Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Chief Justice of North Carolina went Light on "Blackbeard" #northcarolinapioneers

Frederick Jones was first a resident of Jamestown, Virginia 

wine bottlesThe excavations into the Tuttle's Neck in Jamestown reveal that Frederick Jones was first a resident of Jamestown, Virginia. Apparently he removed into North Carolina where he was residing in 1711 when Jones and others appealed to Governor Spotswood of Virginia for help against the Indians. Later that year his name was written in an address to Spotswood concerning the rebellion of Colonel Cary. A year later he applied to a council meeting for the return of salt carried from his house ostensibly for "Supporting ye Garrisons. " In July 1712 Jones acquired an additional 490 acres in North Carolina. In 1717, Frederick Jones replaced the previous Secretary and Chief Justice, Tobias Knight, who had resigned in disgrace. The latter had made the mistake of being too open of an accomplice of Edward Teach "Blackbeard", the pirate. It appears that Governor Eden was fully aware that the pirate made his winter quarters in a North Carolina inlet. Teach was finally captured on November 22, 1718 during the famous exploit of Lieutenant Maynard off Ocracoke Inlet. Although there is no evidence that Jones profited from the operations of Blackbeard, the records show that he was quite prepared to turn the trust of his office to his own advantage. In the end it was a comparatively small manipulation that proved his undoing. In 1721 whene Daniel Mack Daniel murdered (by drowning) and Ebenezer Taylor carried off his goods and money to a total of 290 pounds. When Mack Daniel was apprehended the money was passed for safekeeping to Frederick Jones, who apparently pocketed it. On April 4, 1722, the following entry appeared in the Colonial Records of North Carolina:  see more....Wake County NC Genealogies, Histories, Data

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