Ransford was coming over in the “Bedford Galley” which took an enemy prize at sea. Hyde’s wife Catherine
had returned to England the preceding year and was sailing as well to NC. The naval vessel on which Ransford
took passage to America, had evidently taken an enemy vessel and the clergyman presumably received or was
to receive a share of the proceeds from its condemnation.
MORE FROM MISSIONARY URMSTON on mail and using Boston, Barbadian, and London credit
In Urmston’s correspondence to SPG in London, given the likelihood of long delays or lost letters, he typically
sent letters destined for England via ship captains bound for Customs port of Boston and a backup copy via a
passenger on a different sailing vessel. Urmston said he felt ships going from eastern NC to custom port of
Boston were the most reliable.
Year 1714 p. 178 East Carolina colonial Anglican missionary Rev. John Urmston requests 20 pound credit from
SPG in London in either port of Boston or Barbados. Requested videlicet sugar, barrels of rum and molasses,
hogshead of malt, and one of hops. He says the three former are as precious as gold of Arabia with them I can
buy provisions: such as sallet, oil, nutmegs ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, mace ink powder.
In between 1715/6 Feb 14 from Rev. John Urmston writes to Secretary SPG,…I am now in manifest danger of
starving. I’ve no manner of provisions save five hogs I kill’d this winter which weigh’d about 100 lb a piece,
and have nothing to buy with no longer credit at Boston by reason of nonpayment of my bills in Engld. I was
wont to have Rum, sugar and Malosses from then…and with that I could buy provisions. I beg of you to send
me an acct. of all the money pd. To my use, my late attorney had inhand 14.17.6, I draw’d a bill for 10 pound
upon him and he sent it back protested. I long to know what is become of my mony from that time. Mr. Jekyll at
Boston writes me that my last bill for 20 pound payable to him is not paid, and there is another to Thomas
Handrey Merchant for 37 pounds come back protested. Mr. Tryon (William Tryon, merchant of Lime Street,
London) said he had no effects, and yet since both these, one to Thomas Lee who went from hence for 20
pounds was punctually paid….
Mr. Urmston’s new colonist expenses for his new farm from SPG A 11 85-90 Plantation 50, 3 negroes 79, two
whereof are dead, repairs 80, horses 12 one dying of the poll evil, Cows 5 lost, nine eaten by wolves, household
gds, 63 mostly wornout and destroy’d by servants, mill 5, English servant man 16, ran away in 10 days, canoe
and sails, 7 lost in a storm, two carts, 4.10.0, plow and harrow 3.15.0 plow irons 2.0.0, gear 3.16.0 tools, saws,
hoes axes, hatchets, spades, carpentry, whatsover else to set up a Farmer total 326.11.0
One year later… John Jekyll of Boston, presumably a merchant, writes to Secretary SPG Boston New England
Feb 23 1716: Sir, Herewith I enclose a Letter of advice of Bill of Exchange for 20 pounds, drawn in my Favor
by Mr. John Urmston Missionary in NC on your Treasurer. He sent me a sett of Bills for forty pounds but I
thought his Project Impracticable and therefore return’d them to him, but as for the $20 pound I now send I
have endorsed to Edwd.Blackett Esqr. Or order, and have advancede him the money already here and Remitted
him Necessary’s for his winter support. Therefore Desire your Assistance that it may meet with due Honour
and that you will excuse this Freedom and Command me in these Parts as your very humble servant. John
Rev John Urmston b1662-d1731, was employed to serve a missionary district which included Bath County in
1716 and 1717. He arrived in Carolina in 1710, kept up a barrage of lengthy letters complaining to SPG as
missionary to North Carolina. In 1716 his request was granted to return to England from Queen Anne’s Creek,
but he did not receive the letter until four years later. Meanwhile he left the colony and served in missions in
Pennsylvania and Maryland. He died in a fire in Maryland in 1731.
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