Wednesday, August 10, 2016


On Friday of last week I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Hull and her family. Jenny's great-great-grandparents were E. D. and Clara Springer, one-time owners of the eponymous Springer's Point.

Springer Descendants

Pictured above, in my kitchen perusing documents about Jenny's ancestors and the Point, are (l. to r.) Whitney Hull (daughter), Jamison Hull (son), Anne Rhodes Whitney (Jenny's mother), Jason Hull (Jenny's husband), and Jenny Hull.

In September, 1759, William Howard, Sr., last colonial owner of Ocracoke Island, sold many acres, including the Point, to his friend William Williams. Over the next 100 years the Point changed hands several times:
  • Comfort Williams, daughter of William Williams, inherited six and one half acres which were conveyed for the use of the public pilots
  • William Howard, grandson of William Howard, Sr., purchased land on the Point
  • Elisha Chase, William Howard's son-in-law, and William Hatton Howard, William Howard's son, then acquired the Point
  • Daniel Tolson (who is buried on the Point) purchased the land
  • At Daniel Tolson's death his widow, Sidney Ross, inherited the Point 
E. D. and Clara Springer, from South Creek, North Carolina, purchased the Point from Sidney Ross sometime before 1883.

E.D. Springer

Old House at Springer's Point

Sam Jones purchased the Point from E. D. and Clara's son, Wallace Springer, in 1941. Today, Springer's Point is owned by the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.

More information about Springer's Point, including contemporary and historic photographs, are available at and

Our latest Ocracoke Newletter is the story of Augustus Cabarrus, early inlet pilot, and the present day d'Oelsnitz family. Click here to read the Newsletter: Ocracoke...The French Connection.


  1. In my opinion, the preservation of Springer's Point by the NCCLT is one of the great success stories of the Outer Banks. It's also a unique ecosystem and one of my favorite places to visit.

    Several years ago I posted a blog entry (click link on my name) about photographing a rare plant there for North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. Thanks go to Len Skinner who notified me when the flower buds were just beginning to form.

    The descendants of the Springer family must be awfully proud to see it in such a natural state.

  2. Anonymous10:15 AM

    The portion of the sign in the last image reminded me of Winnie the Pooh. He had a partial sign that read Trespassers Will. I suppose that led me to be so engaged with words and how the imagination can be sparked by a double meaning of such. Granny on the Beverly Hillbillys heard Mrs. Drysdale call to her maid "Come and get Claude" . Claude the french poodle but Granny heard "Come and get Clawed" and thought mrs drysdale was fixing to claw the stuffing out of the maid.HAHA