North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register Extracts
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Vol. No. I, published quarterly
THE NORTH CAROLINA
Historical and Genealogical Register
EDENTON, NORTH CAROLINA
ITEMS RELATING TO THE INDIAN TROUBLES OUT OF WHICH CAME THE INDIAN WAR OF 1711-12.
(Originals in Court House at Edenton, N. 0.)
Honourable G’r, October ye 20th, 1704.
These comes to acquaint your honour about the bare river Indians, that come on Thursday last to my house. There was about sixteen; with King Lowther all with their guns; I was at worke in the woods and one Christopher Gold; I made what haste I could, but they ware too quick for me; for my wife and children had left the house, they took away several things that we miss, they haven taken all Aminition; King Lowther struck me with a bow. I told him I would tell yr honour off it, he said you might **** *** ***. They stood with there guns cocked so yt I cold not gett into my house tell they had Done, what they pleased ; I believe itt is through the Instigation of one John Eldredge; for he told the Indians when I brough a letter to your honour from Mr. Lawson; that it was cut them of; which made them Ifey wait for me at Sedar Island, as they told me then. They called *** ** * *****. & said they would bume my house & when it was Light Moon the would gether my corne & ye Englishmans corne; Eldredge told them further yt the Englishmen would not sell them no Amunition because they would cut them of. So we humbly crave that your honour would Take some Corse or other with them or else here will be no living. So no more to trouble yr honour with but yr humble Srvt to Command.” WILLIAM POWELL.
“And further John Fulford; has to acquaint yr honour: that they where asleep att the Inlett: in the Night: There where three in Company: They went there a fishing at Drum Inlett: & there came two Indians as they found next morning by there Track: on the Sand: They took with them one Matt: Two fishing lines: d one blanckett & tme broad axe: & one stuff West: & two pr of Linned D]f!awes: & the Majer part of there provision. No More att present to Acquaint yr honour, but yr humble servant to Command.” JOHN FULFORD, OBADIAH RICH,
Bath County. 441
ITEMS RELATING TO BATH COUNTY.
(Originals in Court House at Eden ton, N. C. )
“Court held At the house of Robert Molynes in Pamplico Nov. 22d, 1704. Present Will Barrow, Esq., Edmund Pirie, Esq., Lyonel Reading, Esq., and James Leigh, Esq.
”Nicholas Dawe sayes he have paid The Indians for all his land according to contract. Char. Smith sayes he have pd The Indians for his land and have receipts for the same. King Charles told the sd Smith, that Sheriff and Indian would nock him in ye head & kill him, Keep his gim allways Ready, the season was, because he had told Robert Molynes that he had killed two of his hoggs, likewise he found three of his own hoggs kill’d In a swamp nere to the Towne of his mark.”
John Easter says that two Indians came into his field and seet there Dogg on his hoggs & killed one, because he demanded the reason, beate him and had he not been Resqud they had Killd him.”
Henry Hoborn says he owes the Indians for his land and would pay them in Reason, but they will not take less than 7 pounds 13 shillings and 6 pence and noe less.”
“William Lewis says Patrick an Indian designs to kill the Sheriff whenever he sees him in the woods.”
The people are all willing to pay the Indians for the lands, but they demand such great prices, that they cannot buy of them.