Core(e) Indian Town

Core town

In 1714, two land grants were awarded that very specifically mention the Core (Coree) Indian Town.  I initially thought both of these were referring to the same location, but after looking at a map, I realized there must have been two separate towns.

The first grant refers to Crany Island, which is present day Harker’s Island, shown in pink with a red balloon above.  This means that the Core Indian Town referenced in this grant was at the tip of the mainland.

The second grant refers to the south side of the Neuse River, which is located closer to the top of the map and not on this peninsula.

NC Abstracts of Land Patents 1663-1729 By Margaret M. Hofmann

1398 – pg 354 Thomas Pollock March 19 1714/15 2400 acres all that island called Crany Island joining a narrow passage of water that parts from ye main land near Core Town and part of the sound that divides it from ye Island of Sand Banks that runs from Cape Lookout to Topsail Inlet.

1443 pg 367  Richard Graves Nov. 1, 1714 640 ac on ye s side of Neuse river joining the  mouth of a little branch a little below the Core Indian town, the indian old fields and the river.

About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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2 Responses to Core(e) Indian Town

  1. Derek Burress says:

    Torhunta, the Tuscarora town attacked by Barnwell in Wayne County was originally Corree. I believe the Pate family originally owned this land.

    • terry barbee says:

      Torhunta, is now renamed patetown john pate was the coree/Tuscarora war chief and head of the 10 indain towns around torhunta

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