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The Lost Colony Research Group

Genealogy ~ DNA ~ Archaeology

Newsletter

March  2012


 

The “Ungranted” property located in the 1720 frame of this illustration is probably close to the area that Anna MacKuen obtained her grant in 1716.  Still, it is definitely the known location of Joseph “Maskue” in 1757. 

John O’Neale, whose eventual fate is not well known, is more than likely the father of Christopher O’Neale (born about 1700 and not to be confused with the colony’s surveyor-general, Christopher Neale, who also purchased Hatteras and Mattamuskeet land in the mid-1700s).  Christopher O’Neale lived in this same King’s Point area until his death.  He would have grown up around the Indian Town there and their families probably all shared a common heritage.  In fact, the O’Neales have owned land (off and on) at King’s Point up until the sale of that property for the development of Brigand’s Bay sometime after the new paved highway developed in 1953.  Urias O’Neale sold the bulk of the property that was terraformed into the lucrative commercial site found there today.  Until the middle of the twentieth century, residents of Hatteras Island saw little that they might need elsewhere and remained in their island home, venturing into the “country” only when necessary.  One exception for many of these families was Hyde County, arguably because of the swamps, just as remote and just as mixed with the local Indian population there – the Mattamuskeet. 

The point is that Hatteras Island has been continuously occupied by European descendants since the mid-1600s.  Indeed, many are the ancestors of the same families found there today.  They are the ones who left behind the artifacts that Dr. Phelps was digging up along the Buxton end of the island.  Phelps also found Indian artifacts mixed with European in the same date range.  No two heritages more aptly belonged to any single group of people as those of Hatteras Island.  The Indian Town was simply the last holdouts of traditional Indians that desired to hold to their ways.  There was little reason, however.  The Englishmen were family already.  Time eventually brought them all together.

Valentine Wallace and his brother William from Pasquotank precinct had property on this end of the island as well (eastern end, opposite King’s Point), leaving three separate references to a house that he built there.  Wallaces made a major mark in the history of this maritime area of North Carolina and can be later found next door in Carteret County.  There have been Whidbees, Quidleys, Basnetts, Fosters, Fulchers, Farrows, Scarboroughs, Midgetts, Davises, Clarks, and many others on Hatteras Island for a long, long time… perhaps since before Nathaniel Batts and George Durant.  Hatteras may have been the only part of what we now know as North Carolina that was inhabited by European people.  The Indians, of course, were there since 1,000 A.D. 

Hatteras is a rather small island, only about six miles long at this thicker part between Frisco and Buxton; the official length of the island starts at Oregon Inlet and runs to Hatteras Inlet and is about 18 miles.  At the thickest, it is only three miles wide, but it supported these island families and packed some history into their ancient repertoire.

When discussing the earliest history of North Carolina, we must begin with the first point of contact… with the Outer Banks, and Hatteras Island, for the sharp sandy snag known as “Cape Hatteras” or its “Diamond Shoals” brought many a drenched mariner to live there long before Batts or Durant dreamed of trading with the Yeopim or the Chowan in Albemarle.  Whereas the Spanish did not remain on the banks, Englishmen did… maybe since 1587.  Certainly, more accounts of shipwrecks upon these shores will turn up, with more tantalizing tidbits of knowledge about the “Virginians” living there.  They continue to live there today.  This is Hatteras’ and, indeed, our country’s earliest European heritage.  Still, the native heritage persists there as well and is much older!  You can ask them yourself.

 

Au Revoir, Baylus

Have you enjoyed Baylus Brooks' articles these past couple of years?  So have we, but alas, all good things must come to an end.  When Baylus first joined the Lost Colony Research Group, he was studying for his undergraduate degree in history.  We published a photo of his graduation.  Hard to believe, but now he's in the process of finishing his master's degree in Maritime History.  He needs more time to devote to his thesis, now that his classwork is ending, and of course, after that, he'll be on to bigger and better things.  Hopefully, as he finds interesting things related to Hatteras Island, he'll shoot them our way or write another interesting article for the newsletter....as a guest author of course.

 

So with this, alas, congratulations and bon voyage Baylus......and may you not run into too many pirates along the way!!!  We will certainly miss you and wish you the best!

 

 

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http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~molcgdrg/ and www.lostcolonyresearch.org 

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Our Website - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~molcgdrg/ - Nelda adds to information to our website almost daily.  Have you checked your surnames lately to see what is new?  Please contribute something for your surnames, or a county of interest.  Thanks to Nelda Percival for her untiring work on our website.

GenealogyWise - http://www.genealogywise.com/group/thelostcolonistsofroanoke - Thanks to Andy Powell for setting this up.  

Hatteras Island Genealogy and Preservation Society webpage - our sister organization -http://hatgensoc.weebly.com/


Hatteras Island Genealogy and Preservation Society Blog - http://hatgensoc.wordpress.com/author/hatgensoc/

Our DNA projects at Family Tree DNA:

Lost Colony Yline - (paternal surname) - http://www.familytreedna.com/public/LostColonyYDNA/default.aspx

 

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Lost Colony Family Finder - (autosomal) http://www.familytreedna.com/public/LostColonyFamilyFinder/default.aspx

 

Hatteras Island Fathers DNA project at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/HatterasFathers/default.aspx

 

Hatteras Island Mothers DNA project at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/HatterasMothers/default.aspx

 

Hatteras Island Family Finder project at  http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Hatteras-Families/default.aspx

Hatteras Island Genealogy Society at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=245433063719&ref=ts

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