North Carolina in the 1800s

North Carolina State Senate

1842-1843

This General Assembly met from November 21, 1842 to January 28, 1843.

Davie County was established in 1836, but it did not begin sending any delegates to the NC General Assembly until 1842. Caldwell County was established in 1841, and it began sending its delegates to the NC General Assembly in 1842.

During 1842, the NC Legislature created Catawba County, McDowell County, and Union County. Catawba County sent its first delegates to the NC General Assembly in 1848. McDowell County sent its first delegates to the NC General Assembly in 1852. Union County began sending its first delegates to the NC General Assembly in 1854.

District

County/Counties

Delegate (County From)

1

Pasquotank & Perquimans

Jonathan H. Jacocks (Perquimans)

2

Camden & Currituck

Caleb Etheridge (Currituck)

3

Chowan & Gates

Whitmell J. Stallings (Gates)

4

Tyrrell & Washington

Hezekiah G. Spruill (Tyrrell)

5

Northampton

Joseph M.S. Rogers

6

Hertford

Godwin C. Moore

7

Bertie

James S. Mitchell

8

Martin

Jesse Cooper

9

Halifax

Andrew Joyner

10

Nash

Samuel L. Arrington

11

Wake

James B. Shepard

12

Franklin

William P. Williams

13

Johnston

James Tomlinson

14

Warren

Weldon Nathaniel Edwards

15

Edgecombe

Louis D. Wilson*

16

Wayne

John Exum

17

Greene & Lenoir

Edwin G. Speight (Greene)

18

Pitt

Alfred Moye

19

Beaufort & Hyde

Wilson B. Hodges (Hyde)

20

Carteret & Jones

James W. Howard (Jones)

21

Craven

Thomas J. Pasteur

22

Chatham

William Albright

23

Granville

Elijah Hester

24

Person

John W. Williams

25

Cumberland

David Reid

26

Sampson

John Boykin

27

New Hanover

William S. Larkins

28

Duplin

Austin Levinson

29

Onslow

Thomas Ennett

30

Bladen, Brunswick, & Columbus

Robert Melvin (Bladen)

31

Richmond & Robeson

Alfred Dockery (Richmond)

32

Anson

Absalom Myers

33

Cabarrus

Walter F. Pharr

34

Montgomery & Moore

John M. Worth (Moore)

35

Caswell

Bedford Brown

36

Rockingham

George D. Boyd

37

Orange

Joseph Allison

38

Randolph

Henry B. Elliott

39

Guilford

James T. Morehead

40

Stokes

James Stafford

41

Rowan & Davie

Samuel Ribelin (Rowan)

42

Davidson

John W. Thomas

43

Surry

William P. Dobson

44

Ashe & Wilkes

Edmund W. Jones (Wilkes)

45

Burke, Caldwell, & Yancey

Alney Burgin (Burke)

46

Lincoln

A. Ray

47

Iredell

Thomas Allison

48

Rutherford

William J.T. Miller

49

Buncombe, Haywood, & Macon

Joseph Cathey (Haywood) (Note 1)

50

Mecklenburg

John Walker

N/A 

Cherokee

William Holland Thomas**
* Louis D. Wilson was elected Speaker of the Senate. Thomas G. Stone was elected Clerk.
** William Holland Thomas was elected as NC State Senator to represent Cherokee County starting in 1842. The 1913 North Carolina Manual asserts that this was included in District 50, but this Author thinks this was a mistake or added for convenience only. W.H. Thomas was a white man elected as Chief of the Oconoluftee tribe of the Cherokees, and he was very influential in both North Carolina and the Federal government. It is unclear if this election as NC State Senator prompted a new district during 1842 or not. But, he was elected again later and served in the NC State Senate, representing Cherokee County, again from 1848 to 1861.
Note 1 - The 1913 North Carolina Manual asserts that Joseph Cathey was living in Buncombe County in 1842. Another source - Click Here - asserts he had already moved to Haywood County earlier in 1835.
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