commanded by Capt Othniel Davis by virtue of power of attorney, 2849 lb of
cocoa, 499 hanks of silk grass, 3 small bundles of silk grass damaged, 3 ps junk, 4
canvas bags, a cable and ten shares of the 100 pistoles due from Robt Atkins,
comes to 16 pound 2 s 8 d and 10 pound for damages to the cable, being in full for
8 shares due to Capt Thomas Porter and 2 for Capt Othniel Davis as
commander out of the prize ship…. Condemned as a prize to sd Davis &
company by a Court of Admiralty held 12 Sep past in NC, and receipt of same, I
hereby discharge said Roger Kenyon. 1 Feb 1719/20 AD George Basset. Wit: C
Gale, Gyles Shute.
p. 96 Stephen Elsey and Thomas Henderson, planters of Bath Co are bound to
Thomas Leigh, mariner of same for 110 pound sterling GB. 10 mar 1720
55pound to be paid 10 Oct next with lawful interest. Wit: Thomas Mitcheson,
Nicho Roach.
John Baptist Ash, Gent of Bath Co to Capt Othniel Davis late of SC but now of
NC, Coll Maurice Moore, and James Robbins, mariner both of the same for 40
pounds cm NC paid by each person 1/4th part of my Sloop “Elizabeth and Martha”
of Carolina with all tackle, apparel, furniture to same belonging to each of them 24
Aug 1720 AD Wit: John Lillington, John Hattan. Friend Symon Alderson.
At the request of Mary Green, Widow of my neighborhood to whom George
Stephens is indebted, I do certify that the said George Stephens delivered the
Sloop “Batchellor” to me for the use and by order of Joseph Hill of Maryland,
who is my brother and he has received her safe, so that I hope whatever effects of
sd Stephens are lodged in thine or any other hands they will not be detained on
that account but may be released.
December 1739 extract from George Whitefield (1714-1770). Whitefield the
evangelist and a companion travel from Edenton for New Bern via Bath Town.
(Ed This travel was past the end of the proprietary rule but insightful since road
conditions and river crossings would be similar to 1700-1730: the King’s Road or
Boston Post Road was not improved suitable for wagons to go from Boston to
Charleston until 1750.
Friday Dec 21…at three o’clock they went in a pettiogua (a large canoe) over the
Sound, and were near seven hours in their passage. It was about twelve miles
over. They were favoured with a calm and pleasant night; and praised God as
they went over by singing hymns, and met with a convenient ordinary (inn) when
they came on the other side. On Saturday Dec 22d, they set out by break of day,
and came by eight at night to Bath Town, near fifty miles from Bell’s (Bull’s
Ferry). It is by far the longest stage and the worst roads they had since they
began their journey. The ground, most part of the way, was wet and swampy, the
country uninhabited… It was as hot as generally it is at midsummer in England;
but they had a sweet breeze of wind intermixed, which made their riding through
the woods in the daytime exceeding pleasant. About mid-way they met with an
ordinary where they refreshed themselves and beasts. They observed a variety of
birds, and in the evening heard the wolves on one side of them howling like a
kennel of hounds. .. On Sunday, December 23d he preached about noon to near
one hundred people, which, as he found was an extraordinary congregation, there
being seldom more than twenty at church…. On Monday December 24th he
crossed Pamlico river, about five miles wide. Lay at an ordinary near the water-
Maps of Bath NC showing
Early 18th century wharves:
The Paschal book p. 26-27
has a different version of
Bath town map. It shows
ferry crossing point and five
wharves on Water /Main St:
Marsh wharf, Scott’s wharf,
Adams wharf, Willis Wharf,
and Odens Wharf
Also see Deed Book Vol I
two town plans 1709-1710
(Pg. 128) & 1715-1729 (Pg.
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