simmons, Darius - Simmons, John - Simmons, John - Simmons, Mary - Simmons, William - Simmons, William (1802) - Simpson, John - Simpson, Josiah - Slaughter, Sarah - Slights, Henry - Smith, J. - Spencer, Perseller - Stanley, Richard - Stewart, Affish - Stewart, John - Stowes, Joseph - Tatum, John - Taylor, Benjamin - Taylor, Ebenezer - Taylor, Edward - Taylor, John - Taylor, Jonathan - Taylor, Thomas - Thomson, Andy L. - Thompson, Ewen - Tibbett, Thomas - Turner, Sampson - Walker, Caleb - Walker, Pouilla - Walker, Samuel - Walker, Thomas - Walker, Willie - Walmerley, John - Waterfield, John - West, Edward - West, Joshua - West, Obediah - Westcott, Stephen - Wheatley, John - White, Conery - White, John Jasper - Whiteley, William - Whitlow, Gracey - Wicker, William - Williams, Barbara - Williams, Charles - Williams, Elias - Williams, Elizabeth - Williams, Fannie - Williams, James - Williams, John - Williams, Lewis - Williams, Richard R. - Williams, Thomas - Williams, Thomas Pool - Williamson, Francis - Williamson, William
Wills, Volume 3, 1810 to 1834Allen, Jarvis - Anderson, William - Ashbee, Solomon - Austin, William - Aydelett, John - Ball, Hosea - Ballance, John - Ballance, Mary - Ballance, Polly - Ballentine, Davis - Ballentine, Henry - Ballentine, Joseph - Ballentine, Joseph Jr. - Ballentine, Lovey - Bannell, John B. - Barnard, Edmund - Barnard, Jesse - Barnard, Luke - Barr, Thany - Basnett, Willoughby - Bates, Andrew - Baxter, Joseph - Beasley, Edny - Beasley, Henry - Beasley, William - Beasley, William (1831) - Becham, John - Bell, Branson - Bell, Duke - Bell, John - Bell, Joseph - Bell, Josiah - Bell, Robert - Berry - Berry, William - Best, Thomas - Best, Thomas Sr. - Best, William - Bonney, William - Bowden, Arthur - Brawn, Luke - Brabbell, Tatum - Bray, Andrew - Bray, James - Bray, Linner - Bray, Wallis - Brickhouse, Benjamin - Bright, Aaron - Bright, Isaac - Bright, Solomon - Brown, Luke - Brown, Thomas - Buckhouse, Benjamin Sr. - Bunnill, Edward - Burrows, Sarah H. - Burrus, Robert - Caffie, Jesse - Capps, Caleb - Capps, Caleb Sr. - Capps, Jesse - Capps, Joel - Capps, Polly - Capps, Moses - Carroll,, Mary - Casey, Dempsey - Cason, Elijah - Cavender, Sally - Chaplain, John - Chaplain, Spencer - Chaplain, William - Chaplin, Caleb - Chappel, George - Chappel, Mary - Chisnill, Peter - Chittom, Peter - Chittum, John - Chittum, Winney - Chillim, Mary - Church, John - Cochran, Dolly - Cooper, Benjamin - Cox, Thomas - Crank, John - Creekman, SamuelCulpepper, Henry - Daniel, John - Daniel, Joseph - Dauge, Dory - Davis, James - Davis, John - Douge, James - Dough, Benjamin - Dough, Richard - Doudge, Evan - Douglas, James - Dowdy, John Sr. - Dowdy, Josiah - Dowdy, Josiah Jr. - Dowdy, Peter - Dowdy, Willis - Doxey, John - Doxey, William - Dozier, Cynthia - Dozier, Edmund - Dozier, Elias - Dozier, Willoughby - Dring, Pervical - Dudley, Malachi - Duke, Andrew - Dunton, Levin - Dunton, Polly - Eady, Samuel - Ethridge, Adam - Ethridge, Demcy - Etheridge, Margaret - Ethridge, Quincey - Etheridge, ReubenEtheridge, Robert - Etheridge, Sampson - Ethridge, Sampson - Etheridge, Tart - Ethridge, Willis - Evans, Henry - Farrow, Hezekiah Sr. - Farrow, John - Farrow, Thomas - Fisher, John - Flora, Aaron - Flory, John - Flory, William - Forbes, Demcy - Forbes, Enoch - Gamewill, Joshua - Garrett, Elizabeth - Garrett, John - Garrett, Thomas - Gibbons, Joshua - Gibson, Henry - Gray, Mary - Gray, Thomas - Green, Bowen - Green, James - Gregory, Francis - Gregory, Luke - Gregory, Rachel - Gregory, Tully - Griggs, George - Griggs, Lydia - Halstead, Unice - Hampton, John T. - Harrison, John - Harrison, Zarabable - Haynes, Amey - Heath, Thomas - Henley, Mary - Hewit, Ephraim - Hill, Clement - Hill, John - Hill, Zachariah - Hobbs, Augustus - Holloway, Edward - Holstead, Malachi - Holstead, William - Howard, George - Howard, Joseph - Hunnings, William - Hutchins, Ann - Hutchins, Sally - Hutchings, Nathaniel - Jarrel, Rachel - Jarvis, Ephraim - Jarvis, John - Jarvis, Solomon - Jarvis, William - Jasper, Dorker - Jones, David, Dr. - Jones, Lydia - Jones, Malachi - Jones, Mary - Kallam, Benjamin C. - Kallam, James B. - Kallam, Nancy - Lee, Daniel - Lee, Dempsey - Lee, Elizabeth - Lindsey, Charles - Linton, Augustus - Lory, Deanah - Luffman, Thomas - Lurry, William - MacKaroney, Thomas - Matthias, Burroughs - Matthias, Chloe - Matthias, Elizabeth - Matthias, Simon - MacKee, John - Macoy, John - Mercer, Jeremiah - Midgett, William - Miller, Maximillan - Miller, Solomon - Mitchael, Thomas - Morris, Daniel - Morse, Francis - Morse, Thomas - Morse, Zachariah - Mulder, Griffin - Murrill, John - Neal, Christopher - Newall, Sullivan - Nicholas, Josiah - Northern, Dowtha - O'Neal, Nathan - O'Neel, Edward - Parker, Peter Sr. - Parker, Sarah - Parr, Jesse Sr. - Parr, Richard - Patrick, Sary - Patridge, Jesse - Perkins, Edney - Powers, S. D. - Poyner, Dinah - Poyner, George - Poyner, Isaiah - Poyner, James - Poyner, Levi - Poyner, Mary - Poyner, Robert - Purdey, Mary - Purdy, Mary - Quidley, Nathaniel - Robinson, Etheldred - Robinson, Nathan - Robinson, Samuel - Rodgers, John - Rogers, William - Rollinson, Christopher - Rowland, George - Russell, Benjamin - Salyear, Samuel - Sanderson, Daniel - Sanderson, John - Sanderson, Julia - Sanderson, Thomas - Saunderson, Thomas - Saunderson, Thomas - Sawyer, Jacob - Sawyer, Simon - Sawyer, Willoughby - Scott, James - Scott, Mitchel - Sears, Caleb - Sears, Charles - Shaw, Polly - Simmons, Anthony - Simmons, John - Simmons, Joseph - Simmons, Mitchel - Simmons, Mitchel (1822) - Simmons, Rebeccah - Simmons, Thomas - Slack, Nancy - Soles, Armstead - Sorey, Joab - Spann, Thomas - Spry, Gemima - Stephens, Benjamin - Stephens, John - Stephens, Lydia - Tatum, John - Tatum, Joseph - Tatum, William - Taylor, David - Taylor, Francis - Taylor, Reuben - Taylor, Thomas - Taylor, Zachariah - Thomas, James - Tillett, Samuel - Toler, Sarah - Tolson, Daniel - Tolver, Caleb - Twiford, William - Wales, Mary - Walker, Edward - Walker, Lemuel - Walker, Nancy - Walker, William - Waterfield, Abraham - Waterfield, Mary - Waterfield, Southward - West, Robert - West, Sarah - White, James Sr. - White, Thomas - White, Thomas Sr. - White, Willoughby - Whitehall, Thomas - Whitehouse, Kezier - Whitehurst, Mary - Whitehurst, Samuel Sr. - Williams, Amey - Williams, John - Williams, Joseph - Williams, Sally - Williams, William - Williamson, William - Willoughby, Hancey - Woodhouse, Hadley - Woodhouse, Hezekiah - Woodhouse, Mary - Woodhouse, Wilson - Wright, Owen