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WELCOME! My name is Diane Siniard and I am the county coordinator for Craven County's Lost Souls Genealogy Project. This project is associated with North Carolina's Lost Souls Genealogy Project. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or suggestions. There is a search engine available for this site. It is located in 2 places on the home page for your convenience!

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Craven was first created as Archdale Precinct of Bath County in 1705. The name was changed about 1712. It was named in honor of William Lord Craven, one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. It is in the eastern section of the State and is bounded by Carteret, Jones, Lenoir, Pitt, Beaufort and Pamlico counties. The present land area is 695.41 square miles and the population in 1990 was 81,613. The county seat was first called Chattawka, or Chattoocka, and later. in 1723, Newbern. New Bern - the law fixed the spelling in 1897 - is the county seat.

The following history comes from Gail Swain: At one time New Bern was a fenced in town, then it was deserted. I think that is when William Hancock and another gentleman were appointed to sell lots in the town of New Bern. There is a deed book with the wills in it, every deed starts off with his telling about being appointed commissioner to sell lots in the town of New Bern, appointed in Edenton. At that time Edenton might have still been called Queen Anne's town before it was named after Gov. Eden. It was our colonial capital. And where many courts were held before Craven's Pleas & Quarter Sessions.



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