Ownership of Roanoke Island
So much interest centers in Roanoke Island as the first white settlement in America, antedating that of James Town in Virginia by about 20 years and that at Plymouth, Mass, by about 33 years, and being the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first white child born on American soil. Virginia Dare was the daughter of Ananias Dare and his wife Ellenor, daughter of Gov. White, the Executive of the Colony. We thought any early records referring to the Island would be interesting to our readers.
Virginia Governor William Berkeley to Joshua Lamb - April 17, 1676
Governor Sam'l. Stevens died in 1669 leaving the
Island to his wife, who in 1670 married Sir. Wm. Berkley, Governor
of Virginia. Among the papers in the Courthouse at Edenton, NC, appear
the following showing some of the transfers made of the property since
that date, the first of which is a deed from Governor Berkley to
Joshua Lamb of Roxbury, Mass., and reads as follows [abstract]:
Joshua Lamb to Nicholas Paige - Sept. 19, 1677
Joshua Lamb of Roxbury in the County of Suffolk in New England, merchant, for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred and fifty pounds sterling by the value thereof received, confirm unto Nicholas Paige of Boston in the County above sd., merchant, one Moiety or a full half part of that Island called Roanock situate and being in the County of Albemarle in the Province of Carolina which I lately purchased of Sr. William Berkeley one of the Proprietors of Carolina and Albemarle according to deed bearing date of 17th of April 1676, with one half part of the Marishes houses and buildings and what is thereon standing growing or being as also the half part of all Cattle Hoggs and other Stock upon the same....In witness whereof I, the said Joshua Lamb, have hereunto put my hand and seal this nineteenth day of September in the 29th year of his Majesties Reign 1677. /s/ Joshua Lamb [Suffolk Co., Mass. Record of Deeds; Libre 10; folio, 180]
Will of Nicholas Paige and his wife Anna - April
In the name of God, Amen. I Nicholas Paige, sometime of Plymouth in England, merchant, and Anna Paige his wife, being both at present in health & in perfect memory do make & appoint this to be our last Will & Testament in manner & form following, viz:...Item: That in case I, Nicholas Paige do Dye before my beloved wife then I do make & appoint her to be whole & sole Executrix of this my last will & Testament during her life & at the death of my beloved wife then we do both of us with our consent do hereby appoint our beloved Kinswoman, Mrs. Martha Hobbs to be our whole & sole Exer'x. & do hereby give & bequeath unto her all our Estate Real & Personal. This farm we now live on at Romney Marsh & the farm William Owen now liveth on. We also give her all our houses & lands lying & being in Boston. We further & earnestly request our Honored overseers [Gov. Joseph Dudley & Col. Nathaniel Thomas] to advise our Exec'x. in her marriage with any person that she may marry with all we do hereby leave it as a solemn charge upon her & as our Dying request that she do take your advice therein & be very careful how she doth dispose of herself in marriage & that she match unto a good family & with one that feareth God so that the estate be not thrown away in her match....we set our hands & seals in Romney Marsh, the fourteenth day of April, 1703 in the Second year of the Reign of Queen Anne. /s/ Nicholas Paige, Anna Paige
[Capt. Nathan'll Oliver and Mrs. Martha Hobbs were married by the Rev'd. Mr. Eben'r. Pendleton, Minist'r., Novemb'r the 30th, 1709 in the town of Boston. A True Copy as Entered in the Registry of Marriages for the Town of Boston Jan’y ye 16th 1727. Attest: Sam.ll Checkley, Town Clerk]
Letter from Nicholas Paige of Boston to the Hon.
