Governor Charles Eden's Executive Council

Dates: 1714 to 1722

Locations Met: See Below

On May 28th (Friday) and May 29th (Saturday) of 1714, the Executive Council met at the home of Capt. John Hecklefield in Little River in Perquimans Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Thomas Pollock - President
- Thomas Boyd
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Tobias Knight

Boyd, Chevin, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On Friday, May 28th, Charles Eden presented his commission and instructions from the Lords Proprietors and took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council. He issued a proclamation instructing all civil and military officers to continue in the present positions until further notice.

On Saturday, May 29th, Maj. Christopher Gale arrived and took his seat on this Executive Council.

Due to a shortage, all shipments of corn were suspended for the time being.

On August 10 and August 11, 1714, the Executive Council met at the home of Maj. John Hecklefield in Little River in Perquimans Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- Thomas Boyd
- Nathaniel Chevin
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale

Pollock, Boyd, Chevin, Reed, and Gale were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

Francis Foster presented his commission as a Deputy for John Danson, one of the Lords Proprietors. He then took the oaths of office and his seat on this Council.

On November 6, 1714, the Executive Council met at the home of Maj. John Hecklefield in Little River in Perquimans Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Boyd
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster

Boyd, Chevin, Gale, and Foster were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

It was announced at this meeting that Queen Anne had died and that King George I had been crowned. All present were required to restate their oaths of office, this time swearing allegiance to King George.

Tobias Knight appeared at retook his oaths as Secretary of the province and Customs Collector at Currituck.

Maj. John Hecklefield retook his oaths as Provost Marshall.

On December 17, 1714, the Executive Council met at the home of Charles Eden in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster

Chevin, Gale, and Foster were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

Col. Thomas Boyd, who was the Deputy to William Craven, 3rd Baron Craven, has resigned. Gov. Charles Eden appointed Tobias Knight to replace Thomas Boyd until Lord Craven makes another appointment. Knight took the oaths of office as a member of the Executive Council then took his seat.

On February 11, 1714/15, the Executive Council met at the home of Charles Eden in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Pollock, Chevin, Gale, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On March 10, 1714/15, the Executive Council met at the home of Capt. Richard Sanderson in Little River in Perquimans Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Pollock, Chevin, Gale, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

Col. Thomas Pollock presented a new commission as the Deputy for Henry Somerset, 3rd Duke of Beaufort, a minor under the trusteeship of Doddington Greville. He retook his oaths of office and his seat on this Council.

On May 25, 1715, the Executive Council met in Chowan Precinct, and those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Col. Thomas Pollock
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Pollock, Chevin, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

This Executive Council directed Col. Theophilus Hastings to lead the North Carolina Militia and provide support to South Carolina in their Yamassee War. They also ordered Capt. Benjamin West, Capt. John Palin, and Capt. John Norton to join Hastings with as many men as would go voluntarily.

They also directed Col. Maurice Moore to raise 50 men and join the same expedition.

On June 7, 1715, the Executive Council met at the home of Capt. Frederick Jones in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- Nathaniel Chevin
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Pollock, Chevin, Reed, Gale, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On July 5, 1715, the Executive Council met at the home of Charles Eden in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Chevin, Gale, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On July 28, 1715, the Executive Council met at the home of Capt. Richard Sanderson in Little River in Perquimans Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Nathaniel Chevin
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Tobias Knight

Chevin, Reed, Gale, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On September 13, 1715, the Executive Council met at the home of Charles Eden at Sandy Point in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Nathaniel Chevin
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Tobias Knight

Chevin, Reed, Gale, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On November 23, 1715, the Executive Council met at the home of Capt. Richard Sanderson in Little River in Perquimans Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Nathaniel Chevin
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Chevin, Reed, Gale, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council. 

On January 21, 1715/16, the Executive Council met at the home of Capt. Frederick Jones in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Chevin, Gale, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

Christopher Gale presented his recently-received commission as Chief Justice.

This Council reconvened the following Monday at Gov. Eden's home.

On March 29, 1716, the Executive Council met at the home of Capt. Richard Sanderson in Little River in Perqimans Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Chevin, Gale, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On August 3, 1716, the Executive Council met at the Chapel in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- Nathaniel Chevin
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Pollock, Chevin, Reed, Gale, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On August 4, 1716, the Executive Council met at ther home of Charles Eden in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- Nathaniel Chevin
- William Reed
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Pollock, Chevin, Reed, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council. 

On August 23, 1716, the Executive Council met at the home of Thomas Pollock in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Tobias Knight

Pollock, Chevin, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council. 

Gov. Charles Eden issued a proclamation dissolving the current General Assembly.

On November 15, 1716, the Executive Council met at the home of Capt. John Pettiver in Perquimans Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Nathaniel Chevin
- William Reed
- Tobias Knight

Chevin, Reed, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council. 

Capt. Frederick Jones presented his recently-received commission as Deputy from Elizabeth Blake, mother and guardian of Joseph Blake, Jr., a minor and one of the Lords Proprietors. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Council.

On March 28, 1717, the Executive Council met at the home of Capt. Frederick Jones in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Pollock, Chevin, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council. 

On June 4th (Tuesday) and June 5th (Wednesday) of 1717, the Executive Council met at the home of Col. Thomas Pollock in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Col. Thomas Pollock
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Frederick Jones
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight

Col. William Reed arrived on June 5th.

Pollock, Chevin, Reed, Jones, Foster, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council. 

On August 1, 1717, the Executive Council met at the home of Col. Thomas Pollock in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Col. Thomas Pollock
- Nathaniel Chevin
- Tobias Knight

Pollock, Chevin, and Knight were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council. 

Tobias Knight was appointed as Chief Justice since Christopher Gale had left the province.

