|Charlie Mac Disembarking from Ferry|
Charlie Mac was also an accomplished carver. See our earlier post for photos of some of his carved birds.
|"Charlie Mac" Photo by John Wall|
Charlie Mac, who was rarely seen without his cigar, was the grandson of John Small McWilliams (1823-1889), a merchant from Washington, NC who moved to Ocracoke at the outbreak of the Civil War to teach school.
Charlie Mac's father, John Wilson ("John Mac") owned a store on Cockle Creek (Silver Lake), and was appointed postmaster in 1883 at a salary of $24.52 per month. John Mac's brother, Charles Small McWilliams, was the keeper of the Portsmouth Island US Life Saving Station.
Today there are no McWilliamses living on Ocracoke, although several of Charlie Mac's descendants live here or still own property on the island.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about the Unionist North Carolina State Government established at Hatteras in 1861. You can read all about it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092114.htm.