A Thank You from the Editor
April 2015
Many thanks for tips from the following as I worked on this
Port of Bath Souvenir booklet compilation:
Mrs. Josie Hookway, Ms. Leigh Swain, Ms. Patricia Samford, Ms. Peggy Daw, and Michael Hill for their time
and patience. I also thank John Gray Blount for loaning his volumes of the JGB papers and I thank my parents
who sent me as a child to Camp Leach and Camp Hardee where I learned to canoe and sail on both north and
south shores of the Pamlico River.
Above section of the Moseley Map drawn in 1729 and published 1733 shows Bath Town, Bath County and Beaufort Precinct
6plantations, as well as approaches to Bath Town by land and sea. Note the King’s Highway post road leading south to New
Bern and Charleston and northward to Edenton, and onward to Williamsburg, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.
Image : see References to ECU Joyner Library digitized map URL weblink.
souvenir booklet focuses primarily on Port Bath’s maritime trade and the period 1700-1730, before
and after the August 1715/1716 Port Bath decree.
Researchers today still cannot easily locate pre-1760 Port Bath official shipping records, due to general loss
over time as well as county courthouse fires and the like, so this
anniversary publication relies on primary
source gems primarily about period Port Bath vessels and maritime commerce. At the suggestion of the state
historic site manager Leigh Swain, I have also included in the appendices vignettes about children and young
people of early Port Bath, some known to history and some unknown. The gems and vignettes were gathered in
a process a bit like finding needles in haystacks.
Useful sources in particular were Colonial Records of North Carolina second series 1699-1741 Vol. VII and
Vol. X, Records of the Executive Council 1664-1734, Church of England records, NC higher court records
1702-1708 and the expired county of Bath County Deed Book Volume I. British colonial microfiche records
from the North Carolina Archives also were consulted.
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