Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners of Jones County (December 20, 1883)

The Board met in regular session on Monday, the 3rd day of December, 1883.  Present: E.M. FOSCUE, Chm’n; Joseph B. BANKS, Wm. B. BECTON, Isaac BROCK and Quitman HAY.

The following bills were audited and allowed:

  • Thomas HARRISON, poor house supplies – $6.91
  • Joseph A. SMITH, serving on finance committee and examining two lunatics – $8.00
  • Quitman HAY, services as county commissioner and mileage – $40.00
  • Amos HEATH, official services as constable – $2.50
  • MURDOCK and McLEAN, for building jail – $1300.00
  • John BRYAN (col.), pauper coffin – $2.00
  • James C. MOORE, services as assessor – $3.00
  • P.J. PAULEY & Bro., interest on note – $22.30
  • B.F. STILLY, in part for Quaker Bridge – $125.00
  • Balaam MEADOWS, board for prisoners in jail – $21.00
  • R.N. WHITE, conveying prisoner to Craven jail – $3.50
  • R.S. HAY, pauper coffin – $2.00
  • L. DILLAHUNT, freight on lumber – $1.10
  • Wm. LOFTIN, keeper of Pollocksville bridge – $8.00
  • Simmons and Manly, salary as attorney to board for 1883 – $100.00
  • Isaac BROCK, services as county commissioner and mileage – $29.00
  • Joseph B. BANKS, services as county commissioner and mileage – $28.05
  • W.B. BECTON, services as county commissioner and mileage – $34.00


The following allowances were made for transient papers, viz:

Betsy JONES – $2.00
Wife of J. BRYAN and children – $3.00
Samuel METTS – $2.00
Church MOORE – $5.00
M.A. JONES – $2.00
Peter CLAYTON – $2.00
Thomas DUDLEY – $2.00
Fred HUDLER – $2.00
Leah GREEN – $1.00
Joseph PHILLIPS – $1.00
Killis KOONCE – $1.50
Polly BUTTON – $2.00

Wm. G. WATTS, Henry DUBRUHL, Moses WILLIAMS, E.J. TURNER and Peter R. ANDREWS were released from payment of poll tax for the year 1883.

The official bonds of Thomas J. WHITAKER, C.S.C., Isaac T. WILSON, Register of Deeds, John W. BRYAN, Coroner, and the tax bonds of S.E. KOONCE, Sheriff, were accepted and approved by the Board.

Hugh MAXWELL was appointed special surveyor to survey for Benjamin HUGGINS, warrant No .453.

T.J. WHITAKER, C.S.C., presented his official report, which was, on motion, accepted.

The acres and valuation of lands listed by the heirs of John McDANIEL, deceased, were reduced from 869 acres, valued at $1500, to 269 acres, valued at $600.

E.F. BALLARD was released from payment of taxes on 300 acres of land valued at $500, same having been listed and the tax paid by another party.

On motion… adjourned until first Monday in January next.

–I.T. WILSON, Clerk

Source: New Berne Weekly Journal , 20 December 1883, page 3. 

Koonce Genealogy

Okay – this is a self-serving post, but it is because of my Koonce roots that I took on Jones County anyway! 😀

New on the Families page is a link to my site dedicated to Koonce genealogy.  I launched the site a couple of weeks ago and intend it as a place to focus the research that I do on my own Koonce family, the Koonce families of North Carolina and throughout the country.  On the site I have links to the various Koonce lineages I’ve been collecting over the past couple of  years and which I look forward to growing through collaborations with other Koonce researchers.

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Site added to Families Page

New on the Families page is a link to the website of James Griffin.  James has ties to the Eubanks, Griffin, Jarman & Koonce families of Jones County.  His site is built using TribalPages which enables you to interact with many generations on his family tree.  James has been researching his family for more than 20 years.


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