Governor, Robert Daniel
I have received yours of the 23d Aug't. for which I give you hearty thanks for your kindness in advising me of my interest in Roanoke Island. The Island was ye Gov. Stephens, he dying [in 1669] left it to his wife. Sir William Berkeley, then Governor of Virginia, married ye widow and he and his Lady sold ye Island to Mr. Joshua Lamb, father to this Capt. Lamb, and ye one-half which I now own was bought of Mr. Joshua Lamb and so hold it from him. It cost near three hundred pounds. Your humble servant to command, /s/ Nicholas Paige
Letter from Joshua Lamb of Roxbury, Mass. to the Hon,
Governor of N. Carolina
On the 21st of November I saw a letter from your Honor, sent to Col. Paige wherein you were pleased to acquaint him that our title to Roanoke Island was questioned and that no record could be found of my father's purchasing of it. I thought meet therefore by the first opportunity to acquaint your Honour that my father bought the island of Sir William Berkeley one of the Proprietors of Carolina, and then Governor of Virginia, on ye 17 of April 1676, which deed was recorded in our records in Boston. So that our title is legal and substantial. My father sold one half of ye Island to Col. Paige, and a quarter to Mr. Pardridge, and ye other quarter still remains in my hands. I intreat your Honour to be so favorable to us, that all needless trouble and charge to us may be prevented. I purpose ere long to dispose of what part is yet at my dispose to one of the Inhabitants of Carolina, being at such distance that I can't have any advantage by it. I am your Honour's most humble servant, /s/ Joshua Lamb
Nathaniel Oliver & wife Martha to Oliver Noyes of Boston - Dec. 30, 1719
Nathaniel Oliver of Boston in the County of Suffolk & providence of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, merchant, & Martha his wife, sole Executrix of the last Will and Testament of Col. Nicholas Paige, late of Romney Marsh within the Township of Boston, and residuary legatee in the said will named, whereas many other things in the said will contained one moiety or full half part of the Island called Roanoke situate & being in the County of Albemarle in the Province of Carolina is, by the said Nicholas Paige, given & bequeathed unto the said Martha which the said Nicholas Paige bought of Joshua Lamb, who purchased of Sir Wm. Berkeley, one of the Proprietors of Carolina & Albemarle, as by a deed for the same bearing date the 14 April 1676. The said Nathaniel Oliver & Martha Oliver for and in consideration of the sum of 240 pounds in money paid by Oliver Noyes of Boston, confirm unto him the recited moiety or half part of the Island of Roanoke aforesaid together with one half part of the Marishes Houses & Buildings. And the said Nathaniel & Martha Oliver have hereunto set our hands & seals this 30th day of December, 1719. /s/ Nathaniel Oliver, Martha Oliver [Record in the Secretary's Office in Boston]
Letters of Administration to Katherine Noyes, widow of Oliver Noyes - April 4, 1721
On April 4, 1721 Samuel Sewall, commissioned by Samuel Shute, Gov. of Massachusetts Bay in New England, issued letters of administration to Katharine Noyes of Boston upon the estate of her deceased husband Oliver Noyes. On April 12, 1721 Jonathan Belcher qualified as guardian of Sarah Noyes, a minor aged about 11 years, and Anna Noyes, a minor aged about 12 years, children of Oliver Noyes of Boston. [Another child, Belcher Noyes, aged about 12 years was also under the guardianship of Jonathan Belcher [see image here].
Power of Atty. from Katherine Noyes & Jonathan
Belcher to Col. Edward Moseley
Power of Attorney from Katharine Noyes to Col. Edward Moseley dated Jan'y. 8, 1727, witnessed by Jona. Belcher & Richard Hubbard, attested by Samuel Tyley, Notary Pub. Another Power of Attorney from Jona. Belcher to Col. Edward Moseley bearing the same date & witnessed by Katharine Noyes and Rich'd. Hubbard, attested by Samuel Tyley, Notary Pub. to take charge of their interest and estate consisting of one moiety or half part of Roanoke Island.
Power of Atty. from Belcher Noyes of Boston to
William Danniels of Roanoke Island
Province of the Mafsachusetts Bay
Signed Sealed and
North Carolina Perquimans County --
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