Selections from Chapter 17
• “William Henry Guthrie was the first one to leave. He went over to Harkers Island--there were only about thirteen families at Harkers Island in 1899...”
• “Settlement and use of Harkers Island remained extremely limited until the very end of the nineteenth century. In 1899 the Island was home to only thirteen families, all apparently residing at the west end of the island or along the Back Sound side. A U.S.
Coast and Geodetic Survey map of 1899 locates each of the structures then standing on the island.”
• “The unwillingness of the Harker heirs to divide or to part with their inheritance...”
• “Harkers Island is not an old community; before the 1930s most of its inhabitants lived on Shackleford Banks, until a hurricane cut a channel between there and Cape Lookout, stripping the remaining land of trees and protection; after that, everyone moved over to Harkers Island.”
• “Until 1900, Harkers Island was still thinly settled. There were just a few homes on the Island, and they were far apart.”
• “William Henry Guthrie was the first to go, buying sixty acres of land on Harkers Island and, in the spring of 1900, dismantling his house at Diamond City and rebuilding it on Harkers Island. Others followed, creating a booming settlement on an island that had been mostly uninhabited in the nineteenth
• “By 1895, there were still less than thirty families living on the Island.”
"""""Then, he must have surprised all: he gave his Red Hill manor plantation to Hannah Guthery. But it turned out not to be much of a surprise at all since James had drafted a deed on 13 October, 1813, just six weeks prior to drafting his will; that deed stated: “...for and in consideration of the natural love I have and bear my friend Hannah Gutery...give and grant...(all my) good(s) and chattels....
(Stick, David. The Outer Banks of North Carolina, 1584-1958. Chapel Hill, The University of N. C. Press, . p. 193.)
(Angley, Wilson. An Historical Overview of Harker Island, with special emphasis on Westmouth and Eastmouth Bays. Raleigh, North Carolina: N.C. Division of Archives and History, . p. 4.)
• “Only a few families lived at Harkers Island before the storm of 1896 caused some to flee from the Banks. When the first Latter-day Saint missionaries visited in 1898 they noted that twenty-eight families called the Island home.”
(Hancock, Joel G. Strengthened by the Storm.
Morehead City, N.C.: Campbell & Campbell, . pp.16,50)
(Lillian B. Davis. History of Harkers Island. Harkers
Island, N.C. Privately published. . 10p.)
(Cape Lookout National Seashore. Cape Lookout Life-Saving Station: Historic Structure Report. Historical Architecture, Cultural Resources Division, Southeast Regional Office, National Park Service, . pp 19-20.)
• “There were only 13 families living on the island when the folks from Shackleford Banks started moving over...”
(Louis D. Small. Craft Advisory. New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, . p119.)