Two months after Robert signed on to Thomas Sparrow, his papers were transferred to become an apprentice
servant to Governor Cary . March 11, 1708/9 - Thomas SPARROW assigns above indenture to Honorable Thos.
CARY, Esquire. The below recorded entries give an idea of Merchant Sparrow’s success enabling him between
1706 and 1709 to buy large parcels of land between Bath and Beaufort.
June 10, 1706 - Levi TRUEWHITT's patent of 330 acres assigned to Mr. SPARROW - land at fork of Mr.
DEREHAM's Creek, running SW up lesser creek, etc.
Signed: Tho. CARY, Samuel SWANN, Ed. MOSELEY, Francis FOSTER, Wm. GLOVER
Apr. 8, 1709 - Elizabeth DEREHAM, widow, to Thomas SPARROW 6 pounds - 640 acres south side Pamtico river,
east side Dereham's Creek adj. Land of Thomas SPARROW bought of Levi TRUEWHITT in the fork of said creek.
Mar. 24, 1708/9 - Fornifold GREEN's patent of Craney Island assigned to William BRICE and from him to Thomas
SPARROW - 240 acres lying in Core Sound within 6 or 8 miles off to the East of Topsaid Inlet.
Signed: Tho. CARY, Ed MOSELEY, Fr. FOSTER, John HAWKINS
Mar. 11, 1708/9 - Bath Town - "Thomas CARY, President of North Carolina have received and acknowledged receipt
of 24 pounds current pay, it being the purchase money due to the Lord's Proprietors for an island lying in Core Sound
known by the name of Craney Island, surveyed and laid out for 2400 acres and 3 pounds for all other fees due
concerning the same of Thomas SPARROW." The Plat of Craney Island beginning at the east end next to the sound
next to Cape Lookout.
T is for Tobit –a 12 year old unknown Indian boy and plantation slave.
He seemed to have no parents since he signed x on his own servant indenture
papers. Sept. 10, 1707 - Tobias or Tobit Knight/Knighton was a homeless Indian
boy, probably of a Tuscarora tribe but he could have been from one of five
known tribes in the area. He lived and worked on the Hopton’s plantation
outside Bath town. In 1716 he would have just been twenty one approaching
his freedom, at the time of the Port Bath decree.
Tobit’s name appears in the Bath County deed book volume I twice, first in
1707 at age 12 when his original plantation owner (Charles Hopton’s father)
recorded a nine year servant contract called articles of indentureship giving
Tobias his freedom at 21. After five years he was to be given two cows and
calves to start a cow herd of his own. Then at completion of his term he was to receive a gift of breeder hogs to get
a pig herd started. After the plantation owner died, Tobias wanted to make sure he was allowed to continue the
arrangement and evidently had someone help him draw up a second revised indenture agreement. In the second
one Tobit signed his mark again that he wanted to live with the son who had inherited the plantation.
Tobias KNIGHTON, Indian, aged 12 years, apprentices self to Charles HOPTON of Bath County, "to dwell and serve
from this present date until he shall arrive at 21 years of age, which shall be 9 years" - HOPTON to give 2 cows and
calves when Tobias 17 years, and 2 sows and pigs at expiration of apprenticeship. Signed: "The mark of Tobieas
KNIGHT, the Indian" Witness: Ch. GALE, John BRETT Acknowledged at court at Bath Town October 8, 1707