President and Acting Governor Joseph West's Executive Council

Dates: 1671 to 1672

Location Met: Charles Town

Upon the death of Governor William Sayle, being over 80 years old, and who sunk under the diseases of a sickly climate, Sir John Yeamans claimed the office of governor; for he was the only Landgrave, or nobleman, then residing in Carolina. But the Executive Council (aka "Grand Council") elected Joseph West as their President and Acting Governor, until they should learn the will of the Lords Proprietors.
As he was about to die, Governor William Sayle nominated Joseph West to be his successor. On March 4, 1670/1671, the Executive Council elected Joseph West as Acting Governor.
On June 24, 1671, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury commissioned Joseph West as Register of Writings and Contracts in Charles Town.

On August 25, 1671, the Parliament appointed five (5) persons to be joined with the Governor and Lords Proprietors' Deputies as members of the Executive Council: Thomas Gray, Maurice Matthews, Lt. Henry Hughes, Christopher Portman, and Ralph Marshall. Those already present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies.

The five (5) men appointed by Parliament appeared and took the oaths of office and their seats on this Executive Council.

The oath as adminstered was recorded to be:

"You swear that as a Councillor and therein assisting with your best advice to the Governor of this Province of Carolina for the time being for and on the behalf of the Lords Proprietors and freeholders thereof to the best of your Skill and power you shall faithfully act and do. You shall do equal right to the rich and to the poor. You shall not give or be of Council for favor or affection in any difference or quarrel depending before you, but in all things demean and behave yourself as to equity and justice appertains, and your place aforesaid requires observing from time to time the rules and directions of the Lords Proprietors and the laws of England and the laws that are or shall be established in the said Province for the best way of settlement thereof. You shall not of yourself communicate the secrets or other transactions of the Governor and Council to any person not of the Council without sufficient authority for the same, so help you God."

The Governor and Executive Council ordered that ten named Seamen take up proportions of land in the province and come inhabit said lands. All other Seamen, including these ten named today, have two years to actually settle their lands or forfeit them.

The records noted that Florence O'Sullivan was the Surveyor General of the province, and John Culpeper was a Surveyor.

Click Here to view or download the Journal of the Grand Council of August 1671 to June 1680.

On September 5, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Thomas Gray
- John Foster
- Maurice Matthews
- Henry Hughes
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies.

The Executive Council debated what to do with those new arrivals on the Lords Proprietors' ship Blessing. They ordered that a town be laid out, and that the new arrivals shall be offered town lots and land outside of the town, to be drawn by chance.

On September 9, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Henry Hughes
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies.

The Executive Council addressed several petitions to resolve disputes among various parties.

On September 23, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Henry Hughes
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies.

The Executive Council directed that Thomas Archcraft - Gunsmith - must fix all guns as soon as possible, and that he shall make no Indian hatchet for anyone unless they have a proper license for said hatchet.

On September 27, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Henry Hughes
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies.

The Executive Council addressed troubles with the Kussoe (Coosa) and other Southern Indians. Capt. John Godfrey and Capt. Thomas Gray were ordered to prosecute an "open Warr" with these Indians, and that Stephen Bull take into custody two Kussoe (Coosa) Indians currently in town.

On October 2, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Henry Hughes

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council made plans for securing existing Kussoe (Coosa) Indian prisoners and those that might be captured by those militia sent to prosecure the war. Their discussions included how to split up any ransom paid by the Indians to free their brethren in custody.

On October 4, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christian Portman
- Henry Hughes 

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council discussed how best to keep the gunpowder recently received from the Lords Proprietors. One-third was to be stored at the home of Capt. John Godfey; one-third was to be stored at the home of Sir John Yeamans; and the final one-third to be stored in the current Lords Proprietors' storehouse.

On October 14, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Maurice Matthews
- Henry Hughes 

West, Yeamans, and Godfrey were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council resolved a dispute between Edward Roberts and James Needham.

On October 24, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, and Bull were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council directed that Capt. John Godfrey, Capt. Thomas Gray, Stephen Bull, Maurice Matthews, and Christopher Portman are to quickly view all potential sites along the Ashley River and Wando River for new settlers to be placed when they arrive.

