Friday, November 14, 2008


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.


  1. Wasn't John Lovick also secretary to Edward Hyde's wife and arrived in America with the Earl's party? I enjoy reading your posts about the island's history & families.

  2. Anonymous3:31 AM

    I wonder if any of them were considered radicals in their day and if asked would say they thought they didn't do enough. Ashley Cooper that was the "name " of a columnist for the Post Courier a Charleston SC newspaper oh and the names of the two rivers which converge in Charleston. hmm will the next building on Ocracoke island be named after our newly minted comm. in CH

  3. Anonymous3:34 AM

    A small town in Vermont has made headlines recently, the story-- the manner in which they have solved the "problem" Forcing the children of the school that want to Say the Pledge of allegiance- they must leave the classroom and go to an attic of some sort. They can't say it in the classroom as a class because there are some children that don't want to say they Pledge of Allegiance. Firstly,I suggest the children have not been taught the Pledge and they don't understand the Pledge. May I suggest your readers google Red Skelton and listen to his story about a teacher Mr. Laswell if more people in Vermont had this understanding well everyone would understand the purpose of the Pledge of Allegiance May God Bless

  4. Lynnea,

    Thanks for the lead. I knew there was some connection between John Lovick and Gov. Eden, but either forgot or never knew the connection with Edward Hyde. I found the following on

    "John Lovick(1691-1733) arrived in the America in 1710, as a member of Edward Hyde's sailing party. On 9 January 1712/13 Madam Catherine Hyde proved the importation of eight persons including herself, Edward Hyde, Esq. and John Lovick. Colonial records of North Carolina identify John as "attorney for Dame Cath. Hide.

    John Lovick married Sarah Blount, born 23 May 1702, the daughter of John Blount and Elizabeth Davis of Chowan County, North Carolina. The wills of John and Elizabeth Blount both mention John Lovick. Sarah Lovick appears in the will of her father and is deceased by August 1727 when John writes his will naming his new wife, Penelope. John's second wife, Penelope Galland, was the widow of William Maule and Step-daughter of Governor Charles Eden. Penelope married twice more after John's death in 1733, George Phenney who died in 1737 and North Carolina Governor Gabriel Johnston. It appears John Lovick left no issue by either marriage."