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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
May 20, 1741 - May 23, 1741
Volume 04, Pages 593-597


At a Council held at Wilmington the 20th of May 1741
Present His Excellency the Governour
The Honoble Nath Rice Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Roger Moore Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Eleazr Allen Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble James Murray Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Math Rowan Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble William Forbes Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Edwd Moseley Esqr Member of Council

Ordered That the Attorney General draw up the form of an Oath to be tendered to all Persons applying for Land pursuant to the Instructions of their Excellency's the late Lords Justices and that he lay the same before this board tomorrow morning

Read Sundry Petitions for Land Vizt

John Anderson 320 N. Hanover, Edward Moseley 1000 Do, Jno Hardy 640 Beaufort, John Jones 196 Pasquotank, Thos Delaughan 400 N. Hanover, Roger Moore 356 Bladen, Bowen Clifton 320 New Hanover,

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Neale McNeale 500 Do, Will Ambers 100 Do, John Rutherford 640 Do, Rd Batchelor 300 Do. Granted


At a Council held 21st May 1741
Present His Excellency the Governour
The Honoble Math Rice Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Roger Moore Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Eleaz Allen Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble James Murray Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Math Rowan Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble William Forbes Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Edward Moseley Esqr Member of Council

Read Sundry Petitions for Land Vizt

Henry Owen 142 Craven, Saml Jasper 341 Do, Corns Harnet Jr. 300 N. Hanover, Thos Failes 200 Craven, Jno Blackman 100 Do, Michl Raisher 250 Do, Jos Bryan 225 Craven, Jos Dawson 200 Do, Jacob Giddins 250 Do, Abra Do 110 Do, Henry Jonecan 100 Do, Benja Eason 320 Onslow, Abra Busset 200 Craven, Wm Dry 125 N. Hanover, Jno Dudley 175 Onslow, Valentine Wallis 142 Do, Sam Thonton 400 Bladen, Thos Jones 400 Do, Wm Russell 600 Do, Hector McNeale 640 Do, Jas Pointwint 640 N. Hanover, Thos Mathews 50 Bladen, Pat Stewart 640 N. Hanover, Alex Kilpatrick 200 Craven, Corns Lofton 100 Do, Henry Atkinson 130 Do, Wm Mace 330 Beaufort, Simon Burney 400 Do, Jonathan McLessus 400 Craven, Wm Ryley 320 N. Hanover, Jno Boan 200 Craven, Arth Bryan 300 Do, Thos Cane 100 Craven, Wm Baron, 200 Do, Jas Coward 150 Do, Thos Fermer 94 Do, Wm Coward 65 Do, Jas Jones 300 Do, John Gray 400 Edgcombe, Edwd Mashburn 150 Onslow, Timothy Bloodworth 640 N. Hanover, Jas Weight 200 Onslow, Chas Cox 640 Do, Henry Oberry 250 Craven, Sam. Johnston 200 Onslow, James Thompson 360 N. Hanover, James Moore Do 360 Do, Timothy Bloodworth 300 Do, Wm Punctock 662 Craven, Sam Swann 1000 N. Hanover, Thos Page 200 Craven, Arch McNeale 320 Bladen. Granted

Sundry Persons appeared before the Governour and Council and made oath to the No of Souls of which their families respectively consist in order to their being entitled to take up Land in such proportion as his Majesty has been pleased to direct by his Royal Instructions viz

Armand DeRoset of New Hanover to 6 Persons, Jno Montgomery Esqr Chowan 16, Edward Moseley Esqr N. Hanover 91, James Murray Quinter Ditto 6, William Henderson Craven 3, James McLewain Ditto 11, Jno Gready Bladen 9.

Read the Petitions of William Mace 330 Beaufort Granted

His Excellency was pleased to propose to the Board the Settling the Militia at Cape Fear and desired their Advice and assistance therein and that accordingly they would think of proper Officers to put into Commission and that they would lay out the Districts and give in a list of

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such Persons as they would recommend for field Officers and for Captains in the said several Districts

A Patent to Caleb Metcalf deceased for 400 Acres being produced before the Board with a Petition praying that the Date might be altered from 1735 to 1736 the latter being the true date thereof. Granted and Ordered that it be accordingly altered in the Records of Grants in the Secretary's Office and the Auditors Rent Roll

Read the Repeal of Quit Rent Law. Ordered that Proclamations issue accordingly to give notice thereof

Read a Letter to the Governour from the under Secretary of State Signifying their late Excellency's Directions for prevention of the Exportation of Provisions to any foreign Colony. Ordered That Proclamations issue Accordingly.


May 22d 1741.
Present His Excellency the Governour
The Honoble Nath Rice Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Roger Moore Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Eleazr Allen Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble James Murray Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Edw Moseley Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Will Forbes Esqr Member of Council

The following Persons proved their Rights Vizt

Anthony Lewis Onslow 14, Steph Howard Do 11, Jno Cox Do 4, Joseph Howard Do 9, Thos Brown Bladen 17, Henry Hollingsworth N. Hanover 2, Fra Brice Carteret 15, Richd Lovit Craven 11, Corns Harnet N. Hanover 25, Dan Dimbibin Do 6, Richd Hallier Do 5, Chas Williamson Onslow 6, Nath Rice N. Hanover 25, Rufus Marsden Do 9, Wm Johnson Onslow 9, Chas Ryal Do 8, Neil McNeil N. Hanover 18, Richd Ogden Do 4, Evan Jones Do 16, James Wright Onslow 9, Jno Watson N. Hanover 8, Jas Murray Do 7.

