Thursday, July 14, 2016

James Wahab

The following "Instrument of Protest" dated July 10, 1741 (see yesterday's post for more information) copied from Ellen Marie Fulcher Cloud's web page ( mentions one of Ocracoke's early inlet pilots, James Wahab:

"And then did take on board the sloop, in order to pilot and conduct her to Ocracoke Barr, one JAMES WAHAB, a man usually employed to pilot vessels through many channels lying between said town of Edenton and the Barr and Inlet of Ocracoke.Having proceeded with various winds, tides, currents, and weather till the 25th.At that time got as far as a shoal called the HORSE SHOE, distance from inlet 5 miles, at which time with a fresh gale of wind from the South, Southwest about 2 of the Clock in the afternoon, ran on a Shoal of land with vessel, which she struck with great violence, the tide running its last quarter Ebb."

James Wahab is most probably the progenitor of the Wahab family of Ocracoke. He was listed in the tax roll of 1754 living on Hatteras Banks.

For more information about early Ocracoke pilots:

For more information about the Wahab family of Ocracoke:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about one of the early July 4th Parades written by Alice Rondthaler in 1953. It is accompanied by vintage photos.You can read the Newsletter here:

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