On October 26, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- Wiliam Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council ordered that all able-bodied men to gather their arms and ammunition and form into companies recently assigned by this Executive Council - and they are to train all men in case of an Indian attack. All company commanders are ordered to make an accurate muster roll of the men under their command and provide these returns to the Executive Council as soon as possible. All commanders have the authority to order blacksmiths to fix any guns that need repair. Marshall Thomas Thompson was directed to create a schedule for the "watch" to be on duty to guard the town, and for another group for the "watch" in outlying plantations.

On October 28, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Godfrey, and Bull were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council directed that Capt. John Godfrey, Capt. Thomas Gray, and Maurice Matthews draw up a list of fees for the Secretary and the Marshall, and the rates and scantlings merchantable pipestaves to be proposed to Parliament.

On November 4, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council decided that a dispute between William Owen and Anthony Churne should be sent to independent arbitrators.

On November 11, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council heard legal cases about a thief and his accomplice, and about a runaway servant.

On November 16, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council heard the complaint of Capt. Thomas Gray against Sir John Yeamans for taking timber that was on Gray's land. The Executive Council ordered this complaint to go to the courts.

On November 25, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- William Owen
- Christopher Portman
- Ralph Marshall

West, Godfrey and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council again discussed the complaint beetween Capt. Thomas Gray and Sir John Yeamans and again ordered this to be settled in the courts. They then heard a complaint between Richard Cole Carpenter and Joseph Dalton.

On November 27, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council resolved the issue between Capt. Thomas Gray and Sir John Yeamans - they split the land in question and gave half to each man. Apparently the courts did not solve the issue.

On December 8, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council ordered Florence O'Sullivan - Surveyor General - to layout ten acres of land for Susann Kinder.

The Executive Council appointed Stephen Bull, William Owen, and Ralph Marshall to prepare the following matters for Parliament to consider:
- Masters trading with servants
- Servants with servants
- Servants purloining their Master's goods
- Servants coming from England - how long to serve
- Servants coming from Barbados - how long to serve
- No person shall retail liquor without a license
- There must be a speedy repayment of any debt to the Lords Proprietors
- At what rate shall Artificers and Laborers be paid

The Executive Council permitted the travel of Joseph Dowden and his boy John Griffin to Barbados.

On December 14, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

Sir John Yeamans asserted that he was the sole Landgrave in the province, and per the recently-issued Fundamental Constitutions then he had the right to be governor of the province. The remainder of the Executive Council present deliberated and came to the conclusion that "it is not safe or warrantable to remove the Government, as it is at present until a signal nomination from the Palatine or further orders or directions be received from the Lords Proprietors."

On December 15, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Matthew Marshall
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council directed Stephen Bull and Capt. Thomas Gray assist Mr. Michael Smith and others lately arrived from New York to find some convenient place to erect a town for their present settlement.

On December 18, 1671, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury appointed Maurice Matthews to be his Deputy in Charles Town.

On December 20, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

Capt. Mathias Halsted, commander of the ship Blessing, arrived with letters from the Lords Proprietors for Governor William Sayle, who of course is deceased. Nathaniel Sayle, his heir apparent and executor of the governor's estate, is willing for the Executive Council to come take a look at said letters - if personal, no action - if pertaining to the government of the province then will be given to Governor Joseph West.

Stephen Bull and Capt. Thomas Gray reported that they have selected a site of thirty (30) acres south of Stono Creek for the new settlement of people from New York - town to be named James Town. Each family is to also be granted ten (10) acres of additional land just outside of the planned James Town.

On December 23, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Sir John Yeamans
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Yeamans, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council directed the Surveyor General to lay out said James Town for the new settlers from New York.

The Executive Council ordered that all ships arriving in the province must register their arrival with the Secretary's office, specifying the day of arrival, from whence they came, a true and full list of passenger names of anyone coming to settle in the province, and that they cannot take out any person from the province without a special license to do so.

On December 30, 1671, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council directed Capt. John Godfrey, Capt. Thomas Gray, Stephen Bull, and Joseph Dalton to go out to the planned site of James Town and to assist the Surveyor General in laying out and "modellize the said Town as they shall think most agreeable with the situation and conveniences of the said place." The Executive Council then proscribed the approach for each new settler to "draw lots" in choosing each parcel to be their town lot.

