Thomas Jarvis

Governor of "Ye Lands North and East of Cape Feare" 1690 to 1691

Deputy Governor of Carolina Province 1691 to 1694

About the time of his marriage, George Durant apparently formed the purpose of making a new home for himself in some more favored spot. In the year of 1658, he joined a party composed of John Battle, Dr. Thomas Relfe, Roger Williams, Thomas Jarvis, John Harvey, John Jenkins and others to explore and settle the wilderness of the Albemarle - which was then a frontier of Virginia called Roanoke. Most of these men were from Isle of Wight and Nansemond County.


Thomas Jarvis bought from the Indians a strip of land between the Perquimans River and Carolina Sound in what was then known as the Albemarle country. By 1691 this Thomas Jarvis had attained sufficient influence to be appointed Deputy Governor of North and South Carolina when Colonel Ludwell was appointed Governor. Prior to this appointment, he was a ship captain.
In 1691 the Lords Proprietors appointed Philip Ludwell governor of all Carolina, headquartered at Charles Town, with a deputy governor for the northern part of the colony - the beginning of the division of the province into North and South Carolina, though not so called at this time. Thomas Jarvis was the first deputy governor of the entire colony.

Ludwell's appointment marked the end of Albemarle as a separate political entity. From 1689 on, the governor ceased to be termed the Governor of Albemarle, but was now called the Deputy Governor of Carolina, the first of whom was Thomas Jarvis. Not until 1710 was there commissioned a separate Governor of North Carolina, "independent of the Governour of Carolina," although as early as 1691 there had been references to Albemarle as North Carolina.


1691-1694 Thomas Jarvis was Deputy Governor for the region north and east of the Cape Fear.
         
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