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Steamboats on the Cape Fear River

PrometheusThe "Prometheus", a small stern-wheeler was built by Otway Burns, a naval hero and privateer during the War of 1812. It was known as 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 had to be put into retirement several years after its first voyage, but not before having the distinct honor of ferrying President James Monroe from Wilmington to Smithville.

Jousting Tournaments during the Middle Ages

jousting The martial meeting of the joust was considered a duel which was not limited to the weapon of the joust. The weapons used in tournaments were the same as those used in war. Lances, axes, lances with sokets which produced ring-like punches rather than points. Sometimes the knights used a shorter range of weapons when the distance was closed off to two parties and particularly after one or both of the parties had been unhorsed. Generally, there were four courses, and the bout ended after the first knight was unhorsed.By the age of Edward I of England, blunted knives and swords were used. The costumed knights and horses were a delightful visual for observers. The blanket over the steed was called a comparison and embroidered with a coat of arms. Its usage was primarily a decoration and to protect the horse. Knights wore armour evolved from mail and a great helm made from solid plate armor. During the 15th century, knights wore a full duit of plate armour called harness. Today, the sport resembles the original meet, however, is presented more as "entertainment"

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Onslow County Wills and Estates

Pelletier House 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.

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  • Abstracts of Onslow County Wills 1740 to 1760

Images of Onslow County Wills 1790 to 1836 from the Court of Common Pleas

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.

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