On January 6, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Henry Hughes
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council brought in Capt. Mathias Halsted of the Lords' Proprietors' ship Blessing to account for his trip to New York. Capt. Halsted became quite abusive and the Marshall was ordered to take him into custody until he gave security for good behavior.

On January 10, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Matthew Marshall
- Ralph Marshall

West, Godfrey, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council allowed John Radcliffe, a runaway servant, to get out of custody if his master, John Foster, pays a fine, or it he works off these fines under several of the Executive Council.

On January 10, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall

West, Godfrey, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies.

On January 13, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall
- Henry Hughes

West, Godfrey, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council directed Capt. John Godfrey, Capt. Thomas Gray and Maurice Matthews to go view the Wando River and various creeks thereby to look for good places for towns to be situated for the better defense of the province against Indians. They were to mark these locations and bring back a report to the Executive Council.

On January 15, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall
- Henry Hughes

West, Godfrey, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council considered a dispute between Capt. Thomas Badgard of the freight ship Charles, and James Dehaert, but they needed additional information to be brought in on Jan. 22nd.

On January 20, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall
- Henry Hughes

West, Godfrey, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council consisting of the Governor and only three other Duputies left in the province, with one Deputy absent and his whereabouts unknown, it was decided to go ahead anyway with the trial of James Willoughby and Thomas Munkister both under indictment of running away from the colony

On January 22-23, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall
- Henry Hughes

West, Godfrey, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council took up the case betwen Capt. Thomas Badgard and James Dehaert - they found in favor of Capt. Badgard and ordered Dehaert to pay damages and expenses.

On February 10, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall
- Henry Hughes

West, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

Due to a recent shortage of provisions in the province at this point in time, the Executive Council directed that no person can take any of the provisions without giving an oath of their true need. The amounts to be given out were noted. And, each person must have at least two acres of land planted in corn or peas to qualify.

On February 14, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall
- Henry Hughes

West, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies.  

A petition from the inhabitants of James Town was heard by the Executive Council. They agreed for the savannah near James Town be reserved for their use.

On February 17, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall
- Henry Hughes

West, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council directed the Surveyor General to lay out a town lot plus ten acres near James Town - each for Col. Simon Lambart and Jacob Scantlebury, both of Barbados.

The Executive Council determined that Thomas Hart receive thirty-nine (39) lashes upon his naked back for slandering the government and attempting to seduce several servants to do the same.

On February 21, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall
- Henry Hughes

West, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

Henry Hughes surrendered half of his land on the Ashley River near Oyster Point for the establishment of a town with pasturage. So did John Coming and his wife, Affera.

On March 16, 1671/72, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. John Godfrey
- Stephen Bull
- William Owen
- Capt. Thomas Gray
- Christopher Portman
- Maurice Matthews
- Ralph Marshall
- Henry Hughes

West, Godfrey, Bull, and Owen were identified as Lords Proprietors' Deputies. 

The Executive Council heard a case between Capt. George Thompson and William Owen.

Dates: 1674 to 1682

Location Met: Charles Town

On April 25, 1674, the Lords Proprietors revoked the commission of Sir John Yeamans, but before the news reached Charles Town, Governor John Yeamans died in August of 1674.

On August 13, 1674, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Col. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Ralph Marshall
- Samuel West

West, Godfrey, Matthews, and Owen must have been Lords Proprietors' Deputies since the remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council elected Col. Joseph West to be President of the Council and Acting Governor now that Sir John Yeamans is deceased.

The Executive Council noted that two of the Lords Proprietors' Deputies were no longer present, that is, the Deputy of Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle and the Deputy of Sir George Carteret. Per acknowledged previous instructions of the Lords Proprietors, the Execuive Council decided that Capt. Richard Conant shall be the Deputy of Sir George Carteret, and that Ralph Marshall shall be the Deputy of Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle - until the Lords Proprietors send them word otherwise. These men were selected because they were the two "eldest" of the Members of the Executive Council that had been appointed by Parliament.

