Captain Samuel Davis, Charles Robinson, and Thomas Smith exhibited a petition in behalf of themselves and Sundry others Inhabitants of Pedee, which was read being to the following Effect Vizt
That by the great distance of that Settlement from the County Court of Bladen, and the badness of the ways they were in a manner excluded from all Benefits of the said Court, to which, by reason of the bad behaviour of many amongst them, they have frequent Occasions of recourse Wherefore they pray for a Division, and to be made a separate County, when (tho' now but few) they doubt not to encrease to a competent Number.
Then was also read a Petition with several names to it, in one and the same hand writing, as of Inhabitants of Pee dee, opposing the aforesaid Petition, in regard of the Paucity and Poverty of the Inhabitants. Whereupon his Excellency was pleased to interrogate the presenters of the first petition (no person appearing to the other) upon the subject of their petition: And it appearing to the satisfaction of his Excellency and
Then His Excellency was pleased to lay before the Board his proper power or Commission as consequent to the foregoing Effect which was read being as follows, vizt Know all men by these Presents that I Gabriel Johnston Esqr Captain General, Governour and Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys Province of North Carolina, Upon the humble Petition of his Majestys Subjects the Inhabitants of Peedee by virtue of the Power and Authority vested in me by his Majesty's Commission and agreeable to Ancient Usage for good and sufficient Reasons me thereunto moving by and with the Advice and Consent of his Majesty's Council to make, create, constitute and ordain the said Peedee in the province of North Carolina and certain Tracts of Land contiguous to the same late in the County of Bladen, a County by the name of Anson County, and the same is hereby Declared (within the Bounds and
Charles Robeson, Thomas Smith and Captain Samuel Davis appeared again before this Board and being asked by his Excellency with regard to the most proper persons for Justices as well as convenient and most fitting place to fix a Court house in the new County they acquainted his Excellency as their Opinion that the most proper Persons in regard of their situation be added to the former Justices to constitute with them a Bench of Justices are John Hicks and John Holmes and the Ford of Rockey River where the road crosses is the most suitable place whereon to fix the Court House.
Ordered that Joseph White, Charles Roberson, Edmund Cartledge, William Philips, Samuel Davis, Thomas Smith, John Hicks and John Holmes Gent be appointed Justices for and within the County of Anson and that a Commission issue accordingly constituting and appointing the said Joseph White, Charles Robinson, Edmund Cartledge, William Philips, Samuel Davis, Thomas Smith, John Hicks and John Holmes Justices of the peace for the County of Anson and that the Court Days be on the fourth Tuesdays in the Months of March, June, September and December yearly
John Hamer being recommended to His Excellency to be Sheriff of the County of Anson, Ordered that a Commission issue accordingly constituting and appointing the said John Hamer Sheriff of Anson County.
The Council adjourned till the afternoon 3 oClock
P. M. The Council met pursuant to Adjournment
Read the following Petitions for Warrants Vizt
James Herberts 640 Johnston, Robert Hatcher 250 Ditto, James Herbert 200 Craven, John Matchit 200 New Hanover, Elizabeth Hill 150 Onslow, Jno Peterson 200 New Hanover, Simon Player 200 Do, Severus Goold 500 Onslow, Benjamin Meredith 100 New Hanover, David Smith 100 Bladen, Ditto 100 Ditto. Granted.
Read the Petition of John Kearney setting forth that his Mother and he are in possession of a Tract of Land granted by the late Lords Proprietors unto Thomas Lewis Junior situate in Craven County in the fork of Adams Creek and conceiving there is more Land contained within the Lines of the Patent than therein specified humbly prays a resurvey Granted and Ordered that the Surveyor General do cause a Resurvey to be made thereof and return the same to this Board
Read the Petition of Malcom Smith shewing that he is Assignee of a patent for a Tract of Six hundred and forty Acres granted unto James Jones the 10th day of September 1735 situate in Bladen County on the South side of the river 20 miles above Rockfish Creek joining the upper side of Thomas Jones Land And apprehending there is more Land comprized within the Lines and Distances of the said patent than the same mentions humbly prays a Resurvey Granted and Ordered that the Surveyor General do cause a Resurvey to be made of the said Land and make return thereof to this Board
Read the petition of Edward Conner setting forth that a Patent which he obtained from his Excellency for Six hundred and forty Acres of Land situate in Bladen County on the West side of the N. West River and the plat thereto annexed, thro' the Surveyors mistake, are both Erroneous; who instead of returning a plot after this manner, Beginning at a Hickory thence running So 70 Wt 320 poles thence So 20 Et 320 poles thence No 70 Et 320 poles thence to the Beginning which according to the Original marked Trees are the true Courses he has made it thus Beginning at a Hickory about three Quarters of a Mile below the mouth of little River and thence run No 80 Wt 320 Pole to a pine thence So 10 Et 320 pole to a pine thence So 80 Et 320 pole to a Gum thence to the first Station Whereby the Petitioner holds little or no Land humbly praying to be relieved in the premises. Whereupon it is Ordered that the Deputy Surveyor run out the same agreeable to the first marked Trees; and that he return a plat thereof upon Oath of his Board at the next Sitting.
Read the following Petitions for Grants for Patents Vizt
John Clark for 150 in Craven, William Blunt 200 Bladen, John Fitzgerald 200 Do, John Coupland 150 Do, Jacob McClendon 300 Do, Joel McClendon 300 Do, David Smith 200 Do, James Herbert 640 Johnston, Stevans Goold 500 Onslow, James Rhodes 200 Johnston, John Taylor 300 Do, John Tison 350 Bladen Granted
Samuel Willis 300 Craven, Charles Hopton 100 Do, Do Do 150 Do, John Grigg 100 Bladen Granted