On September 12, 1717, Gov. Charles Eden and his Executive Council issued a proclamation for the upcoming General Assembly to meet at the home of Col. John Hecklefield in Little River. The Council members who signed:
- Frederick Jones
- Francis Foster
- William Reed
- Tobias Knight

On November 22, 1717, the Executive Council met at the home of Col. John Hecklefield in Little River in Perquimans Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- William Reed
- Francis Foster
- Tobias Knight
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson

Reed, Foster, Knight, Jones, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On March 29, 1718, the Executive Council met at the home of Col. Thomas Pollock in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Col. Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Tobias Knight
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Reed, Knight, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council. 

On July 30, 1718, Gov. Charles Eden and his Executive Council issued a proclamation for changing the dates for the next General Assembly. The Council members who signed were:
- Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Francis Foster
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson

John Lovick is mentioned as the Secretary of the province.

On July 31, 1718, the Executive Council met at the home of Charles Eden at Sandy Point in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Francis Foster
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Reed, Foster, Jones, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

They noted that Col. Thomas Cary is now deceased.

This Executive Council ordered that the General Assembly shall remain adjourned until November 2nd.

October 30, 1718, the Executive Council met at the home of Col. Thomas Pollock in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Col. Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Francis Foster
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Reed, Foster, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

This Executive Council named the men and provided instructions to those who were to survey the VA/NC state line.

On November 4th and November 6th of 1718, the Executive Council met - on 11/4 at the home of Col. Thomas Pollock in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Col. Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Reed, Jones, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On 11/6, they met at the home of Mr. Grils on Mattercomack Creek. Thomas Pollock was absent this day.

On November 11, 1718, the Executive Council met at the recently-built Court House in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Reed, Jones, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

This Executive Council issued a Writ for the next General Assembly to meet next March.

December 30th (Tuesday) and December 31st (Wednesday) of 1718, the Executive Council met at the home of Chief Justice Frederick Jones. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- Francis Foster
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Foster, Jones, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

The notorious pirate, Blackbeard (aka Edward Teach) was discussed.

Maurice Moore and Edward Moseley were accused of high crimes - the stealing of government journals.

On April 3rd (Friday) and April 4th (Saturday) of 1719, the Executive Council met at the home of William Duckenfield. Only Gov. Charles Eden was named - Councillors were present, but not named.

The records of this meeting indicate that Thomas Harding was Provost Marshal of Bath County, John Palin was Escheator General, and Tobias Knight was Secretary.

It was noted that the Virginia Court of Admiralty has accused Tobias Knight of being an accessory to pirates and should be apprehended. This Executive Council sent copies of the Virginia allegations to Tobias Knight and asked him to come to the next Executive Council meeting.

On May 27, 1719, the Executive Council met at the home of Chief Justice Frederick Jones. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Francis Foster
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Reed, Foster, Jones, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

Tobias Knight appeared and asserted that all allegations by the Virginia Court of Admiralty were pantently false. This Executive Council found him not guilty.

On November 10th (Tuesday) and November 14th (Saturday) of 1719, the Executive Council met at the "town on Mattercomack Creek" (later to be named Edenton). Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Reed, Jones, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council. Sanderson was not at the 11/14 session.

On February 22nd and February 23rd, 1719/20, the Executive Council met at the home of Col. Thomas Pollock in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Col. Thomas Pollock
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Jones, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

It was announced that word had been received that South Carolina had revolted, threw out the governor, and appointed a new governor. Christopher Gale had just returned from South Carolina and he was aked to bring more news to this Executive Council. He brought a written account to the 2/23 session.

The Executive Council agreed to prepare a letter to the Lords Proprietors that North Carolina will not follow the actions of South Carolina.

On April 4, 1720, the Executive Council met at the home of Charles Eden in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Reed, Jones, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

The records note that John Lovick was Secretary and James Winright was Deputy Surveyor.

The records also note that a General Court of October 1719 sentenced Edward Moseley to pay a fine of £100, that he cannot hold office for three years, and shall give a bond of £200 for good behavior for a year and a day. He was found guilty of speaking ill words.

On August 3, 1720, records indicate that Col. John Hecklefield no longer wants to be a Deputy due to a lingering illness. Gov. Charles Eden appointed John Lovick, Secretary of the province, to take the place of John Hecklefield as Deputy to William Craven, 3rd Baron Craven, until Craven's wishes are known.

On August 4th (Thursday), August 6th (Saturday), and August 12th (Friday) of 1720, the Executive Council met at the "town on Mattercomack Creek" (later to be named Edenton). Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Francis Foster
- John Lovick

Richard Sanderson arrived on 8/6.

Pollock, Reed, Foster, Lovick, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On December 3, 1720, the Executive Council met at the home of Charles Eden in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- Frederick Jones
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick

Pollock, Jones, Sanderson, and Lovick were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

This Executive Council recorded that Virginia was now claiming "whaling rights" all the way down the Atlantic to Cape Fear. They decided to write a letter to the Lords Proprietors about this issue.

On March 30, 1721, the Executive Council met at the home of William Badham at the "town on Queen Anne's Creek" (later to be named Edenton). Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- William Reed
- Francis Foster
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick

Reed, Foster, Sanderson, and Lovick were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

On August 1, 1721, Lords Proprietor James Bertie appointed Christopher Gale as his Deputy in North Carolina.

On October 18, 1721, the Executive Council met at the home of Charles Eden in Chowan Precinct. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Charles Eden
- Thomas Pollock
- William Reed
- Francis Foster
- Richard Sanderson

Pollock, Reed, Foster, and Sanderson were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies and members of this Executive Council.

This Executive Council ordered the General Assembly to be prorogued until next April.

There were no other known Executive Councils under Eden - he died on March 26, 1722.
If more information comes available it will be added herein.

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