On May 18, 1674, the Lords Proprietors issued a commission for Joseph West to be the next governor of Charles Town. It did not arrive prior to the Executive Council electing him as Acting Governor on August 13th (above). But, since it has not been recorded as to exactly when his commission did arrive, from henceforth he will be referred to herein as Governor and not "Acting Governor."
On May 19, 1674, Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon (formerly Viscount Cornbury) appointed Stephen Bull as his Deputy in Charles Town.

On August 16, 1674, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Ralph Marshall
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Samuel West

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Conant, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies and the remaining two (2) men were named by Parliament. Stephen Bull was a Deputy, but probably hadn't received his appointment yet.

The Executive Council resolved that all Freeholders are to gather in Charles Town next Thursday to elect a new Parliament, and then the new Parliament are to choose six (6) persons to be on the Executive Council, per earlier instructions of the Lords Proprietors.

On August 20, 1674, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Ralph Marshall

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Conant, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies.

The Executive Council noted that the new Parliament had met and they had chosen six (6) men to sit on this Executive Council:
- Capt. Christopher Portman
- Capt. George Thompson
- John Fallock
- Samuel West
- John Yeamans
- Joseph Dalton

On September 5, 1674, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Ralph Marshall
- John Fallock
- Samuel West
- John Yeamans
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Bull, Conant, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining four (4) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council resolved that a General Sessions of the Peace and Gaol Delivery for this province be held in Charles Town on the first Tuesday in October next.

On October 3, 1674, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Ralph Marshall
- John Fallock
- Samuel West
- John Yeamans

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Bull, Conant, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council recorded that James Donaghoe, planter, and Hannah Fogartee, wife of Edward Fogartee, planter, came and on their oaths did declare that they were both present and both heard Matthew Dowling, deceased and late of Charles Town, did make it known prior to his death that he named Capt. Florence O'Sullivan to be his heir.

The Executive Council resolved that a printed copy of the Fundamental Constitutions, recently sent to this province by the Lords Proprietors, be read at the next meeting of Parliament.

On November 2, 1674, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- John Fallock
- Samuel West
- John Yeamans

West, Owen, and Bull were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council directed that Matthew Smallwood, planter be committed to the Provost Marshall's custody now that the court found him guilty of a misdemeanor.

On November 10, 1674, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Capt. George Thompson
- John Fallock
- John Yeamans

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Bull, and Conant were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council heard a report from Capt. Maurice Matthews that an Indian was supposedly killed by some of the English, and they directed that Capt. Maurice Matthews, William Owen, and Christopher Portman all meet at the home of Capt. Matthews some time this week to make a diligent inquiry into this matter and to report back with all convenient speed.

On December 5, 1674, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Ralph Marshall
- John Fallock
- Samuel West
- John Yeamans
- Joseph Dalton

West, Matthews, Owen, Bull, Conant, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining four (4) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council approved the request of Capt. Christopher Portman for a small parcel of vacant land lying westward of his planting lot near Charles Town.

On December 26, 1674, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Ralph Marshall
- John Fallock
- John Yeamans

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Bull, Conant, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

Joseph Dalton surrendered his planting lot next to Ickaby back to the "Grand Council" for the better settling of more people about Charles Town. The Executive Council then granted the same lot to Anthony Churne and John Chambers equally to be divided by them - and they must settle this grant before March 25th next. If they do not, then anyone willing to settle on it and fence it shall have it.

The Executive Council acknowledged the "poor condition" of John Pinkerd so they ordered that one crosscut saw, one musket, one fowling piece in the governor's custody, one bedstead, and one frying pan in Oliver Spencer's custody be delivered to him for his family's relief.

On February 9, 1674/75, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Ralph Marshall
- John Fallock
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Bull, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining two (2) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council advised upon erecting a new fortification around Charles Town. They resolved that Capt. Stephen Bull bring his surveying instrument to next Friday's Executive Council Meeting to run the line of said fortification with the advice of those present.

On February 15, 1674/75, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Ralph Marshall
- Capt. George Thompson
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Bull, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining two (2) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council heard the complaint of Abel Aldridge against James Moore, attorney for Lady Margaret Yeamans, wife of deceased Sir John Yeamans. Sir John Yeamans apparently died owing money to Abel Aldridge.

