I somehow let Tuesday, November 11, slip by without mention of its local historical significance. On that date in 1719 the Lords Proprietors, heirs or beneficiaries of eight British noblemen, who in 1663 had been granted the province of Carolina by the the newly crowned King Charles II, granted the island of Occacock to John Lovick, a Welsh Quaker. He was the first individual to lay claim to our island, though he never lived here.
Carolina was a proprietary colony which meant that these eight men, George Monck, the Duke of Albemarle (1608-1670), Edward Hyde, the Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674), Lord John Berkeley (1607-1678), William, the Earl of Craven (1608-1697), Sir George Carteret (c.1610-1680), Sir William Berkeley (1606-1677), Sir John Colleton, (1608-1666), and Anthony Ashley Cooper, the Earl of Shaftesbury (1621-1683) not only owned the land, but were given authority to govern there.
Those of our readers familiar with eastern North Carolina will notice that many of the names associated with the original Lords Proprietors continue to designate counties, areas, and towns nearby.
Our latest "newsletter" is a link to my new web site, Black Squall Books, with information about my forthcoming book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, and Stories from Ocracoke Island, which is expected to be available by mid-November. Click HERE to go directly to the web site to learn more.