- The map you posted [see http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2010/10/native-american-villages.html] begs questions about coastal NC's Native American population, specifically any original inhabitants of Ocracoke/Portsmouth Island. Any knowledge as to what became of them?
First off, I think I may have intended to include a comentary on the map, but neglected to do so. "Ocracoke" is clearly a native American name (early maps list the island as "Wococon," and over the years the name changed frequently until it eventually became "Ocracoke"). There is evidence that members of the Wocon Indians frequented the island to feast on fish and other seafood, but to date no evidence of a permanent settlement has ever been discovered on Ocracoke. In contrast, a number of Indian villages have been found on Hatteras Island, including one near Buxton in an area that in the 1500s and 1600s was a separate island (Croatoan) between Hatteras and Ocracoke (see http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2010/10/changing-coastline.html). There is some evidence that native Americans interbred and intermarried with the earliest Europeans on both Hatteras and Ocracoke. According to oral tradition, David O'Neal, the cook aboard the John Evangelist which wrecked on Hatteras Island in 1586, married an Indian woman, Morning Dew, from the village of Kinnakeet (now, Avon). The ship's captain, Caleb Williams, and another sailor, Elijah Scarborough, also married Indian women. O'Neal, Williams, and Scarborough are all long time island surnames.
- I found it [comments on the US Life Saving Service; see http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2010/10/monkeys-fist.html] interestiing. What was the source? I would like to know more about our brave ancestors.
Two excellent books about the US Life Saving Service are Ship Ashore: The U.S. Lifesavers of Coastal North Carolina by Joe A. Mobley, and U.S. Life-Saving Service: Heroes, Rescues and Architecture of the Early Coast Guard by Ralph Shanks and Wick York.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke native Major General Ira Thomas Wyche. You can read the complete story here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092110.htm