On April 27, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Capt. George Thompson
- John Yeamans
- Samuel West
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Conant, and Bull were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining four (4) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council advised that all able-bodied men be placed into one of three companies - the first command given to Governor Joseph West; the second command given to Lt. Col. John Godfrey; and the third command given to Capt. Maurice Matthews. Then they ordered that a General Muster be made on Whitson Tuesday next in Charles Town. Then they ordered Lt. Col. Godfrey's company to meet and exercise on May Day; and for Governor West's company and Capt. Matthew's company to meet and exercise on the Saturday following.

The Executive Council resolved that forty (40) pounds of powder be delivered to the Master of the Ordinance for the Great Guns in Charles Town by May 8th next.

Since Governor West has indicated that he may be out of the province for some time, it was agreed that Lt. Col. John Godfrey shall and may act as the "Palatine's Deputy" during his absence.

On June 12, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Ralph Marshall
- Capt. George Thompson
- John Yeamans
- Robert Donne
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining four (4) men were named by Parliament.

John Boone requested a grant of 100 acres of land at the watering place now in his possession. William Owen claimed primary right to this parcel, but it had not yet been surveyed. The Executive Council ordered that William Owen get this parcel surveyed and to bring back an official plat to this Executive Council next month. If he does not, then John Boone shall be granted this parcel.

On September 4, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Ralph Marshall
- Samuel West
- John Yeamans
- Capt. Robert Donne
- Joseph Dalton

West, Matthews, Owen, Conant, Bull, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining four (4) men were named by Parliament.

John Morgan, planter, requested a certain parcel of land. The Executive Council directed William Thomas or his attorney to cause the land already marked to be surveyed and to produce a plat of said land to the next Executive Council. If they do not do this, then John Morgan shall be granted this parcel.

On September 9, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Ralph Marshall
- John Yeamans
- Capt. Robert Donne
- Joseph Dalton

West, Matthews, Owen, Bull, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council noted that the Right Honorable Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, one of the Lords Proprietors, made a proposal to the inhabitants of the province for the balancing of all accounts between the Lords Proprietors and the people here - in a letter dated June 10, 1675. This proposal was accepted by the Executive Council and embraced as a great favor from the Lords Proprietors. Then they directed that payment shall be made to Governor Joseph West, Landgrave and Governor according to said proposal.

The Executive Council then directed that Robert Brown, merchant; John Simpson, carpenter; James Moore, gentleman; and Thomas Butler, carpenter; being indifferent persons and not indebted to the Lords Proprietors are to meet at the Lords Proprietors' plantation where the Governor now resides on next Tuesday to inventorize and faithfully appraise the said plantation and all appurtenances and return their findings to the Executive Council within three (3) days.

On September 11, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- John Yeamans
- Capt. Robert Donne
- Joseph Dalton

West, Matthews, Owen, and Bull were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council noted that Governor Joseph West declined to accept payment from the Lords Proprietors' proposal as outlined on September 9th (above).

The Executive Council resolved that the Parliament be summoned to meet in Charles Town on Saturday next fortnight.

On September 14, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Samuel West
- Capt. Robert Donne
- Joseph Dalton

West, Matthews, Owen, and Bull were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council ordered that John Holmes, planter, be confined by the Provost Marshall until he provides security to appear at the next sesssions. He admitted to killing two pigs belonging to Governor Joseph West.

On October 2, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Samuel West
- Capt. Robert Donne
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Bull, and Conant were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

Lt. Col. John Godfrey brought in a copy of the Last Will and Testament of Sir John Yeamans, certified by Sir Jonathan Atkins, Governor of Barbados. This Executive Council agreed that this was a firm and good will.

The Executive Council approved John Smith, merchant's request for an additional 630 acres of land, as long as he brings over the proper number of persons within two years.

On October 7, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Capt. Christopher Portman
- Samuel West
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, and Bull were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

Governor Joseph West noted that he wished to receive satisfaction for what is due to him from the Lords Proprietors in the form of £200 sterling in Barbados money or the equivalent in "Muscavadoe Sugar." Tobacco was also discussed.

