Selections from Chapter 13
...to England on 6 October, 1607, on the Mary and John. Fifty-three days later she would arrive home on December 1st. By the time the Captain’s ship reached its destination, forty-five more of the Sagadahoc colonists had left for home. The remaining ones suffered a terrible winter (1607-08) and began building a new vessel, Virginia , to enable them to return as well.
When Capt. Davis returned the following spring (1608), he found the suffering had been terrible: the first Colony President, George Popham had died and the remaining settlers begged to return. Capt. Davis’s ship and the new Virginia left for England on 17 October, 1608...and the northern colony came to an end...leaving New England to be finally settled by Pilgrim immigrants...migrants who were, in contrast to the failed Plymouth colony, strikingly unfriendly to England...altering the course of history forever!
A century later Capt. Davis’ descendents would begin
settling on Davis Island in the new Precinct of Carteret in
the Carolina Colony!
"An example of the type of justice received in Beaufort’s court is seen in a case involving Ebenezer Harker, a resident of Harker’s Island, but a man closely connected with Beaufort’s history. In December, 1736, Harker appeared at a meeting of the court and proceeded to call Thomas Lovick, chairman of the
court, a scoundrel and a cheat and many other abusive names, declaring that he was not fit to be judge of the court. The justices considered the matter immediately and ordered Harker to be brought before the
court on the next day and answer contempt charges. In the meantime, the justices agreed on certain measures for the erection of a jail in Beaufort which was greatly needed. The records do not indicate that these two events were connected, but it is significant to note that on the next day Harker appeared before the court pleading for pardon which the court immediately granted.”