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Can you tell me why people settled in NC because I need it for a state project.


Hi Marissa,

There is a great deal of additional information included under many headings about why early people came to North Carolina.  You may want to check out the individual links under each heading for additional information.

This link has some great information about the early colonial period in North Carolina.  Good luck on your paper!

Carla Morris, Government and Heritage Library



Hello, I am a 7th grade student and was wondering if we have evidence of the first Newspaper printed in the colonies in 1690, Publik Occurences by Benjamin Harris in MA, ever reaching the Caorolinas. I want to creat a newspaper for my journalism project and wondered what the first one circulated in the Carolina colony was. Can you please help me find this information. I was also hoping to see an example of a newspaper printed in the Carolina colony during this time period.

Thank you.


Dear Aidan,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and especially for taking time to share your project and questions. That sounds like a terrific project!!

So – North Carolina’s first newspaper published in the colony was the North-Carolina Gazette. It was first published on August 9, 1751. Before that, colonists in North Carolina would have had the Virginia Gazette, published in Williamsburg from 1736 to 1780, as their primary source of news printed in the colonies.  Colonists undoubtedly received papers from other colonies and from England. It does also seem reasonable or at least possible that North Carolina colonists may have seen Publik Occurrences as the paper may have possibly made its way into the hands of some through travel or perhaps mail.  But unfortunately, we don’t have a very easy way of finding this out as the paper had only one issue in 1690 before it was shut down and we don’t have an easy way to look into collections to see if it was mentioned as read by North Carolinians. Additionally, North Carolina’s earliest colonists lived in what was known as the Albemarle up in the far northeastern corner of what is now the state during the late 17th century.  Today the colonies would be Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Chowan. Colonists came south from Virginia and the land was fairly inhospitable. News they received at the time would have been through Virginia.

But you are in luck with the North-Carolina Gazette. Issues of the paper that exist have been digitized and are available online at the NC Digital Collections.  Here is a link to the collection for that paper: And here is a link to the newspaper collection in general: I believe that the first edition of the paper is not available – it looks like the November 15, 1751 edition is the earliest.

I’m also including some additional resources for you about the history of papers in North Carolina:

•    NCpedia search results for “newspapers”:  You may want to scroll through these results. The first entry, “Newspapers part 1” is the first of a multi-part article on the history of the state’s newspapers and should be helpful:  Also look at the references and additional resources included with NCpedia articles. They’ll take you to additional helpful information.

•    An article published in 1965 in the North Carolina Historical Review talks about the early papers in North Carolina:  There is a lot of useful information there too.

I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you need additional help or have more questions and I would be glad to help you further.

Good luck with your project!

Best wishes,
Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library



I am Wendy Bateman my married name is now Labelle the Batemans listed are my ancestors I would like more information on them please


Hi Wendy,

Thank you for visiting the NCpedia.

I am including here the link to the Genealogy page on the NC Government & Heritage Library website --

Please visit the page to learn more about researching your North Carolina ancestors.  You'll find helpful tutorials and resources as well as contact information to contact the library with research questions.

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library


I have been searching my family History sionce 1969 and half of it was from the Curr. Dare counties area. my grandmother was Mollie Shannon Gallop and she indicated we are of Lost Colony Descent. My entire research is now 125,000 names total with many more to enter. I have matched surnames BY WILLS NOT LEGENDS to the grandchildren of the colony. The names are exact or very close spellings from the Roster. Most went to Beachland but a small few families went to Lynhaven and tie into my descents from Adam Thorogood. I also descend from Walter Raleigh and Humphrey Gilbert. Raleigh is through the Blair/Archer families in Virginia. Ananias Dare was son of Leonard Dare and Katherine Bateman. Va. Dare had a brother Leonard Dare who married Rose Lightfoot in England but kin to the Lightfoot family in Virginia. Dr. David Beers Quin upheld my research from both a letter and conversation we had some time before he passed away. I also descend from Jamestown, Mayflower, Kent Island and the Winthrop Colony. I also descent from all 17 Magna Charta Barons who have living descendants. I am a member of the Jamestown Society and eligable for the NC Lighthouse Descendants Society as my gt. grandfather John Shannon kept the Boddie Island Light House. I have located the Shannon Family in Ireland at Lismore Castle and they are of extreme high Royal Descent. There are many other interesting lineages now over 500 lines not counting repeat lines. I hold a double MBA/Acc/Global Mgt. and working on a DBA (doctorate) Dissertation). I plan to go to Law School even though I will be 70 when I finish as I qualify for the CPA exam now. I have been asked to go to Cambridge in England for international lawonce I finish Law here and pass my bar exam here.


Who were key people other than the founders that help make north carolina colony
popular? ?? Please help


Dear Jasmine,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and asking your question.

That's a very difficult question to answer. The development of the North Carolina colony most likely cannot be traced to a small number of people.  Instead, it is more likely the accumulation of contributions from many, such as government officials, educators, clergy, merchants, writers and newspaper people, and artisans, among others. You may want to look at these NCpedia resources to get you started:

Entries also include links to other NCpedia articles.  You may find clicking on the blue linked text helpful for taking you to additional useful information.

Good luck and best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library


i really wanna know more about this cause Im a teacher

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