Carolina Under the Lords Proprietors' Rule

6th House of Burgesses - 1679-1680

On February 5, 1678/79 the Lords Proprietors appointed John Harvey President of the Executive Council to act as governor of Albemarle County until the arrival of Seth Sothel, a Lords Proprietor who had been sent to be governor but was captured en route by Algerian pirates and was still their prisoner.

In November of 1679, the Albemarle County General Assembly enacted laws to bring order to the colony. In that same month, President John Harvey showed his continuing support for the anti-proprietary faction by presiding over the Executive Council as indictments were brought against Thomas Miller. By January of 1679/80, John Harvey was dead and the colony was once again in need of a governor.

In February of 1680, the Lords Proprietors commissioned Henry Wilkinson as the next governor of Albemarle, but he never sailed to Carolina due to being embroiled in the case of the Crown against Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury.

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Chowan Precinct

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Currituck Precinct

George Durant*

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Pasquotank Precinct

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Perquimans Precinct

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* George Durant was elected Speaker of the House in 1679. He had property in both Currituck and Pasquotank precincts.
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