New Hanover County, North Carolina
|PLANTATION NAME:||PORTERS NECK PLANTATION|
|ORIGINAL OWNER:||John Porter; later Nicholas N. Nixon (1800-1868)|
|ASSOCIATED SURNAMES:||Porter, Nixon|
Porters Neck Plantation was originally part of a royal land grant from King George II. In 1732, John Porter bought 960 acres of the property. A subsequent owner and third generation Nixon to own the property, Nicholas N. Nixon was one of the first peanut growers to produce crops of commercial value: in 1861 he netted $20,000 from the sale of peanuts.
Property no longer exists as a Plantation, it is now a private, gated residential community & Country club, on the Intracoastal Waterway.
|SLAVE POPULATION:||In 1860 Rocky Point, N.
Hanover Co. NC, Nicholas N. Nixon had 136 Slaves, with 27 Slave houses.
|RESEARCH NOTES:|| While doing some research on my family ancestors, I uncovered the following: "Porter's Neck was originally called Governor's Point because Governor Burrington bought it from the first grantee. John Porter bought the property from Albermarle (He owned it from 1723-1734 and died at Rocky Point ) Porter's Neck was then owned by John Porter, the third. Then, Dr. Corbin, Governor Sam Ashe and others. The original tract was divided into two or three. The last owner, prior to 1861 and the Civil War, was N.N. Nixon Esquire, whose peanut crop for 1860 netted him over twenty thousand dollars." If you have any other information on Porter's Neck Plantation, or can direct me to further documents regarding this property, please let me know.
New Research by D. Williams- January 2017
|MISCELLANEOUS:||History of Porters Neck Plantation 1732-2000; NC Highway Marker D-68; Question on MyReporter.com|
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