On October 16, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Ralph Marshall
- Capt. Robert Donne
- John Yeamans
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Bull, and Marshall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

Andrew Percivall arrived and presented his Deputation under the hand of Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, dated June 19, 1675. Ralph Marshall gave up his temporary Deputyship to the Duke of Albemarle and took his former place as a Councillor "for the people."

The Executive Council resolved that Jacob Wayte has liberty to take up a parcel of land to the southward of the land currently in his possession, with the stipulation that he must bring over enough persons to qualify - within two years.

On November 2, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- William Owen
- Andrew Percivall
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Samuel West
- Capt. Robert Donne
- John Yeamans
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Owen, Percivall, and Conant were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining four (4) men were named by Parliament.

Since all the discussions about how to pay Governor Joseph West for being governor came to nothing, it was now agreed to use Tobacco as payment.

On December 4, 1674, the Lords Proprietors appointed John Richards as Treasurer, in place of Peter Jones, deceased.

On December 10, 1675, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Andrew Percivall
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Capt. Christopher Portman
- Capt. Robert Donne
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Percivall, and Bull were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining four (4) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council approve a motion made by Andrew Percivall, on behalf of the Right Honorable Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, that he may take up, possess, and build upon Lot 52, being one of the lots reserved for the Lords Proprietors.

John Boone, English Interpreter, and Capt. Titus, Indian Interpreter arrived and explained to the Executive Council that the Indian prisoners, which the Sowee and other neighboring Indians had taken are enemies to those Indians who are in amity with the English - and that the said Indian prisoners were willing to work or be transported from hence.

On January 8, 1675/76, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Andrew Percivall
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Samuel West
- Capt. Robert Donne
- John Yeamans

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Bull, Percivall, and Conant were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining three (3) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council heard a suit between James Sayle, mariner, and Josias Pitt, planter, and they ordered that Josias Pitt provide security of £100 sterling.

On January 15, 1675/76, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- William Owen
- Capt. Stephen Bull
- Andrew Percivall
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Capt. Christopher Portman
- Capt. Robert Donne
- John Yeamans
- Ralph Marshall
- Joseph Dalton

West, Godfrey, Matthews, Owen, Bull, Percivall, and Conant were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining five (5) men were named by Parliament.

The Executive Council advised that two barrels of powder be lodged at the home of Lt. Col. John Godfrey, that one barrel of powder be lodged at the home of Capt. Maurice Matthews, one barrel of powder be lodged at the home of Joseph Dalton, and the remaining powder be lodged at the home of Governor Joseph West.

Capt. Maurice Matthews presented a request from some Indians who wished to have their own town. The Executive Council approved this and ordered Matthews to instruct the Indians on an convenient place that does not injure the English settlements, then report back to the Executive Council.

In 1676, Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon appointed Richard Conant as his Deputy - in Albemarle (?).
On April 10, 1677, Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon again appointed Richard Conant as his Deputy in Charles Town. Also on April 10, 1677, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury appointed Henry Woodward as his Deputy in Charlest Town.

On April 28, 1677, the Executive Council met. The available records do not include the names of those in attendance.

James Moore, attorney for Capt. William Walley and Dame Margarett Yeamans, his wife, the relict of Sir John Yeamans, Baronet, requested an injunction to inhibit the transportation of fourteen (14) slaves because at least one-third of them should be considered as her property. John Yeamans, attorney for Dame Willoughby Yeamans, guardian for Sir John Yeamans, a minor, aquiesced and agreed that twelve (12) other slaves now remaining at Wapoo shall remain there as security for the former fourteen (14).

On July 14, 1677, the Executive Council met and those present were:
- Gov. Joseph West
- Lt. Col. John Godfrey
- Capt. Richard Conant
- Capt. Maurice Matthews
- Stephen Bull
- Andrew Percivall
- Samuel West
- John Smith
- Robert Brown
- James Moore

West, Godfrey, Conant, Matthews, Bull, and Percivall were Lords Proprietors' Deputies. The remaining four (4) men were apparently named by Parliament.