Read Sundry Petitions for Land Vizt

Robt Hatcher 200 Edgcombe, David Hopper 100 Do, Josh Leigh 350 Edgcombe, Jacob Odam 250 Do, Wm Williams 380 Onslow, Steph Williams 300 Do, Wm Stephens 220 Craven, George Smith 200 Do, Martin Tryer 175 Do, Wm Roundtree 200 Do, John Pate 180 Do, James Parker 380 Do, James Jones 640 Bladen, Neil McNeil 320 Do, Forquel Do 320 Do, Thos Thompson 400 Do, Elias Fort 100 Edgcombe, Richard Baker 60 Bladen, George Petit 200 Craven, Philip Hinson 640 Bladen, Hugh Ward 400 Do, Lionel Lee 315 Craven, John Porter 200 N. Hanover, Wm Mayner 640 Onslow, Henry Jernegan 450 Craven, Thos Hodges 200 N. Hanover, Anthy White 640 Bladen, John Hicks 640 Do, Wm Henderson 155 Craven, Wm Rigby 640 Bladen, Richd Brasswal 200 Craven, Anthony Williams 93 Do, John Bearfield 640 Onslow, Danl Marshburn 300 Do, David Wharton 115 Craven, Thos Tyre 640 Do, Jas Stalling

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64 Do, Sam Smith 200 Do, Chas Pate 200 Do, Archd Clark 150 Bladen, Wm Dinkins 640 Do, Jno Hitchcock 300 Do, Hugh McLaughlin 140 Do, James Beauber 640 Do, Francis Young 640 Do, Henry Horne 200 Craven, Anth Moore 200 Onslow, Thos Morris 250 N. Hanover, Jno Westfield 640 Bladen, Charles Williamson 300 Onslow, Solomon Hughes 640 Bladen, Math Breed 200 Do, Wm Walters 200 N. Hanover, David Williams 320 Do, Do 300 Do, Jasper King 400 Bladen, John Kennedy 200 N. Hanover, Richd Jones 320 Bladen, Jos Howard 640 Onslow, Rufus Marsden 640 N. Hanover, Henry Fitch 150 N. Hanover, Abra Odam 212 Edgcombe, Jno Lagtham 300 Bladen, Timothy Bloodworth 125 N. Hanover, Caleb Grainger 320 Ditto Granted


At a Council held at Wilmington the 23d day of May 1741
Present His Excellency the Governour
The Honoble Nath Rice Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Roger Moore Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Eleazr Allen Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Jas Murray Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Edwd Moseley Esqr Member of Council
The Honoble Will Forbes Esqr Member of Council

Read the following Petitions for Land Vizt

Jno Becton 200 Craven, Wm Cain 18 Bladen, Thos Armstrong 150 Do, Thos Burnet 350 Craven, Lewis John 640 N. Hanover, Richd Hellier 70 Bladen

Read the Petition of Stephen Williams in the following words

That your petitioner some time ago obtained your Excellencys patent for 300 acres of land in Onslow County but through the surveyors mistake in his platt your petitioner does not lawfully hold a foot of Land in the Pet' he makeing but two courses in the survey one whereof he says is So and then says No to the beginning so that he has not given your petitioner any Land Therefore your petitioner prays that the said Patent may be altered agreeable to the plot and instead of No to the beginning in the Plot and patent that it may be said in his patent along the Et prong of the Swamp to the beginning

The following Persons proved their Rights Vizt

Robt Walker N Hanover 20, William Wilson Craven 83, Sam Swann N. Hanover 38, James Hasel Do 39, Col Mau Moore Do 64, Edward Hyrne Do 32, Thos Cunningham Do 2, Ebenez: Holmes Onslow 7, Eleaz: Allen N. Hanover 39, Roger Moore Do 197, Jas Greganus Onslow 6, Sam James Do 9, Moses Plumer Bladen 7, Joseph Do Do 3, Cason Brinson Onslow 12, Math Platt Bladen 6, Jno Todd Onslow 10, Jno Swann N. Hanover 27, Jno Howard Do 14, Chas Cox Onslow 5, Sam Green N. Hanover 7, Alex Colvin Bladen 6, William Forbes N. Hanover 9, Jno Marshal Do 11, Wm Mills Onslow 9, Patrick Stewart N. Hanover 6, Mich Higgins Do 10, Henry Skibber Onslow 4

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His Excellency observed to the Board that the Assembly was prorogued to the last Tuesday of July but as he knew of no urgent occasion for their meeting so soon proposed the proroguing them to the 15th of September next and further advising with them as to the place of meeting. twas the unanimous opinion of the Council that the same should be at Wilmington and accordingly a Proclamation was ordered for proroguing the Assembly to the 15th of September then to meet at Wilmington in the County of New Hanover