Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Valentine Robinson

The Outer Banks has long attracted colorful and unconventional characters.

According to Kenneth Burke in his book, The History of Portsmouth, North Carolina From Its Founding in 1753 to Its Evacuation in the Face of Federal Forces in 1861, a pilot at Portsmouth Island was charged with blasphemy in 1843.

Carteret County Superior Court minutes quote Robinson as saying, "God (meaning God, the Almighty maker of Heaven and Earth) is a fool. I (meaning the said Valentine Robinson) wish that he (meaning God) was here. I (meaning the said Valentine Robinson) would eat him (meaning God) with potatoes; to the high displeasure of Almighty God and against the peace and dignity of the State..."

I can only wonder what prompted Valentine Robinson's sacrilege.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent skirmishes islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the issue of ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free, state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here:


  1. My guess would be the appearance of a 19th Century version of what gradually transformed into a dingbatter. And I understand that the modern version may very well provoke the same response from time to time.

  2. Anonymous8:34 AM

    So what you are saying is, He's talking like a Pirate.

  3. Anonymous8:46 AM

    Are people that board the OI ferry ----are they screened for mental health issues? Especially , if someone has a SNAP card- are they more likely to Snap then someone with out these credentials? Would this help in the ding bat identification program or DIP STICK (Strategic Timely Individual Credential Keeping). DD