Gov. James Colleton's Executive Council

Dates: 1686 to 1690

Location Met: Charles Town

James Colleton took over as Governor in November of 1686 and he remained in office until 1690, when Seth Sothel arrived in Charles Town and claimed the right to be governor since he was a Lords Proprietor, notwithstanding the fact that Sothel had been kicked out of North Carolina for his many abuses as governor there.
In 1685, Joseph Blake was appointed a Deputy by his uncle and Lord Proprietor, John Archdale. He served on the Executive Councils of Gov. Joseph Morton, Gov. James Colleton, and Gov. Philip Ludwell.
On March 3 1686/7, the Lords Proprietors sent a letter to Gov. James Colleton and the "Grand Council" advising them that John Boone is to be expelled from the Executive Council for holding correspondence with pirates.
On October 10, 1677, the Lords Proprietors commissioned Paul Grimball as Secretary, Receiver General, and Escheater in Charles Town. On the same date, they commissioned Benjamin Blake as Clerk of the Crown and Clerk of the Peace.
On June 19, 1688, the Lords Proprietors sent a letter to Gov. James Colleton informing him that Dr. Christopher Dominick purchased 12,000 acres from them, that he may purchase another 12,000 acres, and they have granted him to be a Cassique.
On November 19, 1689, the Lords Proprietors appointed John Beresford as Clerk of the Crown and Clerk of the Peace.
On October 6, 1690, the Lords Proprietors appointed Thomas Smith as governor of Charles Town, but this appointment was made moot when Seth Sothel arrived and assumed control of the government.
This Author has not found any records of the Executive Council under Gov. James Colleton. If any become available, summaries will be provided herein.

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