The Executive Council ordered that if any of the Westoes Indians arrive at the borders of this settlement, either by the way of St. Gyles's als Cussoe, the plantation of Andrew Percival, or the plantation of William Walley, managed by James Moore, or by way of Sewee where the Sewee Indians are seated, that the said Mr. Percivall and the said Mr. Moore are to take care to let the Westoes know that they are not to proceed any further into the settlement or to pretend to make any address to the Governor until they have given satisfaction for their murder of two English. However, if they seek amity and are willing to treat for peace, then the Governor and the Executive Council shall appoint certain persons to that end and meet at Mr. Percivall's home and confer with the Chief of their people.

John Boone is also directed to take care that the Sewee and other neighboring Indians are quickly informed of this possible situation and that the Governor does not want any of them to assist in guiding the Westoes into our settlements.

If the Westoes do continue into this settlement and ignore our warnings, then they shall do so at their peril. Anyone who witnesses them coming into the settlements are to notify the Governor and/or Executive Council as soon as possible, and to endeavor to apprehend them, if possible.

On December 28, 1678, the Executive Council met. The available records do not include the names of those in attendance.

Edward Middleton, one of the members of this Executive Council, informs this Council that his recent land grant on Adthan Creek is not satisfactory and requests for adjustments. His request is granted.

On April 12, 1680, the Executive Council met in a special conference at Capt. William Walley's home. The available records do not include the names of those in attendance.

The Governor and Executive Council met with certain leaders of the Westoes. One of them, Ariano, asserted that the people of Kiawiah were bad and that the Westoes should "knock Capt. Moore and Mr. Boone on the head," meaning they should be killed. The records are fairly unclear as to what is resolved in this meeting.

On June 1, 1680, the Executive Council met. The available records do not include the names of those in attendance.

The records noted that the Westoes and their confederates have violated the "league made with the government of this province" (apparently the result of the meeting directly above), and they have killed, taken, and destroyed several of our neighbor Indians. Also noted was the fact that several of the English settlers have taken Indian slaves, contrary to the instructions of the Lords Proprietors and contrary to the aforesaid "league" made with the Westoes.

The Executive Council then ordered that Capt. William Fuller and John Smith are to go seize any Indian slaves they can find among the English and bring them back to Kiaiwah, otherwise known as Charles Town, on Friday, June 4th, to be set free.

The Executive Council then ordered that no persons shall sell any powder, bullets, or any other instrument of war, or do any trading with the Westoes, and no blacksmith shall repair any of their guns until further notice. Capt. William Fuller is also directed to take the powder currently at Andrew Percivall's home for the speedier resolution of this matter. Then they authorized the Provost Marshall to impress any boat needed and whatever men needed.

On June 15, 1680, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury appointed Andrew Percivall as Secretary of the Charles Town settlement.

The Executive Council met again on June 4th, June 23rd, and June 24th of 1680, and again the available records do not identify the names of those in attendance.

Due to the many recent incursions of the Westoes into the English settlements, and upon the advice of Henry Woodward, the Executive Council resolved that it is not safe. They directed Henry Woodward to leave Cussoe and make no attempts to negotiate with the Westoes or their confederates, until further notice.

The available records of the Executive Council abruptly end here. If more information is found, it will be added.
On May 10, 1682, the Lords Proprietors issued instructions to the Surveyor General to lay out Craven, Berkeley, and Colleton Counties.
On May 18, 1682, William Craven, 1st Baron Craven, Palatine, appointed Joseph Morton as the next Governor of Charles Town.
Dates: 1684 to 1685

Location Met: Charles Town

In August of 1684, upon the death of Governor Richard Kyrle, the Executive Council once again elected Joseph West as their President and Acting Governor. He remained until his resignation in June of 1685.
On February 20, 1684/5, the Lords Proprietors commissioned Robert Quarry as Receiver General and Escheater.
On March 12, 1684/5, the Lords Proprietors sent a letter to Stephen Bull, identifying him as the Surveyor General for the Charles Town government.
On March 20, 1684/5, the Lords Proprietors commissioned Robert Quarry as Secretary of the Charles Town government.
On May 5, 1685, it was recorded that Matthew English was the Provost Marshall at this point in time.

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