I published the following four paragraphs several years ago, and think they are worth sharing again!
I discovered the following
interesting account of colonial era Ocracoke & Hatteras islanders on
several Internet sites. I have not located any reference to a primary
source. However, Rev. John Urmstone's presence in Bath in 1710 is well
So, I hope you enjoy this short assessment of the character of some of the first Europeans on the Outer Banks.
"In 1710, the Reverend John
Irmstone [John Urmstone, a missionary of the Society for the Propagation
Gospel in Foreign Parts, which was established in 1701 by the Church of
England] of Bath wrote in a letter to his superior about people from
and Ocracoke who came to get baptized.
He gives no surnames, but says, 'these persons, half indian [sic] and half
English, are an offense to my own and I gravely doubt the Kingdom of Heaven was
designed to accomodate [sic] such. They stunk and their condition was not
improved by the amounts of sacramental wine they lapped up nor by sprinkling
with baptismal waters.'"
So much for the "propagation of the gospel!"
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of Village Craftsmen (1970 - the Present). You can read the Newsletter here: